POST-RACE NOTES -- GREENVILLE-PICKENS GREASED LIGHTNING 150, APRIL 28 * Record setter, Part I: Joey Logano (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Driven Chevrolet) became the youngest driver to win a NASCAR Busch East Series Saturday night, April 28, at ...
POST-RACE NOTES -- GREENVILLE-PICKENS GREASED LIGHTNING 150, APRIL 28
* Record setter, Part I: Joey Logano (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Driven Chevrolet) became the youngest driver to win a NASCAR Busch East Series Saturday night, April 28, at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Greenville, S.C. Logano qualified first and finished first in the 21st NASCAR Busch East Series season opening Greased Lightning 150. At 16 years, 11 months, 4 days Logano lowered the previous age record held by Martin Truex Jr., who was 20 years, 9 days, when he won at New Hampshire International Speedway July 8, 2000. Logano's teammate, Marc Davis, (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Driven Chevrolet) is also 16, but is exactly 30 days younger than Logano. Logano turns 17 on May 24, Davis on June 23. The age limit set by NASCAR to compete in the series was lowered to 16 this year. Logano also became the youngest winner in a NASCAR West Series event when he won at Phoenix International Raceway April 11. Logano was 16 years, 10 months, 26 days when he won at PIR, breaking the record of Jim Bown, who was 21 when he won at Victoria, British Columbia in 1981.
* Record setter Part II: 2007 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award candidate Michelle Theriault (No. 37 Glock Chevrolet) established a record for women in the Greased Lightning 150. She became the highest finishing woman in a NASCAR Busch East Series race with her eight-place performance. The previous record was held by Carey Heath, who finished tenth at Holland (N.Y.) International Speedway on June 28, 2003. Theriault's Greenville finish is even more impressive because she started 21st in the 30-car field. Heath holds the record for highest qualifying female with a 10th-place effort at Holland.
* Caisse consistent: Defending Greased Lightning 150 race winner Sean Caisse (No. 44 Casella Waste Systems Chevrolet) became the most consistent of NASCAR Busch East Series drivers in the two events held at Greenville-Pickens. He won the inaugural event last year, finished second in the 2007 edition, and qualified second-fastest for both events.
* Race of Champions: Saturday's race included 2005 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Peyton Sellers (No. 83 Sellers Racing, Inc. Chevrolet); 2006 NASCAR Busch East Series champion Mike Olsen (No. 61 Little Trees Chevrolet); 2006 NASCAR West Series champion and 2004 NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown Elite Division champion Eric Holmes (No. 35 Waste Management Recycle Americas Chevrolet); 2006 NASCAR Elite Division Midwest Series champion and 2006 NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown Elite Division champion Tim Schendel (No. 43 Matthews Archery/Texpar Energy Dodge); 2006 NASCAR Toyota All Star Showdown Grand National Division champion Matt Kobyluck (No. 40 Mohegan Sun Casino Chevrolet); 2004 NASCAR Toyota All Star Showdown Grand National Division champion Mike Johnson (No. 96 Johnson Lumber Company Ford); and 2006 NASCAR Mexico champion Rogelio Lopez (No. 03 Telmex/Lucas Oil Chevrolet). Among them, Sellers was the highest finisher at fourth. The rest of the best: Lopez, fifth; Olsen seventh; Holmes, 15th; Schendel 17th; Kobyluck, 21st; and Johnson 24th.
* Sunoco rookie debuts: Fourteen of the 15 registered Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award candidates also qualified for the event, with four posting top-10 finishes. In addition to race winner Logano, rookie finishes were: Lopez, fifth; Jeffrey Earnhardt (No. 1 DEI Chevrolet) sixth; Theriault, eighth; Jesus Hernandez (No. 4 Waste Management Chevrolet) 11th; Davis, 12th; Jamie Hayes (No. 52 Hendrick Honda Chevrolet) 13th; Schendel, 17th; Chase Austin (No. 66 Homelife Communities Dodge) 19th; Richard Jarvis Jr. (No. 91 Herring Creek Builders/Hudson Chevrolet) 23rd; Max Dumarey (No. 2 BodyCouch.net Dodge) 25th; German Quiroga, Jr. (No. Raintree Club/Telai Chevrolet) 25th; Todd Peck (No. 50 Addiction Management Center Chevrolet) 27th and Casey Wyatt (No. 23 B&C Seafood/Paul Anderson Youth Home Chevrolet) 28th.
* Interested onlookers: Among the notables attending the Greased Lightning 150 included Martha Earnhardt, wife of two-time Greenville-Pickens Speedway track champion and 1956 NASCAR Sportsman Division champion Ralph Earnhardt, on hand to watch the fourth generation of her family, great-grandson Jeffrey Earnhardt, compete in his first NASCAR Busch East Series race and finish sixth; past NASCAR Busch East Series race winners Steve Park and Ken Schrader (Schrader to watch his NASCAR Busch East Series team and driver Jamie Hayes finish 15th); Two-time NASCAR Busch Series and three-time NASCAR Sportsman Division champion Jack Ingram, who was enshrined in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega, Ala. two days earlier; and about 144 employees of the local Hendrick Honda car dealership, where Hayes was once an employee.
* Multi-national representation: Drivers representing four nations participated in the Greased Lightning 150. In addition to The United States, other countries represented were Mexico (Lopez, Quiroga Jr., and Ruben Pardo (No. 22 Family Dollar Dodge)); Dumarey of Belgium; and Pierre Bourque (No. 7 Diving.ca/Canada.com Dodge) of Canada.
* Unusual grand marshal: A search and rescue dog named Gandalf was the Grand Marshal of the Greased Lightning 150 and he arrived by limousine. Gandalf located missing 12-eyar-old Boy Scout Michael Auberry, who was lost in the mountains of North Carolina last month.
* POWERade Power Move: After qualifying 26th, Jesus Hernandez finished 11th to win the POWERade Power Move of the Race Award. At each NASCAR Grand National Division event, POWERade presents the award to the driver who advances the most positions.