John Carney II continues to impress on his inaugural Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour title campaign after last weekend’s Dirt Cup at Alger, Washington’s Skagit Speedway.
Sitting a close third in points, Carney will try to close the gap even more with this weekend’s Fred Brownfield Classic at Elma, Washington’s Grays Harbor Raceway on Friday and Saturday.
Carney posted top-five finishes aboard the Sander Construction/South Plains Auto Transport/Mesilla Valley Transportation No. J2 Sprint Car on both the Thursday and Friday qualifying nights at last weekend’s Dirt Cup before settling for a ninth-place finish in the Saturday night finale.
“We have been competitive, it gives us confidence to know that we’ve consistently been near the front and in contention,” Carney comments.
This weekend’s Fred Brownfield Classic at Grays Harbor Raceway will be yet another new track for Carney. The run of new venues hasn’t slowed the El Paso, TX, native.
“We can usually look at a track and it’s similar to something that we’ve seen and then we can go to our notes and be pretty close,” Carney explains. “The hardest part is knowing how much the track will change during the night.”
A case in point would be last week’s Dirt Cup.
“On Friday night, the track fell right in line with our normal stuff,” Carney recalls. “Then on Saturday, we went 100 percent the wrong way on the car.”
Despite seeing a lot of new territory in recent weeks, Carney finds himself within 60 points of the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour points lead going into this weekend’s action.
“We just have to keep putting together good nights and that stuff will work itself out,” Carney comments.
Quick Stats: 16 Races, 2 Wins, 10 top-fives, 12 top-tens.
Next Up: Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, WA, on Friday and Saturday.
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