BNS: Watkins Glen: Joey McCarthy race notes

Joey McCarthy re-enters top ten in BNS points with fourth place Watkins Glen fxinish. TrustCompany Bank Chevrolet driver Joey McCarthy, driving for J.T. Mase MotorSports on the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series, re-entered the...

Joey McCarthy re-enters top ten in BNS points with fourth place Watkins Glen fxinish.

TrustCompany Bank Chevrolet driver Joey McCarthy, driving for J.T. Mase MotorSports on the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series, re-entered the top ten in series points following a fourth-place finish in Saturday's Mohegan Sun 150 Presented by Pepsi, held at the historic Watkins Glen International road course.

McCarthy, who finished fifth at Watkins Glen last year, returned with the car last run at Thompson Speedway in July. He was nineteenth-fastest in the opening practice session, and improved to ninth fastest in qualifying.

"We've got some minor brake problems and some minor shifting problems, but we're working through them, getting them fixed," he said before the race. "The chassis is awesome, the car's handling great. The guys are doing a great job. We're just trying to find a little more speed somewhere."

McCarthy's plans for finding more speed in the final practice were washed away as rain cancelled that session after only a few minutes.

The early laps of the race found McCarthy running in eighth place, moving up to seventh after passing Mike Stefanik. As drivers started making pit stops, McCarthy picked up more positions. He was fourth when caution came out on lap 25, and after consulting with crew chief Jason Weissman, decided that, with rain approaching the track, they would not pit. The race was stopped a couple laps short of halfway, but resumed after a brief delay.

When green waved again, McCarthy held on to fourth place through a pair of yellows before rain again brought the race to a halt. With 41 laps in the books, the race was called off and the results official, giving McCarthy fourth place.

"This is two years in a row where my team gave me top five finishes through good pit strategy and a good race car," he said afterwards. "The TrustCompany Bank Chevrolet handled awesome all weekend, we were just fighting little bugs here and there in the chassis, and little brake problems and shifter problems. Aside from that, we came with a great car, we didn't make any adjustments all weekend on the chassis. Once again, Jason made an amazing call to do the right thing and keep us running up front. I'm just really happy for the whole team, Jeff the owner has done an amazing job, we've had a couple rough weeks and he keeps our heads up, and it really helps us out.

"I wanted to stay out as long as I could, and Jason was on the same page as me," McCarthy said of their no-pit strategy. "I was happy when he came across the radio and told me what he wanted to do, because it was the same thing I wanted to do. At that point you just have to take a chance. Track position would have been impossible to get back at that point because we stayed out so long and a lot of guys pitted. We stayed out and it paid off for us again."

McCarthy, running tenth in the series championship standings, returns to the track next Saturday for the running of a 150-lap event at the Adirondack International Speedway, located in Lowville, New York.

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