Sanel Auto Parts 150, Lee USA Speedway, Sunday, April 21, 2002 Andy Santerre's victory was the 11th of his Busch North Series career, but his first on a short track since 1997. He won on the road course at Watkins Glen and the superspeedway at...
Sanel Auto Parts 150, Lee USA Speedway, Sunday, April 21, 2002
Andy Santerre's victory was the 11th of his Busch North Series career, but his first on a short track since 1997. He won on the road course at Watkins Glen and the superspeedway at NHIS in 2000, meaning his last three wins have covered the three categories of Busch North Series racing venues.
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Mike Olsen's Bud Pole was his sixth in the last nine Busch North Series events on short tracks. That's impressive under any circumstances, but those are his only career Bud Poles, and until 2001, qualifying was considered the weak point of Olsen's game. Olsen and Mike Johnson traded finishing positions from the same event one year ago.
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The Sanel Auto Parts 150 produced three lead changes after the preceding three events at Lee USA had been led from flag to flag by Brad Leighton (1999), Dale Shaw (2000), and Tracy Gordon (2001). Santerre took the lead to stay with an outside pass of Matt Kobyluck, who was the only driver in the top ten not to pit for right-side tires.
Dale Shaw delivered a fourth place finish with a car which bore the scars of several tangles. Shaw also overcame a penalty which sent him to tail of the field for pitting before the pits were officially opened. It was a good day for another Center Conway, N.H. resident, as Gary Shackford picked up Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Race honors in his first Busch North Series start. Shackford is the truck driver for the Shaw team.
A hard crash into the turn one wall during practice prevented Barney McRae and Jarod Robie from attempting to qualify for the Sanel Auto Parts 150. Both cars suffered serious rear body damage. It was the first Busch North Series race McRae has missed starting in several years.
The Busch North Series teams will next be on the track at New Hampshire International Speedway's spring open test days, set for Tuesday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 1. That session will be the first on the revised configuration at NHIS.