Terry McCarl Back in the Saddle and Back in Victory Lane Norman, OK -- June 19, 2006 -- After being sidelined since May 20 with a leg broken in a racing incident at Sharon Speedway, World of Outlaws Mean 15 driver Terry McCarl was back in the ...
Terry McCarl Back in the Saddle and Back in Victory Lane
Norman, OK -- June 19, 2006 -- After being sidelined since May 20 with a leg broken in a racing incident at Sharon Speedway, World of Outlaws Mean 15 driver Terry McCarl was back in the saddle on Sunday night and ended up back in victory lane as well.
After Sammy Swindell piloted McCarl's Big Game Treestands Eagle in the Duel in the Dakotas at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D., the team traveled to Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D., on Sunday to get McCarl some seat time and see how his recovering leg is responding. Apparently it's responding quite well as he bested a very tough 20-car field.
McCarl, of Altoona, Iowa, certainly knows his way around Huset's, having won six track championships at the 3/8-mile high-banked oval. With his win on Sunday night, he raised his record win total at the track to 77.
"It was a little surprising," McCarl said. "We went there basically to get some laps and test, and didn't expect to be competing for the win."
McCarl had been eager to get back in the seat and wanted to make sure he waited long enough and felt strong enough to be competitive. He got back up to speed very quickly in his 850-horsepower machine on Sunday night. He took the lead late in the race and held on for his eighth overall win of the season.
"Huset's is a very demanding place, so it was a good test," McCarl said. "I knew if I was not feeling well enough that I could pull off, since I was not going for points."
McCarl has been maintaining a rigorous rehabilitation schedule to get back in the car as soon as possible, which has included time trialing back-up cars during World of Outlaws events the past two weeks. He will continue to strengthen the leg as he prepares to return to the World of Outlaws tour and battle the Mean 15.
"The leg was sore last night (Sunday), but it feels pretty good today," McCarl said. "I am going to the doctor on Tuesday for X-rays and a check-up. We should be ready for Knoxville then."
McCarl currently is fourth in car owner points with the World of Outlaws as several drivers have filled-in during is absence. Included among those was Dean Jacobs, who picked up his first career World of Outlaws feature win on May 31 at Lernerville Speedway.
McCarl enters Knoxville's Mediacom World of Outlaws Shoot-Out Presented by Sonic, America's Drive-In, with eight top-five finishes on the season. He looks forward to racing this weekend at his home track, where he has claimed six track titles and 42 feature wins.