Night Of Trouble Leaves Dale Quarterley 22nd At Holland (Holland, N.Y. - June 26, 2004) - Dale Quarterley had a good race last week at Stafford Motor Speedway, when he finished fifth and moved up to third place in the NASCAR Grand National ...
Night Of Trouble Leaves Dale Quarterley 22nd At Holland
(Holland, N.Y. - June 26, 2004) - Dale Quarterley had a good race last week at Stafford Motor Speedway, when he finished fifth and moved up to third place in the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series points standings. But this week's race did not treat him as well, as a cut tire and a series of pit stops combined with a spin to leave Quarterley 22nd in the finishing order and falling to seventh in points.
Quarterley and his 1/4 LEY Racing crew were hard at work in the first practice session at the .375-mile Holland (N.Y.) International Speedway, where Saturday night's Sunoco 150 was held. The Westfield, Massachusetts driver was second fastest in that session, though he fell to twelfth fastest in the second session. In Busch Pole qualifying, Quarterley was tenth fastest, posting a time trial lap of 14.754 seconds (91.501 MPH).
"We're still chasing some of the setup stuff from last year," he said. "So every week we're trying different stuff to see if what we learned the week before was true or not, if it works at the next track as well. We spent most of the first session today trying stuff that we normally wouldn't try just to see what would happen, and used the second practice to get dialed in for the race. It worked out well, the car did everything I asked it to. We're going to make one little change for the race and call it a day."
Early in the race, Quarterley had moved to the eighth position but he could tell that the car's handling was going away. He pitted under the first caution, which came out on lap 22, for a wedge and track bar adjustment. He returned to the race deep in the field, but rose quickly to fourteenth place. Things still weren't right, though, so he pitted a second time under a lap 81 caution for another pair of chassis adjustments.
A third pit stop was made under a lap 99 caution to check on a tire that might be losing air. The crew checked the right front tire and found nothing wrong, so he was sent back out on the track. Two laps after the restart, Quarterley spun between turns one and two. No yellow came out for the spin and Quarterley wound up losing two laps, and proceeded to pit again.
"The right front tire was going flat, but it was by two little pinholes so it was going down slowly," he explained. "We were really chasing the tire and not the car itself, but we hadn't realized it when we made those first couple stops. I spun out on the racetrack and lost a lap, and they didn't throw the caution for it and I had to pit. After they changed the tire and went back out the car was fine, but I had wasted nine laps by the time we got it fixed. We were so many laps down that we just rode around and stayed out of everybody's way.
"It's definitely frustrating," he continued, "because I didn't do anything wrong and the team didn't do anything wrong. Flat tires are just part of the game. We'll put new tires on the car and come back at Lake Erie."
Quarterley returns to the track in two weeks when the Busch North Series makes its second annual stop at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania.