Tire troubles leave Joey McCarthy twenty-third at Seekonk Speedway. Joey McCarthy had a competitive car at the one-third mile Seekonk Speedway, located in Seekonk, Massachusetts. But in a full-contact short-track race, McCarthy's Trim...
Tire troubles leave Joey McCarthy twenty-third at Seekonk Speedway.
Joey McCarthy had a competitive car at the one-third mile Seekonk Speedway, located in Seekonk, Massachusetts. But in a full-contact short-track race, McCarthy's Trim Spa/Mannings USA Chevrolet Monte Carlo suffered a flat right front tire which had to be changed under green-flag conditions. McCarthy, who had worked his way up to ninth place, after starting fifteenth, before the tire let him down, could only salvage a 23rd place finish in the race.
The McCarthy/Pritchard Motorsports team spent a day testing at Seekonk earlier in the month and felt confident that they would field a competitive car in the fourth race of the NASCAR Busch North Series season. Following ninety minutes of practice, the team was struggling a bit finding the handle and the struggles continued in qualifying, with McCarthy recording just the fifteenth fastest lap in time trials.
"I can't get the car to work right, we're struggling," he said afterwards. "But we're not going to give up, we're making a lot of changes and we're going to hope for the best. This is a fun track, if we can get the car to work the way we want it to I think we can have a good race."
The changes made to the No. 41 Chevrolet must have been the right ones because McCarthy was already up in the top ten just ten laps into the 150-lap event. Ten laps later, he was ninth. Battling with traffic in the mid-point of the race, McCarthy was holding his ground when the tire started going flat. He still continued to race until the tire got to the point where it had to be changed and, without the benefit of a caution flag to slow the field, McCarthy took the car to the pits to the attention of the crew.
McCarthy returned to the track on lap 96, losing six laps in the pits, and soldiered on to the finish in 23rd place.
"The tire was hitting the tie rod and that cut it," he said after the race. "The one we put on would have gone flat in a couple more laps as well. There's something hanging off the tie rod and getting into the tire. It's a shame, we had a top ten car. The tire started going down and I only lost one spot, so we were still fast even with a flat tire. I had moved up to ninth.
"We finally had a good car, which was nice after all the work we did," McCarthy continued. "I was passing people, good people. It's really frustrating to have these problems, though. We're jinxed somewhere. We're trying, you can't accuse us of not trying. Finishing 23rd doesn't help us in the points, though."
The Dover, New Jersey-based team gets a weekend off to regroup and prepare for the next series race, which will be held June 8th at Maine's Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. For more information on the team, visit its website atwww.mccarthy-pritchard-motorsports.com.