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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’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.

New Vado Speedway Park Updates Progress, Releases Schedule for 2019

Officials from the new Vado Speedway Park in Vado, N.M., have released a tentative schedule of events for the 2019 racing season.

“We met with the construction team earlier this month and we are on track for opening night in March 2019,” said General Manager Rue Stone who will oversee operations at the all-new, state-of-the-art motorsports complex in the New Mexico desert. “We are getting a lot of exposure from all over the country from fans, sponsors and sanctioning bodies, and we are excited to get the season underway.

“This is yet another reason why Royal Jones and his family are so respected in the racing community—and deservedly so,” Stone added. “Few, if any, have done what Royal has for dirt track racers and fans. He means the world to dirt track racing and to me personally.”

The same classes that competed on Saturday nights last year at the now-shuttered Southern New Mexico Speedway will be competing at the Vado Speedway Park, and there are no significant rules changes in any of the weekly classes.

Modifieds, Stock Cars and X-Mods (B-Mods) will be sanctioned by the USRA and compete for Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national, regional and track points. The Legend Cars will again be sanctioned by INEX.

With a robust schedule of events, Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars top the list with 41 appearances throughout the season and each driver’s best 30 starts will apply toward the season points championship.

Hacienda Carpet & Tile USRA X-Mods have 28 nights penciled in and 22 shows will count toward final track points.

American Documents & Dent Works Super Trucks, Casa Nissan Legend Cars and Clayton Donnelly Roofing Claimers each have 25 nights of racing. Rancho Milagro USRA Modifieds will be on the card for 24 nights.

All four classes will apply the driver’s best 20 finishes during the 2019 campaign.

Twenty race nights have the Anthony Sosa Roofing Late Models scheduled and 18 of those apply toward the track championship. With 21 nights of Lucas Oil POWRi 305 Winged Sprint Car action, 18 best starts will count toward the title chase.

Open wheel madness will be in full force at the Vado Speedway Park in 2019. The Lucas Oil POWRi/NMMRA 360 Non-Wing Sprint Cars will make seven stops while the ASCS Southwest Region 360 Winged Sprint Cars will each be in action four nights and the United States Modified Touring Series for three evenings.

ASCS Southwest Region 360 Winged Sprint Cars make their first appearance on Saturday and Sunday, May 25-26, for the annual Salute to Indy and return August 31 and September 1 for the Border Tour.

The USMTS and Rancho Milagro USRA Modifieds will headline the 2nd Annual Short Track Shootout on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 3-5.

The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League will join Mod Lites for their debut and only appearance of the year during the season-ending inaugural Turkey Bowl on Friday and Saturday, November 29-30.

Vado Speedway Park is a semi-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located just off of I-10 at exit 155, then 0.2 mile north on Stern Dr. (track is on your left). For more information, call (575) 524-7913 or (505) 524-7913. You can also check out VSP on Facebook at Facebook, Instagram or on Twitter.

Vado Speedway Park 2019 schedule:

Thursday, March 28 … Test ‘n’ Tune.

Friday-Saturday, March 29-30 … 305 Sprint Shootout: Lucas Oil POWRi 305 Winged Sprint Cars ($2,500 to win), Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars, American Documents & Dent Works Super Trucks, Casa Nissan Legend Cars.
Saturday, April 6 … Rancho Milagro USRA Modifieds, Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars, American Documents & Dent Works Super Trucks, Clayton Donnelly Roofing Claimers.

Friday, April 12 … Lucas Oil POWRi 305 Winged Sprint Cars, Anthony Sosa Roofing Late Models, Hacienda Carpet & Tile USRA X-Mods, Casa Nissan Legend Cars.
Saturday, April 13 … Lucas Oil POWRi 305 Winged Sprint Cars, Anthony Sosa Roofing Late Models, Hacienda Carpet & Tile USRA X-Mods, Casa Nissan Legend Cars.

