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El Paso Racer Carney Continues Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour title chase at Fred Brownfield Classic

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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El Paso racer Carney going strong into weekend’s Dirt Cup

The last several weeks have been good ones for John Carney II and the Sander Construction/South Plains Auto Transport/Mesilla Valley Transportation No. J2 Sprint Car team.

After a runner-up finish in ASCS Speedweek points and a pair of strong South Dakota runs last weekend including a runner-up finish, Carney sets his sights on the $15,000 winner’s share at this weekend’s Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour-sanctioned “Dirt Cup” at Skagit Speedway in Alger, WA.

The event kicks off with the first of two preliminary nights on Thursday before wrapping up with money night on Saturday.

Carney opened the month of June in strong fashion, earning Hard Charger honors at Devil’s Bowl Speedway near Dallas by rallying from 14th to fifth in the feature event after the ASCS Speedweek opener at Amarillo’s Route 66 Motor Speedway fell victim to rain.

Carney continued on during a weather-plagued Speedweek, racking up another fifth-place finish at Lawton Speedway on Wednesday, June 5, before wrapping up the week with a runner-up finish at Kansas’ Salina Speedway on June 8.

The El Paso native continued his upward climb in the series point charts with a strong fourth-place finish at Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, South Dakota last Friday before wrapping up his first visit to the pair of South Dakota tracks with a runner-up showing at Rapid City’s Black Hills Speedway on Saturday.

With top-finishes in his last seven Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour feature events, Carney has climbed to fourth in series points and looks to improve upon that as he guns for a $15,000 payday at this weekend’s Dirt Cup..

Quick Stats:  13 Races, 2 Wins, 8 top-fives, 10 top-tens.

Next Up: Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour at Skagit Speedway’s “Dirt Cup” in Alger, WA, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Author: Lonnie Wheatley


El Paso racer Carney II earns first win of season Sunday night

In a thriller that had everyone guessing who would take the win at Lake Ozark Speedway, El Paso’s John Carney II held off the hard-charging duo of Jonathan Cornell and Matt Covington for his first victory of the season with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network on Sunday night.

“Man this feels good. We’ve been working hard, and we’ve had a fast car. Just haven’t caught any breaks and I guess we did catch at least one tonight, but this car was great. Everyone who helps me, South Plains Auto Transport, Danny Sander Construction, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Jackson Compaction….just everyone it means a lot. It takes lots of help to operate up and down the road, and without them, I couldn’t be here racing. It’s a lot of fun to get to come out here and do this,” stated Carney in Victory Lane.

Carney’s fourth career victory with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, the battle between he and early race leader, Matt Covington, saw the duo trade the lead nearly a dozen times with each answering the other’s slide job over the course of the $5,000 to win feature event.

Taking the point after a second attempt at the start, Covington led the way with the race halted on Lap 6 when Sam Hafertepe, Jr. and Kyle Bellm came together battling for third; sending the pair flipping violently into the third and fourth turns. Both drivers were unharmed but unable to continue.

Restarting with Jamie Ball and John Carney II in tow, Covington held the point as Carney worked to second on a Lap 7 restart for a stopped No. 28 of Scott Bogucki.

Working the low side of the Lake Ozark Speedway, Carney advanced to the point on Lap 10 with the pair exchanging the position several times before Carney was able to get some breathing room. Short-lived as the pair hit traffic, Carney found his line blocked; allowing the Triple X Race Co. No. 95 to make the high line pass working Lap 20, but the caution would bring the field back to Lap 19, and the Danny Sander Construction No. J2 back to the lead.

Keeping pace on the field at the restart, Carney continued to work the hub as Covington railed the cushion. Going after the lead with five to go, the pair were joined by Jonathan Cornell with the No. 35m looking anywhere they weren’t. Slide for slide, Carney, and Covington exchanged the lead with Cornell nearly taking it away several times as the laps clicked by. To the white flag, and still anyone’s race, Carney made his car as wide as possible as the trio dove into the final two turns. A drag race to the checkered flag, Carney snagged the win by 0.194 seconds with Jonathan Cornell getting the last lap pass for the runner-up spot. Matt Covington in a close, and badly needed third after flipping on Saturday night, trailed by a mere 0.911 seconds. Running inside the top five nearly the entire race, Paul Nienhiser held on to fourth with Jamie Ball making a nice rebound run to fifth.

