CALM BEFORE THE STORM
Tony Stewart Racing's McMahan Seeks Momentum Building Victory at Charter Raceway Park
INDIANAPOLIS (August 1, 2007) -- Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) Paul McMahan has a game plan for the next two weeks. Everyone knows that the Knoxville Nationals will dominate sprint car racing next week, but McMahan and the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Eagle team are focused on getting there one step at a time. For TSR, this weekend's doubleheader at Charter Raceway Park (CRP) in Beaver Dam, Wis., is an opportunity to tune-up and prepare for what's ahead.
On Sept. 24, 2005 in his last appearance at CRP, McMahan scored a 10th-place finish. He has set quick time at the facility on two separate occasions and has already claimed one victory in the state of Wisconsin this season. McMahan won the World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Series A-main at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., on July 1, 2007, to grab his second victory of the year.
In 50 starts this season, McMahan has earned two victories, six fast time awards, 11 top-five finishes and 27 top-10s in WoO Sprint Series competition. He is ranked eighth in the WoO championship standings with 6,534 points. He trails series leader Schatz by 652 points and is only 188 points out of the top-five.
Grandstand gates at CRP's 1/3-mile, high banked oval, will open Friday at CRP at 3 p.m. CDT, and at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Hot laps will begin both nights at 6:45 p.m. CDT. To purchase tickets for the CRP events, call 920-887-1600 or visit www.wismotorsports.net.
Race fans can listen to all the action from this weekend on the DIRTVision.com cybercast, as well as on the DIRT Radio Network. Visit www.DIRTVision.com for more information on all the features, including updated results from each night of racing, as well as a chat room to interact with other fans listening to the action.
The WoO Sprint Series also returns to television this year with the series' final broadcast on ESPN2 set for Sunday (August 5) at 11 a.m. EDT. A total of 20 races will be televised either on SPEED or ESPN2, including the World of Outlaws SuperClean Summer of Money Series. ESPN2 will broadcast eight races from June 17 through August 5. For a complete television schedule, or more information regarding the WoO Sprint Series, log on to www.worldofoutlaws.com.
Quotes from Paul McMahan, driver of the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Eagle:
With a two-day event at Charter Raceway Park on tap for this weekend, are you looking forward to having a short break from traveling?
"My family and I have spent time at the shop in Brownsburg, Ind., this week. It's been great to have a few days to regroup from the 12-day stretch we just came off of. It also gives the team a chance to get the truck unloaded and restocked before we head out again. It's also nice to have two races back-to-back at the same facility this weekend. It will really give us a break. We'll be ready to go at Charter and when we head to Knoxville next week."
You've had some success at Charter in recent years. What makes the facility unique to the series?
"Charter Raceway Park has always been a lot of fun to race on. Being a 1/3-mile track with high banking, it's very racy and pretty fast for a bullring. I like short tracks. there are a lot of them in California where I grew up racing. Having set quick time a couple of times at the track is also good to go into the weekend with. We're hoping to take the No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/Chevy to victory lane this weekend. It would be a great note to head to Knoxville on."