Flat tire relegates Greg Schaefer to eighteenth at Adirondack Speedway. Greg Schaefer, from Hatboro, Pennsylvania joined the rest of the NASCAR Busch North Series in making their first appearance at the half-mile Adirondack International...
Flat tire relegates Greg Schaefer to eighteenth at Adirondack Speedway.
Greg Schaefer, from Hatboro, Pennsylvania joined the rest of the NASCAR Busch North Series in making their first appearance at the half-mile Adirondack International Speedway in upstate New York. Schaefer had trouble getting his Rite-Way Electric Chevrolet set up for the race, the first ever run at night at this track, and then suffered a flat right front tire in the late going of the Little Trees 150. He finished eighteenth.
Schaefer, following the afternoon practice session and qualifying time trials where he took down the sixteenth fastest time, offered his opinion of the track.
"It's different," he started. "It's really different. You're turning all the time, and you're never really all the way on the throttle and you're never really all the way off of it. It's really strange. We've done about everything, we've changed sway bars and springs and shocks, we've changed pretty much everything. We've gotten a lot better than we were when we unloaded, so we're happy with that. I messed up my second qualifying lap, I overdrove it going into four and it just pushed up the track, I think I had a good lap going before that."
Starting right in the middle of the field, Schaefer faded a bit as the race approached one-third distance. A lap 58 caution afforded teams the opportunity to pit and Schaefer took advantage, trying to tighten up the car. Restarting in fifteenth, he pitted again under caution on lap 73 for more adjustments, and a third time on lap 90. He stayed on the lead lap despite making numerous pit stops, but never made much progress towards the front of the field when the race was under green.
Schaefer made one more stop under a lap 124 caution with the Parks-Schaefer Motorsports crew checking underneath the right rear suspension. Setting up for a sixteen-lap dash to the finish, he was to restart in eighteenth. During the last run, Schaefer's car was pushing more than before, due to a right front tire that was losing air. He limped to the finish in eighteenth, a lap down.
"We just never got it going all day," he said after the race. "We started off really loose, so we tightened it up. We kept adjusting on it but we went too far, so we brought it back in and went back the other way. Then for the last thirty or forty laps I was driving around with the right front tire flat. We changed tires and we were okay, but then it picked up a horrendous push and apparently that was the tire going down. We didn't realize it was going down. At the end it only had nine pounds of air in it. The thing is, when they have nine pounds in it, they still look like a tire with air in it. The sidewalls are so stiff that it's hard to tell that they're going flat."
Schaefer maintained his ninth place in the series points heading into the next race, which will be the second of two trips to the third-mile Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine next Saturday night.