NOTES OF INTEREST: * The Busch 125 is the first of seven Busch North Series races to be televised nationally on SPEED Channel during the 2002 season. The race will be shown between 8 and 10 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, May 20. * Ted...
NOTES OF INTEREST:
* The Busch 125 is the first of seven Busch North Series races to be televised nationally on SPEED Channel during the 2002 season. The race will be shown between 8 and 10 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, May 20.
* Ted Christopher won this event in 2001, taking the lead for the final time when Tom Carey cut a tire and scraped along the front straight wall with just four laps remaining. It was Christopher's fourth NHIS win, which tied him for the track record until Brad Leighton broke the tie in July. Prior to Carey's misfortune, he and Christopher had traded the lead three times as the final 86 laps were run under the green flag. Christopher averaged 108.476 mph as only 12 laps were run under caution. Martin Truex Jr., Mike Johnson, Brad Leighton and Paul Wolfe completed the top five.
* In the most recent Busch North Series appearance at NHIS last July, Leighton squeezed past Truex with just five laps to go, forcing Truex, who hadn't lost a race since he turned 21 two weeks earlier, to settle for second again. Kelly Moore, Matt Kobyluck, and Dale Quarterley were third through fifth.
*The third scheduled Busch North Series race at NHIS in 2001, set for September 16, was cancelled due to the events of the preceding week and was not rescheduled.
* Martin Truex Jr.'s track record stands at 30.356 seconds or 125.471 mph, set in July 2000. Kelly Moore won the Bud Pole for this event last May with a non-record lap of 30.561 seconds, 124.829 mph.
* Busch 125 will be the 36th Busch North Series event at NHIS since 1990; the most races hosted by one speedway in the series history. Brad Leighton leads all drivers with five wins, while Ted Christopher, Mike McLaughlin, and Kelly Moore are tied with four. Dale Shaw and Joe Bessey have three wins, followed by Ricky Craven and Andy Santerre with two. Single winners are Jamie Aube, Martin Truex Sr., Mike Stefanik, Steve Park, Dave Dion, Jerry Marquis, Tom Carey, and Martin Truex Jr.
* New Hampshire International Speedway opened in July 1990 on the site of the former Bryar Motorsport Park road course, which contained a small infield oval, where Brad Leighton, among others, raced street stocks on Wednesday night during the mid-1980's. The Busch North Series was part of the opening weekend, a "combination" race with the Busch Series, Grand National Division. The two series have raced separately on this weekend since 1996.
* Drivers still active who raced in the first Busch North Series event at NHIS include Kelly Moore, Dale Shaw, Jamie Aube, Mike Olsen, Mike Rowe, and Barney McRae.
STAT OF THE WEEK
Dale Shaw passed the $900,000 mark in Busch North Series career money won in the season-opening Sanel Auto Parts 150 at Lee USA Speedway, and Brad Leighton is likely to join him in that club this weekend. They rank second and third on the money list behind Kelly Moore, who has won over $1.2 million.