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.”