* Stafford Springs, CT - (July 27, 1996) - Mike Olsen and the "Little Trees" Race team showed up at Stafford Motor Speedway optimistic about the CarQuest 150. However, the challenging half-mile oval would show no mercy on the young No. Haverhill, NH driver when an accident collected the No. 61 Pontiac taking him out of the race after completing only 46 laps. The "Little Trees" Race team started their day off by turning a lap of 84.610 mph, an impressive eleventh fastest of the 50 cars attempting to make the 30-car field. The cars rolled out onto the track to take the green flag and Olsen was ready. Immediately the "Little Trees" Pontiac moved into the seventh position after getting the jump on the No. 34 of Glenn Sullivan, the No. 09 of Steve Park, and the No. 44 of Andy Santerre. An incident on lap two brought out the yellow and the field lined up for the restart with Olsen ready to gain more ground. The No. 22 of Jeff Barry and the No. 51 of Stefanik got by the "Little Trees" Pontiac dropping Olsen back into the eighth position, but Olsen held onto his position constantly applying pressure to Stefanik as they circled the uniquely shaped track. It was on lap 44 that Barry got into Stefanik on the backstretch causing him to spin. Olsen was just exiting turn two and began to slow when he saw the incident. The No. 13 of Ted Christopher bumped him in the back pushing him forward into Stefanik resulting in heavy front end suspension damage. "I'm not sure what got it started," said Olsen. "I got sideways and when I gathered it up, the 51 was sitting there and I hit him hard. I broke the radiator, had suspension damage, and the frame is damaged. Its too bad because the "Little Trees" Pontiac was running real good."
* The team will now prepare for the Busch North Series' first road course event of the season at Watkins Glen International Speedway slated for August 10. The event will be a supporting event for the Winston Cup Series.