Tony Stewart Racing, McMahan Look Forward to Tackling Midwestern Bullrings INDIANAPOLIS (April 17, 2007) -- Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) Paul McMahan knows that when the World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Series sweeps through the Midwest, he may as...
Tony Stewart Racing, McMahan Look Forward to Tackling Midwestern Bullrings
INDIANAPOLIS (April 17, 2007) -- Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) Paul McMahan knows that when the World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Series sweeps through the Midwest, he may as well be carrying a bull's-eye on the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Eagle machine. The region is saturated with some of the best talent in the sprint car arena, and a chance to rob a WoO Sprint Series regular of a victory is at the forefront of the local competitors' minds.
As McMahan & Company prepare to make appearances on two of the toughest bullrings in the region -- Ohio's Attica Raceway Park (ARP) and Indiana's Tri-State Speedway -- they know they won't be the fan favorites this Friday and Saturday. Regardless, the No. 20 team is working to capitalize on the forward momentum it's found in recent weeks.
This weekend's racing action will also mark the first time that McMahan will pilot the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Eagle entry at both ARP and Tri-State Speedway. The 2006 WoO Sprint Series event at ARP was canceled due to inclement weather. McMahan's 2005 appearance at the facility garnered him a hard-fought 16th-place finish for his previous car owner, the late Dave Helm.
The No. 20 team did not compete at Tri-State Speedway in 2006 due to a scheduling conflict with its full-time commitment to the National Sprint Tour Series. In 2005, McMahan earned a podium finish at the facility, taking the checkered flag in third place.
McMahan and the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Eagle team enters this weekend's racing action ranked 11th in the WoO Sprint Series Championship standings. The team has earned one top-five finish and four top-10 finishes thus far in 2007, putting McMahan only 268 points behind series leader Joey Saldana. The team has also won one B-main and one dash event in 13 races.
Quotes from Paul McMahan, driver of the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Eagle:
Entering a weekend that will present some of the toughest competition from local drivers, is it safe to assume you'll be elbows up at ARP and Tri-State Speedway?
"When you race with the WoO Sprint Series, you're always elbows up. This level of racing doesn't leave a lot of room for error and you have to remain focused throughout the season. We also know that the intensity level goes up when we race in areas that support a lot of tough, local sprint car competitors. As we head to ARP on Friday night, we know there will be up to 70 cars in the pits. The local racers in that area haven't had a lot of good weather thus far this season, and we know that they'll be anxious to get on the track with brand new equipment. It's always a tough night with the WoO Sprint Series, but this weekend we'll have even more pressure."
Coming off a solid top-10 finish at Eldora Speedway, it looks like the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Eagle team has found the beginning of the consistency that's been so elusive. Are you looking forward to getting back into the swing of a busy season this weekend?
"Eldora really helped our confidence as a team. We had one of our best qualifying efforts of the season and the car was great. Getting a top-10 finish with such a strong field of cars in the pit area was a good end to a strong night of racing. Getting back into a pattern where we race three, four or five times a week is going to be a good adjustment. We've proven that we can qualify and run well. We have a strong team and all of the components are there for a great season. Kicking off the Midwestern swing with a solid night is definitely going to help us as we move forward. We need to start consistently stringing together top-10 and top-five finishes, and I think we're going to be able to do that as the season amps up."