Dale Quarterley qualifies second for New Hampshire 125, suffers engine problems in race. Westfield, Massachusetts' Dale Quarterley, driving the No. 32 Land O Lakes Chevrolet on the NASCAR Busch North Series, came back from having to make an...
Dale Quarterley qualifies second for New Hampshire 125, suffers engine problems in race.
Westfield, Massachusetts' Dale Quarterley, driving the No. 32 Land O Lakes Chevrolet on the NASCAR Busch North Series, came back from having to make an engine change before qualifying for Saturday afternoon's New Hampshire 125 at New Hampshire International Speedway to qualify on the outside pole. In the race, though, more engine troubles contributed to his going down two laps and forcing him to retire from the event after completing 48 laps, finishing the race in the 30th position.
Quarterley had only completed a few practice laps before realizing something was wrong with his car's engine.
"We only made a couple of laps in practice on Thursday and the oil pressure was moving around," he said. "It turns out that we had put a filter together backwards. We think it hurt the motor but we're not sure. We didn't want to take a chance so we took that one out and put this Performance Technology motor in. By the time we had that done, Thursday's practice was over. We had to wait until Friday morning's practice and made three fast laps, stopped, checked that there weren't any leaks or anything like that, then we made maybe three more laps and practice was over again. By the time qualifying had shown up, we only had eight fast laps on the racetrack."
In qualifying, Quarterley, one of the first cars to take time, held the fastest time until just a few cars from the end, Kelly Moore made his run and bumped him to the second starting position.
"We're actually astonished that we were up that far, it was right up until the end when Kelly finally beat us, and he only beat us by seven hundreds of a second," he said. "To qualify second, at this point, is great. In the final practice we had time to change a couple of quick things and do a couple of long runs, so we think we've got a handle on it but we won't know until we get out there and race."
Quarterley hung tough in the outside groove at the start of the race, and led the first three laps before giving way to Andy Santerre.
"I was amazed that I was able to pass Kelly on the outside," he said. "He had a really strong car. We got the lead and led for a few laps, and the thing was just a little free getting in. I didn't want to get the rear tires too hot so I just stuck to my pace and the guys behind me caught back up, and I basically let them go by. I was trying to save it, knowing that with the combination in it, it would tighten itself back up later on in the race."
Quarterley fell back to fourth place and held that position until just before a lap 38 caution set up pit stops. His car had lost a cylinder, and on his pit stop the 1/4 LEY Racing crew went under the hood to make repairs.
"A holder that holds one of the spark plug wires broke, the plug wire fell on the header, and I lost a cylinder," he described. "A couple laps later a yellow came out and we came in the pits to try to fix it, but we had some miscommunication in the pits and I lost a lap. We tried to fix it again, and they did the exact same thing a second time and I got down another lap. At that point it wasn't worth staying out there, and I decided to call it a day. We still have to run this car and engine combination at Dover next week, so we decided to save what we had for there. We'd rather go to Dover with a straight body and be competitive."
Quarterley, having completed 48 laps, was the 30th finisher in the race. He now stands seventh in points, but is heading to Dover International Speedway, a track where he dominated last year before running out of gas when the race distance was extended by late yellows.