NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, BUSCH EAST SERIES NEWS & NOTES -- ADIRONDACK INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY * Modified Champion Jerry Marquis Back In Busch East Series Saddle For Balance Of 2007 * Veteran Posts Ninth Place Finish In Inaugural Music...
NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, BUSCH EAST SERIES NEWS & NOTES -- ADIRONDACK INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
* Modified Champion Jerry Marquis Back In Busch East Series Saddle For Balance Of 2007
* Veteran Posts Ninth Place Finish In Inaugural Music City Race, Ready For Adirondack
* Experience At Adirondack's Tricky Circular Half-Mile Favor Veteran s
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 25, 2007) -- Veteran NASCAR champion Jerry Marquis will spend the second half of the 2007 season competing full-time in two NASCAR touring series.
Marquis, 50, of Broad Brook, Conn., has joined the Robert Torriere-owned No. 35 Waste Management/Recycle America Chevrolet team for the balance of the 2007. In his first event Sunday evening at Music City Motorplex in Nashville, Tenn., Marquis qualified 21st and finished ninth.
Marquis is no stranger to the NASCAR Busch East Series. He was the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award winner in 1994, and placed second in championship points to Mike Stefanik in 1997. He has six career Busch Pole Awards, and seven career wins.
His full-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour ride this year is with team owner Joe Brady. Marquis won the 2000 championship and he has 19 career wins. He is 11th in the current point standings.
"I got a phone call Wednesday, and was asked if I could fill in for the rest of the season," Marquis said of the Busch East ride. "Things have changed a lot in the series since I ran it full time. Hopefully I'll be able to fit in and help the team out as a veteran, and perform well."
Marquis had never been to Music City Motorplex until last Sunday. Since the Nashville race was the inaugural event for the series at the history-steeped, high-banked state fairgrounds track, the track was new to most drivers in the series.
Marquis arrived with happy Nashville memories, however. When he won the first of two NASCAR Whelen All American Series regional championships, (1991 and 1999), he collected his hardware and point fund awards in Nashville, once the site of the national awards ceremonies, which has since moved to Las Vegas.
"That was an excellent time (in 1991). I couldn't have had more fun in Nashville back then," Marquis said. "Winning those regional championships was an awesome experience."
Marquis is heading for familiar territory for the Saturday, July 28 Edge Hotel 150 presented by Casella Waste Systems at Adirondack International Speedway in Beaver Falls, N.Y. He has plenty of experience there in both divisions.
"Adirondack is a different animal all the way around," Marquis said of the challenging nearly-round 1/2-mile oval. "The back-stretch is nothing like the frontstretch, turns one and two are nothing like turns three and four. It's got some banking in some parts of the race track and no banking in other parts of the race track. The key is getting the car to turn there. There isn't much of a straightway anywhere.
"You have to drive it like you have an egg-shell between your foot and the gas peddle. You really have to work with the throttle constantly. I've learned a couple of tricks to driving there that might help me out."
NEWS & NOTES
* The race ... The July 28 Edge Hotel 150 presented by Casella Waste Systems marks the sixth annual appearance by the NASCAR Busch East Series at Adirondack International Speedway. The defending champion of the race is Sean Caisse, driver of the No. 44 Casella Waste Systems Chevrolet. Caisse's car owner, Andy Santerre, won the inaugural series race there in 2002. Dale Quarterly won in 2003, while Matt Kobyluck (No. 40 Mohegan Sun Chevrolet) won in 2004 and '05. The 2007 event marks the ninth event of the 13-event regular-season schedule for the NASCAR Busch East Series.
* The track ... Adirondack International Speedway is a unique .500-mile semi-banked circular oval that opened in 2002.
* Competing for Showdown spot ... NASCAR Busch East Series drivers still have five events left to secure a spot in the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown by winning a race. Only Grand National race winners and champions of the NASCAR Developmental Series will be locked in to the field. All others must race their way in. Joey Logano, Kobyluck, Caisse, Eddie MacDonald and Rogelio Lopez have secured spots in the Showdown with NASCAR Busch East Series wins.
What: Edge Hotel 150 presented by Casella Waste Management
NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series Race # 9 of 13
Where: Adirondack International Speedway, Beaver Falls, N.Y.
When: 6:30 p.m., Saturday, July 28.
Track layout: .500-mile semi-banked circular oval
Distance: 150 Laps, 75 miles.
Posted Awards: $121,364
TV: HDNet, Live (Enhanced replay, SPEED, Noon, Aug. 22, 2007)
2006 winner: Sean Caise
2006 polesitter: Matt Kobyluck
Records: Qualifying, Matt Kobyluck, 16.648 (108.121 mph), July 29, 2006
Pre-race schedule: Saturday - Practice, 12:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m. Qualifying, 4:15 p.m. Note: All times subject to change.