Joey McCarthy Gets First Top-Five Of 2005 At Holland, Wins Power Move Of The Race Award (Holland, N.Y. - June 25, 2005) - Joey McCarthy earned the "Powerade Power Move Of The Race" award for the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series...
Joey McCarthy Gets First Top-Five Of 2005 At Holland, Wins Power Move Of The Race Award
(Holland, N.Y. - June 25, 2005) - Joey McCarthy earned the "Powerade Power Move Of The Race" award for the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series race held at Holland (N.Y.) International Speedway Saturday night, coming from the 14th starting position to finish fifth at the 3/8ths mile high-banked western New York short track. McCarthy, driving the No. 8 STI Motorsports/TechAir Chevrolet, improved the most positions from the start of the race to the finish to earn that award.
During the afternoon practice sessions, McCarthy was mid-pack. Fifteenth in the first practice session and third in the second, he picked up a tenth of a second in time trials but that still was only good enough for fourteenth on the starting grid of 27 cars.
It only took McCarthy fifteen laps to break into the top ten, though. He picked up ninth on lap 45 after a battle with Ryan Moore, and then took eighth from Sean Caisse shortly after the race's one-third distance mark. After halfway was when he got even closer to the top five. He passed Bryon Chew for seventh, then, after riding inside Mike Johnson for two laps, he came away with sixth with a little more than fifty laps to run. A lap 104 pass of Eddie MacDonald put him fifth.
Riding in fourth was Dave Dion, and McCarthy went to work on the veteran for the balance of the race. With 25 laps to go McCarthy got inside of Dion, but could not complete the pass. For the balance of the race he continued to hound Dion, but even after a late-race restart he couldn't improve past fifth.
"We showed up and at first we really weren't that good," he said after the race. "We made some mistakes in the pits, but everybody rallied together and the entire STI team did a great job. We work hard and we work well together, and we get everything we can get out of what we have. We definitely have what it takes to run with the top cars in the series if we could come up with some more sponsorship, since it's going to be a challenge to run with them when we get to the bigger tracks.
"We got fifth out of this race and we're happy," the Randolph, New Jersey driver added. "I might have been able to get to the leaders if I could have gotten by Dave, but I couldn't do that. I just had to be patient working traffic. We'll come back in two weeks and see if we can't run a little better at Lake Erie."
TV viewers can watch McCarthy race at Holland when the race is broadcast on SpeedTV on July 15th at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time. Lake Erie Speedway, located in North East, Pennsylvania, will host the third Busch North race of the season. That race will be broadcast live on HDNet as well as taped for later broadcast on SpeedTV.