Saturday, April 20 … Lucas Oil POWRi/NMMRA 360 Non-Wing Sprint Cars, Rancho Milagro USRA Modifieds, Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars, American Documents & Dent Works Super Trucks, Clayton Donnelly Roofing Claimers.

Friday, April 26 … Rancho Milagro USRA Modifieds, Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars, American Documents & Dent Works Super Trucks, Clayton Donnelly Roofing Claimers Casa Nissan Legend Cars.
Saturday, April 27 … Lucas Oil POWRi 305 Winged Sprint Cars, Anthony Sosa Roofing Late Models, Hacienda Carpet & Tile USRA X-Mods, Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars, Casa Nissan Legend Cars.
Thursday, May 2 … Test ‘n’ Tune.

Friday-Sunday, May 3-5 … 2nd Annual Rancho Milagro Short Track Shootout: USMTS/USRA Modifieds, Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars, American Documents & Dent Works Super Trucks, Clayton Donnelly Roofing Claimers.

Saturday, May 11 … Lucas Oil POWRi/NMMRA 360 Non-Wing Sprint Cars, Hacienda Carpet & Tile USRA X-Mods, Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars, Casa Nissan Legend Cars, Clayton Donnelly Roofing Claimers.

Friday, May 17 … Rancho Milagro USRA Modifieds, Anthony Sosa Roofing Late Models, Hacienda Carpet & Tile USRA X-Mods, Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars, Casa Nissan Legend Cars.
Saturday, May 18 … Lucas Oil POWRi 305 Winged Sprint Cars, Anthony Sosa Roofing Late Models, Hacienda Carpet & Tile USRA X-Mods, Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars, Casa Nissan Legend Cars.

Saturday-Sunday, May 25-26 … Salute to Indy: ASCS Southwest Region 360 Winged Sprint Cars, Anthony Sosa Roofing Late Models, Hacienda Carpet & Tile USRA X-Mods, Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars (Saturday), Casa Nissan Legend Cars (Sunday).

Friday, May 31 … Rancho Milagro USRA Modifieds, American Documents & Dent Works Super Trucks, Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars, Clayton Donnelly Roofing Claimers.
Saturday, June 1 … Lucas Oil POWRi 305 Winged Sprint Cars, Anthony Sosa Roofing Late Models, Hacienda Carpet & Tile USRA X-Mods, Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars, Casa Nissan Legend Cars.

Saturday, June 8 … Lucas Oil POWRi/NMMRA 360 Non-Wing Sprint Cars, Rancho Milagro USRA Modifieds, American Documents & Dent Works Super Trucks, Casa Nissan Legend Cars, Clayton Donnelly Roofing Claimers.

Friday-Saturday, June 14-15 … Lucas Oil POWRi 305 Winged Sprint Cars, Anthony Sosa Roofing Late Models, Hacienda Carpet & Tile USRA X-Mods, Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars, Casa Nissan Legend Cars.

Saturday, June 22 … Rancho Milagro USRA Modifieds, Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars, American Documents & Dent Works Super Trucks, Clayton Donnelly Roofing Claimers.

Saturday, June 29 … MVT Night + Fireworks: Lucas Oil POWRi 305 Winged Sprint Cars, Anthony Sosa Roofing Late Models, Hacienda Carpet & Tile USRA X-Mods, Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars.

Friday-Saturday, July 5-6 … Rancho Milagro USRA Modifieds, Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars, American Documents & Dent Works Super Trucks, Clayton Donnelly Roofing Claimers.

Saturday, July 13 … Lucas Oil POWRi 305 Winged Sprint Cars, Anthony Sosa Roofing Late Models, Hacienda Carpet & Tile USRA X-Mods, Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars, Casa Nissan Legend Cars.

Friday, July 19 … Rancho Milagro USRA Modifieds, Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars, American Documents & Dent Works Super Trucks, Clayton Donnelly Roofing Claimers.
Saturday, July 20 … Lucas Oil POWRi/NMMRA 360 Non-Wing Sprint Cars, Rancho Milagro USRA Modifieds, Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars, American Documents & Dent Works Super Trucks, Clayton Donnelly Roofing Claimers.

