BNS: Beech Ridge II: Greg Schaefer race notes

Greg Schaefer's rain-delayed Beech Ridge race results In gifteenth place finish. Greg Schaefer, who had to make the trip to Scarborough, Maine's Beech Ridge Motor Speedway from Hatboro, Pennsylvania twice after being rained out on the race's ...

Greg Schaefer's rain-delayed Beech Ridge race results In gifteenth place finish.

Greg Schaefer, who had to make the trip to Scarborough, Maine's Beech Ridge Motor Speedway from Hatboro, Pennsylvania twice after being rained out on the race's originally scheduled date, ran what he called an "uneventful" race last Saturday night to finish fifteenth.

After a tough race the week before at the quarter-mile Thunder Road International Speedbowl, where Schaefer's Rite-Way Electric Chevrolet got banged around, the car was repaired and brought back to Beech Ridge, where Schaefer qualified seventeenth on August 24th.

"We've got a little bit of an uphill battle, a little bit of a struggle," he said after qualifying. "Going out second wasn't the best thing to do, we were hoping to have qualifying cancelled and we'd be starting ninth. But I think we've got a decent car for the race. We'll make a couple adjustments and see what happens.

"Practice was a struggle," Schaefer continued. "The track just kept changing on us, going back and forth. We ended up about where we started, changing everything and changing everything back again. We're usually pretty good in the race, and that's what counts."

Coming back on a sunny Saturday for the make-up date, the NASCAR Busch North Series teams were given an hour of practice to adjust for changed track conditions. Following that practice, the cars were lined up and set loose to run 150 laps.

Running twelfth just a handful of laps into the race, Schaefer dropped back to seventeenth as a long green flag run began. He held that position as the race progressed past halfway, but the leaders were coming and he was put a lap down. Caution came out almost immediately afterwards, and Schaefer was locked into that lap-down position.

Entering the pits under that lap 93 caution, the ParksSchaefer Motorsports crew adjusted the car to rid it of its looseness, and put on fresh right-side tires. Schaefer returned to the race and stayed just that one lap down, racing other cars that were also a lap down, and finished a respectable fifteenth.

"We started off a little tight, and then it got really loose," he said of his early race. "I don't know if we just used the tires up or if the track was getting greasy or what, but we were slipping and sliding out there. We got a lap down, barely, but we got a lap down and it killed us. The caution came out right after I lost that lap. We pitted for tires and we had a bad pit stop. I came in first among the lapped cars but came out last.

"We ended up having a good car at the end, and I passed a lot of lead lap cars, but I was just trying to catch other lap-down cars," Schaefer continued. "We didn't know who was a lap down or not so we were just racing everybody. We were happy with the way the car ran at the end, but the start of the race just killed us."

Next up for Schaefer is the third trip to New Hampshire International Speedway, then it's off to Dover International Speedway - two races being run in conjunction with the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

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