Ryan Seaman Takes Ocean First Bank Chevrolet To Sixteenth At Thompson (Thompson, Conn. - Oct. 30, 2005) - With Ocean First Bank again sponsoring the ERS Motorsports efforts, Toms River, N.J.'s Ryan Seaman looked to finish the 2005 NASCAR Grand...
Ryan Seaman Takes Ocean First Bank Chevrolet To Sixteenth At Thompson
(Thompson, Conn. - Oct. 30, 2005) - With Ocean First Bank again sponsoring the ERS Motorsports efforts, Toms River, N.J.'s Ryan Seaman looked to finish the 2005 NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series on a high note as he entered the New England Dodge Dealers 100 at Thompson International Speedway tenth in series points. But being spun out late in the race caused him to finish sixteenth, and he finished the season eleventh in points, just two points away from the top ten.
The weekend began with practice, though not a lot as the session was only scheduled for 45 minutes, and much of that was taken up with track clean-up after other drivers suffered blown engines and accidents. Seaman only got a handful of laps in at speed, but still attempted qualifying on a cold, slick track and took the tenth starting position.
"It's our best qualifying effort on a short track," he said. "The track was in pretty poor shape. It was pretty slick, hopefully tomorrow will be good. We only had eight laps of practice and we were eighth fastest in practice so that's good. We'll take it how it is and go get them tomorrow."
Seaman drove into the top ten at the start of the race, racing Matt Kobyluck for eighth just a handful of laps in. But the car needed adjusting, and he pitted under a lap 53 caution where the crew worked on the car. Back on the track in eleventh after picking his way through a restart accident, he set out to return the Ocean First Bank Chevrolet to the top ten but encountered some difficulty.
"We got spun out with about 25 or 30 laps to go," he said. "Up to that point things weren't bad, but they weren't great. We had just pitted. We started tenth and made it as high as eighth, but then we fell back to about thirteenth. We got a caution and came in and pitted to make some adjustments. Once we went back green, coming off of turn two, we got turned across the racetrack and we had to battle back from there."
Still on the lead lap and without any damage from the spin, Seaman was now at the tail of the field with a dwindling number of laps to go to the finish.
"Afer the last restart, I was racing Jerry Marquis pretty hard and I ended up getting into the back of Bryon Chew going into a corner," he said. "I backed off to let him correct it but we both got tangled up together and I wound up losing a couple spots right at the end. Those two spots cost me tenth place in points.
"It's a tough way to finish for the entire team," Seaman continued. "We went the entire season without a DNF, and the guys worked their butts off to get us in position to finish in the top ten in points, and to have something stupid like that happen in the last race was pretty disappointing."
Seaman wrapped up his second full season of Busch North racing picking up five places in points over last year. He also scored his first top-five finish (fourth at Dover) to go along with two other top-ten finishes. He was running at the end of every race, while he failed to finish two races in 2004.
"We learned a lot this year, we had some good races and we had some bad races, but overall I think we accomplished what we wanted to," he said. "I really wanted to finish in the top ten in points this year, that was my goal. We got off to a bad start but we recovered well, and we really finished strong at Loudon and Dover. We went into the last race with the possibility of moving up a few spots or losing a few spots, and we just lost that one.
"I just want to thank all my guys and all their hard work this year, and my dad for all the work he's done to put this team together and keep us racing."
Seaman will pack up the racing equipment for the winter, with his attention now turned to his upcoming wedding to Melissa in two weeks.