Tuesdays with TMAC – Knoxville Win Follows Burlington Close Call!
(Bill W) June 11, 2013 – Terry McCarl stood in Victory Lane for the 54th time in...more...
Tuesdays with TMAC – Knoxville Win Follows Burlington Close Call!
(Bill W) June 11, 2013 – Terry McCarl stood in Victory Lane for the 54th time in his career Saturday night at the Knoxville Raceway. It was his first this year at the historic half-mile, and followed a good run with the World of Outlaws that went a little awry. This weekend, the Altoona, Iowa driver will again take on the WoO at Knoxville.
Things started with the Outlaws at 34 Raceway near West Burlington, Iowa on Friday. “I just love the racetrack,” says TMAC. “It’s a fun track. I remember my Dad (Lenard) setting the track record there around 1974. We lived in Keosauqua when I was kid so we were around there a lot.”
TMAC was fast early on, and held quick time, until Daryn Pittman came out second to last in the 43-car field and bested him. “We were able to be second quick in hot laps and second quick in time trials,” he says. “It was just so exciting, because this A.R.T. chassis is so comfortable. The more I went, the more comfortable I got in it. That was my downfall eventually, I think.”
After getting through his heat, TMAC finished fifth in the Dash. “I came off of turn two eighth and we were able to drive by the top three in Outlaw points (Pittman, Paul McMahan and Donny Schatz),” he says. “Something like that gets your confidence up. Those three are the best in the world right now. To do that with a family operation like ours…Austin and Carson were there helping…it gave us confidence in a David vs. Goliath sort of way.”
TMAC started the feature on fire and was moving forward when he got over the top of turns one and two. “I actually drove over the top of the hole in turn one,” he says. “I ended up getting the left rear caught and it bottomed the car out. I did everything but flip the car. It bent the driveline. I should have flipped the thing. My neck has been killing me since.”
TMAC restarted on the tail and moved up to thirteenth. “Without that, I really think we had a solid podium finish going, if not better,” he says. “I probably shouldn’t have went out again. The thing was so bound up, and I about crashed several times. We were able to get by a lot of those cars and get up to thirteenth. Lori had told me to get a nice solid top five, so she wasn’t very happy with me.”
He was fifth quick in the 27-car field at Knoxville on Saturday. “We’re just so close qualifying,” says TMAC. “We’re like a tenth of a second off. I keep getting fifth or sixth quick every week. With the way the points are, we need to get up there in first or second.”
A charge from fifth to second in the heat set up the main event. “The car felt really good in the heat,” says TMAC. “I would have rather started up top, but it went well.”
TMAC took the lead from Sam Hafertepe Jr. on the fourth lap and held off Dusty Zomer and Davey Heskin for the win. “I think the bottom was a little faster at that point,” he says. “You have Dusty and Davey who are really good on the bottom. There’s just some tough competition at Knoxville. You can’t slough off or make any mistakes.”
The win wasn’t lost on TMAC. “It’s good to get a win there,” he says. “Knoxville is such a tough place to get a win.”
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This Month in TMAC History!
TMAC has three wins on June 17. In 2007, he raced from the back of the pack to victory in 25 laps at Huset’s Speedway, topping Mark Dobmeier, Wade Nygaard, Gregg Bakker and Gary DeWall. A 1995 win at Knoxville bested Johnny Herrera, Jaymie Moyle, Dennis Moore Jr. and Randy Smith. A 2001 win at Huset’s topped Don Droud Jr., Bakker, DeWall and Skip Jackson.
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Tuesdays with TMAC – Three-race Weekend Ahead!
(Bill W) June 4, 2013 – It definitely wasn’t a weekend to remember for Terry McCarl, but he plans on...more...
Tuesdays with TMAC – Three-race Weekend Ahead!
(Bill W) June 4, 2013 – It definitely wasn’t a weekend to remember for Terry McCarl, but he plans on coming back strong in a pair of World of Outlaws events this weekend, sandwiching his normal Saturday stop at Knoxville Raceway. Disaster was avoided when he lost a right front stop on his sprinter at Knoxville last Saturday, and a second place finish at Huset’s Speedway near Brandon, South Dakota capped off the weekend Sunday.
On a lightning fast track at Knoxville, TMAC timed in fifth quick in the 35-car field. “We were right there in qualifying,” he says. “I don’t know how many cars were in the 14.7’s. Qualifyiing fifth made it difficult in the heat race, because Saturday, it was tough to start on the bottom.”
