Ryan Seaman Rewarded For Hard Work At Lake Erie With Eleventh Place Finish (North East, Penn. - July 9, 2005) - Ryan Seaman, of Toms River, N.J., was just happy to get to Lake Erie Speedway in the first place, and that was even before getting ...
Ryan Seaman Rewarded For Hard Work At Lake Erie With Eleventh Place Finish
(North East, Penn. - July 9, 2005) - Ryan Seaman, of Toms River, N.J., was just happy to get to Lake Erie Speedway in the first place, and that was even before getting behind the wheel of his NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series No. 06 Erbe Carting/ERS Fleet Repair Chevrolet for the first practice session. But after making it to the track, he put in a long day's work to leave there with a hard-earned eleventh place finish, his best finish of the 2005 season.
Getting to the track was an adventure as the team's motorhome suffered a breakdown before making it out of New Jersey. But thanks to a cooperative Ford dealer, the team was back on the road. That wasn't the end of their adventures as a tire blew out not far from the track, but that barely slowed them down.
Once at the track, Seaman went to work shaking down the car during the 90-minute practice session. Posting lap times just under sixteen second around the .375-mile oval put Seaman mid-pack in practice, but he improved to thirteenth in time trials.
"We picked it up a lot during practice, but we struggled a lot in practice too," he said. "We finally got the car the way we like it. It was a little tight, but we finally got it freed up at the end of practice. We'd probably have been in better shape if they split the practice into two sessions with some time in between to think things over."
Running twelfth approaching halfway, Seaman decided that the car needed some changes and brought it to pit road for a chassis adjustment. He returned to the race in twelfth. The changes helped some, as Seaman raced into tenth place, but under the longest green flag run of the race he was lapped by the leader and trapped there when caution came out just a few laps later. A second pit stop late in the race gave him one more chassis adjustment as well as a check on the front fenders, and Seaman raced to the checkers in eleventh, a position not officially confirmed until Monday afternoon as scoring needed to be checked and rechecked to determine the final finishing position of one driver affecting those who finished around him.
"The car wasn't that good tonight," Seaman said after the race. "We struggled in the race, but we didn't give up and tried our best even if the car wasn't working the way we wanted it. It was a weekend I'm glad to get behind me, with the motorhome breaking down on the way here and not having that good a race tonight, I'm ready to go home and think about New Hampshire. We're trying so many different things and we're getting real close, it won't be long before we find that one last piece we need to get in the top ten consistently. I want to be performing better than we are, and I know we have the equipment and personnel to run better than we did tonight, so we have to get to work and see what we have to do to get better finishes."
Seaman will race next at New Hampshire International Speedway, as the Busch North Series serves as the warm-up for the track's first Nextel Cup weekend. Practice and qualifying take place on Thursday, with the race set to go green at 5:00 p.m. Friday afternoon in front of a live HDNet audience.