Burnham Boilers 200, Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, Conn., Saturday, Oct. 13 As noted in the race story, Dale Quarterley won't get credit for winning the Burnham Boilers 200 from 36th starting position, since he qualified sixth. For record-keeping...
Burnham Boilers 200, Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, Conn., Saturday, Oct. 13
As noted in the race story, Dale Quarterley won't get credit for winning the Burnham Boilers 200 from 36th starting position, since he qualified sixth. For record-keeping purposes, his move to the tail of the field is treated like a stop-and-go penalty with no laps completed. The last driver to officially win a Busch North Series race from last place in the lineup was Jimmy Spencer at Dover, Del., in 1998.
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Quarterley became the seventh multiple-race winner of the 2001 Busch North Series season. Brad Leighton was the leader with three wins, while Mike Olsen, Mike Johnson, Dale Shaw, Kelly Moore, Martin Truex Jr., and Quarterley were all double winners. Tracy Gordon, Ted Christopher, Tom Carey, Matt Kobyluck, and Dave Dion each won a single race. Bryan Wall and Dennis Demers were the only non-winners to finish in the top ten of the final BNS standings. The even dozen race winners are exceeded only by 13 during the series' inaugural season of 1987.
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Mike Olsen secured the 2001 Bud Pole Award title with five poles to four by all-time leader Kelly Moore. Ironically, Olsen had never won a Bud Pole prior to the 2001 season, and in fact, he won the Flowmaster Star of the Race Award for 2000, indicating he improved his position most from start to finish. In other words, he went from a consistently poor qualifier in 2000 to a consistently top qualifier in 2001.
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While the most notable point moves at the season finale were in the second through sixth positions, there was some shuffling in the second ten as well. Dave Dion and Barney McRae both moved up two places, to 16th and 18th, respectively. Paul Richardson, the only driver in the top 25 not to enter at Lime Rock, tumbled from 17th to 20th.
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It was widely assumed that the Burnham Boilers 200 was Boris Said's first Busch North Series race. In fact, he made one appearance at New Hampshire International Speedway in 1997, finishing 44th in a field of 46. Said grew up in Stamford, Conn., about 60 miles from Lime Rock Park, and has raced at the track for most of his career. He now resides in Carlsbad, Cal.
Said was using the same seat as regular LesCare Kitchens driver Ted Christopher, who is several inches shorter. As a result, Boris experienced numbness in his legs late in the race. Christopher was competing with the Featherlite Modified Series in Martinsville, Va.
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It was a good day for a trio of local drivers at Lime Rock. Rick Bell's sixth place finish was the best of his BNS career, which is mainly confined to the two road races each season. So was the 12th place effort of Todd Wilkinson, a dirt track standout from nearby Sheffield, Mass. Brett Roubinek, whose expanded duties with the Lime Rock-based Skip Barber Racing School have kept him away from the track all season returned with an 11th place run.
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Making seasonal debuts, in addition to Roubinek, were road racers Joe Pezza and Jason Holehouse with 19th and 22nd finishes. Matt Roberts, a track regular in SCCA competition, missed the field by one spot in qualifying. The season ended with 84 drivers scoring Busch North Series points.