Ted Christopher Fourth In Busch North Debut For Recycle America Chevrolet (Stafford Springs, Conn. - June 17, 2005) - Ted Christopher's first NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series race in the Recycle America Chevrolet yielded a...
Ted Christopher Fourth In Busch North Debut For Recycle America Chevrolet
(Stafford Springs, Conn. - June 17, 2005) - Ted Christopher's first NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series race in the Recycle America Chevrolet yielded a fourth place finish in Friday night's season opener, held at the half-mile Stafford Motor Speedway.
Christopher recorded the fourth fastest lap in the 90-minute practice session Friday afternoon, and backed that up with a third-place run in Busch Pole qualifying, turning a fast lap of 19.942 seconds (90.262 MPH).
At the start of the race, which was broadcast live on HDNet television, Christopher moved the No. 35 car to third place, and held that position through the first 64 laps of the race. He picked a spot to run in second shortly before halfway, but two things were working against him. The car's brakes were starting to fade, and the chassis was tightening up.
Despite this, Christopher held second place until lap 113 of 150, when defending series champion Andy Santerre took that position. Jerry Marquis followed, putting Christopher back to fourth, which is where he finished the race.
"We had a good race car out there," he said after the race. "But I lost the brakes on long runs, I had to pump up the brake pedal on every straightaway to get the brakes to work. That was hurting me getting into the corners. It was just a little too tight through the middle of the turns, too. It had good forward bite getting off the turns, but I couldn't get through the middle of the turns that well. But it's not bad for the first run."
The Stafford race will be rebroadcast on SpeedTV on July 8th at 2:00 pm Eastern time.
Christopher and the Steve Hibbard-led NDS Motorsports team will race next at New Hampshire International Speedway on Friday, July 15th. That race will also be broadcast live on HDNet, as well as rebroadcast on SpeedTV July 29th at 7:30 pm Eastern time.
"I'm looking forward to running more with these guys," Christopher said. "Steve Hibbard is a real good guy to work with, he knows his stuff."