Bill Penfold's Fourth Place Finish at Nazareth Speedway Equals Career Best Bill Penfold equalled his best career finish in the NASCAR Busch North Series when he recorded a fourth place finish in Saturday's Burnham Boilers 100 at the one-mile ...
Bill Penfold's Fourth Place Finish at Nazareth Speedway Equals Career Best
Bill Penfold equalled his best career finish in the NASCAR Busch North Series when he recorded a fourth place finish in Saturday's Burnham Boilers 100 at the one-mile Nazareth Speedway in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Penfold has now recorded two top tens in the first three races of the season.
The VIP Charter Coaches Chevrolet was quickly prepared after recording a tenth place finish the previous week at New Hampshire International Speedway and was fast right off the truck. Following two hours of practice on Friday, the car was prepared for qualifying and turned the eighth best lap in time trials at 28.296 seconds (127.226 MPH).
"The car was just a touch loose, but it was really good," Penfold said afterwards. "We picked up a second from practice to time trials, so we're real happy with it. We probably could have done a little bit better if it was a bit tighter, but I'm real happy. Bob [Harrison] and Bryan [Thompson] worked real hard, they're doing a hell of a job on the car and it's showing. It's our first top ten qualifying run of the year, and last week we had our first top ten, hopefully we're on a roll and we can stay there. It's a long race, we'll have plenty for them."
Penfold never ran outside the top ten for the duration of the race, which was extended to 105 laps because of a late caution. His big break came when some of the leaders pitted at the halfway point, while Penfold stayed on the track and moved up to fourth place. Despite those leaders having fresher tires, Penfold held them off, even through two late restarts, and picked up his first top-five finish of the season.
"We had a real good car. We've been good since we got here," a happy Penfold said after the race. "We lost a little bit of stagger, had a little bit of a push, but the car drove great, and it shows. When the car goes great, we can get up there and we're happy as hell. VIP's finally up in the top five and that's where we want to keep it.
"We've finally figured out this car," Penfold continued. "It was new last year and whenever we ran it we either got crashed or we couldn't figure it out. We've pretty well got this one figured out, and I think now we're on a roll, we now know what we need to do with these Busch cars, and I think we'll be doing real well from now on."
Penfold Motorsports takes its growing top-ten streak to Seekonk Speedway, where Bill Penfold has recorded a top ten finish last year.
"We'll be going to be taking a different car so we'll have to see what we'll do there," he said. "We've only run that car once and didn't have a lot of luck with it. But you've got to work on them to make them go, and we're not going to give up."