Greg Schaefer salvages fifteenth from Thompson Speedway. Greg Schaefer, driver of the Rite-Way Electric Chevrolet on the NASCAR Busch North Series, entered the Pepsi Racing 150 at the Thompson International Speedway on a high note after scoring...
Greg Schaefer salvages fifteenth from Thompson Speedway.
Greg Schaefer, driver of the Rite-Way Electric Chevrolet on the NASCAR Busch North Series, entered the Pepsi Racing 150 at the Thompson International Speedway on a high note after scoring a runner-up finish the previous week at another Connecticut track, the Waterford Speedbowl. He could not repeat that success this week, though, having to settle for fifteenth after 150 laps.
Schaefer's day started out on a good note, with his being tenth fastest in qualifying.
"That was pretty good," he said. "We were pretty good in practice and we improved a little bit there in qualifying. That's about all we had. This car is really good on long runs and it will hopefully be good come the end of the race again. I think it's a top five car. We're just going to undo whatever we did for qualifying and put it back to the way we had it in practice."
Schaefer spent most of the race's first third in tenth place, but then put on a charge to get as high as sixth, joining a battle with five other drivers. This lasted until pit stop time, which came after a lap 84 caution. Schaefer returned to the race ninth and ran as high as eighth going into the late laps until contact with another car got Schaefer into the wall and that knocked off his suspension settings, forcing him to slow and finish as the last car on the lead lap, in fifteenth.
"It was real good early in the race, we made a lot of progress, got up to the front, and then we pitted and changed tires," he said after the race. "The car just pushed awful after that. Then, with five to go, I was racing with somebody, and I don't know if he got into me or not, but it just pushed right into the wall. It bent the tie rod and everything.
"It's a shame. I don't know if we had a top five car with that push, but we were sitting in eighth and that's probably where we would have ended up," Schaefer continued. "It was a handful, and it finally got away from us. It's just hard racing."
Schaefer will attempt to shake off his Thompson race and rebound with a good outing at arguably the biggest race of the Busch North season, when it shares a weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway with the Winston Cup, Craftsman Truck, and Featherlite Modified Series. The Busch North race will be run Saturday afternoon.