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Tim Andrews Wins First Busch East Series Race In Dover Sunoco 150; Olsen Nears Title

DOVER, Del. – Tim Andrews has been an occasional competitor but always a strong contender whenever he has appeared in the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series since 2003, always running on a shoestring budget. Friday at Dover International Speedway he scored a dramatic first career victory in the Sunoco 150, passing Steve Park on the outside with two laps to go in the scheduled distance, then holding off Park’s renewed bid as the race went into overtime due to an accident with one lap remaining. Andrews celebrated with a slow lap around the track in the opposite direction, the “Polish victory lap” made famous by the late Alan Kulwicki, whose crew chief in his championship year of 1992 was Tim’s father, Paul Andrews.

Behind Andrews and Park, Bryon Chew and Matt Kobyluck completed late-race charges to third and fourth after Chew employed a late pit stop strategy and Kobyluck was forced to pit for body repairs after another car literally landed on his hood. The biggest winner of all may have been fifth place Mike Olsen. His steady drive from 16th in the starting lineup, coupled with the accident which left challenger Sean Caisse 22nd on the scoreboard, put Olsen in a commanding position to clinch his second series title in five years in next Saturday’s season finale at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn. Unofficially, Olsen leads Caisse by 109 points and needs only a 27th place at Lime Rock to clinch the championship.

Barney McRae, in only his second race since returning to driving after two years as a crew chief, scored a career-best sixth place finish, with Brian Hoar, Mike Johnson, Jeff Anton, and Tracy Gordon completed the top ten.

Caisse won the Busch Pole with the first 150 mile per hour qualifying run in series history and clinched the seasonal Busch Pole championship. Andrews started third and swapped the lead with Caisse until a communication error caused Caisse to pit one lap too late at mid-race. Caisse remained a contender, however, until he crashed with just 35 laps remaining. He drove to his pit but the car was then pushed to the garage.

For the second half of the race, Park, returning to the series for the first time since 1996, was Andrews’ primary challenger as the pair traded the lead four times. Andrews had just passed Park on lap 148 when Ryan Seaman, running in the top five, rode out a hard crash in turn two. The red flag was shown as Seaman received medical attention at the scene. He was reported to be alert and with full movement at the track but was transported as a precaution to Kent General Hospital in Dover, where he was being evaluated on Saturday evening.

Park nosed ahead for one lap at the restart for the green-white-checker finish but Andrews would not be denied and took the checkered flag 0.411 seconds in front. Only seven cars remained on the lead lap and 19 of 30 starters were running at the finish. The caution flag was displayed seven times for 55 laps. Among the contenders eliminated, in addition to Caisse and Seaman, were FitzBradshaw teammates John Freeman and Ruben Pardo, both of whom spent most of the race in the top five. Freeman was turned into the front straight wall while battling with Kobyluck and wound up sliding across the front end of Kobyluck’s machine.

Jeff Anton claimed the POWERade Power Move of the Race Award by climbing 19 places from 28th at the start to ninth at the finish. Kobyluck won the Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award after improving 36 spots on his performance in New Hampshire one week ago. Patrick Dupree was the highest finishing Sunoco Rookie contender, and unofficially Dion Ciccarelli moved within one point of Ruben Pardo for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year title. No drivers entered or dropped out of the top 15 positions in the series point standings, the group who are eligible to receive invitations to the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale Speedway in California, October 20-21. Scott Bouley holds the 15th position, with an unofficial 30-point margin over Joe Masessa.

NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, BUSCH EAST SERIES
Sunoco 150
Dover International Speedway, Dover, Del., Friday, September 22, 2006

