Yarmouth, ME - Work at the Penfold Motorsports shop in Yarmouth, Maine has continued at a fever pitch ever since the end of the NASCAR Busch North Series season last October at Lime Rock Park. Following a season where driver Bill Penfold brought...
Yarmouth, ME - Work at the Penfold Motorsports shop in Yarmouth, Maine has continued at a fever pitch ever since the end of the NASCAR Busch North Series season last October at Lime Rock Park.
Following a season where driver Bill Penfold brought the VIP Charter Coaches-sponsored team to a fourteenth place result in the Busch North championship standings with six top ten finishes, the team is already rebuilding and upgrading equipment in anticipation of another full-season assault on the premier New England-based NASCAR Touring Series.
While the existing cars are being refurbished, they have been joined by a new Dale Shaw car. This car is expected to be completed and ready for the season-opening race at Lee (N.H.) USA Speedway, scheduled for April 21, 2002.
Crew Chief Bob Harrison has already declared the road racing car ready to race, having already turned it around after scoring a 13th place run at Lime Rock.
Bill Penfold has been busy on all fronts, including preparing the cars, making trips to acquire new equipment, and keeping up public appearances to promote the team, VIP Charter Coaches, and the Busch North Series. Penfold has made appearances at both Portland Pirates and Manchester Monarchs hockey games in recent weeks, signing hundreds of autographs for both hockey and racing fans. He's also been on the road with the Penfold Motorsports tractor-trailer to pick up new equipment for the team.
"I went down to Charlotte a week ago," he said. "I bought some bodies and parts, got some from Roush and Welliver-Jesel. I'm going to Wisconsin after the first of the year to take the engines out to get redone. We're coming back full-time. I put a body on my Pro Stock, that'll be back running together. We're just doing a lot and we're going to do the best we can do."
The Pro Stock, one of the winningest cars in Maine, has been taken out of storage, updated and rebodied, and will be running as many races as Penfold's schedule allows. "I'm going to try to run as much as I can, everywhere I can," Penfold said. "If the PASS Series isn't running, I'll run it at Oxford. That's what we're planning on doing. Hopefully we can win some races, win some money so we can keep racing."
Penfold also expects to compete in the most prestigious race in Maine, the 29th Annual True Value 250 to be held at Oxford Plains Speedway on July 14.
Also on the racing front, Bill's two sons will also be racing this year, and Bill hinted that his father, Ray, might also be returning to behind the wheel.
"Dutch will be racing this year in his Limited, and Mike will be back in his Outlaw at Oxford," he said. "I'm looking forward to seeing that, because that's fun. And my dad might be driving again, so there could be three generations of Penfold on the racetrack."
VIP Charter Coaches, of Portland, Maine, which has sponsored the team since its inception, has announced that it has won a new Shuttle Contract for the new passenger service for the coming of the Downeaster train service between Portland, Maine and Boston, Massachusetts. The train is coming to Portland Maine December 15th and running daily between both points.
Finally, the Penfold Motorsports team is welcoming race fans who wish to visit the shop to see the facilities of one of the most established full-time Busch North teams. Guests are welcome to the shop, located at 91 Burnell Drive in Yarmouth, Maine, from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. daily.