* Sean Caisse, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Joey Logano Post Fastest Practice Laps at Dover Thursday * Rookie Joey Logano On Threshold of 2007 NASCAR Busch East Series Championship DOVER, Del. (Sept. 20, 2007) -- Three young guns paced NASCAR ...
* Sean Caisse, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Joey Logano Post Fastest Practice Laps at Dover Thursday
* Rookie Joey Logano On Threshold of 2007 NASCAR Busch East Series Championship
DOVER, Del. (Sept. 20, 2007) -- Three young guns paced NASCAR Busch East Series practice Thursday afternoon at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. The track hosts the series' season ending Sunoco 150 Friday afternoon starting at 4:45 pm. Budweiser Pole Award qualifying is set for 12:35.
Rookie Joey Logano (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Driven Chevrolet) paced the first of two sessions with a fastest one-lap speed of 147.390 (24.425 seconds). Logano, 17, of Mitchellville, Conn., will clinch the 2007 NASCAR Busch East Series championship by taking the green flag in the Sunoco 150. He is only 19-points shy of the title, and the minimum points available in the event are 73 for the 30th and last place.
Twenty-one year-old Sean Caisse (No. 44 Casella Waste Systems Chevrolet) paced the late afternoon practice session and turned in the fastest practice lap of the day at 148.920 mph (24.174 seconds).Caisse is second in the point standings entering the Dover event.
Seventeen-year-old fourth-generation driver Jeffrey Earnhardt (No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet) was the second-fastest car in each of the sessions. His second-session fastest lap of 148.846 mph surpassed Logano's fastest first session lap.
Caisse won the Budweiser Pole Award for the 2006 edition of the Sunoco 150 with a divisional track record speed of 152.782 mph. He led 44 laps of the event, but was eliminated by a late-race restart accident. He's optimistic about getting another shot at the victory Friday afternoon.
"We brought a really good car," Caisse said. "This is the car we ran at Iowa and the first Loudon race this year."
Caisse qualified sixth fastest but finished 18th at Iowa Speedway in May, and qualified second fastest but finished 24th at New Hampshire International Speedway in June.
"It's a good car. We've run very well with it and just had some bad luck. We think we can turn that around Friday," he said. "In race trim, we're really happy, but in qualifying trim, we're really loose. The whole point of making some qualifying (practice) runs was to make some adjustments for Friday.
"We're pretty optimistic about qualifying. We should get a pretty good starting spot, at least in the top-three. We're shooting for the pole. We won the pole last year but we were too tight in the race.
"Each year we learn more to use when we come back. Right now, the car is really free in race trim and I think that's were we need to be because this place tightens up quite a bit in the long runs."
A cloudy practice day kept the track and temperatures relatively cool, compared with sunny day conditions at the one-mile, high banked concrete "Monster Mile."
"When the sun comes out it gets slick and greasy," Caisse said. "Today the track had a lot of grip in it. You could go sailing of in the corners pretty hard and be aggressive on the tires and tire wear wasn't a factor at all. The tires looked really, really good. We were trying to run a race pace and keep the speeds consistent. We kept checking the tire temperatures and readings, and we didn't abuse the tires at all.
"We'll find out Friday where we stack up."
Here are the top-10 fastest cars in each Thursday afternoon NASCAR Busch East Series practice session at Dover:
Practice 1: Joey Logano, 147.390; 2. Jeffrey Earnhardt, 147.005; 3. Sean Caisse, 146.933; 4. Chase Austin, 145.490; 5. Peyton Sellers, 145.314; 6. Eddie MacDonald, 145.225; 7. John Freeman, 144.904; 8. Ryan Seaman, 144.869; 9. Antonio Perez, 144.700; 10. Rogelio Lopez, 144.636.
Practice 2: 1. Caisse, 148.902; 2. Earnhardt, 148.846; 3. Brian Ickler, 148.246; 4. Lopez, 147.402; 5. Sellers, 146.969; 6. Logano, 146.589; 7. Jesus Hernandez, 146.187; 8. Tim McCreadie, 146.080; 9. Freeman, 145.820; 10. Matt Kobyluck, 145.775.