"Mr. Sprint Car" Stewart Set for ...
"Mr. Sprint Car" Stewart Set for #4m Farewell in STN
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (October 26, 2004) This coming weekend's 17th Annual - Team Affiliated Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires at Little Rock's I-30 Speedway will bring the curtain down on one of Sprint Car racing's most successful teams over the past two years, as Shane Stewart will make his final start aboard Scott Chilcutt's familiar Wesmar-powered mIn Motorsports Management No. 4m Maxim sprint car.
The following weekend will offer a preview of the future however, as the potent Stewart-Chilcutt combo joins forces with Kevin Rudeen from Rudeen Development for the World of Outlaws season finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on November 5-6 in the debut of the Rudeen Racing No. 26 powered by mIn Motorsports entry. With Chilcutt serving as team manager, the newly formed venture will pursue the World of Outlaws series championship and Rookie of the Year honors in 2005.
Stewart's success aboard Chilcutt's No. 4m Schoenfeld Headers/HRP Wings machine, along with a $20,000 triumph in this June's Dirt Cup in Washington for Rudeen, has led to the powerful new combination that will vie for top WoO Rookie status along with the series crown next season.
Chilcutt originally unveiled the No. 4m Sprinter in 2001, with Robert Sellers earning Rookie of the Year honors and a fourth-place ranking on the O'Reilly ASCS National Tour, with the team's initial victory coming in ASCS Sooner Region competition at Lawton Speedway. In 2002, Michael Dupuy notched six victories aboard the No. 4m en route to a runner-up finish in ASCS National points.
Enter Bixby, Oklahoma's Shane Stewart.
Since taking over the reigns of the No. 4m Brodix/Sander Engineering mount in October 2002, Stewart has ranked among the nation's top shoes. Roving the country in true Outlaw fashion the past two seasons, Stewart has driven the No. 4m to 21 feature victories at 16 different tracks throughout nine states including Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Mississippi, Florida, Louisiana, Kansas and Texas. Victories have come with a variety of sanctions including World of Outlaws, Sprint Bandits, American Sprint Car Series, All-Stars and NCRA along with several open events.
Along the way, Stewart claimed the inaugural O'Reilly Sprint Bandits championship this season. Stewart has also captured Southern Iowa Speedweek's "Mr. Sprint Car" honors in each of the past two seasons, as well as topping the competitive ASCS Speedweek in 2002.
Stewart enters this weekend's Short Track Nationals in strong form with two wins in a row and three for the month of October. After kicking off the month with a $3,500 Queen's Royale victory at St. Francois County Raceway in Missouri, Stewart put the finishing touches on the Sprint Bandits title by dominating the October 16 series' season finale at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX. When rained washed out this past Saturday night's World of Outlaws event at Houston Raceway Park, Stewart wasted little time dashing back to Devil's Bowl Speedway, where he cashed in another $5,000 triumph in the ASCS Devil's Bowl Winter Nationals.
With Eric Manfrass and Brendan Telfer adeptly twirling the wrenches, Stewart will try to extend his current win streak in this weekend's $15,000-to-win Short Track Nationals. Stewart has raced the Hoosier-shod Banshee Graphics/B&B Oval Products sprinter to a pair of wins atop I-30 Speedway's quarter-mile oval over the past two seasons, including a preliminary triumph in last year's STN before finishing second in the finale.
Additional information regarding Shane Stewart and the Rudeen Racing powered by mIn Motorsports Sprint Car team, including schedule and up-to-date results, is available at www.rudeenracing.com.