Ryan Seaman Puts Up a Good Fight at New Hampshire New Jersey Underdog Runs Second Against Strong Field, Falls Out With Two Laps to Go CONCORD, NC (July 17, 2006) -- Racing in the New England 125 NASCAR Busch East Series event...
Ryan Seaman Puts Up a Good Fight at New Hampshire
New Jersey Underdog Runs Second Against Strong Field, Falls Out With Two Laps to Go
CONCORD, NC (July 17, 2006) -- Racing in the New England 125 NASCAR Busch East Series event at New Hampshire International Speedway is tough for all 40 cars in the field. It was an especially tough fight for Ryan Seaman and his #06 team.
The team of underdogs overcame a lack of sponsorship just to get into the ring. Then, they rebounded after a jab from a fellow competitor in the race itself. Seaman ran as high as second in the event, but in the final round, a driveline failure knocked out the little team that could, taking away a certain top-10 finish and leaving Seaman 24th in the final rundown.
From the time that Seaman qualified on Thursday, the team showed their strength against a field of heavyweights by qualifying solidly inside the top 10.
"We accomplished a lot here," said a disappointed yet still happy Seaman. "Coming into the weekend, we had not actually qualified here in a full season. In both races last year, qualifying was rained out and we started by points. Our best start had been 16th and this time we pulled off a seventh."
However seventh was not the result that Seaman was looking for, so he ratcheted things up for the race.
"We came out here to win, we definitely didn't come out here to ride around."
Seaman's fellow fourth-row starter, former Busch North champion Kelly Moore, who now only runs a handful of races, proved to be the first obstacle in the way of a great finish.
"Kelly must have been out of the car for too long and put us up into the fence there. I don't know what he was thinking. He ran us up pretty hard and there was no reason for that so early in the race. It knocked the aero out of whack a little bit and the car got tighter and tighter."
Seaman and his team weren't ready to give up though. In fact, they only more motivated.
"We came in to pit and I had the guys check the toe and a few other things. We lost a lot of spots making everything just right. I think that we came from 30th or so after that to charge to second."
With the finish line in sight, Seaman was looking at a certain top 10 and possible top five finish when his car developed a driveline failure just laps from the finish. Despite it all, Seaman is pleased on the effort of his team and what they accomplished against a field stocked with higher budgeted full-team operations.
"We had a little bit of a malfunction. I don't know if it was the rear end or what, but something happened with three to go while we were running sixth.
"I wouldn't say that's a bad day by any means, these guys did everything that they could," said Seaman. "It's both satisfying and disappointing that we can run like this, but I'm not out here doing it every week. We have the car and the team to have a top five run in the points, but don't have the funds to be able to do it. If we had the backing, we could put on a race.
"Hopefully, we turned some heads and put a good show on for everybody. We were good. No positions from given to us today. We went from 30th to second with no cars wrecking in front of us or anything handed to us."
Unless his team gets some additional backing, Seaman probably won't race in the Busch East Series again until the tour returns to New Hampshire on September 16th. He intends to make that race count.
"I'm extremely happy about what we did here today," said Seaman. "We keep getting better and better and when we come out here in September, we're going to get the pole and win this thing."
In 2006, Ryan Seaman will be competing in a limited number of NASCAR Busch East Series races as well as select Modified events.