Tony Stewart Racing Midwestern events preview

MAJOR MOVES Tony Stewart Racing, McMahan Begin Midwestern Tour With the World of Outlaws Sprint Series INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 12, 2007) -- With the warm breezes of California far behind them, the competitors of the World of Outlaws (WoO) ...

MAJOR MOVES
Tony Stewart Racing, McMahan Begin Midwestern Tour With the World of Outlaws Sprint Series

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 12, 2007) -- With the warm breezes of California far behind them, the competitors of the World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Series are already marching on as they continue the race to the championship. For Paul McMahan and the No. 20 Tony Stewart Racing (TSR)/Bass Pro Shops/Eagle team, this week's schedule will provide a chance to tackle one new venue and two with familiar surroundings.

First up for the week is Wednesday's single-day event at the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer, Iowa. McMahan and the WoO will make their first-ever appearances at the 3/8-mile facility as they return to the state for the first time since mid-August.

McMahan and the WoO then move on to Heartland Park Topeka (Kan.) for a one-day stop on Friday. In McMahan's last appearance at the 3/8-mile track on June 16, 2001, he finished fifth in the A-main. Danny Lasoski won the event.

Wrapping up the three-race stretch to the tune of more than 2,600 miles of drive time, the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Eagle team will make its last stop of the week on Sunday at Charter Raceway Park (CRP) in Beaver Dam, Wis. The event will serve as a make-up for the race on Aug. 4 that was postponed due to rain. In McMahan's last appearance on the 1/3-mile oval on Aug. 3, 2007, he earned a ninth-place finish.

In 61 WoO starts this season, McMahan has earned two wins, 11 top-five finishes, 31 top-10s and seven quick time awards. He enters this week's events ranked eighth in the WoO Sprint Series championship standings with 7,964 points.

Grandstand gates will open at the Clay County Fairgrounds on Wednesday at 4 p.m. CDT. Hot laps are set to begin at 6 p.m. The official Web site of the Clay County Fairgrounds is www.claycountyfair.com. For tickets or more information, call 712-262-4740.

On Friday, pit gates at Heartland Park Topeka will open at 2 p.m. CDT. The grandstands will open at 4 p.m., with hot laps set to begin at 6:30 p.m. The official track Web site is www.hpt.com. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-43-RACES.

CRP will open pit and grandstand gates on Sunday at 2 p.m. CDT. Racing is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. The official Web site of the track is www.wismotorsports.net. Tickets for Sunday's race can be purchased by calling 920-887-1600.

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 next series broadcast on SPEED set for Sunday at 1 p.m. EDT. Racing action from the Sept. 8 WoO Sprint Series finale at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif., will be showcased. A total of 20 races have been scheduled for telecast on either on SPEED or ESPN2. 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:

What's it like to head to a track, such as the Clay County Fairgrounds, when you've never competed at the facility?

"You know, we'll be going into this event blind. But, so will all of the other teams. When you compete with a traveling series such as the World of Outlaws, you get accustomed to visiting many new tracks along the way. But, as you get into a rhythm on the tour, you remember things you've learned at different tracks and begin to apply them at similar facilities. This season has been a great one for us as a series. We've had an opportunity to visit many new race tracks and expand into different areas. We're really looking forward to going to Clay County this week and hopefully we'll put on a good show for the fans."

You've run well at Heartland Topeka Park in the past. After a five-year hiatus, are you looking forward to returning to the track on Friday?

"Heartland Park is a really nice facility. It was built during the time when several of the larger dirt tracks were being built around the country. It's got a great, fan-friendly facility and the track itself is really nice. You can pass in several different spots and it always seems to give the fans and the competitors some great racing. I ran fifth in my last race there and we're hoping to put Bass Pro Shops and Chevy in victory lane there on Friday night."

Charter Raceway Park is a racy, 1/3-mile track. What's the trick to being fast at CRP?

"You have to have the car right, plain and simple. Charter Raceway is a track that demands your full attention. It's an extremely racy little bullring and you really have to keep up with it. There's not really a trick, per se, to being fast at Charter. It's just old-fashioned, heads-up racing. I really enjoy racing on the smaller tracks and I am really looking forward to running at Charter again this Sunday."

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

-credit: -TSR-

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Paul McMahan