Bad “Brake” at Knoxville

(Bill W) August 28, 2017 – Josh and the Deuce Motorsports #49 team nearly finished the Knoxville Raceway season with a feature win.  Unfortunately, the West Burlington, Iowa driver lost brakes with ten laps to go and ultimately checkered in fourth place.  Josh, who works at Morning Sun Farm Implement says the rest of the season’s schedule depends on lot on the harvest for area farmers.

Things started Saturday with a 14th quick time trial.  “We’ve tried some different things to get better in qualifying,” says Josh.  “The track was fast, and we just weren’t as good as we needed to be there.  It levels the playing field for everyone when the track is like that, and if you’re off an inch, you’re off a mile.”

The heat invert put Josh outside row one, and he went on to win going away.  “We changed a couple of things with the motor,” he says.  “We changed things around, and we were very strong in the heat.  After being fourteenth quick, we needed to win the heat.”

A feature invert of eight meant he would start on the pole of the feature.  He led the first 14 laps before a caution flew.  “We were really solid until we had a yellow there,” says Josh.  “We were racing (Ian) Madsen for the lead (on lap 16).  Going into turn three, I was trying to run the bottom.  We had a right rear brake caliper snap off.  We lost all the brakes, and the caliper wedged against the wheel.”

Josh was holding on the rest of the way.  “The car shimmied and vibrated the last ten laps,” he says.  “I didn’t really know what the issue was or why it was happening.  I was kind of gauge watching and trying to see.  We had no brakes on top of that.  To be honest, we were trying to just hold on at the end.”

There was obvious disappointment.  “Ultimately, it hurts to let another one slip away from us,” says Josh.  “But looking back at the circumstances, we’re pretty happy to have finished, and finished fourth.  If it hadn’t happened, I believe we had the car to beat those guys.  They also said if we hadn’t of had the yellow, I had a decent lead and would have won.  That’s all easy to say now.”

In addition to Ian, Kerry Madsen and Brian Brown were with the top three finishers.  “All three of those guys finished in the top ten of the Knoxville Nationals,” says Josh.  “Looking at the big picture, it gives us the confidence that we can do this.  We need to figure out ways to start towards the front.  That makes everything easier.”

Josh ended up finishing ninth in Knoxville Raceway points for the second straight year.  “We missed capitalizing on some opportunities earlier in the season,” he says.  “It was good to have a strong finish to the season Saturday.  It makes you excited to get back to Knoxville.  Sprint car racing is always changing.  Everyone is always trying to get better, and we’ll be there again next year.”

Traffic Jam!

(Bill W) August 24, 2017 – A victory was snatched from Josh by the jaws of lapped traffic Friday night at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa with the Sprint Invaders.  The West Burlington, Iowa native couldn’t avoid a spinning lapped car while leading the main event.  Josh would bounce back Saturday at his hometown 34 Raceway for a strong second place finish.  The Deuce Motorsports #49 team is ready for Season Championship Night this Saturday at the Knoxville Raceway.

After winning his heat and finishing second in the Dash at Donnellson, Josh and young Ayrton Gennetten exchanged the lead several times in lapped traffic in the feature.  “Ayrton is a good race car driver, and he’s only going to get better with time,” says Josh.  “It was a lot of fun racing back and forth with him.  It’s hard to believe, that at 30 years old (last Monday), I’m becoming one of the old timers.  I’ve gone the other way.  It was really looking like a win there, but circumstances didn’t dictate that.”

Josh had taken the lead at the time of impact.  “As competitive as the Sprint Invaders has become…the wins just don’t come easy,” he says.  “We had track position, which we have lacked this year.  We were lucky enough to start up front in the heat race, and that’s crucial in making the Dash.”

After checking over the car, the team headed for more Sprint Invaders action at 34 Raceway.

“We just didn’t feel as good as we had at Donnellson,” says Josh.  “We bent so much stuff up Friday night, that I don’t know if I missed something.  We were good, we just weren’t as good as Friday.  We were able to run second there in the heat and second in the Dash.  The draw didn’t really set things up well for us, but that’s how it goes.  Friday night it did help us.”

Starting sixth in the feature, Josh would quickly make his way towards the front.  “We were able to get into the top three the first couple of laps,” he says.  “We were able get by Tanner Gebhart for second.  He’s another good young driver doing a good job.  He’s been coming into his own too.”

