LAKEVILLE, Conn. - Worst to first; from the outhouse to the penthouse. It's not where you start, it's where you finish. Dale Quarterley authored a remarkable story to win Saturday's Burnham Boilers 200 presented by New England Dodge Dealers at...
LAKEVILLE, Conn. - Worst to first; from the outhouse to the penthouse. It's not where you start, it's where you finish.
Dale Quarterley authored a remarkable story to win Saturday's Burnham Boilers 200 presented by New England Dodge Dealers at Lime Rock Park despite starting last in the 36-car field. Quarterley passed Boris Said with 13 laps to go after being penalized from his sixth qualifying position to last on the grid for reporting late to the morning drivers meeting. The final event of the 2001 Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring season produced a dramatic race on the scenic road course as well as a major shakeup in the final BNS standings.
Said, the international road racing star making only his second Busch North Series appearance, held on for second, 1.3 seconds behind, with Bud Pole winner Bryan Wall third, Mike Johnson fourth, and 2001 Busch North Series champion Mike Olsen fifth. Olsen captured the season-long Bud Pole Award and Gatorade Front-Runner Award during the weekend, giving him a sweep of the three most prestigious and lucrative honors in the series.
Wall, seeking his third straight Lime Rock win, led the first 22 laps before pitting. Dennis Demers and Olsen ran at the head of the field for brief intervals before Said took command on the 31st of 82 laps. Quarterley moved into fourth place on lap 50, took third from Bryon Chew three laps later, and overhauled Johnson for second on the 67th circuit. On lap 70 he outbraked Said with a spectacular move going into Lime Rock's horseshoe turn one and quickly pulled away.
Local driver Rick Bell was sixth, heading Paul Wolfe, Matt Kobyluck, David Darling, and Tracy Gordon. Said took the race's Gatorade Front Runner Award while Joey McCarthy was the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Race and Todd Wilkinson captured the Flowmaster Star of the Race Award for improving his starting position by 19 places. Since Quarterley started at the rear as a result of a penalty, his official starting position remained sixth.
The strong finish by Johnson, coupled with Dale Shaw's 23rd and Kelly Moore's 28th, moved him to second the final standings, 212 points behind Olsen. Shaw was third, one point ahead of Wall, with Quarterley advancing to fifth. Moore fell from second to sixth as the third through sixth places were covered by just 13 points.
Summing up the race statistically, Quarterley averaged 73.584 miles per hour as 6 caution flags slowed the pace for 28 laps. There were four lead changes among five drivers, and 28 of the 36 starters were running at the finish, with 18 cars on the lead lap. While many cars sported wrinkled sheet metal by the end, only two drivers, Brad Boissonneault and Martin Truex Jr., were retired with accident damage, and no injuries were reported. Wall set a track record in Bud Pole Qualifying at 53.591 seconds, 102.778 miles per hour.
The final event of the 2001 Busch North Series season will be the annual Championship Awards Ceremony, scheduled for Saturday, October 27, at the Chubb Theatre of the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, New Hampshire.