Finish Start Car # Driver Hometown Car Laps Money Won Reason Out
1 3 9 Tim Andrews Concord, N.C. Van Dyk Baler/Bollegraaf Chevrolet 157 $13,000
2 13 35 Steve Park E. Northport, N.Y. Waste Management Recycle America Ford 157 $9,000
3 8 99 Bryon Chew Mattituck, N.Y. Buzz Chew Chevrolet Chevrolet 157 $8,300
4 5 40 Matt Kobyluck Uncasville, Conn. Mohegan Sun Chevrolet 157 $7,600
5 16 61 Mike Olsen N. Haverhill, N.H. Little Trees Chevrolet 157 $6,400
6 15 5 Barney McRae Colchester, Vt. Motion Racing Chevrolet 157 $5,400
7 10 45 Brian Hoar Williston, Vt. Goss Dodge Dodge 157 $5,500
8 11 96 Mike Johnson Salisbury, Mass. Johnson Lumber Ford 156 $5,000
9 28 30 Jeff Anton Russell, Mass. Engineered Floors Chevrolet 156 $5,500
10 7 33 Tracy Gordon Strong, Maine The Woodworks/Archer Corp. Ford 156 $4,100
11 6 48 Eddie MacDonald Rowley, Mass. New England Mechanical Overlay Chevrolet 156 $3,900
12 26 3 Joey McCarthy Randolph, N.J. STI Motorsports Chevrolet 152 $3,700
13 30 26 Scott Bouley Thomaston, Conn. Towne & Aurell Excavating Chevrolet 152 $3,600
14 19 15 John Salemi Nashua, N.H. Waste Management Chevrolet 151 $3,500
15 25 24 Patrick Dupree* Onchiota, N.Y. Outback Steakhouse Dodge 151 $3,400
16 18 06 Ryan Seaman Toms River, N.J. ERS Fleet Repair Chevrolet 148 $3,300 Accident
17 29 16 Kip Stockwell Braintree, Vt. Stockwell Racing Chevrolet 146 $3,275
18 20 03 Rogelio Lopez Mexico City, Mexico Telmex/Lucas Oil Chevrolet 142 $3,250
19 23 84 Dion Ciccarelli* Severn, Md. Jamerson Motorsports/Star Sales Ford 141 $3,225
20 24 52 Donnie Neuenberger Edgewater, Md. Metropolitan First Mortgage Ford 140 $2,700
21 17 14 Joe Masessa Franklin Lakes, N.J. Skin Cancer Foundation Chevrolet 121 $3,175 Accident
22 1 44 Sean Caisse Pelham, N.H. Casella Waste Systems Chevrolet 115 $4,150 Accident
23 2 22 John Freeman Charlotte, N.C. Supercuts/Family Dollar Dodge 104 $3,125 Accident
24 4 12 Ruben Pardo* Mexico City, Mexico Family Dollar/Movida Dodge 97 $3,100 Accident
25 14 81 Brett Thompson Jerome, Idaho VaCom Communications Chevrolet 66 $7,575 Accident
26 21 32 Dale Quarterley Westfield, Mass. Van Dyk Baler/Bollegraaf Chevrolet 32 $2,525 Accident
27 22 8 Rich Gould* N. Brunswick, N.J. Nassau Painting Chevrolet 32 $3,000 Accident
28 12 88 Mike Gallo Sanford, Maine JBR Racing Ford 23 $2,500 Radiator
29 9 4 Andrew Myers Newport Beach, Calif. Toyota of Escondido Chevrolet 21 $7,500 Accident
30 27 01 Charles Lewandoski Stafford Springs, Conn. Lewandoski Construction Chevrolet 2 $2,500 Transmission
DNQ:
21 Carlos Pardo Mexico City, Mexico Telcel Chevrolet
83 Ray Ciccarelli Ellicott City, Md. Chrons & Colitis Foundation Ford
10 Pierre Bourque Ottawa, Ontario Canada.com/Driving.ca Chevrolet
62 Charlie Price Redlands, Calif. TBA Chevrolet
25 Jeremy Clark Cortland, N.Y. Hartley's Automotive & RV Chevrolet
31 Peyton Sellers Danville, Va. Whelen Engineering Chevrolet

TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 48 minutes, 25 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 86.887 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.411 seconds
CAUTION PERIOS: 7 for 55 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 8 among 4 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Caisse 1-4, Andrews 5-28, Caisse 29-68, Chew 69-73, Andrews 74-113, Park 114-147, Andrews 148-154, Park 155, Andrews 156-157
BUSCH POLE AWARD: Sean Caisse, Casella Waste Systems Chevrolet (23.563 seconds @ 152.782 mph) – TRACK RECORD
POWERADE POWER MOVE OF THE RACE AWARD: Jeff Anton, Engineered Floors Chevrolet
FEATHERLITE MOST IMPROVED DRIVER AWARD: Matt Kobyluck, Mohegan Sun Chevrolet

UNOFFICIAL BUSCH EAST SERIES POINT STANDINGS (wins)
1. Mike Olsen (2) 1653
2. Sean Caisse (3) 1544
3. Bryon Chew (1) 1514
4. Brian Hoar 1491
5. Matt Kobyluck (2) 1371
6. Joey McCarthy 1320
7. Mike Johnson 1310
8. Charles Lewandoski 1225
9. Jeff Anton 1219
10. Ruben Pardo 1205
11. Kip Stockwell 1179
12. Dion Ciccarelli 1124
13. John Salemi 1100
14. John Freeman 1070
15. Scott Bouley 1048
16. Joe Masessa 1018
17. Tracy Gordon 1004
18. Patrick Dupree 967
19. Rich Gould 937
20. Pierre Bourque 924

NEXT RACE: Mohegan Sun 200, Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, Conn., Sat, Sept. 30 – SEASON FINALE


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