BNS: New Hampshire: Greg Schaefer race remarks

Greg Schaefer manages eleventh at New Hampshire International Speedway. Greg Schaefer's Rite-Way Electric Chevrolet was a top five car through the first half of the Busch 125 NASCAR Busch North Series race held Saturday at New Hampshire ...

Greg Schaefer manages eleventh at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Greg Schaefer's Rite-Way Electric Chevrolet was a top five car through the first half of the Busch 125 NASCAR Busch North Series race held Saturday at New Hampshire International Speedway. A late pit stop and concern over fuel mileage slowed Schaefer's run, however, pushed him outside the top ten and relegated him to an eleventh place finish in a race that will be broadcast Monday night, May 20th, on the Speed Channel.

Following practice over a two-day period, time trials were held to set the field for the race. Schaefer's qualifying lap of 30.270 seconds (125.828 MPH) slotted him sixth on the grid.

"I had a good car," he said after qualifying. "It was pretty fast in practice so I knew we had a shot at a top ten at least, maybe a little better. You always feel like you left a little something out there, but I don't know if I did or not. I think I got it all out of it.

We're looking at our fuel mileage and it's not looking too pretty," Schaefer said of his plans for Saturday's race. "I don't know what we're going to do, we might have to wait till late to pit. We're going to go out for happy hour and see if we can improve that situation."

Schaefer commented on changes made to the track this spring.

"It's awesome, I love it. It's got a lot of grip, and I think you might see some two-wide racing out there. I'm happy with it, and the tires are great. Everything's looking up," he said.

Schaefer's race started out moving into fifth position but got freight-trained back to ninth in the early laps. He fought his way back into fifth at the halfway point when caution came out and the first round of pit stops began. Schaefer exited the pits seventh of those who pitted, though some drivers elected to stay on the track, and he restarted the race fifteenth, and started working his way to the front again. Running just outside the top ten through the race's final two restarts, he was back to eleventh when the checkered flag fell.

"We were doing good there, running in the top five, till we pitted," he said after the race. "I guess everybody else short-pitted and we couldn't short-pit though, since we had to pit late because of our fuel mileage. The car got way too tight on us and we just couldn't come up through the pack like we wanted to. It was probably the setup. We were tight a lot in practice and we did some things to free it up, but I guess we didn't do enough.

"We'll take it," Schaefer continued. "The car's in one piece, that's important. We've got something we can take to Nazareth. I expect good things there. We got eighth there last year and had a good run, so I look forward to having a good run there next week."

The Nazareth race will be held next Saturday and will be broadcast on Monday, May 27th, on the Speed Channel.

-rwec-

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