Irving Oil 150, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, rescheduled Sat., Sept. 7 The Irving Oil 150 was the first Busch North Series race rained out in 2002. The last rainout was at Seekonk Speedway in August 2001, which was made up the following day. The...
Irving Oil 150, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, rescheduled Sat., Sept. 7
The Irving Oil 150 was the first Busch North Series race rained out in 2002. The last rainout was at Seekonk Speedway in August 2001, which was made up the following day. The last rainout rescheduled for a later date was at Stafford Motor Speedway in 1999.
Credit goes to the Beech Ridge Motor Speedway management for holding out against the forces of nature as long as possible on Saturday night. The rain was scarcely heavy enough to require wipers on the nearby Maine Turnpike, but once the track was wet, there was no way to dry it in spite of the efforts of the track's wildcat (street stock) division, whose feature was interrupted after three laps. The wildcats were later joined by the BRMS sportsmen in their track-drying mission, but to no avail.
Martin Truex Jr.'s sixth Bud Pole of the season was not the track record we have come to expect in 2002, but it brought him one step closer to clinching the $10,000 season-long Bud Pole Championship. Mike Olsen, Kelly Moore, or Brian Hoar would need to win four of the remaining five Bud Poles to tie Truex. The tiebreaker is higher overall finish in points, which eliminates Hoar with his limited schedule.
Technically, Truex won't be credited with the Beech Ridge Bud Pole and the $900 that goes with it won't appear in his winnings until the Irving Oil 150 is run on September 7.
Mention of Brad Leighton as a Beech Ridge alumnus in the Irving Oil 150 pre-race material brought a response from former Busch North Series Media Coordinator Bob Paulin, noting that another two time champion, Dick McCabe, got his start at BRMS, as did Scarborough's own Kelly Moore. Photos of McCabe's number zero coupe, Moore winning the first feature on asphalt at Beech Ridge in 1986, and Leighton in victory lane with his sportsman Camaro are among the memorabilia decorating the walls of the Trackside Lounge which faces the speedway outside turn four.
A post-Adirondack note, but one that deserves to be told... Teams at Adirondack unloaded their cars and pit equipment in the infield and parked outside, as noted last week. After the post-race loadout, Dave Dion's rig became hung up on the lip of the back straight crossing. Several teams stayed to help, and with a crew of 20 or more including Bill Penfold at the controls of the heaviest lifting equipment on site, the big orange truck was freed after an hour and 45 minutes of concentrated effort. It meant a late start to a long trip for the Dion Brothers and the other teams who stayed to help, but without thousands of dollars of possible damage, due to the help of the same people who had been trading paint a couple of hours earlier.