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Olsen Earns First Superspeedway Victory With Last-lap Triumph Over Caisse At New Hampshire Intl Speedway; Stretches Busch East Series Point Lead To 54

NOTE: Finish Revised 12:19 PM July 15 2006

LOUDON, N.H. – Mike Olsen led only one lap in Friday’s New England 125 NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series race at New Hampshire International Speedway, but it was the one that counted. He dramatically passed Sean Caisse in turn three to win his first superspeedway race and score his second straight series win, boosting his point lead to 54 over Caisse, who led 95 laps, or over three-quarters of the race.

As late as lap 110, it looked like Caisse would cruise to his third win of the year, but he developed a push just as the track conditions came to Olsen late on the hot, humid afternoon. The Little Trees Chevrolet blew past Eddie MacDonald for second and began to close the gap on Caisse, At the five-to-go sign Olsen attempted a risky outside pass, got alongside the leader but could not complete the move. He tried the outside again at the white flag but switched to the inside in turn three. Caisse could not keep his car on the bottom and Olsen sailed to the win by 0.242 seconds, or about four car lengths. As the checkered flag waved, Caisse found himself in a drag race with Jerry Marquis for second, with Caisse prevailing in a near photo-finish.

Tracy Gordon charged into fourth in the closing laps with MacDonald hanging on for fifth. Busch Pole winner Brian Hoar was sixth with an engine which never matched its qualifying potential, while Sunoco Rookie contenders Ruben Pardo and John Freeman enjoyed career best finishes in seventh and eighth. Freeman won the Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award. Dave Dion hauled all the way from 40th and last on the grid to take ninth place and the POWERade Power Move of the Race Award. Joey MCarthy completed the top ten.

Peyton Sellers, in his NHIS debut, led the first nine laps from his outside front row start before Caisse swept by to begin his dominating performance. Caisse pitted early, at lap 21, allowing another AutoZone West Series visitor and first-time NHIS competitor, Andrew Myers, to lead 19 circuits before Caisse again took command. Olsen’s leadership of the last one-third lap won him $12,500 and helped him extend his Busch East Series lead, now 54 points over Caisse. Matt Koblyuck’s terrible NHIS luck continued as his engine failed after 35 laps, leaving him 36th at the finish, now over 150 points behind Olsen and dropping to third place.

Nine caution periods slowed the pace for 44 laps as Olsen averaged 85.428 miles per hour. Sellers’ accident on the back straight at lap 71 produced a red flag condition to clean up spilled fluid. A multi-car tangle in turn one eliminated John Salemi, Aaron Fike, and Patrick Dupree at lap 95, but no drivers were injured. Mike Johnson made contact with the inner front straight wall in the morning’s final practice session but his crew carried out extensive repairs and he finished 14th on the lead lap. Of the 40 starters, 28 were running at the checker, with 20 on the lead lap.

The Busch East Series returns to the short tracks on Saturday, July 29 with the Edge Hotel 150 at Adirondack International Speedway in Beaver Falls, N.Y.

NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, BUSCH EAST SERIES
New England 125
New Hampshire International Speedway, Loudon, N.H., Friday, July 14, 2006

