McKean Leaves Colorado on a High Note JEROME, Idaho (August 4, 2005) Eddy McKean, the 2002 Southwest Series champion, left Colorado this past weekend with his season set squarely in the right direction after two top five performances that put...
McKean Leaves Colorado on a High Note
JEROME, Idaho (August 4, 2005) Eddy McKean, the 2002 Southwest Series champion, left Colorado this past weekend with his season set squarely in the right direction after two top five performances that put him in fourth place in the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series standings.
McKean, known for his prowess on one-mile ovals, went to Pikes Peak Int'l Raceway looking to continue his amazing string of success. McKean has scored eleven top three finishes on the big tracks in his last twelve starts including four wins.
The Wide World of Maps sponsored Pontiac qualified 20th at PPIR and McKean and his crew would have to use pit strategy to turn the tables. Strategy is what played out as he pitted early in the 150-lap event to work on the setup. The pit stop proved to make the difference and he quickly moved his way into five by the 100-lap mark. After pitting a second time with the leaders, McKean was able to put his car in third where he finished the race.
The team then loaded up and drove up the highway to Colorado National Speedway located just North of Denver. McKean has had good success at CNS where he has captured three third place runs in the last five years. Qualifying tenth but being the recipient of a ten-car invert, McKean stated on the outside front row.
The race at CNS got off to a poor start for McKean as his car did not get up to speed and he lost four positions dropping back to sixth. He quickly recovered and by lap 40 he was in the lead. McKean would lead 52 laps before surrendering the lead after the first caution.
McKean stayed in second for the next thirty laps but would drop back to third where he ran comfortably over the closing laps. A final caution bunched up the field on lap 145, and a caution is not what McKean wanted to see. His car took several laps for the tires to come up to temperature and that delay allowed Burney Lamar and Greg Pursley to get by as the white flag flew in the 150-lap race. McKean settled for a fifth place finish at CNS, but more importantly his finishes in Colorado allowed him to vault up into fourth place in the standings with four races left to go.
"The races in Colorado went real well for us," McKean said. "We have gone back to setups that worked for us in the past an we are doing a lot better. Plus with Terry Henry on board, the cars are much faster right off the trailer."
McKean is again proud to welcome Wide World of Maps of Phoenix, Ariz. on board as associate sponsor for the rest of the season. The partnership paid immediate dividends in past seasons as McKean has scored three victories with Wide World of Maps on the hood. "We are having a pretty good year," McKean said. "Bob (Molner) has help us the past few seasons in several races. When Wide World of Maps is on the car we do well!"
Next up for McKean Racing and the rest of the Southwest Series is a 150-lap lap clash this Saturday night at Irwindale Speedway located just east of Los Angeles, Calif. McKean has struggled at Irwindale picking up only one top five finish in ten starts at the ultra-fast half-mile paved oval. Earlier this season McKean finished ninth and he hopes to build on his current momentum and pick up his first win at Irwindale.
McKean also carries sponsorship from several familiar names in the Southwest Series garage area. Freightrain Peters Racing Engines, Naake Motorsports, and his own company Magic Valley Pipe & Steel. "Without the help of Brad and Mike, it would be difficult to find success in this very competitive series," McKean said. "Brad (Peters) is at every race and ensures our engines are top notch. Mike Naake does an incredible job setting up the shocks for each event.
McKean enters his fifth fulltime season on the Southwest Series where he has tallied five wins, 23 top five and 41 top ten finishes in 71 career starts. McKean has also earned over $265,000 moving him into the top ten on the all-time money list in four and a half short years on the series.