WSS: Shane Stewart heads to Australia

Australia-bound Stewart Puts Wraps on Strong American Season OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (November 9, 2004) - While most Sprint Car drivers are settling in to recoup from a long 2004 season for at least a few weeks, that's not the case for Bixby, ...

Australia-bound Stewart Puts Wraps on Strong American Season

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (November 9, 2004) - While most Sprint Car drivers are settling in to recoup from a long 2004 season for at least a few weeks, that's not the case for Bixby, Oklahoma's Shane Stewart, who is already en route to Australia after finishing a successful North American campaign this past weekend in Las Vegas.

With a pair of top-four finishes in the World of Outlaws season finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this past weekend in the debut of the all-new Wesmar-powered Rudeen Racing powered by mIn Motorsports No. 26 Maxim entry, Shane put the finishing touches on an impressive season that included the inaugural O'Reilly Sprint Bandits championship, Southern Iowa Sprintweek "Mr. Sprint Car" honors for the second year in a row as well as the Hard Charger award at the prestigious Knoxville Nationals.

Shane scored eleven feature victories aboard the Hoosier-shod, Schoenfeld Headers/HRP Wings sprinter, with wins in Florida and Washington and points in between over the course of the 2004 season. Triumphs came against a diverse mix of rivals including World of Outlaws, Sprint Bandits, ASCS, All-Stars and NCRA as well as several unsanctioned events, including the $20,000-to-win Dirt Cup in Washington.

With the familiar mIn Motorsports No. 4m retired in Little Rock the previous weekend, the new Rudeen Racing powered by mIn Motorsports No. 26 Banshee Graphics/B&B Oval Products machine was fast out of the chutes this past weekend.

Shane clocked in fifth among Friday night's 44-car qualifying field, then raced from fourth to second on the opening round of the feature. Shane held the position to the line, then paced the early stages of Saturday night's WoO season finale before settling for an impressive, hard-fought fourth place finish.

With 81 nights of North American competition aboard the Brodix/Sander Engineering machine now in the books, Shane makes his way "Down Under", where he will rejoin forces with mechanic Dave Sharman as he takes over the reins of Bill Mann's No. 6 Performance Wholesale Maxim in pursuit of the Proton World Series Sprintcars championship.

The 16-round World Series Sprintcars series championship gets under way this Saturday night at Brisbane International Speedway. Shane delivered Aussie car-owner Mann his first-ever WSS feature victory this past January, climbing all the way to fifth in 2003-2004 WSS points despite missing the first several events.

With the 16 "meeting" Australian tour set to conclude on January 22, Shane will then return stateside in time to rejoin Kevin Rudeen of Rudeen Racing and team manager Scott Chilcutt as the No. 26 team vies for 2005 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year honors along with the series championship.

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 www.rudeenracing.com.

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