BNS: Stafford race notes

If Martin Truex Jr. keeps improving with age, watch out! His 21st birthday was June 28. During the month of July, the SeaWatch Chevrolet driver has recorded finishes of 4-1-2-1, won three Gatorade Front Runner Awards to take over the lead in that...

If Martin Truex Jr. keeps improving with age, watch out! His 21st birthday was June 28. During the month of July, the SeaWatch Chevrolet driver has recorded finishes of 4-1-2-1, won three Gatorade Front Runner Awards to take over the lead in that award program, led 380 of a possible 575 laps, and moved from 14th to sixth in Busch North Series points.

Truex is the fifth driver to win two races in the 2001 season, and all five are among the top six in points, split by one-time winner Tracy Gordon in third place. The highest-ranking non-winner continues to be Dale Quarterley in seventh.

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Brad Boissonneault followed his outstanding performance at NHIS which didn't show up in the boxscore with another outstanding performance which did. His sixth at Stafford is a career best for the B&B Racing driver, who counts a Stafford late model crown and victories in the Race of Champions late model race at both Flemington and Oswego on his resume.

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Bill Penfold is back on track. His seventh place was his second top-ten in a row and his best finish since the season opener at Lee. He moved back in to th top 15 in points.

Meanwhile, Bryon Chew's frustrations continue. The second-year driver from Long Island has now qualified in the top ten seven times, but has only one top ten finish to show for his efforts. He was 26th after engine trouble at the ASB NASCAR 150.

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The preferred pit strategy at Stafford was no pit strategy. While teams were permitted to change two tires under caution, none of the top seven finishers chose to stop for tires on any of the several mid-race cautions. (Fifth place Dennis Demers pitted much earlier.) The highest finisher among the mod-race pit brigade was Tom Bolles, who took eighth in only is second start of the 2001 season.

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Friday night will be a short segment in the Ted Christopher highlight film. "TC" won the Bud Pole, but never led a lap and was scored 29th in the 30 car field. He also suffered engine trouble in his SK Modified and was 28th in a field of 28. He saved the weekend from being a complete loss by leading most of the way and finishing second in Saturday night's Featherlite Modified Series race at Holland, N.Y.

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Please note two changes to the money totals in the ASB NASCAR 150 unofficial results. Travis Benjamin's winnings should be $1,000 (a typo made it look like he raced for free). Bryon Chew was eligible for the final Bonus Plan payment since Mike Rowe didn't qualify for the race. Chew's money won for the ASB NASCAR 150 should be $975.

-Al Robinson

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Martin Truex Jr. , Dale Quarterley , Ted Christopher , Bryon Chew