BNS: Stafford II: Joey McCarthy race summary

Joey McCarthy seventeenth at Stafford Motor Speedway. Randolph, New Jersey's Joey McCarthy continues to see improvement from his J.T. Mase MotorSports team, returning to Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday night for the NASCAR 150. This was the ...

Joey McCarthy seventeenth at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Randolph, New Jersey's Joey McCarthy continues to see improvement from his J.T. Mase MotorSports team, returning to Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday night for the NASCAR 150. This was the first time the team visited a track for a second time this year, and it showed increased performance from the first race there a month ago.

In June, McCarthy qualified the Trim Spa Chevrolet 24th and finished 20th. Friday night, his qualifying improved to ninth, and his race performance improved to seventeenth, despite an early-race spin.

McCarthy's ninth place qualifying run - 20.026 seconds, 89.883 MPH around the half-mile oval - tied his career best effort. He also qualified ninth at Waterford Speedbowl earlier this year.

"The car was awesome in practice," he said afterwards. "It was good in qualifying but it was too loose, I couldn't get into the throttle as quickly as I wanted to. But I'll take a top ten any day. I'm very happy.

"We just have to keep it in one piece out there and be there at the end," he continued. "We're getting there, it's still a transition period, and we're still just out here practicing. I'm just going to keep it clean and wherever I'm at in the end is where I'm at. I just want to run my own race and keep the fenders on it."

The race was only thirty-three laps old when McCarthy encountered trouble when contact from another competitor left him spun in the first turn. Before he could get going, he was lapped by the leaders. He came to pit road for right-side tires, restarting in 24th. Despite being a lap down, McCarthy could run with the leaders, and as a long green-flag run ensued, he took his good-handling car and made up many positions on cars that also had gone a lap down. He stayed on the track through a number of late cautions and was rewarded for his perseverance with a seventeenth-place finish.

"We had a lot better car than what we finished," he said afterwards. "We just lost a lap when we got hit. We had a tight car at the beginning, and then the track came to us and we were running awesome, it's just unfortunate that we lost that lap early. All in all we had a good car, I don't really have any complaints. We came home in one piece, and we were passing top ten cars.

McCarthy already has his eyes on the Busch North Series' next race, in two weeks at Watkins Glen. "We've got momentum now and I can't wait to go to the road coarse, so I'm excited about going to Watkins Glen," McCarthy said.

-ajc-

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