Mooresville, North Carolina - Andy Santerre's day at Nashville Superspeedway was cut short after being involved in a three-car incident in Turn One on lap 160 of the 226 lap Inaugural Pepsi 300 Presented by Mapco Express and William Travel Centers...
Mooresville, North Carolina - Andy Santerre's day at Nashville Superspeedway was cut short after being involved in a three-car incident in Turn One on lap 160 of the 226 lap Inaugural Pepsi 300 Presented by Mapco Express and William Travel Centers on April 14, 2001.
Santerre-Reece Motorsports, co-owned by NASCAR Busch Series driver, Andy Santerre and area businessman, Mike Reece, started only their third race of the season and had high hopes entering the event. The team had previously raced Rockingham where they raced in the top-10 until a prolonged pit stop took them out of contention, and at Bristol, where they led 72 laps and earned the Gatorade 'Front Runner Award' before being involved in an accident with a lapped car. The team has shown tremendous promise in their first two outings and had hoped to finally earn a good finish at Nashville.
"I can not understand it," the 32-year old Santerre commented. "I raced 14 Busch Series races last year and didn't tear up one race car. This year, I start my own team and wreck in two of three races." Santerre finishes, "It is frustrating when you are involved in other people's wrecks and there is nothing you can do. We'll just have to keep going, we have potential and we just have to put an entire race together to prove it."
Santerre knew he didn't have a car capable of winning the race, but he was staying out of trouble and getting all he could out of the car in between pit stops.
"We missed the set-up a little on the car," Santerre, a Cherryfield, Maine native said. "We weren't as good as I had hoped after happy hour so I talked to some other teams and got together with my crew chief and we made some changes to the car. During the race, I wished we hadn't made some of the changes we did/We were just going to adjust on the car and ride it out to get the best finish we could."
Santerre and the team raced in and around the 20th position the entire race until the accident. Santerre finished 33rd earning $7,885.
Santerre-Reece Motorsports will race the Hardees 250 at Richmond International Raceway on May 4, 2001 if sponsorship is secured. The team will race the CVA Pharmacy 200 Presented by Bayer at New Hampshire International on May 12, 2001 with Team EJP as the primary sponsor.