FILE: John Carney II in victory lane at Las Cruces in May | Photo courtesy Jim Rosas
It’s something that the El Paso hotshoe has been gearing up for over the past several years. Now is the time, as John Carney II is set to tackle the entire Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour in 2019 in pursuit of the $50,000 championship.
Carney, driver of the Sander Construction/South Plains Auto Transport/Mesilla Valley Transportation No. J2 Sprint Car, is more than ready.
“I’m really excited about running the whole thing for the first time,” Carney commented. “It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a while now. We’ve been building toward this for a while now and everything has come together really well over the winter.”
It all gets started on a high-speed clay oval that Carney has found to be very much to his liking with this weekend’s 46th Annual Spring Nationals at the storied Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas, on Friday and Saturday.
It’s the site where Carney captured the first of his three Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour triumphs at the 2016 edition of the Winter Nationals. Carney backed it up atop the fast, half-mile clay oval with a preliminary win the following year before settling for runner-up honors in the 2017 finale of the Winter Nationals.
Carney’s Devil’s Bowl prowess is evident with a dozen finishes among the top six in just 18 starts atop the high-banked oval over the past five seasons.
The schedule that awaits beyond this weekend on the ASCS National trail includes approximately 45 nights of action at 27 different tracks throughout a dozen tracks ranging from Pennsylvania to Washington state.
“Aside from the tracks in the northwest, I’ve been to most of the tracks at some point,” Carney points out. “We usually go pretty well on tracks that we haven’t seen, so I’m pretty confident that we won’t have any hangups on any of the new tracks that we go to.”
In addition to Carney’s three ASCS National Tour triumphs, he has added more than a dozen Regional wins as well as countless 305-ci triumphs in recent years to ready himself for his first tour of duty with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour.
Carney rounded up a handful of wins last year including an ASCS Southwest Regional triumph while also finishing seventh in ASCS Speedweek points and then capturing runner-up honors in Oregon’s “Speedweek Northwest” points.
Now, he goes after the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour crown.
“I’m pumped, we’re ready to get things going on the right foot this weekend,” Carney sums up.