Yarmouth, Maine's Bill Penfold, driver of the VIP Charter Coach Chevrolet on the NASCAR Busch North Series circuit, went to the fourth race of the season enjoying his best start of his career. Riding in seventh place in points, Penfold looked ...
Yarmouth, Maine's Bill Penfold, driver of the VIP Charter Coach Chevrolet on the NASCAR Busch North Series circuit, went to the fourth race of the season enjoying his best start of his career. Riding in seventh place in points, Penfold looked forward to going to a track where he's historically run well.
Qualifying found Penfold recording the 14th fastest time, which he considered an improvement over previous weeks' efforts as the team attempts to improve its qualifying setups.
"We picked up some time so the adjustments we're making for time trials are working," he said after qualifying. "We just have to pick it up a little at a time, we'll get up there. That's what we did with our racing program, one piece at a time. 14th is the highest I've qualified here, and I've always run in the top ten here, so if nothing happens we should be up front again."
In the race, Penfold spent most of the race running just outside the top ten, but within striking distance. He finally made his move into tenth with 30 laps to go and set his sights on moving up further, but other competitors pushed Penfold out of the groove and he slipped back to 13th place, where he finished. After the race, Penfold expressed frustration with his treatment at the hands of his fellow competitors.
"At the end of it there were some guys who decided they were racing bulldozers instead of race cars," he said. "They cut one of my tires and we just tried to hang on. I had a left front flat with 15 laps to go and you can't pit, you'll lose everything.
"NASCAR doesn't say anything to them, and that's poor,"Penfold continued. "They all came right through and nobody said anything about it. I've got to sit there and take it and get my car beat up until NASCAR sees that they're running into people. NASCAR's got to open their eyes. It was a decent race until the last 20 laps, and then everybody just started running into everybody."
Despite the late contact that cost Penfold a top ten finish, he was already looking forward to next Sunday's race at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, the closest track to Penfold's home.
"The car's in one piece, we don't have a whole lot of bodywork to do, but we had a top ten until we started getting hit, so we lost our top ten streak," he said.