FRONT TO BACK TO FRONT FOR QUARTERLY by Mike Twist
Santerre Officially Celebrates His 2003 Championship
Dale Quarterly started on the pole and went on to win the Burnham Boilers 200 NASCAR Busch North Series race at Lime Rock Park on Saturday. Although the box score might show otherwise, getting from the start to the finish was not easy though for the Massachusetts driver.
Quarterley pulled away to an early lead in the road course event and held the top position for the first ten laps. He battled with Brad Leighton for the next few laps before giving up the lead on lap seventeen for a scheduled pit stop. His plan was to go the rest of the way from there to the finish without visiting pit road again.
It may have been a good plan, but it did not take into account a turn one traffic jam on lap 31. Quarterley made contact with another car and half-spun while entering the turn. He recovered but pitted two laps later to check for damage. Another pit stop was made two laps later and the #32 car dropped out of the top twenty.
Meanwhile, Leighton, Eddie MacDonald, Jerry Marquis, Kelly Moore and Matt Kobyluck all took turns leading the event. Deeper in the pack, the attrition was high. Ryan Moore and Mark Durgin dropped out with broken rear ends. Greg Shaeffer and Jimmy Renfrew had their engines expire early. J.P. Morgan, Laine Chase, Sonny Whelen and Bobby Dragon all had their days end prematurely with crash damage.
While all of this was happening, Quarterley was working his way back up to the front. Kelly Moore and Kobyluck saw their chances at victory end with less than ten laps remaining when the two made contact. Moore ended up on the tire wall for two laps and Kobyluck ended up with a NASCAR penalty. Both drivers made it to the finish, but were out of contention for the win.
With three laps to go, Brad Leighton dropped a wheel off course after a restart. That miscue was just enough for
Dale Quarterly (center) celebrated at tough win with second-place Brad Leighton (left) and third-place Andy Santerre (right). (Ken Spring Photos)
Quarterly (#32) worked his way from the back to the front to take the win in the BGNN finale.
Quarterley to get by and race uncontested to the finish for his second victory of the season.
Leighton finished second and 2003 Busch North champion Andy Santerre ended the race in the third position.