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El Paso Racer Carney Sets Sights on Hockett/McMillin Memorial this Weekend

John Carney II is set to get back into Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour action with this weekend’s “Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin” Memorial at Wheatland, Missouri’s Lucas Oil Speedway.

The event culminates with a $10,000 winner’s share on Saturday night following preliminary competition on both Thursday and Friday.

“We have usually been pretty fast there as long as we avoid trouble,” Carney commented.

Carney has raced his way into each of the last two Hockett/McMillin Memorial feature events, missing a top-ten finish by just one position last year after posting a third-place run in preliminary action the previous year. Carney has also posted a top-ten in past ASCS Speedweek competition at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Carney will be back aboard the Carney Racing No. J2 Sprint Car for the first time since Speedweek in June after racing on the west coast and then in Iowa with the California-based Clayton Snow No. 7 team and then joining force with Scott Brown for Eagle Raceway’s Racesaver Nationals that kicked off the month of September.

This rendition of the Racesaver Nationals on August 31 through September 2 didn’t go as planned for the 2015 event champion.
“We just got in a hole to begin with that we couldn’t dig our way out of,” the driver of the Lubbock Wrecker Service/Steward Builders No. 11c commented.

Carney did salvage the weekend with a podium finish of third in the Jake Ita Memorial Race of Champions portion of the event.  The three-day extravaganza kicked off in promising fashion with Carney winning his Race of Champions heat race on Friday to open the weekend.

And it continued to look promising when Carney scored a heat race win in the opening leg of the Racesaver Nationals the following evening. But things soured when Carney was collected in a feature crash that resulted in an 18th-place finish.

“We were going along just fine and basically just got wrecked,” Carney commented.

The following night started with heat race problems that buried Carney in G Main action. Carney made his best effort at running through the alphabet, winning the ‘G’ and ‘F” Mains before finishing second in the ‘E’ and fourth in the ‘D’ before the charge stalled at 11th in the ‘C’.

The tough luck on the preliminary nights limited Carney to a ‘B’ Main finish in the finale of the event that featured over 100 competitors with the third-place Race of Champions offering a glimpse of what could have been.

Now, Carney is set to get back into his No. J2 Sprint Car that he drove to a top-ten finish in ASCS Speedweek points.

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El Paso’s Own John Carney II to Contend for Second Eagle Racesaver Nationals Crown

Local Sprint Car Racer John Carney II is Nebraska bound once again.

The El Paso native has teamed with Scott Brown’s Lubbock Wrecker Service/Steward Builders No. 11c for this weekend’s Racesaver Nationals at Nebraska’s Eagle Raceway.  The event is set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Carney will be gunning for a second Racesaver Nationals title after sweeping through the event in 2015.

“We cleaned house that year, we won the qualifying night, the Race of Champions and the final feature,” Carney recalls.  “We’re going to try to do that again.”

The shift to 305-ci Sprint Car action comes on the heels of several weeks of competition in both the 360-ci and 410-ci ranks in Iowa over the early portion of August aboard the California-based Clayton Snow No. 7 Sprint Car.

“Iowa was good for the most part, we just had a little bit of tough luck along the way,” Carney says.

A runner-up finish in Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour competition at Oskaloosa’s Southern Iowa Speedway on Tuesday night, August 7, was the highlight of Carney’s Southern Iowa Speedweeks.

“Finishing second at Oskaloosa was good for everyone’s confidence,” Carney explains.  “We got hung up behind a lapped car, otherwise I think we would have had a good shot at winning.”

The strong Oskaloosa run came on the heels of a heartbreaking Knoxville 360 Nationals where only the scales stopped Carney from starting the Saturday night, August 4, finale.

After racing to a 13th-place finish in his Thursday night preliminary at the Knoxville 360 Nationals, Carney gridded Saturday night’s “B” Main outside the third row and raced to an apparent fourth-place transfer position to the “A” Main.

However, the run was disallowed after rolling across the scales below the minimum allowed weight.

“We knew exactly how much we needed but it still went across 20 pounds light,” Carney recalls.  “We had the same car at Oskaloosa, we literally didn’t change a thing on it and we were way above the minimum.”

After the strong Oskaloosa run, Carney kicked off his first Knoxville Nationals effort on Thursday night, August 9 by timing in a solid 16th-quick and then climbing from fifth to finish fourth and transfer to the night’s “A” Main event.

Carney was set to start the night’s feature in third, but engine issues in the nightcap took away the potential for a strong points night.

“We timed in decent and finished fourth in the heat,” Carney says.  “Starting third gave us a good chance to rack up some points, but then it wouldn’t run.  I normally would have pulled off but I stayed out just to accumulate whatever points we could get.”

A 19th-place finish on the night was one position too short to lock into Saturday’s “B” Main as Carney missed the tenth “B” Main starting position by just one point, which meant starting all over in Friday’s Hard Knox event to determine Saturday’s fate.

