Tuesdays with TMAC – 360 Degrees of Disappointment!
(Bill W) April 14, 2015 – For Terry McCarl and the TMAC Motorsports #24 team, it was 360...more...
Tuesdays with TMAC – 360 Degrees of Disappointment!
(Bill W) April 14, 2015 – For Terry McCarl and the TMAC Motorsports #24 team, it was 360 degrees of disappointment at the FVP NSL opener Saturday night at the 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa. After building a commanding lead, the Altoona, Iowa driver did a 360 spin to avoid a lapped marker. Fortunately, he kept it going and came home second. This Saturday night is the opener in the Knoxville Championship Cup Series at the Knoxville Raceway in Iowa.
With forty cars timing in Saturday night, TMAC’s early pill was a bit of a detriment as the track go better throughout qualifying. He would end up tenth quick. “It was pretty greasy…down the back straightaway especially,” he says. “It made for a great track later. I tried my normal line the first lap and the car was loose all the way through three and four. I had to slow down a little bit and keep the car under me the second lap. Everyone from third and fourth to twelfth was within a tenth of a second. That shows people how close these cars are.”
He would start fourth in his heat race and charge to the win. “We were able to pick up a few points there by winning the heat and that got us in the redraw,” says TMAC. “All the heats were tough. The car was really good. There wasn’t a whole lot Doug (Rankin) or Carson (McCarl) could have done better to the car for qualifying, so we felt good going in. We were able to get by Kaley (Gharst) for the lead early there on the bottom to the middle, so I knew we were good.”
The redraw had TMAC starting outside row two of the 25-lap feature. By lap two, he circled around Bryan Clauson and Wayne Johnson and pulled away to a large advantage. “Burlington is one of my favorites,” he says. “We are always good there, and if anything, sometimes I get a little too aggressive there. I’m too comfortable. My car would go anywhere on Saturday. I made some moves around some lapped cars that were shooting up off the bottom in turn two. I had to go over the cushion and I just stayed in it. That was working, so it was building my confidence.”
Disaster stuck on lap 18. “I came up on one lapped car,” says TMAC. “It didn’t matter if it went either high or low, just one or the other. I could go either way. Unfortunately, the car just kept changing directions. I don’t know if it wasn’t working properly, or if he was trying to change his line, but he was all over. I’m a little ahead of some of these guys in seat-time, because we have been running with the Outlaws for a couple of months. I got in too hot behind him and almost got into him. That sent us into the spin.”
The green light stayed on and TMAC emerged in third. “I have never done a 360 and kept going,” he says. “Usually, it piles up the innocent victims behind you. I got halfway through and there wasn’t hardly anyone around. I stayed on it. Fortunately, Doug Clark was on the flagstand. He’s the best in the business, and he was smart enough to survey the situation, deciding not to throw the yellow.”
A lap later, the caution flew one last time, and TMAC lined up behind Johnson and Clauson with seven laps to go. “We got back going,” he says. “I thought we may have a shot at Wayne, but Bryan was really fast on that restart. He was really running the bottom where I needed to be if I was going to pass Wayne. Bryan was doing a good job. Once we cleared him, we just couldn’t make it happen.”
The second place finish was still a solid one. “It was disappointing, because you want to win any race, but especially the first NSL race,” says TMAC. “We had excellent weather, an excellent crowd and an excellent car count. Although we didn’t win it, I thought the race was very good. I know it had to be pretty exciting for the fans. With my promoter hat on, I think it was a great first event for the NSL and I think the rest will be too.”To check out opportunities to partner with TMAC Motorsports on a nightly basis, visit www.TerryMcCarl.com or call 515 957-0020!
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This Month in TMAC History!
In this month in 2001, TMAC claimed the Danny Young Memorial at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. The win came ahead of Tony Norem, Dennis Moore Jr., Randy Martin and Don Droud Jr. The win was the first of 22 that TMAC would win that season including the 360 Nationals and the Shaheen’s Blast from the Past at the Jacksonville Speedway in Illinois.
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Tuesdays with TMAC – Great West Coast Swing Comes to an End!
(Bill W) March 31, 2015 – Terry McCarl and the TMAC Motorsports team are stoked...more...
Tuesdays with TMAC – Great West Coast Swing Comes to an End!
(Bill W) March 31, 2015 – Terry McCarl and the TMAC Motorsports team are stoked after a west coast trip saw them garner a win, three top five finishes and six top tens with the World of Outlaws. The Altoona, Iowa driver is headed home now to prepare for the National Sprint League opener on April 11 at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa.
For having one engine on hand, TMAC was happy about the performance of the team out west. “It’s been a great west coast swing,” he says. “We were able to get a win (in Las Vegas) and three top five finishes. We were able to get six top tens after we left Iowa. After ten Outlaw events, we had led the most laps. That was pretty cool.”
