Dale Quarterley Endures Tough Race At Holland; Finishes 22nd (Holland, N.Y. - June 25, 2005) - Dale Quarterley had what may have been one of the toughest racing days he's had to get through in some time as he and his 1/4 LEY Racing team had to...
Dale Quarterley Endures Tough Race At Holland; Finishes 22nd
(Holland, N.Y. - June 25, 2005) - Dale Quarterley had what may have been one of the toughest racing days he's had to get through in some time as he and his 1/4 LEY Racing team had to adjust on their Femrouse Chevrolet to work better on the high-banked Holland (N.Y.) International Speedway. Then, after qualifying well, he was forced to start from the rear of the field and from that point he had to deal with a loose car, lots of traffic, and brake problems on his way to a 22nd place finish.
Holland has never treated Quarterley that well in the past, but it looked like Saturday was going to be a change as he was in the top ten fast times after the first practice session. Qualifying saw him take the twelfth starting position, but because of a bizarre twist of events he wasn't allowed to start there.
"We were decent in practice. We've been changing stuff chasing the tire. It's reacting differently everywhere we go so it's a little harder to track than the old tires," he said. "After qualifying I went in the truck to take a nap and the crew guys were getting everything ready when I left. Somehow we missed the time and they left for a minute to go eat, and when the officials went over to tell us to get ready to go out, everybody was gone from the trailer. We were late to come out on the track, so they're going to make me start in the back of the field."
Starting in the back on a track where traffic can bottle a driver up for laps at a time is a recipe to get lapped if a long green-flag run comes along, and that's exactly what happened to Quarterley one-third of the way through the 150-lap event. Brake problems were also becoming a factor, and Quarterley pitted under the next yellow to have those addressed.
"I wasn't going too bad at the beginning, but all of a sudden it was like someone flipped a light switch and it just completely went away," he said. "We just wrestled from then on. Then a brake line started leaking and the brakes started going away, so we figured we had better come in and fix it, we were already a lap down anyway. We had to take our medicine and make sure we didn't hurt the race car any worse than it already was. So we stopped and fixed that and ended up losing another lap or two because of that."
Back on the track, Quarterley ran to the finish of the race, slowed only by a quick spin on lap 129, and was scored in 22nd position.
"Once we got the brakes fixed, the thing ran halfway decent again," he said. "But at that point you can't race anybody, and other guys were trying to move up and get some spots back so I pulled over and let the lead lap cars go by."
While Holland has historically left the 1/4 LEY team scratching their heads, precedent shows that the next time out - at Lake Erie Speedway in two weeks - should be a better race.
"This place killed us last year too," Quarterley said of Holland. "But I remember that we were awful here last year, and then came back and almost won at Lake Erie. The year before it was the same way."