Hanover, MA native Dale Quarterley is attempting a major career effort at the age of 62! That is extending his racing when he should be thinking of retiring. As an example, in late February, he was racing his Chevy race car in the Menards ARCA 200-mile event at Daytona International Speedway where he qualified 15th in a crowded field of 43 other challengers most of whom were racers that were half his age or more.
Let’s just say he picked a major challenge where the stockcars reach 240 mph on the back stretch and the same speeds in front of the huge grandstands on the D-shaped portion of the 2.5-mile Florida Super Speedway.
Dale was in the hunt for the entire afternoon working his way up to fourth in the closing laps of the grind. At that point he tried to avoid being collected by a bunch of cars that wrecked and were all trying to better their finishing position with just a few laps left before the checkered flag waved. To sum it all up he salvaged 10th place at the finish!
Quarterley didn’t get his start in the stockcars. He came up through the ranks in the AKA Go-Karts and AMA Super Bikes. Like most of those competitors he raced on dirt and paved tracks around the country before he switched over to car racing in NASCAR and ACT short tracks all over the northeast and parts of Canada.
“Racing a motorcycle over the years really helped me especially when you do it on the big oval tracks and you have to get skilled in drafting. Drafting is tricky in any type of racing machine. If you’re in the draft and lose it, you immediately drop at least 3 mph. In that type of racing, you’re on the edge all the time. When you’re drafting your kart, bike or race car you are constantly wiggling. I call it ‘Shayee’.”
Dale credits sponsor Van Dyke of Stamford, CT who have supported him for many years. That company is in the recycling business and produces machines that can separate various types of material using laser beams.
This 2023 racing season will see the Hanover driver compete in a total of seven events. On March 25 he raced at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin,TX in the NASCAR Truck Series and finished 28th, His next race will be the ARCA Series at Portland, OR on 6/2, Sonoma, CA on 6/9, Mid-Ohio on 7/8 and Watkins Glen, NY on 8/18 plus two one-mile dirt tracks in Springfield, IL on 8/20 and DuQuoin, Il , on 9/3 both in Illinois.
Saturday night racing at Seekonk Speedway starts the first weekend in May and lasts through mid-September. Saturday Nights are broken down into four divisions, Sport Trucks (Division 4), Sportsman (Division 3), Late Models (Division 2) and Pro Stocks (Division 1). There is general seating around the entire race track making every seat the best in the house. Equipped with concessions and restrooms, Seekonk Speedway is an extremely family friendly place. Racing starts at 6 pm.
Here’s some news on the upcoming Cruise Nights in the area. The Brockton based Wheels of Time of MA at the Brewster Ambulance Garage on Rt. 28 in Campello (Brockton) go on Thursdays 4/13 and 4/27 at 4 pm. The MA Cruisers will also kick off the 2023 season at Patriot Place in Foxborough, MA on Thursday, April 20 at 4 pm.