BNS: Thompson post-race notes

Pepsi Racing 150, Thompson International Speedway, Saturday, July 14 All three of the Truex family's Busch North Series wins have come in the month of July. Martin Sr. won at NHIS on July 9, 1994, Martin Jr. at NHIS on July 7, 2000 and Thompson...

Pepsi Racing 150, Thompson International Speedway, Saturday, July 14

All three of the Truex family's Busch North Series wins have come in the month of July. Martin Sr. won at NHIS on July 9, 1994, Martin Jr. at NHIS on July 7, 2000 and Thompson on July 14, 2001.

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While the top five positions in the Busch North Series standings remain unchanged, the Thompson results gave a big shuffle to the bottom half of the top ten. Dale Quarterley moves from seventh to sixth and Jamie Aube from tenth to seventh, while Bryan Wall joins the select circle in eighth and Martin Truex Jr. goes all the way from 14th to a tie for tenth.

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Joey McCarthy and Bryan Wall provided highlight film material by running side-by-side for four laps while dueling for fourth. McCarthy later held off a snarling pack of Ted Christopher, Brad Leighton, and Tracy Gordon in the final laps.

McCarthy's eighth was his career best, his first top ten, and gave him his second Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Race Award in three weeks.

Wall's fourth was his best of the year and capped a good night for the Wall's Ford team, which saw Roger Raymond qualify 11th ad finish 16th.overall and second among rookies.

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Tom Bolles netted the Flowmaster Star of the Race Award in his first start of the season. Despite a spectacular ride through the grass and into the dirt bank on the inside of the back straight, he was able to stay on the lead lap and advance from 30th to 12th, edging Kelly Moore's 22nd to 6th and Fred Skaff's 36th to 20th for the Flowmaster honors.

Bolles, who ranked in the top ten of the Busch North Series standings from 1994 to 1997, has been busy managing his family's new dealership in Union, Conn. Like Raybestos Rookie leader Brian Hoar, Bolles is a Dodge dealer who races a GM product.

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Tim Strojny was impressive in qualifying his former Jimmy Spencer Chevrolet for 21st in the Pepsi Racing 150 lineup and running in the middle of the pack before being eliminated in a turn one skirmish on lap 59. Strojny, the former crew chief for Dale Quarterley, joined Bolles, Todd Wilkinson, and John Cerbone in making the Thompson field after failing to qualify in earlier appearances his season. Tommy Beamer suffered engine trouble in practice and was the lone non-qualifier at the Pepsi Racing 150.

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Fred Skaff made his first driving appearance of 2001, but The Woodworks Ford he owns had previously raced at NHIS in May with Mike Gallo at the wheel.

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While Ted Christopher ran an uncharacteristically quiet ninth in the Pepsi Racing 150, he won the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series modified portion of the Thompson program, just he did earlier this year at Stafford.

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It wasn't a good night for the Johnson Lumber team. Mike Johnson was forced out of the Pepsi Racing 150 by damage to the right front suspension, finishing 33rd and losing over 100 points to Mike Olsen in th battl for the Busch North Series title. The Johnsons also sponsor the "speed shot" camera used by AT&T Broadband's "Speedway Heat" television coverage. During the final race of the evening, a pro stock racer got the tail end on top of the front straight wall, wiping out the Johnson Lumber Speed Cam so completely the production crew couldn't find the lens among the scattered debris! Like Mike Johnson's earlier trip around the track on the rim in a shower of sparks, the picture was spectacular.

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NHIS SCHEDULE CHANGE: It was announced at Thompson that the Busch North Series final practice at NHIS has been changed from Friday morning, July 20, to Thursday afternoon, July 19, in order to allow the teams to practice under conditions closer to those likely to be found on race day. There will be n scheduled on-track activity for the Busch North Series on Friday.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Jimmy Spencer , Martin Truex Jr. , Bryan Wall , Dale Quarterley , Mike Johnson , Ted Christopher