Bill Penfold moves up in points after eleventh place Thompson finish. Yarmouth, Maine's Bill Penfold enjoys racing at the Thompson International Speedway in Connecticut, and the annual visit to the track by the NASCAR Busch North Series is one...
Bill Penfold moves up in points after eleventh place Thompson finish.
Yarmouth, Maine's Bill Penfold enjoys racing at the Thompson International Speedway in Connecticut, and the annual visit to the track by the NASCAR Busch North Series is one of Penfold's favorites. His enthusiasm for the track paid off in an eleventh place finish, which allowed him to pick up one position in the championship standings to eighth.
Penfold's day started out well, with a couple productive hours of practice held in the afternoon. This practice paid off with a good race setup, and little thought given to qualifying. In time trials, Penfold took the sixteenth starting spot with a lap of 20.732 seconds around the 5/8 mile oval.
"I qualified just about where we figured it was going to," he said. "We've got it setup for the race. That was our plan, we didn't worry about qualifying on the pole. Winning the pole is nice, but it doesn't win you the race. Goodyear gave us a good tire and the VIP Charter Coaches Chevy is running pretty decent today. We've been good all day since we rolled off the truck. We haven't done much to it and I think you will see us near the front at the end today."
Penfold pitted before earlier than most other cars in the race, under caution on lap 45. The Penfold Motorsports crew changed right side tires and added fuel, restarting the race outside the top twenty.
When all other lead lap cars pitted under a lap 84 caution, Penfold stayed on the track and took over the race lead. When the race returned to green, though, Penfold was passed by those cars with fresher tires but settled into the top ten. He was involved in a pair of minor skirmishes on the track before the race was over but stayed on the lead lap, and continued moving up through the closing laps to finish eleventh at the checkers.
Following the Busch North race at Thompson, Penfold loaded up quickly to make the trip back to Maine. At the shop, he was to trade the Busch car for a Pro Stock and attempt to make the Oxford 250, one of the northeast's most popular and storied races.
"We got another 250 laps to go this weekend, I hope," he said. "The car got loose on us, we had to fight it. We pitted early, tried to out-pit them to get up front, but the car just wasn't there. We did the best we could. We came up through, got banged around, got spun, but we came out with another decent finish. We worked hard for it, the team worked their butt off, I'm happy even if the car's a little beat up.
"All in all, I think we did all right," Penfold continued. "We're going to load up and try to make the quickest run to Maine in the history of tractor trailers, and see if we can't get in the Oxford 250. We're happy, I love racing at Thompson and the fans, and we'll be back."
For more information on Penfold Motorsports, visit its website at www.penfoldmotorsports.com.