McCarl on Top at Orange County Fair Speedway: Picks up First Win of 2008 Middletown, NY-- September 24, 2008--Terry McCarl had been knocking on the door of his first Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series win of the season for...
McCarl on Top at Orange County Fair Speedway: Picks up First Win of 2008
Middletown, NY-- September 24, 2008--Terry McCarl had been knocking on the door of his first Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series win of the season for quite a while, and on Wednesday night he broke through at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York, leading flag to flag in the 25-lap event, which was postponed by rain earlier this season.
The seventh A-Feature win of his career with the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series was worth $10,000. It also was the first career victory for McCarl in the state of New York. He has now won at least one World of Outlaws A-Feature event in each of the last three seasons and four of the last five.
"We had a great car all night long and we needed a win," said McCarl. "The motor was taking off really great and I have to thank Don Ott for that. The car was working really well tonight. We switched to Maxim (Chassis) a while back and are very happy with them. My guys are working very hard and we are getting very consistent and that is the key out here on the road to run in the Top-10. Every once in a while things will go your way, like they did for us tonight."
McCarl started on the pole in the Big Game Treestands Maxim and beat Lucas Wolfe into the first turn and quickly jumped to a comfortable lead at the blazing fast 5/8-mile, which is the largest track on the World of Outlaws circuit. He endured a late caution with seven laps remaining that bunched the field up and gave Jason Meyers one final shot at him. A strong restart saw McCarl quickly jump to a five car length advantage, which helped him to win by over a full second when the checkered flag waved.
"The starts are always important with the Outlaws, when you have guys like Jason Meyers behind you," noted the winner. "Lucas (Wolfe) really gets around this place good as well. Everyone is so strong that you want to jump out to the lead as soon as you can and make them catch you, especially on a fast track like this."
Meyers caught McCarl near the middle of the race in lapped traffic, as he continually was able to gain ground in the turns, with McCarl pulling back away on the long straightaways at Orange County Fair Speedway. Just prior to the late caution, Meyers nearly pulled even with McCarl as they went three-wide into turn one with a lapped machine. Meyers wasn't quite able to pass McCarl and the latter powered his way down the back straightaway to open a lead again.
"I saw Jason (Meyers) knocking on the door and that got me back up in the seat a little more," said the native of Altoona, Iowa. "We got through traffic pretty well and the car was working pretty good. We were getting us to the faster lapped guys and the faster they are, the harder they are to pass. At first I wasn't happy to see the caution, but after we took off (on the restart) and we were in clean air, I knew it would be tough for Jason (Meyers) to catch us."
McCarl, who is currently ninth in points on the strength of 25 Top-10 finishes, has endured a number of personnel changes on his crew this season and also turned over ownership of the team, which has helped him focus entirely on driving and car set-up and not have to worry about the business side of the sport.
"Tod Quiring and Big Game Treestands has taken over ownership of this thing, and it's the best thing that has ever happened to me," shared McCarl. "We're really putting a good team together for next season. He is building a new shop up in Minnesota. DeBerg Concrete and AmericashAdvance.com have been very supportive this year and we have had a tough year. It's tough when you are a competitive person and not win. We were used to winning a lot of races locally and to come out here and win only a couple a year is tough on us. I think we are putting the right package together. You can't have a weak spot with the Outlaws or its going to show."
Meyers earned his second consecutive runner-up finish in New York, as he lined up fourth and passed Brooke Tatnell on the opening lap to move into third. He then got around Lucas Wolfe on the second lap to move into second, where he would run for the remainder of the 25-lap contest. The California native leads the World of Outlaws with 43 Top-Five finishes as he chases his first series title aboard the GLR Investments KPC.
"It was a great run for us," said Meyers. "To come from sixth in the dash and four there in the feature, these guys did a great job. We worked on the car all night and got it better and better as the night went on. Congratulations to Terry (McCarl) and his team. He did a great job tonight. I was a little better than him in the middle of the race and late in the race he got better. We are looking forward to Williams Grove this weekend and have some good momentum going in there."
