BNS: Joey McCarthy struggles at Holland

Joey McCarthy, the driver of the ...

Joey McCarthy, the driver of the #41 Mannings USA Chevrolet on the Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring, made the annual trip to Holland Speedway, just outside Buffalo, New York, on Saturday for the Burnham Boilers 150. McCarthy struggled, though, and brought the car home in the 23rd position.

After running consistent 15.0 second lap times in practice, the team fitted new tires to the car and went out for qualifying. Times turned in by McCarthy were 15.475 in the first round of time trials and 15.157 in the second round. Not fast enough to make the starting field on time, McCarthy earned a provisional starting position.

In the race, changes made to the car still weren't enough to get the Mannings USA car up to speed. McCarthy spent the race trying to figure out how to make the car better, and brought it to pit road under cautions for adjustments. At the end of a trying night, McCarthy was classified in 23rd position and was searching for answers.

"We can't figure anything out right now," he said afterwards. "Something happened when we switched tires for qualifying, and we never got the car back. We changed a lot of stuff but it didn't help. It was just that kind of night. I'm very disappointed. The worst part is I don't know where to go to fix it. We'll just try again next week."

After four races, McCarthy has qualified for all four and recorded a best finish of 13th at New Hampshire International Speedway. He currently sits 18th in points, and third in Rookie of the Year standings. McCarthy is anxious to start improving his finishes.

"I've been working with the shock guy," he said. "We're just going the wrong way with stuff right now. I'm chasing setups, but it's not just working. I've got to hook up with someone and find something out."

McCarthy/Pritchard Motorsports will take to the track next Sunday for a 150-lap event at Maine's Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.

-M/PM

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