Joey McCarthy's Back In The Top Five At Adirondack Speedway (Beaver Falls, N.Y.) - Joey McCarthy finished fourth Saturday night in the Kinney Drug 150, the tenth NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series race of the 2004 season. This ...
Joey McCarthy's Back In The Top Five At Adirondack Speedway
(Beaver Falls, N.Y.) - Joey McCarthy finished fourth Saturday night in the Kinney Drug 150, the tenth NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series race of the 2004 season. This marks McCarthy's third top-five of the season, and the sixth time he's finished in the top ten this year. With this finish, the New Jersey driver remains eighth in the series points standings.
The day at Adirondack International Speedway was filled mostly with rain, and for some time it looked like the race may have had to be rescheduled. But through the track's and series' efforts at keeping the track dry, a pair of practice sessions could be held even though qualifying had to be called off. The field was lined up by current point standings, which put him in the eighth starting position.
By the time the race reached one-third distance, McCarthy had fallen out of the top ten ten as his car wasn't handling quite to his liking. Caution on lap 56 was what he needed as he came to pit road for a change of right-side tires and a chassis adjustment.
Returning to the race outside of the top fifteen, McCarthy had his work cut out for him. He was up to the challenge, rising to tenth by the halfway point, and then the hard work begun. The two lead drivers were taken out of contention by a lapped car, and he moved up to eighth on lap 93. Then the biggest scare of the race came on lap 123 when a car spun in turn four and McCarthy had to ride high in turn four to avoid it. He did so, and managed to escape that incident in sixth place.
With just a few laps left to run, McCarthy was still racing heads-up and avoided another incident that eliminated another leading car. He took the final restart in fourth, but he wasn't done racing as he had to fend off a challenge from Brian Hoar for that spot on the last lap, with the two crossing the finish line door-to-door and sideways.
"We survived," he said at the end of the night. "I kept my eyes open and tried to stay out of trouble. The guys did a great job all day, we had a decent car. We had a top-five car, we just couldn't get there for the longest time. After we took tires we were a little bit tight, but for the most part we had a decent car. It was a night where you took what you could get. I was patient and it paid off, because everybody else wasn't. I'm just happy to get another top-five for Amsoil, the Buchanans, Tech Air, Vespia's, and Organized Chaos Graphics. We're going to Watkins Glen and I'm excited to go there, I love running on the road courses.
"Once again we didn't have all the guys here, but Glenn did a great job filling in for our spotter, and Buster Bean did an awesome job with the tires all day," McCarthy continued. "And I had an awful lot of fun at the end there with Brian, too. I like racing with him. He's one of the good guys."
The STI Motorsports crew has a full plate of work to accomplish as they have to change the car from its short-track oval configuration to be able to run on the road course at Watkins Glen International, where the Busch North Series races next in two weeks. McCarthy has top-five finishes there in the last two years, so he's got reason to look forward to going there for the August 14th race, which will be broadcast live on HDnet Television.