Dale Quarterley Returns To Dover, Finishes Seventh (Dover, Del. - Sept. 23, 2005) - Dale Quarterley, who won the MBNA RacePoints 150 NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series race at Dover International Speedway last year, returned to...
Dale Quarterley Returns To Dover, Finishes Seventh
(Dover, Del. - Sept. 23, 2005) - Dale Quarterley, who won the MBNA RacePoints 150 NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series race at Dover International Speedway last year, returned to that track for last weekend's edition and while he couldn't duplicate his winning performance of one year ago, he ran a strong race to finish the race in seventh place.
Quarterley, driving the No. 32 Van Dyk Baler Chevrolet, was ninth fastest in both practice sessions. And while his winning performance last year came from the ninth starting spot, he was eleventh after qualifying was over on Thursday.
"We were decent in practice, we were a little tight but we were working on it," he said. "We were a little better in qualifying, but it was still too tight."
Quarterley didn't make much progress to the front during the race's opening laps, so a caution-flag pit stop was made for the crew to work on the car. He made a second stop under a lap 45 caution for more adjustments. He restarted thirteenth but still had trouble cracking the top ten.
Four fresh tires were needed, and that's what Quarterley got after a pair of pit stops under caution on laps 86 and 87. That seemed to be to the car's liking as he quickly made his way to eighth and then seventh. The balance of the race was a battle with Matt Kobyluck, Jerry Marquis, and Ryan Seaman. Marquis was eliminated in an accident, and while Quarterley passed Kobyluck, Seaman passed both of them and the net result was a seventh place finish.
"The car didn't like the adjustment we did to it before the race," he said. "It was kind of loose-tight-loose, which is hard to drive here. I just backed up and waited for a caution so we could pit and adjust on it. We got better, and at the end we had finally got it but were just on the snug side. Then we had that red flag and we lost 30 minutes of the sun going down and the track tightening up so we were lucky to get to where we wound up. We're not all that happy to get out of here in seventh, but we are happy to get out of here in one piece and running decent.
"I'm going to have to upgrade the setup stuff some," he continued. "I don't know if it's the setup or the cars, but the other guys definitely had me beat today. Even if I got it handling that little bit better, I don't think I could have run with them. It might be time to put the current bodies on the cars."
Quarterley returns to action in a week when the Busch North Series makes its annual stop at Lime Rock Park. The two-time winner at that road course is looking forward to a shot at a third win on the challenging track.