PC- David Hill
PETERSEN MEDIA: During one of the most famed stretched of the year at Knoxville Raceway, Austin McCarl showed out at his home track. Against stout fields in the 360 Nationals as well as ‘The One and Only’/Capitani Classic, McCarl was the lone driver to record Top-10 finishes in both events.
“It was a pretty incredible couple of weeks for our little team, and I have to thank everyone who made it possible,” Austin McCarl said. “Picking up the win during our 360 Nationals prelim was huge, and it really boosted my confidence for both events. Jamie Moyle builds the best 360’s in the land in my opinion and we had a great piece under our hood thanks to him and Don Long of Searsboro Telephone Co.”
McCarl took to Knoxville Raceway on the opening night of the 360 Nationals for his qualifying attempt and would get the weekend underway by timing the Kolhoff Electric/VanBalle/Oldham/Tucker Trucking backed No. 17a machine 12th fastest in time trials.
Racing to a second-place finish in his heat race, ‘The Big Unit’ would find himself on the front row of the 20-lap feature event.
Slipping back to third when the race came to life, McCarl would soon get back into second and chase down the early leader. Using a big move in turns one and two to get the lead on the sixth lap, the caution flag would fly before McCarl could complete the lap and he would get put back to second.
When the race went back to green, McCarl would continue to run in second and would only need two laps to make another move to get back in the lead. This time the pass would stick, and McCarl would start to pull away.
As he got into lapped traffic with just five markers left in the race, McCarl would navigate slower cars to perfection as he went on to pick up the win aboard his STC/HRP/Real-Geese backed machine.
Sitting sixth in points following Thursday and Friday night prelim nights, McCarl would roll off the starting grid from the sixth spot in the Saturday night 25-lap 360 Nationals finale.
Not getting off to the start he would have liked in the feature, McCarl would slip back a little, though still hung strong in the Top-10.
Working his way forward aboard the Moyle Racing Engines powered STC machine, McCarl would slowly pick up positions as he worked his way into fifth when the checkered flag flew on the event.