BNS: Notebook 2002-03-11

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - On display in the NASCAR Touring booth at the New York State Fairgrounds this weekend were the Little Trees Chevrolet of 2001 Busch North Series champion Mike Olsen and the E.J. Prescott-Wittenberg University Chevrolet driven to...

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - On display in the NASCAR Touring booth at the New York State Fairgrounds this weekend were the Little Trees Chevrolet of 2001 Busch North Series champion Mike Olsen and the E.J. Prescott-Wittenberg University Chevrolet driven to victory last August at Watkins Glen by Tom Carey. While Carey’s name was still lettered over the door, car owner Andy Santerre is expected to make his BNS return driving the #44 during the 2002 campaign. The extent of Santerre’s schedule has not been announced.

Meanwhile, Carey may also be seen in for a limited schedule with the team owned as well as sponsored by the Prescott family.

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Mike Olsen and Featherlite Modified Series champion Mike Stefanik both signed autographs on Saturday afternoon, just before the balmy weather which graced the opening two days of the show turned to gale force winds and heavy rain, followed by wind-blown snow on Sunday.

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Joining the two Busch North cars on display was the Featherlite Modified Series car owned and driven by Jan Leaty. Moving the trio around the show floor was an education in the difference between the two divisions. Half-a-dozen people can find a bumper or nerf bar or shock tower to grab and push the open wheel car, but the only place to really get a firm grip on a modern full-bodied race car is to reach through a window and hold the rollcage. Every outer surface is a compound curve.

Also on display separately from the NASCAR booth was the Bombard Chevrolet Monte Carlo of Syracuse driver Mike Fanatcone, who made his BNS debut at Watkins Glen in 2001.

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Some statistics of note of note to emerge in the preparation of the 2002 Busch North Series Media Guide. The 2001 season averaged 5.1 caution periods for 31.2 laps during the 20 races completed, with 3.85 lead changes. By comparison, the 2000 season saw 6.1 cautions for 40.7 laps, and a nearly-identical 3.76 lead changes. In other words, BNS racing in 2001was cleaner and equally competitive with the season before.

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