CLOSING BELL Tony Stewart Racing's McMahan Seeks Victory in World of Outlaws Sprint Series Finale INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 30, 2007) -- Much like the sounding bell that officially closes each day for the New York Stock Exchange, Tony...
Tony Stewart Racing's McMahan Seeks Victory in World of Outlaws Sprint Series Finale
INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 30, 2007) -- Much like the sounding bell that officially closes each day for the New York Stock Exchange, Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) Paul McMahan is seeking to close a chapter of his racing career by making a little noise of his own in the World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Series finale this weekend at The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C.
With the three-day WoO World Finals event scheduled to take place this Thursday through Saturday, McMahan is gunning to put the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Eagle back in victory lane for the third time this season. McMahan's last appearance at the 4/10-mile speedway in May was bittersweet as he earned a runner-up finish to future TSR driver Donny Schatz. McMahan led 26 of 30 laps in the A-main only to see Schatz pass in traffic on lap 27 to take the checkered flag.
In 72 starts this season, McMahan has earned two victories, eight fast time awards, 14 top-five finishes and 38 top-10s in WoO Sprint Series competition. He is ranked eighth in the WoO championship standings with 9,324 points. This weekend's WoO World Finals will also mark McMahan's final three races behind the wheel of the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Eagle entry, as earlier this year, McMahan and TSR agreed to part ways upon conclusion of the 2007 season.
Pit gates will open daily for the WoO World Finals at 12 p.m. EDT. Grandstands will open at 4 p.m., with hot laps beginning at 6 p.m. Racing is set to begin each night at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets for the event, log on to the track's official Web site at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com or call 1-800-455-3267.
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 returned to television this year, with the series' next broadcast scheduled for Nov. 3 on SPEED. Live action from the Nov. 3 WoO World Finals at The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., will be aired from 8 -- 11 p.m. EDT. A total of 20 races will be televised either on SPEED or ESPN2 this year, including the Race to the Championships on SPEED. 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:
Having led all but three laps of the WoO Sprint Series A-main at The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May do you feel that the track owes you a bit as you head into this weekend's finale?
"A track never owes you anything and The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway certainly doesn't owe me a win. We'll have to earn it just like anyone else. In May, we had a great car and came out and led a lot of laps. Unfortunately, I picked the wrong line at the wrong time and it cost me a trip to the winner's circle. Had I chosen another line we would have been celebrating. What's done is done and this weekend we're going to focused on these three races rather than what could have been. We've traditionally run well at this track and I believe we're going to be able to do so again. Putting Bass Pro Shops and Chevrolet back in the winner's circle would be a great way to end our years together."
This will be the first time that the WoO Sprint Series will compete at the same facility alongside the WoO Late Model Series. How will the high number of cars affect the track conditions over the course of the weekend?
"It's going to be really cool for both the fans and the World of Outlaws Sprint teams to have an opportunity to watch both us and the late models for three days this week. The late models really put on a great show and I think it's a pretty cool deal. It will be a challenge for us though, as the track is going to change a lot over the course of not only each night, but from day to day. We're really going to have to stay on top of it in order to make sure our car is as good as it can be each time it hits the track. Hopefully, we'll have a little luck on our side and we'll draw good numbers for qualifying each night. Qualifying and heat race finishes are certainly going to be key to how our nights end. I think we're going to have a good chance to get the win each night. We'll just have to bring our A-game."
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.tonystewartracing.com, www.paulmcmahanracing.com, www.basspro.com or www.chevrolet.com.