McMahan doubles at Short Track Nationals and leads J&J to a Podium sweep in finale. McKENZIE, TN - The 15th Annual Team Affiliated Short Track Nationals presented by American Racer at Little Rock's I-30 Speedway brought out almost 100 sprint...
McMahan doubles at Short Track Nationals and leads J&J to a Podium sweep in finale.
McKENZIE, TN - The 15th Annual Team Affiliated Short Track Nationals presented by American Racer at Little Rock's I-30 Speedway brought out almost 100 sprint car teams last weekend. When the final laps were completed, J&J Auto Racing shined brightly as Paul McMahan won the 40-lap race and collected the $15,000 top prize driving Donnie Cooper's #01 J&J and led a J&J podium sweep as Daryn Pittman and Terry Gray finished second and third.
"What can I say, it was a lot of fun," said the victorious car-owner, Donnie Cooper, who calls Farmington, MO home. "We just got this standard J&J car built and this week was the first time we ran it. Two wins in two nights is pretty good as far I'm concerned. It's a great car and the quality is top notch. Paul did a great job and I know he was pleased with the car."
McMahan started his first Short Track Nationals strong by winning Friday's 25-lap preliminary feature event and took the lead in Saturday's showdown on the fourth lap. During the next 36 laps, he had several drivers try to catch him, and he spent the last half of the race fighting off charges from fellow J&J runners Daryn Pittman, who took advantage of a WoO cancellation to join the field in the Sher-Don Motorsports #21 J&J, and 2002 USCS Champion Terry Gray, who drove his #10 Wesmar/ Wendy's of Lexington J&J. With McMahan running a flawless race in the low groove, Pittman was rim riding his way to the front and closed in on the leader several times during the final 10 laps. Gray kept himself within striking distance, but never got his chance to get the lead. When the dust settled, it was McMahan by two car lengths over Pittman.
Several other J&J teams competed in the Short Track Nationals. Mike Ward and Lewis Jenkins Jr. made the final 40 lap event while Toby Brown, AG Rains, Henry Gustavus, Ricky Stenhouse, and Jody Roland also competed during the weekend.