HOLLAND, N.Y. (June 26, 2004) -- Paul Wolfe may only be running a limited schedule in the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series in 2004, but when he does race, he makes it count for cancer awareness and research. On Saturday, June...
HOLLAND, N.Y. (June 26, 2004) -- Paul Wolfe may only be running a limited schedule in the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series in 2004, but when he does race, he makes it count for cancer awareness and research.
On Saturday, June 26 at Holland Speedway, the Racing for a Cure program was kicked off. Wolfe drove the No. 19 Racing for a Cure Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the Sunoco 150 at the 3/8-mile track to benefit the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. The initiative is supported by Buffalo-area sponsors the Sahlen's Packing Company, Wegmans Food Markets and the West Herr Automotive Group.
A raffle for a 2004 Monte Carlo SS and a tire change competition were held at the track to aid in the fundraising. Busch North drivers Mike Olsen (No. 61 Little Trees Chevrolet), Matt Kobyluck (No. 40 Mohegan Sun Chevrolet) and Dale Quarterley (No. 32 Bully Hill Vineyards Chevrolet) also stepped up to donate $1 to Roswell for every lap they were in the top-10 during the race.
"On behalf of Roswell Park and the Racing for a Cure program, I want to thank Mike, Matt and Dale for helping to make this a successful fundraising event for cancer research," Wolfe said. "By working together, we hope to make a difference through this program."
Wolfe qualified 8th (17.734 seconds, 91.625 mph) and finished the race in 10th to give the Milford, NY driver three consecutive top-10s in the series.
It was a relatively uneventful race for Wolfe. He stayed in the top-10 or just outside of it for the entire night, working his way through heavy lap traffic and several spun out racecars to post a solid finish. The only close call came on lap 115 when Wolfe saved his racecar from spinning after the No. 17 of Eddie MacDonald clipped the Racing for a Cure Chevrolet in the left rear quarter panel while slowing for a caution flag coming out of turn two.
"The Racing for a Cure Chevrolet was great on the bottom of the track early in the race," Wolfe said. "There was a lot of traffic to work through, especially on the restarts. When we would finally clear the lap cars, another caution flag would come out and we would have to start all over."
Nearly a third of the race was run under six caution flags. Mike Johnson led laps 15-99, but spun after making contact with Andy Santerre on lap 100. Santerre held on for his third victory of the season. Olsen, Kelly Moore, Ryan Moore and Tim Andrews rounded out the top-5.
Wolfe, who will continue to run selected races in the Busch North Series in 2004, now has 16 top-10 finishes in 37 career races in the series. The 27-year-old driver will also continue to run in the NASCAR Busch Series for Tommy Baldwin Racing. For more information about Paul Wolfe, visit www.paulwolfe.net. To find out more about Racing for a Cure or to enter the raffle online, visit www.racing4acure.com.