BNS: Penfold Motorsports Stafford race report

Bill Penfold Records Second Straight Top Ten with Seventh at Stafford Bill Penfold and the VIP Charter Coach-sponsored Penfold Motorsports team pulled out all the stops in search of continuing the rebound from mid-season headaches this past ...

Bill Penfold Records Second Straight Top Ten with Seventh at Stafford

Bill Penfold and the VIP Charter Coach-sponsored Penfold Motorsports team pulled out all the stops in search of continuing the rebound from mid-season headaches this past Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway. Bringing the same car that carried Penfold to a ninth place finish at New Hampshire International Speedway the week before, the team was loaded for bear.

Finding Stafford requiring about the same setup as Loudon, the team wound up not making any changes to the car during practice and being happy with the way it was working. Qualifying came around and Penfold put up a time that would leave him sixteenth on the grid.

"The car was real good, we'll take it," he said. "We're still working on our qualifying deal, but Bob really had a good car underneath me. I goofed on the second lap, I went in too deep figuring I'd bury it in a little deeper and it got away from me. After Loudon where I left some on the table there, I wasn't going to leave anything on the table here, so I overdid it this time."

The ASB 150 was a rough affair littered with early cautions and plenty of accidents. Few cars came out of the race without some kind of damage, but Penfold kept the nose of his car clean and moved up from his mid-pack starting position to the top ten just after halfway. Once there, he picked his passes carefully and moved up to seventh, holding off Tom Bolles at the finish to keep the spot. It was his fourth top ten finish of the year, and moved him up two spots in the points standings to 15th.

"We're getting a little bit of luck, finally," he said after the race. "A lot of accidents happened right in front of me and I got lucky and got through. A couple of them I should have been wiped right out. The car handled great. For the last 20 laps we didn't have much for tires left, so we were just trying to hang on for a seventh place finish. Tommy Bolles gave me a heck of a run there at the end there, but if he wanted it he was going to have to go to the outside because I wasn't going to give him the inside.

"For a couple of those cautions they should have let the speedi-dry get up off the racetrack, that's what caused a couple more right after them," Penfold continued. "It was pretty slick. On that last restart you got on the throttle out of turn four it turned you sideways. All in all, I thought it was a pretty good race. The lapped cars started to be a problem again because they started drifting out, they couldn't stay down, but all in all it's a pretty good race. We didn't get a mark on the car, so we're happy as hell."

Next up for Penfold Motorsports is the Coca-Cola 150 at Seekonk Speedway. Running at this track in May, Penfold recorded his second top ten finish of the year with a tenth place run.

For more information on the team, visit its website at http://www.penfoldmotorsports.com.

-PM-

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