Joey McCarthy Finishes Fourteenth at Thunder Road New Jersey's Joey McCarthy made his first trip to Thunder Road for the True Value 150, the sixteenth NASCAR Busch North Series race of the season. McCarthy and the Mannings USA-sponsored ...
Joey McCarthy Finishes Fourteenth at Thunder Road
New Jersey's Joey McCarthy made his first trip to Thunder Road for the True Value 150, the sixteenth NASCAR Busch North Series race of the season. McCarthy and the Mannings USA-sponsored McCarthy/Pritchard Motorsports team took on the tricky quarter-mile track and despite a mid-race spin, came back to finish fourteenth, keeping their perfect record of finishing every Busch North race this year intact.
Tire troubles haunted the team during afternoon practice, and two flat tires were the result. One cut tire was meant for qualifying, and this meant a new, unscuffed tire had to be used for time trials. With this, McCarthy turned in the seventeenth-fastest time.
"Our qualifying tire came apart after two laps of scuffing," he said after qualifying. "So we had to get a new tire, it was a brand new tire on the right front. It slid, otherwise it would have been better. But after what we were turning all day, it's not bad for us. I don't know what to expect in the race. I'm just going to go out there and drive. It's a weird little track, we're going to go out and try to have fun."
McCarthy's race started out conservatively but the car was loose to start and he went a lap down to the leaders. Holding his line and directing traffic around him, he was still bumped from behind by a lead lap car and spun right at the race's halfway point. McCarthy resumed in the race and started driving harder, and by the end of the race he was fourteenth, two laps down.
"I got hit by Jamie Aube," he said after the race. "I waved him to the outside, I guess he didn't want to go to the outside. The seven [Paul Richardson] hit me early in the race and I saved it, then Aube hit me. I was just running along the bottom trying to get laps, then I got quick in the middle of the race, and then it went away again. When the fuel burned off it probably screwed us up. We were loose in the beginning, then the car came in, then the fuel burned off."
The rookie team was already putting Thunder Road behind it and looking forward to the last five races of the year.
"I'm optimistic about Beech Ridge next week," McCarthy said. "We had a good car there the last time we were there except we lost it. We had a good car at Seekonk and we're going to try to go to Beech Ridge with the same thing we had at Seekonk. We ought to have a good run. I just want to run some laps. It was good to run some laps tonight. Whatever happens happens, I'll try to get some experience, try to improve on what we're doing. I think we start worrying about too much stuff and we blow it. We just have to try to get the car to work and run harder. I want to get better for next year.
"I'm looking forward to going to Lime Rock," McCarthy continued. "I think that's the place where we're really going to run a good race. I know we'll have a good car for it. And I'm looking forward to Beech Ridge, I like the track, and we had a good car once there and I think we can get it back."
For more information on the team, visit its website at http://www.mccarthy-pritchard-motorsports.com.