Advancing 14 positions after having to race his way in through the second B-Feature, Blake Hahn was the night’s hard charger in sixth. Terry McCarl was seventh with Sean McClelland eighth. Retaking the point’s lead, Roger Crockett rallied from 14th to ninth for a pair of top tens on the weekend. Finishing 10th for the second night in a row was Jordon Mallett.

Seeing several weekly competitors for Knoxville Raceway make the trip on Sunday, 38 drivers broke down into five Heat Races that went to Kyle Bellm, Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Matt Covington, Jamie Ball, and Carson McCarl. A pair of B-Features were topped by Chris Martin and Scott Bogucki. Three drivers utilized provisionals with Harli White using a National Owner Point’s Provisional. Miles Paulus entered on the ASCS Warrior Region Provisional with Aryton Gennetten gifted a Promoter’s Provisional.

The next event for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network is Saturday, June 1 at Route 66 Motor Speedway in Amarillo, Texas. Fans not able to attend can find the weekend broadcast live via this link.

For other news, notes, and information on the American Sprint Car Series, from the National Tour to any of the nine Regional Tours that make up ASCS Nation in 2019, log onto their website, follow on Facebook, on Instagram, and on Twitter (@LucasOilASCS).

Race Results:

Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV
ASCS Warrior Region
Lake Ozark Speedway (Eldon, Mo.)
Sunday, May 26, 2019

Car Count: 38
Event Count: 41

SCE Gaskets Heat Races (Top 16 in Passing Points advance to the A-Feature)

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 86-Kyle Bellm, [2]; 2. 4X-Terry McCarl, [4]; 3. 6-Bryan Grimes, [3]; 4. 84-Brandon Hanks, [1]; 5. 33M-Mason Daniel, [6]; 6. 17W-Harli White, [8]; 7. 77X-Alex Hill, [7]; 8. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, [5]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [5]; 2. J2-John Carney II, [1]; 3. 14-Jordon Mallett, [4]; 4. 0-Steven Russell, [6]; 5. 44M-Chris Martin, [7]; 6. 99-John Schulz, [2]; 7. (DNF) 49B-Ben Brown, [3]; (DNS) 44-Jared Sewell,

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 95-Matt Covington, [2]; 2. 35M-Jonathan Cornell, [1]; 3. 21H-Brian Brown, [4]; 4. 28-Scott Bogucki, [3]; 5. 52-Blake Hahn, [7]; 6. 78-Kaley Gharst, [6]; 7. 33-Austin Alumbaugh, [5]; 8. 21-Miles Paulus, [8]

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 5J-Jamie Ball, [3]; 2. 37H-Nicholas Howard, [1]; 3. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, [6]; 4. 2X-Tucker Doughty, [4]; 5. 21P-Robbie Price, [2]; 6. 1K-Kelby Watt, [7]; 7. 3P-Rusty Potter, [5]

Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 27-Carson McCarl, [1]; 2. 22-Sean McClelland, [3]; 3. 11-Roger Crockett, [4]; 4. 22X-Riley Goodno, [2]; 5. 5-Kory Bales, [6]; 6. 4-Evan Martin, [7]; 7. 6X-Frank Rogers, [5]

BMRS B-Features (Top 3 from each advance to the A-Feature)

B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 44M-Chris Martin, [1]; 2. 77X-Alex Hill, [8]; 3. 2X-Tucker Doughty, [2]; 4. 84-Brandon Hanks, [5]; 5. 33M-Mason Daniel, [3]; 6. 4-Evan Martin, [6]; 7. 3P-Rusty Potter, [9]; 8. 22X-Riley Goodno, [4]; 9. (DNF) 78-Kaley Gharst, [7]; 10. (DNF) 3-Ayrton Gennetten, [10]; (DNS) 49B-Ben Brown,

B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 28-Scott Bogucki, [2]; 2. 52-Blake Hahn, [1]; 3. 21P-Robbie Price, [6]; 4. 17W-Harli White, [4]; 5. 21-Miles Paulus, [10]; 6. 1K-Kelby Watt, [5]; 7. 5-Kory Bales, [3]; 8. 99-John Schulz, [7]; 9. (DNF) 33-Austin Alumbaugh, [8]; 10. (DNF) 44-Jared Sewell, [11]; 11. (DNF) 6X-Frank Rogers, [9]


A Feature (30 Laps): 1. J2-John Carney II, [6]; 2. 35M-Jonathan Cornell, [5]; 3. 95-Matt Covington, [2]; 4. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, [7]; 5. 5J-Jamie Ball, [4]; 6. 52-Blake Hahn, [20]; 7. 4X-Terry McCarl, [9]; 8. 22-Sean McClelland, [8]; 9. 11-Roger Crockett, [14]; 10. 14-Jordon Mallett, [12]; 11. 27-Carson McCarl, [10]; 12. 6-Bryan Grimes, [16]; 13. 21H-Brian Brown, [13]; 14. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, [25]; 15. 21P-Robbie Price, [22]; 16. 77X-Alex Hill, [19]; 17. 17W-Harli White, [23]; 18. 44M-Chris Martin, [17]; 19. (DNF) 2X-Tucker Doughty, [21]; 20. (DNF) 21-Miles Paulus, [24]; 21. (DNF) 0-Steven Russell, [15]; 22. (DNF) 28-Scott Bogucki, [18]; 23. (DNF) 37H-Nicholas Howard, [11]; 24. (DNF) 86-Kyle Bellm, [1]; 25. (DNF) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [3]

Lap Leader(s): Matt Covington 1-10; John Carney II 11-30
Hard Charger: Blake Hahn +14
High Point Driver: Sam Hafertepe, Jr.
Provisional(s): Harli White (Points) / Miles Paulus (Regional) / Ayrton Gennetten (Promoter)

2019 National Tour Driver Standings (Top 15): 1. 2. Roger Crockett 903; 2. Matt Covington 893; 3. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 892; 4. Blake Hahn 883; 5. John Carney II 863; 6. Scott Bogucki 845; 7. Jamie Ball 794; 8. Harli White 776; 9. Robbie Price 729; 10. Jordon Mallett 726; 11. Alex Hill 703; 12. Tucker Doughty 638; 13. Dylan Westbrook 545; 14. Brandon Hanks 326; 15. Thomas Kennedy 300;

2019 Race Winners: Sam Hafertepe, Jr. – 3 (5/17 – I-96 Speedway; 5/18 – I-96 Speedway; 5/25 – Lake Ozark Speedway); Thomas Kennedy – 2 (4/25 – Eagle Raceway, 4/26 – U.S. 36 Raceway); John Carney II – 1 (5/26 – Lake Ozark Speedway);

Weather Related Cancellations: Devil’s Bowl Speedway (3/15 and 3/16); Williams Grove Speedway (5/3); Selinsgrove Speedway (5/4); Lakeside Speedway (5/9); I-30 Speedway (5/11)

Author: Bryan Hulbert – Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series

El Paso racer Carney gets ASCS National Title pursuit under way this weekend

After much anticipation, El Paso native John Carney II finally gets his chase for the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour championship under way with a pair of events in Nebraska and Missouri on Thursday and Friday.

Carney will kick off the weekend aboard the Sander Construction/South Plains Auto Transport/Mesilla Valley Transportation No. J2 Sprint Car on Thursday at Nebraska’s Eagle Raceway before moving on to Cameron, Missouri’s U.S. 36 Raceway on Friday.

The National events were originally set to fire off in mid-March at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX, only to be wiped out by wet weather.

Eagle should be an ideal starting point for Carney, as he has enjoyed success atop the racey, high-banked 1/3-mile clay oval including a past triumph in the track’s Racesaver Nationals that attracts fields of approximately 100.

