Charter Charge: Shane Stewart Looks for Second Win at Charter Raceway Park Beaver Dam, WI-- August 1, 2008--Shane Stewart has raced at countless tracks from coast-to-coast during his career, and while many of those tracks run together and are...
Charter Charge: Shane Stewart Looks for Second Win at Charter Raceway Park
Beaver Dam, WI-- August 1, 2008--Shane Stewart has raced at countless tracks from coast-to-coast during his career, and while many of those tracks run together and are just another dot on the schedule, one that always sticks out in his mind and he always looks forward to going to is Charter Raceway Park in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.
He made at his first career start at the track in 2000, and finished fifth in that event, which featured three other current Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series drivers. He followed that up with a runner-up finish in his third start at the track in 2001 and in just his fourth start at Charter Raceway Park, he was victorious.
Stewart will have an opportunity to return to the high-banked 1/3-mile where he has a good deal of success in his career, this weekend for the finale of the Badger Classic for the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on Saturday, August 2. The event will mark the series final visit of the season to the state of Wisconsin.
"It's a very racy track and a great facility," said Stewart. "The guys at SLS (Promotions) always do a great job preparing the track. For smaller tracks, it's one of the raciest that we go to. I'm looking forward to getting back there and putting on a good show for the fans. I had some good runs there back in the Gumout (Series) days. Hopefully we can match those runs and it would be pretty special to get a World of Outlaws win there."
Stewart won at Charter Raceway Park in 2001 with the former World of Outlaws Gumout Series, holding off Daryn Pittman, who has won at the track on three occasions. In his career, Stewart has five Top-Five finishes at Charter Raceway Park and a total of 10 Top-Five finishes in the state of Wisconsin dating back to 2000.
"We always went there with a pretty good set-up and came out of there with some pretty good outcomes," noted the 2005 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year. "It gets sort of slick there and that's good for us, because our cars tend to like slick tracks more than they do sticky tracks. Hopefully they can get it racy enough so that we have two grooves. Late in the race there, it usually gets up around the fence, which I don't mind either. I enjoy the place and there are a lot of good fans in Wisconsin."
Stewart hasn't raced at Charter Raceway Park since 2005, when he picked up a fourth-place finish in one of his two starts that season at the track with the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws. He is not worried about visiting the track for the first time in three seasons, knowing all of the laps that he has turned at the high-banked 1/3-mile over the year. He is confident that he and his Roth Motorsports team will quickly get up to speed on Saturday.
"It's like riding a bike," he said with a smile. "Once you have been to a track you tend not to forget it, especially if you had a good run. I'm sure it will be the same as it was a couple of years ago, I don't think they have changed it, so we'll see how it goes."
The Badger Classic this weekend for the World of Outlaws which concludes at Charter Raceway Park on Saturday will mark the 15th race in a 30-day period for the series. In the heat of the summer, most days are spent either working on the race car at the track or traveling to the next race in addition to the routine maintenance on the car in between races, which puts a big strain on Stewart's crew, led by veteran crew chief Bonzai Bruns, as they try to keep up with the constant work load, as every team on the World of Outlaw trail does.
"The main thing is to try to get as much sleep as you can," explained the native of Bixby, Oklahoma. "You also want to keep good fluids in you, especially water. Those are the two biggest things that you can do. It's been hectic. My guys are always working as hard lately on the off days as they are on the race days. Our schedule is pretty hectic and we have all the rain dates in there as well, so getting sleep when you can is pretty important."
Charter Raceway Park is one of the highest banks tracks that the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series competes on all season, with lap times in the 11-second range. Stewart is quick to point out that there is a different between a track being fast versus a track being quick.
"It's a very quick joint over there," commented Stewart. "When the track is right, you can get around that place pretty good. It's not a real demanding place, because it's not very fast. It is high-banked, but there are not a lot of G-Forces there, so you don't really feel it physically."
Stewart heads into the Badger Classic this weekend 10th in the series championship standings on the strength of 17 Top-10 finishes, including a win at Knoxville Raceway earlier this season. He has been quickest in time trials on four occasions this year and also has won the Crane Cams Dash three times to earn pole positions in A-Feature events. The race will be the third this season on a 1/3-mile track for the World of Outlaws. Stewart finished third at Attica Raceway Park in Ohio back in April, which is also a high-banked 1/3-mile, as well as recording an eighth-place run at the 1/3-mile I-55 Raceway in Missouri.
"Any night the key to winning is to start up front, especially at small tracks," he shared. "The laps go by so quick. If we don't have any yellows, 40 laps at Beaver Dam go by in a hurry. On top of that if you start toward the back, you have to worry about getting lapped. Starting up front is the big key."
On Saturday, August 2 at Charter Raceway Park, adult reserved tickets will be $35, with reserved tickets for children ages 12-under $15. Adult general admission tickets will be $32, with general admission tickets for children 12-under $15, while kids 5-under will be admitted free to the general admission seats. Pit combos are available for $38 if purchases in advance and include a reserved seat and a pit pass.
Two-day passes are also available for $66, when purchased in advance for the event at Wilmot Speedway on Friday, August 1 and Charter Raceway Park on Saturday, August 2 which includes a reserved seat for each day. For ticket information visit: www.slspromotions.com.