LOUDON, NH (Sept. 12, 2003) -- When Paul Wolfe last visited New Hampshire International Speedway in July, he had a very fast racecar but had his day end early on lap 23 when he was knocked out of the race after being spun out and broadsided at ...
LOUDON, NH (Sept. 12, 2003) -- When Paul Wolfe last visited New Hampshire International Speedway in July, he had a very fast racecar but had his day end early on lap 23 when he was knocked out of the race after being spun out and broadsided at nearly full speed on the front stretch. The crash may have destroyed the Tops Friendly Markets Dodge, but it did not demolish Wolfe's confidence heading into this weekend's New Hampshire 125 NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series race at the "Magic Mile."
In time trials Thursday, Sept. 11, the 26-year-old Milford, New York native qualified second out of a field of 40 cars with a time of 30.443 seconds (125.113 miles per hour). Mike Gallo took the Bud Pole with a time of 30.419 (125.211 miles per hour).
"We had good car here in July, and we have a great one now," Wolfe said. "It feels good to start from the front row, and I am looking forward to having a strong race Saturday. I have always liked racing here because the track is fast and exciting for the fans."
Wolfe has had a good measure of success at NHIS. He has four career top-tens and two top-fives. In 2002 Wolfe finished ninth in the July race and was sixth in the September race. In 2001, Wolfe was fifth in the May race and 15th in the July race. In 2000, Wolfe was fifth in the September race.
This weekend's four-division program hosted by NHIS also includes the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Featherlite Modified Series and the Winston Cup Series.
The Busch North New Hampshire 125 schedule is split between Thursday, Sept. 11 and Saturday, Sept. 13 in order to accommodate the other programs. Practice and qualifying were held Thursday. After a day off Friday, the Busch North Series competitors take to the track for final practice at 8:50 a.m. on Saturday, with the 125-lap, 132.25 mile race set for approximately 3 p.m. following Craftsman Truck Series victory lane ceremonies.
SPEED Channel will broadcast the New Hampshire 125 on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m.
Tops Markets, LLC is one of six retail operating companies under Ahold USA, one of the leading supermarket operations in the U.S. Tops currently operates 159 Tops Friendly Markets and 204 convenience stores in New York, Pennsylvania and northeast Ohio. The Tops Racing Team's associate sponsors for the New Hampshire race are Sun & Earth, Solo, Orange Glo and Colton RV.
Tommy Baldwin Racing North (TBRN), a subsidiary of Tommy Baldwin Racing, operates the No. 9 Tops Dodge. TBRN is co-owned by Tommy Baldwin and Eddie D'Hondt.
For updated information about Wolfe and the Tops Racing Team, visit www.paulwolfe.net.