“Eagle is fun to race at and it’s been good for us, hopefully we can get this thing off to a really good start on Thursday night,” Carney commented.

From there, it will be new territory with Carney’s first visit to the lightning-fast high banks of U.S. 36 Raceway’s 3/8-mile clay oval on Friday night.

“I feel like we usually do pretty well at tracks that we haven’t seen, so I think we should be in good shape,” Carney says.

With Mother Nature wreaking havoc over the early portion of the season, Carney has just one night of competition so far with 81 Speedway’s opening leg of the Air Capital Shootout before the final night was washed out earlier this month.

Carney rebounded to post a 14th-place finish in that outing after being collected in an opening-lap melee that resulted in left rear damage.

Carney has made the most of the unscheduled downtime, putting the necessary touches on everything to ensure the team is ready for a full season on the road.

“I’ve taken the extra time getting the trailer updated and making sure the cars and engines are ready,” Carney says.  “We have everything ready to go, I’m excited to finally get started this weekend and get off to a good start.”

El Paso Racer Carney Kicks Off Season with Air Capital Shootout this Weekend

After the scheduled-season opening event at Devil’s Bowl Speedway fell victim to Mother Nature in March, John Carney II finally gets to hit the track with this weekend’s $14,000-to-win NCRA Sprint Car “Park City Cup/Air Capital Shootout” at Wichita, Kansas’ 81 Speedway.

“I’m excited to finally get our season going,” the driver of the Sander Construction/South Plains Auto Transport/Mesilla Valley Transportation No. J2 Sprint Car commented. “We’ve done our best to take advantage of the down time just getting everything prepared, we’re definitely ready to get things going now.”

Carney, who is set to take on the entire Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour this year, has made several visits to 81 Speedway in the past. And, while the speed has been there, the luck certainly hasn’t.

In one instance, Carney started the Air Capital Shootout feature from the pole position only to have the brakes fall off at the start. Another time, he was leading only to have an engine failure midway through the race. And on another occasion, a too tight car and windy conditions led to sliding off the track and flipping.

“We have always been fast there, we just need to finish the night out,” Carney says. “That’s what we plan to do this weekend.”

The event takes place on Friday and Saturday atop the 3/8-mile clay oval with the $14,000-to-win finale on Saturday following a $1,500-to-win card on Friday night.

El Paso Racer Carney Closes Out 2018 Season at Copper Classic

John Carney II is set to close out the 2018 season on a strong note by taking in this weekend’s $5,000-to-win ASCS Southwest “Copper Classic” at San Tan Valley’s Arizona Speedway.

The El Paso native is taking the wheel of the No. 01 entry fielded by Allan and Kaylene Verville for the event that takes place on Friday and Saturday.

“We had talked about doing something and this seemed like a good time to do it,” Carney explains. “They always have good equipment, so I’m looking forward to it and hope for a good weekend.”

It will just be the second time for Carney to take to the Arizona Speedway clay oval after posting a runner-up finish in the 2016 edition of the “Copper Classic”.

“I have just been there that one time and we were pretty decent both nights,” Carney comments.

It will mark Carney’s first action since rallying from deep in the field to post a sixth-place finish aboard his No. J2 racing entry at the season-ending Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour event at Sapulpa, Oklahoma’s Creek County Speedway on October 27.

“It ended up being a good night, considering that I got myself behind the eight ball early on,” Carney recalls. “I was too tight in the heat race and started in the back, then got by a few cars in the qualifier before a couple of others went by and I knew how far off I was.”

It came down to “B” Main action and Carney turned his night around.

“I just threw something at it and that thing came to life,” Carney says.

Carney climbed from fifth to second in “B” Main action to earn the 20th starting position for the “Fall Fling” main event. Carney was on the march throughout the 41-lapper, climbing from ten rows deep to capture a sixth-place finish by the time the checkered flag flew.

“If we had started the night with what we had in the ‘B’ and then the ‘A’, I feel like we would been on the podium,” Carney sums up.

Carney looks to finish strong with Allan and Kaylene Verville at Arizona Speedway on Friday and Saturday.

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

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

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.

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