SEAN CAISSE FASTEST IN PRACTICE FOR DOVER'S SUNOCO 150; BUSCH EAST SERIES QUALIFYING SET FRIDAY MORNING WITH RACE ON HDNET AT 4:30 P.M. DOVER, Del. (Sept. 21, 2006) -- Sean Caisse, trying to overcome a 56-point deficit to NASCAR...
SEAN CAISSE FASTEST IN PRACTICE FOR DOVER'S SUNOCO 150; BUSCH EAST SERIES QUALIFYING SET FRIDAY MORNING WITH RACE ON HDNET AT 4:30 P.M.
DOVER, Del. (Sept. 21, 2006) -- Sean Caisse, trying to overcome a 56-point deficit to NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series point leader Mike Olsen with two races to go, set the fastest lap in Thursday's practice sessions for Friday's Sunoco 150 at Dover International Speedway. Caisse is also scheduled to make his NASCAR Busch Series debut during the weekend, driving for Kevin Harvick.
Caisse missed the 150 mile per hour mark by just .008 second, posting a speed of 149.950 mph in the final session. Tim Andrews was second fastest and Matt Kobyluck third among the 36 cars vying for 30 positions in the Sunoco 150 lineup. FitzBradshaw Racing teammates Ruben Pardo and John Freeman, both Sunoco Rookie contenders, posted the fourth and fifth fastest laps. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup veteran and Busch East Series graduate Steve Park was sixth in his return to the series.
Four of the top five- Caisse, Kobyluck, Pardo, and Freeman- set their times using the NASCAR Grand National Division "spec" engine at the series' fastest track. AutoZone West Series visitor Brett Thompson and point leader Olsen also are running the cost-saving engine package which debuted in competition this summer.
Three incidents interrupted practice. Mike Gallo drove to the pits after scraping the Turn 4 wall, but wall contact by Dale Quarterley in Turn 4 and Peyton Sellers in Turn 2 resulted in both drivers being evaluated and released at the infield care center.
Friday's Busch East Series schedule at Dover calls for Busch Pole Qualifying at 10:15 a.m., with the Sunoco 150 starting at 4:30 p.m. HDNet will broadcast the race live in high definition to a nationwide television audience.