BNS: New Hampshire III: Andy Santerre race notes

Santerre widens his point lead with 2nd place finish at the Magic Mile. Waterbury, CT -- Andy Santerre continues to lead by 32 points in the Busch North Series after his second place finish at NHIS on Saturday, September 14th, in the New...

Santerre widens his point lead with 2nd place finish at the Magic Mile.

Waterbury, CT -- Andy Santerre continues to lead by 32 points in the Busch North Series after his second place finish at NHIS on Saturday, September 14th, in the New Hampshire 125. This marked the third and final visit to the 1.058 mile oval for the Busch North teams in the 2002 season and is a track that Santerre and his crew felt owed them one. "We were close but just couldn't hold onto it. I'm very happy for Tracy Gordon. He's a friend and a competitor but when you're on the race track, business is bu siness," says Santerre.

Santerre's pit strategy is also worth a mention. While most cars on the lead lap came in for fuel and new right side tires, the LesCare Kitchens team opted not to change tires which put him back in the lead after the first caution. "I knew I had to go in , fuel up and get out. I didn't question crew chief Roger Tryon's decision. My goal is to race and stay out in front. I'll let the crew worry about the other details. It's my job to tell the crew how the car is running and then they come up with the ga me plan. And he made a good call. I ran that entire race on the same set of tires I started with and my lap times were stronger than all the other drivers who took on new tires. We just had an awesome car, but ran out of laps to bring home that win."

Santerre lead the race in laps 4-26, 42-54 and in lap 132 when he was able to take advantage of Kobyluck's misfortune when Kobyluck spun out in turn 1 causing the yellow flag to fly for the last time. With Kobyluck out of contention for the win, Gordon no w in second, it appeared that Santerre would be the winner of this much contested race and become the only driver in the series with four wins in 2002. However, NASCAR rules apply here. To the dismay of fans and crew alike, Andy was put back in the secon d place restart position because the caution flag came out before Santerre completed 1 lap.

Santerre has finished strong in the last five races. A win at Adirondack, three top-3 finishes and one top-10 has let Santerre hold onto the lead in the points competition since the series made their trip to Thunder Road.

LesCare Kitchens management entertained over 100 guests at the Magic Mile. The festivities began early in the morning with the finale being the Busch North Series Race. LesCare Kitchens held a private autograph session with driver Andy Santerre for their invited guests. "Andy draws a lot of attention at these events. Every time we have a get together and invite him to sign autographs for our guests, we have people coming from all over hospitality village getting in line, some times just to get a glimpse of him," says James "Jay" Lestorti, Chairman and CEO of LesCare Kitchens, Inc. He continues, "We're proud of Andy. His performance on the track is just part of the whole package. He's really good with the fans, warms up to people easily and this does a lot for LesCare Kitchens. Some of the folks we've been entertaining at these races have never been to one in their life and we're making fans out of them. Andy is a big part of that."

The Busch North Series next track to tackle is Dover Downs International Speedway on September 20th. Santerre has experience from his run in the Busch Series, Grand National Division, on this 1-mile concrete oval and is optimistic about a win. "I know wh at to expect and will probably be much better prepared than some of the other competitors so I'm looking forward to another good run this weekend," says Santerre.

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