Dale Quarterley's second consecutive sixth place moves him to sixth in points. Dale Quarterley's sixth place finish in Saturday night's Waterford 150 at the Waterford Speedbowl was the second consecutive sixth place run for the Land O Lakes ...
Dale Quarterley's second consecutive sixth place moves him to sixth in points.
Dale Quarterley's sixth place finish in Saturday night's Waterford 150 at the Waterford Speedbowl was the second consecutive sixth place run for the Land O Lakes Chevrolet driver in NASCAR Busch North Series competition, and moved him up three places in the series championship standings so he now stands sixth after eight of nineteen races.
Quarterley's short-track car was set up for long runs so it would race well, but qualifying suffered and he would have to start in the middle of the field, in sixteenth.
"For some reason it's a good long run car, it's just not so good of a short run car," he said after qualifying. "We're changing so much stuff just trying to find a general setup that I haven't had time to figure out how to make it qualify yet. At this point I don't think the car's bad, I think it's a good race car, it just didn't qualify that great.
"For once, I think we'll just leave it alone," he continued. "We ran the gamut in practice and didn't find any better combination than we had, and I actually liked the car. We're going to leave it alone and hope I can stay out of the accidents until I can get it to the front."
Quarterley made it into the top ten as the race crossed the fifty-lap mark. He picked his way through an accident on the backstretch on lap 68 to pick up some more positions, and restarted at the halfway point in eighth. Following the restart he was up to sixth, and ran as high as fourth following a lap 89 restart. He lost spots to Martin Truex, Jr. and Jerry Marquis in the race's late laps, but finished strong in sixth place, taking advantage of problems suffered by many drivers who had started the night ahead in points.
"I knew we'd have a good car for the race," he said. "Unfortunately, we're just killing ourselves starting as far back as we did. By the time I got to the front, I'd already worn the thing out and there was nothing left to try and pass the leaders. Somehow we just need to cure our qualifying effort a little bit and the rest will come. I had a car that was capable of winning under the right circumstances, but for the last twenty laps it was basically out of tires because I spent the whole night on the outside trying to pass everybody.
"We're on a par with last year in that we're getting a little better each week and we're getting more consistent and not smashing up the car," Quarterley continued. "There's a few dents in it but for here it's nothing, especially considering the number of cars I passed. There weren't any easy passes out there tonight. I went from fourth to seventh probably six times tonight, just from different incidents and accidents. I'd slow to avoid the accident and a couple guys would go by, then you get back by them and something else would happen and they'd get back by you again."
Quarterley will try to further improve his season standing next week at the Thompson International Speedway in Thompson, Connecticut for a 150-lap race next Saturday night.