BNS: Dover: Greg Schaefer race notes

Greg Schaefer leads twenty-four laps at Dover en route to fourth place finish. Greg Schaefer, driver of the Rite-Way Electric Chevrolet, had never led a lap in NASCAR Busch North Series competition before last Friday's MBNA All American Heroes...

Greg Schaefer leads twenty-four laps at Dover en route to fourth place finish.

Greg Schaefer, driver of the Rite-Way Electric Chevrolet, had never led a lap in NASCAR Busch North Series competition before last Friday's MBNA All American Heroes 150, held at the one-mile concrete Dover International Speedway. In that race, Schaefer led 24 laps through the race's middle stages before finishing in the fourth position, his third top-five finish of the season. He remains tenth in the series championship points standings.

Schaefer was off to a good start to the weekend with his being the eleventh fastest car in the first practice session, with a fast lap of 143.632 MPH. Prepared for qualifying, he was even faster, turning a lap of 145.185 MPH in time trials, which was good enough for the tenth starting position.

"We were pretty good off the truck and just made some minor adjustments through the day," he said. "We got ready for qualifying and had a pretty decent lap in qualifying, we're pretty happy with that.

"For the race, we're just going to have to ride around for a little bit," Schaefer continued. "We'll get in line and try not to wear the tires out. Tire wear has been a little bit of an issue here. We have to be around at the end."

At the start of the race, Schaefer fell from the top ten but settled into running thirteenth. He had climbed back to eleventh when caution came out on lap 64. The pits opened and Schaefer came in along with all the other cars still on the lead lap. The ParksSchaefer Motorsports crew fired on fresh right-side tires and filled the car with gas, and sent him back onto the track. Other drivers chose to pit a second time and change four tires total, allowing Schaefer to take the lead under caution.

Schaefer led the field to green on lap 82 and he streaked off into the lead. He held the lead until one of the cars that was leading before pit stops caught him and passed for the lead on lap 103. Two other cars took advantage to pick up positions, leaving Schaefer fourth. He held that position through the balance of the event, becoming the best finisher of those drivers who only took on two tires rather than four.

"The car was awesome," he said after the race. "We started off a little loose, it looked like everyone was a little loose, and then after one caution it seemed to tighten up a little bit, I guess the track was starting to tight up. We pitted and took on only two tires and made a minor adjustment. The thing was just perfect after that. The other guys took four tires, that's what beat us, but I'll definitely take fourth considering the cars that were in front of us, they were just awesome cars. We hadn't planned on pitting a second time for the other two tires, and we didn't really realize that everyone else was going to do it. I really felt like the left side tires were going to make it, we didn't wear them out too bad. Les from Horsepower Engineering gave us an awesome motor, and that's what it takes here.

"My crew had an awesome pit stop," Schaefer continued. "This was just a great day for everybody. All the Rite-Way Electric employees are here, my family's all here, we had a whole section of stands full of people cheering us on, so it was good to have such a great run today."

Schaefer's next race, the next to last race on the Busch North schedule, will be held next Sunday afternoon at the half-mile Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, Connecticut. In two previous races at the track this year, Schaefer recorded finishes of eighth and seventh.

-ajc-

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