Dale Quarterley Takes Fourteenth at Stafford Land O Lakes Chevrolet driver Dale Quarterley brought his Westfield, Massachusetts-based NASCAR Busch North Series team to Stafford Motor Speedway for Friday night's running of the ASB 150. After ...
Dale Quarterley Takes Fourteenth at Stafford
Land O Lakes Chevrolet driver Dale Quarterley brought his Westfield, Massachusetts-based NASCAR Busch North Series team to Stafford Motor Speedway for Friday night's running of the ASB 150. After running in the top three last month at Stafford, Quarterley was looking forward to going back.
One significant change between the last visit and last Friday's was the change in right-side tire to a harder compound. This left Quarterley chasing the car during afternoon practice, but he came back in qualifying and put up a ninth-place run with a lap of 20.177 seconds (89.210 MPH).
"We picked up more in qualifying versus practice than we did the last time we were here," he said after his run, "and the last time we qualified second. That's how competitive it is here. One thing they did was change the right side tires, they put a little harder tire on. When we showed up we didn't know that, they just kind of sprung it on us. The tires made the car handle a little different, so we've been working on it during practice. We were actually happy with qualifying, for us it was a big jump in time. The thing feels good so I think we'll still be competitive in the race."
Quarterley was indeed competitive in the race, quickly approaching the top five before settling in for a long race. His plan to not pit was derailed after being spun in slowing traffic, and he came to pit road for two tires.
"The guys in front of me checked up and the guys behind me didn't check up quite as much," he said, "and I was in the middle. It's no big deal. The guys in the front slowed down too much for the guys in the back, the guy behind me gave me a little tap and I was already on the brakes so hard trying not to hit the guy in front of me, and it kind of finished me off."
Quarterley came back to the race in 18th place, but was back in the top ten by lap 105. Unfortunately, contact with other racers bent parts of his front suspension and the car tightened up severely, forcing him to slow and he recorded a 14th place finish.
"We were actually going good, the car was going decent in sixth and it just started getting tighter," he said. "I think it mainly stemmed from when I got under a couple guys who were loose. They'd get loose on the straightaway and they'd go up and tag the wall and come down and tag me. I think it bent the toe on the front end. The first time it happened the car tightened up a little, and then it happened again later on, and about ten laps after that the car just stopped turning. On the short runs we were decent, but on the long runs we were terrible, which is the opposite of the way we've been all season."
Quarterley now looks forward to returning to the short-track wars next Saturday night at Seekonk Speedway, where he finished eighth in May.