Bill Penfold finishes 14th at Star Bill Penfold, driver of the ...
Bill Penfold finishes 14th at Star
Bill Penfold, driver of the #0 NCT ProActive Pontiac, finished 14th in the Wall's Ford150 NASCAR Busch North Series event at Star Speedway Saturday night. The team ran into several problems through out the race, but never gave up and scored another hard-earned top 15 finish in the event.
Penfold, a native of Yarmouth, Maine, started his ProActive Pontiac 22nd in the event, but he started having problems early. The car started handling poorly, and when a caution flag came out on lap 45, he came in for an adjustment to the car.
The car started running better, but smoke began filling the car. The car was taken into the pits and checked out while a fresh air hose was adapted to let air flow into the area around Bill. The crew could not find the source for the smoke. All though Bill brought the car into the pits four times during the race, the team was able to keep him on the lead lap until late. Bill was also able to keep the car out of the several wrecks that are common on this short track. When the checkered flag came down on lap 150, Bill finished in 14th place, one lap down. Bill was barely able to finish the event due to the smoke in the car. When he got out of the car, the medical crew on hand at the track gave him fresh oxygen.
After the race was over, the crewchief Bob Harrison inspected the car closely and found a large hole had burned through the exhaust pipe, under Bill. Some of the oil lines had started melting near the hole, causing the smoke inside the car.
The 14th place finish was good enough for Bill to hold onto the sixth position in the points standings. He is now just over 100 points from fifth place Jerry Marquis.
"There was a hole the size of my fist there," said team manager Ray Penfold after the race. "We were lucky we finished the race."
The team will be racing this Saturday night at Jennerstown Speedway in Pennsylvania. The team will once again be using the short track Pontiac.