The Outlaws visited Tulare, California on March 13 and 14. TMAC has won with the Outlaws there in the past and has a good track record. In the feature on the 13th, he would move his way forward. “We were really fast,” he says. “We started fifth. Joey (Saldana) led early and we were able to get out front. We led a lot of the way. We started getting loose at the end. I was sliding in three and four. I kept pulling on the wing and pulling on the wing. I slid up and hooked the cushion and Tim Kaeding got by me there. Shane (Stewart) and I battled it out the last few laps to the checkers. We ended up third. I looked up and the wing hadn’t moved. The wing cylinder or something was bent. Anyway, we had a lot of fun.”
The next night would see another top ten run. “We had to start back a ways (11th),” says TMAC. “We got caught back there a little bit. Some guys were battling for position in front of us. We were really fast. Once we got cleared, we were able to run down Joey, Paul (McMahan) and Daryn (Pittman). At the end it laid rubber, and we ended up seventh. It was a good run again on a demanding racetrack in Tulare.”
Another two-night event commenced March 21 and 22 in Stockton, California. “We had a bit of a tough night the first night in Stockton,” says TMAC. “We loosened the car up quite a bit and came out and were fourth quick on Sunday. We were able to make it through the heat and finish second to Daryn in the Dash.”
Starting up front, TMAC led the majority of the feature before finishing second. “We had a really good car,” he says of the Country Builders #88. “Going back, there isn’t much we would change. The track was good in one and two, and laid a little bit of rubber in three and four. We fended off a lot of people. We had some good battles with Brad (Sweet), Jason Johnson and Daryn in the beginning. I kind of got into three and four too short one time and had to lock them up. Rico (Abreu) was able to catch me. I went to the bottom of one and two like I had earlier, and the track was just better on the outside. Rico had a great car, and so did we. Weldon Offill and the whole family were there, so it was good to have the Country Builders #88 out front again. It was fun even though we ran second.”
Last Saturday night was the mini-Gold Cup at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico. “We were really good in the heat at Chico,” says TMAC. “I kind of had a bad start in the heat, but we were battling for third after two laps. We had a great racecar. The red came out and we got ran into. We bent a draglink and had to go to the back. We restarted tenth and we were passing for second when the yellow came out again. I really think we would have won the heat without that. We ended up second. It laid rubber in the feature, so I pulled off and saved the engine. That was our 13th night on the engine. We had some pretty strong runs, and we’re ready for some NSL action back in the Midwest.”
The National Sprint League’s inaugural event will be held on Saturday April 11 at the 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa. To check out opportunities to partner with TMAC Motorsports on a nightly basis, visit www.TerryMcCarl.com or call 515 957-0020!
In 2001 at Sedalia’s State Fair Speedway in Missouri, TMAC finished fourth with the World of Outlaws, driving the Holbrook #8h. Paul McMahan won the event in Warren Johnson’s #U2 ahead of Craig Dollansky and Mark Kinser. Joey Saldana was fifth. TMAC went back to the #24 in April and reeled off 22 wins that season including the Danny Young Memorial at the Iowa State Fair Speedway, the 360 Nationals at Knoxville, and during NCRA Speedweek at the Salina Highbanks Speedway.
TMAC Motorsports would like to thank sponsors Country Builders Construction, Rossie Feed and Grain, Bosma Poultry, SnowPlow Snow Pushers – www.TheSnowPlow.com, DeBerg Concrete, Colin Bulmer, A.R.T. Speed Equipment, Berryhill Racing, Phil and Vivian, Justice Brothers/Gillund Enterprises, Ryan Yager Trucking, Vortex Racing, Hoosier Tire, Chris Spaulding – Attorney at Law, SuperFlow, Schoenfeld Headers, K&N Filters, Rens Trucking, NutriShop – Maple Grove, MN, HRP, All Pro Cylinder Heads, Bob and Beulah Elder, Engler Injection, Snap On Tools, Sposato Paint, Winters, Kilani Fender, Inc., DriverWebsites.com, CM Rock, Taco Bravo, Brown and Miller, Pro Shocks, Ben Cook, Bell Helmets, Burnett's Rock and Landscaping, Van Der Brink Trucking, Van Der Brink Designs, Morgan Strawberry Farms, Buttman BBQ, Dynasty Stucco, Aurora Rod Ends, Crow Safety, KSE Steering, Snyder Lawn & Landscaping, Strange Performance, Saldana Racing Products, Scribner Plastics, Waterman Fuel Pumps, Butlerbuilt, PBS Bushings and Mote Fasteners.
Tuesdays with TMAC – Jackpot in Vegas!
(Bill W) March 10, 2015 – Terry McCarl hit the jackpot with the World of Outlaws last Thursday at The Dirt...more...
