BNS: Stafford: Andy Santerre preview

Santerre "takes on" Stafford. Waterbury, CT - Andy Santerre will make another attempt to conquer Stafford Motor Speedway this Friday, June 21st in Stafford, Connecticut at the 12th Annual Carquest Auto Parts 150. In the sixth race of the Busch...

Santerre "takes on" Stafford.

Waterbury, CT - Andy Santerre will make another attempt to conquer Stafford Motor Speedway this Friday, June 21st in Stafford, Connecticut at the 12th Annual Carquest Auto Parts 150. In the sixth race of the Busch North Series 2002 season, Santerre and his team are "planning on a win". "We're really excited about our return to Stafford. It's been a good track to me," says Santerre. Andy has an excellent record at Stafford and is looking forward to taking it on for the 7th time. "My record says it all. With two wins, and two top five finishes in 6 visits to this short track, I'm confident we'll have a win," he says. In addition, Santerre took three poles in 1997, 1996 and 1995. Santerre enters Friday's competition with 3 top-5 finishes in 5 starts, as well as a win at Lee USA Speedway, his 11th career BNS win. His current standing overall is 4th place with 718 points, 112 behind leader Matt Kobyluck.

Kobyluck, Brad Leighton and Dale Shaw are his nemesis and will be throughout the season. But Andy's strengths are his experience and a crew that are determined to see him victorious after his hiatus from full-time action. Santerre has assembled a group of people he's raced with throughout his career and is more than confident that this season's championship belongs to him.

Santerre qualified in 13th place at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in the PTM Racing 150 on June 8th. After an early pit for a change of tires that put him in 26th place, he maneuvered his way around the 1/3 mile oval track and finished in 3rd place. Andy's adrenaline was apparent to me at the winner's circle. As he got out of his #44 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, I congratulated him and over the roar of engines and fans, he said, "Nice racing with you." That highlighted my experience at the race. His 3rd place trophy appeared to be larger than him in his 6'2" frame, but as he turned around to wave at the crowd of fans supporting him, his smile told the real story.

Andy's performance on the track at Beech Ridge was something to be smiling about. He put on a show that only a few drivers can accomplish. And as I listened to Andy and his crew communicate during the race, I was impressed with his steadfast determination to get up in front and his crews ability to get him there.

This team is a story in the making, and would be better described as a family. And I feel blessed to be a part of it. With the support of Andy's wife Sue, his crew and primary sponsor, LesCare Kitchens by his side, Andy has everything he needs to be successful this season. Furthermore, I have the pleasure of working with a group of people that extends outside of my immediate responsibilities and I thank the entire ASM team for their generosity, kindness and making me feel like I'm right at home. And I know I speak for all of us, the team, our family, when I say that this is a relationship we intend to build on beyond the track!

LesCare Kitchens is the primary sponsor for ASM, and has been a proud sponsor for NASCAR in many series since 1994. James Lestorti, Chairman and CEO of LesCare Kitchens, Inc., is excited about his partnership with ASM. "We're looking forward to a long term relationship with Andy Santerre Motorsports and I'm pleased with Andy's performance so far this year. I was lucky to find a driver and a team dedicated to seeing this Busch North Series season through to the end, with the championship title." Lestorti says, "This is a new experience for all of us, ASM and LesCare Kitchens. It's our first year racing with ASM and I couldn't be happier with the choices we've made." I'm sure Santerre feels the same way about his sponsor.

LesCare Kitchens, Inc. is an international leader in the production of frameless kitchen and bath cabinetry. Their cabinets are manufactured in two state-of-the-art facilities in Southington and Waterbury Connecticut and employ over 250 people.

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