Dale Quarterley earns fifth straight top ten finish with eighth at Thompson Westfield, Massachusetts' Dale Quarterley, driving the Industrial Transfer Chevrolet in NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series competition, picked up two...
Dale Quarterley earns fifth straight top ten finish with eighth at Thompson
Westfield, Massachusetts' Dale Quarterley, driving the Industrial Transfer Chevrolet in NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series competition, picked up two more positions in the season points standings, going from eighth to sixth, with his eighth place finish in Saturday night's Pepsi Racing 150 at the .625-mile Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway.
Quarterley, piloting the workhorse short-track car he's driven in the previous six races, continued to hone in on its setup through a pair of 45-minute long practice sessions. This was followed by time trials, where he turned in the fourteenth fastest lap, 20.945 seconds (107.424 MPH).
"We got here and the car was decent," he said. "We made a couple changes that made it a little better, but then we got off the beaten path and we completely lost it. Even when we went back to where we started, it didn't like that either. At this point we're trying to find it again, but we're not sure exactly where we lost it, so it's hard to find.
"In qualifying, that was the easiest the car's driven since we got here. We're just a little loose coming off the turn, and I had to lift a couple times getting off which just kills the times. We've narrowed it down to the fact that we've only got one problem instead of three, we just have to figure out what we want to do for the main event."
Quarterley entered the top ten before five laps were completed, and stayed in the top ten for the duration of the event. He ran as high as sixth through the race's first half, as other cars made pit stops. He himself considered pitting, but decided against it.
"We knew what we had to do to fix most of the car's problems, we just had to make a pit stop to fix it," he said. "But we figured that if we didn't fix it completely on that stop, then we'd never even make it back up to where we were, much less improve on that. So we decided to not pit, just ride it out, that it would be easier to have guys try to pass us rather than us trying to pass them, and I ended up eighth."
After the halfway point of the race, Quarterley, just as he was in the previous Busch North race at Holland Speedway, found himself in the middle of some very good racing. First he had to fend off the challenges from Mike Olsen for his ninth position, then started looking forward and tried to take eighth from Mike Stefanik. Quarterley wound up falling to ninth with twenty laps to go, but put on a late charge to wind up eighth at the checkers.
"Not that I want to finish eighth every week," he said afterwards, "but in the race, compared to qualifying and the last round of practice, we were actually decent. Around lap fifty, there was a caution out and we were trying to decide right then if we were going to come in or not. But at that point, we were actually stronger than the guys in front of me, and since there was nobody behind me, I was cruising along and saving the tires, which was a good thing, because I needed them at the end."
Quarterley now will turn his attention to his superspeedway car, which he will debut at New Hampshire International Speedway this coming weekend for the next Busch North race. Practice and qualifying at the Magic Mile are slated for Thursday, with the race being held on Saturday, July 19th.