ES: Loudon II: Jerry Marquis race notes

Jerry Marquis Races In Top Three For Most Of NHIS Race, Finishes Sixth Loudon, N.H. (Sept. 14, 2007) - Jerry Marquis had last driven a NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series car at New Hampshire International Speedway a year ago, but...

Jerry Marquis Races In Top Three For Most Of NHIS Race, Finishes Sixth

Loudon, N.H. (Sept. 14, 2007) - Jerry Marquis had last driven a NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series car at New Hampshire International Speedway a year ago, but he looked to be on top of his game in Friday's Aubuchon Hardware 125. After starting eleventh in the No. 35 Waste Management Recycle America Chevrolet for NDS Motorsports, Marquis ran in the third position for over sixty laps before losing ground on the final restart and having to settle for a sixth-place finish.

The second of two Busch East events at NHIS this year began on Thursday with practice and qualifying. Marquis, of Broad Brook, Conn., showed early speed with the third-best lap in practice, but slipped to eleventh in qualifying. He was not concerned before the race, though.

"We had a good car in practice, and in time trials we got eleventh out of it," he said. "I'm happy with it, though I'd like to be closer to the front, but more importantly, we have a good race car. We'll be okay."

Marquis did not waste any time moving forward when the race began, quickly coming to sixth place before fifteen laps were in the books. He stayed near the front by employing a no-tire strategy when he made his only pit stop under a lap 33 caution. Restarting sixth, he moved up to third place by lap 65 and tried to chase down the two leaders. As they raced each other, he closed in, but was foiled by a pair of cautions. He lost third place after a lap 107 restart, and, with worn tires, lost a couple more positions on the final restart on lap 119 to wind up sixth at the finish.

"We were decent, but the car can be a lot better," he said after the race. "We didn't take a lot of practice laps, so it was hard to tell what was going to transpire with the car on long runs. We got too tight in the first part of the race, and that wound up killing the right front tire. At the end of the race I had all that I could do just to keep the car from going up and smacking the wall. I was losing positions and holding on to whatever I could.

"It was a good day," Marquis continued. "The guys from Waste Management Recycle America and Eagle Leasing are real happy with it, and everyone's been real supportive. This is a great bunch of guys to work with, and it's getting better every time out."

"We've got a brand new car for Dover, so we've got a lot to look forward to there," Marquis said.

-credit: ndm

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