<pre> WHAT: New England 125 Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring, Race ...
<pre> WHAT: New England 125 Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring, Race #11 of 21
WHERE: New Hampshire International Speedway, Loudon, N.H. 1.058-mile paved oval
WHEN: Thursday-Saturday, July 19-21, 2001
DISTANCE: 125 laps (132.25 miles)
POSTED AWARDS: $159,900 (including $10,050 Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring Championship point fund money) </pre> FIELD: 42 cars (Fastest 37 qualifiers. Two provisional starters will be addd based on the current 2001 Busch North Series driver points standings, two based on the current 2001 Busch North Series owner point standings, and one position reserved for a past Busch North Series champion, if needed.) <pre> SANCTION: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR)
PROMOTER: New Hampshire Speedway, Inc.
Thursday, July 19 6:00 a.m. Registration opens 7:30 a.m. Inspection begins 12:15 to 12:55 p.m. Practice 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Practice 3:45 p.m. Bud Pole Qualifying (pos. 1-37)
Friday, July 20 8:00 to 8:45 a.m. Final practice
Saturday, July 21 10:45 a.m. Mandatory drivers meeting 3:00 p.m. (approx.) New England 125 </pre> NOTES OF INTEREST:
* Martin Truex Jr. set a track record in winning the Bud Pole and went on to lead every lap of this race in 2000, when the distance was 100 laps. The first career Busch North Series win for the 2000 rookie took place at the same track and in the same race where his father, Martin Truex Sr., scored his only BNS win in 1994. Truex Jr. averaged 79.399 mph to defeat Kelly Moore by 2/10 of a second in a green-white-checker finish. Andy Santerre, Dale Quarterley, and Dale Shaw were third, fourth, and fifth.
* The first appearance of the Busch North Series at NHIS in 2001, the CVS/pharmacy 125 presented by Bayer on May 12, saw Ted Christopher take advantage of Tom Carey's cut tire in the closing laps to win by 1.3 seconds over Martin Truex Jr. Mike Johnson, Brad Leighton, and Paul Wolfe completed the top five. Christopher's average speed was 108.476 mph as only two caution flags were shown for 12 laps, with the final 86 circuits under the green.
* Martin Truex Jr.'s track record stands at 30.356 seconds or 125.471 mph. Kelly Moore won the Bud Pole this May at 30.561 seconds, 124.829 mph.
* The New England 125 will be the 35th Busch North Series event at NHIS since 1990; the most races hosted by one speedway in the series history. Ted Christopher, Brad Leighton, Mike McLaughlin, and Kelly Moore are tied for the all-time lead in NHIS Busch North Series victories with four. All except McLaughlin are expected to be in the New England 125 lineup.
* New Hampshire International Speedway opened in 1990 on the site of the former Bryar Motorsport Park road course, which contained a small infield oval, where Brad Leighton, among others, raced street stocks on Wednesday night during the mid-1980's.
STAT OF THE WEEK
The New England 125 is part of the only racing weekend which features four major NASCAR series. Nowhere else do the Winston Cup Series, Craftsman Truck Series, Featherlite Modified Series, and Busch North Series join in one program. A conservative estimate puts the garage population on Friday at 170 race teams.