(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)