BNS: Joey McCarthy Waterford report

New Jersey's Joey McCarthy captured his second NASCAR Busch North Series Raybestos Rookie of the Race award after scoring his career best finish in the series, a twelfth place run at the Waterford Speedbowl, a one-third mile oval near New London,...

New Jersey's Joey McCarthy captured his second NASCAR Busch North Series Raybestos Rookie of the Race award after scoring his career best finish in the series, a twelfth place run at the Waterford Speedbowl, a one-third mile oval near New London, Connecticut.

After spending practice working on the car with a suspension consultant, McCarthy took the Mannings USA-sponsored short track Chevrolet Monte Carlo to the track and recorded the 16th best qualifying time. He was fairly happy with the run.

"We're getting better," he said after time trials. "We made a lot of changes during practice, little by little, and it just kept getting better and better. Hopefully it'll get even better for the race. We're going to change the shock pressures and the stagger. We're trying to free the car up a little bit and see what happens."

McCarthy raced from his starting position, dropping back a bit early but then catching back up and passing those who had passed him before, he got racing towards the top ten. Forced to come into the pits by officials who wanted to check out a small smoking problem with the car, McCarthy returned to the track two laps down to the leaders but proved he had a fast car as he held his ground. As other cars were experiencing tire problems, McCarthy stayed consistent and he wound up in twelfth place at the checkers.

"We finally had a race car," he said after the race. "Guys passed me but I could race with them and pass them back. We hired a consultant and he's helped us out, he's gotten the car to handle and now we're seeing results on the first day. I didn't think it would happen that quick.

"I don't even care where I finished, I'm just happy to be passing cars," McCarthy continued with a smile. "In the beginning of the race I was just getting used to the race track. The car was a little loose and they were starting to walk away from me. Then all of a sudden they started coming back to me and I was passing them. We passed a lot of race cars: inside, outside, through the middle."

McCarthy/Pritchard Motorsports, encouraged by a career best short-track run, is now looking forward to making the second of three trips to Beech Ridge Motor Speedway outside Portland, Maine, for the running of Saturday night's Irving Oil 150.

-www.mccarthy-pritchard-motorsports.com.

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