Stafford Sets Seaman's Season Sailing Young New Jersey Native Ready to Kick Off 2006 Season CONCORD, NC (June 9, 2006) -- It's been eight months since Ryan Seaman last turned a competitive lap on the racetrack. Don't worry...
Stafford Sets Seaman's Season Sailing
Young New Jersey Native Ready to Kick Off 2006 Season
CONCORD, NC (June 9, 2006) -- It's been eight months since Ryan Seaman last turned a competitive lap on the racetrack. Don't worry about the layoff, though. He's just as prepared as ever for getting his 2006 season kicked off on June 16th at Stafford Motor Speedway. After all, he's turned more laps at Stafford than any other track on the NASCAR Busch East Series.
"I do have my most laps at Stafford and I really like racing there, it's just a shame that we only race there once a year now," said Seaman. "The first year I raced Busch North we raced there three times. It's one of the better racetracks that we go to and they always put on a good show there, that's why I'm so excited to get my season started off at Stafford.
Seaman will not only be looking to kick start his new season, but hell also be looking for some redemption at the historic Connecticut half-mile. Seaman has had top-10 runs spoiled by bad luck frequently in the past, so he knows that there's no better time than the June 16th event to get the ship righted at Stafford.
"We're looking to go there and get a top-five finish. We've had decent cars every time we go there but the finishing result just hasn't been there. Something stupid always ends up happening. Last year we had the sway bar end up breaking on us and we went a couple laps down. We had some other issues happen the second time we went there too.
"We went to test there a couple weeks ago to get the car perfect. Even though we weren't really satisfied with the way the car handled, it was great just to be out on the track again and it felt good to be back in the car after a six month layoff. Even though we didn't have a very good day we still got really pumped up for the season.
Seaman's disappointing finishes at Stafford were not indicative of the runs that he was lined up for both times in 2005. Now he hopes to finish what he starts in each of his limited races during the 2006 season. With every race that he runs well in, Seaman knows that the opportunity to get more chances to win will line up nicely as the season goes on.
"We're shooting for nothing but top-five finishes this year. That's what we're looking for. Hopefully we're in the position to get a pole or two before the season's all said and done, too. The biggest thing is going to be if we can finish in the top-five at Stafford then we'll be able to go to Thompson. The budget's just not there this year and the way that the series is scheduled to have the Thompson race in the middle of the week kinda jammed up the funding for later in the year. In order to run the bigger tracks where we get the most exposure, we're going to have to limit the other races on the schedule. That just means that when we go to the racetracks, we'll be going there to run up front."
Stafford Motor Speedway may seem like a perfectly symmetrical half-mile oval from the grandstands, but behind the wheel of his ERS Fleet Service #06, Seaman knows that the track is one of the trickiest on the circuit.
"When you drive into turn one, you can get the left front down across the apron. You let it slide up through the center of the corner and then you just hammer off. Then going into turn three, you're just trying to stay as low as you possibly can before you hammer off. You're almost diamonding the first and second corners and making the third and fourth corners one big, long, sweeping turn. It's easy to overdrive the corners at that place and that'll really mess your lap up. That's one of the biggest things to that place. You have to stay consistent and hit your marks every lap otherwise you'll be way out of the ballpark."
In 2006, Ryan Seaman will be competing in a limited number of NASCAR Busch East Series races as well as select Modified events.