Championship Stretch Starts at Adirondack for Sean Caisse Tricky Upstate New York Half-mile Next Up for Caisse and ASM Team CONCORD, NC (July 26, 2006) -- The 2006 NASCAR Busch East Series year may have only started seven weeks...
Championship Stretch Starts at Adirondack for Sean Caisse
Tricky Upstate New York Half-mile Next Up for Caisse and ASM Team
CONCORD, NC (July 26, 2006) -- The 2006 NASCAR Busch East Series year may have only started seven weeks ago, but the season is already more than half-over. Saturday's Edge Hotel 150 Presented by Casella Waste Systems at Adirondack International Speedway is the seventh race of 2006, leaving only four events after AIS remaining on the schedule. That doesn't leave much time for Sean Caisse and the Andy Santerre Motorsports team to make their way to the top spot in the championship standings.
That's quite okay. Both driver and team are poised to make their championship aspirations come true.
Two wins earlier in the year and two-straight runner-up finishes at Lake Erie (PA) and New Hampshire International Speedway have crept Caisse and the Casella-sponsored #44 nearer to the points lead, but this Saturday at Adirondack, Caisse is focused on outrunning championship rival Mike Olsen to get closer to the title.
"Andy (Santerre, team owner and four-time BES champion) won the championship last year only winning two races, so there's no pressure to win, but winning is still a goal for this team," said Caisse. "Our main objective is to go out and beat Mike Olsen. That's our main goal at the racetrack. If we can finish fifth and Olsen finishes sixth, then that's a good day for us.
"No matter where we are on the racetrack, we want to see Olsen behind us. He's got a good program going for him now. He's on top of his game right now. He's got a well-prepared car and he's not going to have any mishaps that are his own doing. We just have to go out there and beat him on the racetrack every week."
Although Caisse has finished second to Olsen in back-to-back races, he's poised to make a turnaround at Adirondack. The tight half-mile in upstate New York was the scene of a strong run for Caisse last year before a last-lap spin relegated him to a 13th place finish. With one race-event's worth of laps under his belt, Caisse is ready to go at AIS this time around.
"It's a fun racetrack and I had a good run there last year. I think we were in the top five for most of the race and I got spun on the last lap. We had some altercations with other drivers throughout the race last year, but this time we want to keep the car out of harm's way.
"You really have to get through the corners good there. Forward bite is a big key at Adirondack. It's hard to get both of those at the same time. The best part on the racetrack is coming off of four. There's a little dip in the racetrack and a lot of guys slide up off the corner. If you can get off the corner better then you can slide under the guys who slip up."
The Edge Hotel 150 Presented by Casella Waste Systems at Adirondack is set to take the green flag shortly after 8pm on Saturday July 29th.