Bill Penfold Races To Sixth At Stafford To Benefit Taylor Wentink Bill Penfold posted his second straight top-ten finish in NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series competition Sunday afternoon when he finished sixth in Sunday's...
Bill Penfold Races To Sixth At Stafford To Benefit Taylor Wentink
Bill Penfold posted his second straight top-ten finish in NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series competition Sunday afternoon when he finished sixth in Sunday's Carquest Fall Final at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway. But more importantly, Penfold raised both funds and awareness for the cause of Taylor Wentink, a nine-year old girl suffering from a rare form of cancer.
Penfold and his VIP Charter Coach Chevrolet team teamed up with Orange County Choppers to raise money for Taylor's family, with her name and an email address for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org) displayed on the car's hood. During the track's pit party on Saturday, donation jugs were set up and race fans donated towards her cause.
Despite suffering two rained-out days at the track, the race went green on Sunday with Penfold starting thirteenth after time trials, which were held back on September 28th, the day before the race was originally supposed to be run.
"The car was a little tight, and in the first lap I got on the throttle real hard figuring the tires would heat up, and it took everything I was giving it," he said before the race. "So I tried a little harder on the second lap, and the front tires slid just a little bit, and when they bit it just broke the rear end loose coming out of turn two. That wasn't real bad so I drove it hard down into turn three, and it did the same thing coming out of four, it broke loose and I almost put it in the wall. Thirteenth isn't bad, I've started a lot farther back and got up to the front, and the race is a whole different deal."
After raining out Sunday, September 29th and again on Saturday, October 4th, the race went green on the 5th.
Riding eleventh for the race's opening laps, Penfold got his first break when a number of cars pitted under a lap 36 caution while he stayed on the track. He moved up to eighth for the lap 41 restart, then picked up another position under similar circumstances under the next caution. While other cars were pitting, Penfold had no intention of doing so himself.
"We never planned to pit," he explained. "We had a strong car last week and this weekend, and Bob [Harrison, crew chief] and I agreed that if we had a strong car, we'd leave it out there and keep the track position which means a lot here. It showed, anybody that changed tires didn't make it up through."
After the halfway point of the race, Penfold fell to eighth but moved back to seventh at the hundred-lap mark. On lap 115, he made a pass of Kelly Moore and that moved him to sixth, which is where he finished the race.
"We had a real good car, and we're glad we could race to benefit Taylor Wentink," he said after the race. "The VIP Charter Coaches Chevrolet ran real well, and we had Orange County Choppers on the car too. We ran in the top ten all day, and that's all you can ask for, since there are a lot of good cars out there. It was a tough race, going into turn one through all the speedy-dry with lapped cars on the inside, you were tip-toeing and just praying that you'd make it through. We made it through and it was a fun run.
"We had a short team this week, a small crew, and we don't spend the money that some of these other teams do, but we got sixth place out of it, so it was worth the trip," Penfold continued. "We're going to the Big Dawg 400, we've got a brand new car for that, and it ought to be a hell of a race up there at Wiscasset. We'll continue the Taylor benefit at Wiscasset with OCC and VIP Charter Coaches, and maybe we'll get a win out of it."
For more information on the Penfold Motorsports team and Bill Penfold, visit their website located at www.penfoldmotorsports.com.