* Dover Intl. Speedway's Sunoco 150 To Crown 2007 NASCAR Busch East Series Champion * Joey Logano, No. 20 Joe Gibbs Driven Chevrolet Team Wins Title By Starting Race * Sean Caisse, Matt Kobyluck, Peyton Sellers Vie For Prime ...
* Dover Intl. Speedway's Sunoco 150 To Crown 2007 NASCAR Busch East Series Champion
* Joey Logano, No. 20 Joe Gibbs Driven Chevrolet Team Wins Title By
* Sean Caisse, Matt Kobyluck, Peyton Sellers Vie For Prime Points Finishes
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 18, 2007) -- Season-long series points leader Joey Logano will win the 2007 NASCAR Busch East Series when he takes the green flag for the season-ending Sunoco 150 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway Friday, Sept. 21. Logano, 17, and the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Driven Chevrolet team need 19 points to clinch the title. The minimum points for finishing last (30th place) is 73 points.
The series points race took an unexpected twist last Friday at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, N.H. Matt Kobyluck (No. 40 Mohegan Sun Chevrolet), Logano's primary challenger in the points race, was swept into an accident in the closing laps and finished 33rd. Sean Caisse (No. 44 Casella Waste Systems Chevrolet), who arrived in New Hampshire third in points, finished second in the race. He overtook Kobyluck for second in points, and left Logano 19 points shy of clinching the title. Ironically, of drivers expected to enter Dover's Sunoco 150, only Kobyluck has a previous win there in 2002. Caisse, Kobyluck, or Peyton Sellers (No. 83 Strutmasters.com Chevrolet) each have a chance to finish second in the points race.
Dover International Speedway offers challenges to the NASCAR Busch East Series drivers that no other track has offered this year: a concrete racing surface and the highest banking -- 24 degrees -- of any track on the series' 2007 schedule. Qualifying will also play a significant role. The starting field is limited to 30. The starting field last weekend at Loudon was 41. Logano has been the top qualifier for three events this year. Caisse leads the season long Budweiser Pole Award standings with five pole awards.
Logano has been competitive on every type of track the series has visited this year. His wins have come at short tracks (Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Greenville, S.C., and Adirondack International Speedway in Beaver Falls, N.Y., an intermediate track, the .875-mile Iowa Speedway in Newton, Ia., and superspeedway, the 1.058-mile New Hampshire International Speedway twice this year. He was also competitive on the road course at Lime Rock Park in Conn., until he fell from contention due to an off course excursion. He placed 23rd, one of only three times he has placed outside of the top five in the 12 races leading up to Friday's finale at Dover. He has collected $91,425 in prize money so far this year.
NEWS & NOTES
* The race ... The Sunoco 150 is the 13th of 13 races for the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series in 2007. It is the seventh visit to the track since 1998.
* The track ... Dover International Speedway hosted its first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event in 1969. Jimmy Spencer won the first NASCAR Busch East Series race at Dover on July 18, 1998.
* Points chase ... Series points leader Logano will clinch the 2007 NASCAR Busch East Series championship at Dover by taking the green flag at the start of the event.
* Competing for Showdown spot ... NASCAR Busch East Series drivers only have the Dover event left to secure a spot in the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown by winning a race. Only NASCAR Grand National race winners and champions of the NASCAR Developmental Series will be locked in to the field. All others must race their way in. The rich and prestigious all-star event is scheduled for Oct. 20 at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway. NASCAR Busch East Series drivers who have won starting spots include Logano, Kobyluck, Caisse, Rogelio Lopez and Eddie MacDonald.
What: Sunoco 150 NASCAR Busch East Series Race #13 of 13
Where: Dover (Del.) International Speedway
When: 4:45 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21
Track layout: 1-mile concrete banked oval
Distance: 150 Laps, 150 miles.
Posted Awards: $222,874
TV: HDNet, Live 4:30 p.m.(Enhanced replay, SPEED, Noon, Oct. 10, 2007)
2006 winner: Tim Andrews
2006 polesitter: Sean Caisse
Records: 1-lap qualifying, Sean Caisse, Chevrolet, 152.782 mph (23.563 sec.) Sept. 22, 2006
Pre-race schedule: Qualifying, 12:35 p.m. Note: All times subject to change.
NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series Top 10: 1.Joey Logano 1,943; 2. Sean Caisse, 1,772; 3. Matt Kobyluck 1,740; 4. Peyton Sellers 1,724; 5. Mike Olsen 1,603; 6. Jamie Hayes 1,1582 7. Jeffrey Earnhardt 1,571; 8. Rogelio Lopez 1,550; 9. Bryon Chew 1,510; 10. Marc Davis 1,508.