WHAT: NASCAR Busch North Series 150 Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring Race ...
WHAT: NASCAR Busch North Series 150
Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring Race #1 of 19
WHERE: Lee USA Speedway, Lee, N.H.
.375 mile paved oval
WHEN: Sunday, April 21, 2002
DISTANCE: 150 laps (56.25 miles)
POSTED AWARDS: $81,194 (including $3,000 Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring Championship point fund money)
FIELD: 30 cars (Fastest 25 through one round of time trials. Two additional positions will be added as provisional starters based on the final 2001 Busch North Series driver standings, two positions based on the final 2001 Busch North Series owner standings, plus one position reserved for a former Busch North Series champion if necessary.)
SANCTION: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR)
PROMOTER: Lee USA Speedway, Inc.
Sunday, April 21
8:00 a.m. Registration & inspection begin
10:30 a.m. Mandatory Rookie Drivers Meeting
11:00 a.m. Mandatory Drivers & Crew Chiefs Meeting
12:00 noon-12:30 p.m Practice
1:00 to 1:30 p.m. Practice
2:45 p.m. Bud Pole Qualifying time trials (pos. 1-25)
4:30 p.m. (approx.) NASCAR Busch North Series 150
NOTES OF INTEREST
* Tracy Gordon pitched a shutout at the 2001 Lee Busch North Series 150. He won the Bud Pole Award, redrew the number one starting spot, and led all 150 laps. It was his first win at Lee USA Speedway and the eleventh of his Busch North Series career, but it would prove to be his only win of 2001. Mike Johnson, who started his Busch North Series career at Lee USA one year earlier, was a close second and Mike Olsen came back from a late pit stop to take third. Martin Truex Jr. and Kelly Moore completed the top five.
* Gordon averaged as close to a mile a minute as you can come in 2001. He ran 56.25 miles in 56.23 minutes (or 56 minutes, 14 seconds if you prefer). That computes to 60.02 miles per hour.
* The track record at Lee USA is the oldest record in the Busch North Series book. It was set by Dave Dion in 1995 at 15.389 seconds, 87.725 miles per hour. Gordon's fast time last year was 15.531 seconds, 86.923 mph.
* The 2001 Lee 150 will be the 14th appearance of the Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring at Lee USA Speedway. Brad Leighton's four consecutive victories from 1996 to 1999 are the most by any driver. Dale Shaw and Stub Fadden are two-time winners. Dave Dion, Bobby Dragon, Robby Crouch, Kelly Moore, and Tracy Gordon have scored single Busch North Series wins at Lee USA.
* Eddie MacDonald started his Busch North Series career on the right foot last year, taking eighth place overall and the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Race Award at Lee USA. Not only is it his home track, it’s owned by his parents, Red and Judy MacDonald.
* Drivers entered for the Lee Busch North Series 150 who meet the criteria for Raybestos Rookie eligibility are Rick Bell, Vern Bliss, Larry Gelinas, Jarod Robie, Jimmy Renfrew, and Robbie Harrison. Harrison and Renfrew have filed their rookie applications already, while the others can do so until race time and be eligible for the $1,000 Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Race Award. Gelinas is the defending Lee USA Speedway NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge track champion, and Renfrew is also a Lee USA regular.
STAT OF THE WEEK
The entry list for the Lee Busch North Series 150 includes all the top ten finishers in the 2001 Busch North Series point standings, and 23 of the top 25 from last season. Among them are five former series champions (Mike Olsen, Brad Leighton, Dave Dion, Kelly Moore, and Dale Shaw). Also on the list is former series runner-up Andy Santerre, making his return to full-time Busch North Series competition.
NASCAR.com, NASCAR's official internet site, now provides upgraded Busch North Series coverage, including team, track, and series information updated as the news breaks.