BNS: Beech Ridge: Joey McCarthy race notes

Joey McCarthy suffers engine troubles, short night at Beech Ridge. TrustCompany Bank Chevrolet driver Joey McCarthy, racing for J.T. Mase MotorSports in the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series, overcame losing a qualifying lap to...

Joey McCarthy suffers engine troubles, short night at Beech Ridge.

TrustCompany Bank Chevrolet driver Joey McCarthy, racing for J.T. Mase MotorSports in the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series, overcame losing a qualifying lap to run in the top five of Saturday night's Beech Ridge 150 at the Scarborough, Maine Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. Damage suffered during a chain-reaction accident eventually caused his car's engine to fail, though, forcing him to retire from the event in 20th place.

Practice saw the No. 22 team post competitive lap times, and they were optimistic of a good qualifying performance to start their night on a high note. But a slow-moving technical inspection line kept the car from being presented on line for qualifying by the 4:45PM deadline, and they were penalized one of two timed qualifying laps. In McCarthy's only lap, though, he posted the 16th fastest time.

The car was capable of more than that, and McCarthy set out to demonstrate it during the race. In less than twenty laps of racing, he was already in the top ten, but traffic tangled in front of him on lap 30 and he got jammed along with many others in a chain-reaction accident, doing damage to both the nose and tail of the TrustCompany Bank Chevrolet. Despite the damage, he stayed on the track and moved all the way up to fourth place by the race's halfway point.

Caution on lap 88 allowed McCarthy to make a pit stop and the J.T. Mase MotorSports team replaced the car's right-side tires as well as checking the damage to the car's nose. He returned to the track in 20th. As the race entered its last third, smoke was seen coming from the car's exhaust going into the turns, and it wasn't long afterwards that McCarthy had to bring the car in and retire it. He completed 110 of 150 laps, finishing 20th.

"We were running good," he said. "Outside of the wrecked race car, we were really fast. We had that unfortunate incident in qualifying, and if we didn't have that, we probably wouldn't have been in the mess that got the car damaged. It's been a rough week. But we're going to keep our heads up, we're fast, and we'll get them next week. The team works great together and we've really got something good going here. We had a bad day, but we'll get them next week."

McCarthy returns to the track on Friday night for the running of the Carquest 150, the second of three Busch North events scheduled at the half-mile Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, Connecticut.

-ajc-

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