20-YEAR-OLD COMES UP SHORT ON THREE STRAIGHT WINS TO START SEASON CONCORD, NC (June 26, 2006) -- Sean Caisse has been the force of the NASCAR Busch East Series in the first two races. The 20-year-old dominated both races, taking down wins at...
20-YEAR-OLD COMES UP SHORT ON THREE STRAIGHT WINS TO START SEASON
CONCORD, NC (June 26, 2006) -- Sean Caisse has been the force of the NASCAR Busch East Series in the first two races. The 20-year-old dominated both races, taking down wins at Greenville-Pickens Speedway (SC) and Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) to kick off the 2006 season. When Caisse and his #44 Andy Santerre Motorsports team unloaded Saturday morning at Holland International Speedway (NY) for the Fuccillo Auto Park HUGE 150 later that night, the Casella Waste Systems Chevrolet was already the favorite for the win.
Then in practice, Caisse showed that it was going to be a hard task if anyone was going to break up his win streak. Right off the trailer, Caisse was fast. He set a quick time in practice and followed it up with his second-straight Busch Pole Award. Even at the start of the race, Caisse was the car to beat, leading the most laps of all.
But that's where the good news for Caisse ended. The #44 machine developed handling issues as the 150-lap race wore on, forcing the Busch East points leader to finish eighth.
"We practiced in the heat of the day when the sun was out and we had about two-tenths on the rest of the field," said Caisse. "The car was just perfect, especially on the bottom. For some reason in the race the bottom groove just wasn't good and the top groove had all the grip. When night came, it didn't work out for us. When you set the car up for the bottom and it was working good in the day, it worked against us at night. When you set a car up for the bottom you have to free it up to get the car to turn, which makes it really loose up top. So when the race started, the car was way too loose up top."
"I thought we'd be okay because usually the car will tighten up as the race goes on, so we should be in pretty good shape. We led the most laps and ran good, but the car kept getting free on me. I had a first place car at the beginning that became a fourth place car and eventually became an eighth place car. I don't even know if we had an eighth place car at the end but we still managed to settle for a decent finish. To come out with just minimal damage to the car is pretty impressive because the people in that race were just maniacs."
Despite the ill-handling car at Holland, having two wins and an eighth place finish under his belt to start off the new season isn't a bad way to kick off a championship run for Caisse and the ASM team.
"I'm not disappointed with an eighth place finish, but we had way more of a dominant car than I had in either of the first two races but we just missed the race setup a little bit. I led the most laps and gained a lot of extra bonus points that will go a long way towards the championship."
Caisse's point lead stands at 22 markers going into the series' next event, a special Thursday night event at the historic 5/8-mile Thompson International Speedway (CT) on June 29th. Last time he was at Thompson, Caisse sat on the pole in the season-ending race of 2005 and led several laps before finishing fourth. Now as part of Andy Santerre Motorsports, Caisse is looking at Thompson as his chance to start a new winning streak.
"I'm really excited to get back to Thompson. I won the pole up at Thompson at the end of the year last year and I think that we can run really well there this year.
"Thompson is probably my second-favorite race track. I've run so many different types of racecars there, from Late Models and SK Modifieds to Tour Modifieds and Busch Cars, so I know how to get around that place. I'm confident that we can get a strong run there this week."