Tuesdays with TMAC – Solid Return to East Bay Caps Florida!
(Bill W) February 24, 2015 – Terry McCarl and the TMAC Motorsports #24 team capped...more...
Tuesdays with TMAC – Solid Return to East Bay Caps Florida!
(Bill W) February 24, 2015 – Terry McCarl and the TMAC Motorsports #24 team capped off their Florida trip with a top five finish amongst 67 cars assembled at the Ronal Laney Memorial. The opening night at East Bay Raceway Park near Tampa saw a great race when the Altoona, Iowa native charged from 17th to second. The team will take a weekend off before heading to The Dirt Track in Las Vegas, Nevada where they will begin their west coast trip with the World of Outlaws.
TMAC enjoys returning to East Bay, where he has had a lot of success. “It’s one of my favorite tracks, and it’s always tricky,” he says. “It can make some really fast guys look bad. We’re always pretty good there, and we were pretty good again last weekend.”
Things started on Thursday with a bad draw. “It was a brutal heat race,” says TMAC. “Everyone in it was fast. We did well to get to fourth (from seventh). We were able to pass (Jason) Sides and run down (Greg) Hodnett. We felt really good.”
It wasn’t enough to crack the A, but TMAC won the B from the pole and set himself up inside row nine for the feature. “It was a great track,” he says. “There was a little bit on the bottom, and a little bit on the top. Actually, I think we could have got to the lead with no yellows. That’s how good our car was. We actually did get the lead going by (Aaron) Reutzel and Mark Smith. I had been running the bottom and I kind of changed my line by going to the top in three and four.”
He would checker second. “I got really tight,” says TMAC. “I don’t know if the tide came in or what, but the moisture was coming back in the track. We were all doing it. The car just wouldn’t turn. I was too tight for that, and ran second. I think the fans were happy. It was a great race.”
Friday, TMAC started things with a heat win after starting fourth. “We were really good in the heat race,” he says. “Unfortunately, on Friday the track was laying rubber in the B’s and I drew a number eight for the feature. You never know how much to loosen or tighten there, and I pushed in the first corner and lost a few spots. It was one of those deals where you fall in line and think about the big picture. In that sense, we were locked into Saturday night, which was our goal.”
The draw saw TMAC start fourth in Saturday’s $10,000 to win finale. “We got to third right away,” he says. “I think Mark outsmarted us on tires a little bit, and I knew that when we pushed off. The track was changing. Wayne (Johnson) was getting some heat in his tires in the B going around the top. It was a little bit harder on tires, and I got the car a little tight on the right rear.”
He would battle the setup a bit, but still came home fifth in the stacked field. “There was a rough spot in two and another hole in three and four,” say TMAC. “I thought it might go away and it didn’t. We kind of hung around there and had a respectable fifth place finish. A lot of good cars didn’t make all the shows at Volusia or East Bay. We left Florida with some good finishes, and now we’ll get ready for Vegas.”
Crew chief Doug Rankin will be back with the team as they head to Vegas March 4 and 5. “I want to thank Gary Isom for helping us in Florida,” says TMAC. “Doug is back from Australia and we’re looking forward to heading west.”
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This Month in TMAC History!
Groundhog Day was good to TMAC in 2006. He won the 410 Winternationals Preliminary feature at East Bay Raceway Park near Tampa. He followed that up two days later, winning the $10,000 finale. In the prelim, he bested a top five consisting of Danny Lasoski, Greg Wilson, Gary Wright and Bob Felmlee. In the final, Chad Kemenah was second, ahead of Lasoski, Greg Hodnett and Jason Sides.
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Tuesdays with TMAC – Volusia Highlighted by Two Top Tens!
(Bill W) February 17, 2015 – Terry McCarl and the TMAC Motorsports #24 team finished up...more...
Tuesdays with TMAC – Volusia Highlighted by Two Top Tens!
(Bill W) February 17, 2015 – Terry McCarl and the TMAC Motorsports #24 team finished up the week at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida with a pair of top tens in the four races they competed in. The Altoona, Iowa driver now focuses on one of his favorite venues, East Bay Raceway Park in Barberville, Florida for this weekend’s Ronald Laney Memorial.
