SOUTHERN INVASION Tony Stewart Racing, McMahan Look for Success in NASCAR's Backyard INDIANAPOLIS (May 22, 2007) -- Paul McMahan and the No. 20 Tony Stewart Racing/Bass Pro Shops/Eagle team will tackle two northeastern ovals before and after...
Tony Stewart Racing, McMahan Look for Success in NASCAR's Backyard
INDIANAPOLIS (May 22, 2007) -- Paul McMahan and the No. 20 Tony Stewart
Racing/Bass Pro Shops/Eagle team will tackle two northeastern ovals
before and after their return to the south's crown jewel of dirt track
racing during the next three rounds of World of Outlaws Sprint Series
action. The TSR team will kick things off Wednesday at Grandview
Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa. Then they'll head south to the Dirt Track
Lowe's Motor Speedway for a one-day event on Friday. McMahan and TSR will wrap up this latest stretch on Memorial Day (Monday) at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, N.Y.
Wednesday at the 1/3-mile Grandview Speedway oval, McMahan will make his first appearance since at the facility since May 24, 2005. On that date, Steve Kinser won the A-main and McMahan earned a 13th-place finish. Donny Schatz won the series' last appearance at Grandview on May 16, 2006.
McMahan battled mechanical issues at the Dirt Track @ Lowe's 4/10-mile clay oval his last visit there (May 24, 2006) and was credited with a 21st-place finish. Kevin Swindell won the A-main on that date to become the youngest WoO Sprint winner in series history.
Rolling Wheels Raceway Park is a 5/8-mile semi-banked dirt oval located in upstate New York. Schatz won last year's race at the track (May 30, 2006) and McMahan brought home a 13th-place finish.
In 23 WoO races this season, McMahan has earned four top-five finishes, nine top-10s, one quick time award, one dash event win and one B-main victory. He enters this week ranked eighth in the WoO Sprint Series championship standings with 2,877 points. McMahan trails Schatz, the series leader, by 392 points.
Quotes from Paul McMahan, driver of the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Eagle:
Are you looking forward to returning to the Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., this week?
"I love racing in Charlotte. Any time you have a WoO event in conjunction with a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event, it's a really good time. The atmosphere is pretty cool, especially in Charlotte. It's not uncommon to have some of the NASCAR drivers and teams come over and spend some time in our pit area during the night. It's fun to talk with them about our racing. Many of them keep up with sprint car racing and really get into it. It will also be cool to have the boss (Tony Stewart, team owner) around. We'd love to get our first win of the season with him in the photo sporting the Chevrolet and Bass Pro Shops logos with us."
With three races in Pennsylvania in the past week and another event to kick-off the action on Wednesday, have you enjoyed the eastern swing thus far?
"Pennsylvania has been pretty good to us this time around. We really have had a good time and a couple of really good runs. You know that it's always going to be tough when you head to the eastern part of the country. It's really the heart of winged sprint-car racing and the competition each night is really fierce. I think Grandview is going to be another good event for us. The track is a little tricky. You really have to stay on top of it throughout the night. It can stay really wet and tacky or it can lay rubber. It's got a mind of its own. It's a pretty cool facility, as most of the 1/3-mile bullrings are. I'm sure we'll be able to put on a good show for the fans."
Rolling Wheels Raceway Park is located in a historic part of the country. Are you looking forward to racing in New York on Memorial Day?
"Upstate New York is really beautiful. When you head up there you can't help but notice all of the surroundings and atmosphere that the area presents. It gives off a pretty unique vibe. The fans in that part of the country are great. They love sprint-car racing. I can't think of a better place to race on Memorial Day, especially since so much of our country's early history took place up there."