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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’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.

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.

Fans can keep track of John Carney II’s on-track action by clicking on schedule and results or on Facebook

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

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

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