Wolfe picked up his best finish of the season with the World of Outlaws as he was third in the Allebach Racing Maxim. He started on the outside of the front row, after a strong run in the second heat and the Crane Cams Dash. He held off a challenge from Joey Saldana early in the race and one by 20-time series champion Steve Kinser late in the race en route to picking up his second Top-Five of the season.
"It was a good result and probably the best one that we have had this year so far," noted Wolfe. "Hopefully we'll be able to carry this on. We had a good run in the middle of the race and I got caught up by a few lapped cars. We lost a little bit on the start. Terry (McCarl) got a real good start on the bottom and was able to beat me to (turn) one and that was going to be the deciding factor in the race. It's disappointing to be in the right spot and give that up. It's still a good finish."
Steve Kinser wound up fourth in the Q Oil Maxim, after starting seventh. He gained a spot on the opening lap getting around Chad Hillier, before battling Brooke Tatnell for a number of laps. On the 10th lap, he was able to around both Tatnell and Kerry Madsen to move into the Top-Five. He snagged the fourth spot from Joey Saldana on the late restart.
Donny Schatz, the two-time defending World of Outlaws champion finished fifth in the Armor All J&J to earn the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award. He was the second fastest in time trials to earn four bonus points as he continues to chase his third consecutive series title.
Joey Saldana, who began the night by setting a new track record in time trials, wound up sixth in the Budweiser/Open Joist Mopar-powered JEI, with Kerry Madsen behind him in the TK Concrete Maxim. Daryn Pittman was eighth in the Titan Garages Maxim, with Brooke Tatnell ninth in the Snap-on Tools Maxim, as he continues to fill in for the injured Craig Dollansky. Chad Kemenah rounded out the Top-10 in the Kantor Oil Company Maxim.
Meyers was able to go both high and low in traffic as he looked to track down McCarl. He used a strong initial start to get around Brooke Tatnell on the opening lap, before working on Wolfe for two laps before sweeping under him exiting the second turn to move into second. Near the halfway point of the race, he looked low a couple of times in the turns as he gained ground on McCarl, but was never quite able to get even with him.
"The car worked pretty good almost everywhere," noted Meyers. "Any time the leader is in traffic he will slow down a little bit. I thought I had a shot there, but the lapped cars really didn't hold him up too much. He did a great job through traffic. I thought I had him once when we split a car going in turn one, but just didn't get up off of (turn) two enough. I just didn't quite have enough for him tonight. A second-place run is good for us tonight for where we started."
After missing over a month of action earlier this season due to injury, Wolfe and his team continue to run strong as the season winds down and he gains priceless experience. He earned a spot in the Crane Cams Dash for the third consecutive race, to start at the front of the A-Feature. He has a couple of Top-Five finishes this season to go along with seven Top-10 runs.
"It's good to be up there racing with those guys," said the first year driver. "Jason (Meyers) has been fast all year and at the end, he didn't really pull away from us. The more we are able to race with those guys, the better we will get. We've gotten to a lot of tracks here in the second half of the year that I have never been to, and also some that I have had good success at and have shown better results. Hopefully that is a sign of things to come in the future."
The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to action on Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27 with the Morgan Hughes National Open at Williams Grove Speedway, with the finale to air live on SPEED on Saturday night beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern.
ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY NOTEBOOK
* FAST QUALIFIER: Joey Saldana paced the 23 cars that took time with a record setting AMB i.t. timed lap around the semi-banked 5/8-mile oval at 16.083 seconds at 139.899 mph. For his qualifying effort, Saldana earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Donny Schatz (4), Steve Kinser (3), Mark Smith (2), and Daryn Pittman (1).
* QUALIFYING WINNERS: Jason Meyers, Brooke Tatnell and Terry McCarl won heat races... Terry McCarl won the Crane Cams Dash.
