BNS: New Hampshire: Post-race notes

A day of milestones for Brad Leighton just started with his third NHIS win in a row, his seventh overall at the Magic Mile, and the Busch North Series point lead. He edged to within three victories of Kelly Moore on the all-time list with his 20th...

A day of milestones for Brad Leighton just started with his third NHIS win in a row, his seventh overall at the Magic Mile, and the Busch North Series point lead. He edged to within three victories of Kelly Moore on the all-time list with his 20th triumph and became the first three-time winner of 2002. After a sub-par 2001 season, by their standards, the Burnham Boilers team is back in a big way.

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The Raybestos Rookie class of 2000, headed by Mike Johnson and Martin Truex Jr., has rightly been hailed for its quality, but the class of 2001 made a statement at NHIS with Brian Hoar and Eddie MacDonald sweeping the front row in Bud Pole Qualifying. Hoar and MacDonald were first and third in last year’s Raybestos Rookie standings. Hoar went on to dominate the first two-thirds of the New England 125, with MacDonald in the top five most the way. Passed by Leighton for the lead, Hoar still recorded his best career finish, while MacDonald slipped to 23rd after breaking a shock late in the race.

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Tim Andrews, son of Winston Cup crew chief Paul Andrews, made an impressive Busch North Series debut by driving Ted Marsh’s Whelen Engineering Chevrolet to sixth. His final position was the highest spot he ran at any time during the 125 laps, the mark of a patient driver.

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At the other end of the experience spectrum, Bobby Dragon’s return to Busch North action for the first time since 2000 produced a 17th place finish in Mark Willoughby’s Waste Management Chevrolet, marked by the smoothness which made him the series fourth leading all-time winner with 14 victories. This was a one-time ride, as the team’s regular driver, Jarod Robie, was committed to the Hills Brothers All-Pro Series.

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Martin Truex Jr. saw his streak of four consecutive Bud Poles broken one short of Kelly Moore’s record, but he came alive on race day with a hard-charging drive to fourth place after starting eleventh. For the first time all year, the SeaWatch International Chevrolet team is ranked in the top ten of the Busch North point standings.

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There’s no line in the race report for "tow trucks required", but if there was, the total for NHIS on Saturday would read zero. Only two cars were eliminated by accident damage, and both of the drivers, Dave Davis and Doug Krpata, were able to drive back to the garage under their own power.

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Raybestos Rookie contender Gary Shackford was still feeling the effect of heat and fumes in the cockpit of his Frechette Tire Chevrolet after retiring to the garage. This produced a problem for Dale Shaw Racing, since Shackford is Shaw’s truck driver. Illustrating the closeness of the Busch North Series family, Red MacDonald, father of driver Eddie MacDonald and operator of Lee USA Speedway, volunteered to drive the Shaw rig back to the team’s shop in Center Conway, N.H. That’s a long detour from MacDonald’s base in Newbury, Mass.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Martin Truex Jr. , Mike Johnson , Tim Andrews , Eddie MacDonald