Shane Stewart Takes Ol' Glory ...
Shane Stewart Takes Ol' Glory #4m to Knoxville
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (April 26, 2004) -- Bixby, Oklahoma's Shane Stewart is making a habit of running up front in World of Outlaws sprint car series action. Shane hopes to continue that trend by collecting his second WoO series victory aboard the Ol' Glory Energy Drink No. 4m this weekend when the World of Outlaws invade the famed Knoxville Raceway half-mile clay oval.
After recently posting his first career World of Outlaws feature triumph in wire-to-wire fashion at Thunder Valley Speedway in Union Hill, LA, on March 26, Shane enters the Knoxville event coming off two more consecutive weekends of strong performances in Scott Chilcutt's Wesmar-powered Penske Shocks/mIn Motorsports Management Maxim.
Shane and the No. 4m team also found Knoxville Raceway to their liking last August, notching their first ever "A" Feature triumph at Knoxville and a seventh place finish in the Knoxville Nationals en route to Mr. Sprint Car honors for the 2003 edition of Southern Iowa Speedweek.
Shane's recent roll got under way at Sedalia's historic State Fair Speedway on April 16, where crew chief Rob Hart and Eric Manfrass were kept busy as Shane pulled double-duty, competing in both the World of Outlaws and Winged Outlaw Warriors (WOW) portions of the show.
In the WOW 360-ci feature, Shane wasted little time hustling the Hoosier-shod Sander Engineering/Brodix machine from his seventh starting position into second in just three quick laps. Shane set his sights on race leader and 2002 NASCAR Nextel Cup champion Tony Stewart, reeling the leader in as lapped traffic became a factor in the final rounds. With the feature cut to 15-laps due to time constraints, the checkered flag flew before Shane had the chance to make the winning move.
Moments later, Shane gridded the Banshee Graphics/B&B Oval Products sprinter on the outside front row of the WoO main event. Shane outgunned polesitter Kraig Kinser at the drop of the green flag and showed the quick way around the half-mile oval in the Schoenfeld Headers/HRP Wings machine for 19 rounds before settling for his second runner-up finish of the night, this time behind the "King of the Outlaws", Steve Kinser.
The next night, at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, MO, a wheel packed with mud while leading his heat put Shane behind the eight ball from the outset. Shane rebounded in strong fashion by winning the "B" Feature to transfer to the evening's main event, then stormed from his 19th starting slot to finish tenth in the "A" Feature.
After a Batesville rainout this past Thursday, Shane came from the sixth starting position at the Talladega Short Track to make a last lap pass of Kraig Kinser to snare yet another runner-up finish in WoO action.
With three runner-up finishes in his last four starts, Shane and the No. 4m Ol' Glory team seek to carry that front-running momentum into Knoxville, IA, this weekend and parlay it into their second WoO victory of the year.
More information regarding Shane Stewart and the No. 4m Ol' Glory Sprint car team, including the early season schedule and subsequent results, is available at www.min-motorsports.com.