In the Family! SIA Season Championship 9/17/2016

Josh and the Deuce Motorsports #49 put on another one of their patented charges last Saturday night with the Sprint Invaders at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa.  Going from twelfth to third, Josh not only finished strong with the series, but saw his brother Jarrod win his first ever Sprint Invaders feature.  The team is weighing remaining races on their schedule, or whether they will call it a year.

Josh drew a sixth starting spot in his heat.  “We didn’t get what we needed from the draw, and the track was still awful fast in the heat race,” he says.  “That made it tough for passing.  It is what it is.  You win some and you lose some on the draw.  We didn’t get quite the start we needed in the heat either.  We got held up a little bit in turn one.  It was just tough passing.  That’s just how it goes sometimes.”

He finished fourth in the heat, putting him outside row six for the feature.  The track was fast, but widened out as the night progressed.  “The track became pretty racy,” says Josh.  “It got hairy in lapped traffic.  They were battling back and forth too.  We had a good racecar, but we lost the brakes there about halfway through the race.  That made it tough for us.”

A red was displayed with seven laps to go.  “We needed that caution earlier,” says Josh.  “It seems that we haven’t had a lot of cautions in races lately.  The track was a little faster, and we got up to third…so we were really happy with a podium finish there.” Josh was excited to see his brother get his first Sprint Invaders win.  “I was happy for Jarrod,” he says.  “He’d been trying to win one with the Invaders for a long time.  He earned that one.  That was good for him.”

The strength of the team’s schedule came in 410 action at Knoxville.  It was a year that saw steady improvement and Josh’s first podium finish at the Sprint Car Capital.  “We didn’t have a lot of flash and flare, so I don’t know that we were on a whole lot of people’s radar,” he says.  “But we were consistent all year.  We had a bunch of top tens and a few top fives at Knoxville as we continue to build this program.  We’re just so pumped for that.  That’s big for us.”

The season saw a number of feature charges.  “We didn’t start up front very often,” says Josh.  “Obviously, we struggled a bit in qualifying.  But when you charge towards the front in the features, it tells you that you are good when it matters.  So the focal point of the off season is improving in time trials.  If we can get in those first three rows at Knoxville, I truly believe we can win.”

Slick in Quincy!

(Bill W) September 6, 2016 – Josh and the Deuce Motorsports #49 team racked up another top ten with the Sprint Invaders Sunday night at Quincy Raceways in Illinois.  The slick track conditions turned in an exciting non-stop 25-lap feature that saw the West Burlington, Iowa driver finish seventh.  This weekend, the team will put the 410 in and compete with the MOWA series at the Herb Barlow Memorial in Jacksonville, Illinois Friday and the Tom Knowles Memorial at Spoon River Speedway Saturday.

Josh drove from third to finish second and qualify for the Dash in his nine-car heat race.  “We’re drawing a good car count here late in the year,” he says. “So we were happy to make the Dash, especially because of the nature of that track.  It gets really slick, and track position is important.”

He started on the pole of the Dash, but a mistake cost him a few spots.  “It was like an ice skating rink,” says Josh.  “We fell in behind Robbie Standridge, but I tried a little too hard on the second lap and got into that berm on the top.  The car took a hard push, and we allowed a couple cars by us.  We know the Dash doesn’t win the feature for you.  Unfortunately, the Dash draw seems to kill us every night, and the draw saw us starting sixth (in the feature).”

Josh maintained in the feature, checkering seventh.  “We anticipated the track laying rubber,” he says.  “I don’t know that it laid rubber at all to be honest. We were really pretty good in the feature.  Everyone caught on to run the bottom of three and four early.  I moved down there as well.  That wore out eventually.  I probably should have been up top.  I may have been able to get by some cars up there.”

The team will chalk the laps up to their experience with the slick conditions.  “We were good, but we weren’t great,” says Josh.  “We don’t get to many slick race tracks like that.  Some of our setups…we’re still working on them.  It’s great experience for us, and we’re excited to get to the next one and work on it again.”

Dubuque County Fair is family fest of racing excitement


Josh and the World of Wheels, Morning Sun Farm Implement, Automotive Machine #49 came away from the Dubuque County Fair with 2 Blue Ribbons and a Red! Josh has been on fire the last few weeks. After a great heat win, he took home the Fast Car Shake-up Dash win (photo above.) Starting on the pole for the A main, Josh would grab the lead from Uncle John Schulz and mix it up with him slicing and dicing through several yellow flags. The lead changed hands several times, but Josh couldn’t quite hold on to it through all four corners. The final restart saw Josh make a valiant effort to put Unc behind him for good, but John had just enough momentum to take the checkers. Jarrod in his #3G machine would put his two cents into the family mix and cross the finish line in a respectable 4th. Jarrod is currently in a tight points battle at the top of the Sprint Invaders chart.

