SEAN CAISSE SCORES THIRD BUSCH EAST SERIES WIN OF 2006 AT ADIRONDACK, CLOSES GAP ON POINT LEADER MIKE OLSEN BEAVER FALLS, N.Y. -- Sean Caisse scored his third NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series victory of 2006 Saturday night...
SEAN CAISSE SCORES THIRD BUSCH EAST SERIES WIN OF 2006 AT ADIRONDACK, CLOSES GAP ON POINT LEADER MIKE OLSEN
BEAVER FALLS, N.Y. -- Sean Caisse scored his third NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series victory of 2006 Saturday night in the Edge Hotel 150 presented by Casella Waste Systems at Adirondack International Speedway, closing the gap to point leader Mike Olsen to 34 points with four races remaining. Bryon Chew finished second with Olsen third, Brian Hoar fourth, and Dale Quarterley fifth.
Matt Kobyluck, seeking his third straight Adirondack victory, secured the Busch Pole with a track record performance, and for 99 laps he held off every move that fellow front row starter Caisse could throw at him. Then Kobyluck was forced to take a wide line in turn four and Caisse grabbed the lead he would never lose. Kobyluck remained Caisse's closest challenger until he spun after contact with the third place car of Carlos Pardo with four laps remaining in the scheduled 150 lap distance. Mike Johnson could not avoid Kobyluck, putting both out of the race, elevating Chew to the runner-up spot, and extending the contest to an eventual 162 laps to achieve a green-white-checker finish.
Although he had stopped for tires while Caisse ran non-stop, Chew was not able to challenge Caisse in the two-lap dash. Olsen, who did not pit, was likewise able to hold off the fresher tires of Hoar and Quarterley. Jeff Anton, Joey McCarthy, Tracy Gordon, Ryan Seaman, and Kip Stockwell completed the top ten. Caisse averaged 57.132 miles per hour and won by 0.130 seconds.
The caution flag waved seven times for 70 laps, including a red flag at lap 127 following a second turn accident involving Rich Gould, Todd Aldrich, and Jeremy Clark. No drivers were injured. Ray Ciccarelli, making his first Busch East Series appearance won the POWERade Power Move of the Race Award for advancing from 29th starting position to finish 16th. Dion Ciccarelli, Ray's brother, was the top finishing Sunoco Rookie contender and tied Ruben Pardo for the Sunoco Rookie points lead. Bryon Chew received the Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award after improving his last performance at New Hampshire International Speedway by 30 positions.
Caisse reduced Olsen's point lead from 54 to 34 with four races remaining. Behind the leaders there was a major upheaval as Hoar and Chew moved into third and fourth places at the expense of Kobyluck and Johnson. Hoar, however, trails Olsen by 185 points. McCarthy and Charles Lewandoski swapped seventh and eighth places, as did Jeff Anton and Ruben Pardo with ninth and tenth positions.
The Busch East Series season resumes on Saturday, August 19, at Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl.