BNS: Quarterley makes late charge at Holland

Dale Quarterley, the Westfield, Massachusetts driver of the ...

Dale Quarterley, the Westfield, Massachusetts driver of the #32 Land O Lakes Chevrolet, ran the fourth race of the NASCAR Busch North Series at Holland Speedway on Saturday night. After recording a twelfth place finish in Holland's Burnham Boilers 150, Quarterley has improved his championship points standing to tenth.

Quarterley's day started out with his turning a lap of 14.918 seconds in time trials, giving him the 14th starting position.

"We would have liked to have gone quicker," he said afterwards. "We're on the exact same pace we went in practice. We didn't speed up or slow down, so that's not the best thing. We can repeat our lap times, we're just having problems finding that terminal speed we're looking for. In the long run I think we'll be all right again."

The race started out with a long run, the first 80 laps being run without the appearance of the caution flag. Quarterley ran inside the top ten until the second caution of the event on lap 94, when he visited pit road for attention from the crew.

"When Carey Heath broke," Quarterley explained, "I got into the back of her trying to avoid everything that was going on. When I did I pushed the grille in and it started overheating. Then I had to pit to tear some tape off and went back on the track in 18th."

With just 49 laps to go when the race returned to green, Quarterley started making moves towards the front of the field, advancing six positions despite losing six laps of racing to another caution period. Quarterley ran out of laps before he could make any more progress, and he finished the race in twelfth.

"We made one little change to get it to turn a little better," he said after the race, "and it just completely went the other way. It was so loose that you couldn't get in and couldn't get off. I finally found a groove that I was decent at, and I had moved the thing up to eighth. After the pit stop I worked my way back to 12th. We actually had a top ten ride, it just got away from us."

Quarterley is proud that his short-track program continues to show improvements.

"Compared to last year and the year before, we're still ahead of it," he said. "The car's in one piece so we can go home, service it in one day, and get some real work done that I think will get us started on the next level. This should be a good week for us to go to Beech Ridge."

Quarterley's next race is at the one-third mile Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine.

-Dale Quarterley Racing

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