Westfield, Massachusetts native Dale Quarterley finished in eighth place, his second top ten finish in three Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring races this season, in Seekonk Speedway's Budweiser 150 held Saturday night. Qualifying found...
Westfield, Massachusetts native Dale Quarterley finished in eighth place, his second top ten finish in three Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring races this season, in Seekonk Speedway's Budweiser 150 held Saturday night.
Qualifying found Quarterley turning the 17th fastest lap, 13.241 seconds (90.628 MPH), around the one-third mile oval. Quarterley, driving the Land O Lakes Chevrolet, took the mid-pack qualifying run in stride. After struggling on short tracks in the past, Quarterley's team is making progress on the series' smaller tracks.
"For us, on a super-short track, that's good," he said. "I think it's a halfway decent race car, it just didn't show up in qualifying. I definitely think I could have gone quicker if I had dared to, but we're just trying so many things different from last year, that we're still trying to play catch-up a little. I'm not so worried about qualifying 17th, I just need to get out there and race and see what happens. We're going for consistent lap times, not put-it-on-the-pole lap times. We'll see if our theory holds out here when we roll out for the race."
Quarterley's efforts towards setting up a consistent race car paid off in the feature event, as he hung back and waited for other cars to wear themselves out and pass them after that. Entering the top ten with 30 laps to go, Quarterley managed to pick off a couple more positions before the race ended, his finishing position being eighth.
"I'm trying to find the setup to win," he said, "so each week we've been changing how it feels in practice thinking this will be good for the race, and little by little we're sneaking up on it. We qualified 17th, but we did it thinking we would be fast 100 laps into the race and that's exactly what we were.
"If it had stayed green, I would have had a 4th or 5th place car," Quarterley continued. "When the yellows came out, it took too long to get them out of single-file. If it had stayed green I could have picked my way by three or four more guys. So I think what we're doing and our game plan is good."
Quarterley knows that to take his team to the next level in Busch North, he has to improve its short-track performances.
"We're terrible at short tracks," he said. "We go to Loudon and finish second, but when we go to Beech Ridge we get lapped three times. So as a team we're more than happy with eighth here. As a race car driver I came here to win the show, but I'm certainly happy with the progress."
Quarterley's next race is the Burnham Boilers 150, held next June 2nd at Holland Speedway outside Buffalo, New York.