Dale Quarterley An Accident Victim At Thompson (Thompson, Conn. - Oct. 30, 2005) - Dale Quarterley made a "sneak attack" on Thompson International Speedway, showing up pretty much unannounced to run Sunday's New England Dodge Dealers 100 NASCAR...
Dale Quarterley An Accident Victim At Thompson
(Thompson, Conn. - Oct. 30, 2005) - Dale Quarterley made a "sneak attack" on Thompson International Speedway, showing up pretty much unannounced to run Sunday's New England Dodge Dealers 100 NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series race with his EDART Chevrolet. But a lack of practice time left the car's handling suspect, and a mid-race accident broke the transmission, forcing Quarterley to retire from the event with a 29th place finish.
Quarterley, who had said after the previous race at Lime Rock Park that he was done for the season, arrived with the same car he finished seventh with at Dover (Del.) International Speedway in September. But practice time was short at Thompson and interrupted by a handful of incidents and that left the Westfield, Mass. driver scratching his head over how it would qualify and race. In qualifying, he was sixteenth fastest.
"I made two laps before the first accident in practice, and then I went back out and made four laps before the second accident, and that was the end of practice," he said. "I don't really know what this car is capable of. We qualified okay, but I haven't gone enough laps at one time to even get a rhythm going so I don't know what it's going to do. We're going to do one minor change to the car and that's it, we're just going to run it."
When Quarterley found out what the car was going to do in the race, he found out that it was a tight race car. That, combined with a fifty-lap green flag run, left him a lap down when caution finally came out. He was the first car a lap down, though, and was brought around to be the last car on the lead lap for the lap 61 restart.
On the restart, though, some cars ahead of him tangled going into the first turn, resulting in a multi-car pileup.
"We got into the first turn and I could see the two guys getting into one another and I started easing back, and when they got to the middle of the turn they were spinning out and I was slowing down," he explained. "But the guy behind me didn't see any of it and he hit me full tilt and I ended up hitting the 45, who was already in it. We all stacked up and once it started it never stopped.
"The worst part was that I saw it starting ten minutes before it happened but I couldn't turn to the bottom because the inside line was freight-training us. At some point in the wreck it broke the transmission, otherwise we would have fixed the body and come back out to finish, but we hit so hard that it broke the tranny," he continued.
Quarterley concluded the 2005 Busch North Season with a record of six starts and two top-ten finishes, with his best finish being a sixth place run at Stafford Motor Speedway in June.