One of Grayson, Kentucky's most popular sons, Josh "Bad Fast" McGuire has been living up to his nickname big-time. McGuire inked his third feature win of the 2012 United Super Dirt Car Series (USDCS) racing season on June 8 at the Mountain Motor Speedway in Isom, Kentucky. The K&N sponsored driver came out on top after a wild and furious Roger Breeding Memorial race to claim the $3,000 purse.
Josh McGuire's win at the Roger Breeding Memorial was his third of the 2012 United Super Dirt Car Series racing season.
The following evening the Josh McGuire Racing team made their presence known at Lucky 7 Speedway in Colson, Kentucky for another $3,000 to win event. In the caution-plagued Walter Combs Memorial main event, McGuire got it hooked up a tad late, yet he ultimately raced hard and held on to claim a solid third place finish.
"Those were a couple of crazy races at Mountain Motor and Lucky 7, but it was a good money weekend for us," remarked McGuire after his weekend outing. "We were good all night at Mountain Motor and then my car kept getting faster and faster during the feature at Lucky 7. Unfortunately, we just ran out of laps and I had to settle for third."
We talked with "Bad Fast" to get a more comprehensive take on his race season so far.
The win at Motor Speedway was your third already. Give us a couple of insights into what all went right.
"My team really has all the pieces of the puzzles to have a great season and it all came together at Mountain Motor Speedway. We went out and had a great qualifying lap (which was critical), won our heat and started on the poll of the feature... couldn't really ask for things to add up any better. Great car, great sponsors such as K&N Filters, great crew and great fans that is what helps drive wins!"
You followed that up with an impressive third place finish. Tell us a little about that race.
"At Lucky 7 Speedway, we did all the right things - again. We had a great qualifying lap and a 2nd place finish in the heat race. I knew tire wear was going to be an issue and I knew caution laps might be a problem, so I tried to be conservative and save my equipment. We ran 4th most of the night and on one of the last cautions, with about five laps to go, I made my move to 3rd and got really, really close to the 2nd place car. We really needed a few more laps to put a move on the leader, but came up just a little shy of the win that night. But I never complain about a top-5 finish!"
Update us on how things went the weekend of June 15th and 16th.
"The Southern 100 was one of the nights of racing that most racers like to forget about. Our trip to the racetrack was eventful enough, having our truck break down as we were leaving for the track. Luckily, fellow racer and friend, Mike Meyers allowed us to borrow his truck and trailer to get the track and we just barely made it. Our luck then changed for a brief second, we qualified second quickest overall and finished second in our heat race. However, in the 25-lap qualifying feature before the main 50-lap feature, we had some major components break, putting us on the wrecker for the night, including the driveshaft, transmission, liftbar, etc. All is well again though, and we've got all of it repaired and have had several successful nights since, including another win at Southern Ohio Speedway, a 3rd place finish at Portsmouth Raceway Park, and a top-ten finish with the Lucas Oil Series at Muskingham County Speedway."
When and where is your next race and how long does your season run?
"Our season really starts to pick up in August, that's when our big money season will be here. So our team is really working hard to be prepared and on our game for the coming weeks. We have a couple weekends where we will be racing at Richmond Raceway Park, including the Butterball Woolridge Memorial race, which we won last year, and can hopefully earn those honors again this year for both our sponsors and our fans. As for how long our season will run, it does vary from year-to-year, but most likely we will be racing up until late October, and possibly even into early November."
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