Ryan Seaman Fourteenth at Lime Rock Despite Troubles On And Off The Track (Lakeville, Conn. - Oct. 1, 2005) - Ryan Seaman had a lot to overcome to post a top fifteen finish at Lime Rock Park in the next-to-last NASCAR Grand National Division, ...
Ryan Seaman Fourteenth at Lime Rock Despite Troubles On And Off The Track
(Lakeville, Conn. - Oct. 1, 2005) - Ryan Seaman had a lot to overcome to post a top fifteen finish at Lime Rock Park in the next-to-last NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series race of the 2005 season. During practice on Friday, the ERS Motorsports team changed transmissions twice in addition to the usual adjustments made during those sessions. And in the race, the 22 year old driver was sent off the track by another car, doing damage to the left front corner, but he persevered to finish on the lead lap in fourteenth.
Seaman, who finished 33rd at Lime Rock last year, was just getting up to speed in the opening practice session on Friday when his road racing transmission broke.
"We went out for the second session with the short-track tranny in it and spun out in the first turn two laps in a row and figured that we needed to do something different," he said. "We took that transmission out and got another road course transmission and with that we went faster every time we went out there. Every time out there I was learning more and more and getting more comfortable with the place."
He qualified eighteenth.
"We went faster in qualifying than we did all through practice, but we're still not fast enough yet," he said. "I've got 82 laps to try and figure this place out better, and as long as I can stay on the lead lap and stay on the track I should get a top fifteen finish out of this."
Seaman's race was going according to plan through its first half. He was still on the lead lap, had made his pit stop to ensure he had enough gas to get to the finish, and was riding in the top fifteen. But an on-track encounter had an adverse effect on the ERS Fleet Repair Chevrolet.
"Someone turned me on the backstretch, I don't even know who it was," he said. "He turned me and I went across the grass and straight into the fence. I got it to the pits and we got the fenders pulled out even though we lost a lap."
Back to the pits, Seaman's crew made sheet metal repairs and sent him back into the race. He made his lap back under the next caution and continued pitting to make sure there were no more tire rubs. And despite the damage, and a cut tire after contact with another car late, he made it to the end of the race in fourteenth, still on the lead lap.
"It wasn't a great day for our points, but it wasn't a bad day either," he said after the race. "We closed up on Mike Johnson, and where we are right now, it's really tight. Hopefully we'll be able to go on to Thompson and have a good run there and maybe we can pick up another couple spots in the points."
Seaman leaves Lime Rock still tenth in the season points standings, but just sixteen points out of eighth. Thompson International Speedway hosts the last race of the Busch North season with a one-day show on Saturday, October 8th.