Finish Start Car # Driver Hometown Car Laps Money Won Reason Out
1 5 61 Mike Olsen N. Haverhill, N.H. Little Trees Chevrolet 125 $12,500
2 3 44 Sean Caisse Pelham, N.H. Casella Waste Systems Chevrolet 125 $9,500
3 16 52 Jerry Marquis Broad Brook, Conn. Furnace & Duct Chevrolet 125 $7,800
4 10 33 Tracy Gordon Strong, Maine The Woodworks/Archer Corp. Ford 125 $7,300
5 1 45 Brian Hoar Williston, Vt. Goss Dodge Dodge 125 $7,300
6 17 12 Ruben Pardo Mexico Supercuts Dodge 125 $5,800
7 23 5 John Freeman Huntersville, N.C. Freeman's Stereo & Video Chevrolet 125 $5,700
8 40 29 Dave Dion Hudson, N.H. Berlin City/Continental Paving Ford 125 $5,900
9 13 3 Joey McCarthy Randolph, N.J. STI Motorsports Chevrolet 125 $4,400
10 8 47 Kelly Moore Scarborough, Maine NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 125 $3,500
11 14 35 Brad Leighton Center Harbor, N.H. Irving Oil Ford 125 $3,150
12 34 67 Jamie Aube Manchester, N.H. Red Line Oil Chevrolet 125 $3,550
13 6 96 Mike Johnson Salisbury, Mass. Johnson Lumber Ford 125 $3,450
14 20 03 Rocky Moran, Jr. Irvine, Calif. Telmex Chevrolet 125 $2,850
15 12 4 Andrew Myers Newport Beach, Calif. Toyota of Escondido Chevrolet 125 $2,750
16 21 30 Jeff Anton Russell, Mass. Engineered Floors Chevrolet 125 $3,150
17 26 32 Dale Quarterley Westfield, Mass. EDART/Northeast Mortgage Chevrolet 125 $2,625
18 18 01 Charles Lewandoski Stafford Springs, Conn. Lewandoski Construction Chevrolet 125 $3,100
19 25 8 Rich Gould N. Brunswick, N.J. Nassau Painting Chevrolet 125 $3,075
20 19 72 Nick Joanides Woodland Hills, Calif. MacDonald Motorsports Chevrolet 124 $2,550
21 28 84 Dion Ciccarelli* Severn, Md. Jamerson Motorsports/Star Sales Ford 124 $3,025
22 33 14 Joe Masessa Franklin Lakes, N.J. Skin Cancer Foundation Chevrolet 124 $3,000
23 36 26 Scott Bouley Thomaston, Conn. Towne & Aurell Excavating Chevrolet 124 $2,975
24 7 06 Ryan Seaman Toms River, N.J. ERS Fleet Repair Chevrolet 121 $2,410
25 29 92 Doug Krpata Bethpage, N.Y. Island Trees Automotive Chevrolet 121 $2,350
26 38 10 Pierre Borque* Ottawa, Ont. Full Metal Minerals Chevrolet 121 $2,825
27 37 25 Jeremy Clark* Cortland, N.Y. Drake Oil Chevrolet 118 $2,800
28 32 15 John Salemi Nashua, N.H. Waste Management Chevrolet 95 $2,800 Accident
29 22 41 Aaron Fike Galesburg, Ill. Mannings USA/Snacketizers Chevrolet 95 $2,300 Accident
30 30 24 Patrick Dupree Onchiota, N.Y. Outback Steakhouse Chevrolet 95 $2,800 Accident
31 24 88 Mike Gallo Sanford, Maine JBR Racing Ford 95 $2,300 Accident
32 11 99 Bryon Chew Mattituck, N.Y. Buzz Chew Chevrolet Chevrolet 95 $2,800 Overheating
33 2 31 Peyton Sellers Danville, Va. Whelen Engineering Chevrolet 71 $2,300 Accident
34 38 97 Brent Cross Cortland, N.Y. Cummings Auto Machine Chevrolet 40 $2,800 Engine
35 9 40 Matt Kobyluck Uncasville, Conn. Mohegan Sun Chevrolet 35 $2,800 Engine
36 31 16 Kip Stockwell Braintree, Vt. Stockwell Racing Chevrolet 35 $2,800 Electrical
37 27 00 Danny Sammons Trenton, N.J. Solhem Racing Chevrolet 29 $2,300 Overheating
38 35 1 Alex Hoag Bath, N.Y. Mavericks Fortune Racing Chevrolet 24 $2,800 Suspension
39 15 9 Tim Andrews Concord, N.C. Paul Andrews Racing Chevrolet 8 $2,300 Clutch
40 4 48 Eddie MacDonald Rowley, Mass. N.E. Mechanical Overlay Chevrolet 0 Disqualified

TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 32 minutes, 11 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 85.428 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.242 seconds
CAUTION PERIODS: 9 for 44 laps
LEAD CHANGES 4 among 4 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Sellers 1-9, Caisse 10-20, Myers 21-39, Caisse 40-124, Olsen 125
BUSCH POLE AWARD: Brian Hoar, Goss Dodge Intrpid (30.624 seconds @ 123.433 mph)
POWERADE POWER MOVE OF THE RACE AWARD: Dave Dion, Berlin City/Continental Paving Ford
FEATHERLITE MOST IMPROVED DRIVER AWARD: John Freeman, MTX/Kenwood Audio Chevrolet

UNOFFICIAL BUSCH EASE SERIES POINT STANDINGS (wins)
1. Mike Olsen (2) 1025
2. Sean Caisse (2) 971
3. Matt Kobyluck (1) 877
4. Mike Johnson 867
5. Brian Hoar 845
6. Bryon Chew (1) 834
7. Charles Lewandoski 811
8. Joey McCarthy 802
9. Ruben Pardo 758
10. Jeff Anton 726

NEXT RACE: Adirondack Intl Speedway, Beaver Falls, N.Y., Saturday, July 29


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