Despite wholesale changes, persistent motor issues limited Carney to a ninth-place run in the Hard Knox “B” Main that landed Carney on the pole of Saturday’s “D” Main.  Carney transferred from Saturday’s “D” Main before his night came to a conclusion in the “C” Main.

“Saturday we took off okay, but it was early and the track was pretty narrow so we just rode it out,” Carney says.  “I look forward to getting back together with the Clayton Snow No. 7 team later in the year, they have good equipment and we have fun racing together.”

With an eventful Southern Iowa Speedweeks in the books, Carney shifts focus to Eagle, Nebraska this weekend as he tries to reel in another Racesaver Nationals crown.

John Carney Racing is made possible by the support of invaluable partners including Mesilla Valley Transportation, Vado Speedway Park, South Plains Auto Transport, Danny Sander Construction, CSR Garage, Briley Trucking, Momentum Racing Suspensions, Performance Plus, Performance Motor Coach, Raider Graphix, MSD Ignition, Joe Hunt Magnetos and Bell Helmets.

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Next Up: Racesaver Nationals at Eagle (NE) Raceway on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

El Paso Racer Carney takes 43rd ‘Devil’s Bowl’ Winter Nationals

MESQUITE, Texas “To finish first, you must first finish” is very applicable quote from legendary driver, Rick Mears, when talking about the race Saturday night at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway as John Carney II held off several attempts from Sammy Swindell for the win in the 43rd annual Winter Nationals with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network.

With the rubber down on the Devil’s Bowl, the race was about patience. Falling to second on the initial start, the caution brought the field back to a complete restart as four cars tangled on the front stretch.

Gluing the Lubbock Wrecker Service No. 11x to the hub, Carney was chased the first lap by Sammy Swindell before the caution flew upon completion of the opening lap for Travis Rilat who rolled to a stop exiting the third turn.

“I pretty much knew after I messed up on the first start, that if I ever gave him [Sammy] the bottom, he’d be able to beat me,” said Carney. “With the track conditions like this, the win is pretty much a gift to myself but I’ll take it either way.”

At speed, Swindell all but pushed Carney around the famed half-mile. Never falling more than three car lengths from the No. 11x, Swindell’s biggest opportunity to advance came on Lap 10. Missing the line, Carney slide wide off the second turn. With a haze of blue following, Swindell ran the nose of the Acme Graphix No. 3s to Carney’s left rear but would have to roll out of the throttle to avoid the Hoosier climb.

All but beating the bumper off the No. 3s trying to rattle the El Paso native, Carney would not be shaken for his first career Lucas Oil ASCS presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network A-Feature win. Carney is the 136th overall winner in Lucas Oil ASCS competition and fifth first time winner in 2016.

“It’s a shame, we showed him where the line was. I had it on the start, and I knew what to do and where to go but we definitely had a faster car,” said Swindell who crossed the checkered flag 0.388 seconds behind Carney.

“My corner speed was so much better, and to be able to run up behind someone that close, you usually lose the front end real bad but our car was able to just stay there and run with him. I was surprised at how good it was being that close too, but if we could have ever gotten out in the open; I was gone.”

Riding third start to finish was Johnny Herrera.

“It was 25 laps, and I knew it was going to be hard on tires so I could have run up there and been on their back bumpers and ran third, or stayed conservative and been there if they bumped wheel and missed the rubber so I just rode.”

Sam Hafertepe, Jr. trailed Herrera to the line with Aaron Reutzel coming across fifth. From ninth, Tony Bruce, Jr. was able to get to sixth with Andy Shouse digging his way from 17th to seventh. Brandon Long crossed eighth with Logan Forler mounting an impressive charge from 18th to ninth. Joe Wood, Jr. ended up rounding out the top-ten. Wood was one of the few drivers to try the high line.

Saturday’s finale of the 43rd Devil’s Bowl Winter Nationals saw 45 drivers checking in. Five Heat Races were topped by Josh Baughman, Alex Hill, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. Jamie Ball, and Kevin Ramey. Qualifiers were won by Scottie McDonald, Tony Bruce, Jr. and Brandon Long. A pair of B-Features saw Andy Shouse and Logan Forler with wins. The night’s only provisional was used by Brandon Hanks.

The next event for the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network will be the Fall Fling at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla. on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5.

For continued updates on the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.

Race Results:

ASCS National / ASCS Red River
Devil’s Bowl Speedway – Mesquite, Texas
43rd annual Winter Nationals – Night 2
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Car Count: 45
Event Count: 47

Author: ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series

El Paso Racer Carney II Grabs Win No. 11 of 2016 Season

Taking the Steward Builders No. 224 to the southwest this past weekend, John Carney II took on the Carlyle Tools ASCS Southwest Region at the Western Tech Speedway Park in El Paso, Texas and the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, N.M. with double podium weekend that included Carney’s 11th win of the season.

