Tuesdays with TMAC – Point Battles!
(Bill W) August 26, 2014 – It’s that time of year. Point battles are coming down to the wire for Terry McCarl...more...
Tuesdays with TMAC – Point Battles!
(Bill W) August 26, 2014 – It’s that time of year. Point battles are coming down to the wire for Terry McCarl and the TMAC Motorsports #24 team. The Altoona, Iowa driver was fast all night long Saturday at the Knoxville Raceway ending the championship chase second. At Huset’s Speedway, a roller coaster night saw him trade the point lead with Mark Dobmeier twice on Sunday. Two point shows remain at the Brandon, South Dakota track starting this Sunday. TMAC will drive the Jeremy Scadden #6 in four events this weekend. On Friday and Saturday, the Jackson Nationals commence at the Jackson Speedway in Minnesota. He will be back at Huset’s on Sunday with the 410 and Monday with the 360.
Despite coming out late in time trials (24th), TMAC registered the third quick time of the night at Knoxville Saturday. “We’re fast,” he says. “We learned a lot about running the heavier track at Knoxville during the 360 and 410 Nationals. We kind of got off about six weeks ago. We had the mag slowly going out, and that got us off.”
After going from sixth to second in his heat, he would line up sixth for the feature. “Saturday was really how we had been earlier in the year before we had that issue,” says TMAC. “We qualified well despite coming out late, we moved up in the heat and up in the feature. We had a great car in the feature. You have great competition there, and to start sixth and come up to second…it’s tough to do.”
When a red flag slowed things with six laps to go, TMAC found himself second behind Mark Dobmeier. “I knew Ian (Madsen) was behind me,” he says. “I thought I had a shot at Mark. I had been sticking the bottom of one and two, but it was pretty treacherous. If you missed it a little bit, you were going to hang in two. I didn’t want to give up second to Ian, so I was going to follow Mark.”
He changed his mind heading into one. “There was a little bit (of moist clay) thrown up in the middle from the bottom,” says TMAC. “I drove in there in the middle and the car just stuck. It kind of surprised me how good it was. We almost drove by him on that restart. It made it a little exciting for the fans. I tried it on the next lap, and it wasn’t nearly as good. The cushion was way faster. Mark and I were running the same line, and coming to the podium from where we started…I felt we did a really good job.”
TMAC feels the team got the most out of the car with their second place finish. “I do care about where we finish, but my main concern is how we did ‘mechanic-ing’ on the car,” he says. “We had a great car the other night. We were fast all night. You hate to see the season end at Knoxville, because we are so fast, but we have a lot of racing left this year. I’m looking forward to it.”
The see-saw battle in points at Huset’s has been going on all season. “Mark and I are in a really close point battle,” says TMAC. “Every spot is important…time trials, the heat and feature. They all go down by one point. I had a three point lead going in. Mark told me he got a little loose qualifying (11th quick) and we were third quick. We gained a few there.”
Unfortunately, TMAC was caught up in a tangle in the heat race and was relegated to an eighth place finish. “We were battling for second (from fifth), and a guy spun out in front of me,” he says. “I had nowhere to go and the guy behind me had nowhere to go and got into the back of us. It tore the car up pretty good. It bent the frame, tore up the wings and tore up the car pretty good. Mark came from the fourth row and ran second.”
Starting 16th, TMAC would put on a charge in finishing third. “We had a decent car,” he says. “We were able to get up to third, but we were a little loose at the end. We were good on the bottom, but not quite fast enough on the top. I didn’t want the car too tight starting that far back, but it was a good run. We went from having a lead in the points, to after the feature trailing Mark by a couple. It’s pretty wide open between us, and we have a couple of point shows left there.”
With TheSnowPlow.com as a partner, it’s only natural that TMAC Motorsports welcome a sponsor from Hawaii. “We’d like to welcome Kilani Fender, Inc. of Wahiawa, Hawaii on board this week,” says TMAC. “A lot of people don’t know there’s sprint car racing in Hawaii!”
To check out opportunities to partner with TMAC Motorsports on a nightly basis, visit www.TerryMcCarl.com or call 515 957-0020!
Websites for the McCarl Gang!
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This Month in TMAC History!
TMAC has a win on this date in 2001 at the Huset’s Speedway (SD), where he is the career leader in wins. He beat Chad Meyer, Gregg Bakker, Kenny Hansen, Justin Henderson and his mechanic Glen Freeland (DNF) that night. In 2005, he had a great weekend at the Grays Harbor Raceway Park in Elma, Washington. On this date, he finished third after starting 11th with the World of Outlaws, following Steve Kinser and Jonathan Allard. That locked him into the next night’s event, in which he finished fourth. As a prelude to the WoO shows, he won in Paul Silva’s #57 besting Roger Crockett in 360 NST action.
