BNS: Loudon notes, points

New England 125, New Hampshire International Speedway, Saturday, July 21 ****CORRECTIONS****: The unofficial finish released after Saturday's New England 125 contained two significant errors. Mike Olsen's point total should be 1711, not 1721....

New England 125, New Hampshire International Speedway, Saturday, July 21

****CORRECTIONS****: The unofficial finish released after Saturday's New England 125 contained two significant errors. Mike Olsen's point total should be 1711, not 1721. The error was traced back to a typo in the NHIS Media Update package. Therefore, Olsen's lead over Kelly Moore is 133 points. The full point standings included with this release reflects the correct totals.

Also, Herb Drugg's money won at NHIS should be $1,800, not $1,425. We regret the errors.

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Mike Olsen took another stride toward his first Busch North Series title at NHIS, despite having his second worst finish of the year. Olsen's 12th place compared favorably to Mike Johnson's 25th, which dropped Johnson to third in the standings. Olsen's lead over Kelly Moore leaving Loudon is eight points more than his lead over Johnson entering the New England 125. Brad Leighton is only one point behind Johnson.

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Brad Leighton broke a tie with Mike McLaughhlin, Ted Christopher, and Kelly Moore as the leading Busch North Series race winner in NHIS history. Now, he moves into a tie with Jeff Burton and McLaughlin as the second most prolific NASCAR winner at the Magic Mile. Burton has four Winston Cup and one Busch Series win and McLaughlin has one Featherlite Modified Series win to go with his four BNS triumphs. (Veteran observers will remember McLaughlin's BNS-FMS double at NHIS on Labor Day weekend 1990.) At the head of the class is Reggie Ruggiero, with six Featherlite Modified Series victories.

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Matt Kobyluck recorded his best career Busch North Series finish and his first top-five by bringing the Mohegan Sun Chevrolet home fourth. Bill Penfold's nint place was his first top ten appearance since May.

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Brad Boissonneault led his first Busch North Series laps by staying on the speedway when the leaders pitted on the 33rd circuit. Just as important as the eight laps he led was the fact that Boissonneault stayed in the top five for another 20 tours running on older tires. Things went downhill in the second half of the race and he finished 27th.

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It has been suggested that the NASCAR point system doesn't offer sufficient reward for victory. Take a look at the current BNS standings. The four two-time race winners hold the top four spots. The highest ranking non-winner is Dale Quarterley in sixth position. The only winner who's not in the top eight is Ted Christopher, who runs a limited schedule.

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Dave Dion's absence at NHIS broke a streak of 119 consecutive Busch North Series starts. The longest current streak belongs to point leader Mike Olsen, who started his 103rd straight race on Saturday. Olsen leads Brad Leightn by one race, thanks to having started the last race of the 1995 season, while Leighton's string began with the 1996 season opener. The record, of course, is held by Kelly Moore, who started the first 219 races in Busch North Series history from April 1987 to May 2000.

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The crossed flags in the New England 125 marked the symbolic halfway point of the 2001 Busch North Series season- 10 1/2 races run and 10 1/2 races to go. Actually, more than half the laps were already completed, but more than half the miles remain, due to the presence of the long lap distance/small lap count road races at Watkins Glen and Lime Rock Park on the second half of the schedule.

-Al Robinson

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Jeff Burton , Dale Quarterley , Matt Kobyluck , Mike Johnson , Ted Christopher