SEEKONK, Mass. -- A scoring recheck following the Budweiser 150 NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series race has credited Joey McCarthy with 150 laps rather than 149 as listed on the unofficial finish, moving him from 15th to 12th place.
SEEKONK, Mass. -- A scoring recheck following the Budweiser 150 NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series race has credited Joey McCarthy with 150 laps rather than 149 as listed on the unofficial finish, moving him from 15th to 12th place. The change in McCarthy's position moves Kip Stockwell to 13th, Matt Kobyluck to 14th, and Dale Quarterley to 15th. The revised finish below reflects the changed positions, money won, and points for all the drivers affected. The added points place McCarthy ahead of Eddie MacDonald for tenth in the standings.
NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, BUSCH NORTH SERIES POST-RACE NOTES
Budweiser 150, Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, Mass., Saturday, Aug. 2, 2003
The scoreboard showed Experience & Craftiness 3, Youth & Enthusiasm 0 at Seekonk as Kelly Moore, Mike Stefanik, and Dave Dion swept the top three spots. Dion has raced since 1964, Stefanik since 1976, Moore since the early 1980's. That's over 80 years of combined racing experience.
There's another side of the Busch North Series too. We've already seen Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Moore make up two-thirds of the podium at Stafford. Put them together with Eddie McDonald, who has a win in 2002 and a second this year, and you've got a potential top three whose combined ages add up to 66. Few racing series can boast such a blend of youth and experience at the front of the field.
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Both Kelly Moore and Andy Santerre have won back-to-back races in 2003. (Tom Carey won back-to-back starts, but skipped a race in between.) Surprisingly for the series all-time winner, Moore has never won three in a row, and his only previous two-race streaks were in 1987 and 1988. The most recent "threepeat" was scored by Tracy Gordon in June 2000; the record for consecutive victories is four set by Ricky Craven in 1991.
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Point race perspectives... Santerre experienced a similar double setback early last year with 22nd and 19th in consecutive races, but fought back to win the title... Matt Kobyluck gained 33 points on the leader, but lost two places in the standings at Seekonk... Meanwhile, Dave Dion jumped three spots forward, joining the top ten for the first time this year... Carey Heath moved into 15th, the last spot for an invitation to the Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale Speedway, November 6-8.
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The Budweiser 150 finally made it into the books after a tortuous history. Originally scheduled for Saturday, May 24, it was postponed 48 hours in advance due to severe weather forecast for Memorial Day weekend in New England. The raindate, May 31, saw one practice session make it into the books before the rains returned. The rainout hat trick seemed a real possibility from last Saturday's forecast, but the morning's menacing clouds gave way to a hot, sunny afternoon and almost ideal evening for racing. The Seekonk track staff did yeoman work pumping the water from Friday night's rain out of the infield and practice began only five minutes after the scheduled time.
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The finishing record of Busch North Series teams on short tracks remains remarkable. In the last two races, at Waterford and Seekonk, 45 of 48 starters have taken the checkered flag, a 91 percent finishing record. For the season's first ten races, 83 percent of starters have been running at the finish. If you consider only the nine short track races, the finishing rate rises to 85 percent.
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Seekonk native Dave Darling had a busy and successful night at the Cement Palace. He drove his own Busch North Series car, since regular driver Jerry Marquis was committed to the Featherlite Modified Series race at Riverhead Raceway, and finished tenth in his first start of the season. Earlier in the evening, he ran fifth in the pro stock feature. Racers also filled up more than a few rooms at the hotels he manages at the other end of Fall River Avenue, next to the Darling family's Seekonk Grand Prix karting facility.
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A touch of the southern Busch Series was seen in the garage as Eddie MacDonald's car carried the colors, although not the decals, of the Dr. Pepper team. Actually, the body came from a 2002 Ron Hornaday car, but the chassis was Eddie Mac's old faithful short track car, first raced with great success by Paul Richardson in 2001. The sheetmetal was hung this week after Eddie's trip along the Waterford Speedbowl wall at the checkered flag last week pretty well used up the old tin.
Milestones... Dave Dion and Brian Hoar both recorded their first top-five finishes of the season in the Budweiser 150. It marked Dion's 60th career top five...Ryan Moore now leads the series in top-ten finishes with nine in ten races. Santerre still leads in wins and top-fives, as well as the most important statistic, the Busch North Series point standings... While Dale Quarterley's top-ten streak was ended at seven races, Mike Johnson extended his to six races. Dion has seven top-tens in the last eight races, and Mike Olsen has five in the last six races.