"Tuesdays with TMAC"!
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Tuesdays with TMAC – Win #95 at Huset’s!
(Bill W) August 19, 2014 – Terry McCarl scored 410 win #95 in his storied history at the Huset’s Speedway...more...
Tuesdays with TMAC – Win #95 at Huset’s!
(Bill W) August 19, 2014 – Terry McCarl scored 410 win #95 in his storied history at the Huset’s Speedway near Brandon, South Dakota on Sunday. For car owner Jeremy Scadden’s #6 team, it was 410 win #1. The Altoona, Iowa driver won a spirited battle with Mark Dobmeier to take the top spot. This week finds TMAC at Knoxville Raceway Saturday for Season Championship night before heading back to Huset’s on Sunday.
TMAC had planned to run Jimmy Davies #99 on Friday and Saturday with the Sprint Invaders, but those events were rained out. On Sunday, he was fourth quick in time trials at Huset’s. “The car was a little tight,” he says. “We bounced over the cushion a bit. By the time we went out, it was a little rough for qualifying. We were right there though.”
He would line up fifth in his heat and win it in exciting fashion. “We were able to get by (Dylan Peterson) there on the last corner and win it,” says TMAC. “It was a good race for the fans.”
With a feature inversion of four, TMAC would find himself starting outside of row one. “We were able to get out there and get a lead,” he says. “It hasn’t been often where we’ve started up front this year, so that was different. We’ve been starting back a few rows, and with the competition this year…it’s been tough. The roles were kind of reversed this week.”
TMAC quickly had company in the form of Dobmeier, who started third. “Mark got me in traffic,” he says. “We passed each other two or three times. I was able to get him back, and it was a great race for the fans. It was a really good track. It was a good field of cars and we got into some heavy traffic.”
TMAC’s 95th win at Huset’s is the all-time record. It was also his 281st overall. He leads the current point standings at Huset’s. “It was Jeremy’s first win with a 410, so that was special,” he says. “I’d like to thank him for all that he does for us.”
The seven-time Knoxville track champ enters Season championship night third in the point standings, 124 out of the lead. “It is what it is,” says TMAC. “It’s still mathematically possible (to win it), but Ian (Madsen) would have to fall out. I don’t think he’s fallen out of a race all year, and that’s how you win championships. We had the mag snafu. It wasn’t anyone’s fault, it just happens. That’s how you win and lose championships. I think there’s a chance for us, but again, Ian’s going to have to have a bad night for any of us to catch him.”
In 2009, TMAC won the Cox Design and Metal Fabrication “Mr. Sprint Car” title. He won his prelim at the 360 Nationals and the 360 Nationals finale. That same night, he won the 410 feature. He also finished sixth in his National prelim, fourth in the World Challenge and 17th at the Nationals.
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 – Bayaire Industries, 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, Schoenfeld Headers, K&N Filters, Rens Trucking, NutriShop – Maple Grove, MN, HRP, All Pro Cylinder Heads, Bob and Beulah Elder, Engler Injection, T&P Brothers, Winters, DriverWebsites.com, CM Rock, Jocko's Sprint Parts, Sander, 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, Justice Brothers, KSE Steering, Snyder Lawn & Landscaping, Strange Performance, Saldana Racing Products, Scribner Plastics, Waterman Fuel Pumps, Weiland Racing, Butlerbuilt, PBS Bushings and Mote Fasteners.
Tuesdays with TMAC – Another Impressive Nationals Run in the Books!
(Bill W) August 12, 2014 – The 54th running of the Knoxville Nationals was a...more...
Tuesdays with TMAC – Another Impressive Nationals Run in the Books!
(Bill W) August 12, 2014 – The 54th running of the Knoxville Nationals was a good one for driver Terry McCarl and the TMAC Motorsports #24 team. A fourth place finish put the Altoona, Iowa driver in the championship event on Saturday, where he finished seventh in the final rundown. He has three events planned this weekend, including two aboard the Jimmy Davies #99 with the Sprint Invaders in Iowa at Bloomfield and West Burlington. Sunday will find him in Jeremy Scadden’s #6 at the Huset’s Speedway in South Dakota.
A rainout on Wednesday and more rain on Thursday meant a heavy track for qualifying at the Nationals. “We were worried going in,” says TMAC. “(Brian) Brown, Kerry (Madsen)…we all talked about how tough it would be going in. Usually with heavy conditions, the guys in the fourth row have very little chance of getting out of the heat. You still have to do your best to get those points, and maybe start at the front of the B and make it out of that. Then move up some spots in the A.”
