Shane Stewart racing news 2005-04-20

Shane Stewart Makes Oklahoma Return in Style from Rudeen Racing powered by mIn Motorsports, OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (April 20, 2005) -- For the only time in 2005, leading World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year contender Shane Stewart...

Shane Stewart Makes Oklahoma Return in Style

from Rudeen Racing powered by mIn Motorsports, OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (April 20, 2005) -- For the only time in 2005, leading World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year contender Shane Stewart will get to race less than an hour from his Bixby, OK, home this Friday night as the World of Outlaws Sprint series stops off at Outlaw Motor Speedway in Wainwright, just south of Muskogee. And Shane and the Rudeen Racing powered by mIn Motorsports No. 26 Sprint Car team will definitely show up in style.

"This is going to be the nicest hauler out there, no question about it," Shane commented as he and the Rudeen Development crew put the finishing touches on the new Elite Custom Coach and Transporter last week.

Just a few days prior, team manager Scott Chilcutt along with Northwest team members Shane and Brent Anderson took delivery of the deluxe new transporter at the team's Oklahoma City shop.

Team owner Kevin Rudeen, who will be at this weekend's events, is definitely impressed. "We're excited about the state-of-the art transporter. Elite builds a first-class piece featuring custom axles that allow for more height in the trailer. Jim (Bruggeman) works hard to put out a great piece and the Rudeen Racing team is definitely going to enjoy its luxuries as we travel the nation's highways in pursuit of World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year honors this year."

Based in Wyoming, MN, Elite Custom Coach and Transporters is the official coach and transporter of the NHRA. Jim Bruggeman, owner of Elite and a former Sprint Car racer himself, explains that, "We haven't built a Sprint Car trailer before but had been looking to get into that industry. We've built trailers for the NHRA, Robbie Gordon, Kalitta Motorsports and others. Shane Stewart and the Rudeen Racing team is a great addition to this list of Elite customers and an excellent way to enter the Sprint Car racing market."

The team debuted the new transporter Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, IN, where Shane turned in another strong performance aboard the Wesmar-powered HRP Wings/Schoenfeld Headers Maxim sprinter.

After clocking in thirteenth, Shane drove the XYZ Machining/Car & Fleet Auto racer to victory lane in heat race action, then charged from 13th to finish a strong sixth in the feature event. It marked Shane's tenth top-ten finish in fourteen WoO features thus far in 2005.

Currently ranked seventh in World of Outlaws points and leading the Rookie chase, Shane puts the sharp looking Brodix/Banshee Graphics No. 26 machine on Outlaw Motor Speedway's three-eighths mile oval this Friday night. Shane visited victory lane at Outlaw Motor Speedway during ASCS Speedweek action in 2003.

After Friday night's Oklahoma outing, Shane and company head on to 81 Speedway in Wichita, KS, for a Saturday night show. In his most recent 81 Speedway effort, Shane finished second after a torrid battle for the lead with Chad Kemenah in All-Star vs. NCRA action last August.

Shane, along with co-crew chiefs Eric Manfrass and Bob Curtis will then wrap up the month of April with a doubleheader at Knoxville Raceway on April 29-30.

Additional information regarding Shane Stewart and the Rudeen Racing powered by mIn Motorsports No. 26 sprint car team, including schedule and up-to-date results, is available at www.rudeenracing.com.

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Series Sprint , World of Outlaws
Drivers Shane Stewart , Brent Anderson , Chad Kemenah