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.”