Accidents Keep Dale Quarterley From Finishing Sylvania 125 Loudon, N.H. (Sept. 16, 2006) - Dale Quarterley spent most of the Sylvania 125's practice sessions getting his race team up to speed, having only raced two previous times in the 2006 ...
Accidents Keep Dale Quarterley From Finishing Sylvania 125
Loudon, N.H. (Sept. 16, 2006) - Dale Quarterley spent most of the Sylvania 125's practice sessions getting his race team up to speed, having only raced two previous times in the 2006 NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series season. All that hard work went by the boards, though, just two laps into the race when Quarterley was caught up in a first-turn accident. The team tried valiantly to stay in the race, but being in the wrong place at the wrong time struck again and the team was forced to park the car after completing 63 laps.
Although the 1/4 LEY Racing team enjoyed success earlier in the year with a fifth place finish at Adirondack International Speedway, it had been over a month since it raced last. The first order of business was getting the No. 32 Van Dyk Baler/RacingToNortheast.com Chevrolet up to speed in a Thursday practice session that was cut short by rain.
"As a team, it's tough because we're not running all the races," the Westfield, Massachusetts driver explained. "The people helping me are a policeman, an electronics engineer, a transit authority official and a legal secretary. They have nothing to do with racing all week. I'm working on the car so I stay focused on the racing deal. Pulling together, it's hard to get to speed. When you have a weekend like this where you hardly get any practice, you can't get those guys up to speed. So you start the race with a couple of problems: everybody's just getting their act together, and you don't have the car sorted out because you didn't get any track time."
Things were looking up after Saturday morning's final practice, when Quarterley was twelfth fastest despite only going four laps at speed.
The car was good at the start of the race, but the start of the race was only a lap and a quarter long before things went wrong. A pair of cars tangled in front of Quarterley and he could not miss them. He pitted with damage to the car's left front corner and repairs were made. He returned to the race in the tail of the field only to get collected in a second incident on lap 29. More pit stops were needed to tend to the body, suspension, and brakes. After going down a handful of laps, the team parked the car for the day, resulting in a 41st place finish.
"Other guys were getting themselves into trouble," he said. "With the big bar setup they run, it gives you a ton of confidence getting into the turn, letting you drive deeper and deeper in and it's fine until you get off the brake pedal and the car decides what it really wants to do. You'd see guys get into the first part of the corner fine and they'd get off the brake because they don't need it anymore, and the car would take off, hit the guy on the outside and spin that guy out. That's what was happening, and I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time three accidents in a row.
"The first one cleaned out the front end and we lost some laps fixing that, but we thought we could get that back," Quarterley continued. "I lost another lap after the second one, and after that we were too far behind to have a chance of making that back, so we called it a day since we're not racing for points, and save what little car we have left for Dover."
With just six days before the next race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, Quarterley has some work to do to repair the car and have it ready to tackle the high-banked concrete oval, where he won in 2004.