Gio Scelzi had opened up a large lead at that point.  “We needed another caution,” says Josh.  “That Scelzi kid was just way too far out there.  I don’t know that it would have mattered, but you always want a caution to take at least one shot and see.”

Josh was impressed by Gio’s run.  “I remember when I was that age, there was no fear,” he says.  “You didn’t care what you tore up.  Now at my age, the body doesn’t heal quite as fast, and we have to fix what we tore up.  It’s really cool to see this young talent though.  It was really impressive what Gio did.  He seems like a really down to earth nice kid like his brother.  They have a nice family.”

Hole in Three!

(Bill W) July 10, 2017 – Josh and the Deuce Motorsports #49 team were plenty fast again last Saturday night at Knoxville.  After timing in a season-high sixth quick, the West Burlington, Iowa driver got caught up in a hole in turn three on the first lap of the feature.  That forced him to the tail, but Josh battled back for a 13th place finish.  This week, the team plans on running with the Sprint Invaders Thursday at Cedar County Raceway in Tipton, Iowa Thursday before heading back to Knoxville Saturday.

Josh was happy with his sixth quick qualifying effort Saturday.  “We’re really taking a liking to the new motor,” he says.  “We’re tweaking it and we like where everything is headed as far as that goes.  It’s kind of neat to come back from the qualifying effort we had the previous week.”

He would finish where he started in the heat…fifth.  “Starting fifth in the heat race for me, is probably the worst place you can start,” says Josh.  “You have two cars in front of you and three to the outside of you.  You really don’t have a hole to work with.  On the outside, you at least have a place to go.  You’re not pinched on the bottom.”

Josh was slated to start 12th in the feature after his heat finish.  “The point system and the track are the same for everyone,” he says.  “We need to just put a week together where we qualify well and do well in the heat.  We’ll see if we can do that this week.  I’m confident where we’re at, we just have to show what we’re capable of.  The car was pretty nice all night.  We were free to run the bottom like I like, but the top was pretty fast.”

The car was fast all night, but a rut in turn three started the feature off on a bad note.  “There was a heck of a hole down by the berm in turn three,” says Josh.  “It was atrocious.  It’s been forming the last two or three weeks, but it hasn’t been that bad.  That caught me on the first lap and got me sideways.  Rager (Phillips) had nowhere to go, and tagged me in the bumper.  We spun and the 3G car (Carson Macedo) had nowhere to go and tipped over.”

Josh responded from the tail of the field.  “We were pretty good getting back through there,” he says.  “It was just a tough track to pass on.  We needed a yellow a little earlier that we got it.  We needed things to get bunched back up, but we were able to get back to 13th.”

Other factors may alter the race schedule for Josh and his wife Brittany.  “We’re planning on racing Thursday and Saturday, but we are on ‘baby watch’ right now,” says Josh.  “Everything hinges on what happens there right now.”

That’s the Brakes at Knoxville!

(Bill W) July 4, 2017 – Josh and the Deuce Motorsports #49 team had high hopes going into last Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Iowa.  A recent string of good runs had the confidence high.  Unfortunately, a brake issue in the feature relegated Josh to an 11th place finish.  The West Burlington, Iowa driver will try to bounce back at Knoxville this Saturday night.

After being without their #1 power plant last week, Josh was ready for Knoxville.  “We were able to get our primary motor back last Saturday,” he says.  “We picked it up late Thursday, dyno-ed it on Friday and put it in on Saturday.”

He timed in a disappointing 18th quick to start the night.  “It was heavier than the week prior, just like we anticipated,” says Josh.  “We were just way too tight qualifying.  We were just unable to roll around there like we needed to.  Despite that, we were just a half second off of quick time.”

That put Josh on the pole of the heat, and he took off and won that one.  “We were really nice in the heat race,” he says.  “I think we showed what we were capable of there.  We were turning faster times in the heat than we had qualifying, which really shows how far off we were in time trials.”

The heat win made up a bit for the disappointing qualifying effort, and he lined up outside row five for the main event.  “I don’t know how it happened, but we lost our brakes,” says Josh.  “Something went wrong with the right rear brake caliper line and it drained all of the brake fluid out.  So we were out there without brakes.”

