BUSCH NORTH SERIES TEAMS JOURNEY INTO NEW TERRITORY FOR LITTLE TREES 150`AT ADIRONDACK INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY, SATURDAY, AUGUST 17 BEAVER RFALLS, N.Y.-- The Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring race team will make a trek into new and uncharted ...
BUSCH NORTH SERIES TEAMS JOURNEY INTO NEW TERRITORY FOR LITTLE TREES 150`AT ADIRONDACK INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY, SATURDAY, AUGUST 17
BEAVER RFALLS, N.Y.-- The Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring race team will make a trek into new and uncharted territory this Saturday night, August 17, with the running of the Little Trees 150 at Adirondack International Speedway.
The Little Trees 150, the first NASCAR-sanctioned event at the new track in northern New York, is scheduled as a one-day event with practice from 12 noon until 2 p.m., Bud Pole Qualifying at 5 p.m., and the feature event at approximately 8 p.m.
The term "uncharted territory" doesn't refer to a road map of the Empire State's scenic North Country, but rather to the fact that no team in the series has raced at the facility, which opened midway through the 2001 season. That puts a premium on learning the track during the two hour practice session, and correctly anticipating how the surface will change between the heat of the afternoon and the cool of the evening.
Defending Busch North Series champion Mike Olsen hopes to enjoy an edge at Adirondack, and not just because the sponsor of his Little Trees Chevrolet is also the title sponsor of the race. He's run several Busch Series, Grand National races under similar circumstances, where he needed to learn a track he had never seen in one lesson. "I've been to a lot of tracks that were unknown," he observed, adding "I seem to have adapted quickly in the past. I think we'll all adapt pretty well."
"We're all in the same situation. We don't have any experience," Olsen continued. "I've talked to a few guys who have been there with other series and we've just got to go on what they tell us. We've been told it's a Beech Ridge sort of a track where momentum is very important."
Some drivers claim they learn a new track by playing the video game built around it. Most short tracks don't offer that option, but there are ways to learn by observation. Mike Olsen noted, "I've seen video of it at some of the winter trade shows and it looks like a complete circle, real wide, with fresh pavement, so we're going to gear up with a Beech Ridge setup where you can't use a lot of motor. Obviously, the car needs to handle to go in a circle that long."
Adirondack's local competitors will also be in action Saturday and that provides another learning opportunity. Mike Olsen firmly believes a touring series driver can always learn about a track by watching the competitors who know it best. "I do that at the tracks we've run a long time," he said. "We go to Lee (N.H.) every year, and I still wind up watching their practice session to try to find the fast way around."
With no previous races and no test sessions to fill in the charts, the Little Trees 150 at Adirondack International Speedway should be one of the most wide-open races in a wide-open Busch North Series season which has already produced eight winners in 12 races and a point race of epic proportions. Mike Olsen and his rivals will all have their skills of discovery and adaptation put to the test this Saturday night.