Hatboro, Pennsylvania's Greg Schaefer and his Rite-Way Electric-sponsored Parks-Schaefer Motorsports team came to Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, Connecticut, hoping to better Schaefer's ninth place run at this track back in June. In...
Hatboro, Pennsylvania's Greg Schaefer and his Rite-Way Electric-sponsored Parks-Schaefer Motorsports team came to Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, Connecticut, hoping to better Schaefer's ninth place run at this track back in June. In the race, though, Schaefer had to put up with a tight race car on his way to finishing fifteenth.
Schaefer's Saturday was made up of a 90-minute practice session followed by time trials. During qualifying he posted a lap of 20.198 seconds (98.118 MPH) on the half-mile track, good enough for seventeenth in a field of 37 cars.
"It wasn't a bad lap, that's all it had," he said after qualifying. "We were about a tenth or two faster than the last time we were here and that time we started seventeenth, this time we're starting seventeenth. That's what we've got I guess. But I think we've got a good race car. That's the key. It's going to be good in the race."
The race started off with a long green flag run and Schaefer held his ground, racing in the top fifteen. The leaders were setting such a fast pace, though, that Schaefer was put a lap down before 60 laps were in the books. He was running seventeenth at the time. When a caution came out on lap 79, Schaefer came to pit road for two tires and chassis adjustments, but they only helped for a handful of laps before the car tightened up again, and he held on to finish fifteenth, one lap down.
"It was too tight," he said after the race. "It was really tight in the center. We fought it all weekend and we just never got it out. It was good qualifying, it got through the center good then, but for the whole race it was just too tight. We came in and made some adjustments, we took on tires too, and it was good for about five laps after that, and after that it went back to really tight again. We just never got the handle on it all weekend."
Schaefer finishes his 2001 Busch North season in two weeks at the road course at Lime Rock Park, where an accident sidelined him after just 28 laps last year. Schaefer plans to test at Lime Rock this coming Tuesday.
"I'm looking forward to Lime Rock," he said. "I think we had a good car at Watkins Glen, hopefully it will be good there."