Tony Stewart Racing five-race preview 2007-05-15

ON THE ROAD AGAIN Tony Stewart Racing, McMahan Look Forward To First Eastern Swing of the Season INDIANAPOLIS (May 15, 2007) -- Spring has officially sprung and along with it comes the traditional travel-heavy schedule of the World of Outlaws...

ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Tony Stewart Racing, McMahan Look Forward To First Eastern Swing of the Season

INDIANAPOLIS (May 15, 2007) -- Spring has officially sprung and along with it comes the traditional travel-heavy schedule of the World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Series. 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 post their first victory of the season.

First on the docket is a single-day event at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa., today. McMahan will make his first appearance at the 4/10-mile oval since July 19, 2005, when he earned a 12th-place A-main finish.

The WoO Sprint Series moves on to Williams Grove Speedway for a two-day event Thursday and Friday. In McMahan's last appearance at the track on Sept. 30, 2006, he finished 13th in the A-main event.

Orange County Fair Speedway will host the WoO on Saturday. McMahan scored an eighth-place finish on July 26, 2004, in his last appearance at the facility.

McMahan and the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Eagle team will wrap up the weekend with a one-day event at New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway on Sunday. McMahan earned a third-place finish in the series' last appearance at the track on July 28, 2003.

In 19 WoO races this season, McMahan has earned three top-five finishes, seven top-10 finishes, one quick time award, one dash event win and one B-main event victory. He enters this week's events ranked 10th in the WoO Sprint Series championship standings with 2,371 points. McMahan trails series leader Donny Schatz by 346 points.

Pit gates will open at Lernerville Speedway Tuesday at 3 p.m. EDT. Grandstands will open at 4 p.m., with qualifications 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-Friday doubleheader at Williams Grove Speedway, pit gates will open each day at 4 p.m. EDT. The grandstands will open at 5:15 p.m., with qualifications set to begin at 7:45 p.m. Williams Grove Speedway is a half-mile oval located in Mechanicsburg, Pa. The official track Web site is www.williamsgrove.com. Tickets for both nights can be purchased by calling 717-697-5000.

Orange County Fair Speedway is located in Middleton, N.Y. Pit gates will open at the 5/8-mile oval Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EDT. Grandstand gates will open at 4:30 p.m. with on-track activity scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be pre-purchased for the WoO Sprint Series event by calling 845-342-2573 or by visiting www.ocfsmotorsports.com.

Pit gates will open at New Egypt Speedway Sunday at 3 p.m. EDT. Grandstand gates will open at 4 p.m., with on-track activity scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Tickets for the one-day show at the half-mile oval can be purchased by calling 609-758-1900. For more information regarding New Egypt Speedway, log on to www.newegyptspeedway.net.

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 returns to television this year, with the series' second broadcast on SPEED set for June 3 at 1 p.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. All shows on ESPN2 begin at 12:30 p.m. EDT. 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:

This week's stretch of five races in six days will mark the longest time you've spent on the road this year. Are you prepared to move back into such a busy racing pattern?

"We were pretty much wide open last year all the time, especially since we were competing in both the WoO Sprint Series and the National Sprint Tour. We crisscrossed the county several times last season to run with both series and it's not anything we're unfamiliar with. What's really going to be tough this week is knowing that we're heading into the heart of Pennsylvania winged sprint car country. The guys that compete in 410 sprint car racing in that part of the country are extremely tough. You've got Fred Rahmer and Lance DeWease, along with the other guys that compete on these big tracks each week. Throw them into the already tough WoO Sprint Series mix and you've got over 30 cars that are capable of winning each night. It's going to be a great week of racing."

Lernerville Speedway and Williams Grove Speedway are two of the toughest tracks in the country. What makes them unique and such a challenge?

"Lernerville Speedway is one of the nicest places we go to all year, in terms of hospitality. The staff at the track and the surrounding communities really embrace sprint car racing and it's obvious that the community fully supports the sport. That's always a nice feeling to have going into a facility. At Williams Grove, you have to really work to fit your driving style to the track. It's shaped like a big paperclip. It's got half-mile straights and quarter-mile turns that are really tight. It's definitely got a personality all its own. I'd love to get my first checkered flag from Williams Grove. They give you the flag instead of a trophy. Also, with the Bass Pro Shops presence that Pennsylvania has, it would be great to give all of them a win in their home state."

This week's events at Orange County Fair Speedway and New Egypt Speedway will mark the first time in several years that the WoO Sprint Series has visited the eastern seaboard. Are you looking forward to heading to upstate New York and over to New Jersey later this week?

"I just love that we're going to New York because I'm a huge Yankees fan. Just kidding. It's really cool that we're going back to New York again this year. The fans only get to see the WoO Series once or twice a year so they are always great to see. It will also be pretty cool to head back to New Egypt Speedway on Sunday. It's a pretty cool track. It's a fast, D-shaped oval that usually takes rubber. I've run there pretty well in the past and that's always a good note to go to a track on."

For complete WoO Sprint Series results, log on to www.worldofoutlaws.com. For information regarding Stewart, McMahan, Bass Pro Shops or Chevrolet, log on to www.tonystewart.com, www.paulmcmahanracing.com, www.basspro.com or www.chevrolet.com.

-credit: -TSR-

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Donny Schatz , Paul McMahan
Teams Williams