Dale Quarterley Overcomes Numerous Pit Stops To Post Fourteenth Place NHIS Finish (Loudon, N.H. - July 15 2005) - Dale Quarterley had his hands full trying to defend his 2004 New Hampshire International Speedway win in NASCAR Grand National ...
Dale Quarterley Overcomes Numerous Pit Stops To Post Fourteenth Place NHIS Finish
(Loudon, N.H. - July 15 2005) - Dale Quarterley had his hands full trying to defend his 2004 New Hampshire International Speedway win in NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series competition, with the handling on his EDART Chevrolet forcing him to chase the setup throughout Thursday's practice. The changes to the car continued throughout the 125-lap race on Friday, with Quarterley pitting under every opportunity but the last to adjust the car, including a risky spring change, on his way to finishing on the lead lap in fourteenth position.
Quarterley was in and out of the garage during the two-hour practice held Thursday, his team switching out springs and making other adjustments on his way to posting the eighteenth-best lap during the session. Preparations for qualifying were washed away with the arrival of a violent thunderstorm in the late afternoon. The race's starting lineup was set by points, with Quarterley being awarded the eighteenth starting position.
The EDART Chevrolet's many visits to pit road during the running of the race came under the first caution of the race, which came out just five laps into the event. At first the team tried adjusting with spring rubbers and jack bolts as Quarterley came in under every yellow of the race, sometimes more than once per yellow. With each stop he remained on the lead lap, even when he came in on lap 74 to change a right rear spring - a change almost never seen on pit road, and even then never done in time to get the driver out before the pace car comes back around. Only under the final caution of the event, which came out on lap 84 of 125, did Quarterley stay on the track. Despite the numerous stops, he finished on the lead lap in fourteenth.
"It was a halfway decent car yesterday," he explained after the race. "It wasn't a winning car but it wasn't all that bad. We only made a couple of minor changes to it last night, and we wound up taking pretty much all those changes out and went completely the other way today. We went from a 500 pound spring to a 750 pound spring with three rubbers in it. We used our brains, made the changes we needed to change, and brought it home in one piece."
"I don't even know if we're allowed to change springs, but we changed a spring on pit road," he continued. "We also turned every jacking bolt in the car, and I wanted to do more. I wanted them to work on the front sway bar arm but they talked me out of doing that."