BNS: Waterford: Post-race notes

Waterford 150, Waterford Speedbowl, Saturday, July 6 A scriptwriter would have had difficulty inventing a better scenario for tightening the point race than the one which unfolded at Waterford. The top two in the standings finished 23rd and...

Waterford 150, Waterford Speedbowl, Saturday, July 6

A scriptwriter would have had difficulty inventing a better scenario for tightening the point race than the one which unfolded at Waterford. The top two in the standings finished 23rd and 21st, respectively, while the fourth and fifth drivers in points arriving at the‘ Bowl were first and third at the checker. Meanwhile, the other driver in the mix, Andy Santerre, moved from third to first in points with a seventh place finish. While the NASCAR point system is not weighted heavily in favor of first-place points, the two multiple winners in 2002 are now first and second in the standings.

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The last two short-track Busch North Series races at Holland and Waterford, without scheduled pit stops to scramble the order, have nevertheless produced a total of 17 lead changes (15 if you don’t include the pole starter failing to lead lap 1, which is officially a lead change). So far in 2002 there have been 42 official lead changes in eight races, an average of 4.25 per race, and no driver has led an entire race. There were two flag-to-flag runs in 2001, by Tracy Gordon at Lee and Mike Olsen at Star.

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The 15 cars on the lead lap at Waterford is a season high for a short track. There were 18 lead lap finishers on the mile track at NHIS earlier this year.

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Martin Truex Jr.’s third Bud Pole of the year gave him the lead in that category. It marked the seventh track record in eight races this year. Another record extended… Waterford was the sixth overtime race in eight events. The red flag for Matt Kobyluck’s accident was the first of the season.

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Speaking of Kobyluck, he has not finished between 6th and 22nd all season. Six top fives and a pair of 23rd’s are the 2002 log for the long-time point leader.

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Milestones at the‘ Bowl…. Greg Schaefer’s second place is a career best, topping last year’s fifth at Holland, and so is his seventh in the standings… Kip Stockwell’s first top ten of the season came at the same track where he recorded his best finish in 2001, a fifth. Stockwell also moved into the point lead for the Flowmaster Star of the Race Award, which he won in 1999… Mike Olsen’s eighth place finish was the best for the 2001 Busch North champion since the season opener at Lee USA Speedway in April… Jeremy Pettigrew of Warsaw, N.Y. made his Busch North Series debut with a 22nd place run and was on the track at the finish.

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Over a dozen drivers participated in a post-qualifying autograph session in the grandstand midway at Waterford. More autograph session are planned for events later this season. Virtually all of the series’ regular competitors have "hero" cards for such occasions.

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One correction from Holland… Eddie MacDonald was running at the finish of the Gernatt Asphalt 150. The Bellingham Sheet Metal team has an unblemished record of being on the track at the checker in 2002.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Martin Truex Jr. , Greg Schaefer , Matt Kobyluck , Eddie MacDonald