BNS: New Hampshire II: Robbie Harrison race summary

Rookie Robbie Harrison enjoys solid NHIS race to finish eighteenth. Robbie Harrison, whose rookie year on the NASCAR Busch North Series has been made up of more bad breaks than good breaks, was happy to finish the New England 125 at New...

Rookie Robbie Harrison enjoys solid NHIS race to finish eighteenth.

Robbie Harrison, whose rookie year on the NASCAR Busch North Series has been made up of more bad breaks than good breaks, was happy to finish the New England 125 at New Hampshire International Speedway on the lead lap, his first time doing so this season, and an eighteenth place finish. With this finish, Harrison extends his lead in the Rookie of the Year standings even more, 85-45 over second place Rick Bell.

Harrison's second trip to the Magic Mile started out with some trouble as his Lux Enterprises team had to chase down a brake problem that robbed the team of practice laps. The problem wasn't totally repaired when qualifying time came around, and Harrison made a conservative time trial effort to get in the show in 27th position.

"We had a brake problem that we had to work with yesterday and we should have fixed by race time," he said. "In qualifying I tried driving in real hard but it was getting real loose getting in, it felt like it was going to spin out, so I took it easy, I didn't want to wreck it. It should be better now."

Harrison almost didn't meet his goal of finishing on the lead lap, as the first 40-lap stretch of the race was run without a caution. A lap 43 caution allowed Harrison to close up on the field and make a pair of pit stops, returning to the race in 24th position. His progress was slowed when he was involved in a spin with two other cars on lap 53, but he drove away and pitted again to have the car checked out. With everything declared safe, Harrison ran the balance of the race, completing all 125 laps, en route to posting an eighteenth place finish.

"This is great," he said afterwards. "We were going well, but the car was tight. If it wasn't so tight I think I might have done even better. We kind of screwed up in a pit stop, the wrench got stuck in a jack bolt hole, so we had to come back in to take the wrench out and lost some more spots. Other than that, it was a good day and a good race. We finished on the lead lap, and the car isn't wrecked. I'm getting comfortable running this place, it takes a few laps to get going, but I like running here.

"We still have to work on getting more prepared before we go to races, but as we start getting to some of these tracks a second time, I think we'll do better," Harrison continued.

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Drivers Rick Bell