Bill Penfold and the Penfold Motorsports Team were on hand in Lee, New Hampshire over the weekend for the NASCAR Busch North Series practice and test session held at Lee USA Speedway. The Penfold team was one of close to 30 BNS teams on hand for the test as the teams were hard at work preparing for the series opener there this Sunday.
The Penfold Motorsports Team was testing their short track car they spent months preparing for the 1999 season. They converted the car from a Pontiac to a Monte Carlo during the off season. The test session was the first time the car had been driven since the changes were made.
"We were fast right off the truck," said an excited Bill Penfold. "We didn't have to do a thing to it, it was handling great. This is the best car I have ever had here."
The team was consistently among the top 3 teams with their lap times. Bill was consistently making laps of 15.6 to 15.8, and that was on old tires!
"The VIP Charters - neracing.com car was screaming out there," Bill said after the test. "After two sessions we decided there wasn't anything we could improve on so we parked it. I think we've got a good shot at the pole on Sunday and we've got just as good a shot at the win as anyone out here today!"
It was a good thing Bill parked the car when he did, as there were several accidents on the track after that, including a multi car wreck entering turn three involving several of the rookie drivers.
"We should be in pretty good shape on Sunday," said crewchief Bob Harrison. "We really didn't do much to the car other than a few minor adjustments the second time we went out. We had to run on old tires so the car should be faster on Sunday. It could be a very interesting race for us."
The team manager, Ray Penfold was equally pleased with the team's test.
"We surprised some people today, but I knew how hard these guys worked to get the cars in this shape, so I wasn't surprised," said Penfold. "We might surprise some more people by putting the #0 VIP Charter Coaches / neracing.com Chevrolet in victory lane too, but I know we can do it."
The action starts at noon this Sunday at Lee USA Speedway.