BNS: Stafford: Joey McCarthy race notes

Joey McCarthy a Victim of Engine Failure at Stafford Motor Speedway (Stafford Springs, Conn. - June 18, 2004) - Joey McCarthy's encouraging day at Stafford turned into a nightmare night in a hurry. After posting competitive practice times and ...

Joey McCarthy a Victim of Engine Failure at Stafford Motor Speedway

(Stafford Springs, Conn. - June 18, 2004) - Joey McCarthy's encouraging day at Stafford turned into a nightmare night in a hurry. After posting competitive practice times and qualifying fifth for Friday night's Aubuchon Hardware 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway, McCarthy's Tech Air/RV Tech Chevrolet's engine broke in the opening laps of the race, leaving the Randolph, New Jersey driver finishing twenty-fifth and falling out of the top ten in NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series points.

"I consider Stafford to be one of my strongest tracks, and I really wanted to have a good outing here," McCarthy said. "It's a shame not to take advantage of good race cars."

While only thirteenth fastest in practice, McCarthy felt that his car, which was carrying new sponsorship from Tech Air, would perform better in qualifying. He was correct, as he made his time trial run's fast lap of 19.982 seconds (90.081 MPH), which was good enough for the fifth starting position.

"We have a really good car, and I think we had a really good shot at the pole," he said after qualifying. "Power might have been an issue, though I did cut a good lap and I'm real happy with it. We're all happy qualifying fifth, it makes us look good for our new sponsor Tech Air by running up front in qualifying and continuing to run well in the race, that's what we've been trying to do for all our sponsors including RV Tech, Amsoil, Organized Chaos Graphics, and Vespia's Tire and Auto Center. We'll try to loosen the car up a little for the race. We think the track will tighten up at night and hopefully the track will come to us."

After lining up for the initial start of the race, McCarthy instantly suspected that something was amiss under the hood. He pulled out of line during the pace laps and the STI Motorsports crew went under the hood to diagnose the problem, and sent the car back on the track. But just six laps into the event, smoke was coming from the car and McCarthy brought it directly behind the wall, retiring it from the event in twenty-fifty.

"We had a great car today, and the guys and I worked hard all week to get here," he said after the race. "We had a new sponsor come on board this week and we were looking forward to putting on a good show for them. Unfortunately, that wasn't going to happen. We blew up before the race, and that's a new one for me. We'll have to go back to the shop and take it apart to see what broke and what we can do to prevent that from happening in the future. It's a shame to keep coming to the track with awesome cars and having the motors become the weak link.

"We'll go back and see what we can do to make that better and hopefully be able to represent our sponsors a little better in the future, especially the new one, we'll have to work hard to make sure we can keep them," McCarthy continued. "We have to run well for them, and not getting any laps in isn't the way to do that. But we'll get something together for next week and come to the track with another good car and try it again."

McCarthy will try to recover from Stafford next Saturday night when the Busch North Series goes to Holland (N.Y.) International Speedway, the scene of McCarthy's first series win one year ago. For more information on the New Jersey driver, visit his website at www.joeymccarthy.com.

-ajc-

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