Lonnie Wheatley, EL PASO, Texas (August
23, 2019) – With the Lucas Oil ASCS National
Tour firing back into action Saturday night atop
the fabled Riverside International Speedway in
West Memphis, John Carney II picked up some
added momentum going into the event.
It will mark Carney’s first visit to the
¼-mile, gumbo clay oval.
Taking advantage of an idle weekend,
Carney raced to victory lane aboard the Sander
Construction/South Plains Auto Transport/Mesilla
Valley Transportation No. J2 Sprint Car in last
Saturday’s ASCS Sooner Region feature event atop
the ¼-mile Lawton Speedway clay oval in
It was the third score of the year for the
driver that currently sits fourth in Lucas Oil
ASCS National Tour points.
“It’s a good indication that our car is
pretty good right now, it has a good feel to
it,” Carney said of the triumph. “What we
were looking for is what we found.”
Carney had the second heat race well in
hand to get the night going only to surrender
the point on the final circuit and finish
“I screwed up in the heat race. I
slowed down a lap early, I thought I had won
it,” Carney explains. “I’ve never done
Carney gridded the feature field sixth and
wasted little time moving up to second.
“The car would go anywhere, I decided to
ride the middle and got to second behind Wayne
(Johnson) right away,” Carney explains. “I
passed him down low, then the rubber came in
some and he got back by and I went back to
It was work that paid off, with Carney
recapturing the lead for keeps on the 19th
round of the 30-lapper.
“He made a little mistake in traffic and I
was able to get by and cruised on from there,”
Carney sums up.
Now it’s back to the Lucas Oil ASCS
National Tour action Saturday at “The Ditch”
before three nights of competition next weekend
in Iowa and Missouri.
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: 25
Races, 3 Wins, 13 top-fives, 16 top-tens.
Next Up: Lucas Oil
ASCS National Tour at Riverside International
Speedway (W. Memphis, AR) on Saturday.
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