Penfold runs in top five at Holland, finishes 7th Bill Penfold and the Penfold Motorsports Team had their season's best finish so far in Saturday's Chevrolet 150 NASCAR Busch North Series, Touring Division event at Holland Speedway in New York.
Penfold runs in top five at Holland, finishes 7th
Bill Penfold and the Penfold Motorsports Team had their season's best finish so far in Saturday's Chevrolet 150 NASCAR Busch North Series, Touring Division event at Holland Speedway in New York. After an eventful race, Bill Penfold drove the #0 VIP Charters - neracing.com Chevy to the finish line in seventh place.
Bill was able to qualify the teams #0 VIP Charters - neracing.com Chevy 19th, solidly in the field of 39 cars that attempted to make the race. There were only 30 starting spots available on the 5/8 mile track. Tom Carey won the Bud Pole Award, his third of the young season.
Shortly after the green flag dropped, on lap 15, Bill had some contact with another car causing him to go off the track on the backstretch and eventually spin back up onto the track in traffic between turns three and four. The car suffered no sheet metal damage in the incident, but lost the entire exhaust system when he hit the banking coming off the grass. Bill was able to continue on without pitting, but was forced to endure the heat and exhaust fumes blowing directly into the drivers area for the remainder of the race.
On the restart from his spin, Bill started last in the field, but quickly began working his way up through the heavy short track traffic. Within 30 laps of the spin, Bill had the #0 VIP Charters - neracing.com car in the top ten. At the halfway point in the race on lap 75, he was seventh on the track and still passing at will, in both the high groove and low groove.
On lap 85 Penfold was able to crack the top five, where he would stay for the next 40+ laps. But by lap 140, the heat and fumes were really starting to affect the driver. He was able to hold on for a seventh place finish when the checkered flag flew on lap 150.
Bill had to be helped from the car after the event and received immediate medical attention for heat exhaustion and the fumes he inhaled. He was treated by the track medical team and given the OK to go home a short time later.
"We were really hoping to turn our season around here," said the overheated Penfold after the race. "Last season it was a turning point for us and we were hoping for the same this season. We had a top five car and maybe we would have had something for the leader if things had been a little different. It was just so hot in those last fifty laps, I wasn't sure I would make it all the way. It was a big boost for the whole team, they work so hard I am happy we had a great run. It jumped us about five spots in the standings. We tested last week at Beech Ridge and I think we'll have a little something for them there too."
The whole Penfold Motorsports Team also congratulates Bryan Wall on his great win. It was Bryan's first win in the BNS.
"Congratulations to Bryan and his whole team, it was nice to see those guys win one," Penfold said. "We hope to be the next first time winners next week at the Ridge!"
"We are beginning to show what we can do as a team," said team manager Ray Penfold. "I think you will see this team in the top ten a lot more, now that we have started to shake some of this bad luck. Billy is real good at the Ridge, we expect good things there."