NEWS OF NOTE * The odds at Lake Erie look good for Andy Santerre. Not only is he the defending champion and current point leader, but he won the last Busch North Series visit to a new track, last August at Adirondack International Speedway. *...
NEWS OF NOTE
* The odds at Lake Erie look good for Andy Santerre. Not only is he the defending champion and current point leader, but he won the last Busch North Series visit to a new track, last August at Adirondack International Speedway.
* Santerre's results from the first two races of 2003 are exactly the same as the first two races of 2002: a win followed by a second. Entering the third race of last season, he led Brad Leighton by 20 points. This year, he leads Joey McCarthy by 37 points. Now for the bad news. Santerre's finishes in races three and four of the 2002 campaign were 22nd and 19th.
* Santerre is the only driver with two top five finishes in the first two races of the 2003 season. Joey McCarthy, Kelly Moore, Ryan Moore, Brian Hoar, and Paul Wolfe all have two top tens, and they rank second through sixth in the standings. Hoar and Wolfe have been as consistent as you can get, recording duplicate finishes of sixth and seventh at Lee and Stafford.
* Although he hasn't recorded his 46th Bud Pole yet, Kelly Moore has been at the front in qualifying, with third fastest time at Lee and second at Stafford. Time trial prowess is more important than ever in 2003, with no more redraws for starting positions on short tracks. Where you qualify is now where you start.
* The record for success on first-time tracks in the Busch North Series belongs to Bobby Dragon. In 1993, the series visited three new tracks- Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International, Wiscasset (Me.) Speedway, and White Mountain Motorsport Park in North Woodstock, N.H. Dragon won all three races.
* Lake Erie Speedway represents the farthest west the Busch North Series has ever run. It's about 35 miles farther west than Jennerstown, Pa., where the series competed from 1987 until 2000.
* Lake Erie Speedway is a member of the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series for 2003, but the weekly Friday night classes will not compete on the Busch North Series program.
* While the Busch North Series may be new to the region of northwestern Pennsylvania and southwestern New York, the area has one distinction in NASCAR history. Findley Lake, N.Y., less than ten miles from the new track, was the home of 1950 Grand National (now Winston Cup) champion car owner Julian Buesink.
WHAT'S THE WORD?
"With all the knowledge and experience we've got behind this team we'll come up with something that will put us pretty close. It's close to my sponsor Tops' home area, so we'll have a lot of people there pulling for us." -- Paul Wolfe, whose sponsor, Tops Friendly Markets, is headquartered in Buffalo, N.Y., on his first trip to Lake Erie Speedway.
Local Dodge Dealer 150 presented by Travel Club International,
NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series Race #3 of 18
Lake Erie Speedway, North East Township, Pa.
Sunday, May 18, 2:00 p.m.
Television: SPEED Channel, Saturday, May 24, 10 a.m. to 12 noon EDT
Schedule: Saturday, May 17 -- Practice 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.; Sunday, May 18 -- Bud Pole Qualifying 11:15 a.m., Autograph session on track 1:00 p.m., Race time 2:00 p.m.