Series Lima spotlight - Terry McCarl

McCarl Seeks First Win in Brad Doty Classic: Looks to Avenge Near Misses in Last Two Events at Limaland Motorsports Park Lima, OH-- July 8, 2008-- Terry McCarl feels like he has some unfinished business and a score to settle at Limaland ...

McCarl Seeks First Win in Brad Doty Classic: Looks to Avenge Near Misses in Last Two Events at Limaland Motorsports Park

Lima, OH-- July 8, 2008-- Terry McCarl feels like he has some unfinished business and a score to settle at Limaland Motorsports Park in Lima, Ohio in Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series action. He was running third last season in the Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic and was caught up in an accident while trying to get through lapped traffic, thus ending his night and a shot at the win. In 2006, he finished second to Joey Saldana, after starting on the pole of the 40-lap contest.

McCarl will have a chance to make up for these near misses on Wednesday, July 9, as the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series visits Limaland Motorsports Park for the 20th edition of the Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic. The event will pay the winner $10,000, with an additional $10,000 on the line as part of the University of Northwestern Ohio Clean Sweep Bonus, which would go to any driver that can set fast time in qualifying, win a heat race, win the Crane Cams Dash and win the A-Feature event.

"We were fighting for the win there two years ago and ended up second," shared McCarl. "Last year I was up to third and got in a crash in lapped traffic and felt we had the best car in that one. It's a fun little race track and I am looking forward to going over there."

McCarl, who considers himself a 'history buff,' would like to add his name to the list of past winners of the Brad Doty Classic, especially with this year being the 20th edition of the race which honors the Hall of Fame driver who is promoting the event for the third consecutive season. In addition to his promotional duties, Doty also serves as the expert analyst on each and every World of Outlaws broadcast on SPEED.

"He is an icon of the sport," said McCarl when asked about Doty. "He is such a good guy and has done so much for the sport. It's a fun race and it has been around a long time. It's one of those races that we call a "Shirt race," because if you win it, you get your name on that t-shirt, which will be around a long time. We really want to win it for Brad, because we'll give him a big kiss on the lips in Victory Lane if we win it."

The Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic will be the third consecutive event on a ¼-mile track for the World of Outlaws, as they wrap-up their "Bullring Swing" which has seen the series compete 11 consecutive times on tracks that have been 3/8-mile or smaller. McCarl aboard the Big Game Treestands Eagle has run strong on a number of short tracks this year and had several potential strong runs cut short by bad luck. After getting upside down at Tri-State Speedway on Sunday night, he looks to rebound at Limaland, where he has been fast in each of the three career starts at the ¼-mile.

"Like I said, I think we were the fastest car there last year and we were coming up through there in traffic and Steve Kinser got together or something (with a lapped car) and I took the brunt of it," explained the native of Altoona, Iowa. "Those are the most exciting tracks to watch the World of Outlaws on, the short bullrings. They are a blast no matter what. You are constantly in traffic and there is always something going on, and you never know what will happen."

After enduring a number of rainouts in the spring, McCarl and the rest of the World of Outlaws drivers have had plenty of chances to race over the last few weeks, and this trend will continue as the series will race 13 times in a 21-day period beginning on Wednesday at Limaland Motorsports Park, as the traditional "Month of Money" kicks into high gear.

"It's starting to get hot out, and this is when you need to buckle down," he noted. "This is when the big money events are coming up. As a driver, we like to race as much as we can because we can earn some more money. This is what we do for a living and we hate the rainouts. There is a lot of money to be made over the next month and a half and hopefully we can pick up some of it."

While it's always vital to have a good running engine at a World of Outlaws event especially in time trials, McCarl is quick to point out that at smaller tracks such as Limaland that a number of different factors come into play. With the leaders usually being in lapped traffic for a majority of a 40-lap event at the always racy ¼-mile, it will be crucial to have a car that runs well anywhere on the track.

"It is more about driver and set-up over there, and qualifying is always important," he explained. "There are a lot of quick tracks over in Ohio and it's important for the crew to have the car set-up well."

McCarl is currently ninth in the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws championship standings on the strength of 11 Top-10 finishes, with four of those being in the Top-Five as he continues to close in on his first win of the season. He has six career A-Feature wins with the series, heading into the "Month of Money."

"It is very crucial," commented McCarl of the next month of races. "There are a lot of races in July and August and it's not just about the money, but the number of races. You can make a lot of points up and you can lose a lot of points. We are right now battling for eighth, ninth, tenth and eleventh. We would like to make sure we are solidly in the Top-10 and put some good runs together and get back up there in the points."

McCarl and his team have been meshing very well with new crew chief Dave Lawrence, who joined the team toward the end of the first East Coast Swing of the season. McCarl has six Top-10 finishes since the Pennsylvania native joined the team and also has been fast in time trials on a number of occasions. He was second fastest at Tri-State Speedway on Sunday night. This has also parlayed into McCarl racing his way into the Crane Cams Dash in 13 of the last 15 events, which has earned him Top-10 starting spots in those A-Feature events.

"We really have the qualifying down and he has my motors running great," McCarl said in regards to how important Lawrence has been to the team. "I just have been missing it a bit on the set-ups come feature time on the car. It's more my fault than anyone's. Dave is doing his job and has my motors running and that is the most important thing, everything else will come around. I just have to get the car to where it will roll around the corners."

On Wednesday, July 9 at Limaland Motorsports Park, reserved tickets will be $32, with general admission tickets $27. Tickets for those ages (11-15) will be just $15, while children 10-under will be admitted free of charge. There will be an autograph session at 4:15 p.m. behind the main grandstands featuring: Craig Dollansky, Jac Haudenschild, Steve Kinser and Joey Saldana.

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Joey Saldana , Jac Haudenschild