NHIS Kicks Off Three-Race Championship Run for Sean Caisse Young Driver and ASM Team Out To Seal The Deal This Time at Loudon CONCORD, NC (September 7, 2006) -- Unlike most sports, there is no time clock in motorsports. There are no...
NHIS Kicks Off Three-Race Championship Run for Sean Caisse
Young Driver and ASM Team Out To Seal The Deal This Time at Loudon
CONCORD, NC (September 7, 2006) -- Unlike most sports, there is no time clock in motorsports. There are no timeouts and no two-minute warnings. There is, however, a calendar, and the 2006 NASCAR Busch East Series season is winding that down to a conclusion. 20-year-old driver Sean Caisse is fully aware that the final three events of the year are quickly approaching and that they will come at him just as hard as his fellow BES competitors have done for the entire season.
On September 16th, Caisse and the number-44 Casella Waste Systems team for Andy Santerre Motorsports will hit New Hampshire International Speedway for the New Hampshire 125 event with hopes of starting their stretch run in their bid for the 2006 BES championship on a high note. Caisse enters NHIS second in points, 44-points behind championship leader Mike Olsen. Had it not been for a mechanical problem at Thompson International Speedway earlier this season, the championship lead may very well have been Caisse's at this point, but the deficit now means that Caisse and the ASM team have to focus on getting as many points that they can at NHIS, Dover and Lime Rock, the last three races of the year.
"I've basically just been points racing as much as I can all year and just been picking up wins when they fall into place," said Caisse. "We're 44 points back, we need to win this race. We don't have an option. Coming into Loudon, I want to win the race and lead as many laps as I can so that I can get some bonus points. You get five points for leading a lap and another five for leading the most laps, so that's 10 points that I can knock off right away in that race.
"I'm pretty confident that when we get to Loudon and Dover and win one of those races and run well in the other, we can have the points lead going into Lime Rock. I don't want to be going into Lime Rock for the last race on a road course having to play catch-up at a place like that. I want to be at Lime Rock to maintain a lead."
Caisse may be conscientious about points at Dover and Lime Rock, but he is focused on first things first. New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, NH saw one of the most dominant performances in recent BES memory put on by Caisse and his Casella number-44, but a tire issue with 10 laps remaining back in July cost Caisse the victory. This time out, Caisse and the ASM team have made the necessary changes to be sure that they can finish off the domination.
"The good part about going back to Loudon is that we found out what we did wrong the first time. We just had too much camber gain to start the race, and that's what happened to us the last 10 laps, but we had a very dominant racecar.
"We're not taking the same car that we had the first time. We're running the car that Mike Stefanik won with there last year. We put a new body on and went through the whole car and it's my favorite piece. Not only that, but we're running a different engine than we ran before. I'm pretty sure we're going to be running the new spec engine and I'm pretty optimistic about it. We ran Waterford with that motor and set the track record with it. I think we could be more dominant than we were the first time. With some good pit strategy and if we can keep that right front under us, we'll be good."
The New Hampshire 125 at New Hampshire International Speedway is scheduled to take the green flag on Saturday September 16th live and in high-definition on HDNet at 12pm.
-credit: andy santerre motorsports