New Jersey's Joey McCarthy, a Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate this season on the Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring circuit, recorded his career best finish Saturday at New Hampshire International Speedway when he finished 13th in the ...
New Jersey's Joey McCarthy, a Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate this season on the Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring circuit, recorded his career best finish Saturday at New Hampshire International Speedway when he finished 13th in the CVS/Pharmacy 125 Presented by Bayer. In addition to winning an additional $1,000 for being the highest finishing rookie in the race, McCarthy took the lead in the season-long ROTY contest.
The McCarthy/Pritchard Motorsports team, after two days of testing at NHIS two weeks ago, returned to the track with confidence. Practice went smoothly, and, in time trials, McCarthy put the Mannings USA Chevrolet solidly in the field with the 29th fastest lap.
After the second yellow flag of the event on lap 33, McCarthy brought the car to the attention of Jim Matalenas and the crew for refueling and adjustments. Returning to the track in the 25th position, McCarthy set out on moving through the field. Without the aid of any further caution flags to close up the field, McCarthy progressed steadily to a 13th place finish. It did not come without some hard work on the driver's part, though.
"The first 40 laps were great for us, the car actually handled really well, then it just got progressively worse," McCarthy said after the race. "It just started getting real loose, and we hung on for the rest of the race. In the middle of the corners, I was just sliding around. It's a shame because we were moving through the field. We were actually running with some pretty decent cars. All of sudden, it just fell right off.
"This car was supposed to get tighter," he continued. "We planned on that and it got looser. I guess we'll have to work on that one."
The toughest part of the race was during the final 86 laps, when it went caution-free.
"It's a shame we didn't get a yellow, we could have adjusted on something," McCarthy said. "I give everyone out there credit though, it was a big step for the Busch North that they could run that long under green."
The next race for McCarthy/Pritchard Motorsports is Saturday, May 26th at Seekonk Speedway in southeast Massachusetts. The team has rebuilt a new short-track car and tested at the track last weekend, and is expecting an improvement over previous short-track events.