Dale Quarterley's sixth at Holland is 2002's fourth top ten finish. Dale Quarterley posted his fourth top ten finish in seven NASCAR Busch North Series races held so far this season when he finished sixth in the Gernatt Asphalt 150 held Saturday...
Dale Quarterley's sixth at Holland is 2002's fourth top ten finish.
Dale Quarterley posted his fourth top ten finish in seven NASCAR Busch North Series races held so far this season when he finished sixth in the Gernatt Asphalt 150 held Saturday night at Holland International Speedway in Holland, New York. Quarterley now stands ninth in the season championship standings.
Quarterley was very happy with the way his Land O Lakes Chevrolet was running on the 3/8-mile track located south of Buffalo, and emphasized that by including a smiling face on the car's grille as it was taped up for qualifying. Whether that helped or not is debatable, as Quarterley could only muster the seventeenth-best time trial lap.
"We were good in practice, we were really happy with the car," he said after qualifying. "I think we have a decent long run setup, but not a short run setup. At the end of practice the tires started going away a little and we were chasing it just to see what it took to make the car go, but then we didn't back up enough for qualifying. It put us seventeenth, but I'm not too upset. I hate to get back there and get slammed up by mistake, but we'll have to see what happens."
In less than 25 laps, Quarterley had worked his way into the top ten, though once he got into tenth, he rode there for many laps. It wasn't until there were fifty laps to go when he started making more progress, moving to sixth place. Ten laps later, he was riding side-by-side with Bryon Chew for the fifth spot, but was turned away and brought his car home without a scratch in sixth place - eleven positions better than his starting spot.
"It was another good point night for us, with some of the guys in front of us breaking or having problems, so that's good for the big picture," he said after the race. "We messed up a little in qualifying and just trying to get back up through the field we used up a little bit more tire. Once we got up there, the leaders were just beating each other up. They couldn't pass each other so they just ran into each other. There were a couple of guys who I hadn't got to yet, but I was getting to them one by one, and I thought that if they were going to do that to me, I'd be pretty upset.
"The changes we made to the car definitely worked for the race," Quarterley continued. "I was better in long runs. On laps one, two, and three after a restart I was good, and then everybody else would be stronger for about the next ten. After that, I got better and I'd run them down and start passing them. And I was able to make most of my passes in the few times we could get twenty or thirty laps in. Other than that, I was leaving room because I was afraid the guys up front would stick each other in the fence."
The Busch North short track wars continue next Saturday night when the series visits the Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, Connecticut for a 150-lap race.