Tuesdays with TMAC – Outlaw Top Ten!
(Bill W) September 16, 2014 – Terry McCarl and the TMAC Motorsports #24 team held their own with the World...more...
Tuesdays with TMAC – Outlaw Top Ten!
(Bill W) September 16, 2014 – Terry McCarl and the TMAC Motorsports #24 team held their own with the World of Outlaws in a pair of events last weekend in the Upper Midwest. At Spencer, Iowa he would come home 12th before registering and eighth place showing at Deer Creek Speedway near Spring Valley, Minnesota on Saturday. This weekend, the Fall Brawl pays $50,000 to the driver who can sweep it at I-80Speedway near Greenwood, Nebraska.
Last Thursday, TMAC piloted Jimmy Davies #99 at Farley Speedway in Iowa. He would go from sixth to win his heat. “It was kind of slick and rough at Farley,” he says. “They had a lot of rain. I watched the first couple of heats and everyone was around the bottom. I was starting last and I went where they weren’t. I stuck it up top and I was able to get past them for the win. I think it ended up being a good deal for Ryan Bowers. He told me later that showed him how to get around there and he won. That was a good deal for him. He’s Carson’s teammate and we’re glad to help him out.”
The win put TMAC in the Shake-up Dash. “We tried some different things,” he says. “It was a good test session. I did something I’ve never done. We got to fifth and I thought I saw something at the flagstand and I let off at the white flag. I’ve never done that. I saw Guy Forbrook do it in my Dad’s car once at Cedar Rapids way back. The way they do the Dash, you can draw the pole anyway, so it was a good time to do it.”
The team prepared for the feature. “I started fourth and I was able to take the lead on the first try at green,” says TMAC. “There was a caution, and those guys had a second chance. I moved around and tried some different things. As long as the leader wasn’t getting away from me, I knew we were o.k. I was just trying to find where we were best. I got under (Josh) Schneiderman for third and he must not have seen me, because he came right down to the bottom and got into our front end and that spun us out. As it turned out, we broke a driveline a few laps later, so it didn’t really matter. A DNF was unfortunate. Jimmy’s cars are always well maintained. Maybe the rough track had something to do with it.”
The Clay County Fair Speedway in Spencer hosted the WoO on Friday. “It’s a really fun event for us,” says TMAC. “The Clay County Fair is bigger than most state fairs. It’s fun to be there with Paul Gillund and their family. Justice Brothers supports racing all over the Midwest. They helped out Bob Hop with his car when I was young. It was fun to represent them all weekend. A lot of our sponsors are from that area, so it’s a lot of fun.”
TMAC would time in 11th quick. “We went out second to last, and I’d thought it may really hurt us,” he says. “In the past, it’s been the kiss of death. We got a second chance by starting on the front of the heat. Unfortunately, the guys on the bottom had some really good juice in the heat races and we finished third.”
He would inherit a starting position outside of row seven for the feature. “I was talking to Doug (Rankin) and Austin (McCarl) about our setup,” says TMAC. “I’ve never been really comfortable at Spencer. We threw some things at it I wanted to try. I went into one and it was great. I got some bad air in turn two and got pushed up the racetrack. I lost four or five spots there.”
After getting shuffled back, TMAC charged back in the non-stop event. “From that point on, it was the best car I’ve ever had at Spencer,” he says. “That put us back in 18th or 19th, and just one by one, I was able to move by some good cars. We were almost able to run by Daryn (Pittman) for eleventh on the last lap. It doesn’t sound impressive going from 14th to 12th, but from where we came, we had an amazing car. We were able to mechanic really well and I was happy with that. We have some good notes for next year.”
He would qualify tenth quick at Deer Creek. “That’s actually the worst I’ve qualified there in a while,” says TMAC. “It did give us an opportunity to start on the top of the track in the heat and that was the place to be. We had the advantage over (Bill) Balog. On the second start, the motor stumbled a bit and I had to squeeze between him and the fence getting over the cushion coming out of two. From there, we set sail.”
The heat win put TMAC in a Dash where he ran from sixth to fifth. Starting fifth in the feature, he would checker eighth. “The track was a little rougher and heavier in the feature than usual,” he says. “I got a good first lap before we had a red flag. I don’t know if the right rear went down a little or what on the next start, but I got a little tight the rest of the race. I wasn’t really super-happy with the car. Track position is big with the World of Outlaws. They are so fun to race with. It really gets you on the edge. They are racing so hard, all the time. There’s no messing around.”
