Top Five with IRA Sets Up Knoxville Opener!

(Bill W) April 12, 2017 – Josh and the Deuce Motorsports #49 team got one more tune-up before the weekly season kicks off this Saturday at Knoxville Raceway.  The West Burlington, Iowa native picked up a fourth-place finish at his hometown 34 Raceway last Saturday night with the IRA.  The team is looking forward to getting to Knoxville Saturday and kicking off their season there.

Josh would come out eighth in the order and set the third quick time of the night on Saturday.

“We were real tickled with third quick,” he says.  “We’re struggling with the tune-up on that motor.  It’s ‘Old Faithful’ for us. Compared to some of the motors we were up against though, we were tickled to death.”

Third quick meant starting outside row two of the fourth heat.  “Our goal was to finish in the top five,” says Josh.  “That would put us in the redraw.  We knew we were in a good spot, and the track was still a little tough to pass on.  We had a good starting spot, and I just needed to keep from stepping on it.  I tried coming off of four one time.  There was some slime and I got low, but we got through there and finished second.”

Josh drew a three to start inside row two for the feature.  “I talked to Paul (Nienhiser) a little bit before the race, and I think he was the smartest one in the bunch,” he says.  “That definitely showed.  We know better than what we did, but we made a poor choice on our left rear tire.  After the heats, we felt the track was getting slicker.  It seemed the other class of cars opened the track up a little and brought the moisture back.”

Despite the tight racecar, he battled among the leaders who were chasing Nienhiser.  “It made for some fast, tight racing, because a lot of us were in the same boat,” says Josh.  “We needed to get the car freer, and we did the exact opposite.  We were running third there towards the end and feeling o.k.  Then Tim Kaeding was able to get by us and we ended up fourth.”

Josh had a few mixed emotions.  “Overall, we were happy, yet disappointed,” he says.  “I think we had the potential to be better than we were.  We avoided a couple of melees.  We just missed the setup in the feature.  We were way too tight.  The track kind of fooled us.”

The team is looking forward to this Saturday night at Knoxville.  “We’re pumped for opening night,” says Josh.  “We’re ready to go.  We have a fresh bullet in the car, and we’re hoping to continue the momentum we had last year.  It will be another tough field of cars, but we’ll be up to the challenge.”

#49 Posts Impressive Season Opening Top 5 Finish

 (Bill W) April 3, 2017 – Last year, the season opener with the Sprint Invaders resulted with Josh Schneiderman and the Deuce Motorsports #49 team on the hook.  Last Saturday’s lid lifter went much better, as the West Burlington, Iowa driver charged from tenth to finish fourth amongst a 33-car field at 34 Raceway.  He’ll return to his hometown track this Saturday as both the MOWA and IRA 410 series converge on the 3/8-mile oval.

While most area tracks succumbed to Mother Nature, the staff at 34 Raceway worked hard to get Saturday’s events in.  The result was 33 sprint cars and 31 late models in attendance.  “You have to commend 34 Raceway for how hard they worked to get the race in,” says Josh.  “They worked their tails off.   I’m hoping the show was a success for them too.”

Josh didn’t draw well, and started outside the third row of his heat.  “I was hoping one of these years, the draw may change for us,” he jokes.  “We still haven’t learned to do that.  I was happy to make it up through there.  With all the rain, it was kind of narrow, and you had over thirty drivers there and a tough field.”

He would checker third, one spot out of a trip to the Dash.  “I thought we had a chance at Cody (Wehrle) there late in the race for second,” says Josh.  “We found a line through some of the ruts, but he moved down there the last couple laps.  That took what little momentum we had away.  We settled into third and that’s where we ended up.”

Josh’s third place heat finish meant starting tenth in the feature. Despite efforts to knock down the rough stuff, the track was heavy, rutty, rough and entertaining!  “I knew with the racetrack the way it was, it was going to be tough,” he says.  “It seemed like a couple of the quicker cars were even faster on that track.  It was going to be tough to pass.  Ultimately, we were happy to move up six spots.  The car was really nice and we were able to get up through some of that stuff.”

A couple of restarts worked in Josh’s favor, and he would advance to finish fourth.  “My neck is reminding me how demanding it was,” he says.  “I don’t know that anyone breathed out there, just keeping the car on all fours!  That was one of the rougher ones I’ve been in.  But the car rolled into the trailer the way we rolled it out, and that was a victory in itself.  Unlike last year, it was a good start for us, and we’re excited moving forward.”

The team is preparing for Saturday’s 410 event at 34.  “We have the 410 in the car we ran Saturday,” says Josh.  “We’ll be ready for a big night again at 34 on Saturday.”

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Photo: Josh kicked off the season at 34 Raceway (Barry Johnson Photo)

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