The All Star and World of Outlaws events at Volusia see some of the most competitive fields of the year. “It’s definitely one of the toughest events of the year,” says TMAC. “Between this and Charlotte, you get the best of the Outlaws, All Stars, PA guys, Knoxville guys and some California guys. If you’re off the slightest bit, you’re in trouble.”
TMAC used the final All Star show in Florida on Thursday as a warm-up. He came home with a tenth place finish. “Things went pretty well,” he says. “We were shaking things down, and just getting comfortable. We came out with a top ten, so it was a pretty good start to things.”
Friday the World of Outlaws opened their season, and TMAC was 14th quick. “We qualified well,” he says. “We had a good battle with Lucas (Wolfe) in the heat race. We just didn’t get the start we liked (finishing second). Without winning the heat and getting into the Dash, you’re in trouble.”
He would start in row eight for the main event. “Volusia is such a tricky place,” says TMAC. “We tried some different setups. I tried some things in the feature that my wife (Lori) told me wouldn’t work. She was right. They didn’t. I had to pull in during a red flag. We had a NASCAR pit stop, which definitely made it better.”
TMAC would finish 17th on Friday, and went on to the next day. “We just got qualified bad (22nd) on Saturday,” he says. “We did make it through the heat (going from sixth to fifth). We didn’t have to run a B all week, which is pretty good for this place. Every night, I felt we learned a bunch.”
He would find some late speed in Saturday’s feature. “We had just got lapped by (Donny) Schatz and the yellow came out,” says TMAC. “There were only a few lapped cars behind us. We passed a few cars on a late race restart. That didn’t matter, because they weren’t lapped cars.”
The momentum helped for Sunday’s finale, where TMAC would qualify 11th. “We went back to the setup we had used on Friday and qualified well,” he says. “We won the heat race. We ran eighth in the Dash, but we were battling. I got by a couple of guys and they got me back. We were battling Joey (Saldana) the whole time.”
The feature would see him run ninth. “It ended up being a really fast racetrack,” says TMAC. “We were right there with Lucas the whole race. I was working on something, moving around to try to get by him and (Danny) Lasoski got us. The rest of the race, we were right on those two guys and we ended up ninth.”
It was a solid start to the season. “Getting two top tens wasn’t bad,” says TMAC. “We had planned on doing a little better, but our week wasn’t too bad. Gary Isom, who has helped me before has been over in Australia, but he’s coming back next week. It will be good to have Gary back helping us.”
As always, TMAC and the family are surrounded by friends in Florida. This weekend, the three-night Ronald Laney Memorial commences at East Bay. “The Ronald Laney Memorial is always a great event,” he says. “East Bay is one of my favorite tracks. We get to hang out with a lot of good friends. Randy Burnett with Burnett’s Rock and Landscaping is down here along with the folks from Myers International Midways and Buttman Barbeque. We also picked up a new sponsor in Dynasty Stucco. Hopefully, we can run up front for them.”
On this week in 2005, TMAC passed Jeff Shepard on a late restart to take an All Star Circuit of Champions win at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida. Shepard was second, followed by Chad Kemenah, Danny Smith and Craig Dollansky. TMAC had won at least one race in Florida in six straight seasons.
Tuesdays with TMAC – 2014 in Review!
(Bill W) December 23, 2014 – A record eighth Huset’s Speedway track title highlighted the 2014 season for...more...
Tuesdays with TMAC – 2014 in Review!
(Bill W) December 23, 2014 – A record eighth Huset’s Speedway track title highlighted the 2014 season for Terry McCarl. The Altoona, Iowa sprint car driver also finished a close second at Knoxville Raceway. The competition at both tracks was arguably at the highest level ever seen. TMAC was able to record wins for three different owners including TMAC Motorsports along the way. The veteran is looking forward to 2015, where the Front Row Challenge he promotes will pay $20,000 to the winner for the first time, and the National Sprint League will bring more 410 racing to the Midwest.
Over the course of the season, TMAC recorded thirteen top tens and five top fives in just twenty features with the World of Outlaws. “We had a good year with the Outlaws,” he says. “We skipped Tucson, or we were going to be in the top five in Outlaw points heading to California. We had a sponsor commitment in Las Vegas. We just had a lot of great finishes with them. We would have liked to have picked off another win, but it was a good year.”
