Allen Lessels on Motor Sports: Joyce on career track
The drivers and crews of the K&N Pro Series East worked their cars and went through technical inspections at one end of the infield and those of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Series held sway at the other.
It's been a rough year for Joyce and he'd like nothing better than to turn it around and perhaps come out of Saturday's race with a headstart on setting things up for next year and beyond.
It's not the end-all, be-all for his racing career, Joyce said, and he'll continue trying to build his career no matter.
"That's the way I look at it."
He likes the bottom line.
"My butt's in the seat this week so I'm pretty excited about that," he said.
Still, a good showing here certainly could help.
Saturday is the next stop in a journey that started when Joyce, at age 7, walked into the garage at home and saw the go-kart that his parents, Kevin and Teri, had gotten him for Christmas.
When he was 13, the family moved to North Carolina to let him get even more serious about the sport.
McFarland, who liked the way Joyce stepped in and offered feedback at a testing session last week, ups the ante a bit.
"I really think we can run in the top 10," he said. "I really do. You get on the other side of the garage and there are a lot of stout teams with a lot of money behind them. We've got a good car. We've got a good driver. We've just got to put everything together."
"There's no reason why we can't do that," said Salemi, who has good equipment and a best finish of sixth here.
"We're going to keep with it," he said. "I have an 11-year-old son who's racing go-karts and he's wheeling it. He reminds me every day, 'Dad, don't give up because I need to run your car someday.' He does a very good job. When he's 15, I think he'll be ready."
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