Ryan Seaman Persevered After NHIS Accident To Finish Race 27th (Loudon, N.H. - July 15, 2005) - Ryan Seaman's first of two NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series races at New Hampshire International Speedway did not go according to...
Ryan Seaman Persevered After NHIS Accident To Finish Race 27th
(Loudon, N.H. - July 15, 2005) - Ryan Seaman's first of two NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series races at New Hampshire International Speedway did not go according to plan when he suffered an accident just seventeen laps into the 125-lap event. But while his car was battered, Seaman did not throw in the towel, and continued on in the race to finish 27th.
Seaman's refusal to retire from the event after the crash meant he picked up five spots he wouldn't have, enabling him to hang on to 13th in the season's points standings.
Twentieth in practice, Seaman was ready for qualifying on Thursday but the track wasn't as a thunderstorm washed out time trials. He lined up for the feature event in thirteenth, reflecting his standing in the points.
Seaman had held his position through the race's early laps, despite the handling of his Erbe Carting/ERS Fleet Service Chevrolet not being quite to his liking. But the handling, on the loose side, caused Seaman to spin off turn two on lap 17.
"The car was just way too free," he said. "We were biding our time waiting for the caution so we could come in and make some changes but we didn't get it in time. The car just got wicked free off of turn two, got sideways, and I couldn't correct it. It got into the inside wall."
The damage was mostly cosmetic, though some rear suspension parts were bent underneath. Seaman drove to pit road where the ERS Motorsports team stripped off the damaged bodywork and made sure the car was good enough to continue in the race. It was, and Seaman spent the balance of the event putting in laps, looking to finish as well as he could, which turned out to be 27th place.
"The car wasn't too bad this weekend," he said. "We had it pretty decent in practice, twentieth fastest all weekend long. The car felt real good and we made a some more changes for the happy hour practice yesterday and it felt as good as it's been all day. We got to start by points and that was probably a positive for us, I don't think we would have started that close to the front if we had qualified.
"After the wreck, the car was hurt underneath. The center link is bent, the truck arms are bent a little, the track bar is bent; it's pretty tore up. I'm just lucky to get a finish. I spent the rest of the race just trying to stay out of trouble and stay out of the leaders' way. We're going after the points, so we couldn't just park the car after the wreck. We haven't been getting the finishes we wanted to start this season so when something like this happens, I have to at least get a finish, we can't afford any DNFs."
Seaman and the Busch North Series return to the short tracks with next weekend's Town Fair Tire 150 at the third-mile Waterford Speedbowl near New London, Connecticut.