Jerry Marquis Posts Consecutive Top-Tens In Return To Busch East Series Beaver Falls, N.Y. (July 28, 2007) - Jerry Marquis made his return to NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series competition one week ago and instantly showed he was...
Jerry Marquis Posts Consecutive Top-Tens In Return To Busch East Series
Beaver Falls, N.Y. (July 28, 2007) - Jerry Marquis made his return to NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series competition one week ago and instantly showed he was not rusty with a ninth-place finish at Nashville's Music City Motorplex. The second race with Marquis behind the wheel of the No. 35 Waste Management Recycle America Chevrolet, at Adirondack International Speedway in Beaver Falls, N.Y., yielded a second straight ninth-place finish for the NDS Motorsports effort.
Marquis, who raced with the Busch East Series at Adirondack in 2003, returned to the circular half-mile for Saturday's running of the Edge Hotel 150. He turned over a hundred laps in practice, constantly working on a tight condition in the No. 35 car. 03
"The car seemed to get tighter and tighter no matter what we did," he said. "Late in the practice it got better, but we needed a little more time. We made some more changes before the race, so we'll have to see what happens."
Marquis was off the hook for qualifying as rain showers during the afternoon shuffled the day's schedule and time trials were eliminated. Marquis took the twelfth starting position, which is where the No. 35 car was in owner points entering the event.
Tenth in the early running of the race, Marquis held that position through lap 113 when he was spun off of turn two by another competitor. He shrugged off that minor incident, rejoining the field at the tail end of lead lap cars - at the time, there were only fifteen cars still on the lead lap. His troubles were not all behind him, though, as he made contact with another car that spun shortly after the restart. Marquis admitted responsibility for the incident and accepted a tail-of-the-field penalty. The race restarted with just twenty laps to go, and five of those were run under caution, but in those remaining laps, Marquis made it back to ninth at the race's end.
"It was a tough day," he said afterwards. "We struggled with the car in practice, but it wasn't too bad in the feature. We needed to get it a little bit better, but this car can do it, we just need to work on it a little more."
The track proved to be a challenge for the NDS Motorsports team.
"You have to drive this track with such finesse, but at the same time you have to be aggressive," Marquis said. "It's a tough racetrack to run. It's a balancing act, and if your car isn't balanced, your acting isn't going to be too good."
Marquis returns to action behind the wheel of the Waste Management Recycle America effort in three weeks for some road racing when the East Series makes its annual visit to Lime Rock (Conn.) Park on Saturday, August 18th.