Stewart to Debut Rudeen No. 26 in WoO Vegas Finale OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (November 2, 2004) - The latest team to take to the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series trail on a full-time basis will be unveiled at this weekend's season finale at Las...
Stewart to Debut Rudeen No. 26 in WoO Vegas Finale
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (November 2, 2004) - The latest team to take to the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series trail on a full-time basis will be unveiled at this weekend's season finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, as Shane Stewart debuts the Rudeen Racing powered by mIn Motorsports No. 26 entry.
With Kevin Rudeen of Rudeen Development and team manager Scott Chilcutt on hand, Stewart will try to kick off the team's efforts on a strong note by driving the Wesmar-powered, Hoosier-Shod Maxim to victory lane atop the same Las Vegas clay oval where he established a track record during the 2003 season.
After this weekend's season finale, the team will prepare for a full assault on the 2005 World of Outlaws trail, with Stewart vying for Rookie of the Year honors as well as the championship aboard the Schoenfeld Headers/HRP Wings machine.
Stewart, who earlier this year claimed his first World of Outlaws feature victory, turned in a memorable performance this past weekend in the final outing for the mIn Motorsports Management No. 4m sprinter.
With nearly 100 entries competing over the course of the three-night Short Track Nationals at Little Rock's I-30 Speedway, Stewart locked himself into Saturday night's $15,000-to-win feature by virtue of finishing second in Thursday night's preliminary feature aboard the Brodix/Sander Engineering machine.
Stewart, the 2004 Sprint Bandits champion, stalked pacesetter Sammy Swindell throughout the early stages of Saturday night's Short Track Nationals finale before turning up the heat following a late caution. Determined to put the No. 4m Banshee Graphics/B&B Oval Products sprinter in victory lane in its final outing, Stewart went to the topside to challenge for the lead.
Relentlessly riding the cushion, Stewart dashed around the outside of Swindell to take command upon the completion of the 33rd lap. Stewart's 22nd victory since taking over the Chilcutt-owned ride in October of 2002 was not to be however, as the cushion gave way in turn two a half lap after snaring the point. While the damage from the resulting tumble was minimal, it was enough to bring an early end to Stewart's valiant effort.
While the No. 4m sprinter will now be referred to in past tense, Stewart's future aboard the Rudeen Racing powered by mIn Motorsports No. 26 Sprint Car is sure to be a bright one. Additional information regarding Shane Stewart and the No. 26 Sprint Car team, including schedule and up-to-date results, is available at www.rudeenracing.com.