BNS: Adirondack: Joey McCarthy race summary

Joey McCarthy finishes fifteenth in Adirondack Speedway bebut, Randolph, New Jersey's Joey McCarthy and the J.T. Mase MotorSports team joined the NASCAR Busch North Series at the first visit to the Adirondack International Speedway. McCarthy ...

Joey McCarthy finishes fifteenth in Adirondack Speedway bebut,

Randolph, New Jersey's Joey McCarthy and the J.T. Mase MotorSports team joined the NASCAR Busch North Series at the first visit to the Adirondack International Speedway. McCarthy continued his streak of solid qualifying efforts, starting the race from the ninth position. The 150-lap race saw the Trim Spa Chevrolet run as high as sixth in the early going before a late-race spin relegated him to a fifteenth place finish.

Upon arrival at the track, McCarthy and crew chief Jason Weissman assessed it and got a baseline setup to start with. Following a two-hour practice session, the car was set up for qualifying and he turned a lap of 17.043 seconds (105.615 MPH), good enough for ninth.

"I'd say the track is part Beech Ridge, part Seekonk, and part Mahonig Valley Speedway," he said. "We're not even remotely close to going straight here. We've changed just about everything you can change without missing any practice, trying to make the car right. The crew did an incredible job today. Just to be able to get us out there and get another top ten is incredible. I think we've got a shot at another top ten, definitely. It should be easy to stay out of trouble, it's a big, wide track, and it looks good. I'm excited."

McCarthy was fast at the drop of the green and quickly moved up to sixth in the opening ten laps. He got shuffled back a few positions as the race went on, but hung in the top ten until the fifty-lap mark, when the car's looseness caused him to lose positions. He pitted with the leader under caution on lap 90, and the crew put on fresh right-side tires and adjusted the car to relieve the looseness. He returned to the track outside the top fifteen.

"Our pit stop was incredible," McCarthy said. "They were just flying around the car. They got us out before anybody, and some of the big teams pitted. We beat a lot of teams in the pit."

Back on the track, McCarthy started making his way back towards the front. He was making progress but he spun with another car with just 26 laps to go. He kept the car running and on the lead lap, but had to restart as the last lead-lap car with just sixteen laps remaining. He made it to fifteenth when the checkered flag waved.

"We chased a tight car all during practice," he said after the race. "We finally got it loosened up and then got it a little too loose. We had a good car at the beginning, but it kept getting looser. Overall, I'm happy. We're making big strides with qualifying by starting in the top ten just about every week now. The car's in one piece, and it's running really well. I'm looking forward to going to Beech Ridge next week.

"We're gaining consistency, and that's important," McCarthy continued. "We're moving up in points, we're catching some guys in points even though we missed a race. The car is reliable, and the guys are doing a tremendous job. All the way around, everyone's getting consistent, working together well, and everything's starting to pay off. I'm very happy."

Next up for the J.T. Mase MotorSports team is the second race of the year at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, where McCarthy has a best finish of twentieth, though this will be the first time he's been there with his current team.

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