Tuesdays with TMAC – Helping Hands in Cali!
(Bill W) October 21, 2014 – There were plenty of thanks to dish out for Terry McCarl after last...more...
Tuesdays with TMAC – Helping Hands in Cali!
(Bill W) October 21, 2014 – There were plenty of thanks to dish out for Terry McCarl after last weekend’s Trophy Cup. After a strong run on his prelim night at the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California, a freak incident saw the Country Builders Construction #88 in need of a motor. Long-time car owner, Clyde Lamar, came through with an engine to aid the team backed by the Weldon Offill family and Taco Bravo’s Dennis Woullett. In the end, TMAC would finish third and eighth in his features, and tallied eighth in the final point rundown.
The draw didn’t go as planned in Thursday’s prelim. “We drew 98 out of 100 pills,” says TMAC. “It wasn’t what we were looking for, but we ended up being 15th quick in our group. We had two groups of forty or so. We had a legal ASCS engine, and with open 360’s legal out there, we were about 50 horses shy of what a lot of teams have.”
The Altoona, Iowa driver would run second in his heat. “We had a great heat race,” says TMAC. “We were all over (Dominic) Scelzi for the win. The top two locked into the feature, which was good. It was tough for a lot of guys though.”
TMAC would start the prelim from the pole. “It looked in the B like it was going to lay rubber,” he says. “I don’t know the track that well, or the track prep guy does. We went back and loosened the car up for more of a rubber racetrack.”
It proved to be too much. “We led for a few laps at the beginning, but we were loose,” says TMAC. “We did a good job. I pulled the wing back and drove it as straight as I could. (Kyle) Hirst started right behind us, and he was a rocket ship. We dropped back to third, and we were up to second at one time.”
TMAC would checker third. “I was feeling some rubber in three and four, but I really wasn’t in one and two,” he says. “Hirst was still running the top, so I went back up there. Tim Kaeding ended up getting us on the bottom. It was starting to lay rubber. I was kind of doing the right thing at the wrong time. We finished third and that was a solid run. If you had told me we were going to end up on the podium after drawing 98, I would have taken it.”
It was enough to garner the sixth place spot in point standings after night one. Unfortunately, a freak incident sidetracked the team the following day. “Somehow the fuel shut-off got left on all night after the first night,” says TMAC. “The oil pan filled up with fuel. I’ve never seen it, but after talking to a few people, I know it does happen. Anyway, I started the car, and it blew up! It was too bad, because we were going to be the third car out for time trials.”
It was a big explosion. “The whole side of the oil pan blew off,” says TMAC. “I’ve never seen anything like it. You could put your foot in where the crank is. It blew it off the block. I really don’t think the motor itself is hurt. We were thinking about just putting an oil pan on and going. It may have been fine, but we’re going to send it back to Rider to make sure.”
Luckily, Lamar stepped in. “Clyde Lamar was nice enough to loan us an engine for Saturday,” says TMAC. “I got to drive for him last fall, and I’ve known him for years and years. He’s a great guy. It was just a crazy thing that happened.”
TMAC would register twelfth in points after his heat race on Saturday. “They totally invert the heats, so we started on the inside of the last row of our heat,” he says. “We gained a couple spots there. We were still sitting pretty good points-wise.”
He would start the finale in row seven. “We took off really well,” says TMAC. “At one point, we passed (Carmen) Macedo for sixth, and I was thinking we were a top five car. Then the yellow came out and we had to go back. That happened a couple times, and we lost some momentum. The car really took off around halfway. I think we had a shot at running in the top three in points, but the track took rubber and we ran eighth.”
The team was happy with their run considering the obstacles thrown at them. “Overall, we came out pretty well, with a third, an eighth, and an eighth in points,” says TMAC. “It was great hanging out with the Offill’s again. It’s great to hang with them in the Spring and Fall. I have to thank Dennis Woullett too from Taco Bravo. Dennis was a big help to us, and of course, we wouldn’t have even been able to race Saturday without Clyde Lamar.”
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This Month in TMAC History!