* UP NEXT: The Morgan Hughes National Open at the famed Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania on September 26 and 27.
Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Orange County Fair Speedway; Middletown, NY; September 24, 2008
1) 9-Joey Saldana 16.083
2) 15-Donny Schatz 16.224
3) 11-Steve Kinser 16.226
4) 7M-Mark Smith 16.231
5) 21-Daryn Pittman 16.274
6) 8K-Chad Kemenah 16.275
7) 14-Jason Meyers 16.346
8) 2-Brooke Tatnell 16.360
9) 5C-Chad Hillier 16.373
10) 55-Kerry Madsen 16.394
11) 5W-Lucas Wolfe 16.459
12) 24-Terry McCarl 16.469
13) 6-Paul McMahan 16.527
14) 20-Kraig Kinser 16.608
15) R19-Jac Haudenschild 16.853
16) 18-Tony Bruce Jr. 16.861
17) 13-Jesse Hockett 16.913
18) 7S-Jason Sides 17.101
19) 32-Justin Barger 17.209
20) 42-John Smith 17.422
21) 38N-Nick Schlauch 17.504
22) 18X-Adam Gordon 17.657
23) 19H-Dan Hennessy 19.859
24) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. -.---
Heat 1 (8 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 14-Jason Meyers
2) 55-Kerry Madsen
3) 9-Joey Saldana
4) 7M-Mark Smith
5) 6-Paul McMahan
6) 18-Tony Bruce Jr.
7) 32-Justin Barger
8) 18X-Adam Gordon
Heat 2 (8 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 2-Brooke Tatnell
2) 5W-Lucas Wolfe
3) 15-Donny Schatz
4) 21-Daryn Pittman
5) 13-Jesse Hockett
6) 20-Kraig Kinser
7) 42-John Smith
8) 19H-Dan Hennessy
Heat 3 (8 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 24-Terry McCarl
2) 5C-Chad Hillier
3) 11-Steve Kinser
4) 8K-Chad Kemenah
5) R19-Jac Haudenschild
6) 7S-Jason Sides
7) 38N-Nick Schlauch
Crane Cams Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting
positions of A-feature)
1) 24-Terry McCarl
2) 5W-Lucas Wolfe
3) 2-Brooke Tatnell
4) 14-Jason Meyers
5) 5C-Chad Hillier
6) 9-Joey Saldana
7) 11-Steve Kinser
8) 55-Kerry Madsen
9) 15-Donny Schatz
10) 7M-Mark Smith
A-main (25 laps) - Starting Position [#]
1) 24-Terry McCarl [$10,000]
2) 14-Jason Meyers [$5,500]
3) 5W-Lucas Wolfe [$3,200]
4) 11-Steve Kinser [$2,800]
5) 15-Donny Schatz [$2,500]
6) 9-Joey Saldana [$2,300]
7) 55-Kerry Madsen [$2,200]
8) 21-Daryn Pittman [$2,100]
9) 2-Brooke Tatnell [$2,050]
10) 8K-Chad Kemenah [$2,000]
11) R19-Jac Haudenschild [$1,500]
12) 7M-Mark Smith [$1,200]
13) 18-Tony Bruce Jr. [$1,100]
14) 20-Kraig Kinser [$1,050]
15) 6-Paul McMahan [$1,000]
16) 5C-Chad Hillier [$900]
17) 7S-Jason Sides [$800]
18) 13-Jesse Hockett [$800]
19) 32-Justin Barger [$800]
20) 38N-Nick Schlauch [$800]
21) 18X-Adam Gordon [$800]
22) 42-John Smith [$800]
23) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. [$800]
24) 19H-Dan Hennessy [$800]
Lap Leaders: Terry McCarl 1-25
Chicken Hawk Hot Lap Award: Terry McCarl
Penske Power Position Award: Lucas Wolfe
SuperClean Start of the Night Award: Joey Saldana
KSE Hard Charger Award: Donny Schatz