Grizzly Weekend in Store for Carney on the ASCS Trail
Lonnie Wheatley, EL PASO, Texas (July 12, 2019) – John Carney II is in for quite the grizzled time with this weekend’s Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour Grizzly Nationals at Gallatin Speedway in Belgrade, Montana on Friday and Saturday.
It will mark Carney’s first visit to the Montana dirt oval.
“It will be interesting for sure, it will probably be the only place I ever go where standing in victory lane actually seems a little more dangerous than being in the racecar,” Carney said of victory lane festivities that include a live grizzly bear.
Carney enters the weekend after a Fred Brownfield Classic at Elma, Washington’s Grays Harbor Raceway that included a strong runner-up showing on Friday, June 28, and then a 16th-place finish in the Saturday night finale.
Carney started the Elma weekend out in strong fashion with a heat race win and then nabbed runner-up honors in the feature after starting third.
“We were able to take advantage of a good pill draw,” Carney explains. “We were in good position to get the win in the feature. I was ripping around the top, I’d reel him (Devon Borden) in and then a yellow would come out. Without the yellows, I think we could have won. But he did drive a really good race.”
Saturday netted different results on a different track.
“It was day and night, the track was completely different and we drew the back of a strong heat,” Carney recalls. “And as the track slowed down, I just didn’t have any grip on the straightaways.”
Carney and crew continued working and raced into the feature through “B” Main action before finishing out the night in 16th.
“We made some changes and got better, but we started so far back and there wasn’t much that you could do,” Carney says. “It was probably our worst night of the year, but we still put down one of the quickest laps of the night in the feature.”
After an idle weekend, Carney sets his sights on a Grizzly this weekend.
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Quick Stats: 18 Races, 2 Wins, 11 top-fives, 13 top-tens.
Next Up: Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour at Gallatin Speedway in Belgrade, MT, on Friday and Saturday.
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