Joey McCarthy

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Joey McCarthy
Born (1972-10-07) October 7, 1972 (age 44)
Mendham, New Jersey, United States
Achievements 1997 New Jersey State Karting Champion
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
1 race run over 1 year
Best finish 77th (2005)
First race 2005 Sylvania 300 (Loudon)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
9 races run over 4 years
Best finish 73rd (1997)
First race 1996 Meridian Advantage 200 (Nazareth)
Last race 2006 New England 200 (Loudon)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Busch East Series
Years active 1998–2006
Starts 100
Wins 1
Poles 1
Best finish 6th in 2003, 2006

Joey McCarthy (born October 7, 1972 in Mendham Township, New Jersey) is a retired American stock car racing driver. The 1987 New Jersey State Champion in kart racing, he is a former competitor in the NASCAR Busch North series, the NASCAR Busch Series, and the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.


Starting his racing career at age 10,[1] McCarthy made a name for himself in kart racing, winning the 1987 New Jersey State Karting Championship. He moved to stock car competition in 1991, competing at Flemington Speedway, where he won the track's rookie championship.[2][3]

McCarthy made his debut in NASCAR touring series competition in 1994, competing in the Featherlite Modified Tour; he ran two events in the series with a best finish of 24th.[4] In 1995 McCarthy moved to NASCAR's national touring series, making his first attempt to qualify in the Busch Series; he attempted two races but failed to qualify for either. He qualified for his first Busch Series race in 1996, competing at Nazareth Speedway and finishing 34th; McCarthy would make seven additional starts in the series over the next two years, with a best finish of 28th at Nazareth in 1997.[5]

McCarthy began his career in the Busch North Series, a New England-based regional series running cars similar to those in the Busch Grand National series, in 1998; he became a regular on the season schedule in 2001, running for Rookie of the Year honors that year and finishing second in the rookie points standings.[3] McCarthy scored his first and only win in the Busch North Series in 2003, at Holland International Speedway in Holland, New York.[6] He also returned to the Whelen Modified Tour in 2003, competing at New Hampshire International Speedway and finishing 41st.[4]

McCarthy competed in the Toyota All-Star Showdown between 2003 and 2006, representing the Busch North Series; he won a qualifying race for the 2003 event,[7] finishing seventh in the main event; in 2004 he placed third in the Showdown's feature race.[8]

In 2005, in addition to continuing to compete as a regular in the Busch North Series, McCarthy attempted to move up to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series; he attempted to qualify for the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway, but failed to post a speed sufficient to qualify for the event.[9] He also signed with Mach One, Inc. to drive the No. 34 Chevrolet on a limited schedule in the Nextel Cup Series; following several races for which he failed to qualify, McCarthy made the field for his first and only Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the Sylvania 300, driving the No. 92 TrimSpa Dodge for Front Row Motorsports and finishing 31st in the event.[10]

McCarthy returned to the Busch Series in 2006 for a single event, competing in the New England 200 at New Hampshire for Keith Coleman Racing and finishing 43rd;[11] he failed to qualify for the weekend's Nextel Cup Series event, driving the No. 34 Chevrolet for Front Row Motorsports in his final attempt to race in NASCAR's top series.[12] McCarthy tied his best career points finish in the renamed Busch East Series that year, finishing 6th in points; it would be his final season in the series.[13]

McCarthy currently is employed as a crew member for teams on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit.[14]


  1. ^ "There aren't too many parents who would let their 10-year-old race". The Daily Record. Morristown, New Jersey. July 13, 2002. p. B1. 
  2. ^ "#3 Joey McCarthy". 2006. Archived from the original on 2008-08-29. Retrieved 2012-06-05. 
  3. ^ a b DiLeo, Frank (April 18, 2002). "McCarthy on fast track to success". The Daily Record. Morristown, NJ. p. D1. 
  4. ^ a b "Joey McCarthy - NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2012-06-05. 
  5. ^ "Joey McCarthy - NASCAR Nationwide Series Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2012-06-05. 
  6. ^ McShea, Keith (June 29, 2003). "McCarthy Finally Walks Away With Win". The Buffalo News. Buffalo, NY. Retrieved 2012-06-05. 
  7. ^ Lair, Keith (November 7, 2003). "Busch North opens quickly". Whittier Daily News. Whittier, CA. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  8. ^ "Johnson, Holmes best in All-Star Showdown". Turner Sports. November 15, 2004. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  9. ^ Krall, Charles (April 8, 2005). "From Worst to First, Hamilton Captures Bud Pole at Martinsville". Retrieved 2012-06-05. 
  10. ^ D'Onofrio, Dave (September 19, 2005). "Tempers flare; Busch bumped to 10th". Concord Monitor. Concord, NH. Retrieved 2012-06-05. [permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "New England 200 results". USA Today. McLean, VA. July 15, 2006. Retrieved 2012-06-05. 
  12. ^ "NASCAR lineup". South Bend Tribune. South Bend, IN. July 16, 2006. Retrieved 2012-06-05. 
  13. ^ "Joey McCarthy - NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2012-06-05. 
  14. ^ White, Rea (April 24, 2011). "Labonte keeps up with Jemsek". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 

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