Ryan Seaman 'Showdown' preview

Ryan Seaman Takes Busch North Series Rookie Of The Year Effort To Toyota NASCAR Showdown (Toms River, N.J. - November 2, 2004) - Ryan Seaman, the runaway winner of the Auto Meter Rookie of the Year award in the NASCAR Grand National Division, ...

Ryan Seaman Takes Busch North Series Rookie Of The Year Effort To Toyota NASCAR Showdown

(Toms River, N.J. - November 2, 2004) - Ryan Seaman, the runaway winner of the Auto Meter Rookie of the Year award in the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series, has accepted an invitation to the second annual Toyota NASCAR All-Star Showdown. The event will be held on November 12th and 13th at the half-mile Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway with both nights of racing being broadcast live on SpeedTV.

The final Busch North race of the season, to be held at Wall Township Speedway, was cancelled, leaving Seaman sixteenth in Busch North points. He then to wait to see if one of the top fifteen drivers declined his invitation. When Bill Penfold was unable to make the trip, Seaman was invited and quickly accepted.

"We've got one more race to run this year," he said with a smile.

The prestigious event will be run for the second time. Last year's edition was eye-opening as drivers from the Busch North took eight of the top ten finishing positions in the feature event. They also won both qualifying heats and the team competition. Seaman was just breaking into the series.

"I watched the race on TV last year," he said. "I didn't get to go out there but I watched it and it looked like a lot of fun, a real nice track to race on. I was hoping I'd be able to go out there myself sometime down the road, but I didn't expect it to be this quickly. After the Wall race got called off I thought I missed my chance, but we got a break."

The team will take its short-track car across the country for the event, and it's already loaded up and ready to race.

"The trailer's packed and ready to leave," Seaman explained. "I had the car scaled and ready to race on Thursday and we loaded the trailer on Sunday."

Seaman, who is seeking sponsorship to help defray the costs of the trip, has already received some advice from teams that had gone last year.

"I've talked to Mike Olsen a little bit, and Ron Ste.Marie, Bryon Chew's crew chief, and with Joey McCarthy. We're just going out for a learning experience. We hope to finish in the top fifteen and help the Busch North win the team competition."

With help from Erbe Carting, John E. Camburn & Son Electric, Dillons Creek Marina, Bo Built Bodies, and O'Neil Designs, Seaman and his E.R.S. Motorsports team is looking forward to their chance to help represent the Busch North Series on a national stage. For more information, visit www.ryanseaman.com.

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