Ryan Seaman Entertains Columbia Home Loans Guests With Eleventh Place Stafford Finish (Stafford Springs, Conn. - Aug. 10, 2005) - Ryan Seaman had fifty employees and guests of his sponsor Columbia Home Loans, and Ocean First Bank in attendance...
Ryan Seaman Entertains Columbia Home Loans Guests With Eleventh Place Stafford Finish
(Stafford Springs, Conn. - Aug. 10, 2005) - Ryan Seaman had fifty employees and guests of his sponsor Columbia Home Loans, and Ocean First Bank in attendance at Wednesday night's NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series race at Stafford Motor Speedway, and they left happy after seeing their car finish eleventh in the TSI Harley-Davidson 150.
Seaman's day was looking good as he posted the twelfth-fastest time in practice, but lost time in qualifying and got the nineteenth starting spot.
"We were decent in practice, staying consistent all day," he said. "I'm not too happy with with my qualifying, but I just don't have that part of the game down yet. We were a couple tenths faster in practice than we were in qualifying. We're starting right in the middle of the pack, and we should be able to put on a good show for the Columbia Home Loans guests here."
He went to see those guests after qualifying, visiting with them and signing autographs in their hospitality tent.
"There's some good people over there, and it was cool to hang out with them before the race. A lot of them are at a racetrack for the first time and they're excited. We'll put on a good show for them," he said.
Seaman quickly made progress towards the front at the start of the race, jumping to eleventh in the opening laps, but then the car's handling tightened up during a 50-lap stretch of green-flag racing, and he was put a lap down. Things got worse when contact with another car sent him spinning down the backstretch, though that accident only did minor cosmetic damage to the No. 06 Columbia Home Loans Chevrolet and he quickly rejoined the race. Under this caution, he pitted and the ERS Motorsports team replaced the right-side tires and checked on the damage.
Two cautions later, Seaman was the "beneficiary", allowed to return to the lead lap, and once he did that he pitted for a chassis adjustment and set off to finish the race strongly. He was up to twelfth with just a handful of laps to go, and raced Charles Lewandoski hard on the final lap to take eleventh place.
"It was eventful," he said after the race. "I think we went from nineteenth to twelfth, then from twelfth to a lap down, then back on the lead lap and back to eleventh. The car just went away early and got wicked tight in the beginning, and we didn't get a caution to be able to come in and fix it until we went a lap down. We had a little contact with somebody and got spun out, but we got going again and eventually got the free pass back onto the lead lap.
"The car was a little beat up, but we had a good battle to get to eleventh at the end," Seaman continued. "For what we had tonight, I guess eleventh was pretty good. I think we put on a good show for the guys from Columbia Home Loans and they had a good time. It was NICE!"
The next race will be at Radford, Virginia's Motor Mile Speedway, which the series will be visiting for the first time.