Music City Full of Firsts for Andy Santerre Motorsports Caisse Wins First-Ever Nashville Pole, Earnhardt Grabs First Top-Five of Career CONCORD, NC (July 23, 2007) -- There is plenty of history contained within the retaining walls...
Music City Full of Firsts for Andy Santerre Motorsports
Caisse Wins First-Ever Nashville Pole, Earnhardt Grabs First Top-Five of Career
CONCORD, NC (July 23, 2007) -- There is plenty of history contained within the retaining walls of Music City Motorplex in Nashville, Tennessee. NASCAR legends with names such as Waltrip, Green, Marlin and Hamilton all cut their teeth at the .596-mile track that has hosted top-level NASCAR events since the 1950's.
On Sunday, July 22nd, 21-year-old Sean Caisse added his name to the Music City record books by earning the Busch Pole in the NASCAR Busch East Series' first-ever visit to the historic racetrack in the Casella Waste Systems #44 Chevrolet for Andy Santerre Motorsports. Caisse came into the Music City riding the wave of momentum, gained with his second victory of the season last week at Thompson International Speedway (CT). But when it came time for the 150-lap race Sunday evening, luck was not on the young star's side, as an early incident caused by another competitor's spin put a damper on Caisse's night.
"We were playing a little conservative gameplan," said Caisse, who finished 18th. "We qualified and had good track position at the beginning of the race. We were trying to stay in the top-five, top-10 for the first 100 laps and then make a stab at it in the end. We had a really good car. The guys did a great job getting us ready.
"I guess the #22 (Ruben Pardo) spun -- he might have cut a tire or something. I'm not really sure what happened. Then the #18 (Marc Davis) locked down and started spinning himself. I checked up and got hit from behind. The front end got a little messed up. The tire didn't get hit so my toe was still good, but I don't know if we ran over something and cut a tire when we went back to green. We lost three laps in the pits and had to ride around for the rest of the race."
While Caisse's Nashville trip included a first with his pole, Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Development Driver Jeffrey Earnhardt wheeled a DEI machine prepared by Andy Santerre Motorsports to a first of his own. The 18-year-old fourth-generation racer took his Bass Pro Shops #1 to his first-career Busch East Series top-five finish at Music City, a fourth-place result.
"I thought we had third locked up and I was trying my best to hold on to it," said Earnhardt of his late-race battle among the top-five runners. "We just got a bad push there on that very last lap coming off of four and I had to jump out of it. By the time I got back into it, Marc (Davis) had gotten on the inside of me. But finishing fourth; it's not bad.
"It was a good night. The guys worked hard on the car all day and I got it where I wanted it."
It will be a quick turnaround for the Andy Santerre Motorsports team as they head to Upstate New York and Adirondack International Speedway for the Edge Hotel 150 presented by Casella Waste Systems on Saturday, July 28th. Catch the Music City Motorplex event on SPEED Wednesday, August 15th at noon ET.