Shane Stewart Picks Up Inaugural Qwik Liner Cup Award at Knoxville Knoxville, IA-- June 7, 2008--Shane Stewart had a night that he will not soon forget at the famed Knoxville Raceway on Friday night. Not only did he pass two-time defending ...
Shane Stewart Picks Up Inaugural Qwik Liner Cup Award at Knoxville
Knoxville, IA-- June 7, 2008--Shane Stewart had a night that he will not soon forget at the famed Knoxville Raceway on Friday night. Not only did he pass two-time defending Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz for the A-Feature win, but he also picked up $5,000 for winning the inaugural Qwik Liner Cup.
Stewart made a charge over the last four events of the Qwik Liner Cup to close the gap between himself and Craig Dollansky, who had led from the outset at Volusia Speedway Park back in February. Heading into the finale of the competition last weekend at Attica Raceway Park in Ohio Stewart trailed Dollansky by just three points. He was one of the first cars to take to the track in time trials at the high-banked 1/3-mile and turned a blazing fast lap, which put him second on the speed charts, to claim the Qwik Liner Cup by a single point over Dollansky.
"It feels real good to win it," said Stewart, who drives for the Roth Motorsports team. "It's great that companies like Qwik Liner are getting involved with the World of Outlaws. It's an honor for me to be the first driver to win the Qwik Liner Cup."
The Qwik Liner Cup celebrated the 20th anniversary of Qwik Liner by rewarding the top Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series qualifiers for the first 13 races of the 2008 season. The Top-Five drivers in time trials received points in the Qwik Liner Cup at each of those events, with the fastest qualifier earning five points, with each subsequent driver receiving one point less, down to the fifth-place driver in time trials receiving one point. John Jamroz of Qwik Liner spray-on bedliner systems was on-hand at Knoxville Raceway to present the award to Stewart on Friday night.
Stewart is tied for the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series lead with three fast time honors this season in time trials. He was quickest at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway on May 23 in front of a huge sell-out crowd as well as a live television audience on SPEED, along with setting the pace in the finale at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida in February and at the storied Manzanita Speedway in Arizona in March.
"Qualifying good is always important, and when you put a little money with on top of it, it makes it an even better incentive," he noted. "The bank account was getting pretty low (with all the rainouts) so this will definitely help."
Over the course of the last two weeks, Stewart has been one of the most consistent drivers with the World of Outlaws, earning Top-Five finishes in five of the last six events. This has vaulted him into the Top-10 in the championship standings as he continues to mesh with the Roth Motorsports team, whom he joined in the off-season.
"Earlier in the year, we had good runs and just had bad luck," shared Stewart. "Hopefully we have gotten rid of that. We have been racing more as well and I think that's the main thing. We are able to get four or five races in and not have two weeks off in between. I hope we can keep it going and keep this momentum going."
Stewart and his team led by veteran crew chief Bonzai Bruns have been utilizing a car build by California native Steve Kent for the last couple of weeks and have been fast each and every night out of the box with the machine.
"We changed cars and I think that has been the biggest part," explained the native of Bixby, Oklahoma. "We are starting to get our motors figured out. We're getting motors in the car that I have a good feel for. It's all about having a good combination out here. If things don't mesh, you can't win with these guys. The communication between all three of us is getting better and we are making good calls on the car. Right now, we have everything going our way."
A total of 26 drivers earned points in the 2008 Qwik Liner Cup, including 16 of the 18 full-time drivers with the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws. Craig Dollansky wound up second, with Jason Meyers in third, Joey Saldana in fourth and Donny Schatz rounding out the Top-Five.
2008 Qwik Liner Cup Points- Final
Shane Stewart 23
Craig Dollansky 22
Jason Meyers 19
Joey Saldana 17
Donny Schatz 14
Cody Darrah 10
Jac Haudenschild 8
Steve Kinser 8
Ed Lynch Jr. 8
Greg Hodnett 7
Kerry Madsen 7
Kraig Kinser 6
Daryn Pittman 6
Jeff Shepard 6
Sam Hafertepe Jr. 5
Chad Kemenah 5
Rob Chaney 4
Danny Lasoski 3
Tim Shaffer 3
Sammy Swindell 3
Tony Bruce Jr. 2
Randy Hannagan 2
Terry McCarl 2
Jason Sides 2
Alan Cole 1
Paul McMahan 1