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The 1997 Busch North Series Year In Review

Penfold Motorsports Gets New Number

(12-4-97) Ray Penfold, Team manager of Penfold Motorsports has confirmed that the team has obtained permission from NASCAR to use the number 0 on their Busch North Series racecars.

"I'm very glad that NASCAR granted permission for us to use it on the BNS cars!", Penfold stated.

Ray Penfold was quite successful as a Pro Stock driver, having driven on most Maine race tracks before they were even paved. He is the 1985 Track Champion at Wiscasset Raceway.

Big Doings In Naugatuck Glass Company
(12-4-97)Dick Anderson, a former supervisor at Naugatuck Glass Company, has been promoted to Machine Repair & Development Engineer at the cosmetic glass company.

Anderson has been there for 13 years in the maintenance supervisor capacity, and now, with the changes that have evolved since the company's purchase by Erie Scientific, they have realized the potential of R & D in the scheme of the corporate structure.

"Naugatuck Glass has become a world leader in cosmetic mirrors.", Anderson stated briefly, "And I hope to help develop new products and machines to take it into the 21st century. We have the potential to become even better at what we do.".

Anderson was refering to the glass mirrors that his company makes for the cosmetic industry, as well as optical glass and special projects.

1998 NASCAR Busch North Series Schedule Revisions
{11-25-97}- Bunk Sampson, NASCAR Busch North Series Director, has returned home from his sojourn to Japan with the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, and is already hard at work, completing the 1998 Schedule for the upcoming race season. So as not to confuse any teams or fans, the tentative schedule has been removed until the formalities are completed. The official schedule will then be posted, possibly within two weeks or so, according to Sampson.
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You Can Own A Piece of The Rock
{11-25-97}- Thanks to a new partnership with Michelin, construction crews are waiting in the wings to begin work on a new building at the Lime Rock Park road-racing circuit in northwestern Connecticut.
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Burnham Announces '97 Race Photo Contest Winners
{11-23-97}- Warren Melhado of Peconic, NY has won the $1000 Grand Prize in the Third Annual Burnham Boilers Racing Photo Contest.
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Stafford Motor Speedway Salutes NASCAR
{11-20-97}- Some of our NASCAR Busch North Series drivers, such as Ted Christopher, Mike Stefanik, Tom Bolles, have all raced at Stafford Motor Speedway, during the early years of their illustrious careers. Today, the Speedway announced a new program for race fans. Below is the press release, in its entirety!
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Speedway Scene's 1997 Year End Winners
{11-20-97}- Speedway Scene, the leading racing paper in the Northeast, has just published their readers' choices for the picks of the 1997 NASCAR Busch North Series race season. For the benefit of the fans who do not subscribe to this trade paper, here are the results!
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Brunell Motorsports Gearing Up for '98

{11-12-97}- Bob Brunell, owner/driver of the #17 Camoplast Busch North Series team, recently discussed his plans for the 1998 race season. The team is in the process of making several changes to make their cars more competitive, with the influx of new technology and rule changes in the series.
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{11-12-97}- In an event, equal to no other, Matthew Eric Simpson, newborn son of George and Nan Simpson, arrived at 2:15 PM November 12, 1997 at Rutland Regional Medical Center in Rutland VT.

Weighing in a 7 lbs. 6 oz., and measuring 18.75 inches long, the baby was given his first bottle by dad, Geo. "Welcome to the Great Adventure", Simpson told his son!

New Pappa George is the NASCAR Busch North columnist for the Area Auto News. CONGRATULATIONS to the new parents!

Drugg and Pease Operations Combine Forces for 1998

Herb Drugg, driver of the #90 Chevrolet will combine his team with that of Tom and Peggy Pease's #60 Ocean Spray Team for the next NASCAR Busch North Series race season. Announced this week, the combination of the two operations will hopefully advance the four-car stable in the overall run for good race finishes.
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Racer's Chassis Seminar November 29, 30 At NRP
NRP Race Cars, the leader in NASCAR Busch North Series chassis fabrication and service after the sale, presents their seventh annual Racer's Chassis Seminar, scheduled for November 29 and 30, 1997 at their spacious Albany, New Hampshire headquarters, located on Rt.16.
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Stefanik Wins General Mills-Ukrops 150

Mike Stefanik of Coventry, R.I., won his 10th NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour race of the year Saturday, edging Tony Hirschman by 0.22 second in the season-ending General Mills-Ukrops 150.

Stefanik, who clinched the series title two weeks ago at Thompson, Conn., led 98 of the 150 laps, including the final 38 on the Richmond International Raceway. He averaged 66.910 mph in his Chevrolet.

Busch North Series To Race At Dover Downs
Dover Downs Entertainment, Inc. announced that the NASCAR Busch North Series, Grand National Division, will make its first appearance at Dover Downs International Speedway in a 200-mile race on Saturday, July 18, 1998.
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Dover Downs ~ New Opportunities For Busch North
Bunk Sampson, NASCAR Busch North Series Director, is extremely pleased that the series will be racing at Dover Downs International Speedway, in Dover, Del. on July 18, 1998. Track and NASCAR officials had been negotiation for the race, and now it is a go!
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Barrington, NH's Firefighting Hero
In the midst of fighting the points battle in the PRO Truck Series, James Brown wore a different hat on Sunday, Oct 12th. Brown, a Lieutenant in the Lee Volunteer Fire Department was paged in the middle of the night to answer a call regarding power outages in his area.
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