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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’s Own Carney Set for Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour Title Chase

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.

“Devil’s Bowl has been good for us,” Carney says. “In fact, it seems like we’ve locked in most of the times that we have been there in the last several years.”

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.

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