Burnham Boilers 200, Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, Conn., Sat., Oct. 12. The Burnham Boilers 200 was postponed due to a variety of weather-related factors. It had rained continuously from Friday morning through the noon hour on Saturday. More rain...
Burnham Boilers 200, Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, Conn., Sat., Oct. 12.
The Burnham Boilers 200 was postponed due to a variety of weather-related factors. It had rained continuously from Friday morning through the noon hour on Saturday. More rain was forecast, and after a brief respite, it arrived just about the time the Busch North Series season finale would have been starting, even if practice had been shortened and qualifying eliminated. Due to a long-standing local ordinance, Lime Rock Park cannot race on Sunday.
The event was rescheduled as a one-day program this Saturday, October 19. Practice, Bud Pole Qualifying, and the 82-lap Burnham Boilers 200 will all be conducted during the day, weather permitting of course. The exact schedule will be posted on the Busch North Series page of nascar.com and on the track's website, limerock.com.
The season-high field of 44 Busch North teams included no less than eleven drivers making their first appearance of 2002. Former series regulars Babe Branscombe and Brett Roubinek were entered for the first time this year, along with road course specialists John Wall Sr. and Denny Wilson, plus Jeff Hawkins and Liane Lombardi, who have made Busch North qualifying attempts in past years. Hoping to make their Busch North Series debut were Featherlite Modified Series star Todd Szegedy, former Busch Grand National pilot Mike Borkowski, Dodge Viper road racer George "Sonny" Whelen, New Jersey modified driver Ryan Seaman, and Lime Rock SCCA regular Joe Zanavich.
Unfortunately, the rescheduled Burnham Boilers 200 will conflict with the Featherlite Modified Series race at Martinsville, Va., so Szegedy will be forced to postpone his debut. Also missing for the same reason will be Ted Christopher and Jerry Marquis.
Rick Bell, of neighboring Salisbury, Conn., locked up the runner-up spot in the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year standings without unloading his Evans Engine Cooling Pontiac. Gary Shackford, who was one point ahead of Bell but not entered at Lime Rock, withdrew from the Raybestos program to preserve his eligibility for 2003. Robbie Harrison clinched the Raybestos title several races ago.
At least one former Busch North Series driver had something to show for the rainy weekend at Lime Rock. Joe Riolo, the Danbury, Conn., police officer who made s handful of appearances in the late 1990's, finished fifth in the import challenge sports car race during a brief, relatively dry period on Saturday. He drove a Nissan 280Z with his Busch North number 93.