Wild Race Leads To Solid Night For Andy Santerre Motorsports Caisse Grabs Podium Finish, Earnhardt Involved in Early Accident CONCORD, NC (July 30, 2007) -- Last year, Andy Santerre Motorsports and driver Sean Caisse dominated the NASCAR...
Wild Race Leads To Solid Night For Andy Santerre Motorsports
Caisse Grabs Podium Finish, Earnhardt Involved in Early Accident
CONCORD, NC (July 30, 2007) -- Last year, Andy Santerre Motorsports and driver Sean Caisse dominated the NASCAR Busch East Series event at Adirondack International Speedway (NY). This year, it looked like Caisse would have to settle for a top-five finish.
But the Adirondack event proved that a race is never over until it is actually over. A wild final 10 laps at the unique New York oval almost handed the win over to Caisse. Instead, he had to settle for a third-place finish. Caisse's teammate, Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Development Driver Jeffrey Earnhardt, came home 25th.
"It was a good race up until the end," said team owner Andy Santerre, a four-time NASCAR Busch North (now Busch East) champion. "Things definitely got rowdy in the end. It's unfortunate, but it might have been able to work out in our favor. This track is flat and tough to pass and the guys did a great job putting on a show. We were able to at least come out of here with one decent finish."
The 21-year-old Caisse put himself and his Casella Waste Systems #44 Chevrolet in a position to win after race dominator Matt Kobyluck was black flagged for jumping a restart. Now in second, Caisse stayed right on new leader Bryon Chew's bumper through the final 10 laps until giving up second to Busch East Series point leader Joey Logano. On the white flag lap, the leaders encountered some lapped traffic and wrecked cars while coming to the checkers, handing the win to Logano and locking up third for Caisse.
"Sometimes, when you see an accident happen and it's the last lap, you're still going to go for it," said Caisse, who has two wins already this season and is fifth in points following the race at Adirondack. "You don't know what NASCAR is going to do. Joey did the right thing and went for it. Unfortunately, Bryon seemed to get the bad end of the stick out of it. That's racing. I've won races like that and lost races like that. I'm just happy we were able to grab third and not get taken out.
"I feel bad for Matt (Kobyluck) because he had the dominant car. He was the car to beat. I had nothing for him. It wasn't that bad of a jump (when he got black flagged) where it should have cost him the race like that."
Caisse's teammate, Jeffrey Earnhardt wheeled the Bass Pro Shops #1 machine prepared by Andy Santerre Motorsports to a 25th-place finish. Earnhardt was involved in a lap 65 accident that took him out of the running. The 18-year-old fourth-generation racer had to retire after the incident.
Now, the Andy Santerre Motorsports team will have a few weeks for to prepare for the first and only road course event of the season. The Lime Rock Park 200K at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut will run on August 18th. Once again, the event will be shown live on HDNet.