BNS: Stafford II: Dale Quarterley race notes

Hastie Fence powers Dale Quarterley to seventh place Stafford Speedway finish Dale Quarterley took his third consecutive top ten finish in NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series competition this year after bringing home his No. 32 ...

Hastie Fence powers Dale Quarterley to seventh place Stafford Speedway finish

Dale Quarterley took his third consecutive top ten finish in NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series competition this year after bringing home his No. 32 Hastie Fence-sponsored Chevrolet seventh in Friday night's CarQuest 150, the second race of the year held at the half-mile Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, Connecticut.

Quarterley's day started off with his qualifying twelfth in a field of thirty cars, his best time trial lap being run in 20.374 seconds (88.348 MPH).

"At the end of practice the thing was going good, I think we had a decent balance," he said. "The sun coming out changed the track a little. Twelfth is good, I'm not too worried about it. I think we'll have a decent race car for the long run. It just wasn't going to do it in two laps."

Quarterley first entered the top ten forty laps into the event as some teams wmade pit stops, moving him up to ninth. He passed Dave Dion for eighth on lap 59, and moved up to seventh under caution when another car pulled out of line and pitted. He briefly lost seventh as Ryan Moore came back from his pit stop, but he passed Jerry Marquis to resume holding seventh, which he held to the finish.

"The car's definitely getting a little better," he said after the race. "We're not yet a winning car, but a couple of weeks ago we had a hard time making the show with it. Now it ran the same lap times all night long, and we never stopped for tires. We're definitely homing in on it somewhat. On the flip side, the team guys - some guys left after last year, and some guys are new this year - they're all starting to gel and know their jobs and do their jobs. At Beech Ridge, I think we went out on the track and came in fifteen times in practice. We're just flying when it comes to changing the car. If we had a sway bar-changing contest here, these guys would annihilate everyone else. We can do a sway bar change, from the time the car stops to the time it's off the jacks and running again, in forty seconds. So that whole part of the team is starting to gel too.

"Another thing that helped somewhat tonight is that Hastie Fence came on board with 25 fans in the stands and one guy helping on the crew with us," Quarterley continued. "Everybody in the stands had a great time, some of them are visiting with the team after the race. The gentleman who was helping us in the pits thinks it's the greatest thing ever. So we made 26 new NASCAR fans tonight."

Quarterley, who continues to ride eighth in series points after the fifth race of the season, now will turn his attention to the tight confines of Holland International Speedway, where the Busch North Series will contest at 150-lap event on Saturday, June 28. In last year's event at Holland, Quarterley placed sixth.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Dale Quarterley , Ryan Moore