Bill Penfold comes back after rain to score fourteenth at Beech Ridge. Bill Penfold, of Yarmouth, Maine, returned to Beech Ridge two weeks after a rained out program sent the NASCAR Busch North Series home after qualifying was completed....
Bill Penfold comes back after rain to score fourteenth at Beech Ridge.
Bill Penfold, of Yarmouth, Maine, returned to Beech Ridge two weeks after a rained out program sent the NASCAR Busch North Series home after qualifying was completed. Penfold, who qualified twenty-second in a light rain on August 24th, came back on September 7th and ran fourteenth in a race where he struggled with the setup on his VIP Charter Coaches Chevrolet.
Despite the threat of rain that materialized in the form of persistent showers in the afternoon of the race's originally scheduled date, Penfold and the other drivers made qualifying attempts. Penfold was twenty-second after turning a lap of 16.143 seconds (74.336 MPH).
"It started raining, and the car actually felt really good, even in the rain, but you can't step on the throttle, you can't do anything," he said afterwards. "We're in the rear, we've got a long way to go, and we can't afford to get lapped. We had a real good car during practice, and if it wasn't for the rain I think we would have been in the top ten in qualifying. Weather got me, which happens, though they shouldn't have let the last ten cars out because it was raining."
Returning to race two weeks later, Penfold moved into the top twenty quickly, but he was struggling with a loose car. He fell off the lead near the halfway point, and was locked into being a lap down when caution came out on lap 93. Joining the rest of the field in pitting under this caution, Penfold's crew put on new right side tires and made adjustments to the car, and the car was drastically improved. Penfold was fast, but couldn't make up the lap. He soldiered on to finish fourteenth, the fourth car one lap down.
"The car was wicked loose, I don't know why," he said after the race. "When we finally were able to pit and tighten it up, it wasn't that bad. It's just that we didn't get a caution quick enough for me and I lost a lap. But we did the best we could and the car isn't hurt that bad. We'll save it and go to Stafford with it and see what we can do there.
"The VIP Chevy ran another whole race, it just didn't handle very well and we just fought and did the best we could," Penfold continued. "The crew did a good job, they put some wedge in the car and changed two right side tires. After we came out we were pretty decent, I caught [former leader Mike] Olsen and other guys and drove by them on the outside. In practice, the car was perfect, so we didn't really change it for the race. With the weather cooling off we figured it would tighten up, so we started a little bit loose, and it was really loose out there. Everybody was loose out there, but we did the best we could."
Next up for the Penfold Motorsports team is the last of three visits to the one-mile New Hampshire International Speedway, and then it's off to Dover International Speedway, which is one of Penfold's favorite tracks. For more information on the team, visit its website at http://www.penfoldmotorsports.com.