"My team has made major changes in the chassis over the winter," said Dion.  "My brother Paul is not only a chassis man, but also an engineer.  He doesn't mind going over to this high-tech stuff.  He just
needed to get this old guy to drive it and I like what they've done." 

LAPPED CAR COSTS CHEW A GOOD FINISH

Bryon Chew was running in the top 10 and had a good finish in sight for his #99 team when he got tangled up with the lapped car of Bill Penfold.

"After our pit stop, the car was a rocket," Chew said.  "A lapped car got sideways going into the corner.  I waited for him.  He got sideways coming out of the corner.  I was on the gas and tapped him a little bit, he came right up into me and destroyed the whole car.  Then he hit me again and finished off the car."

RYAN MOORE GETS TOGETHER WITH PENFOLD AS WELL
BUSCH NORTH LEFTOVERS: THOMPSON   by Mike Twist
Dion Speedy at 60, Aube Out Early, Lapped Car Blues
NOT-SO-YOUNG GUN HAS BLAZING START TO 2004

Sixty-year-old Dave Dion has gotten off to a flying start in 2004.  He earned the pole position at Lee and finished third at Thompson.  The veteran driver is shy went it comes to his role at getting around the 5/8 mile track
Chew wasn't the only driver unlikely to join Penfold's fan club
after the race.  For the second race in a row, Ryan Moore and Penfold diced with each other on the track.  This time, Moore ended up into the backstretch wall.  He managed to salvage a fifth-place finish, but was not happy after the race.

"There's just not a lot of respect out there from some of the other
competitors," the younger of the two racing Moores said.  "It's every man for himself it seems like.  It's the same people every week.  I'll race like that if they want and I guess that you'll have that anywhere that you race."

REAR GEAR GIVES "DAD" MOORE DNF

Ryan's dad, Kelly Moore, also had a good run going.  The father and son team raced each other in the middle of the race for positions in the top 10, but Kelly's #47 dropped out of the event on lap 111.
"I don't usually finish well here," he said after the race "We usually start out in the top 10 and when the track changes, I don't adapt as well as the better drivers here - Jerry Marquis, Stefanik, Ted Christopher and the Fullers.  Today I spent all race following Stefanik around.  He's one of the best.  I've raced here for 30 years and I'm trying to learn from him. 

"We had a good pit stop too and with everyone on my crew being over 50 years old, that's really good."

Dion credits his team with the early season performance.
Dave Dion (#29) races with the #8 of Joey McCarthy at Thompson.  (Gallo Photo)
"The guys gave me a real good car all night and gave me three spots on our pit stop,  Moore said.  "The rear end blew up.  It went to hell with no warning.   It never chattered, it just went bang all of a sudden and that was that."

Moore now sits 18th in points after two straight mechanical problems in the first two races of the year.

AUBE EXITS EARLY AS WELL
Jamie Aube qualified 18th, but had a car good enough to work his way up into the top 10 within the first 50 laps. 

However, a good finish was not in the cards for the Vermont veteran.  The engine expired on lap 53 and dropped him out of the event.  The #10 team has run well in the first two races, but between the engine failure and a pit road penalty
at Lee, they now sit 24th in the Busch North point standings.

DOUBLE DUTY FOR TWO DRIVERS

The make-up date for the PASS Pro Stock (Super Late
Ryan Moore captured the Bud pole, but failed to finish as high as he would have liked.  (Gallo Photo)
Model) race at Lee USA Speedway on Friday night made for a long weekend for a few of the Busch North drivers at Thompson.  Eddie MacDonald finished 10th in the PASS race and recorded a seventh-place finish at Thompson.  Fred Skaff did not qualify at Lee and finished 18th at Thompson.

GeGe Gravel finished third in the Lee PASS race and was also at Thompson.  He was in the track's Pro Stock division on Saturday night and finished second in that race.


Jamie Aube's team tries to pushes the broken car behind the wall. (Tom Gallo Photo)