WISCASSET, ME - Bill Penfold, driver of the Penfold Motorsports No. 0x Pro Stock, finished sixth in the 400-lap Big Dawg Challenge at Wiscasset (Maine) Raceway Monday afternoon. Penfold, driving for the benefit of Taylor Wentink, a young lady...
WISCASSET, ME - Bill Penfold, driver of the Penfold Motorsports No. 0x Pro Stock, finished sixth in the 400-lap Big Dawg Challenge at Wiscasset (Maine) Raceway Monday afternoon.
Penfold, driving for the benefit of Taylor Wentink, a young lady with a rare form of cancer, struggled all day in a difficult handling race car.
On Wednesday afternoon in a practice session at Wiscasset, the carburetor stuck wide open and Penfold rolled the car over, destroying it. What was left was loaded on a rollback car hauler and taken back to the Penfold Motorsports shop in Yarmouth, Maine. The car was completely rebuilt, completed Friday night, and brought back to the track. During warmups on Saturday the car was not responding well, leaving Penfold not in a qualified position by just one car after heat races.
Bob Harrison, Penfold Motorsports' crew chief, and Penfold changed springs and made adjustments to both shock absorbers and tire pressures and entered the last chance qualifier on Sunday morning. Penfold finished second in a 20-car field, but rain came and forced the feature event to be rescheduled to run on Monday.
In the meantime, the benefit for Taylor sold T-shirts and donations were accepted by Bill and the team.
On Monday, Penfold started 30th in a field of 39 of the best Pro Stocks on the east coast. After the first 200 laps he was about 20th in the field, but after changing tires and adding fuel he started up the field and one by one he gained positions. One lap down, he became involved in a skirmish about 250 laps in and went down a second lap. But with his "never give up" attitude, he raced on.
Penfold crossed the finish line third but was classified in sixth place since he was two laps down. This was in a car that he had never been in before this race, having less than twenty laps on it when it was destroyed in practice.
Bill Penfold and Penfold Motorsports want to thank all the wonderful people that came and helped him put the No. 0x back together again.
Penfold will make an appearance for the benefit of Taylor Wentink in New York later this month. Donations can still be sent to Taylor Wentink c/o Penfold Motorsports, 91 Burnell Drive, Yarmouth, Maine, 04096. For more information, contact the team at the shop, 207-846-9026, or visit http://www.penfoldmotorsports.com.