TMAC would qualify third quick. “As it was, the top four qualifiers made it out,” he says. “You have to give the (track preparers) Dunkins’ a lot of credit for that. They can’t control the weather. It didn’t ledge up. It was heavy, but it was really smooth. If a guy was fast enough, he could get it done.”
Paul McMahan, Madsen and Brown were the other four quick qualifiers. “I think I had the worst start of the four of us,” says TMAC. “I was going to try the ‘bonsai buckaroo’ move around the top. I had a guy bounce in front of me in turn one and I had to turn underneath him. I had to go high, had to go low around people.”
TMAC was able to make it through and lock into the feature. “Austin (McCarl) told me that Kerry had been going high and making up ground on people,” he says. “I was behind (Jason) Meyers and Matt Moro and I knew I had to do something. Right as I passed Jason, I packed the right front full of mud. It was vibrating so bad that it was hard to see. I just told myself not to lift. Maybe we could have gotten third, but it didn’t matter. You’re sitting pretty well with fourth.”
He would start sixth in the preliminary feature. “We had a good start and things were going good,” says TMAC. “I made a couple bad decisions though. I came up on a lapped car, and out of nowhere, a guy shot from the bottom to the top in turn three. It shocked me, because it was a really good racecar driver. That allowed Kerry to get by us. That was big. I don’t think he would have gotten by us without that. I lost some track position, but later in the race, we were able to get some spots back and finish fourth.”
The finish would be good enough for a starting spot outside row three on Saturday night. Saturday afternoon, the team put together the Scadden #6 for the World Challenge. TMAC qualified for the event by running the Sprintcar Classic in Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia last January. “We did try some things with that car,” he says. “The Dunkins’ did a great job with the afternoon track too. Unfortunately, the sun came out right as we were going out. We tightened the car up a lot. We wanted to get to the front as quick as we could before the track took rubber. Then we could block from that point.”
TMAC would drive from tenth to sixth. “We were coming up through them and we got up to fifth,” he says. “Once it laid rubber, I was way too tight. We had a yellow late in the deal, and Donny (Schatz) was able to get by us. I had to block the bottom, and if he was able to roll the top, then he got us. That’s what he did. We were right there with a fast group of cars, and that gave us confidence heading into Saturday night.”
The thoughts were positive going into Saturday night. “I was really calm this year,” says TMAC. “Not that I wasn’t nervous at times, but I was confident in the car and the team. We weren’t going to throw any crazy setups at the car, and we were going to make good decisions. Our Rider engines and our A.R.T. chassis have built our confidence the whole year. My mentality was to drive my race. In the past, we’ve thrown some crazy things at the car, and I’ve sealed my tires up and done some silly things. This year, we were there to do our best. If the cards fell right, we’d pass some cars.”
The first half of the race went well. “We got to fourth right away,” says TMAC. “I was running up on Kerry and he went to the top. That kind of took the air off of me and got me over the cushion. Craig (Dollansky) got by me. The rest of the first 25, we really had a good battle with Craig and Justin.”
TMAC did cause a scare for his fans with some early oil overflow. “I don’t have one of those expensive engine heaters like a lot of the guys,” he says. “The engine needs to be about 200 degrees when you push off, and I have a little torpedo heater. We just didn’t have enough heat in the engine. The breather is in the tank, so the oil comes right out of the bottom now and right on the headers. It looks bad to the fans. My crew chief, Doug Rankin, said he lost about six months off his life, but I was never really worried. We were on fire for a while, but that went out. Nothing to worry about.”
The 50-lapper was stopped at the halfway point. “On the red flag, we really didn’t change much,” says TMAC. “We just changed a couple of tires. That hurt us late in the race. We got a little loose, because I didn’t want to get tight. That cost us a spot. If the first start would have went, I think we had a shot at the podium.”
TMAC ran sixth much of the way before checkering seventh. “Paul got us late in the race,” he says. “I was able to come back later, but we weren’t as tight as we wanted to be. That was better than being too tight and losing a bunch of spots. We aren’t as confident with the heavy tracks like that…I like the dry tracks better. We’re slowly getting better.”
To finish the way the team did is something to be proud of. “To roll out this week and do what we did is a big accomplishment for us,” says TMAC. “We’re one of the lowest funded teams in that A main for sure. I think we opened up some eyes for next year, and hopefully, we can build on this and get this team where it was a few years back.”
On August 19, 2006, TMAC topped a World of Outlaws field at the Nodak Speedway in Minot, North Dakota. In front of a packed house, he dueled with Donny Schatz and Craig Dollansky for the win. Dollansky finished second, but was underweight at the scales. Following TMAC across the line were Brooke Tatnell, Joey Saldana, Daryn Pittman and Chad Kemenah.