#63 Brian Frisselle
Barber Dodge National Series
Carolina Motor Sports Park
Kershaw, South Carolina
Thursday, August 22- Sunday, August 25, 2002
Qualifying Session One
Position Qualified: 20th
Qualifying Notes: Rookie driver Brian Frisselle completed his first ever national series qualifying session today. Faced with greasy track conditions due to the extreme heat, Frisselle concentrated on keeping his driving clean.
Position Started: 20th
Position Finished: 16th
Race Notes: Frisselle came out strong in race one, making a pass on the very first lap. He skillfully avoided a multiple car crash, continuing on to battle with P15 for much of the race. Frisselle finished impressively in P16 after a well-driven first national race.
Qualifying Session Two
Position Qualified: 19th
Position Started: 19th
Position Finished: 13th
Race Notes: The race kicked off with another multiple car entanglement, allowing Frisselle to work his way up to P11. While racing mid-pack, the young rookie battled with experienced national driver Al Unser. The two raced closely for a few laps, with Al finally conquering Frisselle in the final lap of the race. Frisselle had an impressive finish in P13, completing a successful weekend.
"I am extremely pleased with my performance in my first national series race weekend. As a rookie driver coming into the national series mid-season, I was faced with quite a challenge to prove that I could run with these more experienced drivers. I definitely feel that I was able to rise to the occasion. Today's race was especially satisfying for me because of my battle with Al Unser. I have watched Al and my older brother, Burt, race together for over a year now. Being able to hold him off for three laps today was a great feeling. The thought going through my head was `Wow, I'm really racing now!'"
Additional Notes: Burt Frisselle, older brother to Brian and a national series championship contender, also participated in the race weekend. He was unfortunately plagued with a mechanical dnf in race one, followed by car contact that sent him off the track in race two. Despite his recent bad luck, Frisselle is looking ahead to the final national series race in Lime Rock, Connecticut.