Dale Quarterley 'Climbs' His Way to Eleventh Place at Thunder Road Westfield, Massachusetts' Dale Quarterley looked to continue the steady improvement of his Land O Lakes-sponsored NASCAR Busch North Series team with a good run Saturday night at...
Dale Quarterley 'Climbs' His Way to Eleventh Place at Thunder Road
Westfield, Massachusetts' Dale Quarterley looked to continue the steady improvement of his Land O Lakes-sponsored NASCAR Busch North Series team with a good run Saturday night at Vermont's Thunder Road International Speedbowl quarter-mile track. A good run was in the cards, but a mid-race incident found Quarterley's Chevrolet climbing on top of another competitor's car and the end result was an eleventh place finish.
Practice found the 1/4 LEY Racing team searching for a setup for the tricky short track. After making numerous changes, the car was presented for qualifying, where Quarterley toured the track in 12.940 seconds, placing him 13th on the field.
"For some reason we've been struggling all day. We're a little loose in and a little loose off," he said after qualifying. "We've been chasing it, and the cooler weather should help it a little. I don't think we've fixed it yet, so it's really a matter of going out and trying to stay out of trouble all night long, trying to leave here with some points. If we can just keep from burning the tires off the thing we should be in good shape at the end."
When the race started on the cool night Quarterley discovered that the track came to the car and he was embarking on a good run. He had worked his way up to ninth place after the race's halfway mark. Approaching the eighth-place car of Bryan Wall, Quarterley had pulled alongside but the two made contact, leaving Quarterley's car attempting to climb Wall's and after returning to the track, getting spun into the infield. No yellow came out for Quarterley's spin so he resumed the race as fast as he could, but still lost a lap to the leaders. Riding immediately behind the lead car, Quarterley followed him through traffic and at the end of the race was the first car one lap down, winding up eleventh.
"We fixed most of the practice problems," he said after the race. "We got out there and the car was going great, it was probably a top five car. I was cruising along, trying to bide my time and run laps off, passing guys every ten laps or so. I had worked my way up to ninth and Bryan Wall was in front of me, and I have no idea what happened, except going down the back straightaway, my right front bumper was alongside his left rear tire. The next thing I know, I'm driving over the top of him and my bumper's almost on his roof. I'm thrashing around in the car trying to get it off of him, and when I finally get back on the racetrack someone drills me in the rear and spins me around. I got going again but the front end was bent up a little. I was running with [leader] Mike Olsen after that, so I had a fast race car, but I was a lap down before I could get going again. I wound up being the leader of the lap-down guys.
"It was a good point day for the team, most of the guys in front of me had problems," Quarterley continued. "For how we were in practice, if I finished in eleventh I would have been happy. I'm not happy because we had a top five car but I goofed up or whatever happened and I ended up eleventh."
Quarterley has one more short track race left on the schedule, Sunday's PTM 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Maine. In two previous starts at Beech Ridge this year, Quarterley's finishes were third and ninth, so he's looking forward to scoring a trio of top ten finishes there.