Bully Hill Vineyards Chevrolet driver Dale Quarterley recorded his eighth top-ten finish of the 2003 NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series season when he finished tenth in the Irving Oil 150, held at the third-mile Beech Ridge Motor...
Bully Hill Vineyards Chevrolet driver Dale Quarterley recorded his eighth top-ten finish of the 2003 NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series season when he finished tenth in the Irving Oil 150, held at the third-mile Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine. Quarterley maintains his fourth place standing in the points, 145 out of the lead.
Quarterley, coming off his first win of the year last week at the Adirondack International Speedway, was third fastest in the second practice session. In qualifying, though, he was only fourteenth.
"We showed up with the same basic setup as last week, but the car didn't like this place, it liked being in New York better than it liked being in Maine," he said. "We moved things around quite a bit, and we definitely got it better, but we didn't have a complete handle on it."
Quarterley found his way to the top ten just 35 laps into the race, but fell to eleventh when the race crossed the halfway point. This took place during a long green-flag run which saw many cars start to struggle and fall off the lead lap, but Quarterley hung tough. When caution finally did come out, some cars in front of him pitted, allowing him to move up to ninth with just twenty laps to go. With ten to go, he engaged in battle both Matt Kobyluck and Dave Dion, but a late-race spin caused him to go to the back.
"There were some guys bumping ahead of me," he explained. "I slowed to give them room, and someone got into the back of me at full speed, got me completely out of shape, and I just turned left and 360'd it. Someone hit me in the right front and bent one of the spindles."
While the car was damaged and not steering right, Quarterley stayed on the lead lap and took the final green-white-checker restart to finish tenth.
"I thought I'd be good in long runs, and for a while we were, but then it started slipping around like the right rear tire was getting hot," he said. "The problem was that the cautions came too early, then they came too late. There weren't any in the middle when we really wanted to pit, and then we didn't dare pit late in the race. We were lucky that there were only a couple of laps to run after our accident, or we would have been doomed.
"Despite last week, we know we're still not short track aces," Quarterley continued. "We're trying to keep the thing in the top ten, and when we do, we're happy. I can't afford to give up races, but there's nothing I can do about our short track program either. There's absolutely nothing wrong with this car. If I used a different one, it would be the exact same thing."
The final short-track race of the year will be held next Saturday night at the storied Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vermont.