June 17, 2017 – Josh and the Deuce Motorsports #49 team turned in a strong sixth place run Saturday night at the Knoxville Raceway in Iowa. The West Burlington, Iowa driver overcame a less than ideal handling race car in the feature to record his third top ten of the season at Knoxville. This weekend tentatively has Josh heading to West Liberty Raceway in Iowa with the World of Outlaws Friday, before a return to Knoxville Saturday.
Josh timed in ninth quick at Knoxville Saturday. “We were pretty decent qualifying,” he says. “We’ve really worked at our program early in the night. That’s where we’ve struggled, and we’re figuring some things out. We’re headed in the right direction.”
Ninth quick meant starting fourth in his heat race. He would charge to the win on a heavy track. “We were really good in the heat race,” says Josh. “We’ve worked on being more aggressive on the starts, and that is a key for us moving forward. The way the point system is set up, that’s really important.”
Josh passed Rager Phillips on lap two to take the heat win. “It was definitely a heavy track with the moisture falling,” he says. “Passing was at a premium, especially in the heats. We were happy to have moved up. Looking at the results, it looked like (Brian) Brown was the only other car to move up like that, so we were happy.”
With intermittent sprinkles falling, the crew didn’t change much for the feature. “We left the car free like we had had it,” says Josh. “The track slicked off a little more than we thought it would. That was a mistake. We also had an engine issue where we were losing some power. So that didn’t help on that racetrack as fast as it was either. Then we had our nose wing fell down about halfway through.”
After starting third, Josh would hold on to finish sixth despite the difficulties. “The good Lord never makes it easy for us it seems,” he says. “We always have challenges. It felt good to be up there vying in the top five though. To be honest, I made a couple of mistakes early that cost us too. We’ll get some of that ironed out the more we race. The track was pretty abnormal for this time of year with the rain falling.”
The team is getting their motor issue inspected before using it again. “We’re getting it checked out,” says Josh. “We’ll put in our old one for this weekend and see how we do.