Dale Quarterley, from Westfield, Massachusetts, brought his No. 32 Land O Lakes Chevrolet to the Left Turns University 150 at Waterford Speedbowl looking forward to having another top ten run on one of the NASCAR Busch North Series' short tracks,...
Dale Quarterley, from Westfield, Massachusetts, brought his No. 32 Land O Lakes Chevrolet to the Left Turns University 150 at Waterford Speedbowl looking forward to having another top ten run on one of the NASCAR Busch North Series' short tracks, as well as debuting the logo of Edart on his 1/4 LEY Racing's rear quarter panels.
Edart, a truck rental and leasing company, makes its debut as a sponsor of a Busch North Series car.
"Edart is excited about the exposure that NASCAR has been getting lately," Quarterley said, "and we've been talking to them for a little while. They decided to give it a try and this is the first week they're on the car. It will be good for both of us."
With the new look to his Chevrolet, Quarterley took the track for qualifying and recorded a time that would set him thirteenth on the starting grid.
"I thought we'd be maybe a little better off in qualifying," he said, "but I was still thinking about being seventh or eighth, not the pole. When we practiced we were trying to find that long-term setup. Last week at Stafford we were one of the fastest cars at the end of the day. Little by little we're getting there, and qualifying will come when qualifying comes. We don't change anything for qualifying except to tape the grille. We want to get the race situation somewhat under control, then we'll try to qualify too."
Last year's race at Waterford was a rough affair, and Quarterley started this year's edition cautiously to avoid any trouble that might happen in front of him. As the field sorted itself out he started making up positions. He then felt something amiss in the suspension, causing him to slow temporarily until he was able to make a tire change. Striving to get to the finish, he sped up and realized the car would run well being driven that hard. With this in mind, Quarterley soldiered on to record a 14th place finish.
"I was riding around and biding my time, leaving a gap in front of us because the tail end of the leaders were beating the heck out of themselves," he said. The car was feeling good and I came down the front straightaway, turned into the first turn like every other lap and the car would not turn. I could feel something going 'thump' in the car but I don't know what it is, the car just would not turn. I thought I had a right front tire going flat.
"When Jamie Aube spun I came to the pits and put a right front on," Quarterley continued, "and after we came out, it was still doing it. I figured the right front would go thirty laps hard, so I'd just kill it to get to the finish. And once I drove it twice as hard as I had all day, the car was flying. I was the fastest guy out there in the second groove, even faster than the leaders."
A thorough going-over of the car is on the schedule for the week before the team heads back to Maine for Saturday night's running of the Irving Oil 150, to be held at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway just outside of Portland, Maine.