Stewart Nets Mr. Sprint Car Honors with Hard Charger Effort in Knoxville Nationals mIn Motorsports Management, OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (August 17, 2004) - The "Mr. Sprint Car" moniker is an appropriate enough one for Shane Stewart, as the Bixby,...
Stewart Nets Mr. Sprint Car Honors with Hard Charger Effort in Knoxville Nationals
mIn Motorsports Management, OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (August 17, 2004) - The "Mr. Sprint Car" moniker is an appropriate enough one for Shane Stewart, as the Bixby, OK, hotshoe did what even the "King of the Outlaws" himself, Steve Kinser, was unable to do in Saturday night's 44th Annual Knoxville Nationals finale; blast past 17 cars to earn Hard Charger honors and put the wraps on his second consecutive Cox Design & Metal Fabrication Southern Iowa Sprintweek "Mr. Sprint Car" title.
After starting 16th in Saturday night's nationally-televised Knoxville Nationals B Feature, Shane sliced through the field aboard Scott Chilcutt's Wesmar-powered No. 4m Maxim and made a late pass of Brian Brown to snare the fourth and final transfer position to the $396,750 championship main event.
Tagging the 24-car feature field at the tail, Shane methodically worked the Brodix/Sander Engineering machine up to 12th by the time a caution flew in the late stages. Shane charged toward the front in the final rounds, dashing past both Mark and Steve Kinser on the checkered flag lap to snare seventh place at the finish line, matching last year's career-best Knoxville Nationals seventh-place finish.
The frantic charge from 24th to seventh aboard the Hoosier-shod Penske Shocks sprinter capped an evening in which Shane raced past a total of 29 competitors, including 12 in the B Feature, to earn the Knoxville Nationals Hard Charger award and put the finishing touches on his second Southern Iowa Sprintweek "Mr. Sprint Car" title.
Seven nights earlier, Shane, along with Australian crew chief Dave Sharman and fellow Aussie crew member Brendan Telfer, officially kicked off Southern Iowa Sprintweek in a fashion that hinted at what was to follow by racing from 15th to third in the Saturday night, August 7, 410-ci Sprint Car feature at Knoxville Raceway.
Two nights later, Shane timed in fifth among the 45-car Front Row Challenge field at Oskaloosa's Southern Iowa Speedway. Shane was reeling in the battling duo of Jeff Shepard and Lance Dewease as heavy lapped traffic came into play in the late stages. However, after a late caution that set the Pennsylvania pair loose on an open track, Shane settled for a strong third-place run in the Banshee Graphics/B&B Oval Products mount.
A poor pill draw found the current O'Reilly Sprint Bandits point leader taking to the track last among Wednesday night's 65-car Knoxville Nationals preliminary night field. After clocking in 40th, Shane raced his way into the A Feature with a third place finish, then advanced from 15th to ninth in the main event aboard the Schoenfeld Headers/HRP Wings machine, amassing enough points for an eighth row starting slot in Saturday's Knoxville Nationals finale.
Although mechanical gremlins forced Shane's early exit from Friday night's Kele World Challenge, the 35 points awarded toward the Mr. Sprint Car title proved valuable indeed, as Shane ultimately claimed the crown with a 34-point advantage over Australian Kerry Madsen.
Shane's spectacular drive in Saturday night's Knoxville Nationals finale put a punctuation mark on a week that included the announcement that Shane's existing mIn Motorsports Management team will join forces with the Washington-based Rudeen Racing team for a full run on the 2005 World of Outlaws tour.
Action resumes for Shane and the No. 4m Sprint Car team with the final two rounds of the NCRA vs. All-Stars Thunder Through the Plains tour this Friday and Saturday night at Wichita's 81 Speedway and the Jetmore (KS) Motorplex.
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.