June 2, 2016 – Josh had the Deuce Motorsports #49 working Sunday at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa. After starting 14th, he advanced to a third place finish in the Sprint Invaders 25-lap feature. The team will return to the Knoxville Raceway Saturday for more NSL action after climbing out of the B to a 16th place finish last weekend.
Early struggles with the 360 seem to be behind the team now. “The car didn’t run well at all on opening night in Burlington,” says Josh. “We struggled again early in the night at Oskaloosa, and then we finally sorted the issue out before the A main there. We’re really happy with the way the car is running now.”
Josh drew a stout heat at 34 on Sunday, and started seventh. “The track was tough to pass on in the heats, and we were in the back of a tough one,” he says. “34 Raceway gave us another great racetrack. It was really good early on. Those heat races are tough, and we did what we could to get up to fifth.”
That finish meant starting 14th in the main event, setting up his charge. “There were quite a few wrecks, and we did a good job of avoiding those,” says Josh. “We had a good car the whole night. We were able to run up to third. Obviously, you want to win all the time, but considering the circumstances, we were pretty happy. We’re excited to get the car back out at Eldon with the Sprint Invaders in a couple of weeks.”
A tough NSL field gathered at Knoxville Saturday and a bobble in qualifying made it a tougher night than anticipated. “I went into turn one,” says Josh. “They had some rain there, and the cushion was a little deeper than it normally is. I jumped that cushion, and I did the exact same thing two laps in a row. We missed the invert by two tenths, and I guarantee you that’s where it was. That’s disappointing, because that’s on me as a driver.”
To add insult to injury, Josh started seventh in a heat that saw Terry McCarl, Justin Henderson, Dusty Zomer, Sammy Swindell, Brian Brown and Bronson Maeschen ahead of him. “We were buried in the back of that heat,” he says. “They wrote the numbers on the board and I thought they were kidding. I thought maybe they should just throw (Davey) Heskin, the Madsens (Kerry and Ian) and (Danny) Lasoski in it and call it the A main. We were o.k. there, but we headed to the B.”
Starting sixth, he would snag the fourth and final transfer to the A. Starting at the tail, he would advance to 16th. “Dad (Bart) made some changes that really helped our race car before the B,” says Josh. “We were able to come up through there and get into the feature. I was a little worn out after the feature. It was an extremely physical racetrack, and we had a long day and night. The cushion was big and deep. We’re excited to get back there this week.”
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