PETERSEN MEDIA: Dealing with wet weather out West, Austin McCarl and Country Builders Racing found sunshine in Arizona and kicked their season off over this past weekend with a fourth and seventh place finish at Central AZ Raceway.
“It was really nice to find some dry weather and get to work,” Austin McCarl said. “Friday got cut short, but we had a really good car and I felt it gave us great momentum heading into Saturday night.”
McCarl kicked his season off Friday night as he lined the Country Builders Construction/Ochoco West Lumber/BMRS backed No. 88 up on the pole of his heat race.
Turning his first competitive laps of 2023, the Altoona, IA native mashed the gas and jumped out to the early lead. Leading from start to finish, McCarl picked up the win and earned a spot in the nightly redraw for the feature event.
Pulling the seven pill, McCarl took the green flag from the fourth row on the slicked off racing surface. Racing into sixth on the third lap, McCarl was into the Top-Five by lap six and then he quickly raced into fourth.
With a very good car underneath him, McCarl closed in on the lead trio of DJ Netto, Dominic Scelzi, and Logan Forler until the caution flew on the ninth lap. With the waiving of the caution, time became an issue as track officials dealt with an on track incident and the call was made the end the race as ‘The Big Unit’ was credited with a fourth place finish.
Gaining some confidence from the speed he had on Friday night, McCarl returned to action on Saturday where he again raced his way to a win in his heat race and earned a berth in the nightly redraw.
Pulling the four, McCarl rolled off the starting grid from the second row. When the racing action came to life, he was able to hold his own in the top three as the track soon began laying rubber.
With multiple cautions slowing the race and not working out in McCarl’s favor, the new father endured some bad luck coming to the checkered flag as he blew a tire and limped across the line where he was officially scored seventh.
“All in all I am happy with how we started, and am looking forward to getting our season off and running where we can race consistently,” McCarl said. “Thanks to the Offill family, everyone at Country Builders, and all of our sponsors for their continued support.
Austin McCarl and Country Builders Racing would like to thank Country Builders, Ochoco West Lumber, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Walkers, Tucker Trucking, MAAS Brothers Powder Coating, Offill Family Farms, Stealth Cam, Bosma Family Farms, Muddy, HRP, Penske Racing Shocks, A.R.T. Enterprise, Engler Machine, Aurora Rod Ends, Schoenfeld, Wilwood, Smith Ti, Kistler Engines, Rider Racing Engines, Moyle Engines, Justice Brothers, SeaFoam, Hinchman Indy, Bell Helmets, Maxim Chassis, B. Scadden Design, and Octane Ink for their continued support.
BY THE NUMBERS: Races: 2, Wins: 0, Top 5’s: 1, Top 10’s: 2
ON TAP: With rain continuing to drench the area, McCarl’s next race is slated for the High Limit Opener in Tulare, CA on 3/21.
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