Dale Quarterley wins Dealmaker 150 at Adirondack International Speedway. Dale Quarterley drove past Martin Truex, Jr. on lap 141 of Saturday night's Dealmaker 150, a NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series race to win the event, held...
Dale Quarterley wins Dealmaker 150 at Adirondack International Speedway.
Dale Quarterley drove past Martin Truex, Jr. on lap 141 of Saturday night's Dealmaker 150, a NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series race to win the event, held at the half-mile Adirondack International Speedway. Quarterley's victory came in his No. 32 EDART Truck Leasing/Bully Hill Vineyards Chevrolet. This was his third career Busch North victory, and his first since winning at Lime Rock Park in October of 2001.
Quarterley's day started with two practice sessions where he was fourteenth and seventeenth fastest, respectively. Qualifying didn't treat the Westfield, Massachusetts driver much better, with him taking the twelfth starting position after turning a lap of 17.623 seconds (102.139 MPH).
"After finishing fifteenth at Seekonk, and finishing fifteenth at the Glen last week, we took ourselves out of the points chase," he said. "We changed a ton of stuff at the shop this week not knowing if it would work, and we didn't care. We knew we had to run up front or we'd be completely out of the points hunt. We got here and the car drove great. It wasn't fast, but it was driving great, so we knew we were on the right track, we just didn't go far enough or went too far. As practice went on, it seemed that other guys were falling off and we were gaining. Qualifying showed up and we were in the back of the bus again, we were twelfth in qualifying."
Quarterley and his crew went to work after qualifying, changing the car's setup significantly. While he didn't have an opportunity to see how it would work before the race, once he got in the race, it worked well.
"We only missed it by like two rounds of wedge," he said.
To fine-tune the car, he made a pit stop under a lap 65 caution. The 1/4 LEY Racing crew made that adjustment, and put on fresh right-side tires. He returned to the track outside of the top fifteen, but that was temporary.
"When I stopped, I stopped to make one adjustment, not to put tires on," he said. "I needed the adjustment, and while I was there, it was dumb not to put tires on. It was worth taking the chance, and you could see how well it worked the second we came out, we were by far the best car on the racetrack. The tires didn't help me; it was the adjustment that helped me. We were quick anyway, the tires just helped it maintain. We went back out, and the thing was awesome from that moment on."
He was in the top ten with fifty laps to run. Just a few laps later, he was fifth. Following another caution, with the race restarting on lap 114, the charge continued. On lap 120 he moved to third place, and just one lap later, he was in second. He was trying to run down the leading Truex when caution closed up the field on lap 133. The restart came on lap 140 and on the next lap, Quarterley got underneath Truex in the third turn, and completed the pass on the frontstretch. He only had to hold off Truex through one final restart in the closing laps before celebrating his victory with an impressive burnout in the track's third turn.
"I took my time coming back up through after making the pit stop," he said after the race. "I was driving the opposite of everybody else. On this track, everyone was up a groove and I stayed down near the grass all day and was just flying out there. I was beating them in the last ten feet of the straightaway and the first ten feet getting off the turn, and in the middle I'd just maintain. When I got to Martin on that restart, I kind of knew that if I could just pressure him, he was starting to run out of tires. All I had to do was get him up the track a little and he'd slip the tail, and I'd get him.
"What made it even better was that we won when he was here, because he's been dominating the last four races," Quarterley said of Truex, who has run a handful of Busch North races, winning poles and two races. "And he was dominating here today, too. But when we took that last restart, I could see him in the mirror, but I didn't see anyone behind him. I don't know how far ahead we were, but it had to be a couple of car lengths. He would have still dominated everybody if I didn't beat him."
Quarterley hopes to continue his new-found short-track success next Saturday night when the Busch North Series runs the Irving Oil 150, which will be held at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine.