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Mike Olsen Pitches A Perfect Game At Lake Erie Speedway; Wins Busch Pole & Local Dodge Dealers 150 Race While Taking Over Busch East Point Lead

NORTH EAST, Pa. – Mike Olsen achieved the NASCAR equivalent of baseball’s perfect game Saturday night at Lake Erie Speedway. He started by winning the 13th Busch Pole of his career, then he won the Local Dodge Dealers 150 presented by Hamot & Highmark for his fifth career race victory. In the process, he gained the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series point lead as the season nears its halfway point.

Just as a pitcher seeking his no-hitter must get the tough outs in the middle of the lineup, Olsen had to repeatedly put down a strong challenges from Sean Caisse, who was seeking his third win of the season. The pair monopolized the contest, racing side-by-side on restarts and swapping the lead six times before Olsen gained the upper hand for good on lap 128. Caisse made a desperate charge on the final lap which fell short by just 0.189 seconds. Brian Hoar came back from a mid-race spin to take third ahead of Joey McCarthy and Mike Johnson.

Matt Kobyluck , who entered the night as the point leader, rallied from the tail of the field after spinning with 60 laps to go to finish sixth, followed by Rogelio Lopez, Eddie MacDonald, Bryon Chew, and Ruben Pardo. The result left Olsen with an unofficial 21-point margin over Kobyluck, with Caisse 49 points behind the leader. Chew and Johnson trail Olsen by 73 and 97 points respectively.

Carlos Pardo earned the POWERade Power Move of the Race Award for advancing 12 positions from start to finish, while Caisse captured the Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award by picking up 26 spots from last week’s race at Thompson, Conn. Ruben Pardo was the highest placed Sunoco Rookie contender, stretching his lead in the rookie standings.

While the caution flag was displayed nine times for 59 laps, only one incident send cars to the sidelines when Pierre Bourque and Kip Stockwell were involved on the back straight at lap 65. No drivers were injured. Of the 25 starters, 21 were running at the finish with 14 on the lead lap. Olsen averaged 53.459 miles per hour and won $8,500, including the $1,000 Busch Pole Award.

The Busch East Series faces its first superspeedway test of the 2006 season next Friday, July 14, in the New England 125 at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, N.H.

NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, BUSCH EAST SERIES
Local Dodge Dealers 150 Presented by Hamot & Highmark
Lake Erie Speedway, North East, Penn., Saturday, July 8, 2006

Finish Start Car # Driver Hometown Car Laps Money Won Reason Out
1 1 61 Mike Olsen N. Haverhill, N.H. Little Trees Chevrolet 150 $8,500
2 3 44 Sean Caisse Pelham, N.H. Casella Waste Systems Chevrolet 150 $4,650
3 4 45 Brian Hoar Williston, Vt. Goss Dodge Dodge 150 $3,350
4 13 3 Joey McCarthy Randolph, N.J. STI Motorsports Chevrolet 150 $3,025
5 6 96 Mike Johnson Salisbury, Mass. Johnson Lumber Ford 150 $2,445
6 2 40 Matt Kobyluck Uncasville, Conn. Mohegan Sun Chevrolet 150 $1,975
7 10 03 Rogelio Lopez Mexico City, Mexico Telmex Chevrolet 150 $1,300
8 9 48 Eddie MacDonald Rowley, Mass. N.E. Mechanical Overlay Chevrolet 150 $1,700
9 5 99 Bryon Chew Mattituck, N.Y. Buzz Chew Chevrolet Chevrolet 150 $1,650
10 15 12 Ruben Pardo Mexico Supercuts Dodge 150 $1,550
11 14 30 Jeff Anton Russell, Mass. Engineered Floors Chevrolet 150 $1,475
12 24 21 Carlos Pardo Mexico City, Mexico Tia Bonita Chevrolet 150 $1,950
13 23 26 Scott Bouley Thomaston, Conn. IGS Propane Chevrolet 150 $1,425
14 11 14 Joe Masessa Franklin Lakes, N.J. Skin Cancer Foundation Chevrolet 150 $1,400
15 20 75 Tim Cowen Ashland, Ohio Cowen Logistics Ford 149 $875
16 21 97 Brent Cross Cortland, N.Y. Cummings Auto Machine Chevrolet 149 $1,350
17 22 84 Dion Ciccarelli* Severn, Md. Jamerson Motorsports/Star Sales Ford 149 $1,325
18 18 24 Patrick Dupree Onchiota, N.Y. Outback Steakhouse Chevrolet 148 $1,295
19 16 25 Jeremy Clark* Cortland, N.Y. Drake Oil Chevrolet 148 $1,250
20 7 01 Charles Lewandoski Stafford Springs, Conn. Lewandoski Construction Chevrolet 147 $1,250
21 8 8 Rich Gould N. Brunswick, N.J. Nassau Painting Chevrolet 146 $1,250
22 12 16 Kip Stockwell Braintree, Vt. Stockwell Racing Chevrolet 65 $1,250 Steering
23 19 10 Pierre Borque* Ottawa, Ont. Full Metal Minerals Chevrolet 63 $1,250 Accident
24 17 15 John Salemi Nashua, N.H. Waste Management Chevrolet 36 $1,250 Radiator
25 25 5 John Freeman Huntersville, N.C. Goss Dodge Dodge 5 $1,250 Handling
26 26 05 Guy Pierre Pavageau Columbia, Md. Chevrolet 0 $750 DNS

TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 3 minutes, 6 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 53.459 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.189 seconds
CAUTION PERIODS: 9 for 59 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 6 between 2 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Olsen 1-12, Caisse 13-53, Olsen 54-75, Caisse 76-90, Olsen 91-95, Caisse 96-127, Olsen 128-150
BUSCH POLE AWARD: Mike Olsen, Little Trees Chevrolet (15.388 seconds @ 87.73 mph)
POWERADE POWER MOVE OF THE RACE AWARD: Carlos Pardo, tia Bonita Chevrolet
FEATHERLITE MOST IMPROVED DRIVER AWARD: Sean Caisse, Casella Waste Systems Chevrolet

UNOFFICIAL BUSCH EAST SERIES POINT STANDINGS (wins)
1, Mike Olsen (1) 840
2. Matt Kobyluck (1) 819
3. Sean Caisse (2) 791
4. Bryon Chew (1) 767
5. Mike Johnson 743
6. Charles Lewandoski 702
7. Brian Hoar 690
8. Joey McCarthy 664
9. Eddie MacDonald 630
10. Kip Stockwell 629

NEXT RACE: New Hampshire International Speedway, Loudon, N.H., Friday, July 14, 2006


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