WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (March 3, 2002) - Eight Busch North Series teams displayed their 2002 cars at the Eastern States Exposition during the 22nd annual Racearama and Trade Show. The NASCAR booth played host to the champion and ...
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (March 3, 2002) - Eight Busch North Series teams displayed their 2002 cars at the Eastern States Exposition during the 22nd annual Racearama and Trade Show. The NASCAR booth played host to the champion and rookie-of-the-year's machines respectively. Mike Olsen's Little Trees Chevrolet looked familiar enough, but Brian Hoar's Goss Dodge entry showed a couple of changes. Brian has returned to the #45 he carried throughout his career in Vermont, and the sheet metal is Chevrolet rather than Pontiac for 2002. The familiar black-out decals are still there on the grille and side windows, giving the Monte Carlo that "Intrepid" look from a few feet away.
Elsewhere in the show, Brad Leighton's Burnham Boilers Chevrolet was at the Lime Rock Park stand, Kelly Moore's NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet and Carey Heath's Aubuchon Hardware Chevy graced the New Hampshire International Speedway booth, and Mike Gallo's Woodworks Ford formed the centerpiece for the Dover Downs International Speedway display. Brett Roubinek's Crystal Rock Pontiac was at the Waterford Speedbowl booth, and Scott Bouley's STI Motorsports Chevrolet was displayed independently
The NASCAR Touring autograph session on Saturday afternoon saw fourteen BNS drivers among the two dozen participants. Signing a variety of hero cards, race programs, and assorted apparel were (in order at the table) Carey Heath, Kelly Moore, Dave Dion, Joey McCarthy, Robbie Harrison, Matt Kobyluck, Scott Bouley, Mike Gallo, Herb Drugg, Mike Olsen, Doug Hurst, Dale Quarterley, Andy Santerre, and Brian Hoar.
Enthusiasm was high at the Adirondack International Speedway booth for the BNS debut on Saturday, August 17 at the brand-new northern New York facility. For those who don't usually venture north of the Thruway, AIS is just off State Route 812 between the villages of New Bremen and Beaver Falls, about 55 miles north of Utica or 30 miles southeast of Watertown. State Route 12 connects Utica and Watertown, and SR 812 branches off at Lowville, about 5 miles from the track.
Busch North Series teams will have two early-season open test sessions at the first two speedways the series visits. The Lee USA Speedway practice day will be Saturday, April 13, and the New Hampshire International Speedway spring open test is set for Tuesday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 1. The season opener is at Lee USA on Sunday, April 21, and the first of three visits to NHIS comes up on Mother's Day weekend, Saturday, May 11.
Spare Parts... One of the charter members of the Busch North Series, Jeff Spraker, had his ARCA car on display at the Adirondack booth. His speed shop has now relocated from Schenectady, N.Y., to the "Nashville of NASCAR", Mooresville, N.C.... If Doug Hurst's car looks in real life like it does on the hero card, watch out! The graphics on the hood give a whole new meaning to the Humphrey Bogart line, "Here's looking at you, kid."... Brian Hoar turned 30 years old without a birthday during the show. Like one out of every 1,464 people, Brian was born on February 29, so he only has a birthday every four years during Leap Year.