Engine Problems Plague STI Motorsports; McCarthy Fourteenth At Dover (Dover, Del. - Sept. 23, 2005) - STI Motorsports has struggled throughout the 2005 NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series season with engine problems, though those...
Engine Problems Plague STI Motorsports; McCarthy Fourteenth At Dover
(Dover, Del. - Sept. 23, 2005) - STI Motorsports has struggled throughout the 2005 NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series season with engine problems, though those seemed to be in the past after a solid eighth place finish by Joey McCarthy last week at New Hampshire Speedway. But that engine blew during practice at Dover International Speedway, leaving the team to scramble to find something to race with. They were successful, but the engine was not up to speed and the best McCarthy could muster was fourteenth at the finish.
During the second of two practices held Thursday at Dover, engine failure struck what had been a newly-rebuilt engine used in just one race. Eventually, a replacement engine was found, a spare engine from Grizco Racing's Andy Santerre team, and that was installed quickly and ready for time trials. With that engine, McCarthy qualified 23rd.
""We still have to get the engine tuned, either the carburetor's off or something, but it's not up to speed yet. The chassis is good, but it's not perfect. We've got more work ahead of us," he said.
The tuning on the car continued during the race, with McCarthy making pit stops for adjustments under the first two cautions of the race. A speeding penalty after the second stop put him at the tail of the lead lap cars, but he held his ground and maintained his lead lap status until a caution on lap 81 got the team thinking pit strategy.
While most lead lap cars came to the pits twice to change all four tires, McCarthy only stopped once for right-side tires and moved up to fourth on the restart. But while the improved track position allowed him to avoid heavy race traffic near the end of the field, the lack of horsepower kept him from being able to stay near the front, and he wound up fourteenth.
"The guys did a great job this weekend," he said after the race. "We had motor problems from the time we got here, so we couldn't get fast, we never were fast from the time we got on the track. The car was good, but I was getting passed by two cars at a time on each straightaway. I've got to thank Andy for letting us borrow his motor to even run here.
"We definitely have some homework to do. We just had a motor rebuilt and it blew up this week, and we've been having motor problems all year. But we've got some good tracks for me coming up, so we can use those to get our spirits up and finish this out on a strong note," McCarthy continued.
One of McCarthy's good tracks is on the schedule for next week, as he'll be racing at Lime Rock Park for the next-to-last race of the Busch North season.