Paul Wolfe climbs from 33rd to 16th in solid Busch Series debut at Dover DOVER, DE - (Sept. 21, 2003) In his NASCAR Busch Series debut on Saturday, Sept. 20, Paul Wolfe worked his way through the field for an impressive 16th place finish in the...
Paul Wolfe climbs from 33rd to 16th in solid Busch Series debut at Dover
DOVER, DE - (Sept. 21, 2003) In his NASCAR Busch Series debut on Saturday, Sept. 20, Paul Wolfe worked his way through the field for an impressive 16th place finish in the Stacker 200 at Dover International Speedway. Wolfe, who was forced to start his No. 6 Dodge sponsored by the Unilever Bestfoods brands LIPTON® and RAGÚ® 33rd after qualifying was canceled, drove to as high as 15th in the race.
"The LIPTON and RAGÚ Dodge was great in the early stages of the race," said Wolfe, a 26-year-old Milford, NY native. "It was unfortunate we had to start from where we did because we had at least a top-15 car for qualifying. Tommy Baldwin, Eddie D'Hondt and our crew had us well prepared though, and I was able to run my line and pass several cars before the track started to tighten up. I am definitely satisfied with the day we had, and it feels good to get that first Busch race under my belt."
Known as the "Monster Mile," Dover is a fast and challenging one-mile, high-banked oval. Since the weather from Hurricane Isabel eliminated qualifying, Wolfe started the race from the 33rd position based on car owner points accumulated by Tommy Baldwin Racing in previous races this season.
When the No. 44 of Mike Harmon hit the turn 2 wall on lap 4 to bring out the race's first caution, Wolfe had already jumped up to 24th place. He was in 17th on lap 17 and drove high to avoid an accident involving five cars coming out of turn 4. Wolfe advanced to 15th on lap 32 and stayed in the top-20 during nearly all of the remaining laps despite battling a tight racecar.
When it was all over, Wolfe had gained 17 positions. The only other drivers in the 43-car field that moved up more were Martin Truex, Jr. (19 spots) and Mark Green (18). Brian Vickers won the Stacker 200 and took over the Busch Series points lead. Bobby Hamilton, Jr., Scott Riggs, Kasey Kahne and Mike Bliss rounded out the top-five.
Wolfe has been racing the last four years in the Busch North Series, where he has earned top-10 finishes in over 40 percent of his career starts. Wolfe won the Bud Pole and finished second in last September's BNS race at Dover. That qualifying performance at 24.315 seconds (148.057 miles per hour) was the fastest qualifying lap in BNS history.
Unilever Bestfoods North America is headquartered in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., and is a unit of Unilever, one of the world's largest consumer products companies, with annual sales of approximately $47 billion in 2002. In addition to foods, Unilever also produces and markets a wide range of home and personal care products. Unilever operates in 88 countries around the globe and employs approximately 258,000 people.
Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR), who also owns Wolfe's No. 9 BNS Tops Dodge, operated the No. 6 LIPTON and RAGÚ Dodge at Dover. TBR is co-owned by Baldwin and D'Hondt. Baldwin was the crew chief for the race.
For updated information about Wolfe and the Tops Racing Team, visit www.paulwolfe.net. For more information about LIPTON, visit www.lipton.com. For more information about RAGÚ, visit www.ragu.com.