Carney Tackles the Ditch on Saturday after Posting Lawton Triumph

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 southwest Oklahoma.

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 second.

“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 that before.”

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 work.”

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 Helmets.

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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