Carney Compiles Strong ASCS Speedweek
Lonnie Wheatley, EL PASO, Texas (June 21, 2018) – Any Speedweek can be a demanding task. John Carney II made the most of the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour’s Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek by racing to finish of seventh in overall points for the week.
It was a Speedweek that consisted of six races at six different tracks throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas over the course of six nights.
“It was great for us,” Carney says. “We raced straight into the feature each night, had no DNF’s and three top-fives.”
Carney began and ended the mini-series with his best runs of fourth in the opening leg at Lubbock’s West Texas Raceway on Friday, June 8, and then again in the final round last Saturday night at Kansas’ Salina Speedway.
He also picked up Hard Charger honors by rallying from 13th to fifth at Lawton Speedway in Round Four on Wednesday, June 13, with other finishes including 13th at both Amarillo’s Route 66 Motor Speedway (June 9) and Mesquite’s Devil’s Bowl Speedway (June 12) and 12th at Creek County Speedway (June 14).
One thing that was consistent over the course of the six races was Carney’s ability to pull big numbers in the pre-race draw. At no point did Carney ever start better than fifth in a heat race. He didn’t let that slow his charge though.
“We were at the back of every heat race,” Carney says. “But we passed cars in every heat race to put us directly into features, we never had to run a ‘B’ Feature.”
And the times that Carney passed the most in heat races, he capitalized with strong runs to finish the night.
“We got into the redraw three times and finished in the top five each time,” Carney explains.
Still getting pieces and parts assembled for the newly-formed John Carney Racing team, the El Paso native battled a tight car much of the week.
“In general, we were pretty tight all week,” Carney says. “We would make gains on one part of the track but lose it somewhere else.”
After taking this upcoming weekend off, Carney looks to build upon a strong ASCS Speedweek performance that featured solid, consistent runs each night.
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.
Quick Results: Lucas Oil ASCS Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek.
Friday, June 8 – 4th at West Texas Raceway (Lubbock, TX).
Saturday, June 9 – 13th at Route 66 Motor Speedway (Amarillo, TX).
Tuesday, June 12 – 13th at Devil’s Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX).
Wednesday, June 13 – 5th and Hard Charger at Lawton (OK) Speedway.
Thursday, June 14 – 12th at Creek County Speedway (Sapulpa, OK).
Saturday, June 16 – 4th at Salina (KS) Speedway.
Up Next: TBD.
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