Joey McCarthy's Dover Struggles End With Lap 26 Crash (Dover, Del. - Sept. 24, 2004) - Armed with a new TRIMSPA Chevrolet, Joey McCarthy was looking forward to his first visit to Dover International Speedway in two years in NASCAR Grand National...
Joey McCarthy's Dover Struggles End With Lap 26 Crash
(Dover, Del. - Sept. 24, 2004) - Armed with a new TRIMSPA Chevrolet, Joey McCarthy was looking forward to his first visit to Dover International Speedway in two years in NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series competition. Coming off a top ten finish the previous Monday in New Hampshire, McCarthy could not duplicate his success in Friday's MBNA America 150 as a mechanical problem led to his being involved in a two-car crashed that eliminated him from the race after 26 laps.
McCarthy improved from twentieth fastest in the first practice session to twelfth fastest in the second, so things were moving in the right direction for the Randolph, N.J. driver. The improvements didn't continue into qualifying, though, and he was rewarded with the 21st starting position for Friday's race.
"We have a handling problem that we can't figure out," he said. "We had a couple of things that we found wrong that have to be fixed before the race to get the TRIMSPA Chevy back towards the front. I've got my work cut out for me tomorrow with a long way to go from where we're starting. But first we have to change a bunch of stuff to find something that's wrong in the rear suspension. We think we know what the problem is, but we won't know for sure if we got it until we get into the race tomorrow. We'll go at it and see what happens. I hope to get back up front where we belong."
At the start of the race, McCarthy had moved up to nineteenth in the first twenty laps, but he didn't get much farther than that before a major mechanical problem arose.
"I went down the backstretch and something quit, and I'm not sure what it was," he explained. "Either the motor went, or the ignition box or something in the drivetrain broke, and the motor just stopped pulling, and I went down on the apron in turn three. I was trying to figure out what was going on so I tried to come off of four and the motor just wasn't pulling. Ryan Seaman got into the back of me and I almost had it saved but the 41 [Don Wagner] came along and ran into me."
McCarthy's day ended with his car against the inside wall, with heavy front end damage.
"I've got to thank TRIMSPA for the opportunity to be here and for giving us a little affiliation with Braun Racing," he said after the race. "Some of the guys from that team came here and gave us some help to get the car better for the race. I feel bad for our sponsors and the guys who worked so hard to get us to where we were halfway decent out there. I've got to thank Alex Goen and Rob Taylor from TRIMSPA, as well as T.J. from Braun Racing. Todd Braun allowed his guys to come over and help me and unfortunately it didn't turn out the way we wanted it to. We made a lot of progress in getting the car working well. We might have been a top-five car at the end of the day, especially seeing how the rest of the race played out, but that's racing. We'll move on."
McCarthy will finish out the Busch North season with the running of the TRIMSPA 150 at Wall Township Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 2nd. For more information, visit www.joeymccarthy.com.