Broken Oil Line stops Greg Schaefer's New Hampshire International Speedway Race. Greg Schaefer, from Hatboro, Pennsylvania, came back from a qualifying effort that left him starting thirty-second in Saturday's NASCAR Busch North Series New...
Broken Oil Line stops Greg Schaefer's New Hampshire International Speedway Race.
Greg Schaefer, from Hatboro, Pennsylvania, came back from a qualifying effort that left him starting thirty-second in Saturday's NASCAR Busch North Series New England 125 held at the New Hampshire International Speedway, taking his Rite-Way Electric Chevrolet into the top twenty, but a broken oil line forced him to take the car into the garage area for repairs, losing him many laps and relegating him to a thirty-second place finish.
The Parks-Schaefer Motorsports crew was put to the test early in the weekend, with their car only 29th fastest in the first practice. In the second session before qualifying, Schaefer had turned in the eleventh fastest lap. But the momentum did not continue into qualifying, where his time trial lap of 31.353 seconds (121.481 MPH) was only 32nd best.
"Our qualifying setup didn't work," he said afterwards. "We don't usually do much for qualifying except tape up the grille, but this time we decided to go all out and really go after a qualifying setup and it didn't work. I think the car will race pretty good, we'll find out for sure in the morning practice Saturday. I'm very concerned with starting as far back as we are, so it's going to be a hairy first few laps.
"We never got the car comfortable in practice," Schaefer continued. "I don't know if it was shocks or what. I think we got it somewhat comfortable in the last practice, but we'll work on it more."
Schaefer was quickly up into the top twenty five in the race's opening laps, showing that he did indeed have a good race car. He stayed on the lead lap, which was not the case for most of those he was starting among, and caught a caution on lap 43. Heading to the pits, the crew fitted fresh tires and made a chassis adjustment to the car, and sent it back into the race in 23rd.
Smoke was seen coming from the car on lap 59 and officials ordered the car brought to the pits to be checked out. The crew checked underneath the car and the decision was made to bring the car to the garage area to make repairs to an oil line that had a hole worn through it. The line was changed and Schaefer returned to the race, but having lost many laps in the garage, he was classified as finishing 32nd in the final rundown.
"An oil line was rubbing on the power steering pulley and wore a hole through it," Schaefer said after the race. "That ended our day pretty much. We came in and changed it and went back out there and finished, but we lost thirty laps or so. We were moving up, we got up ten spots or so, and it looked like a lot of guys were coming back to us. I thought we were going to be sitting pretty good. We just couldn't win this weekend. We're disappointed with what happened here, it's going to really hurt us in the points."
Schaefer will look to bounce back from the NHIS disappointment on Friday night when he joins the Busch North Series at Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut.