Joey McCarthy Gets Second Consecutive Seventh Place Finish Saturday At Lake Erie (North East, Penn. - July 10, 2004) - Joey McCarthy has consecutive seventh-place finishes in the last two NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series races.
Joey McCarthy Gets Second Consecutive Seventh Place Finish Saturday At Lake Erie
(North East, Penn. - July 10, 2004) - Joey McCarthy has consecutive seventh-place finishes in the last two NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series races. The streak began last week at Holland (N.Y.) International Speedway, though that race came at a price as his RV Tech/Tech Air Chevrolet sustained significant body damage on the way to that finish. It continued Saturday night at the .375-mile Lake Erie Speedway in Pennsylvania in a much cleaner event.
The race weekend did not get off to a good start as the STI Motorsports hauler broke down on the way to the track, but the team got to the track with some help and got started on their day. McCarthy was strong in practice, with his being sixth in the first session and ninth fastest in the second session. In qualifying, he continued to be fast with his recording the seventh fastest time.
"The guys have been working hard getting the car the best that we can," he said. "We're not too far off right now, we just didn't adjust far enough for qualifying. All in all, I'm happy. We're just trying to get a good car for the race and hoping that we can represent our sponsors well this week. Hopefully we'll have a better outing than last week."
McCarthy had a strong run at Lake Erie, never running outside of the top ten throughout the event. He did fall to ninth in the early going, holding off a challenge from Matt Kobyluck for ninth approaching halfway. He passed Mike Stefanik for eighth following a lap 72 restart and started working on Kelly Moore for seventh.
Following a scramble after the hundred-lap mark, McCarthy was tenth but trying to get back to where he was before. Inside ten laps to go, though, McCarthy got all the right breaks. Two cars ahead of him spun in separate incidents on lap 145, and penalties to other drivers involved in those spins moved him up to eighth for the final green-white-checker dash to the finish. He picked up one more position in those final two laps to finish seventh.
"We've had a rough couple of weeks, and we came here with about a tenth place car," he said. "The guys did a great job getting the car together and working on it today. Everything worked great with the car, and the motor was strong. We've got four top tens in seven races despite a lot of adversity so I'm happy with that. And I'm happy to be out there for our sponsors RV Tech, Tech Air, Organized Chaos Graphics, Vespia's Tire and Car Care Center. We needed this. With the truck breaking down on the way here and everything else we've gone through for the last couple weeks, a top ten is just what we needed. We have a lot of people who are supporting us like the Buchanans who have helped me out tremendously both at the track and off the track personally.
"We were short a couple of guys this week, and Glenn did a great job filling in for my spotter tonight," McCarthy continued. "All the other guys stepped up to fill in for one of our main mechanics, and we're happy. We came out of here with a whole car that we can take to Waterford next week and try to win there. We didn't have a car that could win tonight, but when you don't have a car that can win, you try to bring it home clean with whatever you can get out of it. I tried every groove you could try on the track tonight, running high, low, trying the cushion like a World of Outlaws car, and we just couldn't quite find where the car wanted to work best."
Race fans can see McCarthy's Lake Erie race on television when it's broadcast on SpeedTV on Saturday, July 17th. He will return to the track on that date as well, racing at the Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl with that race to be broadcast on August 28th.