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Josh McGuire Starts the Late Model Season Off With a Bang at Portsmouth Raceway Park

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During the A-Main, Josh McGuire took the lead in the sixteenth, and continued to lead the pack throughout the remainder of the 35 lap race.
During the A-Main, Josh McGuire took the lead in the sixteenth, and continued to lead the pack throughout the remainder of the 35 lap race.
The Josh McGuire Racing Team started the 2011 season off with a bang on June 11, at Portsmouth Raceway Park, at Portsmouth Kentucky. Laying down the second quickest lap during the qualifying race on that particular Saturday night, Josh then finished the dash in fourth place. During the A-Main, the driver took the lead in the sixteenth, and continued to lead the pack throughout the remainder of the 35 lap race.
Josh McGuire Layed down the second quickest lap during the qualifying race and then finished the dash in fourth place.
Josh McGuire Layed down the second quickest lap during the qualifying race and then finished the dash in fourth place.


As one might suspect, after finishing second during the qualifying session, and 4th in the dash, Josh's confidence level was up prior to the beginning of the A-Main. "My confidence level was high," explained the driver. "Portsmouth Raceway Park is our favorite track. It is about an hour from our garage and is considered as our hometown track. The track is well maintained, very family friendly, and always puts on a good show."

When asked the key to holding the lead, he said, "Smooth, consistent laps helped. The track had been under water most of the year due to all the heavy rains on our area this spring, so there were some holes to dodge.

Being on the lead really helped us miss the holes and gain ground on the others. The track (personnel) did a good job working the track throughout the night, trying to keep everyone safe and prevent a lot of equipment from being torn up."
Josh McGuire plans are to compete in 45 to sixty races during the 2011 season.
Josh McGuire plans are to compete in 45 to sixty races during the 2011 season.


Although Josh managed to hold on to the lead after pulling in front, according to the driver, the race was by no means a runaway. "In the final laps, the second place car of RJ Conely was really closing in on me," shared McGuire. "We were able to hold on to the win by a couple of car lengths. The first win of the season is always the momentum building block we hope to step on and ride out the rest of the season," Josh explained. "It felt great."

When asked the key to continuing their success throughout the remainder of the season, Josh stated, "We must maintain our equipment at a top-notch level, which is easily done using K&N quality products, such as their air filters, pre-chargers and oil filters." Referring to K&N products, he continued, "They are the best. We've tried other filters throughout our years of racing, and none have given us the engine durability and reliability like K&N. Weekly maintenance in dirt track racing is so important to finishing races and making sure your season ends on a high note. We must control the amount of dirt and sand that enters the engine, so we can extend the engine's life. And that is just what K&N Filters allows us to do" According to Josh McGuire, another important key to his success is his team.

Josh McGuire plans are to compete in 45 to sixty races during the 2011 season, which will come to an end in mid November. Although they have experienced their share of rainouts during the early part of the season, the driver anticipates less rainy days throughout the summer and fall months and is looking forward to competing on the races scheduled in the months to come.

The race car driver of ten years looks most forward to lining up against his fellow competitors on smooth and racy tracks, but is also acutely aware that the conditions on dirt tracks change as consistently as the wind. That said, he stressed the importance of learning to adjust regardless of track conditions.

When asked his thoughts about his fans and sponsors, Josh was quick to praise them. "We are so very grateful that we are able to do this for a profession," he stated. "Without race fans, none of us would be able to do this." In conclusion, Josh McGuire said, "Thank you."

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