Bill Penfold Disappointed with 27th Place Stafford Speedway Race Yarmouth, Maine's Bill Penfold came to Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, Connecticut with high hopes after recording a top ten finish in this event, the Carquest 150,...
Bill Penfold Disappointed with 27th Place Stafford Speedway Race
Yarmouth, Maine's Bill Penfold came to Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, Connecticut with high hopes after recording a top ten finish in this event, the Carquest 150, one year ago. While optimistic for a good run, after practice Penfold was concerned because the car was not handling well.
Qualifying found Penfold in a car whose handling had improved, but he was still not totally happy with it. He turned in a lap that was 23rd fastest out of 42 cars entered.
"We're still pushing all the way around the corner," Penfold said afterwards. "We're still struggling, but we just made a bunch more changes. We're still lacking, though. We changed springs again, and we'll go out there and do the best we can with what we got.
In the race, Penfold struggled early and could only move up to fifteenth before a pitting opportunity arose on lap 87. The VIP Charter Coach crew fired on two tires and made further adjustments to the car, and after the race returned to green flag conditions, Penfold felt he had a car he could compete with. This would all go for naught, though, as contact with Mike Johnson pushed Penfold's car into the wall and out of the race with crash damage. Penfold was credited with a 27th place finish.
"We weren't handling real well," he said after the race. "We didn't time trial real well either but we kept working on the car, and it kept getting better and better. We went out for the race and we were still pushing real bad. We came in for our pit stop and we made some big changes and we hit it, the car was really fast. Then we got tied up in traffic and got wrecked.
"It was a rough race," Penfold continued. "Everybody was banging everybody, nobody would give anybody a break. These drivers have got to start being courteous or all we're going to have is a bunch of wrinkled-up sheet metal. It's a shame because these cars are expensive and we're not getting paid a whole lot, and when you add in the expense of wrecking them, you can't justify it. The guys have got to start using their heads, and being patient, give the guy a break. If you're not quite not in there, you've got to use the brake. A lot of them have to use it. I know you're trying to gain a spot and it's hard to pass with these cars, but it's twice as hard to fix them. I'd rather lose a spot than to have to take it home and repair it."
Penfold's next race is June 30th at Waterford Speedbowl, a third-mile oval in southern Connecticut.
"Waterford is going to be a tight little track," he said, "but it's a fun racetrack where you can race side-by-side. Hopefully the drivers use their heads and get tired of bending sheet metal and have to fix it. Hopefully we'll have a good race down there and not an enduro like we've had the last couple weeks."
For more information on the team, visit its website at http://www.penfoldmotorsports.com.