Ready for August with Big Strides at Knoxville!

(Bill W) July 25, 2016 – Josh Schneiderman and the Deuce Motorsports #49 team continue to excel on Saturday nights at the Knoxville Raceway. Including his first podium finish there July 9, the West Burlington, Iowa driver has passed twenty-one cars in the past three weeks.  After charging from 16th to ninth on July 16, he was back at it last Saturday night, going from 13th to eighth with the National Sprint League back in town.  This week, the team has two events planned.  Tomorrow night, they’ll be at the Dubuque Speedway in Iowa when the Sprint Invaders race for $2,000 to win.  Saturday, Josh will be making his last start at Knoxville before Southern Iowa Sprintweek gets underway.

Josh is happy with the way things are going heading towards August.  “We’ve definitely been passing some racecars,” he says.  “It’s been pretty good as of late.  I think we’re about the only car consistently moving forward there.  It’s just too bad we’re not starting fifth and then doing it.”

To start up front, he knows that timing in the top ten is a must.  “We’re qualifying o.k.,” says Josh.  “We’re not completely out to lunch.  We want to be just a little better, and we’re working hard to do that.  We can’t quite put our finger on it right now.”

Once the feature starts, there is nothing to worry about.  Josh has been making charges every week.  “The car has been really nice,” he says.  “The last couple of weeks, the track has actually gotten faster.  The humidity in the air has actually come back to the track a little bit.  It’s almost been too fast come feature time.  When it slicks off, we’re even better.”

It did just that when he scored his podium finish after starting twelfth.  “It was really slick on the 9th,” says Josh.  “A couple more laps, and I really think we could have had something for them.  Two weeks ago, the track was a little too good.  Saturday, the track was pretty good as well.  We were able to go from 13th to eighth, and when you look through the field, there may have been only a couple others that were able to do that.”

Josh knows that things will be ramping up from here through the Knoxville Nationals.  “The competition is only going to get better,” he says.  “We’re going to drop in our big motor this weekend, and see if we can do just a little bit better.”

Hard Charger at Knoxville!

(Bill W) July 5, 2016 – It was another knockdown, drag-out National Sprint League show at Knoxville Raceway last Friday night (July 1).  Unfortunately, two nights of racing were cut to one when Mother Nature interfered.  Josh Schneiderman and the Deuce Motorsports #49 team stood tall with a top ten finish at the end of the night.  Early, it didn’t look that way, but the West Burlington, Iowa driver surged from 20th to claim tenth amongst the toughest weekly field out there.  The team will be trying it again this Saturday night at Knoxville.

Josh timed in 19th quick in the 25-car field Friday.  “We struggled in qualifying again,” he says.  “We used our backup motor.  In addition, we had a late draw when an early draw really benefited.  Not many cars came out late and made a lot of noise.”

That put him one spot out of the feature invert, meaning he would start seventh.  “The track was just too fast at that point,” says Josh.  “It made it hard to pass in the heat races.  The bottom was just way to slimy to make anything really happen.  The top was too fast and we finished where we started.”

Josh’s point total had him starting outside row ten in the 20-lap feature.  “The track slicked off a little bit, and it got a couple of grooves on it,” he says. “We were awful nice.  We just needed more time.”

The car was rolling well in multiple grooves.  “We got rolling really well around the bottom,” says Josh.  “We were able to move around when we needed to.  I could roll the top of one and two especially well.  Most of the cars we passed were on the bottom.  That worked to our advantage.”

Josh explained why they had their backup motor in on Friday.  “We’re trying to save our good motor for the Nationals,” he says.  “We were a little underpowered early in the night, especially the way the racetrack stayed so fast.  That’s just how it goes.  We need to save our best for the Nationals.  If we can get qualified in, I really feel we can win some races.  It’s tough to win from 20th!”

He also weighed in on the competition he faces every week at Knoxville.  “People are talking about the quantity of cars we have, but definitely not the quality!  One through twenty-four, our lineup at Knoxville can’t be duplicated anywhere in the country.”

