WATKINS GLEN, NY -- Bryan Wall ( ...
WATKINS GLEN, NY -- Bryan Wall (#77 Burnham Boilers Ford) dominated the Pepsi 150 Busch North Series race at Watkins Glen International today for his second career victory in a race shortened due to time constraints.
After enduring a nearly four hour rain and fog delay, New York State Attorney General Elliot Spitzer gave the much-anticipated command to start the engines. Wall moved out to a big lead on the first 20 laps before a number of drivers decided not to pit during a caution. However, it only took Wall 17 laps to regain the lead as he slowly moved his way back to the front. "Some guys decided only to take gas there or not pit at all," Wall said. "We kind of gambled and took two tires, but it paid off. We had a great car and I can't say enough about the crew and Burnham Boilers. A lot of people from Burnham are here, so this is really special. They have been there for us all year through the ups and downs, so this is very rewarding. Plus, I love this racetrack and love the fans."
Wall started on the pole by setting a new track record (76.781 seconds, 114.872 mph) at Kendall Qualifying day on Friday.
"Iron-man" Ted Christopher (No. 13 Whelen Engineering Ford), who qualified for all three races this weekend at Watkins Glen International, finished second after starting tenth. "The goal for the weekend was to finish all these races and finish well, so I've done that here. We had a really good car."
Series points leader Brad Leighton (No. 55 ITT Sheraton Chevrolet) finished third after starting fourth. "The race was very good. We started the day 'points racing' and that's how we ended it. We didn't really have a shot at the win. Bryan had just checked out and I didn't race Ted too hard either, because those two points don't matter too much in the big picture."
The race was originally scheduled for 62 laps, but was shortened to 54 so both series could finish before dark.
Immediately following the Pepsi 150 was The Glen 150 NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series, Touring Division race. Ted Christopher (No. 13 Hartford Telephone Credit Union Chevrolet) won the race after staring 17th.
Pole sitter Tony Hirschman (No. 25 ATC Pontiac) and Tim Connolly (No. 4 Ralston Purina/Tidy Cat Dodge) rounded out the top three.