Lonnie Wheatley, EL PASO, Texas (May 17,
2019) – Sitting a strong fourth in early Lucas
Oil ASCS National Tour points, El Paso native
John Carney makes his first racing trip to
Michigan for this weekend’s pair of events at
Lake Odessa’s I-96 Speedway.
While it will be Carney’s first trip to
the 3/8-mile clay oval, the driver of the Sander
Construction/South Plains Auto Transport/Mesilla
Valley Transportation No. J2 Sprint Car has seen
video of the oval.
“It looks like it gets slick through the
center and there’s a top and a bottom,” Carney
says. “It looks like there should be two
lanes of racing, so it should be good.”
Carney climbed to fourth in series points
following the trip to Pennsylvania two weekend
ago where only a Selinsgrove heat race was
completed before rains washed out the feature.
The entire Friday card at Williams Grove
Speedway fell victim to rain as well.
With last weekend’s originally schedule
ASCS event at Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway
falling to weather early, a last-minute decision
to compete at Iowa Park, Texas’ Monarch Motor
Speedway on Saturday night in Sprint Car Bandits
action resulted in Carney’s first feature win of
“We didn’t decide to go until Saturday
morning,” Carney relates.
Carney piloted the No. 45 South Plains
Transport Sprint Car for the evening.
“With their left rear tire rule and the
wings flattened out, we were originally just
going to run the 305,” Carney explains.
“But when we got there and saw heavy the track
was, we dropped a 360 in it instead.”
Pacing the early laps of the feature,
Carney slipped back to fifth after a wheelie but
was able to work his way back towards the front
to capture the win.
“It’s not a bad way to start the year,”
Carney said after just his fourth full night of
competition amidst a multitude of rainouts.
“We worked on some things on the car, some
shocks and stuff to keep it a little simpler.”
Carney will try to transfer that success
to ASCS National Tour action this weekend in
Quick Stats: 4
Races, 1 Win, 3 top-tens.
Next Up: Lucas Oil
ASCS National Tour at I-96 Speedway (Lake
Odessa, MI) on Friday and Saturday.
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