Josh McGuire and his JMR team scored their sixth Dirt Late Model feature victory of the season at Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio. McGuire kicked off the evening by first earning the fast time honors during the qualifying session, sending a clear message that "Bad Fast" was in the house.
Even with six wins on the season the JMR team wasn't completely satisfied, declaring that 2011 will bring even more success.
McGuire says he can always reenergize and refocus at Portsmouth, he considers it his home track.
The K&N sponsored Grayson, Kentucky native lived up to his nickname as he grabbed the top spot with five laps remaining, cruising to a very popular hometown hero triumph.
"It had been awhile since we have been into victory lane, so it felt really good," stated McGuire. "We have had some strong runs in the past month or so, but just haven't been able to put a complete night together for whatever reason. Maybe this win will turn our luck around a little bit and we can close out the season on a high note. I have to thank all of my family, crew, and sponsors for all of their support, as well as all of the fans!"
McGuire says he considers Portsmouth his home track, it's where he learned to race, to cut his teeth as it were. "It's always a place I can go to reenergize and refocus," he explains. "My confidence always seems to find its way back to me there, probably because it feels like home - there is that comfort level there. The track is always well maintained, very racy, and there is just a special adrenaline rush that comes with racing in front of the hometown crowd."
After the win at Portsmouth the number 41 team took off the following week from racing, opting instead to return to action at Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, Mississippi, for the 16th Annual Fall Classic.
"Whynot did not go as expected, we did struggle, but we were in a new car, and still feeling our way through the changes and establishing a baseline. We got behind early in the weekend, but by the end of the weekend, we had almost dug ourselves out," said McGuire.
"That put us better prepared for the next week at Magnolia Motor Speedway, where we had a much better performance. No we didn't end on the high note we wanted - a racer is never really satisfied. Although we ended with six wins this year, we did struggle. The entire year was bit unsettling, it was a transition year to try to figure where we stood, and where we wanted to go. But that it is what winter time is for, it is a reset button, time to forget about last year and move on to making 2011 successful."
"Winter is a time to take things a part, look over the car with a fine tooth comb, rebuild and get to yourself back on track. I plan to search out some new opportunities, work on building some new partnerships for our team, and to 'reboot!' Race season comes quickly, so there really is not much time for resting - but you can work at a little slower pace than a normal race week."
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