EAST COAST INVASION Tony Stewart Racing, McMahan Look Forward To Second Eastern Swing of the Season INDIANAPOLIS (July 17, 2007) -- With the excitement of the King's Royal by Crown Royal and the Brad Doty Classic behind them, the competitors...
EAST COAST INVASION
Tony Stewart Racing, McMahan Look Forward To Second Eastern Swing of the Season
INDIANAPOLIS (July 17, 2007) -- With the excitement of the King's Royal by Crown Royal and the Brad Doty Classic behind them, the competitors of the World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Series are already marching on as they continue with the SuperClean Month of Money. For Paul McMahan and the No. 20 Tony Stewart Racing (TSR)/Bass Pro Shops/Eagle team, this week's five-race schedule is a welcome opportunity to boost their bank accounts.
First on the docket is a single-day event at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa., today. McMahan will make his second appearance at the 4/10-mile oval this season. On May 15, he earned a 16th-place A-main finish.
The WoO Sprint Series moves on to Williams Grove Speedway for a three-day event Thursday, Friday and Saturday. In McMahan's last appearance at the track on May 18, he finished fourth in the A-main.
Lebanon Valley Speedway will host the WoO on Sunday. McMahan scored a third-place finish on May 28, 2005, in his last appearance at the facility.
In 43 WoO starts this season, McMahan has earned two wins, nine top-five finishes, 22 top-10s and four quick time awards. He enters this week's events ranked eighth in the WoO Sprint Series championship standings with 5,668 points. McMahan trails series leader Donny Schatz by 591 points and is only 183 points out of fifth place.
Pit gates will open at Lernerville Speedway today at 3 p.m. EDT. Grandstands will open at 4 p.m., with hot laps set to begin at 7:15 p.m. The official Web site of Lernerville Speedway is www.lernerville.com. For tickets or more information, call 724-353-1511.
For the Thursday-to-Saturday triple feature at Williams Grove Speedway, pit gates will open each day at 4 p.m. EDT. The grandstands will open at 5:30 p.m., with hot laps set to begin at 7:15 p.m. Williams Grove Speedway is a half-mile oval located in Mechanicsburg, Pa. The official track Web site is www.williamsgrove.com. Tickets can be purchased by calling 717-697-5000.
Lebanon Valley Speedway is located in West Lebanon, N.Y. Pit gates will open at the half-mile oval Saturday at 2 p.m. EDT. Grandstand gates will open at 4 p.m. with hot laps scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Tickets can be pre-purchased for the WoO Sprint Series event by calling 518-794-9965 or 518-794-9606. The official Web site of Lebanon Valley is www.lebanonvalley.com.
Race fans can also 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 returned to television this year, with the series' sixth broadcast on ESPN2 set for Sunday at noon 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 began broadcasting eight races on June 17 and continuing through Aug. 5. For a complete television schedule, log on to www.worldofoutlaws.com.
Quotes from Paul McMahan, driver of the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Eagle:
With two stand-alone events at Lernerville Speedway and Lebanon Valley Speedway before and after the three-day run at Williams Grove, are you looking forward to that change of pace?
"While it's good to have a few days at a particular track to really settle into the groove, I also enjoy the one-day shows. We get to go into a track, put on a great show and leave the fans wanting to come back for more next year. Heading into Lernerville, I am really looking forward to competing in the Don Martin event. It's a great event, as he has such a legacy in the sport. Lernerville is also one of the nicest facilities we compete at all year in terms of how the staff receives us. They really work to make us feel at home and it's nice to go into a race track with that type of atmosphere. Lebanon Valley is in a beautiful part of the country. With all the traveling we do across the mid-section of the country, it's nice to change up the scenery. Upstate New York is also just such a historic place. It's a lot of fun to experience some of those sights with your family."
Would you consider the Summer Nationals at Williams Grove one of the toughest events of the season?
"Any time you race in Pennsylvania, you know you have to have your game face on. There are so many good teams and drivers in that part of the country and it's the heart of winged sprint car territory. You've got a group of guys that battled week in and week out at those key Pennsylvania tracks that are just so tough. They're used to having to fight their way into the A-main every week and working their way from the back to the front isn't a problem. You just really have to focus on qualifying well and getting out of your heat race each night. You don't want a handicap trying to get into the A-main."
With a Bass Pro Shops store in Harrisburg, Pa., will the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Eagle team be making any detours to do a little shopping between races?
"We're going to do an appearance at the Harrisburg store on Wednesday night. The staff at the store has been great to work with. They always make us feel very welcome and we have a great time. We'll have the No. 20 car and transporter on display and I'll be signing autographs from 6-8 p.m. I think they're also going to have a few other winged sprint car teams bring their display cars out. For directions to the store, race fans can log on to www.basspro.com. Hopefully, we'll be able to get them in the winner's circle at Williams Grove later this week."