Tuesdays with TMAC – Strong Florida Runs Set Up Vegas!
(Bill W) February 25, 2014 – It was a successful trip to Florida for Terry McCarl and the...more...
Tuesdays with TMAC – Strong Florida Runs Set Up Vegas!
(Bill W) February 25, 2014 – It was a successful trip to Florida for Terry McCarl and the TMAC Motorsports #24 team. After leaving Volusia in the top ten in World of Outlaws points, the Altoona, Iowa driver put himself on the podium in Jeremy Scadden’s #6 last weekend at the East Bay Raceway Park Ronald Laney Memorial “King of the 360’s”. The #24 team next heads to Las Vegas, Nevada for the World of Outlaws next tilt on March 5.
The first night at East Bay last Thursday started with a tough heat draw. “Not only did I draw a bad number (97 out of 100), but I drew a very tough heat race,” says TMAC. “Every car in it was very, very good. Last year’s winner, Danny Holtgraver, was right in front of me. I knew we were in trouble, even though I go out to win every race. We did our best and got to seventh. I thought we did well to do that.”
Starting in row four in the B main, TMAC would finish fourth. “We had a good car every time out,” he says. “It was a tough B. We were able to get up to third on the last lap. I got by Greg Wilson on the last lap, and couldn’t quite hold it, but we were coming. Sometimes, all you can do is your best, and we moved on to Friday.”
Friday began with a second place heat run. “We had a good shot at it starting next to Rico (Abreu) on the front row,” says TMAC. “The motor stumbled a bit on the start and he got a jump on us. I thought we had him in turn three and I hit a rut hard. Honestly, I thought I lost the left rear wheel. So we were happy to come home second.”
TMAC started 13th in Friday’s prelim. “I had laid rubber the first night, and then it did the second,” he says of the track. “We were able to come up to seventh, and we were all over sixth. We were doing the best we could. I thought we did a really good job ‘mechanicing’ all week. My son Austin and DJ Brink and Jeremy Scadden were putting our heads together. We changed the car totally around for that feature. It felt really good and we learned a lot.”
With only heat winners receiving a spot in Saturday’s finale, TMAC made the most of it. “I think we won by about a half lap,” he says of his heat. “The car just felt awesome. We started eleventh in the feature. There were four or five Outlaw guys there. It kind of felt like an Outlaw show. There were a lot of really good cars that didn’t make the show.”
TMAC, who has many wins in his career at East Bay, capitalized on his experience there, and charged to finish third. “Al and Todd really got the track good,” he says. “It was ‘old school’ East Bay the final night. There was a top and bottom, and it wasn’t hard on the tires. Everyone in front of us was tough. We were able to get to third. I thought we may have a shot on the late race restart. There was a lapped car between us and Rico and we were able to get by that, but they got away from us a little bit there the last few laps.”
TMAC was happy with the results. “To pass the cars we did, and end up on the podium…it was a good night,” he says. “I just enjoy East Bay so much. We have lots of friends down there: Burnett’s Rock and Landscaping, Myer’s International Midways and Morgan Farms. We picked up a new sponsor down there, Buttman Barbecue too. He does a lot of catering down there in the area. These are the people that make it possible for us to go down there. I’d like to thank Jeremy Scadden again, too. It’s hard to leave that 80 degree weather, I’ll tell you that!”
TMAC summed up the trip. “To come out of Volusia in the top ten in World of Outlaws points, and to end up on the podium at East Bay…it was a great trip. I’m really pumped to head to Vegas.”
To check out opportunities to partner with TMAC Motorsports on a nightly basis, visit www.TerryMcCarl.com or call 515 957-0020!
Front Row Challenge Tickets on Sale!
The 19th Annual Casey’s General Stores/Musco Lighting Front Row Challenge presented by Searsboro Telephone Company will be held Monday, August 4 at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
Renewal tickets for the 19th Annual Front Row Challenge in 2014 are on sale. For more information, call Front Row Challenge Enterprises, LLC at 515 957-0020. For further information, stay tuned to www.OskyChallenges.com!
Websites for the McCarl Gang!
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This Month in TMAC History!
In 2006, TMAC finished on the podium at Manzanita Speedway with the World of Outlaws, joining winner, Danny Lasoski and Brooke Tatnell. Sammy Swindell was fourth and Randy Hannagan fifth. Later in the year, he would register another strong finish (4th) there.
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Tuesdays with TMAC – Good Start with Outlaws!
(Bill W) February 18, 2014 – Terry McCarl shot out to a nice start in World of Outlaws competition at...more...
Tuesdays with TMAC – Good Start with Outlaws!
(Bill W) February 18, 2014 – Terry McCarl shot out to a nice start in World of Outlaws competition at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida last week. He netted fifth and eighth place finishes against the tough contingent assembled. The Altoona, Iowa resident will race at one of his favorite tracks this weekend, East Bay Raceway Park near Tampa for the Ronald Laney Memorial “King of the 360’s”.
