Bill Penfold Records Twelfth Place Finish at Nazareth Yarmouth, Maine's Bill Penfold, driving the VIP Charter Coaches Chevrolet on the NASCAR Busch North Series, recorded a twelfth place finish in the Nazareth 100 held Sunday at the one-mile ...
Bill Penfold Records Twelfth Place Finish at Nazareth
Yarmouth, Maine's Bill Penfold, driving the VIP Charter Coaches Chevrolet on the NASCAR Busch North Series, recorded a twelfth place finish in the Nazareth 100 held Sunday at the one-mile Nazareth Speedway in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Penfold remains fifteenth in the series championship standings.
The weekend did not start off on a good note for the Penfold Motorsports team. While the car was handling well, a carburetor problem meant that Penfold could not get everything out of his engine down the track's straightaways. Repairs were attempted for qualifying, but the car was still not right and Penfold could only muster 23rd best in time trials.
"The car was actually handing good, but we had carburetor trouble," he said after qualifying. "We're fighting it but it gives me a chance at winning the Flowmaster Star of the Race. I love the track here, it's fast. With mechanical trouble you've got to figure it out. We're going to change carburetors for the next practice. We'll be in the top ten if we get the carburetor problem straightened out. The car runs good, I like the place and I drive it well."
After changing the carburetor, final practice went well and the team was ready for race day. The engine was now just about at full song, but the next challenge for the team was hooking the chassis up. Penfold had his work cut out for him as he ran fifteenth, holding on to the tail end of the lead lap, when the first caution came out and gave him an opportunity to pit and replace the right-side tires.
Coming out of the pits in eleventh place, Penfold set his sights on the race finish and only lost one position through the final half of the event, coming home in twelfth.
"It was loose and pushing all day, we were fighting the car.," he said after the race. "There was nothing I could do but just try to hang on and stay out. We pitted and it ran good for a few laps, and then it got horrible and a handful to hang on to. It was one of those deals where you try to survive. We were lucky enough to stay on the lead lap and get the caution at the right time. We moved up a bunch of positions. What can you expect, it's Nazareth, it's a hard track to get a hold of."
Penfold noted that the team's work to solve the carburetor problems were successful.
"We got that cured," he said. "We had a little bit of a bobble but nowhere near what we had before. We're getting it, it's something minor now. The car ran strong, we just didn't hit the handle today. It was a handful and it made me tired."
Penfold Motorsports returns to the track this Saturday night for the True Value 150 at Vermont's Thunder Road International Speedbowl.
For more information on the team, visit its website at http://www.penfoldmotorsports.com.