NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series Post-Race Notes Lee 150, Lee USA Speedway, Sunday, April 25, 2004 NASCAR's rules for 2004 regarding race finishes came into play in the closing moments of the Lee 150. Leader Andy Santerre ...
NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series Post-Race Notes
Lee 150, Lee USA Speedway, Sunday, April 25, 2004
NASCAR's rules for 2004 regarding race finishes came into play in the closing moments of the Lee 150. Leader Andy Santerre received the white flag just before the caution flag was displayed for a tangle on the back straight. That sequence of events locked all cars into their positions. Had the yellow flag been displayed before Santerre took the white flag, it would have produced a green-white-checker finish.
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Andy Santerre would certainly like to believe things happen in threes. Sunday was his third consecutive Lee 150 victory. The first two have opened Busch North Series championship seasons. One has to go back to the late summer of 2002 to find another name at the top of the Busch North Series point standings.
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Joey McCarthy's second place finish was a huge boost for the New Jersey driver who hooked up with fellow Garden State resident Glenn Rudolph on short notice after his 2003 team ceased operations. Although he was not at the track on Sunday, McCarthy gave a large share of the credit for putting his new deal together to his former crew chief, Jason Weissman.
Sunday marked the first top-five finish for Rudolph's STI Motorsports team. Formed in 2001, STI campaigned with Scott Bouley in 2002, and with Jeff Spraker, Greg Schaefer, and Tommy Beamer at various times in 2003. Beamer's tenth place at Watkins Glen was their best showing until McCarthy arrived.
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Don Wagner scored his best career finish for Jim Pritchard's Mannings USA team by coming home 11th in the Lee 150 and earned the PowerAde Power Move of the Race Award for position improvement after starting 23rd.
Another improvement award made its debut at Lee- the Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award. The Featherlite program rewards the driver who improves his position most from the previous race, in this case, the 2003 season finale at Lime Rock Park. Ryan Moore was the inaugural winner, following 34th at Lime Rock with fourth at Lee.
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Purple was in vogue at the Lee 150. The Triple Crown Racing team cars of Jamie Aube and rookie Lee Weldy combined purple and white in both paint scheme and drivers' uniform design, while Scott Bouley kept his traditional purple on the hood of his predominantly-red machine.