BNS: Beech Ridge: Post-race notes

If you're keeping score, it was 27 days between Busch North Series race ...

If you're keeping score, it was 27 days between Busch North Series race #3 at Lake Erie Speedway and race #4 at Beech Ridge, courtesy of Mother Nature. There will now be 14 races in 17 weeks, provided the weather does not again intervene.

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Andy Santerre is off to the best start in Busch North Series history, with three wins and a second in four races. His point total, 710, is only 30 points short of perfect for four races. The only shortcoming on Santerre's record is that he has not led the most laps in any race. That honor went to Joey McCarthy at Lee, Martin Truex Jr. at Stafford, Mike Stefanik at Lake Erie, and Eddie MacDonald at Beech Ridge.

The quickest three wins previously were by Brad Leighton in 1999 and Tracy Gordon in 2000, each scoring his third win in the sixth race of the year.

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How much does Eddie MacDonald like Beech Ridge? His last three races at the Maine oval have produced third, first, and second place finishes- the only top-fives of his Busch North Series career! "Eddie Mac" made a huge move in the point standings, from tenth to fourth in one race.

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Carey Heath recorded her second best career finish, one position short of her ninth at Holland, N.Y., in June 2002. She has won the position-improvement award before, but previously each race only awarded points toward a year-end award. Now, under the title of the PowerAde Power Move of the Race, it pays $1,000 per race.

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After showing potential in the first two races only to crash, Bobby Dragon finally gave Mark Willoughby's Waste Management/BG Environmental team its first top five finish. For Dragon it was his first top five since Thompson, Conn., in August, 2000, and the 53rd of his great career which includes 14 wins, fifth on the all-time list.

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The ages of the top ten at Beech Ridge ranged from 19 to 59. The top five included one driver each in the teens (Moore), 20's (MacDonald), 30's (Santerre), 40's (Stefanik), and 50's (Dragon). There was one from each decade group in the second five as well- from junior to senior, Andrews, Heath, Kobyluck, Quarterley, and Dion.

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The available records, complete back to 1998, fail to show a Bud Pole winner at a Busch North Series race finishing last in the field until Mike Johnson dropped out after 15 laps, 13 of which he led, Saturday at Beech Ridge. The closest was Tom Carey, first out after qualifying second at Loudon, N.H. in August 1998.

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