Dale Quarterley Fifth At Adirondack In His Second Race Of 2006 Beaver Falls, N.Y. (July 29, 2006) - Nobody knew Dale Quarterley was going to race his NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series car at Adirondack International Speedway on...
Dale Quarterley Fifth At Adirondack In His Second Race Of 2006
Beaver Falls, N.Y. (July 29, 2006) - Nobody knew Dale Quarterley was going to race his NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series car at Adirondack International Speedway on Saturday night. He didn't expect to race in the series again until the second New Hampshire International Speedway race in September, but he returned to the central New York track where he won in 2003 looking for a similar performance.
Quarterley, from Westfield, Mass., has landed a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series ride for Watkins Glen and, with just one race under his belt in 2006, knew he needed to get more laps before that challenge.
"I've started jogging every day and working out," he said. "But running one of these races is like working out at home for a week, so we decided to go to the track and get me some time in the car and get a workout."
With just a three-man crew helping him, Quarterley relied on Jeff Anton's crew to assist and pit his No. 32 racingtonortheast.com/Van Dyk Baler Chevrolet. Quarterley is Anton's crew chief, and the two tested at Adirondack, using Quarterley's car as Anton's was still undergoing repairs after the NHIS race. Knowing how the car was going to run from the test, Quarterley gave up practicing his own car on Saturday to help set up Anton's.
Starting twelfth, he was quickly up to tenth but felt there was some room for improvement in the car. He pitted under a lap 34 caution where the crew put a spring rubber in the left rear, and rejoined the race outside the top twenty.
At the race's halfway point, Quarterley was back in the top ten. He gave up sixth place, though, to pit under a lap 106 caution to change right-side tires.
"I had to come in the second time by because me and Jeff were sharing a pit crew, and he came in first," Quarterley said. "I lost three spots because of that, but that was the deal we made before we left home."
After returning to the race with fresh tires, Quarterley was ready to race to the end. Tenth under caution with just twelve laps to go in the race's scheduled distance, he put on a charge in the few laps remaining. He got as high as fourth as a late wreck extended the race to 162 laps, but lost that spot by inches as he crossed under the checkers.
"The car was a rocket ship on the new tires, but the yellows kept flying," he said after the race. "It took me three laps to get going, but on the fourth lap I'd just rocket by anybody that was in front of me. At the end I got caught up on the outside and, since I needed three laps to get going, the last place I needed to be was on the outside. I ended up losing a spot by an inch at the line.
"It was good, we came here not expecting to race and we finished fifth. If we had stayed green I think I could have driven by every car here including the 44 [Sean Caisse, the race's winner], but who knows. I've done it twice here before, this would have been a third time although you never know what the outcome would have been."
While Quarterley won't be back in Busch East action until the series goes to NHIS in a month and a half, he won't be bored. Between testing the Cup car at Virginia International Raceway, racing it at Watkins Glen, and turning the wrenches for Anton Racing, he's got a full plate.