<pre> 2001 BUSCH NORTH SERIES, NASCAR TOURING RACE FACTS WHAT: CVS/pharmacy 125 presented by Bayer Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring Race ...
<pre> 2001 BUSCH NORTH SERIES, NASCAR TOURING RACE FACTS
WHAT: CVS/pharmacy 125 presented by Bayer Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring Race #2 of 21
WHERE: New Hampshire International Speedway, Loudon, N.H. 1.058-mile paved oval
WHEN: Friday-Saturday, May 11-12, 2001
DISTANCE: 125 laps (132.25 miles)
POSTED AWARDS: $151,350 (including $10,000 Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring Championship point fund money) </pre> FIELD: 42 cars (Fastest 33 qualifiers. Top four finishers from 20-lap qualifying race. Four provisional starters based on 2000 Busch North Series standings. One provisional 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.
SCHEDULE: Friday, May 11 7:00 a.m. Garage Opens 7:15 a.m. Mandatory rookie drivers meeting 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Practice 11:00 a.m. Bud Pole Qualifying (pos. 1-33) 5:00 p.m. 20-lap qualifying race (pos. 34-37)
Saturday, May 12 8:00 a.m. Garage opens 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Final practice 11:30 a.m. Mandatory drivers' meeting 3:30 p.m. (approx.) CVS/pharmacy 125 presented by Bayer
NOTES OF INTEREST: </pre> The CVS/pharmacy 125 presented by Bayer will be the 34th Busch North Series event at NHIS since 1990; the most races hosted by one speedway in the series' history. His victory in this event last year allowed Brad Leighton to tie Mike McLaughlin and Kelly Moore for the all-time lead in NHIS Busch North Series victories with four.
Leighton has won this race for the past two seasons. In 2000, he dueled with Dale Quarterley for the well as victory, swapping the lead twice over the last 42 laps and winning by half a car length. Mike Rowe was a close third, his best finish of the 2000 season. Bryan Wall was fourth and Martin Truex Sr. was fifth in his only 2000 BNS start. Leighton averaged 81.271 miles per hour through six caution periods for 49 laps. There were five lead changes among four drivers.
Last year's Bud Pole for this event was won by Kelly Moore at 124.166 miles per hour (30.675 seconds). The current track record as set by Martin Truex Jr. last July at 124.741 miles per hour (30.356 seconds).
After the season-opening Autotown 150 at Lee USA Speedway, Tracy Gordon leads the Bud Pole Award and the Gatorade Front Runner Award standings, as well as the Busch North Series point standings. Bryan Wall is the Flowmaster Star of the Race leader, while Eddie MacDonald heads the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year contest.
STAT OF THE WEEK
Tracy Gordon's victory in the season-opening Autotown 150 at Lee USA Speedway does not offer a great deal of encouragement for his Busch North Series title hopes. In the previous 14 seasons, only three times has the winner of the season's first race gone on to win the championship. Those title winners were Jamie Aube in 1990, Dave Dion in 1996, and Brad Leighton in 1999.