TMAC’s time put him inside row three for a heat that took five to the feature. “I had Brian Brown beside me, who I’d say is one of the top five teams in the country right now,” he says. “I felt he had the advantage on the outside. I had my son Austin in front of me, and my best friend, Lynton Jeffrey next to him…but I’ve got to make a move. You have to get a good start with something like that.”
He was able to advance to fourth. “With a fast track like that, it’s going to be tough to pass,” saysTMAC. “We got a good jump to get by Brian. Then Austin kind of crossed up in front of me. We were fortunate to get by him. At that point, it’s just about a transfer spot. It was a little nerve-wracking.”
With the format calling for a feature redraw for the first four rows, TMAC’s volunteer came up with an eight. “Unfortunately for me, the redraw put us behind the 8-ball…no pun intended!” he says. “That was o.k. If you have a good car and strong engine, it really doesn’t matter where you start, you should get to the front…at least to a podium finish. I think we had that. We were up to fifth. We had a good run on Dusty (Zomer) there. I was coming off of two and the red came out.”
Things went awry when the green fell again. “We really didn’t make any changes,” says TMAC. “I kind of screwed up on the restart. Dusty got by (Dustin Selvage) and I tried to do the same too soon. (Mark) Dobmeier got around me and a few guys got me out of the groove. I don’t know if it came from hitting the cushion hard or what, but I lost the right front stop in turn two. It was tightened; it just got knocked off somehow.”
Fortunately, disaster was avoided. “That’s really bad,” says TMAC. “The best way I can describe it is, going into turn three, it felt like the right front wheel came off. You’re going to crash. I think Lucas Wolfe got into the back of me and saved me. I think he got into my bumper and straightened me out. It obviously ended our night, but I felt really good that we didn’t destroy the car.”
Things went well on Sunday leading up to the main event at Huset’s. “I really like the new tire they are running up there, the Hard Hoosier,” says TMAC. “It’s doing a good job. I was able to run the tire two weeks, and won on it the second week. We were second quick Sunday and ran fourth in the heat race. Again, Austin started right in front of me. That’s getting old!”
Starting inside row two, TMAC began his quest for a second win in a row at Huset’s. “I was able to get by Mark (Dobmeier) on the start,” he says. “Then, Scott (Winters) had a tough time down in one and two, and Mark got by us both. We were able to run him down again and get by him. Robby Wolfgang showed the bottom of one and two was good, and I was able to use it.”
He found his way to the lead. “The top of three and four was the place to be, but I was able to stick the bottom pretty well too,” says TMAC. “The A.R.T. chassis is working so well. At that point, we were behind Lynton in second, and we were able to get by him on a restart.”
The Altoona, Iowa driver had his run up front interrupted several times. “We weren’t really able to set sail,” he says. “We had three or four yellows and a couple of reds. We had a fuel stop and the race kind of drug on. At that point, it’s tough to know what to do when you’re leading. I don’t really have a crew chief at that point for advice. The car felt good everywhere, so I started ringing it around the top.”
Dobmeier was back in the picture in the late going and got by for the win on the last lap. “With about a lap to go, Mark had it going around the bottom,” says TMAC. “You’d rather lead all the time, but sometimes it sucks, because the guy behind you has nothing to lose and can find something on the track. Mark did a great job and found some moisture on the bottom. I was good down there too, but at that point, I felt the top was the place to be. They did a great job with the track.”
The race had an eventful end. “Coming out of four, the yellow came out,” says TMAC. “Someone had hit the fence in turn four. I was disappointed in the fact we didn’t get a green, white, checker finish. It was running late, and they checkered the race. I don’t think I could have turned back under him though. Though we hate to lose one like that, it was a great race for the fans. That’s what makes Huset’s exciting.”
The WoO will be in the area Friday at the 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa and Sunday at the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska. Knoxville on Saturday will make it a three-race weekend. “We’ve been looking forward to these shows at Burlington and I-80 for awhile now,” says TMAC. “Of course, we’ll be back at Knoxville on Saturday too.”
TMAC Appearing at Heartland Harley Davidson Thursday Night!
Heartland Harley Davidson will be hosting a “Meet and Greet” with drivers competing on Friday night at 34 Raceway. TMAC will be in attendance between 5-7 p.m. “We’re really looking forward to meeting up with our fans in the Burlington area again,” he says. “We’ve got some new shirts, we’ve got some barbeque sauce in too.”
Heartland Harley Davidson is located at 155 S. Roosevelt Avenue in Burlington, Iowa.
