Lonnie Wheatley, EL PASO, Texas (May 3,
2019) – El Paso native John Carney II kicked off
his rookie campaign with the Lucas Oil ASCS
National Tour in strong form by notching a pair
of top ten finishes in last week’s opening pair
of events in Nebraska and Missouri.
This weekend brings Carney and the Sander
Construction/South Plains Auto Transport/Mesilla
Valley Transportation No. J2 Sprint Car team to
central Pennsylvania for the first time with
ASCS National Tour action at Mechanicsburg’s
storied Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night
and then Selinsgrove Speedway on Saturday night.
Last weekend’s pair of events resulted in
a tenth-place finish in the ASCS National Tour
season opener at Nebraska’s Eagle Raceway on
Thursday night and then a seventh-place run at
Cameron, Missouri’s U.S. 36 Raceway on Friday
“Our results didn’t really show how fast
we were,” Carney summed up. “Overall, it
was a good weekend.”
The weekend began with Carney climbing
from third to second in his heat race at Eagle
Raceway on Thursday and then posting a
tenth-place finish in the feature after starting
“We had a mechanical issue with the brakes
and we were just a little bit off, we finished
tenth but I felt like we should have been a few
more spots up,” Carney commented.
Making his U.S. 36 Raceway debut on
Friday, Carney won his heat race and then
finished out the night seventh after starting
eighth once again in the feature.
“We ran fifth or sixth most of the race,”
Carney recalls. “We had a restart and I
lost some spots instead of gaining some like we
did on the one before.”
Escaping the weekend sitting seventh in
Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour points, Carney
looks to build upon that with this weekend’s
first visit to central Pennsylvania’s Williams
Grove Speedway and Selinsgrove Speedway.
Races 3, Top-Tens 2.
Next Up: Lucas Oil
ASCS National Tour at Williams Grove Speedway
(Mechanicsburg, PA) on Friday and Selinsgrove
(PA) Speedway on Saturday.
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