Carey Heath Salvages An 18th At Waterford



( Portsmouth , NH Ė July 7, 2002 ) Carey and the Carey Heath Motorsports/Aubuchon Hardware #12 Chevrolet Monte Carlo arrived at the Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford , CT for the Waterford 150 NASCAR Busch North Series race on Saturday July 6th full of optimism after the ninth place finish at Holland the week before.


The car was good right out of the hauler, but a broken shock during the second practice session and a broken bolt in the panard bar in the fourth session slowed the quest for additional speed. The team put the car back to the setup they put in at the shop and went out to qualify. Carey turned a 15.34-second lap to tie for 17th, but was relegated to 18th in a field of 26 cars since Travis Benjamin in the Irving Oil #93 had a better first lap.


Waterford is a track on which you donít want to have a problem because there are no infield pits and the pit gates only open during a yellow. In last yearís race, Carey had a radiator problem early in the race and sat in the infield for over 30 laps waiting for a yellow. All the teams were reminded of this potential problem in the driverís meeting, but it didnít sink in.


Only 10 laps into the race, Carey was hit in the left-rear quarter panel entering turn three and was spun out. Carey kept the car off the fence, but she lost a lap to the leaders by the time she got the car fired up again. On lap 69, he did it again. Same car, same result. This time Carey had to pit with front-end damage from a trip off the track and lost two laps.


Over the final 70 laps, she avoided the seven other yellows, kept up with the leaders, and brought the car home in 18th place in mostly one piece. Compared to last yearís race, it was a lot better night, but Carey and the Aubuchon Hardware #12 were looking for another night like the Holland race.


Next Saturday, July 13th, itís off to Thompson International Speedway in E. Thompson , CT.