Sedalia - McMahan roars to first Outlaws victory

SEDALIA, MO (March 23) -- Many fans and racing experts scoffed when Ted Johnson founded the World of Outlaws Gumout Series a year ago. They didn't understand why the Pennzoil World of Outlaws president would start another sprint car racing ...

SEDALIA, MO (March 23) -- Many fans and racing experts scoffed when Ted Johnson founded the World of Outlaws Gumout Series a year ago. They didn't understand why the Pennzoil World of Outlaws president would start another sprint car racing series.

Paul McMahan and Craig Dollansky, who finished 2-1 and in the inaugural Gumout Series points race, made Johnson look like a genius Friday at State Fair Motor Speedway. McMahan won the first Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Feature of his career while Dollansky's runner-up run pushed him into first place in the point standings.

"We finally won one!" McMahan yelled to the capacity crowd that braved freezing temperatures to watch the series' fifth event of the season. "We ran the Gumout Series last year and it gave me a lot of confidence. Mike Cool and I have been tog ether for three years, and I can't say enough about him and Warren Johnson, United Expressline Trailers, Gaerte Engines, Wabash ... everybody who makes it all possible."

Dollansky, the fastest of 21 drivers breaking State Fair Motor Speedway's previous single-lap record, circled the semi-banked, 1/2- mile oval in 15.676 seconds, an average speed of 107.940 m.p.h. Dollansky entered Saturday's $51,600 event at I-55 Raceway with a five-point lead over Danny Lasoski.

McMahan, the 15th-fastest qualifier in the 41-car field, won the Third O'Reilly Heat Race earned the right to start the 25-lap main event outside the front row by following Brad Furr across the finish line in the CHANNELLOCK Dash.

Defending and 16-time Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion Steve Kinser collided with Lasoski and flipped in turn four as the field prepared to take the green flag. Kinser's crew was unable to repair the #11 Quaker State Maxim for the complete restart.

Furr burst into the lead from the pole when the green flag replaced the red, only to have First O'Reilly Heat Race winner Andy Hillenburg spin in the third corner and bring out the caution flag.

McMahan kept pace with Furr when the race resumed and drove the U2 #United Expressline Maxim into the lead in turn one. Brooke Tatnell hit the outside retaining wall in the fourth corner and stopped in turn one early in the second lap.

Fourth O'Reilly Heat Race winner Terry McCarl passed Joey Saldana for fourth place deep in the second corner as the green replaced the yellow. Mark Kinser, who started outside the seventh row, relegated Saldana to sixth place several seconds later, steering the #5M Mopar Maxim into the high groove between turns three and four. Kinser continued his run toward the front following a seventh-lap caution, passing McCarl for fourth place high in the first corner.

Furr surrendered the runner-up spot late in the 14th lap when he stopped in turn three with a packed right rear wheel.

Dollansky and Kinser kept pace with McMahan on the restart and raced nose-to-tail with the leader for four laps.

McMahan was .8 seconds ahead of Dollansky when he entered lapped traffic with five laps remaining. The defending World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion attempted a last-lap pass deep in the fourth corner, but McMahan took the checkered flag with .13 seconds to spare.

"I felt really good all night long," McMahan said. "We won our heat and that gave us a front-row spot in the dash, and this Gaerte engine really took off on that last restart. These Goodyear tires worked great all night. I messed up a couple of times there in traffic and Craig got a run on me there at the end. I squeezed him a little bit, but that's all part of it."

Kinser held off McCarl for third place. Saldana finished fifth, ahead of Jeff Shepard, 20th-starting Danny Wood, Dale Blaney, Lasoski and Stevie Smith.

Tim Shaffer flipped early in the Third O'Reilly Heat Race, but qualified for main event by driving the #11H Vivarin Maxim backup car past 17 cars to finish third in the "B" Feature. Shaffer raced into 14th place from outside the 12th row in the "A" Feature.

-WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Warren Johnson , Andy Hillenburg , Tim Shaffer , Brad Furr , Mark Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Brooke Tatnell , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan