After about a month away from Huset's, Terry McCarl returned in style this past weekend. McCarl swept qualifying, his heat and thanks in part to a late race crash, nabbed the 410 feature. The victory effort was a family affair as McCarl continues to build a new team with the help of those close to him.
Terry McCarl is the winningest driver at Huset’s and every time he hits the 1/3 mile oval, his chances of crossing the finish line first are high. But despite landing his 94th career victory in Brandon, McCarl isn't at his best as the defending champion sits just third in the overall standings this year. Still, he's having a lot of fun.
"I get to spend every day with my family and I get to race sprint cars for a living. No matter what, it's a great year," McCarl said.
While McCarl is a legend in 410 sprints, his sons are also into racing. Austin gets after it in 410s as well, while younger brother Carson competes in the 360 sprints. On top of his own racing duties, 20-year-old Austin is also the crew chief for his dad. They were a championship combo last summer as Terry took the championships at Knoxville and Huset's.
"He's just an incredible kid, a hard worker, really competitive person. For a kid that age to do that here is pretty impressive. It probably means the most to me out of all of our championships," McCarl said.
Running a race team can get expensive though, and with past injuries throwing a wrench into operations, things haven't been easy.
"It's been a tough road, having kids racing too makes it a little more difficult, but Austin's my crew chief and he does such a great job. He works real hard, so does Carson. It's a family run deal. I'm so happy to be here and it made me really appreciate what I have and take every day one day at a time. If you can load it up in one piece, it's a good day, if you won or not," McCarl said.
McCarl is looking forward to many more good days he just hopes his health and pocketbook cooperate.
"I look at Steve Kinser and Sammie Swindell. I'm hoping I can do it 10 more years or so. The reality is, you can only do it as long as you're healthy and as long as you can afford to do it," McCarl said.
T-MAC will compete at Season Championship night at the Knoxville Raceway on Saturday. He enters third in the point standings.