June 2, 2001 (North Hollywood, Calif.) - Sean Woodside, driver of the ...
June 2, 2001 (North Hollywood, Calif.) - Sean Woodside, driver of the #45 Team Walker/Ron's Rear Ends/NAPA Chevrolet in the NASCAR Winston West Series, made a last minute sprint in today's inaugural Kansas "100" at Kansas Speedway to take fifth place in a three-wide finish.
Woodside overtook second place from his fifteenth place starting position by lap 44, and held the position for about ten laps. On lap 53, with Brendan Gaughan coming up to pass him, Woodside's car got a little loose and he slid back to eighth place.
Woodside ran in the back half of the top ten for most of the rest of the race, until a green/white/checkered finish gave him the opportunity to make his final all-out sprint.
Coming out of turn four and down the front straight, Woodside, Gaughan and Mark Reed ran neck-in-neck toward the checkered flag, each anxious to finish ahead of the other. Woodside got ahead of Reed just enough to cross the start-finish line in fifth place. Gaughan finished in fourth place, just barely ahead of Woodside.
"I told the team I'd give it all I had after that last restart," Woodside said. "This was the inaugural race at Kansas, and we really wanted a good finish."
Woodside continued, "The team did a great job on the car today. We were ok, but not perfect, when we first got here. They made the right decisions and it worked out great. This is our third top-five finish in a row on three different kinds of tracks. We have definitely taken a turn for the better."
Woodside finished in third place in the last two Winston West events at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway's half-mile oval and Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca, Monterey, Calif.'s 2.238 road course.
Woodside left Kansas Speedway immediately after the race to fly to Irwindale Speedway where he will compete in tonight's Super Late Model event.
The Kansas "100" will be televised tape delayed on Fox Sports Net, date and time to be announced.