Bill Penfold has another top ten finish at Lime Rock Park Bill Penfold and the Penfold Motorsports team visited the road course track at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut over the weekend for the NASCAR Busch North Series season finale. The team ...
Bill Penfold has another top ten finish at Lime Rock Park
Bill Penfold and the Penfold Motorsports team visited the road course track at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut over the weekend for the NASCAR Busch North Series season finale. The team finished the season off with a terrific effort from Bill who was able to bring the car to the finish line in seventh place, earning the teams sixth top ten finish of 1998.
While many teams struggled during practice and qualifying, Penfold and team grew stronger and more confident. Penfold, a native of Yarmouth, Maine, had a great qualifying lap on Friday, enabling him to start the teams #0 Monte Carlo in seventh place for Saturday's Dodge Dealer NASCAR 200 Presented by Burnham Boilers.
"This race track is unlike any other track we race on all year," said Penfold before the race. "I really like coming here. This is only our third time here. The more practice I get here, the better I feel in the car. I really like road course racing. It's a fun change from the ovals we are used too."
Bill started the race in seventh place, but got slowed up by a spin involving some of the leaders. After briefly dropping out of the top ten, Bill started gaining positions. About 1/3 of the way into the race, Bill took the lead from road course veteran Brian Simo. He led for several laps before another road course veteran, Alan May got around him to take the lead.
Once May got around Bill, Penfold got caught up with several lapped cars and spun off the track. He returned to the track in 19th position, but still on the lead lap. Then Bill really put on a show. He started passing cars again, one at a time.
He patiently started working his way up through the field and by the closing laps of the race, he was able to move the car back into the top ten. With just two laps to go he was able to take over seventh place and hold the position through the final lap. It was one of the team's most exciting races of the season, and a great way to end the 1998 season.
"My crewchief, Bob (Harrison) gave me a fantastic car today," said the excited Penfold after the race. "The car handled great everywhere through the whole race. He made a great call to stay out and not come in for fuel. We were the only team that did that. I was really trying to gain positions and conserve the fuel at the same time, which is not easy. My spotters were real important to me today - my dad and my son Dutch were great, as was the whole team. This was a great race for us to finish the season with."
"We really showed some of them road course aces something today," said Ray Penfold, the team manager. "What a great finish, with no road-racing schooling behind him, like many of the drivers here, Bill sure has a talent in the seat of a race car."
The finish was good enough to move the team up a couple positions in the final season points standings. The team will finish in twelfth position, a career best for Bill.