Break Dance: Terry McCarl Celebrates Victory at Huset's Speedway Brandon, SD-July 3, 2006-A month ago Terry McCarl needed surgery to repair his broken left leg. On Monday night at Huset's Speedway, McCarl used surgical precision to work ...
Break Dance: Terry McCarl Celebrates Victory at Huset's Speedway
Brandon, SD-July 3, 2006-A month ago Terry McCarl needed surgery to repair his broken left leg. On Monday night at Huset's Speedway, McCarl used surgical precision to work through traffic and put himself in position behind leader Tyler Walker to challenge for the top spot.
Then with only three laps to go, Walker's machine went up in smoke and McCarl shot to the front and powered his Big Game Treestands/Bosma Poultry Eagle into the RacinSoles Victory Lane for the first time with the World of Outlaws Sprint Series since 2004 and third overall.
Despite being a six-time champion at Huset's Speedway-in addition to owning the record for most wins in the history of the 3/8-mile oval, now 79, as well as holding the track qualifying record-McCarl's victory on Monday was his first World of Outlaws Sprint Series win at the track.
Joey Saldana continued his torrid pace by finishing second in the Mopar-powered Dodge/Curb Records JEI with pole-sitter Randy Hannagan in the Penthouse Magazine Maxim, Jac Haudenschild in the Wright One Construction Maxim, and Jason Solwold in the City Wide Insulation Maxim rounding out the top five.
Current points leader Donny Schatz surged from 17th to sixth in the ParkerStore J&J with Brooke Tatnell's Race Outfitters/Castrol Eagle, Craig Dollansky's Karavan Trailers Maxim, Justin Henderson's Jolt Energy Gum Protected By DataDots Schnee and Paul McMahan's Bass Pro Shops Eagle completing the top 10 in front of a big crowd at the Brandon, S.D., speed plant.
"This is unbelievable." said McCarl, after climbing down from a victory wing dance. "I hate to see Tyler fall out. "We were about to have a great finish there."
Winning has been the perfect remedy for McCarl, as his leg continues to heal, as he is now two for his last two at Huset's. He won his first time back in a sprint car, a couple weeks ago at the track in a weekly event.
"I don't want to talk about the leg, but a $10,000 check from (Huset?s promoters) the Rubins will help a bunch," McCarl said.
McCarl was quick to credit his Steve Fitzpatrick led crew after the race for all the hard work they have been putting all season. Each time a driver stepped out of the car when filling in for McCarl, they always mentioned how fast the car was and how strong the team was. The Altoona, Iowa native, believes his past experience at Huset's has helped get to where he is, and he was proud to win in front of many of those people.
"Huset's is my favorite short track," said McCarl. "I have 79 wins here, and it's just as good as the first one was. I wanted to win here so bad for so long. The bulk of my sponsorship comes from up here. Big Game Treestands and Bosma Poultry and all the people we have had in the past that have made it possible for me to get to where I am at. It's a real racy area and they always get a good crowd out here. They also have great local drivers here. It's a tough track and it made me what I am today."
McCarl started the night by turning in the second fastest lap in qualifying, earning him four bonus points. In the dash he came home fourth, and thus started the 30-lap feature from the outside of the second row. Early in the race. he battled with Saldana as the two fought for the third spot. Finally on the 16th lap, the crowd favorite was able to move into the runner-up spot.
"I really didn't want to see the cautions," McCarl said. "I usually set up for the long runs here. I think I can run the bottom better than most guys. Tyler (Walker) was so good around the top. Getting into traffic late to get him off the cushion was the only chance we had at him. I think I could move around a little better than he could."
Though he could not hear it over the roar of his 850-horsepower engine, the crowd erupted when McCarl took the lead with only a couple laps left on Monday night. Many of the fans have been following him since he began his career and was cutting his teeth on the always fast and racy high-banked 3/8-mile oval.
"This rivals Pennsylvania for hardcore sprint car fans," said McCarl. "The fans in Sioux Falls are great and that's what makes it so special to be here."
Saldana, who won on Saturday in Dodge City, Kan., tried to hold off McCarl early on, but McCarl was determined to get to the front.
"I was really tight early and I knew Terry was coming," Saldana said. "He got me to move around. I shouldn't have changed my line. "I'd hate to see Terry McCarl if he was 100 percent."
Saldana who is currently second in points set the third fastest lap in qualifying to earn three bonus points, and he also finished third in the dash to line up in that same spot in the A-Feature.
"I felt like once we got rolling and freed up, we were really good," said Saldana. "By that time though, it was over. We were off a little bit tonight with our chassis. If this was a 40-lap race it may have been different."
The Brownsburg, Ind. native and his Willie Kahne led crew worked hard all night trying to find the perfect set-up for the track. Though he strives to win every race he is in, Saldana was please to head back to his home state with his 14th Top-Five finish of the year, and more importantly he cut into Schatz's point lead.