It was a tough situation on a high-speed racetrack for Josh.  “I didn’t want to pull off,” he says.  “I don’t know that it was the smartest thing to do to stay out there.  I just wanted to stay out there, not get a ‘DNF’ and survive.  What stinks is we were so much better than some of those cars in front of us.  But if you get up behind them, or make a move where you need brakes…you’re going to end up wadding it up.”

Not getting close to the other competitors out there was the key to coming home in one piece.  “You have to pick and choose your battles when you have an issue like that,” says Josh.  “We’ll be back at Knoxville this week, and give it another shot.”

Ninth in Points at Midseason

(Bill W) June 26, 2017 – Josh and the Deuce Motorsports #49 team were in the same boat as everyone Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway.  There just wasn’t much opportunity to move up come feature time.  Still, the West Burlington, Iowa native finished the evening with a top ten finish and sits ninth in the point standings after Mid-Season Championship Night.  The team will be back at Knoxville this Saturday night.

 After having some engine issues the previous week, Josh timed in ninth quick Saturday.  “We were really pretty happy with ninth quick,” he says.  “We hurt a motor two weeks ago, and we had our little motor.  Even though the track conditions were less than ideal, you still need motor to get the car around the top.  We were pretty happy with that.”

 He would come home fifth in his heat.  “We really were pretty quick,” says Josh.  “I bobbled in three on the first lap, and a couple cars got back by us.  Ultimately, we fell into line and finished fifth.”

 The track was uncharacteristically dry all night and seemed doomed to lay rubber in the feature.“We were talking and I told our team I thought the rubber would come about lap 14,” says Josh.  “I had the ‘4’ right, because it came in about lap four.  We just fell in line and waited for someone to mess up.  That happened, and we were able to move up a couple spots.”

 After starting twelfth, Josh would finish tenth.  “The McCarl’s (Austin and Terry) were sixth and seventh, and I saw them 90% of the race,” he says.  “We weren’t that bad.  There’s just nowhere to go on a track like that.  It’s really frustrating, but there’s nothing you can do about it.  A track like that isn’t good for anyone.  We’re burning tires, and the fans are getting dusted all night.  But I’m sure they’ll get it figured out this week.”

Heat Race Win & Sixth in Feature!

June 17, 2017 – Josh and the Deuce Motorsports #49 team turned in a strong sixth place run Saturday night at the Knoxville Raceway in Iowa.  The West Burlington, Iowa driver overcame a less than ideal handling race car in the feature to record his third top ten of the season at Knoxville.  This weekend tentatively has Josh heading to West Liberty Raceway in Iowa with the World of Outlaws Friday, before a return to Knoxville Saturday.

Josh timed in ninth quick at Knoxville Saturday.  “We were pretty decent qualifying,” he says.  “We’ve really worked at our program early in the night.  That’s where we’ve struggled, and we’re figuring some things out.  We’re headed in the right direction.”

Ninth quick meant starting fourth in his heat race.  He would charge to the win on a heavy track.  “We were really good in the heat race,” says Josh.  “We’ve worked on being more aggressive on the starts, and that is a key for us moving forward.  The way the point system is set up, that’s really important.”

Josh passed Rager Phillips on lap two to take the heat win.  “It was definitely a heavy track with the moisture falling,” he says. “Passing was at a premium, especially in the heats.  We were happy to have moved up.  Looking at the results, it looked like (Brian) Brown was the only other car to move up like that, so we were happy.”

With intermittent sprinkles falling, the crew didn’t change much for the feature.  “We left the car free like we had had it,” says Josh. “The track slicked off a little more than we thought it would.  That was a mistake.  We also had an engine issue where we were losing some power.  So that didn’t help on that racetrack as fast as it was either.  Then we had our nose wing fell down about halfway through.”

After starting third, Josh would hold on to finish sixth despite the difficulties.  “The good Lord never makes it easy for us it seems,” he says.  “We always have challenges.  It felt good to be up there vying in the top five though.  To be honest, I made a couple of mistakes early that cost us too.  We’ll get some of that ironed out the more we race.  The track was pretty abnormal for this time of year with the rain falling.”

The team is getting their motor issue inspected before using it again.  “We’re getting it checked out,” says Josh.  “We’ll put in our old one for this weekend and see how we do.

Maximum Laps Allowed!

