BNS: Stafford II: Joey McCarthy preview

Stafford Race Cut Short For Joey McCarthy (Stafford Springs, Conn. - Aug. 10, 2005) - Joey McCarthy was having a tough day at Stafford Motor Speedway, qualifying not as well as he has at the past at a track he's historically been good at. Things...

Stafford Race Cut Short For Joey McCarthy

(Stafford Springs, Conn. - Aug. 10, 2005) - Joey McCarthy was having a tough day at Stafford Motor Speedway, qualifying not as well as he has at the past at a track he's historically been good at. Things only got worst, though, when he was pushed into an accident just after halfway through the TSI Harley-Davidson 150 and forced to retire his TechAir Chevrolet in 26th place.

McCarthy, who has a Stafford Speedway Busch Pole Award to his credit, could only muster the thirteenth-best qualifying time after struggling through practice trying to find the right balance to his No. 8 Chevrolet.

"We're just not getting it today for some reason," he said. "We just can't get the car to work right, and the motor's pretty tired. We're just working on getting through this night and then we can go get the motor freshened up. I'm trying to get it to handle better for the race, but there's not much we can change now that qualifying's done. We'll work on it and probably pit for tires late in the race and see if we can pick up some spots that way. I want to try to get to the top-five, but we've got a lot of work to do to get there."

McCarthy went forward at the start of the race, running as high as ninth, but as laps went by he fell to seventeenth. He pitted with some leaders under caution just before halfway and the STI Motorsports crew put on fresh right-side tires, sending him back out in sixteenth, still on the lead lap. But just a handful of laps after the restart, disaster struck. The tenth place car was spun out, and those behind scrambled. McCarthy had slowed for the accident, but was hit from behind and pushed into it. The TechAir Chevrolet suffered rear suspension and body damage, and had to be towed from the scene.

"We bent up the car pretty good," he said after the race. "We had some impatient people running around me, since I had the accident missed but I got pushed into it from behind. It was a rough night. The car still wasn't right, though. But we're not quitters, we'll patch it up for next week, a new track, and we'll go there knowing we've got some ground to make up."

The drivers on the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series have a new challenge on August 20th, when they tackle a new track in the Motor Mile Speedway, located in Radford, Virginia.

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