Dale Quarterley kicks off 2002 season with thirteenth place run at Lee USA Land O Lakes Chevrolet driver Dale Quarterley started his 2002 NASCAR Busch North Series schedule by leading the first competitive laps of the season after starting the...
Dale Quarterley kicks off 2002 season with thirteenth place run at Lee USA
Land O Lakes Chevrolet driver Dale Quarterley started his 2002 NASCAR Busch North Series schedule by leading the first competitive laps of the season after starting the Sanel Auto Parts 150 at Lee USA Speedway from the pole position. The car's performance fell off somewhat during the race and that, coupled with trouble in the pits during the race, relegated Quarterley to a thirteenth place finish.
Quarterley was fast in practice, and when time trials set the field for the race, he made a lap around the third-mile oval in 15.408 seconds (87.617 MPH), which was fourth fastest of the thirty-four cars in attendance.
The top eight qualifiers drew for their race starting positions and Quarterley drew the No. 1 spot, putting him on the pole for the feature event.
Quarterley led from the pole for the first five laps before being passed by Mike Olsen, and despite the car's handle going away, he managed to stay in the top ten through the race's first third. This would not last, though, and Quarterley wound up going a lap down to the leaders near the halfway point.
A pivotal caution on lap 86 brought the field onto pit road for tire changes. Quarterley came to his pit and while the right side of the car was raised to change tires, the jack failed and the car came down. Quarterley thought that this was the signal that the stop was done and it was time to take off, but the right rear wheel had not been bolted down and fell off the car as Quarterley tried to drive away.
"There was a problem with the jack," he said. "It went down and I thought it was time to go so we drove away but we only had three tires on the car."
Quarterley backed into his pit where the tire was reattached and he continued in the race to its end, finishing thirteenth, two laps down.
"We drew the starting position all right, but then as time went on the car just fell off," he said after the race. "There's some new stuff we have that we didn't have last year and we'll have to go back and figure it all out again like we did last year.
"We broke here last year and came back to finish fifth in points, so we'll be all right," Quarterley concluded
Next on the 1/4 LEY Racing team's schedule is a pair of test days at New Hampshire International Speedway next week in preparation for May 11's 125-lapper. That race will be shown on the Speed Channel on May 20th.