Carney Captures Fourth Win of the Year
(Jim Rosas photo)
Lonnie Wheatley, EL PASO, Texas (May 31, 2018) – John Carney II continued his winning ways by driving the John Carney Racing No. J2 Sprint Car to ASCS Southwest victory lane at Las Cruces’ Southern New Mexico Speedway on Saturday night.
It was a weekend that included a pair of podium runs for the El Paso native with a third-place finish in Sunday’s ASCS Southwest feature at the same track’s Salute to Indy to finish off the Memorial Day Weekend of racing.
“Both nights went really well, it was a good way to get ready for ASCS Speedweek,” Carney commented.
Before Speedweek fires off next weekend, Carney will take in Friday’s 305-ci Sprint Car card at Lubbock’s West Texas Raceway.
Last weekend’s Southern New Mexico Speedway double began with Carney II climbing from sixth to second in his heat race and then redrawing the fourth starting position for the feature. Carney wasted little time racing to the front en route to his fourth overall win of the year, this one worth $2,500.
“The track widened out a lot early and was really dry by the main event,” Carney relates. “I started pushing for the lead off the bat, I was able to get the lead and set the pace the rest of the way.”
After another high draw on Sunday, Carney climbed from seventh to fourth in heat race action to make the redraw once again. This time, he drew the six to start third row outside of the feature.
Carney made his way into the lead mix before ultimately settling for third at the stripe.
“The top had some moisture, I didn’t think it would take any rubber until maybe the end,” Carney explained. “But about seven or eight laps in, I had got by (Rick) Ziehl for second and (Jesse) Baker had latched onto the rubber.”
Traffic would play a role in the final outcome of this one.
“We were racing for the lead and came up on a lapped car,” Carney recalls. “We split him and I had to get off the throttle, that’s when Ziehl got back by for second.”
Carney held third the rest of the way to finish off the weekend.
Carney guns for win number five on the year Friday night at West Texas Raceway before taking on the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour Speedweek beginning at the same Lubbock, TX, oval next Friday, June 8.
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 and Joe Hunt Magnetos.
Up Next: IMCA 305-ci Sprint Cars at West Texas Raceway (Lubbock, TX) on Friday night.
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