Ryan Seaman Breaks NHIS Jinx With Ninth Place Finish (Loudon, N.H. - Sept. 16, 2005) - Prior to Friday's Sylvania 125 at New Hampshire International Speedway, Ryan Seaman's best finish there in NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series...
Ryan Seaman Breaks NHIS Jinx With Ninth Place Finish
(Loudon, N.H. - Sept. 16, 2005) - Prior to Friday's Sylvania 125 at New Hampshire International Speedway, Ryan Seaman's best finish there in NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series competition was sixteenth, with a number of disappointing finishes and wrecked race cars to show for his efforts as well. But he turned things around in Friday's 125-lap race, coming back from a lap down to run in the top five before finishing ninth in a rain-shortened race.
Seaman had extra help at the Magic Mile, as Kevin Cranmer, Martin Truex Jr.'s Busch North crew chief, was in his pit helping with car setup. Engine problems limited Seaman's practice time and he was only 25th fastest after the two-hour session, but he caught a break when qualifying was rained out and he started the race twelfth, his points standing coming into the event.
The start of the race wasn't going according to plan, as Seaman was off the pace and put a lap down forty laps in despite making a pit stop for chassis adjustments eighteen laps in. But he earned his lap back under a lap 49 caution and that seemed to revitalize the Toms River, N.J. driver.
Back on the lead lap, Seaman raced into the top twenty and continued to move up, getting into the top ten with fifty laps to run. As the laps were winding down he was only getting better, joining battles with series champions and superspeedway standouts near the front of the field, running as high as fifth. Late-race restarts cost him some spots, and when the race was declared over after 119 laps due to rain, Seaman was ninth.
Ninth ties his best career finish in the Busch North Series, and betters by one spot his best superspeedway finish. He also picked up another spot in the points to run eleventh with three races left to run.
"We didn't start out that good and went a lap down, but we got our lap back and got all the way up to fifth at one point," Seaman said after the race. "I hurt myself at the end, I lost two spots on that last restart and went from seventh to ninth, but this is the first time I've brought home a race car from here in one piece.
"Racing with the leaders is totally different than racing around the back," he continued. "I had so much fun. I was racing guys side-by-side and there couldn't have been more than a couple inches between us and we never bumped into each other. It felt pretty good out there today. Veterans came over to me after the race to tell me I did a great job racing with them, and makes me feel a lot better about my racing."
Seaman is optimistic about the run to the end of the season, which involves races at another superspeedway, a road course and a high-banked short track.
"This is the first time in a long time I've had a race car that I could really drive," he continued. "We've made some changes that should be for the better and we're really going to get after it these last few races. We're going to Dover where we got our first top ten last year and now we're shooting for finishing in the top ten in points. We're edging closer. A top ten finish here is what we needed to show that we have what it takes to finish in the top ten in points."
Dover International Speedway hosts the next Busch North race, with practice and qualifying at the high-banked concrete oval scheduled for Thursday afternoon and the race set for late Friday afternoon. Last year, Seaman finished tenth there after thrashing to repair his car that was heavily damaged in a NHIS wreck just days before.
"We left Loudon with a destroyed race car, and we turned it around in two days to go to Dover," he said. "Now I'm leaving here with a car that's in one piece so hopefully I'll have something for them this time around."