BNS: Beech Ridge: Dale Quarterley race notes

Dale Quarterley, sixth at Beech Ridge, enters top ten in BNS points Westfield, Massachusetts' Dale Quarterley, driver of the No. 32 Edart Truck Leasing Chevrolet on the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series, took his second straight...

Dale Quarterley, sixth at Beech Ridge, enters top ten in BNS points

Westfield, Massachusetts' Dale Quarterley, driver of the No. 32 Edart Truck Leasing Chevrolet on the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series, took his second straight top-ten finish when he ran sixth at the Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine Saturday night.

Quarterley, who won his first series race at Beech Ridge in September 2001, started his day off with a seventh place qualifying effort by turning in a fast lap of 15.964 seconds (75.169 MPH) in time trials.

"This is the same car we've been running all this year, and little by little we're getting the handle on it," he said. "It was decent in practice, then we put new tires on it for qualifying and it tightened it up just a little. I think it will be a good car late in the show. We're not going to touch it, we're just going to leave it alone and see what happens."

In the opening laps of the race, Quarterley ran up to the fourth position, though fell to sixth after the first restart, which came on lap 36. The race's second caution, on lap 55, allowed Quarterley and eight other lead-lap cars to visit pit road, where the 1/4 LEY Racing team fitted new right-side tires to the car. He returned to the track eighteenth.

He had worked his way up to twelfth after the race crossed its halfway point, and picked up more positions as other cars made their pit stops under a lap 88 caution. Restarting eighth, he ran as high as fifth but was passed back to seventh just after lap 100. He picked up one of those positions a few laps later, and continued in sixth place to the checkers.

Quarterley's second straight top-ten finish of the season allowed him to move into the top ten in series points, and now stands eighth four races into an eighteen-race campaign.

"At the beginning of the race we were up front and the thing was going decent," he said after the race. "We lost a couple spots because I didn't want to drive it that hard. We decided to pit early, put a couple tires on it and try to get track position late in the race. But just coming back up through was harder than I thought it was going to be, and it used up the car more than we needed to. The guys who pitted later had the hot setup. A bunch of people came in at once and that helped them out. The guys that pitted in the second group definitely got the upper hand. We lost fifteen spots pitting early, and they lost five. So they came right back up through with nice tires on and we didn't have anything for them.

"Race-wise it was pretty uneventful, everybody around me was pretty good," Quarterley continued. "There was some trouble out there but it was more drivers trying to get a handle on the track rather than one driver versus another."

The next race for Quarterley will be Friday night's Carquest 150, the second of three Busch North races to be held at Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut.

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