BUSCH: Andy Santerre Heads to New Hampshire

Andy Santerre Heads to New Hampshire For Homecoming Harrisburg, North Carolina - Though Andy Santerre, the 1998 Raybestos "Rookie of the Year" champion, will not be racing in the NASCAR Busch Series 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway on...

Andy Santerre Heads to New Hampshire For Homecoming

Harrisburg, North Carolina - Though Andy Santerre, the 1998 Raybestos "Rookie of the Year" champion, will not be racing in the NASCAR Busch Series 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway on Saturday, May 8, 1999, he will be in attendance and available to fans for two autograph sessions.

Andy Santerre, the 1998 Raybestos "Rookie of the Year" was injured in a lap-24 incident at Daytona International Speedway on February 13th in the season opening Napa Auto Parts 300.

Santerre suffered a broken right leg with five fractures on the tibial plateau (area below the knee cap) and one fracture on his fibula (small bone on the outside of the lower leg). He underwent surgery on February 15th at Wake Forest University Medical Center to repair the fractures with three plates and over 18 screws.

Santerre has been convalescing at home for the past two months and has attended only three races since his accident. He is eagerly waiting to attend the New Hampshire event.

"I am looking forward to visiting NHIS and all my fans there," Santerre enthusiastically explained. "I may not be racing and I am disappointed about that, but I've had a lot of requests for appearances and interviews so I am heading north next week. I have been saving all my energy to make this trip and even though I want to race, it is better that I take this additional time to heal and come back 100% in June."

Santerre had been dejected about missing his only chance to race in front of his hometown crowd until his team, Innovative Motorsports, decided to enter the Busch North race at New Hampshire on July 10, 1999 with their #44 MONRO Muffler Brake & Service Chevrolet Monte Carlo. - more -

"I am real glad I will have a chance to race at NHIS this year," Santerre admitted. "It holds a place near and dear to my heart and I have a lot of fans who go to watch me race. They will get that chance this year in July."

Friends, fans and family will be able to see Santerre, a Cherryfield, Maine native, at three appearances over the three-day race weekend beginning may 6, 1999.

On Thursday, May 6, 1999, he will be participating in the autograph session prior to the annual Busch North/Busch South softball game at Memorial Field in Concord, New Hampshire. The autograph session is scheduled to start at 5:30 PM in the tent located to the left of the field.

On Friday, May 7, 1999, Santerre will participate in the autograph session organized by race track officials under the grandstands prior to qualifying. Friday evening, Santerre will head to Makris Lobster and Steak House on Route 106 just south of the Speedway for "Around the Oval," a radio show, broadcast on WKXL AM/FM. His broadcast and appearance is scheduled to begin between 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM.

Andy Santerre and his family would like to thank all the well wishers for all the support, kind words, and prayers during this difficult time.

"I am still getting cards and phone calls," Santerre exclaimed. "I broke my leg two months ago and fans are still sending me cards and letters of support and encouragement. I even have two fan club members that send me a card every week. It is very moving and when I am having a bad day, the cards and notes really brighten my day." Santerre adds, "At times I just stare at the three or four shoeboxes of cards my wife has saved and shake my head in wonder at all the fans that care about me and my situation."

Elliott Sadler has been filling in for Santerre the past two months and will continue to drive the MONRO Racing #47 until Santerre returns to competition.

Santerre expects to be back in the race car full-time starting June 5, 1999 in the MBNA Platinum 200 at Dover Downs International Speedway.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Elliott Sadler