Starting off at the Western Tech Speedway in El Paso on Friday, July 29, the native son came from ninth to win at the three-eighths mile oval.

“The track was heavy in El Paso, so we freed the car up for the main but it was still too tight. We started ninth and just picked our way through there,” commented Carney. Finding Colton Hardy leading, Carney completed the pass only to see the caution wave. On the restart however, John was determined to get out front.

“I pretty much decided I was going where ever the guy in front of me didn’t. He peeled off low, so I went high, and that gave me some momentum going down the back straight-a-way and away we went.”

For Carney, the win was a very personal one as the track is slated to close at the end of the 2016 season, “That is more than likely the last race I’ll ever run at El Paso, so it was good to get a win. It was also where I ran my first 360cid Winged Sprint Car race; my first race at all really, so it was great to close the track on a high note.”

On to Las Cruces, N.M. the following night, John’s run ended with a runner-up performance after battling with long time southwest rival, Lorne Wofford.

“We got side by side several times running second and third. I was determined the run the bottom, and as usual, Lorne was set on running the top so it was a typical battle between me and him. We’ve certainly had plenty of those,” chuckled Carney.

“Ziehl was kind of running away at first before we finally started running him down. I actually ran both of them down on the bottom, but they started throwing slime into the groove so I kept pushing in one a two and it just started playing havoc with me so Loren was able to get Ziehl, and within a few laps, I got him,” explained Carney of the chase. “

“After that, I got close to Lorne a couple times but every time we’d come up on lapped cars, I was forced to use that low line again in one and two more times than I wanted and it just kept messing with me. I finally did have a run on him, and I knew it was going to be tight, but I cleared him. I know I cleared him, but rather than slow up and turn down the track, and just rear ended me, and that turned me over the cushion and pointed me off the track momentarily so by the time I gathered it back up, I think we only had two to go, it was too late. We ended up my right front was at his left rear at the finish.”

Up next for Carney is the 26th Arnold Motor Supply 360 Knoxville Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank. John will be behind the wheel of the Scott Brown owned No. 11x.

“I have to thank Scott for the opportunity to get behind the wheel. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do at Knoxville.”

For continued updates on John Carney II and the John James Racing No. 4j, fans can follow along on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=570728686284547&fref=ts.

Season So Far:

Events: 37; Wins: 11; Top 5: 19; Top 10: 23; Top 15: 26; Top 20: 31

Up Next:

Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, Iowa) – 360 Nationals August 4-6, 2016

Author: Bryan Hulbert – SprintSource

Local Sprint Car Racer Carney II Ends Double Header Weekend in 2nd Place

An up and down weekend for John Carney II ended on a high note as the driver of the John James Racing No. 4j posted his 10th podium finish of the season at the Golden Triangle Raceway Park in Beaumont, Texas with the Griffith Truck and Equipment ASCS Gulf South Region presented by Southern Trailer Works.

Starting on Friday at the Heart O’ Texas Speedway however, things did not end as Carney had intended.

“We ran well through the heat…we went fifth to second but the car was tight. It was way to tight, but still, we were in the redraw and I drew the five. For the feature, we freed the car up a lot. We changed the bars, moved the tires out, added air, and it seemed the like the track went from heavy to super heavy,
said Carney.

“The track was three times what it was so what we did still wasn’t enough. We were really just riding around in fifth or sixth when I pushed and when I did, the No. 51 tried jamming in there and ended up his right rear went over my left front and when he did it peeled my nose wing off, caught the top wing, and he flipped but it ended up my night.”

Able to repair the damage, the team moved south to the Golden Triangle Raceway Park where Carney began his night with a Heat Race win.

“We made the redraw again and we were running second in the feature and I felt like I was starting to catch Aaron [Reutzel] a little bit. He got caught in traffic a couple times and I made up a lot of ground on him. I was running the top and about the time I felt like I could get a run on him, Channin Tankersley drove past me through the middle. I saw he had the wing pulled back, so I adjusted mine and tried to run with him, but his car was good. He caught Aaron, passed him, and drove off.”

Crossing third on the track, Carney would end up second after Aaron Reutzel was disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct according to the ASCS press release.

Coming up next for John Carney II and the MVT/John James Racing No. 4j will be the Texas World Dirt Track Championship at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14. A November race in 2015, Carney nearly took the win away from Seth Bergman, but ended up having to settle for a runner-up finish.

The John James Racing team would like to welcome Challenger Drilling as a partner on the No. 4j machine for the remainder of the 2016 season. Challenger Drilling has been a longtime supporter of Sprint Car racing across the state of Texas and currently helps provide a $1,000 bonus to any driver who can sweep a weekend with the ASCS Gulf South Region.

For continued updates on John Carney II and the John James Racing No. 4j, fans can follow along on Facebook.