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Sean Caisse Earns Pole, Drops Out Early at Thompson Parts Failure Takes Out ...

Sean Caisse Earns Pole, Drops Out Early at Thompson
Parts Failure Takes Out #44 While Leading

CONCORD, NC (June 30, 2006) -- When the Busch East Series visited Thompson International Speedway on Thursday, most of the day fell into the hands of Sean Caisse and the #44 Andy Santerre Motorsports team.

Their Casella-backed Chevrolet was quickest in practice. It was quickest in qualifying and for the first 14 laps of the race it was quickest in the main event as well.

By lap 15 though, Caisse was coasting into the infield and looking at a 28th-place finish after a mount broke in the rear end of the #44 and caused some major driveline problems.

"This was something that bites one person a year and tonight that was us," said Caisse. "It broke on the left side and that is what holds the rear end square to the car. When it broke, that shifted the rear end over in the car and it peeled right off and broke the driveshaft in half.

"I'll tell you what, we had an awesome car before that and it's unfortunate."

So far in 2006, Caisse and the ASM team have been a force to be dealt with at every track that they have visited. Up until bad luck struck them at Thompson, that race was no different.

"We've had the fastest car in practice all four weeks. We've got three out of four poles and we've won two races."

The team is looking forward to their next race out, the July 8th event at Lake Erie Speedway, and plan to rebound the next time out.

"We can't look at the points," added Caisse. "We just have to start finishing in the top-five and the top-three and not have any DNFs. Those DNFs don't win you championships. Andy Santerre had not had a DNF for five years. When this broke, he came up to me and told me that he hadn't broken anything in five years and that he was sorry that it had to happen to me. It was just the luck of the draw.

"It's tough to swallow, but we'll try to do it again at Lake Erie. Andy has some wins there and I like the place. We're just going to go there and try to rebuild our momentum because we lost some tonight."

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