Dale Quarterley bounces back with fifth place Adirondack Speedway race. Shaking off the disappointment of last weekend's Watkins Glen race, Land O Lakes Chevrolet driver Dale Quarterley took his third top-five finish of the 2002 NASCAR Busch...
Dale Quarterley bounces back with fifth place Adirondack Speedway race.
Shaking off the disappointment of last weekend's Watkins Glen race, Land O Lakes Chevrolet driver Dale Quarterley took his third top-five finish of the 2002 NASCAR Busch North Series season when he finished fifth in the Little Trees 150, held at the new Adirondack International Speedway Saturday night.
This was the series' first visit to this track. Quarterley showed that he acclimated himself to the new track quickly by recording the seventh best qualifying lap in time trials.
"The track's a giant Beech Ridge," he said, comparing the half-mile Adirondack track to the Maine third-miler. "There's no traction, it won't turn, you can't step on the gas, and you can't step on the brakes. But it's actually kind of fun trying to make all that not happen. We were pretty good at the end of practice, but somehow we lost it during qualifying. We're not sure where it went awry, but we lost a little during qualifying so we're not really sure what's going to happen for the race. But I think it'll be a good race. Everybody seems to be having fun."
Quarterley quickly moved up to fifth at the start of the race, and ran in that position for most of the race's early laps. He had fallen to seventh as the halfway mark approached, but the race was slowed by caution. When the pits opened under caution, Quarterley joined most of the leaders in pitting for fresh right-side tires. Restarting out of the top fifteen, the charge to the front was on.
Under the race's next caution, Quarterley had moved up to tenth. At the hundred-lap mark, he had run up to sixth and was looking to move up even more. He took fifth on lap 116, and fourth two laps later. A late caution slowed the field and set up a fifteen dash for the finish, and Quarterley held his fifth place position to the checkers.
"All the guys up front, at least the guys I was with, were pretty good with giving and taking," he said after the race. "Everybody was really good tonight. We struggled a little in the race, just like we did in the end of practice. We got the car going pretty decent, but I just couldn't quite finish the last little piece of the turn, and that's where they were getting me. I was fine getting in, I was fine in the middle, but I just couldn't finish it. I'd get out of the throttle and have to stay with it.
"For us, this was great to finish fifth, so we can go home and have a nice easy week," Quarterley continued. "The track definitely had a little more traction at the end, if you take into consideration that the tires went away, the track was better at the end than it was in the beginning."
Next on Quarterley's schedule is a return to Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine. In this race last year, Quarterley led all but two laps on his way to a dominating win, the first of his career and the first of two he would score by season's end.