Washington Bound Shane Stewart Adds Two More Sanctions to Victory Chart OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (August 24, 2004) - Prepped for his second trip of the year to the far Northwest, Shane Stewart joined an exclusive club with this past weekend's ...
Washington Bound Shane Stewart Adds Two More Sanctions to Victory Chart
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (August 24, 2004) - Prepped for his second trip of the year to the far Northwest, Shane Stewart joined an exclusive club with this past weekend's Thunder Through the Plains feature triumph at the Jetmore Motorplex.
Not since Gary Wright last accomplished the feat in 1999 has any driver in the country notched feature wins with each of the nation's major Sprint Car sanctioning bodies during the course of a single season. Shane changed that however, by racing to victory lane in Saturday night's All-Stars vs. NCRA duel in Kansas aboard Scott Chilcutt's Wesmar-powered No. 4m Maxim.
Along with the All-Stars vs. NCRA victory, Shane has already taken the Schoenfeld Headers/HRP Wings sprinter to victory lane with the World of Outlaws and American Sprint Car Series this season, matching Wright's previous triumphs with WoO/ASCoC/NCRA/ASCS. Shane has taken the diversity of feature wins one step further though, by also collecting an O'Reilly Sprint Bandits checkered flag.
Shane's triumphs have come in a variety of locales as well, topping the World of Outlaws in Louisiana on March 26, the Sprint Bandits at Oklahoma City on July 4, the ASCS at Joplin, MO, on July 31, and now All-Stars and NCRA at Jetmore, KS, this past Saturday night.
Just one race from collecting the inaugural O'Reilly Sprint Bandits championship, Shane took part in his first All-Stars/NCRA competition of the season this past weekend at Wichita's 81 Speedway on Friday night and the Jetmore Motorplex on Saturday.
Fittingly, the Sprint Bandits point leader locked horns with perennial All-Star kingpin Chad Kemenah on both nights in Kansas. On a well-groomed 81 Speedway oval on Friday night, Shane chased a fleet Kemenah down and took command on the 23rd round utilizing the high line aboard the Brodix/Sander Engineering mount. Kemenah fought back on the low side in lapped traffic to race back into the lead with just two laps to go however, forcing Shane to settle for second before a packed house that cheered the battling duo's hard-fought struggle for the win.
Shane wasted little time turning the tables on Saturday night at Jetmore, driving the Hoosier-shod Banshee Graphics/B&B Oval Products machine into the lead on the third round then charging to the checkered flag unfettered ahead of Kemenah and NCRA champion Brooke Tatnell, running the mIn team's season win tally to six.
In addition to the victories in sanctioned competition, Shane also sipped victory champagne following a triumph in East Bay Raceway's "King of the 360's" preliminary competition on January 29.
Shane's biggest payday of the year however, came on June 19 when he kicked off Rudeen Racing's "Hired Guns 2004 Tour" by topping the $20,000-to-win Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup at Skagit Speedway in Alger, WA.
Shane continues his nomadic ways by making the trek to Washington State to wrap up Rudeen Racing's "Hired Guns 2004 Tour" in this weekend's racing action at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, WA. The weekend kicks off with a NST event on Thursday night, then a World of Outlaws double on Friday and Saturday.
"Our last trip to Washington went really well obviously, and we're hoping for more of the same this weekend with Rudeen Racing," commented two-time "Mr. Sprint Car" Southern Iowa Speedweek champion Shane Stewart. "This finishes up Rudeen's Hired Gun Tour for 2004, and Scott and I look forward to mIn's partnership with Rudeen Racing for the World of Outlaws tour in 2005. We know we're going to be a force to be reckoned with on the road next year."
More information regarding Shane Stewart and the No. 4m mIn Motorsports Management Sprint car team, including the team's schedule and subsequent results, is available at www.min-motorsports.com.