Lonnie Wheatley, EL PASO, Texas (August
15, 2019) – A late change of plans will find
John Carney II and the Sander Construction/South
Plains Auto Transport/Mesilla Valley
Transportation No. J2 Sprint Car in action with
the ASCS Sooner Region on Saturday night at
Lawton Speedway in southwest Oklahoma.
Currently sitting fourth in Lucas Oil ASCS
National Tour points, Carney sees it as an ideal
opportunity to prepare for the final stretch of
“It will be a good weekend to try out a
few things that we have been working on and try
to get our car dialed in for the last 12 races
or so,” Carney explains.
Carney’s most recent action was at the
Knoxville 360 Nationals on August 1-3 and then
Oskaloosa’s Southern Iowa Speedway on Tuesday,
After timing in 11th among the
Thursday night preliminary field of 42, Carney
missed the transfer from his heat by just one
position. While it put the El Paso native
behind the eight ball, he still battled from
sixth to claim second and transfer from the
Saturday “C” Main and advanced another seven
positions before finishing out the weekend 15th
in the “B” Main.
“We rolled out with a new car and a new
motor and it wasn’t that far off,” Carney
explains. “We just needed to make that
transfer. That put us in the ‘C’ for
Saturday and we passed cars in that and then
passed more in the ‘B’, so I thought we ran
pretty well. We just had too much of a
hole to dig out of.”
Moving on to Oskaloosa on Tuesday, August
6, Carney raced to a ninth-place finish on the
night after a fourth-place heat race showing.
“The gear we started the night with wasn’t
favorable for how dry it was,” Carney says.
“We tried a few things for the feature and got
closer to where we needed to be.”
Saturday’s tilt at Lawton Speedway will
mark Carney’s second visit to the quarter-mile
red clay oval this season after posting a
fifth-place run during Speedweek action in June.
Carney looks for another strong run this
John Carney Racing is made possible by the
support of invaluable partners including Danny
Sander Construction, South Plains Auto
Transport, Mesilla Valley Transportation,
Jackson Compaction, Vado Speedway Park, CSR
Garage, Momentum Racing Suspensions, Performance
Plus, Performance Motor Coach, Raider Graphix,
MSD Ignition, Joe Hunt Magnetos and Bell
Quick Stats: 24
Races, 2 Wins, 12 top-fives, 15 top-tens.
Next Up: ASCS Sooner
Region at Lawton (OK) Speedway on Saturday.
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