Tuesdays with TMAC – Tipton is Track #62 on Win List!
(Bill W) July 22, 2014 – Terry McCarl won at the Cedar County Raceway in Tipton, Iowa on...more...
Tuesdays with TMAC – Tipton is Track #62 on Win List!
(Bill W) July 22, 2014 – Terry McCarl won at the Cedar County Raceway in Tipton, Iowa on Friday, July 11. The win aboard the Jimmy Davies #99 marked the 62nd track that the Altoona, Iowa driver has won in his career. It was a busy week of racing that will be followed by another. TMAC will return to the #99 for three Illinois Speedweek MOWA events starting tomorrow night, before returning to weekly action Saturday at the Knoxville Raceway and with the All Stars at the Huset’s Speedway in South Dakota on Sunday.
TMAC drew a starting spot outside of row four for his heat at Tipton. “I had never been to Tipton and didn’t know what to expect,” he says of the ¼-mile bullring. “We definitely had a tough heat race, but Jimmy (Davies) and Scott Bonar had the car really nice. We were able to go where we wanted to on the track. I thought we had a shot at second, but we settled for third.”
The heat finish left him one spot short of the Dash, so TMAC would start the feature eighth. “It was a fun racetrack,” he says. “We put our heads together, and kind of relied on each other. When you do well, it’s fun. I think we were up to second in two or three laps. We had an awesome racecar, and I could go anywhere I wanted to go.”
That set him up behind leader Wayne Johnson. “The yellow came out, and Wayne was leading,” says TMAC. “I had watched the B main, and I had seen Dustin Selvage really getting a run on guys on the top of turn four. It was treacherous up there on that lip, but I learned so much watching him. He seemed like he was 50 miles per hour faster than anyone.”
An unfortunate incident occurred on the restart. “Wayne brought the start around the top, and that was good, because that’s where I was running,” says TMAC. “At the last second, he turned from the moisture right before the cone. I knew I had him at that point. I had such a run off the top, and I got into one. He had been running about ¾ of the way up the track, and I had been running the top. I decided I was going to slide him, and he decided he was going to run the bottom. I just flat ran him over.”
TMAC was remorseful. “We are friends, and I definitely didn’t mean to do it, but I ran clear over him,” he says. “I think my wheels about hit his top wing. I can’t believe I didn’t flip. Unfortunately, it hooked his rear bumper and spun him around. In my helmet, I was hoping he would gas it, and keep it going. He wasn’t able to and spun out. I felt horrible about it. I definitely apologized to him. That didn’t make him feel too much better, I’m sure…especially that night.”
TMAC would go on to Victory Lane in his first Tipton appearance. “(Getting into Wayne) was unfortunate, but we had such a great car,” he says. “It’s fun to run that car, and we’re looking forward to running Jimmy’s 410 this week in Illinois.”
On Sunday, July 13, TMAC would time in 5th quick and win his heat at Huset’s. He would start the feature sixth. “We had a really good car,” he says. “We drove to the front and got by some good cars. The car was pretty good, but it was the nineteenth night on that engine. Mark (Dobmeier) just ran us down. He turned his turn signal on, drove by us, and turned it back off. I was way better than everyone else, and he was way better than us that night. It was pretty incredible for us and Rider engines to have nineteen nights on a motor and run that well.”
TMAC drove the Jeremy Scadden #6 360 sprint car during JSTS Speedweek at Sioux Speedway in Sioux Center, Iowa on Wednesday. He ran fourth in a stout heat. “We started tenth in the feature and moved up to fifth,” he says. “It was kind of a strange racetrack. It was dry, but never took rubber like we thought it might. Guys were actually driving down in the grass.”
Thursday at the Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa, TMAC would finish second in his heat. “We had a really good car at Rock Rapids,” he says. “We started seventh and moved up into third. We just didn’t have anything for those first two guys by the time we got there.”
Saturday’s 410 field at Knoxville was as tough as it gets. Despite being the 35th and last car out to time, TMAC was sixth quick. “We had a new Rider in, and we were happy with that,” he says. “I don’t know that we’ve had a harder heat all year long than that one Saturday. Brian (Brown) was beside us, and (Craig) Dollansky, AJ Moeller, Ian Madsen and Rico (Abreu) were in front of us. We were happy to get fourth there.”The main event would see him start sixth. “We just missed the setup,” says TMAC. “We were way too tight. I should have known better watching the top five 360 guys running the bottom. It just stayed good down there.”
