Bill Penfold crashes while passing for second place at NHIS The Penfold Motorsports team and the NASCAR Busch North Series, Touring Division made their third visit of the season to the New Hampshire International Speedway. In this race last ...
Bill Penfold crashes while passing for second place at NHIS
The Penfold Motorsports team and the NASCAR Busch North Series, Touring Division made their third visit of the season to the New Hampshire International Speedway. In this race last season, Bill Penfold qualified the VIP Charter Coaches / neracing.com Chevy fourth and took the lead early. He went on to lead several laps before alternator problems slowed him to a tenth place finish.
This visit to Loudon started with lots of promise as well. Bill was one of the fastest drivers running in the early practice before qualifying. Bill continued to run well during his two laps of qualifying, turning a fast lap of 120.577 MPH, good for the seventh fastest lap during qualifying.
"Bob (Harrison) keeps giving me great cars to qualify with," Penfold remarked. "We have made a ton of progress with our qualifying program, Bob has been doing his homework!"
The race started with Bill running in the fourth row and quickly moved up to fifth place. Bill ran around the top six positions for the first 60 plus laps. Then as he approached the final twenty laps, he started making his move to the front. Unfortunately, on lap 87, after he passed dale Quarterly for second place, Quarterly made contact with Penfold, sending Bill hard into the wall, ending the race for the Penfold Team.
"I had the spot and he knew it, he just shoved me into the wall, he never lifted when I got by him," the very upset Penfold said. "I ran him clean all day and that's what I get for it. This is the second car we had destroyed here this season, we've been dumped here twice now. It's the third one in three weeks that's been destroyed. We were taken out while running in the top ten at Nazareth a couple weeks ago and NASCAR didn't do anything then either. Today we were taken out again, this time right after we took second place. NASCAR made a big deal this morning about how they were going to penalize anyone that so much as touched another car that wrecks. Well I got dumped again for the umpteenth time this season and as usual, nothing happens to the guy that dumped me. I've really tried to run clean races this year, and we've had good cars that are running up front, but were about out of money. I don't know what else we can do, this has become ridiculous."
The team will have a couple weeks off as the series next event is at the road course in Watkins Glen, New York on August 14th.