Dale Quarterley Rebounds From Last Week's Race With Sixth Place Lake Erie Finish (North East, Penn. - July 10, 2004) - Dale Quarterley, of Westfield, Massachusetts, bounced back from a troublesome night of racing last weekend at Holland (N.Y.)...
Dale Quarterley Rebounds From Last Week's Race With Sixth Place Lake Erie Finish
(North East, Penn. - July 10, 2004) - Dale Quarterley, of Westfield, Massachusetts, bounced back from a troublesome night of racing last weekend at Holland (N.Y.) International Speedway to finish sixth Saturday night at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania. Quarterley, driving the Bully Hill Vineyards Chevrolet, maintains seventh place in NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series points standings.
Quarterley found his car to practice well, but again in qualifying the results were disappointing as he was only fourteenth fastest. He wasn't too concerned, though.
"We've got 150 laps to race, so it's no problem," he said. "For some reason, this thing just doesn't want to qualify well. We were really good in practice, and I thought we had a decent car, so we didn't worry about it. But it just didn't want to qualify. This is the first week I told the guys to just leave the thing alone for the race, we'll run it the way it is. We'll know shortly into the race if we made the right choice."
Quarterley had only made it up to thirteenth when the second caution of the race came out on lap 41. At that point, he decided to pit and let the 1/4 LEY Racing crew made some adjustments to the car. He returned to the race sixteenth, and started on the long road to the front of the field. One thing that did not work to his advantage was lapped traffic.
"I'd be racing someone, and I'd get up underneath him, and it takes three laps to clear him," he explained. "But just before you're about to clear him, you run up on a backmarker so you have to blow the guy you're racing up into the third lane, and he's beating up your rear quarter trying to keep you down, so you can only do that to him once and get away with it. Every yellow we were wasting seven or eight laps just clearing the lapped guys before we could go racing again. It cuts the race short, which hurt us because we pitted and went to the back early."
Despite these conditions, Quarterley moved to ninth with twenty-five laps to go. The Busch North Series' twenty-five lap rule mandates that lapped cars line up behind lead lap cars on restarts that come with less than twenty-five laps to go, so they were no longer an issue for the balance of the race.
"I think I passed someone on every restart after that," he said. "We were flying because we didn't have to worry about the lapped guys. We had the whole track to work with, I could go down or up if I wanted to. I didn't have to worry about guys blocking the lane. It was a good race."
Quarterley races again next week, a little closer to home as Busch North will race at Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl, where he finished sixth last year.
"I think Waterford's going to be a lot like the last two weeks," he said. "We're probably not going to qualify all that well, but we'll run decent in the long run. The track's slippery and it'll be a good race there, just like every race we've had this year has been a good race."