BNS: Schaefer Nazareth race recap

Greg Schaefer Records Fifth Busch North Top Ten with Ninth at Nazareth Hatboro, Pennsylvania's Greg Schaefer, running a limited schedule on the NASCAR Busch North Series, showed more improvement in his performances when he drove the Rite-Way ...

Greg Schaefer Records Fifth Busch North Top Ten with Ninth at Nazareth

Hatboro, Pennsylvania's Greg Schaefer, running a limited schedule on the NASCAR Busch North Series, showed more improvement in his performances when he drove the Rite-Way Electric Chevrolet to a ninth place finish in the Nazareth 100, held Sunday afternoon at the Nazareth Speedway.

Schaefer spent Saturday morning's practice trying to work a loose condition out of his car, and the Parks-Schaefer Motorsports team made the necessary changes to prepare the car for qualifying. In time trials, Schaefer took the nineteenth starting position.

"We started out really loose and fought that all during practice," he said after qualifying. "I thought we were pretty fast at the start and I don't know if we slowed down or the track slowed down but we made some changes for qualifying and nothing changed, we ran the exact same lap we ran in practice.

"We were hoping for more," Schaefer continued. "It's a lot of ground to make up starting 19th, but I think we'll have a good race car, and that's what counts. We come to race, not to qualify."

In the race, Schaefer had worked his way up to 13th place by the halfway mark and the race had not yet had a caution. Yellow eventually came out on lap 56 and Schaefer joined the majority of the field on pit road for a right-side tire change and fuel. He returned to the track in ninth position.

Schaefer lost a few positions on the restart, falling to thirteenth, but as the laps clicked off towards the end he broke into the top ten and was running ninth after the second and last restart on lap 76. Schaefer wound up finishing ninth.

"The race didn't start out that well for us, we were really tight at the start and we lost a few spots, but then all of a sudden it got loose," he said after the race. "But we were still able to move up a little bit before pitting for tires, and then the car was really good after that. All in all it was a really good race for us. The guys had a great pit stop and got us out ahead of a lot of cars that came in before us, and that's the key.

"We had pretty good horsepower," Schaefer continued. "Les from Horsepower Engineering built us a really good motor and the guys did a really good job on the crew. I'm starting to enjoy myself. It's a lot less frustrating."

Schaefer and the Parks-Schaefer Motorsports team will return to action on September 15 for the nationally televised 125-lap event at New Hampshire International Speedway. The race will be held in conjunction with the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

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