Joey McCarthy shakes off accidents to take fourteenth at Holland. Joey McCarthy and the Trim Spa-sponsored J.T. Mase Motorsports team continued making progress in only its second race, surviving two minor accidents during the running of the...
Joey McCarthy shakes off accidents to take fourteenth at Holland.
Joey McCarthy and the Trim Spa-sponsored J.T. Mase Motorsports team continued making progress in only its second race, surviving two minor accidents during the running of the NASCAR Busch North Series' 150-lap race at the Holland Speedway to finish fourteenth.
McCarthy's race began with his qualifying in the 22nd position. He recorded a lap of 14.799 seconds on his first trip around the 3/8-mile oval, but spun on his second lap.
"It bottomed out when I went into the third corner and shook the car up," he said afterwards. "I went in too hard. If it didn't bottom out it wouldn't have thrown me around.
"I didn't get as many practice laps as I would have liked, but the car didn't work too badly," McCarthy continued. "We've got all our problems sorted out, so hopefully we'll have a decent car for the race. we're going to make it a little more driveable for the race, go out and see what happens."
McCarthy's race was a mere 44 laps old when he was involved in the first of two skirmishes on the track, this one also involving Dennis Demers.
"I got into Dennis a little bit, and he got mad and decided to destroy two cars. I just rubbed his door a little bit and he got angry," he said.
McCarthy pitted to have the crew fix left front fender damage on the Trim Spa Chevrolet, and returned to action. A second incident, involving McCarthy, Vern Bliss, and Tim Zock, slowed McCarthy but he did not lose a lap before resuming. Another pit stop, this time to remove the dangling rear bumper cover, was made, and he was set to run to the race's finish, where he wound up an encouraging fourteenth, despite the accidents, one lap down to the leaders.
"I have nothing bad to say," McCarthy said after the race. "The car worked great, and I ran terrible here last year. I'm very happy with this good run. This is a new team and we're moving up five spots a week. We got a top twenty last week, now we're in the top fifteen, and we'll get our top ten next week hopefully. We're a top ten car every week, even with the old car. It's good for the team, they're happy as we keep creeping up.
"Our goal is to test every race to get ready for next year, and whatever happens, happens," McCarthy continued. "We finished one lap down despite beating the car up, so I can't complain. We're going to Waterford, where we ran great last year, then we're going to Thompson, where we also ran great last year, and then we're going back to Loudon where we've never run well, but we have no reason not to run well there now."
Waterford Speedbowl, near the Connecticut coast, hosts the next NASCAR Busch North Series race on Saturday night.