Kinney Drugs 150, Adirondack International Speedway, Saturday, July 31, 2004 The race fans of the North Country are a hearty breed. After an afternoon of occasional showers, they defied the forecast of rain to turn out in impressive numbers for...
Kinney Drugs 150, Adirondack International Speedway, Saturday, July 31, 2004
The race fans of the North Country are a hearty breed. After an afternoon of occasional showers, they defied the forecast of rain to turn out in impressive numbers for the third annual appearance of the Busch North Series at Paul Lyndaker's new facility. Many wore the orange hat of sponsor Kinney Drugs, a 103-year-old business based in Gouverneur, N.Y. Despite the weather issues, the Kinney Drugs 150 started only 26 minutes after the advertised 8:00 p.m. green flag, with a few patches of blue sky showing before darkness set in.
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Matt Kobyluck became the sixth Busch North Series winner in ten 2004 races and the fourth in the last four races. He had last won at Dover in September 2002. Should he win his sponsor's race, the Mohegan Sun 150 at Watkins Glen in two weeks, he would join Brad Leighton and Dale Quarterley as 2004 inductees into the Triple Crown club for wins at a short track, a superspeedway, and a road course. He is also the first driver to win at Adirondack without making a pit stop.
Incidentally, Matt confirmed what was said in jest after his bad day at NHIS the preceding week. The two cars he crashed there, one at the front and one at the back, can indeed be turned into a single raceable car.
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The side-by-side duel on the last lap between Andy Santerre and Mike Olsen saw Santerre use his newer tires to get under Olsen cleanly on the final turn and take second place by half a car length. That one maneuver could have big implications for the Busch North Series championship. With Santerre finishing second and leading laps, he extended his margin over Olsen to 37 points. Had Olsen held on to the runner-up spot, they would have scored equal points and the lead would have stayed at 27 with five races to go. Olsen's sponsor, Car Freshner Corp., is located in nearby Watertown, N.Y., and company executives were in attendance at the track.
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"If It Weren't For Bad Luck, I'd Have No Luck At All." Bryon Chew, Bill Penfold, and Dave Dion could join on that chorus after Saturday night. Chew was second and gaining on leader Ryan Moore when the lapped car of Guy Pavageau got loose in front of the leaders. Moore's aerial act was more spectacular, but he continued with minor damage. Chew collected the Pavageau machine and was out on the spot.
Penfold pitted at the same time as Andy Santerre and raced the champion back through the field to lie third within ten laps of the finish. Then a cut tire on the final restart sent him back to 12th, the last car on the lead lap.
Dion broke a front wheel spindle and was the first car out of the race. It's the second time in three races Dynamite Dave has been at the bottom of the results sheet.
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Today's Vermonters are the spiritual heirs of the Green Mountain Boys, the colonial militia known for their stealth in pursuing the British through the forests with disastrous results for the redcoats. Brian Hoar and Bobby Dragon adopted the tactics of their forebearers, sneaking up on the leaders at Adirondack until they emerged in fifth and seventh places respectively at the checkered flag. Hoar has now cracked the top ten in the point standings, with Dragon right behind in eleventh. Dragon's fourth top-ten finish of 2004 was the 112th of his great career.
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Milestones... In addition to Kobyluck, Jamie Aube (8th) and Kip Stockwell (11th) posted their best finishes of the season... Olsen, Hoar, and Dragon were all one spot short of seasonal bests... Despite the proximity of Busch North country to the Canadian border, Chris Herbison became the first Canadian to race in the series since Jason Holehouse in 2001, and the first on an oval track since Derek Lynch in 2000. Surprising, eh?