BNS: McCarthy Beech Ridge report

Joey McCarthy brought his Mannings USA-sponsored McCarthy/Pritchard Motorsports team to Scarborough, Maine's Beech Ridge Motor Speedway for the third and final trip the the third-mile track. Hoping to improve on finishes of 18th and 20th from the...

Joey McCarthy brought his Mannings USA-sponsored McCarthy/Pritchard Motorsports team to Scarborough, Maine's Beech Ridge Motor Speedway for the third and final trip the the third-mile track. Hoping to improve on finishes of 18th and 20th from the earlier visits, McCarthy was denied when the rear end on the car broke, leaving him with no way to get his power to the ground. McCarthy was forced to retire from the event, leaving him 27th in the final rundown. This is the team's first DNF of the season, coming in their seventeenth race.

McCarthy and team were buoyed by the fact that they would not have to worry about the transition from day to night as he had in previous races, as this race would be run in the late afternoon. With this information, they went about setting up their Chevrolet for both qualifying and the race. In time trials, McCarthy turned a lap of 16.306 seconds (), good enough for the 14th starting position.

"I threw just about everything I could throw at the car and that's the best it's been all day," he said after qualifying. "How it will go after two laps, we don't know. We were bad earlier in the day so we're happy with what we've got right now. I just hope that it stays like that. The tires they gave us today are awful. They gave us a harder compound on the right side and there's no grip."

McCarthy's race got off to a slow start after an early caution. He fell to 20th in the first 25 laps and while he recovered, he did fall a lap down to the leaders while trying to get a handle on a loose race car. A pitting opportunity on lap 87 allowed the crew to change a right rear tire, making a stagger adjustment, and continue in the race. On lap 108 the car slowed on the track and coasted to the pits. While at first speculation centered around a broken driveshaft, but upon further inspection the problem was traced to the rear differential.

"The rear end blew up," McCarthy said after the race. "We were really loose and I decided to change a tire and try to get rid of some of the stagger but that was a real bad idea. It got real tight. I guess it wouldn't matter if the car was perfect, but it's better than breaking when it's like that."

McCarthy looks forward to going back to New Hampshire International Speedway next Saturday. The New Hampshire 125 will be televised live at 2PM on NBC-TV. In previous races at NHIS, McCarthy has scored finishes of 13th and 26th.

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