Joey McCarthy Takes TRIMSPA Chevy To Eighth Place Finish In Busch North Competition (Loudon, N.H. - Sept. 16, 2005) - Joey McCarthy had a new paint job and TRIMSPA sponsorship on the No. 8 STI Motorsports Chevrolet when it rolled onto New ...
Joey McCarthy Takes TRIMSPA Chevy To Eighth Place Finish In Busch North Competition
(Loudon, N.H. - Sept. 16, 2005) - Joey McCarthy had a new paint job and TRIMSPA sponsorship on the No. 8 STI Motorsports Chevrolet when it rolled onto New Hampshire International Speedway for Thursday's practice, the start of the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series portion of the track's fall Nextel Cup weekend. At the end of the Busch North race, McCarthy had taken the TRIMSPA Chevy to a very competitive eighth place finish on the eve of his Nextel Cup debut.
"I appreciate everything Alex Goen from TRIMSPA has done for me," McCarthy said. "It's great to have them back on our car and he gave me the opportunity to run the Cup car this weekend as well. I'm happy to be associated with them. We've got a good friendship and it's great that he's there to help pick up the pieces when we get knocked down a little."
Thirteenth in that practice session, preparations were underway for qualifying but they were not needed as qualifying was cancelled due to rain showers. McCarthy was slated to start the race in sixteenth, his position in the series points standings entering the event.
McCarthy did not stay outside the top ten long as he was in tenth place with fifteen laps of 125 in the books. He pitted along with most of the leaders under caution on lap 50, taking the restart in 16th. He got back to the top ten, but his car was hampered by low horsepower.
"We just had one problem with the cowl where it fell down a little bit and we weren't getting as much air as we could to the engine. During the second half of the race we were down on power because of that," he said.
Despite that problem, McCarthy was eighth with fifty laps to go, then moved up to seventh as laps were winding down. The racing was heating up, with McCarthy running as high as sixth and battling for more but cautions kept slowing the pace, and then rain came to put an early halt to the race with just a handful of laps to go. He finished eighth.
"The car was awesome," he said after the race. "It was one of the best cars I've ever had there. We did a lot of work to it before coming, and the guys did a great job. STI did a great job getting us here, and we were better than we ever were as far as the handling goes, I was really happy with the car, it was great. It was nice to have TRIMSPA as a sponsor again. Anytime I can run with their name on the car and run well, it makes it that much better."
McCarthy commented on the great racing seen up front during the Sylvania 125.
"This is probably the best track they could have had the double-file restarts at, since it developed such a good groove on the outside. With all the rubber up there it worked well and it made the track a lot of fun, it was probably the most fun I've had racing that track ever," he said.
Another fun track looms large on the Busch North schedule with the much-anticipated annual stop at Dover International Speedway's high-banked concrete mile. The race will be run late Friday afternoon, with practice and qualifying the day before.