Carney Ready for Western Sprint Tour “Speedweek Northwest”
Lonnie Wheatley, EL PASO, Texas (July 10, 2018) – After three nights of California competition last week, El Paso’s John Carney II and the Clayton Snow No. 7 Sprint Car team have journeyed northward to Oregon to take in the Western Sprint Tour’s “Speedweek Northwest”.
The “Speedweek Northwest” will encompass five nights of competition from Tuesday night through Saturday beginning with the opening round at Coos Bay Speedway.
From there, competition shifts to Lebanon’s Willamette Speedway on Wednesday and then Banks’ Sunset Speedway Park on Thursday before wrapping up with a Cottage Grove Speedway double on Friday and Saturday.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Carney says. “I’ve never seen any of these tracks before, but I don’t think that should have any real bearing on our results.”
Carney and crew showed good speed in California last week even if the results don’t necessarily reflect it.
The week started at Marysville Raceway Park on Tuesday night and Carney was fast right out of the box.
“I had never seen the place before and we were the quickest car in hot laps and then set fast time in qualifying by about three-tenths of a second,” Carney recalls.
A heat race miscalculation put the team behind the eight ball though.
“I guess we didn’t put enough fuel in after qualifying and we ran out in the heat race,” Carney says. “That put us in a jam. We had to run the ‘B’ and got wrecked on a restart.”
The following night at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway got off to another good start before misfortune struck again.
“We timed in sixth, then we started the heat in third and was running in second when we had an engine failure,” Carney explains of the shortened night.
After a pair of off nights, it was back to racing action with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour at the Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday night.
“That place has been a thorn in my side since I started coming out here it seems like,” Carney says.
And it looked like that may continue. But, after timing in 25th among the field of 39 entries, Carney salvaged the night by racing to a solid 12th-place finish.
“We didn’t time in well at all, but then we were able to run up to fourth in the heat race to get locked into the feature,” Carney says. “We struggled early in the ‘A’, we started 16th and fell back to 20th. It started slicking off a little and I started picking them off. We got to tenth, then I got loose on the last lap and lost a couple of spots.”
It was still a strong outing after losing the primary powerplant at Chico earlier in the week.
“With the long straightaways at Stockton and the tire with the softer sidewalls, being down on power wasn’t the greatest combination,” Carney explains. “We were still able to make a good night out of it though.”
With five nights of new tracks awaiting the El Paso, Texas, native, Carney will look to add to his season win total of four beginning on Tuesday night at Coos Bay.
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: Western Sprint Tour “Speedweek Northwest”
Tuesday – Coos Bay Speedway (Coos Bay, OR)
Wednesday – Willamette Speedway (Lebanon, OR)
Thursday – Sunset Speedway Park (Banks, OR)
Friday – Cottage Grove Speedway (Cottage Grove, OR)
Saturday – Cottage Grove Speedway (Cottage Grove, OR)
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