Career Best Finish with the National Sprint League

Josh NSL Heat Win

Josh Schneiderman and the Deuce Motorsports #49 team pulled off a pair of top five finishes last week.  On Wednesday, the West Burlington, Iowa driver finished fifth with the Sprint Invaders at the Iowa State Fair Speedway in Des Moines.  Saturday, he pulled off a career best finish of fifth with the National Sprint League at Knoxville Raceway.  This weekend, Knoxville hosts a two-night NSL show, and the team is looking forward to it.
A couple of factors affected Josh even racing in Des Moines.  “The heat was almost unbearable on Wednesday, and it was pretty bad in the cockpit at times,” he says.  “In addition, that morning I woke up with a bad eye infection behind one of my contacts.  At 8 a.m., I didn’t know whether I’d even be racing or not.”
The Sprint Invaders used their two-heat format in Des Moines.  “We were o.k. in the first heat race,” says Josh.  “We didn’t get the greatest of starts, but we fell in line and ran third.  The second set, we had a little more trouble getting up through there.  We ran fourth (from fifth), so that was enough to get us in the Dash.”
In the Dash, Josh would finish sixth after starting in the third row.  His fate for a starting spot in the feature was determined by draw.  “You never know how the draw is going to go,” he says.  “As it was, finishing fifth put us on the inside in row two.  We probably would have rather finished either fourth or sixth, which would have put us on the outside.  The problem with starting third was that the cushion was the place to be heading into turn one.  We got shuffled back a bit.”
He would finish fifth in the 20-lap feature.  “Des Moines has been kind of tough for us,” says Josh.  “To come out of there with a top five was good for us. Last year, we destroyed a car there (in the Dash), so this was a big improvement from that.  We were happy about that.”
Josh would time in 11th quick Saturday night with the NSL.  That would put him on the pole of the first heat.  “The NSL format is cool, because racing in the heat really matters,” he says.  “We were able to go out there and win the heat and get enough points to get inside that invert (eight on Saturday).  That was crucial.  We knew if we got an opportunity to start up front, we could run there, and we proved that Saturday.”
He would start on the pole of the main event, and ran second to Davey Heskin much of the race.  “Sammy (Swindell) got us on one restart,” says Josh.  “I was trying to get under Davey and he had a little better run than us.  On the last restart, I burnt the tires off the car trying to maintain what we were doing and run those guys down.  There wasn’t a lot left to keep up.  On top of that, we were racing against some pretty tough competition there.  Racing with them only makes me better.  I made some mistakes that I can learn from.”
Josh’s fifth place finish was his best with the NSL.  “Overall, we’re excited about where the program is heading,” he says.  “We’re really happy with the improvements we’ve made.  We just need to sustain it.  We’re looking forward to two nights at Knoxville this week, and we’re even contemplating double-duty (with the 360) on Saturday.”

Podium Run in Eldon Highlights Strong Weekend!

(Bill W) June 22, 2016 – Josh Schneiderman and the Deuce Motorsports #49 team turned in a trio of strong performances last week.  A podium finish in Sprint Invaders action at the “Super Half-mile” Eldon Raceway on Friday highlighted the weekend.  The West Burlington, Iowa driver also pulled double duty at Knoxville Saturday, finishing seventh and 13th in those features.  Tonight finds the team with the Sprint Invaders at the Iowa State Fair Speedway in Des Moines.  They will be competing again with the NSL at Knoxville on Saturday.

Josh would start outside row one of his heat at Eldon Friday.  “We drew well for a change,” he says.  “We were able to kind of cruise to the win there.  It’s kind of a neat old fairgrounds.  I hadn’t personally been there.  It was definitely exciting to start with a heat win.”

The format would see two sets of heats, with the finish of the first round being inverted.  That put Josh outside row four.  “That format is kind of cool,” he says.  “I enjoyed the opportunity to be able to race and improve my position.  We were able to come up to fourth, and we were definitely better than that.  It took us a little extra time to get by a couple of cars.”

After a fourth place run in the Dash, he would line up in row two for the feature.  “We fell back to fourth or fifth early on,” says Josh.  “We didn’t get a good start on the bottom.  We were able to work up to third.  We reeled Jarrod (Schneiderman) in for second, and he spun out.  We didn’t need that caution.  It was unfortunate for Jarrod too.  He was running well.”

It took a while for Josh to get the heat back in his tires.  “We went with the H12, which was a little harder compound than most people,” he says.  “We tried that, and on the restarts it just killed us.  The wily old legend (John Schulz) was able to get by us for second there.  He got going really well on the top there and he was able to sneak by us and get a win.  All in all, I was happy to see him win.  If you can’t win, you’d like to see your uncle or your brother up there.”

