BNS: Lee USA: Bill Penfold race notes

Bill Penfold's Lee USA Speedway race shortened by lap 114 accident. Yarmouth, Maine's Bill Penfold escaped serious injury after being involved in a hard crash during the running Lee USA Speedway's Freedom 150, the season opener for the NASCAR ...

Bill Penfold's Lee USA Speedway race shortened by lap 114 accident.

Yarmouth, Maine's Bill Penfold escaped serious injury after being involved in a hard crash during the running Lee USA Speedway's Freedom 150, the season opener for the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series. Contact from another competitor sent Penfold's car head-on into the outside wall in turn four, doing heavy damage to his VIP Charter Coaches Chevrolet. He was running in twelfth position at the time.

Following some good run in his Penfold Motorsports-owned Pro Stocks at Wiscasset Speedway this spring, Penfold returned to the Busch North Series where he's been a regular competitor for many years. Practice at the third-mile oval found the team struggling, but significant changes made to the car before the qualifying session worked well, and Penfold was rewarded with the ninth place starting position.

Penfold ran in the eighth position for most of the first half of the race, until a lap 61 caution saw him join the majority of the field on pit road. He got hung up in the pits, though, and fell back to sixteenth position when the race resumed. He started working his way through the field while dealing with lapped traffic, moving up to twelfth at the hundred-lap mark. But on lap 114, six laps after a restart, Penfold was hit and spun by another car that had recently pitted for fresh tires. He made a heavy impact with the outside wall in turn four, severely shortening the nose of his car.

The race was stopped and Penfold slowly got out of his car, and walked to the ambulance under his own power. He was checked out and released, though after the race he admitted to being sore in his chest. He described the accident.

"We came into turn three and Ryan Moore turned me, then finished me off and sent me straight in," he said. "It's a shame, they're running me out of the game. I was just kind of riding, and he could have taken the outside, I was keeping down in the turns. You can see how hard he hit me in the rear quarter to move me out, and that's not good racing. Right now I don't know if I'm going to run anymore, I can't afford this. It's a shame, my team works really hard, and we were setting in twelfth with fifty laps to go, which isn't too bad a spot. To get turned out like that just isn't worth it."

-www.penfoldmotorsports.com.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Ryan Moore