Carney Captures Runner-up Honors in “Speedweek Northwest” Points
Lonnie Wheatley, EL PASO, Texas (July 19, 2018) – El Paso native John Carney II appeared to have found Oregon to his liking.
Carney raced the Clayton Snow No. 7 Sprint Car entry to a podium finish on four of five Western Sprint Tour “Speedweek Northwest” events to round out the five-race set second in the week’s overall points.
“Considering I had never seen any of those racetracks before, I thought it was a pretty good week,” Carney commented.
The week opened on Tuesday night, July 10, at Coos Bay Speedway with Carney clocking in fifth quick before racing to a third-place finish in the feature.
“I was just kinda spinning the tires on the short runs at the end,” Carney said afterward. “We were right there, maybe a lapped car or two away from getting the lead.”
Action shifted to Lebanon’s Willamette Speedway on Wednesday night with Carney picking off a heat race win before posting his second third-place finish in as many nights.
“Starting fifth wasn’t ideal with the track conditions, although the first seven or eight laps there were people on the top and the bottom,” Carney recalls. “We nearly got to second then lost a couple of spots. We were able to get back by (D.J.) Netto and (Willie) Croft and rode it out from there.”
Thursday night resulted in a sixth-place run atop the cozy confines of Banks’ Sunset Speedway Park.
“We had good speed each night, even at Banks,” Carney commented. “We just got buried in the heat and had to make the most of it.”
Two nights at Cottage Grove rounded out the week with Carney back on the podium in third on Friday night and then posting his best finish of the week with a runner-up showing in the Saturday night finale to secure third in overall points for the week.
Carney was in position to win the finale, coming up just short at the line.
“The only shot I had at getting him was going to be on that restart if I could get under him and shake him up a little bit, but I didn’t quite get there,” Carney explained.
It put the wraps on a strong week for Carney and the Snow No. 7 Sprint Car team that netted second in “Speedweek Northwest” points.
“It was a lot of fun racing with those guys,” Carney says. “I hope I get to go back out and do that deal again, especially now that I’ve had a chance to see the tracks.”
Carney will now take a weekend off before three weeks of Iowa competition get under way with All Star Circuit of Champions and 360-ci action at Knoxville Raceway on July 28 leading into the Knoxville 360 Nationals and then the Knoxville Nationals.
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Quick Results: Western Sprint Tour “Speedweek Northwest”
Tuesday, July 10 – 3rd at Coos Bay Speedway (Coos Bay, OR)
Wednesday, July 11 – 3rd Willamette Speedway (Lebanon, OR)
Thursday, July 12 – 6th at Sunset Speedway Park (Banks, OR)
Friday, July 13 – 3rd at Cottage Grove Speedway (Cottage Grove, OR)
Saturday, July 14 – 2nd at Cottage Grove Speedway (Cottage Grove, OR)
Next Up: Knoxville (IA) Raceway on Saturday, July 28.
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