"We struggled at the beginning choosing what tires to put on," Saldana said. "The track was definitely different than I have ever seen it. We were too tight early and I could not run the race I wanted to run. Terry (McCarl) got me to move around and he basically made me get out of his way."
Hannagan started on the poll after winning the dash in convincing form, and ran in the top-three for most of the feature. The run tied his season best finish. Despite missing some events earlier in the season to tend to a family matter, he is 10th in both driver and team points. Despite wanting to pick up his first win of the season, the veteran found a bright side in another strong finish.
"My guys did a tremendous job, and third is always better than fourth," said Hannagan." Tonight we kept working on the race and getting it better, and I feel very positive about that. We're still not quite where I think this team should be. Maybe we can get them next week."
Haudenschild started the feature in eighth on Monday night and had his car working very well, as he was able to use different lines around the track to charge to a fourth-place finish. He is fourth in points, with three wins and 13 Top-Five finishes.
"The crew had the car real good tonight," Haudenschild said. "We started back a bit and got up to fourth and the race was over. The Rick Wright car ran well tonight, and the track ended up being beautiful tonight. We feel real good for this coming weekend. The car is running good. We have picked it back up and found a few things on the car. I think we'll be better."
The World of Outlaws Sprint Series heads to Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway on Friday for the City of Lawrenceburg Sprint Nationals against the All Star Circuit of Champions before rolling Saturday into I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo., where in April one of the largest crowds in the track?s history saw a thrilling victory by Donny Schatz.
HUSET'S SPEEDWAY NOTEBOOK
* FAST QUALIFIER: Dion Hindi paced the 29 cars in time trials with an AMB i.t.-timed lapped around the 3/8-mile high-banked oval at 11.094 seconds at 121.687 mph. For his qualifying effort, Hindi earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including Terry McCarl (4), Joey Saldana (3), Jason Solwold (2), and Randy Hannagan (1). Terry McCarl holds the track record of 10.528 seconds established on May 27, 2001.
* QUALIFYING EVENT WINNERS: Heat race winners included Mean 15 drivers Donny Schatz and Craig Dollansky, as well as Larry Ball Jr. Paul McMahan won the B-Main. Randy Hannagan picked up the win in the dash.
* MAIN EVENT WINNERS: Terry McCarl's win on Monday night at Huset's Speedway was his first World of Outlaws A-feature victory of the season. There have been 14 different winners in 28 A-feature events to visit the RacinSoles Victory Lane with the World of Outlaws this season. The win list includes: Donny Schatz (March 9 at The Dirt Track @ Las Vegas Motor Speedway, March 31 at Batesville Speedway, April 1 at I-55 Raceway, May 16 at Grandview Speedway, May 30 at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park, June 18 at Red River Valley Speedway, and June 30 at 81 Speedway), Joey Saldana (Feb. 10 at Volusia, June 4 at Terre Haute, June 23 at Knoxville Raceway, and July 1 at Dodge City Raceway Park), Jac Haudenschild (May 6 at U.S. 36 Raceway, May 20 at Sharon Speedway, and June 14 at The Raceway @ Powercom Park), Sammy Swindell (April 8 at Eldora Speedway and March 10 at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway), Brooke Tatnell (May 7 at Huset's Speedway and May 29 at Orange County Fair Speedway), Fred Rahmer (May 27 at Williams Grove), Craig Dollansky (April 15 at Tri-State Speedway), Paul McMahan (March 4 at USA Race Park), Danny Lasoski (March 3 at Manzanita), Chad Kemenah (Feb. 9 at Volusia), Kevin Swindell (May 24 at The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway) and Dean Jacobs (May 31 at Lernerville Speedway), Daryn Pittman (June 10 at Eagle Raceway), and Terry McCarl (July 3 at Huset's Speedway).
* PRELIMINARY FEATURE WINNERS: There have been four preliminary features run this season by the World of Outlaws. The winners list includes: Donny Schatz who won the prelim night June 17 at Red River Valley, Fred Rahmer, who won the prelim night on May 26 at Williams Grove Speedway and Sammy Swindell, who won the prelim feature on April 7 at Eldora Speedway, and Daryn Pittman who won the prelim night at Eagle Raceway on June 9.
* 3/8-MILE WINNERS: Huset's Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile oval. The series has now raced on a track that size seven times. Winners include: Donny Schatz (Batesville Speedway and 81 Speedway), Jac Haudenschild (U.S. 36 Raceway and Sharon Speedway), Joey Saldana (Dodge City Raceway Park), Terry McCarl (Huset?s Speedway), and Paul McMahan (USA Race Park).
* ON TELEVISION: The Outdoor Channel will air at 8 p.m. (ET) on July 5 the finale from the Duel in the Dakotas at Red River Valley Speedway that ran on June 18. The Outdoor Channel is available nationwide through the DISH Network (Channel 153) and DIRECTV (Channel 606).