Bill Penfold comes back from early spin to finish New Hampshire Race in sixteenth. Bill Penfold, driver of the VIP Charter Coaches Chevrolet on the NASCAR Busch North Series circuit, put in a solid effort at the New England 125 held at the New...
Bill Penfold comes back from early spin to finish New Hampshire Race in sixteenth.
Bill Penfold, driver of the VIP Charter Coaches Chevrolet on the NASCAR Busch North Series circuit, put in a solid effort at the New England 125 held at the New Hampshire International Speedway on Saturday afternoon to post a sixteenth place finish, despite suffering a spin just twenty-six laps into the event. Penfold, without the benefit of a yellow after spinning, resumed in the race and stayed on the lead lap, allowing him to score another top-twenty finish.
Penfold Motorsports' speedway car was heavily tweaked throughout Thursday's practice and qualifying, and a new setup tried in qualifying didn't quite give the desired results, leaving Penfold having to start the race back in thirtieth position.
"We were trying a new setup and it just didn't work," he said. "We probably should have abandoned it a little sooner than we did. We're putting the car back to pretty much where it was in the spring race, and try loosening it up because we had a real bad push then. I need to pick up two seconds so I've got a fight on my hands. But we don't give up, we think we can still win it. We can't quit. That's always been my motto, and the guys behind me think the same way. Heart and desire matter in this sport, and we've got a lot of heart and desire."
Penfold's race was only twenty-six laps old when he went spinning in the third and fourth turns, but no caution came out for the spin. He quickly had the car righted and under speed again, but now had to think about the leaders approaching to put him a lap down. A lap 43 caution enabled Penfold to remain on the lead lap and he joined the rest of the field on pit road for tires and adjustments, returning to the race in twentieth position. As the race progressed, Penfold ran as high as eleventh, but a tire losing air kept him busy and he fell to sixteenth at the finish.
"We had a left rear going down at the end of it so it got really loose, but actually we were doing real good coming up through," he said after the race. "After that spin, that made the entire car shake. We pitted, put on right side tires, but by rights I should have been able to put on left side tires to replace the ones we flat-spotted, but they said we couldn't. I don't know what the deal is. But the car ran good, we were fast, we made it up through twice. We'll take it, and we'll get them at Stafford."
Stafford Motor Speedway, in Stafford Springs, Connecticut, is the site of the next Busch North race, which will be held next Friday night.