INDEPENDENCE, Iowa — Jimmy Davies was looking for a driver and Terry McCarl answered the call.
McCarl won for the second year in a row at the Independence Motor Speedway with the Brockway Mechanical & Roofing Sprint Invaders Friday night. The win was the eighth in series history for McCarl, who drove the Davies No. 99.
Polesitter Tony Shilling shot out to an early lead in the 25-lap main event that was slowed after two laps for a cone that was kicked out onto the frontstretch. McCarl had already moved into second from his starting spot inside row three, ahead of Jarrod Schneiderman.
Russ Hall flipped after contact with Cole Wood a lap later. He was uninjured. Ensuing tries at green saw Mike Houseman Jr. and Tasker Phillips spin to bring out caution. Once under green, McCarl slid under Shilling entering turns one and two and taking the point. Meanwhile, young Chris Martin shot into the top five from his row six starting spot.
Martin worked by Jon Agan for fourth and then assumed third when Jarrod Schneiderman spun while running in that spot with 15 laps in the books. The restart saw McCarl leading Shilling, Martin, Agan and Bobby Mincer back to green. Agan slid by Martin on the restart, but the youngster returned the favor on the next go around.
McCarl held on for the win by a straightaway over Shilling, Martin, Mincer and Agan.
“I have to thank Jimmy Davies for giving me this opportunity,” said McCarl afterwards. “He has good equipment, we’ve been friends, and I’ve seen him around the track for a long time. Scott Bonar, our crew chief tonight is one of the best out there. I’ve tried to hire him for myself before. He had the car so nice all night long. This is such a fun racetrack. It’s easy to say that when you’ve won, but it’s really one of my favorite tracks. It’s really wide. No matter where you start, if your car is hooked up, you can get to the front.”
Terry McCarl, Tony Shilling, Chris Martin, Bobby Mincer, Jon Agan, Josh Schneiderman, Bret Tripplett, Austin Johnson, C.J. Houseman, Cole Wood, Harold Pohren, Andy Huston, Tom Lenz, Mike Houseman Jr., Daniel Bergquist, Dave Getchell, Tim Moore, Kelly GrahamMitchell Alexander, Chase Wanner, Jarrod Schneiderman, Tasker Phillips, Russ Hall, Carson McCarl.