PETERSEN MEDIA: Taking part in the Jackson Nationals over the weekend, Austin McCarl would get his weekend started off with a bang as he went toe-to-toe with defending World of Outlaws champion, Brad Sweet, and recorded his career best finish with the series by way of a second-place finish.
“The weekend started off pretty well for us, winning my first Outlaw Dash, and scoring my best ever finish with the series,” Austin McCarl said. “Friday and Saturday were a little rough on us, but overall really happy with how we performed during the opener.”
Going out near the tail end of the field on Thursday night in time trials, McCarl would time in 14th fastest, and find himself in the second row of his heat race. Getting a good jump, McCarl would finish second which put him into the Dash draw where the one pill put him on the pole.
Picking up his first career DirtVision Fast Pass Dash win, McCarl would find himself on the pole of the feature event alongside Brad Sweet. Getting the early jump, a red flag would negate the start and McCarl would look to try again.
The next start saw Sweet make a daring move on the outside of McCarl and it would pay off and drop ‘The Big Unit’ back to second. Keeping pace with Sweet for the duration of the feature, McCarl would admit that Sweet drove a near perfect race and left him no opportunity to get back to the front.
Holding down the second position, McCarl would pocket his career best finish with “The Greatest Show on Dirt” as he readied for the Friday night program.
Again, timing in 14th for the Friday night program, McCarl would not get such a great start in his heat race on this night as he slipped back to a sixth-place finish and would be forced into the night’s Last Chance Showdown.
Working his way into a transfer position, a car would get crossed up in front of the Altoona, IA driver and it would result in him losing a transfer position and he would bring his Friday night to an early end with a fifth-place finish.
Saturday’s finale saw McCarl battle engine gremlins in his heat race and it would result in his point total moving him into the Last Chance Showdown again. Getting his engine figured out, McCarl would race to the win and successfully punch his ticket in the Jackson Nationals feature event.
Lining up 21st in the feature event, McCarl would do what he could from the back of the pack. Though he was unable to mount a big charge, he picked up a handful of positions and closed his weekend out with a 17th place finish.
“It is pretty gratifying to go into a multi-day event like that with just one car and a older engine and run with the best and contend for a win,” McCarl said. “Being a pretty small team, and doing a lot of the work myself, I take pride in what we accomplished. I thank everyone who lends a hand so much, and also really thank the companies that are able to support our racing efforts. I really need to thank Rider Racing Engines for all of their continued support as well. Looking forward to getting to Knoxville Raceway this weekend for two more days of racing.
McCarl would like to thank Kolthoff Electric, VanBalle/Oldham, Knoxville Hospital and Clinics, Cycle Liquors, HRP, Rider Racing Engines, and Maxim Chassis for their support.
ON TAP: McCarl will be back in action on Friday and Saturday at Knoxville Raceway.
STAY CONNECTED: Make sure to follow Austin McCarl on Twitter @AustinMcCarl17a.
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