Joey McCarthy Experiences Tough Night At Lake Erie; Finishes Sixteenth (North East, Penn. - July 9, 2005) - Joey McCarthy and the STI Motorsports team unveiled a new look to their No. 8 TechAir Chevrolet Monte Carlo to race at the NASCAR Grand...
Joey McCarthy Experiences Tough Night At Lake Erie; Finishes Sixteenth
(North East, Penn. - July 9, 2005) - Joey McCarthy and the STI Motorsports team unveiled a new look to their No. 8 TechAir Chevrolet Monte Carlo to race at the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series' third race of the year, held at Lake Erie Speedway in the northwest corner of Pennsylvania. And while the qualifying effort was good, the new paint did not get as good a showing in the race, as McCarthy wound up sixteenth at the finish.
The day got off to a good start with McCarthy posting the second-fastest time in the first half of the afternoon practice. The speed continued to show itself in time trials, where McCarthy qualified sixth.
"We had a pretty good lap," he said. "It wasn't perfect, and you needed a perfect lap to qualify well today. We picked up a lot from practice, and so did everyone else as the track got quicker. Everybody's doing a good job and we have a great car for the race. We've been pretty good all day. We just missed that one little bit in qualifying, and the field's so tight that you needed every little bit of it, and we didn't get it. We have a good car for the race, that's the important thing."
The outside row was not the preferred lane to start in at Lake Erie Speedway, and McCarthy went back to tenth before being able to get down to the inside line. Then disaster struck just eight laps in when Mike Olsen spun and McCarthy had nowhere to go. With light body damage to the TechAir Chevrolet, McCarthy pitted and returned to the race at the rear of the field. The tough times were not over, as McCarthy was battling Dale Shaw for twelfth and the two tangled, leaving McCarthy spun in turn two and off the lead lap. The rest of the race was a struggle to get back on the lead lap, but he was not successful and wound up sixteenth at the finish.
"It was a bad night," he said after the race. I got roughed up in the beginning and got caught up in an accident. We had a fast car, but we needed some patience. You're going to have nights like this in this series, but you just dust yourself off and move on. We've got a lot of bodywork ahead of us, but we'll get it done and be ready for Loudon."
It's a short week for STI Motorsports as Busch North teams will be arriving at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, N.H. Wednesday evening. Practice and qualifying for the New England 125 will be held on Thursday, with the race run at 5:00 p.m., broadcast live on HDNet television. McCarthy has always run well at NHIS, finishing eleventh and ninth in the two races there last year, so going back to the Magic Mile is something he always looks forward to.