BNS: Waterford race notes

Dale Shaw's Bud Pole at Waterford was the sixth of his career, tying him for 11th on the all-time list with Jamie Aube, Jerry Marquis, and Curtis Markham. The 1994 Busch North Series champion is second in all-time BNS race wins with...

Dale Shaw's Bud Pole at Waterford was the sixth of his career, tying him for 11th on the all-time list with Jamie Aube, Jerry Marquis, and Curtis Markham. The 1994 Busch North Series champion is second in all-time BNS race wins with 16.

Defending champion Brad Leighton and currently-inactive Bobby Dragon, who rank third and fourth behind Shaw in race wins with 15 and 14 respectively, also have comparatively modest qualifying records. Both have won four Bud Pols. It's evident that all three drivers- Shaw, Leighton, and Dragon - have concentrated on race set-ups throughout their careers. They're in good company. A driver named Dale Earnhardt was noted for the same approach.

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A host of drivers achieved their best Busch North Series finishes of the 2001 season at Waterford, beginning, of course, with Mike Johnson's first victory of the year. Dennis Demers' third place was his first top five of the campaign, and his 73 laps out front were the first he has led in 2001. Demers' performance came on the heels of a second place finish at Waterford in 2000.

Kip Stockwell returned to the top five for the first time since his storybook victory at Thunder Road in his 1997 Busch North Series debut. Bryon Chew and Dan Koonmen were in the top ten for the first time this season, and Bryan Wall had his best result of the year as well.

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Shaw and Demers were the big gainers in the point race, advancing from ninth and eleventh to sixth and seventh, respectively. Jamie Aube and Brian Hoar each lost two spots, and Paul Richardson dropped out of the top ten.

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Mike Olsen didn't have a good night at Waterford, but he was credited with leading one lap, which extended his lead over Kelly Moore in the Gatorade Front Runner Award standings. Olsen leads Kelly Moore, 8 to 5, followed by Brad Leighton and Mike Johnson. The leader of the most laps in each rae receives three points, as well as the $750 Gatorade Front Runner Award, while all other lap leaders get one point.

By advancing 13 places during the Waterford 150, Bryan Wall scored one point in the Flowmaster Star of the Race contest, enabling him to tie Dave Dion for the season long lead. Seven drivers, including Waterford's Flowmaster winner, Kip Stockwell, are tied for third. The driver gaining the most positions gets three points, the second most positions advanced tallies two points, and the third best passing job nets one point at each event.

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Joey McCarthy's Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Race Award was his second of 2001. He also banked the $1,000 from Raybestos Brakes at Loudon, N.H., in May. Despite seeing his string of top rookie and top-ten overall finishes snapped, Brian Hoar continues to lead the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year standings over Eddie MacDonald and McCarthy.

-Al Robinson

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Bryan Wall , Mike Johnson , Eddie MacDonald , Bryon Chew