TMAC started his 2014 campaign in the #24 with All Star action on Thursday, although he used it mostly to shake things down. “We used Thursday as a bit of a practice session,” he says. “We worked on some little things. We had some front wing issues. We took the green and pulled off in the feature and got ready for the Outlaw shows.”
With the best in the business in the house, things really got going with Friday’s opener for the World of Outlaws. “Volusia is such a great event,” says TMAC. “It’s a tough place to win. The competition is unreal. That’s why winning there last year was such a big deal for us. We’re pretty proud of that. It’s one of the top two or three events as far as the competition you have. Everyone there is capable of winning.”
After qualifying twelfth and running second in the heat, TMAC advanced from ninth to eighth in the Dash putting himself outside of row four for the main event. “We got ourselves into position through the Dash,” he says. “I got a little tight early in the feature and got rolled up. I lost some spots on the start and we were able to get back through there to finish eighth. We were closing on the guys in front of us, and the car was working high and low. We just got a bit of a bad start.”
After the solid start, TMAC kept things rolling on Saturday. He qualified sixteenth, before winning his heat and charging from tenth to seventh in the Dash. “We were able to pass cars in the Dashes both Friday and Saturday,” he says. “That was really a key for us. We were really good Saturday night. We started seventh in the feature and got up to fourth. We ran Paul (McMahan) down for third and had a shot at him a couple of times.”
TMAC actually moved into third briefly. “We were able to get by (McMahan) on a restart, and I just kind of screwed up and missed my marks a couple of times,” he says. “Paul was able to get back by, and Donny (Schatz) got by us too. Cody Darrah got us too, but we settled in a bit and got back by him. We were able to get a nice solid top five and that’s always good with the Outlaws.”
After the impressive run, Sunday saw the best qualifying effort of the week, sixth. “We were fast time for quite a while,” says TMAC. “Everyone is so close there. It was our best qualifying effort of the week, but we just were caught in ‘no-man’s land’ there being sixth quick. We just didn’t get into the top two from inside of row three (in the heat).”
Starting thirteenth in the feature, TMAC began to charge. “It looked like a solid top ten,” he says of his run. “We got up to tenth and we had a restart. I had a guy get underneath me and get me up into the fence. I had to hit the brakes and let him go, and someone got me in the back. We lost several positions and came back to finish fifteenth. Still, something was just a little off on Sunday. The car had been rolling so nice all week. I ran a used tire too, and that may have bit me a little bit.”
The “King of the 360’s” is up next this Thursday through Saturday. TMAC will return behind the wheel of Jeremy Scadden’s #6 machine. “I’m looking forward to running for Jeremy again,” he says. “East Bay is definitely one of my favorite places to race. We have good friends down here like Randy Burnett (Burnett’s Rock and Landscaping) and his family. We also have Myers International Midways. They’ve helped us the last few years too along with Morgan Strawberry Farms, who has been with us a long, long, time.”
The 19th Annual Casey’s General Stores/Musco Lighting Front Row Challenge presented by Searsboro Telephone Company will be held Monday, August 4 at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa.Renewal tickets for the 19th Annual Front Row Challenge in 2014 are on sale. For more information, call Front Row Challenge Enterprises, LLC at 515 957-0020. For further information, stay tuned to www.OskyChallenges.com!
Another week…another historical car driven. This time it is the Memphis based Ron Pack #4A. TMAC wheeled that entry in the 1996 Florida Winternationals in both 360 and 410 racing action. In six feature events, the team peaked with a second place finish with the All Stars on February 16. TMAC finished second to one of his heroes, Fred Rahmer, and ahead of Danny Wood, Bill Brian Jr. and Dale Blaney. The feature rundown had an impressive list including Bobby Davis Jr., Craig Dollansky, Frankie Kerr, Tim Shaffer, Kevin Huntley, Greg Hodnett, Rocky Hodges, Kenny Adams and more.
TMAC Motorsports would like to thank sponsors Country Builders Construction, Rossie Feed and Grain, Deanfield Farms, Bosma Poultry, SnowPlow Snow Pushers – www.TheSnowPlow.com, DeBerg Concrete, Colin Bulmer – Bayaire Industries, 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 Designs, Morgan Strawberry Farms, Aurora Rod Ends, Crow Safety, Justice Brothers, KSE Steering, Strange Performance, Saldana Racing Products, Scribner Plastics, Waterman Fuel Pumps, Weiland Racing, Butlerbuilt, PBS Bushings and Mote Fasteners.
Tuesdays with TMAC – Fast Run “Down Under”!
(Bill W) February 4, 2014 – Terry McCarl is slowly dusting off the jet lag from another successful run...more...
Tuesdays with TMAC – Fast Run “Down Under”!
(Bill W) February 4, 2014 – Terry McCarl is slowly dusting off the jet lag from another successful run “Down Under” in Australia. After competing at the President’s Cup at Avalon Raceway near Geelong, Victoria and the Sprintcar Classic at the Premier Speedway near Warrnambool, Victoria, he is setting his sights on Florida action commencing in less than two weeks.
