Joey McCarthy Salvages 22nd Place Finish from Stafford During a NASCAR Busch North Series driver's rookie season, there is some adversity expected. Joey McCarthy has had more than his share of tough races, struggling with car setups. This past...
Joey McCarthy Salvages 22nd Place Finish from Stafford
During a NASCAR Busch North Series driver's rookie season, there is some adversity expected. Joey McCarthy has had more than his share of tough races, struggling with car setups. This past Friday night, though, McCarthy had his toughest test so far this season, and his McCarthy/Pritchard Motorsports team proved it was up to the challenge as they repaired a crashed car to get him back on the track to record a 22nd place finish.
The day started with "Wilson", the speedway car, being put through its paces in practice. After 90 minutes of track time and adjustments, McCarthy went out for time trials and, still struggling, missed making the field through time by one position, or one half of one tenth of a second. McCarthy got in the show with a provisional starting spot, and looked forward to the ASB 150.
McCarthy's race was only 19 laps old when he was bumped from behind by another car and spun in turn four. Barney McRae was unable to avoid McCarthy and struck the car in the right front corner.
The car was brought to the pits on a wrecker and the crew set about making repairs. After only losing 19 laps in the pits McCarthy brought the Mannings USA Chevrolet back onto the track. After a few more pit stops to fine-tune things, McCarthy went the distance to record a 22nd place finish, eight positions higher than if they had retired after the accident, and perhaps more importantly, kept alive his streak of running at the end of every race this year.
"They salvaged our rookie season," he said about his crew.
"We finally got the other car working decent, but I wanted to bring this one here because we've got to get it to work," he said. "But we really need to test somewhere to get it straightened out. Then we can come back to a place like this where we weren't good here any time, we never have been."
McCarthy summed up the damage to the car.
"The front clip's bent, and it needs all new steering linkage," he said. "The body needs replacing. It's about three grand in damage .
"I can't say enough about the crew getting me back out," he continued. "I got out and saw the wheel spun, so that was good, I didn't break any brake parts. The only problem was that the steering linkage was so bent that when I turned left it hit the oil pan. So we kept turning the toe rods until the tires were pointing left, and we left it like that."
Next week brings the McCarthy/Pritchard Motorsports team to Seekonk Speedway. Back in May, this was the first race for "Timex" as a short-track car, and it's made amazing progress since.
For more information on the team, visit its website at http://www.mccarthy-pritchard-motorsports.com.