Doyle Battles Nazareth configuration and finishes 13th in Burnham Boilers 100. Nazareth, PA (May 18, 2002): You either like Nazareth or you don't. There isn't any in-betweens when it comes to the tricky five-turn oval of Nazareth Speedway. And...
Doyle Battles Nazareth configuration and finishes 13th in Burnham Boilers 100.
Nazareth, PA (May 18, 2002): You either like Nazareth or you don't. There isn't any in-betweens when it comes to the tricky five-turn oval of Nazareth Speedway. And nobody knows that better than Denny Doyle, driver of the No. 30 Sta-Rite Pumps Chevrolet on the Busch North Series, NASCAR touring division. After starting the Burnham Boilers 100 tenth, Doyle used a late-race pit strategy to try and gain a last minute edge. The gamble paid off and Doyle took the checkers in the 13th position.
"The car is in perfect shape and I have a decent finish," Doyle said. "We're pretty happy with that. This is by far my least favorite track on the circuit. We couldn't get off turn two all week and we never got it better. We got shuffled back to 20th in the race so when a caution came out we decided there was nothing we could lose by coming in."
Doyle started the race from the 10th position after posting a qualifying effort of 126.989 mph (28.349 seconds). It was the 12th fastest time of the day, however, two competitors that qualified in the top-five were sent to the rear when they did not meet NASCAR eligibility in post-qualifying inspection.
When the green flag dropped, Doyle slipped back to the 13th spot as he got into a rhythm.
"We had to get comfortable," Doyle said. "Getting into a rhythm here is so important because of the extra turn added in there. I wanted to be smooth and make sure I was keeping it low in the corners. Our goal was consistency because consistent, smooth laps is key to winning here."
Doyle chased 2001 Busch North Series Champion Mike Olsen around the track for a good portion of the day. A caution at lap 48 for debris on the racetrack was the cue for some teams to come down pit road. Doyle opted not to.
"My crewchiefs Ron Bevins and Bob Miller made that call," Doyle said. "And I think it was a great call. They decided that track position was too hard to come by just to give it up like that. The decision really paid off for us too. If we had come in there is no doubt in my mind that we would not have finished on the lead lap. The leaders were going like rocket ships around there."
As the laps wound down on the Burnham Boilers 100, Doyle's tires were falling off. When a caution came out at lap 89 they decided it was time to come in.
"We only had ten laps to go and I think we were one of the last cars on the lead lap," Doyle explained. "We had absolutely nothing to lose by coming in and everything to gain. When we came in, we were running 18th. We went back out there and gained five spots."
The Burnham Boilers 100 marked the second start of the 2002 season for Doyle, who plans on running a limited schedule of 10-12 races.