Pass For The Lead Turns Into Wreck For Dale Quarterley At Adirondack (Beaver Falls, N.Y. - July 31, 2004) - Dale Quarterley was going for a pair of two-for-twos Saturday night at the half-mile Adirondack International Speedway. Not only was he...
Pass For The Lead Turns Into Wreck For Dale Quarterley At Adirondack
(Beaver Falls, N.Y. - July 31, 2004) - Dale Quarterley was going for a pair of two-for-twos Saturday night at the half-mile Adirondack International Speedway. Not only was he trying to win two NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series races in a row after last Saturday's win at New Hampshire International Speedway, but he was also trying to win two in a row at the Beaver Falls, New York track since he won the Adirondack race in 2003.
Things looked like Quarterley was going to accomplish these two-for-twos as he made a late-race pass for the lead of the Kinney Drugs 150, but just as soon as he took the lead in the race, he was removed from the lead and left spinning, eventually getting collected hard enough to force his retirement from the event in eighteenth place.
The race day at Adirondack was rearranged due to a persistent rain shower that interrupted practice and eliminated qualifying. Quarterley's practice performances in his Bully Hill Chevrolet did not hint that he had a car that was capable of winning the race, with his timing in eleventh and twelfth in the two sessions.
The race, however, was a different story. Quarterley started fifth due to his standing in the season points, and he was quickly up to fourth after the race started. He wound up going back to sixth after a lap 20 restart, but by the time the next caution came out on lap 56, he was back to fourth. He was up to third after a lap 91 caution, and took second place from Mike Olsen on lap 120.
Following a lap 134 restart, Quarterley was all over the back bumper of Matt Kobyluck's leading car. He looked low to pass, but found getting a lane to be difficult. But when he finally got underneath Kobyluck, he was determined to stay there.
"I tried to get by Matt and he just kept hacking me off getting into the turns," he said. "That last lap, I was up to his tire. He went to hack me off, and I just didn't get out of there. We touched, he wiggled and went up the track. I let him gather it up and as he did, he left the bottom lane open so I drove up in there."
This put Quarterley in the lead on lap 134. He was credited with leading lap 135, but only completed one lap after that.
"We got into turn four and Matt just nailed me," he said. "I couldn't save it and wound up spinning into the turn one grass and going back up the track. In the midst of sitting in the smoke someone came along and nailed me in the nose and stuffed the radiator into the water pump. That was the end of that."
Quarterley could only wonder 'what if' after being eliminated from the race after completing 136 out of 150 laps.
"Second was better than this," he said. "We could have droned around waiting for him to make a mistake and capitalize on it when he did, but it boils down to the fact that I was in there, I was up to his tire, but if he wants to keep trying to hack me off, and then finish me off like this, then that's his prerogative."
Quarterley will try to bounce back from this Adirondack disappointment with one of his better tracks, Watkins Glen International, which hosts the next Busch North Race on Saturday, August 14th. Quarterley holds the track qualifying record at the 2.45-mile road course, and has won the pole there twice, though a variety of events have prevented him from visiting victory lane there yet.