TMAC holds two wins on October 27. Both occurred at Volusia Speedway Park in Volusia, Florida. Both were also 360 USCS shows. In 2000, he won aboard the Mulligan #3 machine ahead of Kenny Adams, Mike Woodring, Sport Allen and Terry Witherspoon. In 2001, he drove the #24 to victory ahead of Terry Gray, Adams, Jim Raptis and Allen.
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Tuesdays with TMAC – Trophy Cup Week!
(Bill W) October 14, 2014 – Terry McCarl and the Country Builders Construction #88 team are preparing for...more...
Tuesdays with TMAC – Trophy Cup Week!
(Bill W) October 14, 2014 – Terry McCarl and the Country Builders Construction #88 team are preparing for this week’s Trophy Cup at the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California. The Altoona, Iowa driver is ready for one of the crown jewels of 360 racing. Last Friday night, he was aboard the Jimmy Davies #99 in MOWA action at the Lincoln Speedway in Illinois.
TMAC drove from eighth to fourth in his heat on Friday. “We were a little bit off in the heat race,” he says. “There’s been a little bit of a learning curve with the different shocks and things, but we were good.”
The team prepared for a feature in which they started tenth. “We knew it was probably going to lay rubber,” says TMAC. “It was unfortunate for the fans, with the midgets and all and it was a great event. I knew we didn’t have much time to get up front starting where we were.”
TMAC escaped disaster, not once, but twice. “On the first start, Christopher Bell spun in front of everyone, and by an act of God…more that than driving ability, we just missed it by an inch,” he says. “No matter what happened after that, I knew we were money ahead.”
That wasn’t all. “Then on the next start, Parker Price-Miller spun and there was nowhere to go but three feet between him and the fence,” says TMAC. “At Huset’s, I’ve driven up on the fence a few times, and we were able to save it. It was funny how your mind works and it takes you back to where you’ve been. It took me back to Huset’s and I drove two wheels up on the fence. That had me laughing in my helmet, because I definitely should have torn it up there.”
TMAC would work his way to fourth. “At the end we were starting sixth and I got a great start,” he says. “I was all over the guys in front of me, but I couldn’t do much. It laid rubber after three or four laps in three and four and it took a little longer in one and two.”
The team felt good about their efforts. “I really felt we had a car to contend,” says TMAC. “That’s always nice when you’re driving someone else’s car. Jimmy and I really put our heads together and had a good racecar. We ended up fourth. We were all over Jerrod Hull, who was third the whole race.”
Unfortunately, a motor issue kept the team out of action on Saturday at Jacksonville Speedway. “We were really looking forward to Jacksonville and hoping to pick up a win,” says TMAC. “I had a lot of fans coming to watch that night. Unfortunately, Jimmy called me Saturday morning and we had burnt a spark plug off. There was no sense risking it, so we had to call it a weekend.”
The misfortune gave him the opportunity to head west a little early. “We left for California Sunday morning,” says TMAC. “We’re out here to run the Country Builders Construction #88 for the Offill family. Taco Bravo Racing is joining forces with us this year. Dennis Woullett is helping us out. I was able to win the last feature at San Jose Speedway driving for him. He’s a great supporter of sprint car racing and helps out Craig ‘Cowboy’ Smith too. His name will be on the front wing, and part of his sponsorship is a five gallon bucket of salsa. I’m pretty excited about that.”
In addition, it gives TMAC an opportunity to celebrate a special occasion. “We enjoy San Francisco,” he says. “We’re out here enjoying the city for our 25th Anniversary. We try to get out here at this time every year. It’s just a lot of fun. The Offill’s are like a second family to me. It’s fun to come out with the Outlaws in the spring and the Trophy Cup in the fall.”
In October of 2006, TMAC finished third in WoO action at the United Sports Arizona raceway in Tucson. He trailed Donny Schatz and Brooke Tatnell at the finish. He won three features with the WoO in 2006, and eleven overall. His WoO triumphs came at Huset’s Speedway (SD), Williams Grove Speedway (PA) and at the Nodak Speedway (ND). He also recorded $10,000 paydays at East Bay Raceway Park (FL) and Volusia Speedway (FL) that season. Though missing much of that season with a broken leg, he still managed a 9th place season standing with the WoO.
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Tuesdays with TMAC – In Badger Land!
