Tony Stewart Racing Volusia preview

TONY STEWART RACING READY TO ROLL McMahan, Chevrolet Prepare for Season Debut INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 7, 2007) -- This week is shaping up to be a busy one for Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) World of Outlaws Sprint Series contingent as driver Paul...

TONY STEWART RACING READY TO ROLL
McMahan, Chevrolet Prepare for Season Debut

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 7, 2007) -- This week is shaping up to be a busy one for Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) World of Outlaws Sprint Series contingent as driver Paul McMahan and the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Eagle team prepare to officially begin their 2007 racing season at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. McMahan and company are taking part in six nights of racing action as the 36th Annual DIRTcar Nationals kicks off at Volusia Speedway Park with the All Star Circuit of Champions Series Feb. 6-8, followed by the World of Outlaws Sprint Series season opener Feb. 9-11.

While this weekend's events mark the start of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series championship chase for the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Eagle team, McMahan never broke stride transitioning from 2006 to 2007 as he raced in winged sprint car competition in Australia over the winter. McMahan earned nine top-10 finishes racing Down Under before returning to the United States last week to rejoin the TSR team in Tampa, Fla., at East Bay Raceway Park. In three nights of competition at East Bay, McMahan earned a seventh-place finish on Feb. 1 to highlight the week.

The TSR team will also debut its new Chevrolet powerplants in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series this week, as McMahan will take the wheel for the brand's first laps as an official sponsor in the series. The No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Eagle team will look to take home a win this weekend in its quest to capture a first-ever series championship for Chevrolet in World of Outlaws Sprint Series competition.

The 36th Annual DIRTcar Nationals will wrap up with three nights of racing featuring the World of Outlaws Sprint Series at Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 9-11. Gates will open at 5 p.m. EST each evening with racing scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. The A-main feature event winner on Feb. 9 and 10 will earn an $8,000 payday, with Saturday night's A-main winner earning $12,000. The total purse for the three-day World of Outlaws Sprint Series event will be more than $100,000.

Paul McMahan, driver of the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Eagle:

As you head into the World of Outlaws season opener this weekend, were you and the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Eagle team able to bring any experience you might have gained in last week's events at East Bay Raceway Park to this event?

"The Winter Nationals event definitely threw us a curve ball, but there were many positive aspects of the week, too. After battling through some mechanical issues on Tuesday night, we were able to recover and get a top-10 finish on Thursday. Our engine builder, Paul Kistler, came down to help us sort through some of the areas we needed to adjust on the finer points of tuning the motors. It was good to have him around. We were able to learn a lot about how the engines will react in certain weather conditions. We're glad to be moving on to Volusia this week. It will be great to have the entire Chevrolet group and many of the Bass Pro Shops representatives with our team this week. Hopefully, we'll be able to have a solid six-day run to kick-off the World of Outlaws season."

-credit: tsr

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Paul McMahan