May 13, 2017 – Josh and the Deuce Motorsports #49 team had another strong showing Saturday night at the Knoxville Raceway. After timing in a season-best eighth quick, the West Burlington, Iowa native checkered seventh in the feature. After raining out last Wednesday’s Sprint Invaders event at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, they’ll try again this week. Of course, the team will be back at Knoxville Saturday as well.
Josh came out to time twelfth in the order among the stout 22-car field at Knoxville, timing in eighth. “I really felt good about qualifying,” he says. “There’s still a little bit there, but we don’t have anything for the #2 car (Kerry Madsen)…but I don’t know if anyone does right now. I feel like we’re just about there. I really do.”
The only obstacle on the night was a fifth place finish in the heat after starting fourth. “I need to be more aggressive on the starts,” says Josh. “(Brian) Brown’s nose was between (Dustin) Selvage and I before the white line, but I can’t take that away from him. If that’s what we need to do, then that’s what we need to do. The bottom line is, I need to be more aggressive. You need to take advantage of what they give you, and Brian did a good job with that start.”
Josh would start eleventh in the feature. “We were really good on the bottom,” he says. “We were only getting better as the race went on, and I think others were starting to fade. I really wanted to see a yellow with three or four to go. I think we could have passed the two in front of us if we had. Maybe we would have even had a shot at the podium…or we could have flipped over the berm. You never know.”
After climbing to seventh, he chatted with a Knoxville legend afterwards. “(Two-time track champ) Skip Jackson came over to visit with me after the races,” says Josh. “I told him I was wishing for a yellow. He said the times he would wish for a yellow, he ended up being the yellow. So he had a point there.”
The confidence is high right now for Josh and the team. “We’re really happy with the car,” he says. “Our slick track setup is working well. We’re looking forward to getting a couple of races in this week. I’m excited and I was ready to get right back in the car and soon as I got out.”