After battling with Brian Brown and Sammy Swindell much of the way, he checkered eighth. “I actually had my hands cramp up after the feature,” said TMAC. “I was holding on it so tight to try to get it to turn. I’m disappointed in finishing eighth, but it was the best we could do. We need a couple more strong finishes in this point deal, and Justin (Henderson) had a great night. We did our best, and the track fooled us.”
For Sunday’s All Star race at Huset’s, TMAC would again come out last to qualify. “The track fooled us a bit at Huset’s too,” he says. “The track was slick. The straightaways were slick, and it looked like it may lay rubber. We went out dead last, and we were fifth quick. The All Stars have made it so just the top two in the heats make the Dash, so we were stuck in the second row. (Craig) Dollansky and Ian Madsen were on the front row, and Dobmeier was beside us. You have to run the same tire, so if I couldn’t get to second in the first couple of laps, I was going to save the tire. We ran fourth.”
He would post from ninth in the feature. “I know Huset’s pretty well, and it fooled us,” says TMAC. “The track stayed nice and the moisture came back up. It was nicer on the last lap of the feature than it was qualifying. You could run anywhere you wanted to run. We were just a little tight and ran up to fifth. We got a little lucky with the car that got into the fence. We had nowhere to go and we junked our wing. So we were lucky to keep going and hold onto fifth.”
TMAC teams with Jimmy Davies and his #99 for Illinois Speedweek Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at Highland, Granite City and Jacksonville. He’ll return in the TMAC Motorsports #24 Saturday at Knoxville, and in Jeremy Scadden’s #6 at Huset’s with the All Stars on Sunday.
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This Month in TMAC History!
On July 21, 2001, TMAC started fifth, and drove by pole-sitter, Manny Rockhold, on lap three to take his fifth win of the season at the Knoxville Raceway. Kerry Madsen was second, followed by Don Droud Jr., Ricky Logan and Rockhold.
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Tuesdays with TMAC – Two More Top Tens with the WoO!
(Bill W) July 8, 2014 – Two more shows with the World of Outlaws registered second and tenth...more...
Tuesdays with TMAC – Two More Top Tens with the WoO!
(Bill W) July 8, 2014 – Two more shows with the World of Outlaws registered second and tenth place finishes for Terry McCarl and the TMAC Motorsports team. That gives him nine top tens in thirteen WoO events this season. There were four shows at the Huset’s Speedway last week including a WoO event, keeping the Altoona, Iowa driver busy with Knoxville Raceway a wash two weeks in a row. This weekend, TMAC plans on running Jimmy Davies #99 with the Sprint Invaders Friday in Tipton, Iowa, before hopefully, getting a show in at Knoxville Saturday and returning the Huset’s on Sunday.
On Friday, June 27, things started with a 13th quick time trial with the WoO at 34 Raceway near West Burlington, Iowa. “I was really disappointed after time trials,” says TMAC. “Burlington is one of my favorite tracks and we’ve always run well there. I think last year we were second quick. I missed the setup just a little bit, and it’s amazing with these guys how much of a difference that makes.”
Uncharacteristically, TMAC went backwards from the pole in his heat, finishing fifth. “We had a brand new left rear that shrunk in time trials and another new one that shrunk in the heat an inch and a half,” he says. “I had a ton of stagger and I was so loose. We almost didn’t make it out of the heat.”
He would start fourteenth in the feature and put on a show for the fans. “We didn’t panic,” says TMAC. “It’s tough to start fourteenth, but we just went with our normal setup there. We hooked it up as tight as we could. They did a good job with the track, and it never took rubber. We were able to come from fourteenth and run second. We had to pass every one of those cars. No one dropped out in front of us.”
Winner Donny Schatz and TMAC proved to be the class of the field. “We had a shot at Donny with a yellow late in the race,” says TMAC. “We got to start beside him, but he was just a little bit better than us. I think we were better than everyone else, but he was a little better than us. Coming from 14th to run second with the Outlaws…it was our second time running second with them in two weeks. We’re pretty proud of that. We struggled early, never lost focus and had a good result.”
