Dale Quarterley Makes Up 23 Positions To Finish Seventeenth At NHIS Loudon, N.H. (July 14, 2006) - The box score for Friday's New England 125, a NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series race at New Hampshire International Speedway,...
Dale Quarterley Makes Up 23 Positions To Finish Seventeenth At NHIS
Loudon, N.H. (July 14, 2006) - The box score for Friday's New England 125, a NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series race at New Hampshire International Speedway, shows that Dale Quarterley started the race 26th and finished seventeenth. But in reality, Quarterley started the race dead last after being forced to give up his starting position, then passed 23 cars on his way to that finish.
And Quarterley did this in his very first race of the year, and with no laps at speed on the track until he made his qualifying attempt. He didn't get many practice laps in Friday morning's final practice, either, as incidents ate up track time during that short thirty-minute session.
Thursday saw Quarterley wearing two hats, both preparing his own car while also being crew chief for second-year driver Jeff Anton. He did not get on the track during the ninety-minute practice session before qualifying, so his first laps of 2006 came when he took the green for his time trial attempt. He set the 26th fastest time.
In Saturday morning's final practice session, there were few opportunities to get track time.
"I got three laps of practice because every time I went out, someone would oil down the racetrack," the Westfield, Massachusetts driver said. "They'd let the next group out before they let my group out, and once I got back out the same thing would happen all over again."
A misunderstanding over which tires were to be on the car to start the race meant Quarterley had to give up his starting position and take the green at the rear of the 40-car field.
Quarterley ran the 125-lap race with just one pit stop, that being on lap 19 when he took on gas and right-side tires. With those fresh tires he got within one spot of running in the top ten, but the handling started going away as the race approached its halfway mark.
"I was getting tight and I knew it, we needed to pit but I didn't think the car was strong enough to come back up through the field. Then the car completely went away, so in hindsight I should have pitted no matter what happened," he said.
For the NHIS race, Quarterley welcomed back returning sponsors Van Dyk Baler, EDART Truck Leasing, and Northeast Mortgage (http://www.racingtonortheast.com). He also welcomed new sponsor RacingJunk.com.
"They're trying to expand into the NASCAR realm of the market," he said. "They're 90% drag race stuff, but they're huge, so they're trying to work over into NASCAR stuff. They're tailor-made for what we do, they just haven't done it."
Quarterley has three more Busch East races on his driving schedule: NHIS when the series returns in September, Dover International Speedway the week after, and Lime Rock Park where the series closes out its season.