BNS: 2001 Awards Ceremony preview

Mike Olsen Heads List To Receive Honors At Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring Awards Ceremony On Saturday, October 27 In Concord, N.H. CONCORD, N.H. (October 19, 2001) - Mike Olsen of North Haverhill, N.H., will officially be recognized as 2001...

Mike Olsen Heads List To Receive Honors At Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring Awards Ceremony On Saturday, October 27 In Concord, N.H.

CONCORD, N.H. (October 19, 2001) - Mike Olsen of North Haverhill, N.H., will officially be recognized as 2001 Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring champion on Saturday night, October 27, during the Busch North Series Awards Ceremony at the Chubb Theatre of the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. Olsen will also receive the Bud Pole Award and Gatorade Front Runner Award during the evening.

The event marks the first time the Busch North Series has adopted an "Academy Awards" style theatre format. Mike Joy, the anchor of NASCAR racing on Fox Television and a native New Englander, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Stanley "Stub" Fadden, Olsen's grandfather and a former Busch North Series driving star, will be honored as the champion car owner. Harry Norcross and Dave Allbee will receive the crew chief trophies for the title-winning Little Trees Racing Team. PCCW Inc., engine supplier to the championship team, will be presented with the Clevite Engine Builder of the Year Award.

Olsen captured his first BNS title by a margin of 212 points over Mike Johnson, with Dale Shaw, Bryan Wall, and Dale Quarterley completing the top five in the final standings. He secured the Bud Pole Award by setting five fastest qualifying times compared to four by Kelly Moore, the all-time leader with 42 poles and 21 race victories. Completing Olsen's hat trick of top awards was the Gatorade Front Runner Award for race leadership, edging out Martin Truex Jr. and defending series champion Brad Leighton.

Other award winners to be honored include Bryan Wall, who took the Flowmaster Star of the Race Award for position improvement, topping Dennis Demers and Kip Stockwell in the year-long standings. Brian Hoar joined the list of Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year winners by outrunning Joey McCarthy and Eddie MacDonald over the demanding 20-race season.

In addition to the awards determined by point standings, three prestigious honors kept confidential until the night of the ceremony will be presented to their deserving recipients. The Most Popular Driver Award is voted by the NASCAR members participating in the series, while the Most Improved Driver and Sportsmanship Awards are selected by the series officials.

The Busch North Series is one of nine NASCAR Touring Series which blanket the USA, bringing major events to NASCAR Weekly Racing Series tracks and to many superspeedways and road courses as well. The NASCAR Touring program is recognized as the premier training ground for NASCAR's national series, the Winston Cup Series, Busch Series, Grand National Division, and Craftsman Truck Series, while also providing career opportunities for professional racers at he regional level. Corporations making major contributions to NASCAR Touring point funds include Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Featherlite Trailers, Goody's Headache Powders, Gatorade, RE/MAX International, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Raybestos Brakes, and R.J. Reynolds' Winston Brand.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Martin Truex Jr. , Bryan Wall , Dale Quarterley , Eddie MacDonald