February 20, 2009

Josh McGuire Opens 2009 Season at East Bay; Regroups Following Winternationals

(GRAYSON, KENTUCKY) The Josh McGuire Racing team once again kicked off their season in the Sunshine State of Florida at East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Florida. This year's version of the 'Winternationals' took place from February 2-7 at the track deemed as the "Clay by the Bay." The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned the weeklong festivities at the Tampa area venue and as always, a strong contingent of Dirt Late Models were in the pit area.

Following a rainout on Monday, February 2, Josh McGuire competed in five straight days of dirt-slinging action. The Grayson, Kentucky driver advanced into the feature event on three different occasions and notched one top ten performance. He finished tenth in a $5,000 to win show on Wednesday, February 4. Josh also transferred into the $12,000 to win finale on Saturday evening, which was taped by the cameras of the SPEED Channel for broadcast later in the year. You can view all of Josh's finishes at East Bay below or view a race-by-race recap online at www.joshmcguireracing.com.

February 2 | East Bay (FL) Raceway Park, Lucas Oil | $5,000 to win (Rained Out)
February 3 | East Bay (FL) Raceway Park, Lucas Oil | $5,000 to win (Did Not Start)
February 4 | East Bay (FL) Raceway Park, Lucas Oil | $5,000 to win (Finished 10th)
February 5 | East Bay (FL) Raceway Park, Lucas Oil | $10,000 to win (Did Not Start)
February 6 | East Bay (FL) Raceway Park, Lucas Oil | $10,000 to win (Finished 20th)
February 7 | East Bay (FL) Raceway Park, Lucas Oil (TV) | $12,000 to win (Finished 21st)

"It was normal East Bay for us, filled with lots of bad luck," quoted McGuire via telephone this week. "The car was fast all week, but we just couldn't put a whole night together. I feel fortunate; however, because a lot of people tore up a bunch of equipment and we were pretty lucky in that regard. I have to thank all of my great sponsors for their continued support, especially C.J. Rayburn for all of his generosity in helping us get to the racetrack."

The JMR team will next be in Dirt Late Model action on Saturday night, March 21 at Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, Indiana. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will sanction the annual running of the 'Indiana Icebreaker' and a $10,000 top prize will be up for grabs. The last time Josh visited the Southern Indiana complex, he set fast time in last September's $20,000 to win 'Jackson 100.' You can access additional information on this race by pointing your web browser to www.lucasdirt.com.

Josh would like to thank all of those dedicated sponsors who have backed him through the years including: GCP Race Engines, C.J. Rayburn Race Cars, Owens Pipeline Services, DJ's Kitchen Corner, K&E Trucking, Tri-State Floor Covering, Budda - Bert Transmission Sales & Service, Pow Glass, JB Enterprises, D&C Salyers Construction, Baby Cat Trucking, RW Rental Supply, Ashland Specialty, Omer's Exxon, McGuire Speed Shop, Dave Poske's Performance Parts, Hoosier Tires by Frye, Performance Rod & Custom (PRC), ButlerBuilt Safety Systems, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Stealth Carburetors, PPM Racing Products, Wiles Driveshafts, Peterson Fluid Systems, K&N Filters, Ohlins Shocks, Mason Racin', Dyer's Top Rods, Sweet Mfg., Impact Racing Decals, Allstar Performance, Callies Crankshafts, and Hypercoils Springs.

The latest dirt on Josh McGuire can be found all year long on his official home on the web, located at www.joshmcguireracing.com.

Media Contact: Ryan Delph - Delph Communications