June 12, 2017 – Josh and the Deuce Motorsports #49 team certainly got some seat time in last weekend in events at Knoxville Raceway with the World of Outlaws, and Sunday with the All Stars at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa. Josh would not only qualify, run his heats and all the features, but he had to go through the B main each night as well.  The busy weekend has the team recuperating and preparing for just one race this week.  That will be Saturday night at Knoxville.

Josh would struggle in qualifying a bit both nights at Knoxville for different reasons.  “Friday and Saturday, we were really pretty nice with the Outlaws,” he says.  “We’re trying to figure out some gear ratios with the motor we’ve put in.  We went the wrong way in qualifying on Saturday, but you need to keep trying until you get it where you need to be”

The draw bit him a bit the first night.  “Friday, we weren’t really that bad,” says Josh.  “We just went out extremely late in our session.  We would have been sixth quick in the other session.  Sometimes, you’re just a product of the draw.”

In Friday’s B, Josh would surge from the fifth row to grab the final transfer back from Logan Schuchart late.  Schuchart would make the Dash Saturday night.  “We definitely gave people their money’s worth there,” he says.  “If we can get this qualifying going, we’ll have something for them.  We can race with all of them when the feature rolls around.”

On Saturday, he would finish second in the B and 20th in the feature.  “We’ve got good racecars, and our engine program is there,” says Josh.  “We just need to fine-tune it, and we’ll be there.  We’re not far off at all.”

Josh drew a tough group in the All Stars qualifying system on Sunday at his hometown 34 Raceway.  “I was halfway excited about how the All Stars drew, but ultimately, it kicked our butts,” he says.  “Saying that, we should have been better.  We weren’t even close on setup for qualifying.  We played catch-up from there.”

Finishing seventh in his heat, he would drive from eighth to third to lock into the final feature of the weekend.  Unfortunately, a first lap melee collected him.  “There really was nowhere to go in the heat,” says Josh.  “We were really good in the B.  Then you have people trying to win the feature from 16th on the first lap of the feature.  We bent the right front corner of the axle back, and that’s the second axle with that car in two weeks.  Financially, it probably would have been better not make the feature.”

A Good Run Spoiled!

June 1, 2017 – It was a mixed bag of results for the Deuce Motorsports #49 team and driver Josh Schneiderman last weekend.  He had high hopes heading into a pair of Iowa Sprint Invaders dates in Donnellson and West Burlington, but they both ended with a bit of disappointment.  The West Burlington driver would drive from row eight to register another top ten finish in 410 competition at the Knoxville Raceway Saturday.  The team will have a breather this weekend before taking on the World of Outlaws for two nights at Knoxville and the All Stars in West Burlington the following week.

 

Last Friday at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Josh finished fourth in his heat, then drove from tenth to finish seventh in the feature at a track he has tasted victory at.  “We were struggling with a couple of gremlins on the motor,” he says.  “We got that figured out.  We just weren’t as good as we needed to be with the racecar.  We just didn’t get the car tight enough.  We weren’t as good as we had been in the past.”

 

He timed in 13th quick at Knoxville with his 410 Saturday.  “I didn’t think our qualifying effort was bad,” says Josh.  “It just wasn’t as good as it needed to be for us to start up front.  We have done really well compared to where we were a year ago.”

 

After running third in his heat, Josh charged from row eight to checker tenth in the main event.  “I think we were a little better than tenth, but we’re not disappointed,” he says.  “The track was a little heavier with all the moisture last week.  It was heavier than we’ve seen, but they did what they had to do to get the show in.  We were happy running up to tenth.”

 

He ran second in his heat Sunday at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, qualifying him for the Dash.  After finishing third in that, he started outside row one of the feature, and was running third late in the race when disaster struck.  “We were really good at Burlington,” says Josh.  “It ended in an unfortunate way.  I saw Jamie Ball out of the corner of my eye above turn two, and what I saw was him trying to drive back on the racetrack.  I was intending to move down off the cushion, and when I did at that speed on the slick, I spun sideways.  Jarrod (Schneiderman) had nowhere to go and got into the side of me.  It stinks regardless, but screwing up your brother’s race too was bad.”

 

Any rumors of Josh taking the wings off and running with USAC this Saturday at Knoxville are false.  “Brittany and I have a scheduled baby class,” he says.  “Next week will be busy with three 410 shows, and we’ll have the engine we dyno-ed last week ready for that.  I tweaked a frame rail on Sunday, so that needs fixed too.  It’s a goodtime for a little break to get re-energized.”

