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WHAT: ASB NASCAR 150 Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring Race #12 of 21

WHERE: Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford Springs, Conn. .500 mile paved oval

WHEN: Friday, July 27, 2001

DISTANCE: 150 laps (75.0 miles)

POSTED AWARDS: $73,150 (including $2,800 Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring Championship point fund money)

FIELD: 30 cars (Fastest 25 through one round of time trials, Two additionalpositions will be added as provisional starters based on the current 2001 Busch North Series driver point standings, two based on the current 2001 Busch North Series owner point standings, and one position reserved for a former Busch North Series champion, if needed)

SANCTION: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR)

PROMOTER: Stafford Springs Enterprises, Inc..

SCHEDULE: Friday, July 27 12:00 noon Registration & Inspection 2:30 p.m. Mandatory Drivers Meeting 3:00-4:30 p.m. Practice 6:00 p.m . Bud Pole Qualifying (positions 1-25) 9:00 p.m. (approx.) ASB NASCAR 150


The 2000 ASB NASCAR 150 was won in a clean sweep by Mike Johnson, who won the Bud Pole, redrew the number one starting spot, and led every lap. Brad Leighton, Dave Dion, Kelly Moore, and Jerry Marquis completed the top five. Johnson averaged 61.625 mph through five caution periods for 36 laps, the last of which resulted in the distance being extended to 155 laps to achieve a green-white-checker finish as required by Busch North Series rules. Both the Bud Pole and the race win were the first for Johnson, who would go on to win Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year honors.

In the first Busch North Series appearance at Stafford in 2001, the CarQuest Auto Parts 150 on June 22, Kelly Moore took the lead when Brad Leighton spun as the two raced side-by-side on lap 133. Leighton recovered to finish second with Stafford graduate Dennis Doyle matching his best career finish in third. Jerry Marquis and Dale Shaw were fourth and fifth. A total of eight caution periods for 48 laps slowed Moore's winning average speed to 52.376 mph. It was the first Stafford victory for the Busch North Series' all-time leading winner.

Kelly Moore set the current Stafford track record in winning the Bud Pole for the 2001CarQuest Auto Parts 150 with a lap at 19.674 seconds, 91.491 mph. It broke his own record from one year earlier.

Stafford Motor Speedway has hosted 15 previous Busch North Series races, with Andy Santerre and Mike Stefanik the only two time winners. One-time victors are Tommy Houston, Mike McLaughlin, Keith Lamell, Tom Bolles, Jerry Marquis, Rick Fuller, Brad Leighton, Dennis Demers, Ted Christopher, Mike Johnson, and Kelly Moore

The race sponsor name, ASB, stands for American Sleeve Bearing, whose corporate headquarters are located in Stafford Springs.


Through July 21, only five drivers have won Busch North Series races driving Fords. Dave Dion leads with 11 wins under the sign of the blue oval, followed by Butch Leitzinger and Bryan Wall with four, Mike Johnson with three, and Dale Shaw with one. All of Leitzinger's wins and three of Wall's four are on road courses.

-Al Robinson

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Drivers Butch Leitzinger , Mike McLaughlin , Bryan Wall , Mike Johnson , Ted Christopher