Mooresville, North Carolina -- Santerre-Reece Motorsports, owned by Busch Series driver, Andy Santerre, Winston-Salem area businessman, Mike Reece, and Briggs Cunningham III, will field a NASCAR Busch Series and Busch North Series car this weekend...
Mooresville, North Carolina -- Santerre-Reece Motorsports, owned by Busch Series driver, Andy Santerre, Winston-Salem area businessman, Mike Reece, and Briggs Cunningham III, will field a NASCAR Busch Series and Busch North Series car this weekend in both the CVS Pharmacy 125 and 200 Presented by Bayer on May 12, 2001.
Andy Santerre, a Cherryfield, Maine native, will drive the #01 Santerre-Reece Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo with primary sponsorship from Everett J. Prescott, Inc. (EJP), in the Busch Series event and Tom Carey, Jr., an Orange, Massachusetts native, wi ll drive the Andy Santerre Motorsports #44 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, also sponsored by Team EJP in the NASCAR Busch North Series race.
Santerre and Carey Jr. are both excited about this weekend as they are both New England natives with a fondness for the Magic Mile.
"I have always considered New Hampshire my home track," the 32-year old Santerre confirmed. "I have raced more laps at New Hampshire than on most of the Busch Series tracks combined, and I credit my racing there as part of the reason I have a Busch Series career. New Hampshire was the first NASCAR track of its kind in New England and it really opened the doors for us Northern drivers. I am excited about the weekend and I know for at least one week, that will I have as many fans in the stands as the rest of the field."
Tom Carey Jr. agrees, "It is exciting to race at New Hampshire. Not only do I get to come back north and see my family, friends and fans, but I know when I roll onto the track that I will have a competitive race car." Carey Jr. elaborates, " I have quite a bit of experience here and have enjoyed some success and Andy (Santerre) has too. Together, we have extensive knowledge about this track and its quirky personality. Bring on the race, I can't wait."
Santerre had dabbled in the Busch North Series in the past, winning two of the last four Busch North Series races at the 1.058 mile oval. Carey Jr. was hired on as an employee of Santerre-Reece Motorsports with the intention of racing him in four NASCAR B usch North Series races.
It wasn't until a week ago that Santerre opted to field a Busch North entry. "We sent our entry in to cover our bases," Santerre explained. "But it wasn't until two weeks ago that we decided to attempt both races. We had planned to run the Busch Series race at Richmond last weekend, but we wrecked cars at both Nashville and Bristol and couldn't take a chance on the same thing happening at Richmond with New Hampshire the next w eekend. We got financial backing from EJP for New Hampshire and were committed to this race. Since we couldn't do Richmond as well, we opted to race both New Hampshire races." Santerre finishes, "I have won two races there in the past two years and I h ave a pretty good race set-up. Tom (Carey Jr.) is a proven driver and I have every confidence in the world in him and his ability to put the #44 in victory lane."
As for Santerre's hopes for the Busch Series race, "I finished 6th here last year and I hope only to improve on my finish and again show how competitive this brand new Santerre-Reece Motorsports team can be!" Santerre-Reece Motorsports and Andy Santerre le d 72 laps at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 24, 2001 to earn the Gatorade "Front Runner" Award in only their second outing as a team.
Santerre-Reece Motorsports is fueled by a group of New England natives that are just as excited about the trip north. Stan Meserve, a 30-year racing veteran and the Santerre-Reece Motorsports crew chief, is originally from Unity, Maine and is known throug hout New England for his own racing prowess. Wayne Severance, a Granby, Connecticut native, currently works as fabricator/mechanic for the team as does Carl Hand, a Penn Yan, New York native.
The CVS Pharmacy 200 Presented by Bayer is scheduled to start at 1:00 PM on Saturday, May 12, 2001.