2002 Busch North Series NASCAR Touring Race Facts: WHAT: Budweiser 150 Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring, Race ...
2002 Busch North Series NASCAR Touring Race Facts:
WHAT: Budweiser 150
Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring, Race #4 of 19
WHERE: Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, Mass.
.333 mile paved oval
WHEN: Saturday, May 25, 2001
DISTANCE: 150 laps (50 miles)
POSTED AWARDS: $81,194 (including $3,000 Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring Championship point fund money)
FIELD: 28 cars (Fastest 23 through one round of time trials, two provisional starters based on the current 2002 Busch North Series driver point standings, two based on the current 2002 Busch North Series owner point standings, plus one position reserved for a former Busch North Series champion, if needed)
SANCTION: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR)
PROMOTER: Bristol County Stadium, Inc.
SCHEDULE: Saturday, May 25
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Practice
2:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Practice
4:00 p.m. Bud Pole Qualifying (pos. 1-23)
7:30 p.m. (approx.) Budweiser 150
NOTES OF INTEREST
* In the 2001 Budweiser 150, Kelly Moore won his first Busch North Series race in over two years. It was his 20th career victory, extending his own series record. He also won the Bud Pole, his record 40th. (He has since extended those records to 21 wins and 43 Bud Poles.) Redrawing fifth, Moore took the lead from Dale Shaw on lap 53 and was never headed. Tracy Gordon was second, while Paul Richardson enjoyed a career-best third. Mike Olsen was fourth and Jamie Aube fifth as Shaw faded to ninth. Moore averaged 67.699 mph, with only four caution flags for 24 laps slowing the event.
* Last August, Dale Shaw won the Coca-Cola 150 at Seekonk in near-tropical heat. He led from lap 5 to the finish, except for a 13-lap stretch when Mike Rowe took the top spot, only to blow his engine. Mike Johnson was second, Richardson again third, Dave Dion fourth, and Olsen fifth. That race was run on Sunday afternoon after being rained out on Saturday.
* Olsen set the track qualifying record last August at 12.983 seconds, 92.429 miles per hour.
* In 2000, Dave Dion also broke a long losing streak by winning the Busch North Series' return to Seekonk after a 13-year absence. The two races at the "Cement Palace" in the series' inaugural year of 1987 were won by Chuck Bown and by Rick Martin, who remains one of Seekonk's top weekly racers today.
* Seekonk Speedway opened on May 30, 1946 and has been operated by the Venditti family continuously for 56 years. Seekonk became a NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge track in 2000.
STAT OF THE WEEK
The combined winning margin in the last two Busch North Series races, the Busch 125 at NHIS and the Burnham Boilers 100 at Nazareth, is 0.128 seconds, or maybe one car length. Brad Leighton beat Andy Santerre at NHIS by 0.021, and Ted Christopher held off Matt Kobyluck at Nazareth by 0.107. The best part– national TV audiences will get to see both races, thanks to SPEED Channel.