Another Solid Run For Bourque At Thompson Diversity Driver Finishes On Lead Lap; Continues To Improve THOMPSON, Connecticut (July 1, 2006) - - 2006 NASCAR Busch East Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Pierre Bourque continues to show ...
Another Solid Run For Bourque At Thompson
Diversity Driver Finishes On Lead Lap; Continues To Improve
THOMPSON, Connecticut (July 1, 2006) - - 2006 NASCAR Busch East Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Pierre Bourque continues to show massive improvements in his rookie season continuing with this past Thursday's nights Pepsi Busch East 100. Bourque crossed the line 17th claiming his fourth consecutive top-20 finish of the season.
Much of Bourque's rookie season has included competing at tracks where the Ottawa, Ontario native has no prior experience. Once again, Thompson International Speedway met that profile.
In the first practice session of the day, Bourque opted to get his No. 10 Full Metals Minerals- Pollara Strategic Chevrolet up to speed and distinguish his own rhythm at the legendary short track. During the session, Bourque maneuvered a lap of 22.451 seconds at 100.218 mph good enough for 23rd on the charts. "Once again we have a great racecar; it's this learning curve that hurts us when we unload. Once I get into a rhythm, I'm fine. We'll be good when race time rolls around."
With several adjustments made prior to the start of the second practice, Bourque was looking to improve his times and prepare himself for qualifying. During the final practice before the main attraction, Bourque posted the 26th fastest lap with a quick time of 21.904 seconds. "I'm happy with the practice session," Bourque continued. "We picked up some more and that's important. Now we are looking for a good run in qualifying.
In time trials, Bourque really turned some heads. On his first lap, Bourque turned a time of 22.202 seconds which didn't settle too well for the part-time ARCA RE/MAX Series driver. When he took the checkered flag on his second lap, Bourque proved he meant business hustling a lap of 21.557 seconds or 104.374 mph good enough for 21st. "We picked up seven tenths on our second lap and that was exactly what we were looking for," Bourque stated after qualifying. Once again the FTR (Fast Track Racing) team has put a great car underneath me and we're looking forward to the race.
Bourque along with his 27 other competitors took the green flag with Bourque quickly working his way into the top-20. While it was a quiet night for the Canada driver, he continued to show veteran patience despite carrying the yellow stripes on his back bumper. Bourque stayed on the lead lap for the entire event, battling inside the top-15 before forcing to settle for 17th."It's great to finally be racing with the mid-pack field and knowing we are getting stronger each and every time we are on the track," explained Bourque who completed all 100 markers. "In fact, Andy (Hillenburg, car owner) told me that the absolute best I did all day Thursday was in the last 20 laps of the race. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the season; everything is really starting to come into place."
The Fast Track Racing (FTR) cannot wait to get to the next venue on the NASCAR BES (Busch East Series) schedule next weekend at Lake Erie Speedway. The team will debut a brand new racecar and feels it's the strongest one in their fleet. "I cannot wait to get to Lake Erie. Andy has a lot of experience at the track and it looks like a very nice facility. I'm really forward to it."
It will be a busy week for Bourque before he strolls into Lake Erie Speedway. Bourque will endure a grueling test at Cayuga Speedway this week in preparation for the first of three CASCAR Series races later this year with Whitlock Motorsports.In addition to running the full NASCAR Busch East Series in 2006, Pierre Bourque and Fast Track Racing will make limited starts in the ARCA RE/MAX Series.