Tuesdays with TMAC – Jackpot in Vegas!
(Bill W) March 10, 2015 – Terry McCarl hit the jackpot with the World of Outlaws last Thursday at The Dirt Track in Las Vegas, Nevada. He took home a big victory at a track that hasn’t been the most kind over the years. The Altoona, Iowa driver has now won in nineteen states and Australia and Las Vegas was the 63rd different track in which he has scored a victory. TMAC added a top ten run in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday night as he heads to Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California with the Outlaws this weekend.
Things opened in Vegas last Wednesday. TMAC timed in 12th quick. “The first night was pretty rough,” he says. “We won the heat, which put us in good position. We had a little trouble with the car being tight. We were o.k. out in clean air in the heat, but when we got to some bad air in the Dash, we had some issues.”
Finishing third in the Dash, lined him up inside row two for the feature. “We made some really good decisions for the feature with the car,” says TMAC. “We were right there battling Joey (Saldana) for third. We went back and forth. The yellow came out with twenty laps down. I was going to be able to start on the top, which was better. But we took the green and going into one, the car didn’t turn. I gathered it up and it really didn’t turn in three and four. I about flipped it. I stopped the car and we had a right rear that was cut and going down. Unfortunately, that’s happened a few times the last couple years at Vegas.”
Though he drove back up to 13th, the tire made for a frustrating night. “I was pretty disappointed, but as we talked about on the way back from the track, we were in the game,” says TMAC. “I hate excuses, but we were on our game and we had a fast car. I think we proved that the next night.”
After again qualifying 12th quick, the team found an issue in the pits. “We found a problem with our high-speed gauge,” says TMAC. “We checked it against Jason Sides gauge, and with Steve Suchy and Shane Stewart’s gauge. After time trials, we fixed it and our motor was running awesome.”
TMAC would sweep his heat and the Dash, lining up on the feature pole. “We were able to win the heat, and we had a great battle with Ian (Madsen) and won the Dash,” he says. “Going into the feature, it was a little bit of a guessing game. The track was a lot different than Wednesday. It wasn’t quite so rough, and in one and two, you could run anywhere. Doug (Rankin) and I kind of put our heads together. I really didn’t get a good practice lap to see if we were good.”
He was. “I was able to get a good jump on the start into one and two and decided to honk it into three,” says TMAC. “The thing rotated along the tires so well. It was that way the whole race. I think I only moved the wing back about an inch the whole race, which tells you how balanced a racecar we really had. The A.R.T. Chassis was working perfectly, and I have to thank Tommy Rider of Rider Engines for helping us get squared away too.”
The win was very rewarding for TMAC. “It’s one of those places that is really tough to win,” he says of Vegas. “There’s a lot of tough competition, and not a lot of guys have won there. It’s tough to win an Outlaw race period. It was fun, being the second night at Vegas, because you can go out and have some fun afterwards. Our good friend James Chinen and his wife with Kilani Fenders was there from Hawaii.”
It was on to Tucson and USA Raceway on Saturday. “We were able to break the track record there in 2005 or 2006,” says TMAC. “I don’t know if I’ve been back much since. It’s a pretty racy joint. It’s good to get back there with the great fans from the Phoenix area and Manzanita too.”
TMAC would time in 7th quick. “The track was going away quickly,” he says. “We went out in the middle of the group. We went out around Paul McMahan and he barely beat us…so we knew we were pretty fast. When you qualify close to Paul, you know you’ve had a decent lap.”
After winning another heat race, TMAC advanced from sixth to fifth in the Dash. “It turned into a guessing game in the Dash with the track,” he says. “We knew in the feature it was going to lay rubber. We just didn’t know when for sure. We started on the bottom (fifth) in the feature, and we just didn’t get to the top quick enough. I couldn’t quite slide up there quick enough. I didn’t want to crash anybody.”
The track quickly became one-lane and he would secure a ninth place finish. “Finally, we were in line in ninth,” says TMAC. “I was able to hang there with Joey and Kerry (Madsen). Eventually we dropped down and got in line. It was another top ten with the Outlaws, which was great, and another good qualifying effort.”
TMAC is looking forward to Tulare this weekend. “I’m excited,” he says. “It’s turned into one of our favorite tracks. We have a very good record there for top fives over the years. We’ll be the Country Builders Construction #88 out there. We’ll be staying through Antioch before we come back for the National Sprint League opener on April 11.”
To check out opportunities to partner with TMAC Motorsports on a nightly basis, visit www.TerryMcCarl.com or call 515 957-0020!
This month in 1991, TMAC took the B main win at the Mini-Gold Cup at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California. Driving for Weldon Offill, he advanced to seventh in the main event. Brent Kaeding won the Mini-Gold Cup that season ahead of Keith Kauffman, Dave Blaney, Johnny Herrera and Joe Gaerte.