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Bryon Chew Wins First Busch East Series Race In Thrilling Finish With Mike Johnson At Holland; Third Place Mike Olsen Closes On Point Leader Sean Caisse

HOLLAND, N.Y. – Bryon Chew scored his first NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series victory after six years of trying Saturday night at Holland International Speedway, leading only three laps of the Fuccillo Auto Park HUGE 150. Dueling side-by-side with leader Mike Johnson on a restart at lap 145, the Long Island driver finally claimed the lead for good on the white flag lap, winning by 0.221 seconds. Mike Olsen edged Tracy Gordon for third and closed to within 22 points of leader Sean Caisse, who placed eighth.

Caisse won his second consecutive Busch Pole award and led the first 63 laps, seeking a historic third straight win to open the season. Then Olsen, looking for his first wins since 2003, caught Caisse and the pair swapped the lead five times during the middle stages. With less than 40 laps to run Johnson, locked out of victory lane since 2004, surged to the front, only to be overcome by Chew on the decisive restart. Gordon, the last Busch East Series driver to win three in a row back in 2000, was a swift mover in the closing laps but ran out of time to mount a challenge for his first win since 2002. MacDonald’s fifth pace run was his best with the new team he formed on the eve of the season opener.

Gordon won the POWERade Power Move of the Race Award for advancing 11 positions from start to finish, while Johnson captured the Featherlite Most Improved Driver award for turning around a miserable finish at Stafford Motor Speedway one week ago. For the first time, John Freeman was the leading Sunoco Rookie contender.

Four drivers- Caisse, Olsen, Johnson, and Chew- traded the lead nine times as nine caution periods slowed the action for 47 laps. Of the 26 starters, 23 were running at the finish with 15 on the lead lap. There were no significant incidents as all three retirements were due to mechanical issues.

The Busch East Series resumes action Thursday night, June 29, at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway in a doubleheader with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, BUSCH EAST SERIES
Fucillo Auto Park HUGE 150
Holland International Speedway, Holland, N.Y., Saturday, June 24, 2006

Finish Start Car # Driver Hometown Car Laps Money Won Reason Out
1 7 99 Bryon Chew Mattituck, N.Y. Buzz Chew Chevrolet Chevrolet 150 $7,733
2 8 96 Mike Johnson Salisbury, Mass. Johnson Lumber Ford 150 $3,733
3 2 61 Mike Olsen N. Haverhill, N.H. Little Trees Chevrolet 150 $3,133
4 15 33 Tracy Gordon Strong, Maine The Woodworks/Archer Corp. Ford 150 $2,800
5 3 48 Eddie MacDonald Rowley, Mass. N.E. Mechanical Overlay Chevrolet 150 $2,433
6 10 3 Joey McCarthy Randolph, N.J. STI Motorsports Chevrolet 150 $2,083
7 3 01 Charles Lewandoski Stafford Springs, Conn. Lewandoski Construction Chevrolet 150 $1,983
8 1 44 Sean Caisse Pelham, N.H. Casella Waste Systems Chevrolet 150 $2,883
9 14 16 Kip Stockwell Braintree, Vt. Stockwell Racing Chevrolet 150 $1,783
10 5 40 Matt Kobyluck Uncasville, Conn. Mohegan Sun Chevrolet 150 $1,783
11 9 03 Rogelio Lopez Mexico Telmex Chevrolet 150 $1,733
12 19 1 Alex Hoag Bath, N.Y. Mavericks Fortune Racing Chevrolet 150 $975
13 11 5 John Freeman Huntersville, N.C. Freeman's Stereo Video Chevrolet 150 $950
14 23 26 Scott Bouley Thomaston, Conn. Towne & Aurell Excavating Chevrolet 150 $1,658
15 12 21 Carlos Pardo Mexico Tia Bonia Chevrolet 150 $900
16 24 24 Patrick Dupree Onchiota, N.Y. Outback Steakhouse Chevrolet 149 $825
17 16 12 Ruben Pardo Mexico Supercuts Dodge 149 $800
18 6 45 Brian Hoar Williston, Vt. Goss Dodge Dodge 148 $1,508
19 17 30 Jeff Anton Russell, Mass. Engineered Floors Chevrolet 143 $1,458
20 25 10 Pierre Borque* Ottawa, Ont. Full Metal Minerals Chevrolet 141 $700
21 13 14 Joe Masessa Franklin Lakes, N.J. Skin Cancer Foundation Chevrolet 137 $1,433
22 22 25 Jeremy Clark* Cortland, N.Y. ING Chevrolet 118 $700
23 26 97 Brent Cross Cortland, N.Y. Cummings Auto Machine Chevrolet 117 $700
24 20 84 Dion Ciccarelli* Severn, Md. Jamerson Motorsports/Star Sales Ford 114 $700 Engine
25 18 15 John Salemi Nashua, N.H. Waste Management Chevrolet 49 $1,433 Suspension
26 21 8 Rich Gould N. Brunswick, N.J. Nassau Painting Chevrolet 45 $700 Engine

TIME OF RACE: 57 minutes, 50 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 57.579 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.221 seconds
CAUTION PERIODS: 9 for 47 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 9 among 4 drivers

LAP LEADERS: Sean Caisse 1-63, Mike Olsen 64-74, Caisse 75-84, Olsen 85-95, Caisse 96-98, Olsen 99-116, Mike Johnson 117-146, Bryon Chew 147, Johnson 148, Chew 149-160

BUSCH POLE AWARD: Sean Caisse, Casella Waste Systems Chevrolet (14.494 seconds @ 93.142 mph)
POWERADE POWER MOVE OF THE RACE AWARD: Tracy Gordon, Archer Corp./The Woodworks Ford
FEATHERLITE MOST IMPROVED DRIVER AWARD: Mike Johnson, Johnson Lumber Ford

UNOFFICIAL BUSCH EAST SERIES POINT STANDINGS (wins)
1. Sean Caisse (2) 527
2. Mike Olsen 505
3. Matt kobyluck 483
4. Bryon Chew (1) 474
5. Charles Lewandoski 434
6. Mike Johnson 428
7. Kip Stockwell 398
8. Jeff Anton 390
9. Eddie MacDonald 385
10. Joey McCarthy 380

NEXT RACE: Thompson Intl Speedway, Thompson, Conn., Thurs., June 29


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