BNS: Seekonk: News of note, schedule

NEWS OF NOTE * Matt Kobyluck's Budweiser 150 victory in 2002 was the second of his career and his first on a short track. Penfold's second place was the best finish of his career, as was the seventh registered by Seekonk native David Darling.

NEWS OF NOTE

* Matt Kobyluck's Budweiser 150 victory in 2002 was the second of his career and his first on a short track. Penfold's second place was the best finish of his career, as was the seventh registered by Seekonk native David Darling. Martin Truex Jr., Tracy Gordon, and Dale Shaw were third through fifth. Eventual Busch North Series champion Andy Santerre finished 19th.

* The Bud Pole Qualifying record at Seekonk was set in 2002 by Mike Olsen at 12.713 seconds, 94.392 miles per hour. It was Olsen's second straight record-setting Bud Pole at the track.

* The 4th annual Budweiser 150 will be the seventh appearance overall for the Busch North Series at Seekonk Speedway. Two of those took place in the series inaugural year, 1987, when the victories were scored by Chuck Bown and Rick Martin, one of Seekonk's all--time leading winners. A second Busch North Series race was run in 2001, with Dale Shaw the winner. Adding Budweiser 150 winners Dave Dion, Kelly Moore, and Matt Kobyluck, six different drivers have won at the Cement Palace.

* Kobyluck's eighth place start in the 2002 Budweiser 150 is the deepest in the field any Busch North winner has started in the post-2000 era at Seekonk, yet this race has never been won from the pole.

* Seekonk Speedway has been owned and operated by the Venditti family since its opening in 1946, making it the oldest continuously family-operated short track in the USA. Only the Hulman-George family at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has an equally long tenure as family owner-operator. Seekonk became a member of the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series in 2000, and also hosts the Featherlite Modified Series each season.

WHAT'S THE WORD?

"It took me a while to get into a rhythm at Seekonk. You have to be real smooth and not upset the car through the turn. You can't let your mind wander for a split second because the track is small and things happen quickly. I'll never forget my first qualifying run there- it was on my mom's birthday and it was my best Busch North qualifying effort at that time." -- Carey Heath, remembering her first race at Seekonk in 2000 when she qualified 14th.

Budweiser 150, NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series Race #3 of 18
Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, Mass.
Saturday, May 24, 7:30 p.m. (approx.)

Television: SPEED Channel, Monday, May 26, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. EDT

Schedule: Saturday, May 24 -- Practice 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. & 2:30 to 2:45 p.m.; Bud Pole Qualifying 4:00 p.m.; Budweiser 150 7:30 p.m. (approx.)

-nascar-

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Martin Truex Jr. , Matt Kobyluck