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This Month in TMAC History!
TMAC won the 17th Annual Tom Knowles Memorial on this date in 2000 at the high-banked 3/8 mile Spoon River Speedway near Canton, Illinois. He was followed to the line by Ryan Jamison, the late great Kevin Doty, Terry Babb and Chris Urish. In 1994, he topped a field at Nebraska Raceway Park (I-80 Speedway) near Greenwood, Nebraska that included Vance Peterson, Todd Splain, Patrick Bourke and Chad Mellenberndt.
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Tuesdays with TMAC – Championship #8 at Huset’s!
(Bill W) September 9, 2014 – When the dust settled Sunday night at Huset’s Speedway near...more...
Tuesdays with TMAC – Championship #8 at Huset’s!
(Bill W) September 9, 2014 – When the dust settled Sunday night at Huset’s Speedway near Brandon, South Dakota, it was the McCarl family who found themselves on top. Austin had won the $10,000 feature, and Terry had won his eighth track championship there by a single point over Mark Dobmeier. TMAC also had a fast car at the Cedar Lake Speedway near New Richmond, Wisconsin Saturday night at the Jerry Richert Memorial. After charging from 8th to second, he settled for fourth at the checkers. This weekend finds the Altoona, Iowa driver behind the wheel of Jimmy Davies #99 Thursday in Sprint Invaders action at the Farley Speedway in Iowa. On Friday and Saturday, he’ll compete with the World of Outlaws at the Clay County Fair Speedway in Spencer, Iowa and the Deer Creek Speedway near Spring Valley, Minnesota on Saturday.
The Richert Memorial would see TMAC set quick time over a stout field. “We have the track record there, and we always seem to qualify well at Cedar Lake,” he says. “We were almost three-tenths quicker than the field. I just really like that event. It’s a fun race.”
He would get a great start in the heat race from outside row three. “It cracks me up when people think we jump,” says TMAC. “As soon as the front row is on the gas, you go, and I pay attention to that. Some people don’t know the rules. We are not sitting at a stoplight. The second the front row touches the gas, it’s green…even if someone up there takes off early. Thanks to Tim Engler and Rider engines, my motors take off really well. A little bit of stumble makes a big difference. I know, because I had it for years before Tim Engler helped me.”
He would win going away. “As soon as (pole-sitter Skylar) Prochaska touched the gas, we were gone,” says TMAC. “The car was awesome in hot laps, time trials and in the heat race. I could go anywhere I wanted to go, high or low. I told (crew chief) Doug (Rankin) after the heat that was the most fun I’ve had in a racecar in a long time.”
TMAC would start eighth in the main event. “They reworked the track, and it made it tough,” he says. “I wish they would do it before the classic cars or even the 360’s. It just throws things off as a mechanic. You don’t know whether to tighten things or loosen them up. It makes it pretty tricky for the setup.”
The car felt good, however. “We were good,” says TMAC. “There were some heavy hitters in front of us. We had a great car. I think we were to second (behind Bill Balog) in twelve laps or so. We definitely had a car to beat. I’m just so mad at myself. I got stuck behind a couple of lapped cars and that got me slowed down to their speed. At that point, you’re at the level of a lapped car. The guys behind you are still coming. I got stuck and that’s my fault. Ian (Madsen) and Brooke (Tatnell) got me back and we ended up fourth. It was disappointing, because I feel we had the car to beat.”
TMAC entered Sunday night three points ahead of Dobmeier, and set quick time. “I have to thank Rider engines and A.R.T. chassis,” he says. “We were quick time both nights with a lot of fast cars there. We brought our Nationals car last weekend. There was a lot of money on the line.”
Starting tenth, he would finish seventh in the feature. It would be enough to secure the title. “Actually, even though the track was heavy, I was a little bit loose,” says TMAC. “I was a little conservative. There wasn’t a ton of passing. I could see Mark in front of me. I knew if I ran sixth I would be o.k. if he won. As it turned out, he was second and we were seventh. Doug Wolfgang told me a long time ago that it doesn’t matter if you win by a lap or win by an inch, it still pays the same. I was really pumped about Austin winning. He’s had an amazing record at Huset’s this year.”
TMAC piloted Jeremy Scadden’s #6 at Huset’s this season. “I’m just really happy for Jeremy,” he says. “That’s his home track, and he can say that he’s won a championship there. Not only did he win the one with us, but he was the winning Hobby Stock owner as well.”
