BNS: Stafford: Robbie Harrison race report

Robbie Harrison extends rookie of the year point lead with eighteenth at Stafford NASCAR Busch North Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year contestant Robbie Harrison, driving the Lux Enterprises Chevrolet, extended his lead in the rookie standings...

Robbie Harrison extends rookie of the year point lead with eighteenth at Stafford

NASCAR Busch North Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year contestant Robbie Harrison, driving the Lux Enterprises Chevrolet, extended his lead in the rookie standings when he won his second Rookie of the Race Award in Friday night's Carquest 150 at Connecticut's Stafford Motor Speedway. His finishing position in the race was eighteenth.

Harrison's practice was cut short when a fuel problem was discovered and had to be addressed. What time Harrison had on the track let the team set the car up for qualifying, where Harrison turned in a best lap of 20.54 seconds around the half-mile oval, good enough for the 23rd spot in the starting field.

"It was all right," he said. "I kind of drove a little over my head there going into the third turn and lost a little bit of time. Other than that, I wish I could have had more practice. If we had had more practice, I think we would have been better off in qualifying. The fuel was screwed up, had water in the gas and only had seven laps of practice, so that really hurt us a lot."

Harrison's first race at Stafford found him struggling with a loose car. He hung on well and put in laps, but was lapped by the leader at the one-third distance mark. A pit stop after halfway allowed Harrison to make a pit stop for adjustments and tires, and he rejoined the race to run to the finish. He ended up two laps down in eighteenth place, extending his lead over Gary Shackford in the Rookie of the Year standings to 26 points, 55-29.

"For the first time being here, it was pretty good I think, aside from being really loose," he said. "It was a good finish. We don't even have to do anything to this car aside from a little bodywork, so that's really good. We finally finished a race, so we're really happy. If the car wasn't so loose I think we could have stayed on the lead lap, but it's not bad for the first time here.

"The track didn't tighten up at all, I don't think," Harrison continued. "It didn't tighten up one bit. Everybody said this place tightens up, but it didn't. This track didn't tighten up at all. I'll know better next time. We have to race here two more times, so we'll know better when we come back. We'll get them next time. I had fun out there, I had a lot of fun racing this track. I just wish I could have stayed on the lead lap. We finished, and after our last few weeks, any finish is a good finish. We had a good night."

Harrison now will prepare for the seventh race of his rookie season, which will be held next Saturday at Holland Speedway outside Buffalo, New York.

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