May 6, 2017 – Josh and the Deuce Motorsports #49 team have their confidence rolling as they get ready for a potential two-race week. The West Burlington, Iowa driver climbed from row eight to finish eleventh at Knoxville in a fast hotrod. The team plans on running with the Sprint Invaders Wednesday at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa before returning to Knoxville Saturday.
The team had a few issues before hot laps got underway Saturday at Knoxville. “We had to put in an older motor this week,” says Josh. “It seemed like we had a dead cylinder at idle. We changed spark plug caps and wires. It seemed to fix the problem. Once we got up to speed, the motor was fine. It was just idling a little funny. Well make an adjustment for that.”
Josh improved his qualifying from the season opener, timing in fourteenth quick amongst the stout 24-car field. “We were a tenth off where we needed to be, and honestly, that was on me,” he says. “I jumped the cushion in four on the first lap and that cost us. Ultimately, we weren’t completely dissatisfied, but it could have been better.”
The track was in prime shape for the heat race, and Josh would start outside row one. “The track was 180 degrees different than the first week,” he says. “There were two good lanes to run. In the heat races, it seemed the bottom was an advantage. Dustin (Selvage) was starting down there, but I was more afraid of the third-place car getting a run down there. It cost us a little there, and (Mark) Dobmeier was able to get by us. We had a good race with him for a while. We weren’t able to get around Chris Martin like he was able to and we ended up fourth.”
He would start the 20-lap main event outside row eight. “We were really good in the feature,” says Josh. “We had a really nice racecar. We had some good battles back there and we were moving forward. I was having trouble getting around Tasker (Phillips), but the car was really good. We were right there with (Kerry) Madsen and Austin (McCarl) at the end. I just wish we could have gotten by Tasker.”
Josh would finish eleventh, and really felt confident about his racecar. “The balance of the car is really good,” he says. “We just need to nail qualifying a little better, and we’ll be starting towards the front. I have a lot of confidence right now. Our results haven’t been great, but they’re ahead of where we were at this time last year for sure. I’m really looking forward to getting back there Saturday.”
Josh enters Wednesday’s event at Oskaloosa second in Sprint Invaders points. After two weeks, he is twelfth in 410 points at Knoxville.