BNS: Loudon II: Greg Schaefer race notes

Greg Schaefer atoned for his abbreviated race at New Hampshire International Speedway in July by running every lap of Saturday's New Hampshire 125, the second and final NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series race of the season at the...

Greg Schaefer atoned for his abbreviated race at New Hampshire International Speedway in July by running every lap of Saturday's New Hampshire 125, the second and final NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series race of the season at the one-mile track. Schaefer qualified seventh on Thursday, and finished thirteenth on Saturday.

Schaefer, driving the Parks-Schaefer Motorsports Chevrolet in search of a sponsor, improved from being 23rd fastest in Thursday's first practice to ninth fastest in the second practice session. The improvement continued through qualifying, where his fast lap of 30.928 seconds (123.151 MPH) was good enough for seventh on the starting grid.

"We didn't start the day off really good," he said after qualifying. "We were really loose when we got here, but we worked on it, and got it to where we thought we could qualify decent. I guess we did all right considering the way the track was and everything there. It was a good lap for us."

Schaefer started the race and ran fifth initially, though he settled back in seventh as the first ten laps clicked off. But the car became loose shortly afterwards and Schaefer found himself going back to outside the top ten. An opportunity to adjust on the car came when caution came out on lap 38, and he pitted for fresh tires and chassis adjustments, returning to the track in nineteenth.

The long road back towards the top ten began shortly afterwards, but Schaefer found the going tough and had a hard time making progress through the field. He was sixteenth as the race entered its final stages, and continued to make progress, staying on the lead lap, and moving up to thirteenth at the end of the race.

"The car was good for the first ten or fifteen laps, but then it got bad loose," he said after the race. "We pitted and tightened it up, and then it got really tight. We probably should have just left it alone. It went from really loose to really tight, we just couldn't find that happy medium with it. We just couldn't get it right on perfect. We just hung on and dodged some bullets out there. Lapped cars were just brutal, it was just hairy racing where I was racing. A lot of touch and go, and I'm just glad to get out of here in one piece.

"The track usually gets really tight, so that's what we planned for," Schaefer, of Hatboro, Pennsylvania, continued. "I wasn't the only one, there were a lot of guys out there that had a handful."

Schaefer will next run in Friday afternoon's MBNA America 150, which will be run at the high-banked Dover International Speedway.

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