TMAC has two victories at Knoxville on June 3. In 1995, he piloted the family #24 to a win over Skip Jackson, Johnny Herrera in the Forbrook #5, Craig Dollansky and Steve Beitler. In 2000, he drove the Serace #55 to victory under the NCRA sanction ahead of Travis Cram, Dennis Moore Jr., Steve Gennetten and Travis Rilat. TMAC has four career NCRA wins. In addition to his Knoxville triumph, he also has wins at River Cities Speedway (ND), Park Jefferson Speedway (SD) and Salina Highbanks Speedway (KS).
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Tuesdays with TMAC – A Welcome Two Win Weekend!
(Bill W) May 28, 2013 – While rain pounded the Midwest and ruined some racing plans, Terry McCarl...more...
Tuesdays with TMAC – A Welcome Two Win Weekend!
(Bill W) May 28, 2013 – While rain pounded the Midwest and ruined some racing plans, Terry McCarl was two for two, winning a pair of events. On Friday night, he triumphed in Sprint Invaders competition at Independence Motor Speedway in Iowa, before prevailing for the 93rd time at Huset’s Speedway near Brandon, South Dakota on Monday night. In between, son Carson graduated from high school.
Starting sixth in his heat at Independence, TMAC climbed to third. “I had the first lap to really get clicking and I did the best I could,” he says. “The motor (360) was running a little rich all night really. It was the first night I had it out since East Bay (Florida). I wanted to run it a bit in case Carson finds a ride. I did the best I could.”
With weather moving in, the program was run quickly, and a top two finish would have put TMAC and his lone crewman, son Austin, in a bind to run the Dash. “As it was, it was just Austin and me working on the car,” says TMAC. “It was really a Godsend not to make the Dash in the end. They ran things along pretty quickly, and that gave me a chance to look at the track during the Dash.”
Starting seventh, the Altoona, Iowa driver moved quickly in second and passed Jamie Ball for the lead on lap five. “The track was nice and wide,” he says. “What a great track. They did such a good job preparing it. All you ask for as a driver is a top and a bottom, and you could even run the middle a little bit in three and four. They did a great job. It was really easy on tires too. I was able to roll around there and check out the track. We started on the bottom and we were able to get a great start. I think the guys running the Dash assumed the track would be on top, where it was in the Dash. That worked in my favor with a couple of them. The car was awesome. We made a bunch of last minute changes, which unfortunately for my crew, is normal with me. The car was really awesome all night long.”
Lucas Wolfe ran second in the latter stages and was almost within shouting distance on a couple occasions in heavy traffic. “It kind of got wild a couple of times in traffic,” says TMAC. “I kept losing the brakes. The left front rotor was bent a little bit. I had brakes one lap, and if I didn’t pump them, I might not have them the next. It got a little nerve-wracking a couple times in turn three.”
TMAC and son Austin, who would finish third, showed you can be economical with tires at Huset’s Monday. The night started with the third quick time of the night and a fifth place heat run. “It was dry the first week and we didn’t have any of the new hard Hoosiers that they’re running this year,” says TMAC. “I hot lapped, time trialed and heat raced on the same tire. A lot of guys junked their tires in the heat. Actually, the right rear I won on Monday was the same one I used to start the first week. Sunday, I had Austin hot lap, qualify and run the heat race on it. Since he was on the front of the feature, he ran the newer right rear we had and a brand new left rear tire. I used that older right rear, and the same left rear I ran at Knoxville the previous week.”
TMAC started eighth in the feature, and took little time in getting to the front. “I was a little concerned about the tires, but when your chassis is good and your car is rolling around there well, you don’t need the crutch of a new tire as much,” he says. “The track was tacky and I thought it was going to be pretty tough.”
The track was in top shape at Huset’s and provided great action throughout the night. “That A.R.T. chassis is unbelievable and I was rolling around there nice,” says TMAC. “I was hoping it was going to be ‘Old School Huset’s’ and it was. I was able to pass on the bottom and the top. There were wheelies, slide jobs and everything else. The racing was really good there. It really didn’t go clear to the wall like it will later on, but it was a lot of fun. I think the fans had a blast, and if it stays that way, we’ll be packing the place again. It was great to have Jeff from Rens Trucking there to watch us too. That makes it fun for us.”
It proved to be advantageous to go back to the basics for TMAC, who plans on running at Knoxville and Huset’s this weekend. “I was testing a little bit the previous week,” he says. “I wanted to try some stuff. I went back to my basic stuff this week and it worked out really well for us.”
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TMAC won on May 27 in 2001 at the Huset’s Speedway. He topped Dennis Moore Jr., Don Droud Jr., Mark Toews and Skip Jackson. The field was a solid one assembled over the Memorial Day Weekend. He won his fifth of a record seven Huset’s track championships that season.