Bill Penfold, driver of the #0 Penfold Motorsports Busch North Series race team, was able to return to the top ten in series points standings after the fourth and final race of the season at the New Hampshire International Speedway last Saturday.
Penfold started his Chevrolet Monte Carlo 18th in the Farm Aid on CMT 100. The Yarmouth, Maine native then moved up into the top ten, where he ran for much of the day. As the race wore on, Bill's car started getting a little loose, but he was able to hold on and finish thirteenth. This was good enough for Penfold and team to move back up to tenth in the points standings.
This race was not as eventful for the team as their last trip to NHIS. During the last Busch North race here, on August 2, the team lost their race motor during the morning practice session, and had no back up with them. They were able to get an old Joe Bessey motor from their shop delivered two hours prior to the start of the race. The old motor had not even been fired up in a year, and the team didn't even know if it would run a lap, let alone 100 laps. As it turned out, the motor was strong enough to keep Bill in the top three for the first 90 laps, including leading 14 laps early on. But the old motor did not have a properly working alternator, and the battery wore down with a hand full of laps left. But Penfold was able to hang on and finish tenth.
"We've got some tough races left, but I think we can gain a few more positions in the points," said Penfold. "I wish the last four races were all at Loudon, this is my favorite track. I'd race here every week if I could."
Penfold had two top ten finishes at NHIS in the four races here in 1998. He led 14 laps here on August 2, the first time he has ever led any laps on this track. His worst finish here this year was 19th back in July.
The Penfold Motorsports team will head to Thunder Road International Speedbowl this Saturday for the Jiffy Lube 150. The race will be broadcast on TNN the following night. The team will be using its short track car, the Pontiac, for the last time.
"It's time to update the old Pontiac," said the team manager, Ray Penfold. "We are going to rebuild the Pontiac over the winter and make it into a Monte Carlo. It will be used primarily as a show car and a back up car after that."
Good seats are still available for the Jiffy Lube 150.