DOVER, Del. - A tale of two Dales told the story of the MBNA E-Commerce 150 Busch North Series race Friday afternoon at Dover Downs International Speedway. Dale Quarterley was dominant until fuel starvation left him powerless on a final restart,...
DOVER, Del. - A tale of two Dales told the story of the MBNA E-Commerce 150 Busch North Series race Friday afternoon at Dover Downs International Speedway. Dale Quarterley was dominant until fuel starvation left him powerless on a final restart, opening the door for Dale Shaw, who scored his second Busch North Series win of the 2001 season and the 18th of his career.
Shaw held off Bryan Wall and Dennis Demers on the green-white-checker restart, with Jamie Aube fourth and Tom Carey fifth. Quarterley's engine picked up enough fuel to hold sixth, with Matt Kobyluck, Brian Hoar, Tracy Gordon, and Herb Drugg completing the top ten.
Shaw's winning strategy began to play out when he pitted for a second time at lap 96, taking right side tires and a splash of fuel. Not only did he have fresher rubber than the other contenders who made their only stop at lap 57; he also had no fuel worries when Joey McCarthy's spin on lap 148 extended the race to 154 laps to achieve the green flag finish required by Busch North Series rules.
While Quarterley cruised in the lead, Shaw returned to the top five on lap 128 and moved into third behind Aube at lap 135. That seemed destined to settle the finishing order until the lap 152 green flag when Quarterley hesitated, Aube was caught on the slower bottom line, and Shaw sailed around both for the win. The winner, who started fifth in the lineup determined by current point standings, averaged exactly 90.000 miles per hour in taking the checkered flag 0.378 seconds ahead of Wall. Of 34 starters, 21 were listed as running at the finish, with 12 on the lead lap.
Quarterley was an easy winner of the Gatorade Front Runner Award, leading 122 laps to 18 for Carey and 14 for Shaw. Carey advanced 16 places to capture the Flowmaster Star of the Race Award, while Hoar was the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Race for the 11th time in 18 races. As qualifying was rained out on Thursday, no Bud Pole Award was presented.
Eight caution flags slowed the race for 45 laps, and the red flag was shown at lap 121 for a violent five-car wreck on the front straight which sidelined Bill Penfold, Scott Bouley, Richard Jarvis Jr., Tommy Beamer, and Jerry Marquis. No driver injuries were reported.
Busch North Series point leader Mike Olsen was never a contender and finished 18th, three laps down. However, his nearest challenger, Kelly Moore, could only manage 13th, leaving Olsen 194 points ahead with two races remaining. Shaw took over thid place from Mike Johnson, who was 26th.
The Busch North Series continues next Sunday afternoon, September 30, with the CarQuest Fall Final at Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, Conn.