Bill Penfold fourteenth at Adirondack despite mid-race spin. Bill Penfold and the NASCAR Busch North Series made their first trips to the new Adirondack International Speedway on Saturday for the running of the Little Trees 150. Penfold ran as...
Bill Penfold fourteenth at Adirondack despite mid-race spin.
Bill Penfold and the NASCAR Busch North Series made their first trips to the new Adirondack International Speedway on Saturday for the running of the Little Trees 150. Penfold ran as high as second in the race after the halfway mark in his VIP Charter Coaches Chevrolet, but a spin at the 99-lap mark sent him to the rear of the field and forced him to make an uphill battle to make up positions, eventually finishing fourteenth.
The half-mile track quickly met with Penfold's approval, especially after he practiced on it for two hours and qualified in fourteenth position.
"I like the track. They've definitely put in a lot of effort to get the track done, and my hat's off to them. They've built themselves a great track here.
"I'm really happy with how we're doing, we qualified fourteenth and we only put tape on it for qualifying," Penfold continued. "Other guys change a lot of springs and shocks, but we qualified in race mode so we'll know what we're going to do for the race. This is the car we finally got rebuilt after getting wrecked a couple months ago. The rear clip was bent, the complete right side was bent, the front snout was bent. We pretty much rebuilt the whole thing. But it's back and it's ready to roll again."
Penfold had some trouble making up positions through the race's early laps, and was sitting fifteenth when a pitting opportunity arose on lap 60. He took advantage, with the Penfold Motorsports crew firing on fresh right-side tires. He returned to the race deep in the field, but with the knowledge that many of the drivers ahead of him would have to stop as well.
The race had a caution on lap 71, and Penfold moved up to seventh when pit stops were complete. A caution on lap 88 brought more leaders to pit road, and Penfold was now in second. He was passed by some cars with fresher tires, but it looked like he was on his way to a good finish aided by smart pit strategy.
Contact with Kelly Moore ended that as Penfold wound up spinning in turn four on lap 99. He kept the car off the wall and on the lead lap, so he rejoined the race at the tail of the field, mired back in eighteenth. A final yellow ran long and ate up many laps that could have been used for racing, robbing Penfold of opportunities to get back to the front. When the race ended, he was back in fourteenth.
"We had a decent car tonight, but the same guys were driving dirty," he said after the race. "He just plain turned me. It was a shame, we had a top ten car again. I don't have a mark on the right side of my car, but the left side looks like somebody was hammering pretty hard on it. NASCAR doesn't call it, and it's too bad because a guy like that makes it bad for everybody else.
"I had fun out there, it was a good track and we had a good showing, we just had some hard luck," Penfold continued. "You'd get outside of guys and they'd run you right out to the walls, they'd run you right off the backstretch, there's no respect from other drivers here at all, and it's a shame. It's supposed to be give and take, but these guys are only taking, there's no giving. The car wasn't bad, we had a push all race so we had to deal with that, but I'm glad to have the car back. It's in one piece so it'll be good to go to the next race."
Penfold gets to stay a little closer to home next week when the series goes to Scarborough, Maine's Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, just a few miles from the team's home base in Yarmouth and VIP Charter Coach's headquarters in Portland.