Dale Quarterley sixteenth after late crash takes him out of top ten Westfield, Massachusetts' Dale Quarterley had worked his way up from his eighteenth place starting spot to as high as sixth place despite suffering two solo spins before the...
Dale Quarterley sixteenth after late crash takes him out of top ten
Westfield, Massachusetts' Dale Quarterley had worked his way up from his eighteenth place starting spot to as high as sixth place despite suffering two solo spins before the race was half over. His being involved in a late-race accident severely damaged the body on his Edart Truck Leasing Chevrolet and left him sixteenth in the finishing order.
Quarterley's strong suit has been qualifying in both last year's NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series events as well as the first event of this year. At Stafford, though, a setup mistake meant he could not get up to speed and that left him eighteenth on the starting lineup.
"We changed the gear, and if we brought this car to Loudon right now it would only be over-revving about 200 RPM," he said. "I went out there and for the first lap I wasn't really in it, so I didn't really notice it. On the second lap I went to get into it, and I thought a brake was locked up or the motor was going away. I'm looking down at the gauges to make sure they're all OK, and finally I look over at the tach and it's going at 6000 RPM. The second I saw it I thought they put the gears in upside down, which you can do, but it turns out they put the wrong gear in it. It'll look good on TV when we come up through the field."
Quarterley's race was only five laps old when he spun for the first time, bringing out a yellow when he looped it in turn three. The race resumed with him still on the lead lap, but deep in the field. He pitted for fresh tires and adjustments on lap 28, restarting 24th. A second spin saw him quickly loop around and resume, losing just a few positions.
"We were passing guys coming up through, and they'll get you down on the apron, which is the only way to get by somebody," he said. "But all of a sudden they'll majorly pinch you off and you'd have to get on the brake that last little bit and that's how you lose the tail. I spun the thing out twice by myself just trying to not run into the guy. I probably passed ten cars, went all the way to the back, passed another ten cars, and went all the way back to the end."
Quarterley picked up many spots when, under a lap 77 caution, many drivers ahead of him elected to pit while he stayed out. Restarting in eighth, Quarterley picked up positions to run sixth with fifty laps to go, but those who had pitted were catching him and pushing him further down in the top ten.
Riding ninth with twenty laps to go, Quarterley watched as two cars in front of him collided and spun. He tried to avoid being involved but was pushed into it and turned around. When the smoke cleared, his Edart Chevrolet was damaged all around, but still running and still on the lead lap. The damage was assessed and addressed in the pits, and he was sent out to complete the race, where he finished sixteenth.
"Jerry Marquis and someone, I don't know who, were racing, and I could tell that whoever was on the outside was on his way down and Jerry was on his way up, and they were going to take each other out," he said after the race. "I stepped on the brakes to give them a little room, and at that point they were in a smoke cloud and the guy behind me never slowed down. He picked me right up off the ground and turned me around. That took the rear out, somebody hit the door and spun it the other way and someone hit the other door, then someone hit the nose. With five to go the car's destroyed all the way around. It's a shame because the car was decent all night, all in all. It just didn't get there.
"The car was super fast, and it went the same lap times at the end as it was going at the beginning," Quarterley continued. "It was an excellent race car all night long, but every time I got to the front I'd go back again, and when I finally got to the front at the end it got destroyed. It was still as fast at the end as it was in the beginning. Team-wise, car-wise, we're not bad."
Friday night's race from Stafford will be broadcast on Speed TV Monday night, May 12, at 8:00 PM. Quarterley will return to the track next weekend for the first running of Busch North at the Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania.