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.”