Mechanical problems stop Dale Quarterley's Seekonk race early. Dale Quarterley brought his Land O Lakes Chevrolet to Seekonk with high hopes of duplicating his top ten finish at the Massachusetts third-mile oval from last year, but this was not...
Mechanical problems stop Dale Quarterley's Seekonk race early.
Dale Quarterley brought his Land O Lakes Chevrolet to Seekonk with high hopes of duplicating his top ten finish at the Massachusetts third-mile oval from last year, but this was not to be because, after recording a thirteenth-best qualifying lap, Quarterley's race lasted just seventeen laps before a mechanical problem brought the car to a halt.
The day started with the 1/4 LEY Racing crew having to make many adjustments to their Chevrolet during practice, as Quarterley just couldn't get the car to handle as he'd like it. After 90 minutes of practice, the car was prepared for qualifying and Quarterley could only turn the thirteenth fastest time in time trials.
"It's terrible," he said after qualifying. "We're just completely out of control. This is the same car we ran at Lee and we just haven't found its happy spot yet. It's fighting us tooth and nail. Every time we came back to the trailer we probably made ten major changes to it. We've got it a little better but we still haven't found its sweet spot yet. We just made ten more changes to start the race with because we're that type of guys and we'll just have to wait and see what happens here later on in the day."
Quarterley was asked if pitting to make more changes during the race was being considered.
"If we really start getting back we might, but we'll probably just try to stay out of trouble. We'll see what happens. If I can stay on the lead lap and I think some changes will help, or I'm the last guy on the lead lap, at that point we'll probably stop and make some changes, because I never give up."
Quarterley didn't even get a chance to get a feel for the car as most of the race's early laps were run under caution. When the race returned to green on lap 17, Quarterley did not come up to speed and drove directly to the pits, where he retired from the event in 27th place.
"We broke the rear end, and the rear end broke the oil line, and that's what the smoke was," he said after the race. "We actually got a little handle on it, it wasn't going too bad there for the first couple of laps, way better than in practice. The crew guys did a good job working on it, we just broke before we got to show our hand. I'm not even sure what broke. When they were loading it up, I had walked away, so I'm not sure until I crawl under there.
"We'll go home and get it fixed for Beech Ridge, and give it a whirl there," Quarterley continued. "There's no slowing us down. This is no big deal, we'll be all right."
The 150-lap at Beech Ridge will be held on Saturday, June 8th at the Portland, Maine third-mile oval.