Sunday night, June 29 saw TMAC aboard the Jeremy Scadden #6 at Huset’s Speedway near Brandon, South Dakota. “We had an ignition problem qualifying, which basically left us without a time,” he says. “We made it through the heat, and started twelfth in the feature. We had a great car. We were able to get to fifth and actually slid in front of (Roger) Crockett for fourth at one point. He was able to get me right back. At that point, it laid rubber, and we kind of got in line. It was unfortunate, because I think we had a car to win from 12th that night.”
The WoO moved in to Huset’s last Wednesday. “I had problems with the stagger again at the Outlaw show,” says TMAC. “I thought a small 94” tire would work instead of the 92”. I went out to qualify and I was way too tight. At a place like Huset’s, quick time was 10.6 and we went a 10.8 and were 17th quick. One hundredth of a second was the difference for us between starting on the pole of a heat and having a shot at the Dash, to starting where we did, which was fifth in the heat.”
TMAC would start 17th in the feature. “I was able to get by some good race cars in the first nine laps,” he says. “We were able to get by (Daryn) Pittman and got up to 13th right away. We had a yellow, and they put me back two spots for jumping, which I was very shocked at. First of all, I didn’t jump, second, everyone I talked to didn’t know that was an Outlaw rule that they don’t throw the yellow and send you back immediately. They waited nine laps until there was a yellow and then sent me back.”
He would put on a charge into the top ten. “I restarted 15th behind Kerry (Madsen) and Daryn,” says TMAC. “We had a good car. It was a tricky track. Eventually, it laid a little rubber on the top of three and four, but it didn’t lay any in one and two. You could run almost anywhere. It was a game of inches, and we worked our way back up to tenth. Without the penalty, I think we would have been a little better, but running with these guys, another top ten is good. I was happy with our efforts.”
Thursday at Huset’s saw a special show paying $3,000 to win. TMAC timed in third and ran second in his heat before starting the feature fourth. “I knew right away that I’d missed the setup,” he says. “I was loose from the word ‘go’. I had the wing in the trunk by the second lap, and that’s bad. I got into the lead and I kind of just hung on. I got into a lapped car, and I had to get out of it. (Mark) Dobmeier was behind me, and he was able to get me in traffic. We were able to run second from there.”
Last Sunday night saw another Huset’s event in the #6. “The track was a little slicker than normal,” says TMAC. “I missed the setup a little bit in qualifying and we ended up seventh. With the level of competition at Huset’s being higher than ever, that will cost you. We were able to win the heat race with a good car.”
Starting fourth, TMAC was in contention early. “We had a pretty good car,” he says. “It was ‘old school Huset’s’. It got really slick but didn’t lay any rubber. I really liked the track even though our finish didn’t show it. We were running second and got tangled up with another guy. We got spun out and had to go to the back. It was just really slick, banging the fence and running the bottom. I didn’t set up for that, but the track was great. We were able to get back to seventh. We just missed the setup a little bit.”
The track saw a bit of a surprise winner on Sunday. “It was great to see Dusty Ballenger win,” says TMAC. “He’s a guy who doesn’t get a lot of credit in the 410 division, but he’s capable of winning like he did Sunday. We were really happy for him and his team.”
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TMAC has two wins to his credit at Huset’s on July 7. The first came behind the wheel of Brad Gray’s #51 in 1996. He topped Gary DeWall, Steve Beitler, Todd Wessels and Chad Mellenberndt that night. In 2002, he drove his own #24 to victory over Justin Henderson, Don Droud Jr., Jason Sides and Chad Meyer.
Tuesdays with TMAC – Missed it by That Much!
(Bill W) June 24, 2014 – With the level of competition at an all-time high at both the Knoxville...more...
Tuesdays with TMAC – Missed it by That Much!
(Bill W) June 24, 2014 – With the level of competition at an all-time high at both the Knoxville Raceway and Huset’s Speedway in South Dakota, being off a tick is going to show. For Terry McCarl, that was the case last weekend at both venues. He’ll get a chance to rebound Friday with the Outlaws at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, where he picked up a MOWA win in April.
