Sixth At Adirondack, Joey McCarthy Re-Enters Busch North Top Ten In Points (Beaver Falls, N.Y. - July 30, 2005) - Joey McCarthy was out of the top ten in NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series points for the first time in three years...
Sixth At Adirondack, Joey McCarthy Re-Enters Busch North Top Ten In Points
(Beaver Falls, N.Y. - July 30, 2005) - Joey McCarthy was out of the top ten in NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series points for the first time in three years after falling to eleventh following the series race at Waterford Speedbowl. But after just one week, he's back in the top ten, scoring an impressive sixth-place finish at the half-mile Adirondack International Speedway in his TechAir/STI Motorsports Chevrolet.
McCarthy again showed practice speed that was more on a par with that of the series' biggest teams rather than one searching for sponsorship, his 17.051-second lap being the second-best time during the first session. He picked up more time in qualifying, turning a 16.957-second lap, though that only got him sixth on the starting grid.
"We got fairly quick in practice but I think we didn't adjust enough for how loose it was going to get for qualifying," he said. "It should be good for the race, because I expect the track's going to tighten up, it always has after it cools off. I have a feeling that taking tires might be a good option tonight."
While McCarthy kept the option open to pit and change tires, he wound up running the entire race on the tires he started with. He had plenty of opportunities, though, as the race was slowed by eleven cautions during the 150-lap distance. During the race, McCarthy ran as high as fifth, battling for fourth with series champion Andy Santerre, but at the end of 150 laps, he was right back where he started with a solid sixth-place finish.
"A lot of times we were as quick as the leader was," he said after the race. "I kept getting stuck on the outside line on the restarts. I couldn't do much out there, so I wasn't very good on restarts. We had a fairly fast car, I just wish we had taken on tires at some point in the race. I've pitted for tires in these races before and been bitten by it, not being able to get through the field. All in all it was a good day after another tough week in the shop. We got here and we were pretty quick, so we're making progress. We're not making progress as quickly as we'd like due to our funding situation, but we're competing. It's a tough group of cars to run with up front, but to hang with them is an accomplishment in itself. I want to run to be able to run up front more often than we have, and I see we're making progress in getting to that point."
The next Busch North race is a mid-week affair at Stafford Motor Speedway, which will hold its second series race on Wednesday, August 10th.
"I like Stafford a lot," McCarthy said. "We didn't run so well there the last time we were there, and I want to make up for it. We had a really good car in practice, but we misadjusted it for the race. We were too aggressive with the setup. We'll go back there and we should be able to learn from that mistake. I love racing at Stafford, so I'm looking forward to it."