Greg Schaefer returns to top ten in points with eighth place Holland Speedway run. Hatboro, Pennsylvania's Greg Schaefer returned to the top ten in NASCAR Busch North Series championship points standings after finishing eighth at Holland (N.Y.)...
Greg Schaefer returns to top ten in points with eighth place Holland Speedway run.
Hatboro, Pennsylvania's Greg Schaefer returned to the top ten in NASCAR Busch North Series championship points standings after finishing eighth at Holland (N.Y.) Speedway's Gervatt 150 held Saturday night. Schaefer's third top ten of the season moved him to tenth in the standings, less than 100 points away from fifth place.
The tight, high-banked track was the scene of Schaefer's best race to date, with his finishing fifth last year after leading his first Busch North laps ever. Returning for the first time since that performance, Schaefer got his night off to a good start by qualifying eleventh.
"It was a little on the loose side but it was pretty good," he said. "On the second lap I had to back out of the throttle a little bit and it probably cost us a tenth, but eleventh is a good spot. I think we have a better race car than that.
"Considering how practice went, we're lucky to qualify eleventh," he continued. "We had two punctured right front tires, put the wrong gear in the car.... It just didn't go well. We replaced the right front with a sticker tire and it made the car too loose. We're a little loose, so we'll tighten it up for the race."
Schaefer's Rite-Way Electric Chevrolet was a top-fifteen car through the first half of the event, but with improvements, he felt it could be better. Despite the fact that tire changes were not allowed in this race and pit stops were not expected, Schaefer took advantage of a lap 67 caution and came to pit road so the Parks-Schaefer Motorsports crew could make a chassis adjustment.
Schaefer returned to the race in eighteenth position and found traffic on his way back through, and he made a second pit stop during a lap 81 caution. Back under green, he entered the top ten following a lap 106 restart and worked his way to eighth, where he finished.
"I'm happy after the way things went," he said. "We dropped back to tenth or fifteenth and we knew we weren't going to get anywhere, we knew it was only going to get worse, so we decided to pit and put some wedge in the thing. We were super loose, it looked like a lot of guys were really loose out there. I figured I might be able to catch the guys who stayed out and didn't try to tighten their cars up. I came back from the back and got back to eighth.
"Traffic was rough, everybody was side-by-side fighting hard," Schaefer continued. "Everybody was battling for everything they could get and leaning on each other. It was real hard racing. Nothing dirty, but hard racing. We're happy to come back and finish eighth, but it wasn't looking good there for a while."
Schaefer will now turn his attention to the Waterford Speedbowl for the next Busch North Series race, to be held this coming Saturday. He tested there two weeks ago and is looking forward to moving further up in the series standings.