The Altoona, Iowa driver raced in Sprint Invaders competition aboard Jimmy Davies #99 last Friday night at Bloomfield (IA) Speedway. Unfortunately, he finished one spot out of a transfer in his heat race. “We were off on the car a little bit,” says TMAC. “We thought the track was a little slicker that it was…the straightaways were. We were just way too tight. There was a rough hole in three and four…we were just way too tight. I’m learning their shock packages and things like that. You’re going to have races like that as you learn about that stuff.”
TMAC was able to go from fourth to win an exciting B main. “We loosened the car a bunch, but it was still a little tight,” he says. “We fell back to fifth at the start, but we were able to get back through there and win it on the last corner of the last lap. That was exciting for the fans, I’m sure.”
Starting seventeenth, he would work his way up to seventh in the feature. “It was a tricky racetrack,” says TMAC of the 3/8-mile oval. “It was really demanding, which made it fun. The straightaways were really slick coming off the corners. Getting into the corners, it was heavy all night long. We left the car about the same for the feature, and we were able to move up through the pack there. We were able to move up to seventh. We learned a lot during the night, and loaded the car up in one piece.”
The difference of a split second was evident at Knoxville on Saturday, when TMAC qualified ninth quick. With an invert of eight in the feature, a fraction of a second was the difference in starting up front or in row five. “I just was kind of off all week,” he says. “You come off a high running second to the Outlaws last week, and then we qualify ninth. Sprint car racing has a way of slapping you back down and putting your ego in place. In retrospect, you look back on a night like Saturday and there was one-hundredth of a second between my time and (Craig) Dollansky’s. That was the difference between starting on the pole of the feature and starting ninth like we did. That would have changed both our nights. We just missed it a little bit. It was a brand new car, and it was a little different setup than we had been using in the other one. Our package was off a bit, and if you’re off a bit, it can change your whole night.”
Starting fourth in the heat, TMAC was able to come home victorious. “Knoxville went back to the one right rear a night rule,” he says. “You always want to win the heat, but if you don’t, it’s o.k. You want to save your right rear. We were able to get by Davey (Heskin). He is really fast, so we were happy with that.”
He missed on his setup a bit in the main event. “I know better, but I got the car too tight,” says TMAC. “It had been raining all week, and the track really came in on the bottom. I got going good enough. I got a really good start in one and two, but Danny (Lasoski) rolled up off the bottom in three and four, and that really took the air off of us. We pushed into the middle of the track and (Dusty) Zomer got by us.”
As is the case every week, it was on for position back in the pack. “We had a heck of a race back there,” says TMAC. “There were several times, when Dusty and Ian (Madsen) and I were three-abreast. I wish it was for the lead, because the fans would really be in a frenzy, but some of the races from second on back have been crazy.”
He would checker ninth. “It was a great racetrack,” says TMAC. “We just missed it a little bit with the car. We were a little tight. If you do that, it’s going to cost you. You really have to be on your game. It’s a mini-Outlaw show every night there. We did well against the Outlaws, and I think the regulars will fare well at the Nationals.”
Huset’s Speedway in South Dakota saw the floodwaters move out. TMAC was second quick there Sunday night. “We have eighteen nights on that motor,” he says of the Rider in Jeremy Scadden’s #6 machine. “To still be second quick…we feel good about that. We ran third in the heat and everything was feeling good.”
Again, he was off in the main event and checkered fifth. “We just missed a bit in the feature,” says TMAC. “I was not good. We were lucky to finish fifth. I think Dakota Hendrickson was actually better than me and could have passed me if he had a little more experience. I struggled the whole race.”
The competition assembled every week is not lost on TMAC, and shouldn’t be lost on fans in the Midwest. “There’s an awesome group of cars at Knoxville and Huset’s this year, and the fans have to really be enjoying it,” he says. “Everyone there is Outlaw-caliber, and if you miss your setup at all, you’re going to pay.”
TMAC has two wins on June 23. In 1996, he won a Huset’s Speedway feature in the Brad Gray #51, leading Danny Lasoski, Dave Ekern, Steve Beitler and Terry Reilly to the stripe. In 2001, he won on Mid-Season Championship night at Knoxville Raceway, leading all 25 laps ahead of Don Droud Jr., Kerry Madsen, Skip Jackson and Ricky Logan.