Bill Penfold Salvages 15th place finish in BNS Opener at Lee USA Speedway Bill Penfold and the Penfold Motorsports Team were on hand in Lee, New Hampshire bright and early at Lee USA Speedway Sunday morning for the NASCAR Busch North Series, ...
Bill Penfold Salvages 15th place finish in BNS Opener at Lee USA Speedway
Bill Penfold and the Penfold Motorsports Team were on hand in Lee, New Hampshire bright and early at Lee USA Speedway Sunday morning for the NASCAR Busch North Series, touring Division, series opener. The Penfold team was one of 43 BNS teams on hand for the big race.
The Penfold Motorsports Team brought the short track car they tested there the previous week. The car was fast but had a minor problem with the driveshaft that caused the team to only get one lap in qualifying. They were the fastest car to make just one lap, but were still had to start 16th, which is pretty far back on a small track like Lee, especially with the large number of talented drivers filling the 30 car field.
"We knew we had a fast car," said Bill Penfold. "But we didn't know about the driveshaft being the wrong size. We had used it many times with out any problems. That kept us from starting up front, I know we would have been around the top five, this car was fast."
When the race started, Bill kept the VIP Charters / neracing.com Chevy clear of the many wrecks early and continued to work his way toward the front. Then on lap 65 he received a solid "bump" to his car and was sent into the wall coming out of turn four.
"A lot of drivers were driving like it was the last lap before we were even at the half-way point," Bill said. "We had a great car that was capable of working its way up into the top five, but we got turned into the wall by somebody that was a little to anxious."
The car suffered heavy damage to the right front side, but Bill was able to hang in and remain just one lap down until the final lap when the race winner, Brad Leighton, passed him. He ended up finishing in 15th position, the first car two laps down.
"We've got a couple full days of work on the car now," remarked crew chief Bob Harrison, "but we'll have it in good shape for the next race at Riverside Park Speedway in two weeks."
The team is planning on taking their super-speedway car to the New Hampshire International Speedway on Wednesday for testing and practice. Bill had two top tens at NHIS last season and led many laps there. The team would like to make a run at the Lincoln Electric NHIS Track Championship this season.
The team also announced on Sunday that Carol's Racing Collectable's of Lancaster, PA has signed on as an associate sponsor for the NHIS race on May 8th. Carol's Racing Collectable's sells a large selection of NASCAR collectables, everything from diecast cars to clothing. If you're in the Lancaster area, stop in and see her shop!
The Penfold Motorsports Team will next race at Riverside Park Speedway on Saturday May 1st.