BNS: Seekonk: Greg Schaefer race remarks

Greg Schaefer's first trip to Seekonk Speedway yields fourteenth place finish. Hatboro, Pennsylvania's Greg Schaefer has run part-time NASCAR Busch North schedules the past couple years and has skipped the races held at Seekonk Speedway since he...

Greg Schaefer's first trip to Seekonk Speedway yields fourteenth place finish.

Hatboro, Pennsylvania's Greg Schaefer has run part-time NASCAR Busch North schedules the past couple years and has skipped the races held at Seekonk Speedway since he joined the series. Following the first three races of the 2002 season, though, Schaefer was ninth in season points, so he opted to tackle the third-mile Massachusetts oval with his Rite-Way Electric Chevrolet team.

Schaefer tested at Seekonk earlier in the month, but during that test he was just shaking down his speedway car for the May 11th New Hampshire International Speedway race. Using his short track car, Schaefer spent the 90 minutes of practice fine-tuning and preparing for qualifying, where he set the tenth quickest lap in time trials.

"We weren't that good in practice until the very last 15 minutes," he said, "and then we hit on something that worked for us pretty good and it worked for qualifying. I was kind of surprised. It's pretty consistent so I think it's going to work for the race. We changed a lot in practice until the car got comfortable and at that point we figured we just better leave it alone."

Schaefer struggled through the race with a car that wouldn't hold the bottom line on a track where running on the bottom is essential. He stayed on the lead lap in a tough short-track race, but had trouble making progress through the field, and finished fourteenth.

"It's not too bad, and it could have been much worse," he said. "The race was not good. I thought I had a decent car for the race, but that was a lie. We just had no grip at all. I just couldn't hold it down on the bottom and that's the only place I could really run and keep the thing under control, so I dropped like a rock.

"It's a shame, but it's the first time we've raced here, so we'll take fourteenth and be happy with that," Schaefer continued. "We got some points too. I just think I'm missing something here, maybe it's just track time. Regardless, we'll definitely take this."

Schaefer now stands eleventh in the series championship standings.

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