The early success in the season was not reserved for the Outlaws only. “We ran third at the ‘King of the 360’s (at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa),” says TMAC. “We had fast time and led for a while with the Outlaws in Tulare. We ended up running third there. We just had some great finishes there. Until Knoxville started and we got to the first part of May, we just had one motor and one car.”
TMAC’s wins on the season came in three different cars. “We were able to win three in Jeremy Scadden’s car, two for Jimmy Davies, and of course in our own car,” he says. “That was kind of cool. Driving for Jeremy and Jimmy really helped to offset our costs. To run every week at Huset’s in Jeremy’s car was great.”
Adversity struck in early June with the Outlaws. A rainout at Knoxville sent the team down to the road to Kansas City’s Lakeside Speedway with the WoO. “We had the Lakeside incident and we destroyed the car,” says TMAC. “We just didn’t have a car for the next week at Knoxville. It was the first of June and we didn’t have a backup car. We were able to have Jeremy loan us his #6 car, and we were able to finish second at Knoxville with the Outlaws.”
TMAC was able to carry Jeremy Scadden and his #6 to the Huset’s championship, while finishing second in points at Knoxville in the TMAC Motorsports #24. “You always want to win, but again, with our issues and our team…and with all the rainouts, I think we did really well,” he says. “To win the Huset’s title for Jeremy was really big for me. We wanted that for him. He also won the hobby stock title there, so he’s really the Jack Roush of Huset’s, I think. He loves racing, and he does everything he can to do that. I was really happy for him.”
The veteran also turned in a solid Knoxville Nationals in August. “We were back in business there,” says TMAC. “We were able to run fourth on our qualifying night, and seventh in the finale. We were right there, and we’re back to where we’re capable of winning that thing.”
Another premiere event is October’s Trophy Cup at the Tulare Thunderbowl in California. “It’s the toughest 360 race in the country,” says TMAC. “We were there with our ASCS engine against a lot of drivers who had open motors. We drew 98 out of 100 to qualify and ran third the first night. We had a little bit of a motor problem, which was our issue, and Clyde Lamar was kind enough to loan us an engine for the second day. We started a ways back and ended up eighth, so it was a good trip.”
TMAC won his heat and the Dash at the prelim of the World Finals in Charlotte with the Outlaws before suffering some mechanical issues in the feature and finishing tenth. “We ended up back at Charlotte and we had a top ten there,” he says. “I think, along with Volusia at the beginning of the season, those are the two toughest fields you’ll see outside of the Knoxville Nationals. We just had a great year.”
He is excited about the prospects for 2015. “Sure, we’d like to have had some more wins, and I think we’ll be able to do that this year,” says TMAC. “(Crew chief) Doug Rankin has been a huge asset for us and has really helped me. Austin (McCarl) was a big help again, but he’s going to try and race more on his own next year. Doug and I know each other well after a year, and I think we’re both happy with our situation heading into 2015.”
The National Sprint League will offer more opportunities for 410 racing in 2015. “I’m excited about the NSL,” says TMAC. “It’s been needed for years in this area. The PA Posse and Ohio drivers have a lot of races close to them. Then you have the All Stars you can go out and race with too out there. Now we have that around here as well, and I think we’re going to build the fan base for sprint car racing in the Midwest.”
The TMAC Motorsports team is gearing up for the new season. “We’ve got a strong team,” says TMAC. “I’ve got a spare car already. The Snow Plow folks and Randy Anderson have helped me to build an arsenal of engines here. We’re starting the year with two cars and three engines, and we’re working on a fourth.”
The Front Row Challenge will be NSL sanctioned and offer $20,000 to the winner. “I’m really excited about that,” says TMAC. “We’re in the top five as far as payoff for 410 racing in the country. That’s exciting for Oskaloosa and the 410’s. It’s going to be a great year for sprint car racing all around.”
On this week in 1992, TMAC embarked on the Slick 50 Series races in Arizona. TMAC ran seven races over six weekends that winter at the Manzanita Speedway near Phoenix in his own #27 machine following his rookie season with the World of Outlaws in the Offill #88. His best finish was eighth, coming on January 3, 1993. In the winter of 1993/1994, TMAC would return to the series in Arizona, this time competing in five features at the Canyon Raceway.
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, 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.