The Numbers Don’t Tell All
By DAVE MOODY
Two-hundred fifty laps with no lead changes. Sounds like a snoozer,
right? Don’t you believe it.
Saturday night’s NASCAR Busch North Series/ACT Dodge Tour doubleheader
No stranger to controversy at
“Andy told me he got into Dale early in the race and bounced him off
the wall,” said
Also high on the list of Busch North subplots Saturday were
In the nightcap ACT Dodge Tour “Labor Day Classic,” veteran Jean Paul
Cyr played the rabbit’s role, leading all 100 laps while a host of pursuers
played an ultimately futile game of catch-up. Darkhorse Herb Drugg recorded by
far his best Dodge Tour effort of the year, chasing Cyr for more than half the
event before finishing third. Second-place honors went to Shelburne’s Jamie
Fisher, who looked like “The Hurricane” of old, storming from seventh on the
grid to overhaul Drugg (and nearly Cyr) with only handful of laps remaining.
Ryan Moore, Patrick Laperle and Dwayne Lanphear also fought their way from deep
in the back to finish fourth through sixth, keeping the fans on the edge of
their seats all the way.
Amazingly, a yellow flag for Jay Laquerre’s lap-two spin was the only
stoppage in Saturday night’s Labor Day Classic, as the Dodge Boys ripped off
the full, 100-lap distance in a record 26 minutes. Not to be outdone, the
companion Flying Tiger Sportsman division feature ran the full 30-lap distance
nonstop, not bad for a track recognized as one of the toughest, tightest
bullrings in the business.
has done a magnificent job helping to build a Winston Cup championship
contending team," said driver Jeff Burton. "But after long
consideration, we both think we're better served to take the next step forward
by revamping the chemistry of the team, by making this change. Paul will make a
great addition to the CITGO team.”
has reportedly been offered a choice of other management positions within Roush
Racing, and is also free to entertain offers from other teams. His decision will
be announced in the near future. "I'm proud to have been crew chief for a
start-up team that won 17 times, and earned three top-five point finishes,"
said Stoddard, who began his racing career with former Bear Ridge Speedway
modified champion C.V. Elms, before serving as crewchief for New Hampshire
legend Stub Fadden.
has been a Winston Cup crew chief since 1988, and teamed with the late Alan
Kulwicki to win the 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup Championship. He has 12 career
Winston Cup victories, and comes to Roush from Dale Earnhardt, Inc., where he
has served as crewchief for the Pennzoil Chevrolet team and driver Steve Park.
Steve Hmiel and Dave Charpentier will replace Andrews for now at DEI.
…Former Busch North Series,
NASCAR Touring division Director Alfred “Bunk” Sampson passed away early
Monday, after a long and courageous battle with brain cancer. Sampson lapsed
into a coma Saturday, and died just after
Monday. One of his final public appearances came in July, when a bedridden
Sampson was taken by ambulance to New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon
to visit friends and watch a portion of the Busch North race there.
hours for Sampson are set for this evening from
at Rogers & Son Funeral Home in
2002 season will be John Andretti’s last with Petty Enterprises. Andretti said
this week that he will leave the Petty team at the end of the year, and while he
did not announce his plans for the future, sources say he is in active
negotiation with Chip Ganassi to wheel Ganassi’s third Winston Cup Dodge in
2003. One of the major stumbling blocks between Andretti and Petty Enterprises
was Kyle Petty’s steadfast refusal to allow his driver to compete in the
the loss of Andretti, Petty Enterprises is expected to trim its Winston Cup
roster from three cars to two next season.
you think YOU hate rain at the racetrack? Last Sunday at
people simply have too much time on their hands. Last week, an astute poster on
one of the region’s on-line racing forums wrote that
And yet, the Busch North troops still complain about
…The Budweiser Flying Tiger/Sportsman
championship at New Hampshire’s Riverside Speedway comes down to the final
race – Saturday’s “Pat's Auto Sales Night” -- with Mike “Beetle”
Bailey of Barre holding a 48-point edge over Pete Potvin.
…Just weeks after announcing that they will
convert from Ford to
…Here’s bad news for Saturday night short
track operators. Last week, officials at Darlington Raceway were openly
discussing the possibility of installing lights at the legendary
It’s all about ratings, people.
…This week’s top quote comes from Winston Cup point-leader Sterling Marlin, commenting on NASCAR’s ever-evolving aerodynamic package. "Since last year, we’ve had a two-inch kick out on the nose,” said Marlin. “We've also had stuff taken away. Now, we're back to an inch and a half. Chevrolet has more nose jobs than Michael Jackson."
…After a rare Saturday night program last
week, Canaan (NH)
Saturday night, the Busch North Series, NASCAR
Touring division returns to
And finally, the N.E.K.C.
Karts are back in action Saturday afternoon at Barre’s