TMAC is excited for this weekend’s races. “We’ll also be showing our car at the Clay County Fair in Spencer in the Justice Brothers Booth,” he says. “We’ll be doing that on Friday from 1-4 p.m. That’s something fun that we do every year. We hope to see a lot of fans out there.”
On this day in history, TMAC won at the 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa in 1995. TMAC also won in July of that year at 34, besting Dennis Moore Jr., Skip Jackson, Johnny Herrera and Brent Antill. In 2004 he beat the Sprint Invaders on the same 3/8 mile oval, driving Mark Burch’s #1m to finish ahead of Ryan Jamison, John Schulz, Bobby Hawks and Bobby Mincer.
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Tuesdays with TMAC – Down to the Wire at Huset’s!
(Bill W) September 2, 2014 – It all comes down to this Sunday night, when Terry McCarl goes for...more...
Tuesdays with TMAC – Down to the Wire at Huset’s!
(Bill W) September 2, 2014 – It all comes down to this Sunday night, when Terry McCarl goes for championship number eight and the $10,000 feature win at the Huset’s Speedway. He holds a slim three-point margin over Mark Dobmeier in the standings. TMAC, who finished third in the Jackson Nationals last weekend, checkered second in last Sunday’s feature event at Huset’s Speedway. The Altoona, Iowa driver will also mix in the $7,000 to win Jerry Richert Memorial at Cedar Lake Speedway near New Richmond, Wisconsin Saturday night.
Friday’s prelim was rained out at Jackson Speedway in Minnesota. Saturday’s finale saw TMAC win his heat from outside row one on a heavy, narrow track. “Fortunately, the draw went our way, so we can’t complain about it,” he says. “It was nice to draw a good number for once.”
TMAC would draw a starting spot inside row two for the ASCS sanctioned main event. He would finish third on a track that kept getting heavier as the night went on. “I think we had a good car, maybe a little better than the guy in front of us,” he says. “We needed traffic, but every time we would hit it, the yellow would come out. We were having a little bit of a fuel problem. We were a little off on the fuel. All in all, we made it out of it in one piece and with a podium finish. We can’t complain too much.”
Sunday night at Huset’s, TMAC timed in third quick and ran third in his heat in the Jeremy Scadden #6 machine. He would line up seventh in the feature. “We were good,” he says. “We really didn’t have anything for Ian (Madsen). He was out in clean air. On our original start we got ahead of him, and I think we had him handled, but that was called back when someone spun out. He got a better jump on the second one and got out ahead of us.”
TMAC would run second to Madsen at the checkers. “He runs the top well and out in clean air, it was tough to hang with him,” he says. “I think there were 39 yellows and four reds. I’m joking, but it was one of those full moon nights where everyone was wanting to crash. We were second, and we can’t complain about that. We got the point lead back from Mark (Dobmeier), and it’s down to the wire.”
This Sunday night will be a big one at Huset’s. “Not only is it $10,000 to win, but it’s coming down to it in points,” says TMAC. “I want to do it more for Jeremy. I wasn’t planning on running for points this year. It would be cool for Jeremy to win it as a car owner. His shop is five minutes from the racetrack. It’s just a little team out of Valley Springs, and it would be fun to beat the Goliath team of Lunstra and Dobmeier.”
A 360 special on Monday night at Huset’s saw TMAC finish fifth in his heat. “We were horrible in the heat race,” he admits. “These titanium left front brake rotors…when you put a new one on, they want to stick and spin you out.”
TMAC would start the feature 15th and come home sixth. “It was tough to find room early on,” he says. “Once we finally cleared some cars, it laid rubber. It was one of those deals where we got to sixth and that was the best we could do. I was proud of Austin. He was fast and got to fourth. I think he had a shot at winning or running second without the rubber. His record at Huset’s this year is awesome.”
Driving the family #7x, TMAC finished fourth on Knoxville’s Season Championship Night in 1989 on this date. Rick Ungar posted the quick time of the night in Guy Forbrook’s #5 at 16.350 seconds. TMAC was 8th quick with a lap of 16.812. Jerry Richert Jr., driving the Durst/Smith #1x, passed Knoxville Raceway Hall of Famer Jeff Tuttle who was in the Jordan Brothers #1 on lap 15 to take the victory. Ray Lipsey was third and Glenn Berkner from Sleepy Eye, Minnesota was fifth. Dean Chadd won the 360 feature after starting 15th.