BENTON -- Joey Mack and the Mack Racing, Inc. team have enjoyed a recent hot streak, which continued over the busy 4th of July holiday weekend.
Joey was able to put his Boomland / High's Gift Shop / Jay Cookson Farms #97m GRT / Kuntz machine in victory lane twice over the weekend. The Benton driver's weekend started off last Friday evening at the Malden Speedway in Malden. Joey won the dash event and held off Jeff Floyd for the $800 payday.
Things got even sweeter for the team the following evening at the I-44 Speedway in Lebanon, Mo., as Joey claimed the $1,500 top prize. Joey started eighth in his heat race, but advanced all the way up to the second position.
By virtue of their passing points program and his strong heat race effort, Joey started on the front row for the feature event. Fans saw a lot of the #97m up front, as Joey led every lap to bring home his seventh win of the 2005 racing season.
The win was not without struggle; however, as Joey had a tire going flat over the last five or so circuits. In addition, the team found a broken brake caliper after the event.
"We were very lucky to finish the race at Lebanon on Saturday, but I am sure glad we did," said Mack. "We had trouble with our oil pump all night and then fought tire and brake caliper problems in the feature. Everything went our way for once. At Malden on Friday, we had a great race with Jeff Floyd throughout the event. He (Floyd) is a great racer and it was really fun to race door to door with him. It has been a great couple of weeks for us; hopefully, we can keep up the momentum this weekend with the MARS guys. Bolivar and I-44 are two of my better tracks, so I am definitely looking forward to this weekend."
The Mack Racing, Inc. team will get back into Stacker2 Mid-America Racing Series (MARS) competition this week with a pair of events. The exciting Dirt Late Model action will kick off this Friday, July 8 at the Bolivar Speedway in Bolivar, Mo.
The dirt slinging action will then turn to the I-44 Speedway in Lebanon, Missouri on Saturday. Both MARS events will pay $3,000 to the winner. Joey currently finds himself 10th in the latest version of the MARS point standings. For more information on these two events, point your web browser to www.midamericaracingseries.com.