Pairing again with Bayaire Industries’ Colin Bulmer and his #V2 team, TMAC was fast out of the box with second quick at the President’s Cup. “We seem to always qualify well at Avalon,” he says. “It was really amazing that we were so good so quickly again…to jump in another car at another track with different motors (KRE) and be that good. We actually went out a little early and the track was greasy. We were a half-second quicker than anyone else for the longest time. That’s a credit to Colin Bulmer and the team. We had a new crew chief helping us this year, Keith Giles. Mick Kirkup and Wayneo Cole were helping us along with Colin’s son, Riley.”
The heats were up next. “In their format, you start in the back of the first heat and in the front of the second (with a good qualifying time),” says the Altoona, Iowa driver. “It kind of got me. We ran ninth in the first heat from the back. The second heat we were dialed in and won it going away.”
TMAC would start tenth in the President’s Cup feature. “We got an excellent start in the feature and came out running fifth,” he says. “Unfortunately, there was a crash behind us involving Paul McMahan and Daryn Pittman and some other cars. On the next start, I got stuck on the top and got shuffled back to twelfth or so. From that point, it went non-stop. We had a really good car and started clawing our way back in. We were able to get up to ninth and run down sixth, seventh and eighth. It was good preparation for Warrnambool.”
This year, the Sprintcar Classic, Australia’s premiere event, expanded to three days. The format saw half the field qualify on each of the first two nights. TMAC would qualify well in his Saturday prelim. “It was necessary to make that move,” he says of the new format. “This year, there were 118 cars. We went out 42nd out of 54 cars on our night. We were seventh quick with it ‘gut-slick’ up on the fence. We got it about perfect where we needed to be.”
Just like the Knoxville Nationals, the Sprintcar Classic is run on a points’ system. “Time trials go down by two points and so does the feature…but the heats go down twelve points a spot!” explains TMAC. “The first round of heats went well, and we won from the front. The second round I only moved up a spot and didn’t get on the top soon enough. That put us tenth overall in points heading into the feature.”
Starting outside of row five in the preliminary feature, TMAC battled a tight racecar. “We were so tight and I couldn’t figure out why,” he says. “We had an open red late in the race, and we moved the right rear out a bit. We were a little better, but we dropped way back and ended up coming back to ninth. That was really good considering the way the car handled. When I got into the pits, the left rear looked like a big balloon. I asked how much air was in it, but there was only 4.7 pounds. The tire itself had grown to a point where we only had nine inches of stagger. That wasn’t close to what we needed. It was nobody’s fault, it was just a freak tire deal.”
Entering the final night 21st in overall points, TMAC made up for it in the heat running from his sixth starting spot to second. “We were able to get up to second,” he says. “That was huge for us. We were able to gain quite a few spots. It was the first heat, so that made it really good. We ended up starting tenth in the Classic, and with as many cars as there were, we were happy.”
The track looked to be stacking up well in the consolation events, but concerns over a dry track saw officials rework it before the finale. TMAC would start tenth. “The track was perfect through the B mains,” he says. “It was up on the fence and down on the bottom. It had laid rubber the first night, and they decided to rework the track for the final. Unfortunately, it didn’t blow off. I didn’t know what to expect. It ended up being forty laps around the bottom, which was unfortunate. I don’t blame the decision at all, but it was tough racing.”
From his starting spot outside of row five, TMAC did his best to move the ca forward. “I tried to make some things happen,” he says. “I tried to run the top early. I got stuck out there and lost a few spots. I tried to go around (Donny) Schatz and (Robbie) Farr. They were racing each other…and I about stuck it in the fence. We ended up fourteenth. We did our best.”
Just like previous seasons, TMAC came back even more impressed with Australia’s biggest sprint car event. “Honestly, it’s a great event,” he says. “Any American sprint car fan should try to get there. I put it as the third biggest event in the world behind the Knoxville Nationals and King’s Royal. I think they sold it out. I hope they keep raising the purse, and it’s just a great event. I look forward to going back.”
Front Row Challenge Tickets on Sale Today!
The 19th Annual Casey’s General Stores/Musco Lighting Front Row Challenge presented by Searsboro Telephone Company will be held Monday, August 4 at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa.Renewal tickets for the 19th Annual Front Row Challenge in 2014 go on sale today, February 4. For more information, call Front Row Challenge Enterprises, LLC at 515 957-0020. For further information, stay tuned to www.OskyChallenges.com!
On February 10, 1994, TMAC drove Bob Weikert’s famous #29 to a fifth place finish in All Star competition at Ocala Speedway, where he was victorious on January 31, 2009. In that race, TMAC followed Kevin Huntley, Fred Rahmer, Bill Brian Jr. and Lance Dewease to the finish. In his short partnership with Weikert, TMAC scored two wins (JAX Raceways in Florida with the All Stars and Lincoln Speedway in Pennsylvania) in ten feature starts in 1994. There were four top five, and eight top ten finishes.