(Bill W) September 30, 2014 – Terry McCarl and the TMAC Motorsports #24 team spent the weekend in Wisconsin...more...
Tuesdays with TMAC – In Badger Land!
(Bill W) September 30, 2014 – Terry McCarl and the TMAC Motorsports #24 team spent the weekend in Wisconsin racing with the IRA series. Despite having a fast car at Luxemburg Speedway, the Altoona, Iowa driver suffered a DNF on Friday. A charge from ninth to third at the Dodge County Fairgrounds in Beaver Dam followed on Saturday. TMAC will take this weekend off in preparation of the upcoming Trophy Cup in California.
Luxemburg was a new venue for the IRA. TMAC was fifth quick. “It was a really nice facility east of Green Bay,” he says. “It was one of the wettest, stickiest tracks I’ve been on in years. It was like a California track. We went out and qualified fifth. We were off a bit on the gear. When I went out to hot lap, it was slick and I didn’t get a good feel for it.”
He would struggle in his heat race, finishing sixth. “I think three or four cars flipped in the first heat, and we didn’t compensate enough for that,” he says. “It was really sticky. I tried to go around a guy on the first lap, and the left rear got up and I bicycled on two wheels and got clear off the racetrack. We got fortunate. A yellow came out and we got our spot back, but the car was so tight, I couldn’t even race it.”
Things would get better with a B main win. “Sometimes when you run the B, it can help you,” says TMAC. “We had been chasing the car all night, and we got it feeling really good.”
TMAC would start 11th in the feature. “I was really tight to start,” he says. “I got up in the seat a little bit and started focusing on the corners. We got better, and the car really came in. We had the fastest car at that point. We got by a lot of cars. We got to fourth and we were passing for third at the halfway point. Ian (Madsen) was there in second and we were getting ready to pass him when a lapped car spun out in front of us. I had him missed, but he let the car keep rolling down the racetrack and we hit him. We blew a tire and broke a radius rod and lost the top wing.”
The team was happy with the way they had the car setup for the main event. “It’s tough when you think you have the fastest car,” says TMAC. “I thought Doug (Rankin) and I did a good job of putting our heads together on a tough track and getting faster and faster. Really, I felt I drove well, and to end the race that way was disappointing. I was happy for Kyle Marten. It’s nice to see a young guy get his first IRA win. That was big for their team, and if we couldn’t win, it was nice to see him do it.”
TMAC was second quick on the half-mile in Beaver Dam Saturday. “Bill (Balog) went out first,” he says. “The track really slicked off in one and two. The cushion didn’t move up a whole lot, so the times dropped off quick.”
After running fourth in his heat, TMAC would start ninth in the feature. “The worst invert number possible was drawn, the ten,” he says. “I’ve always enjoyed going to Dodge County. It’s always fun to race with those guys. The cushion was the place to be in one and two and you could go either high or low in three and four.”
TMAC had things clicking again in the feature. “I was able to get by Balog on the start and I pulled up to (Mike) Reinke,” he says. “The car below him slid up in front of us and got us over the cushion. Reinke was gone. By the time I cleared those guys, the thing was going green to checker, which is fun. I wish they all could go that way, but by the time I got to third or fourth, the leaders had a straightaway on me on that big track.”
He would checker third. “We ran them down,” says TMAC of Ian Madsen and the leader, Reinke. “The car was awesome. I just didn’t get through traffic well enough. I got on Ian’s bumper there, and fell back, and then caught him again. At that point, a certain lapped car kind of parked it in front of us in turn two. I had to wait on him, and the leaders got away from me at that point. Unfortunately for Mike, he started having some engine problems. He slowed down drastically after having the race won. We were pretty happy with third.”
This month in TMAC history, he captured the 1990 Gary “Preacher” Patterson Classic at the San Jose Fairgrounds in San Jose, California. TMAC’s hard earned win came aboard the Weldon Offill #88 ahead of Tim Green, Jason McMillen, Paul McMahan and Ronnie Day. TMAC was tough at the now defunct Fairgrounds over the years. In 29 features there, he won eight times (28%), 19 top fives (66%) and 22 top tens (76%).