Friday, July 26 … Lucas Oil POWRi 305 Winged Sprint Cars, Anthony Sosa Roofing Late Models, Hacienda Carpet & Tile USRA X-Mods, Casa Nissan Legend Cars.
Saturday, July 27 … Lucas Oil POWRi 305 Winged Sprint Cars, Anthony Sosa Roofing Late Models, Hacienda Carpet & Tile USRA X-Mods, Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars, Casa Nissan Legend Cars.

Friday-Saturday, Aug. 2-3 … Rancho Milagro USRA Modifieds, Hacienda Carpet & Tile USRA X-Mods, American Documents & Dent Works Super Trucks, Clayton Donnelly Roofing Claimers.

Saturday, Aug. 10 … Lucas Oil POWRi 305 Winged Sprint Cars, Anthony Sosa Roofing Late Models, Hacienda Carpet & Tile USRA X-Mods, Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars, Casa Nissan Legend Cars.

Friday, Aug. 16 … Rancho Milagro USRA Modifieds, Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars, American Documents & Dent Works Super Trucks, Clayton Donnelly Roofing Claimers.
Saturday, Aug. 17 … Lucas Oil POWRi/NMMRA 360 Non-Wing Sprint Cars, Rancho Milagro USRA Modifieds, Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars, American Documents & Dent Works Super Trucks, Clayton Donnelly Roofing Claimers.

Friday-Saturday, Aug. 23-24 … Lucas Oil POWRi 305 Winged Sprint Cars, Anthony Sosa Roofing Late Models, Hacienda Carpet & Tile USRA X-Mods, Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars, Casa Nissan Legend Cars.

Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1 … Border Tour: ASCS Southwest Region 360 Winged Sprint Cars, Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars, American Documents & Dent Works Super Trucks, Clayton Donnelly Roofing Claimers.

Saturday, Sept. 7 … Lucas Oil POWRi 305 Winged Sprint Cars, Anthony Sosa Roofing Late Models, Hacienda Carpet & Tile USRA X-Mods, Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars, Casa Nissan Legend Cars.

Saturday, Sept. 14 … Lucas Oil POWRi/NMMRA 360 Non-Wing Sprint Cars, Rancho Milagro USRA Modifieds, Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars, American Documents & Dent Works Super Trucks, Clayton Donnelly Roofing Claimers.

Friday-Saturday, Sept. 20-21 … Lucas Oil POWRi 305 Winged Sprint Cars, Anthony Sosa Roofing Late Models, Hacienda Carpet & Tile USRA X-Mods, Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars, Casa Nissan Legend Cars.

Friday-Saturday, Sept. 27-28 … Rancho Milagro USRA Modifieds, Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars, American Documents & Dent Works Super Trucks, Clayton Donnelly Roofing Claimers.

Thursday, Oct. 3 … Test ‘n’ Tune.

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 4-5 … INEX Legends Car Dirt Nationals: Casa Nissan Legend Cars, Hacienda Carpet & Tile USRA X-Mods, American Documents & Dent Works Super Trucks, Clayton Donnelly Roofing Claimers + Mod-Lites.

Thursday, Oct. 24 … Test ‘n’ Tune.

Friday-Sunday, Oct. 25-27 … 20th Annual Toyota USRA Fall Nationals: Rancho Milagro USRA Modifieds, Hacienda Carpet & Tile USRA X-Mods, Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars.

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 29-30 … Inaugural Turkey Bowl: POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League, Lucas Oil POWRi/NMMRA 360 Non-Wing Sprint Cars, Lucas Oil POWRi 305 Winged Sprint Cars.

Schedule is tentative and subject to change without notice. Visit the Vado Speedway Park website for ticket prices, times and the latest schedule lineup.

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.

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