The third place finish at Eldon set up double duty in both the 410 and the 360 at Knoxville Saturday.  “The car felt good hot lapping,” says Josh of his 410.  “We ended up drawing a higher number for qualifying.  Some guys early were setting down good laps on the bottom.  I thought that may be the place to go.  After time trials, they told me Kerry (Madsen) set quick time on the top.  It was one of those times where I should have seen what there was up top.”

The 22nd quickest time overall put Josh in the back of his heat.  “I like the NSL format with the points,” he says.  “It takes a little emphasis off of qualifying and on to the racing in the heats.  We had a nice heat race going.  We had some fortunate luck with a couple cars falling out, but I made a bad read on a restart and lost those spots back (finishing seventh).”

With only four cars transferring from the B, Josh surged from sixth to finish third.  “We were extremely nice in the B,” he says.  “I was excited for that. Running both classes, I was pretty worn out when the feature came along.  When the lights went out at the start of the feature, I was kind of happy to get a little break and some water.”

He would move up from the back row and finish 13th.  “We were really nice in the feature,” says Josh.  “We were up to tenth or eleventh, and I made a mistake down in turn four.  I hit the berm pretty hard.  That allowed (Lynton) Jeffrey to get away from us, and Davey (Heskin) to get back by us.  We ended up 13th, and overall, we were really happy.  The car is heading in the right direction.”

The team kept busy with the 360 Saturday too.  “We knew going in that we are running 2004 technology with the 360,” says Josh.  “We don’t have the motor to compete up front.  The track got slick early, which did fall into our hands a little bit.  Qualifying was o.k. (17th) and we had a good run in the heat (third).”
Starting 12th in the main event, Josh would drive to a seventh place finish, good enough to be the hard-charger.  “We marched up through there several positions,” he says.  “We really could have used a yellow late in the race.  I don’t think we even had a caution (the last 14 laps were non-stop).  I think we had something as far as getting in the top five, but a seventh there was nothing to be ashamed about.”

Josh was happy with the efforts.  “We had a good weekend overall,” he says.  “All three races, Eldon and the two at Knoxville went pretty well.  We’re excited to get to Des Moines tonight with the Sprint Invaders and back with the NSL at Knoxville Saturday.”

Hard-charge to the Podium at 34: Giving it all for Dad’s B’day!

June 2, 2016 – Josh had the Deuce Motorsports #49 working Sunday at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa. After starting 14th, he advanced to a third place finish in the Sprint Invaders 25-lap feature. The team will return to the Knoxville Raceway Saturday for more NSL action after climbing out of the B to a 16th place finish last weekend.

Early struggles with the 360 seem to be behind the team now. “The car didn’t run well at all on opening night in Burlington,” says Josh. “We struggled again early in the night at Oskaloosa, and then we finally sorted the issue out before the A main there. We’re really happy with the way the car is running now.”

Josh drew a stout heat at 34 on Sunday, and started seventh. “The track was tough to pass on in the heats, and we were in the back of a tough one,” he says. “34 Raceway gave us another great racetrack. It was really good early on. Those heat races are tough, and we did what we could to get up to fifth.”

That finish meant starting 14th in the main event, setting up his charge. “There were quite a few wrecks, and we did a good job of avoiding those,” says Josh. “We had a good car the whole night. We were able to run up to third. Obviously, you want to win all the time, but considering the circumstances, we were pretty happy. We’re excited to get the car back out at Eldon with the Sprint Invaders in a couple of weeks.”

A tough NSL field gathered at Knoxville Saturday and a bobble in qualifying made it a tougher night than anticipated. “I went into turn one,” says Josh. “They had some rain there, and the cushion was a little deeper than it normally is. I jumped that cushion, and I did the exact same thing two laps in a row. We missed the invert by two tenths, and I guarantee you that’s where it was. That’s disappointing, because that’s on me as a driver.”

To add insult to injury, Josh started seventh in a heat that saw Terry McCarl, Justin Henderson, Dusty Zomer, Sammy Swindell, Brian Brown and Bronson Maeschen ahead of him. “We were buried in the back of that heat,” he says. “They wrote the numbers on the board and I thought they were kidding. I thought maybe they should just throw (Davey) Heskin, the Madsens (Kerry and Ian) and (Danny) Lasoski in it and call it the A main. We were o.k. there, but we headed to the B.”

Starting sixth, he would snag the fourth and final transfer to the A. Starting at the tail, he would advance to 16th. “Dad (Bart) made some changes that really helped our race car before the B,” says Josh. “We were able to come up through there and get into the feature. I was a little worn out after the feature. It was an extremely physical racetrack, and we had a long day and night. The cushion was big and deep. We’re excited to get back there this week.”

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