Words from Skip (Jackson) After Another Solid Run!

May 13, 2017 – Josh and the Deuce Motorsports #49 team had another strong showing Saturday night at the Knoxville Raceway.  After timing in a season-best eighth quick, the West Burlington, Iowa native checkered seventh in the feature. After raining out last Wednesday’s Sprint Invaders event at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, they’ll try again this week.  Of course, the team will be back at Knoxville Saturday as well.

 

Josh came out to time twelfth in the order among the stout 22-car field at Knoxville, timing in eighth.  “I really felt good about qualifying,” he says.  “There’s still a little bit there, but we don’t have anything for the #2 car (Kerry Madsen)…but I don’t know if anyone does right now.  I feel like we’re just about there. I really do.”

 

The only obstacle on the night was a fifth place finish in the heat after starting fourth.  “I need to be more aggressive on the starts,” says Josh.  “(Brian) Brown’s nose was between (Dustin) Selvage and I before the white line, but I can’t take that away from him.  If that’s what we need to do, then that’s what we need to do.  The bottom line is, I need to be more aggressive.  You need to take advantage of what they give you, and Brian did a good job with that start.”

 

Josh would start eleventh in the feature.  “We were really good on the bottom,” he says.  “We were only getting better as the race went on, and I think others were starting to fade.  I really wanted to see a yellow with three or four to go.  I think we could have passed the two in front of us if we had.  Maybe we would have even had a shot at the podium…or we could have flipped over the berm.  You never know.”

 

After climbing to seventh, he chatted with a Knoxville legend afterwards.  “(Two-time track champ) Skip Jackson came over to visit with me after the races,” says Josh.  “I told him I was wishing for a yellow.  He said the times he would wish for a yellow, he ended up being the yellow.  So he had a point there.”

 

The confidence is high right now for Josh and the team.  “We’re really happy with the car,” he says.  “Our slick track setup is working well.  We’re looking forward to getting a couple of races in this week.  I’m excited and I was ready to get right back in the car and soon as I got out.”

Confidence Booster!

May 6, 2017 – Josh and the Deuce Motorsports #49 team have their confidence rolling as they get ready for a potential two-race week.  The West Burlington, Iowa driver climbed from row eight to finish eleventh at Knoxville in a fast hotrod.  The team plans on running with the Sprint Invaders Wednesday at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa before returning to Knoxville Saturday.

The team had a few issues before hot laps got underway Saturday at Knoxville.  “We had to put in an older motor this week,” says Josh.  “It seemed like we had a dead cylinder at idle.  We changed spark plug caps and wires.  It seemed to fix the problem.  Once we got up to speed, the motor was fine.  It was just idling a little funny.  Well make an adjustment for that.”

Josh improved his qualifying from the season opener, timing in fourteenth quick amongst the stout 24-car field.  “We were a tenth off where we needed to be, and honestly, that was on me,” he says.  “I jumped the cushion in four on the first lap and that cost us. Ultimately, we weren’t completely dissatisfied, but it could have been better.”

The track was in prime shape for the heat race, and Josh would start outside row one.  “The track was 180 degrees different than the first week,” he says.  “There were two good lanes to run.  In the heat races, it seemed the bottom was an advantage.  Dustin (Selvage) was starting down there, but I was more afraid of the third-place car getting a run down there.  It cost us a little there, and (Mark) Dobmeier was able to get by us.  We had a good race with him for a while.  We weren’t able to get around Chris Martin like he was able to and we ended up fourth.”

He would start the 20-lap main event outside row eight.  “We were really good in the feature,” says Josh.  “We had a really nice racecar.  We had some good battles back there and we were moving forward.  I was having trouble getting around Tasker (Phillips), but the car was really good.  We were right there with (Kerry) Madsen and Austin (McCarl) at the end.  I just wish we could have gotten by Tasker.”

Josh would finish eleventh, and really felt confident about his racecar.  “The balance of the car is really good,” he says.  “We just need to nail qualifying a little better, and we’ll be starting towards the front.  I have a lot of confidence right now.  Our results haven’t been great, but they’re ahead of where we were at this time last year for sure.  I’m really looking forward to getting back there Saturday.”

Josh enters Wednesday’s event at Oskaloosa second in Sprint Invaders points.  After two weeks, he is twelfth in 410 points at Knoxville.