NEW ENGLAND DODGE DEALERS TWIN 100'S RESCHEDULED FOR OCT. 8 AT THOMPSON INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY * Busch North Series Championship Could be Decided at Thompson for the First Time DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 17, 2005) -- For the NASCAR Grand ...
NEW ENGLAND DODGE DEALERS TWIN 100'S RESCHEDULED FOR OCT. 8 AT THOMPSON INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
* Busch North Series Championship Could be Decided at Thompson for the First Time
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 17, 2005) -- For the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series, it all comes down to the final 100 laps. Literally.
The New England Dodge Dealers Twin 100's presented by Pepsi has been re-scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 8. The new date, which includes a 100-lap race for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and a 100-lap Busch North Series race, is now the season finale for the Busch North Series. It marks the first time Busch North Series will conclude its season at the 5/8-mile Thompson track.
Two-time Busch North Series champion Mike Stefanik, of Coventry, R.I., has chased a championship at Thompson before.
"I've been there in a race for the championship, with all the pressure in the world," said Stefanik, who won back-to-back Busch North Series titles in 1997 and '98 along with consecutive championships in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour the same seasons.
The Whelen Modified Tour has traditionally ended its season at Thompson, so a last-chance championship showdown on the historic track is a familiar situation for Stefanik.
"The worst case scenario I ever had was heading into Thompson in 1989, leading Reggie Ruggiero by one point for my first [Whelen Modified Tour] championship," said Stefanik. "I dealt with the pressure then and I can deal with it now. I want it just as bad now as I did then, and I hope I'm in the hunt."
Reigning Busch North Series champion Andy Santerre, of Cherryfield, Maine, says the fans are in for a treat at Thompson.
"I think it's great," said Santerre. "I think a lot of guys will be going for the championship and I hope I'm one of them. In early October, the weather is usually still pretty good in Connecticut and Thompson's always a lot of fun. I love going to Lime Rock in the fall, but this will be exciting."
The event, originally scheduled for June 12, was postponed by rain just after qualifying began. Both divisions will need to re-qualify for the event, as the previous time trial results have been discarded. Forty-one Whelen Modified Tour teams and 34 Busch North teams were on hand for the original event. A competitive field is expected to return in October when championship races are on the line for both divisions.
Competitors and fans are urged to retain their pit passes and grandstand tickets from June 12, as rain checks will be issued by the Speedway. Advance tickets are also available by contacting the Thompson International Speedway box office.