Busch North Series Returns To High Banks Of Dover Downs For MBNA E-Commerce 150 On Friday, Sept. 21; Jamie Aube Looks To Go One Better On '98 Run Dover, Del. (September 13, 2001) - One of Richard Petty's most quoted gems of racing wisdom is,...
Busch North Series Returns To High Banks Of Dover Downs For MBNA E-Commerce 150 On Friday, Sept. 21; Jamie Aube Looks To Go One Better On '98 Run
Dover, Del. (September 13, 2001) - One of Richard Petty's most quoted gems of racing wisdom is, "You just don't beat experience." Three-time Busch North Series champion Jamie Aube is hoping The King's advice holds true when NASCAR's northeastern full-bodied stock car series visits Dover Downs International Speedway for the MBNA E-Commerce 150 on Friday, September 21.
Aube first raced at Dover with the NASCAR North tour, ancestor of today's Busch North Series, in the early 1980's. When the Saturday Busch Grand National races at Dover awarded BNS points during his championship years of 1988-1990, he made the trek from New England as well. When the first modern-era Busch North Series race was run at the "Monster Mike" in 1998, the seat time on the high-banked, one-mile oval showed as Aube won a side-by-side battle with Brad Leighton to finish second behind Winston Cup star Jimmy Spencer.
"Brad and I raced pretty hard that day. I raced a lot of guys pretty hard that day," Aube recalled from the Verres Racing shop in Manchester, N.H., as he put the final touches on his superspeedway Chevrolet Monte Carlo. "I thought the guys from up here did an extraordinary job since a lot of them were down there for the first time," he added. Indeed, the 1998 Busch North Series race at Dover was a clean one, with less than 30 caution laps on the fastest track the series has ever visited.
One visible difference greeted veterans of earlier Dover races in 1998- the track had become NASCAR's first concrete superspeedway three years before. "I've always really liked the race track," Aube commented, adding "It didn't seem to change that much when they made it concrete."
Again, experience played a role in Aube's attitude toward the high-banked oval. He wasn't always that enthusiastic. "It's very intimidating," he said of his introduction. "Talk to anyone in the racing community, and they'll tell you, Dover Downs is a tough place."
With experience came confidence, and the knowledge of Dover's unique demands. "You need horsepower and aerodynamics too, but you really need the handing. You need to be able to drive it through the turn and get up off the turn," he noted, referring to the track's geometry which finds the drivers on the fast line diving down into turns one and three and coming up out of turns two and four. He added with a grin, "That makes it fun to drive. You have to drive like you're going to knock the wall down in turn four."
The 1998 Dover Downs event matched the closest Jamie Aube has been to victory lane since 1993, so he remembers it with satisfaction. "Brad and I had a good race," he declared. "I'm hoping for just one spot better."
The MBNA E-Commerce 150 kicks off a tripleheader NASCAR weekend at Dover Downs which features the Busch Series, Grand National Division on Saturday and the Winston Cup Series on Sunday. All Busch North Series practice and Bud Pole Qualifying takes place on Thursday, September 20, when the BNS teams have the track to themselves. Race time is Friday, September 21, at approximately 4:30 p.m.
The Busch North Series is one of nine NASCAR Touring series which blanket the USA, bringing major events to NASCAR Weekly Racing Series tracks as well as road courses and superspeedways like Dover Downs International Speedway. 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 Trucks Series, while also providing career opportunities for professional racers at the 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.