Every now and then being unlucky can be lucky. That was the story for Bobby McCarty at Orange County for the Late Model Stock portion of the doubleheader weekend. McCarty was 11th after time trials after his lap on the track happened during a brief rain shower. The lucky part was just that, as the top six cars in line were all wiped out on the third lap of the race clearing the way for a McCarty victory.
“I hate to see that happen to all those guys in front of me,” said McCarty. “We had a good car and qualifying didn’t get to show that. Once we got out front we could build a lead and just ride to save our stuff for later if we needed it. Hey, it was a one-two finish tonight for our team with Sammy Smith in second so it was a great night.”
For McCarty it was his first win at a track he does not like, or didn’t like until this win. It was also redemption as the spring race at Orange County was his worst finish of the year.
“This place has not been kind to us and truthfully I don’t like it,” added McCarty. “I struggle to find what I need in the car to be fast and consistent here. Tonight might make me change my mind a bit about that.”
The lap three wreck was triggered by point leader Josh Berry, whose luck seems to be stuck in a spin cycle, as he had trouble under the hood, leaking fluid on the track as smoke billowed out of the 88 ride.
“That was an awful deal,” said Berry. “We went down the backstretch and she let go. That’s the worst place it can happen cause I was getting off the gas and everyone behind me had nowhere to go. I have experienced a lot of highs and lows in racing and this was just part of it.”
The loss is tough as Berry goes into the season finale at South Boston trailing McCarty unofficially.
“I am not thinking about points,” said McCarty. “We just want to win races. Thats our goal when we go to the track is to win races.”
McCarty’s teammate Smith was a strong second with Jonathan Findley posting third. Justin Carroll was fourth and Deac McCaskill rebounded from crash damage to get fifth.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent