Along the World of Outlaws' Trail 98-01-12

Along the World of Outlaws' Trail By Richard Day NICHOLASVILLE, KY (January 12) - After shopping his Mopar team around throughout the off-season, Gary Stanton has become reunited with Australian driver...

Along the World of Outlaws' Trail By Richard Day NICHOLASVILLE, KY (January 12) - After shopping his Mopar team around throughout the off-season, Gary Stanton has become reunited with Australian driver Garry Brazier. Brazier, who won Australia's sprint car championship in 1994, 1995 and 1997, will drive Stanton's #75 Mopar sprinter when the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series opens it 20th Anniversary season in the Spring Shootout at Kings Speedway February 13th. At one point, it appeared 15-time World of Outlaws championship car owner Karl Kinser and Mark Kinser would join the Mopar sprint car team, but the negotiations fell apart before Christmas. Brazier drove the Mopar sprinter in 10 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series events last spring. His best finish in the car was a 12th-place run at State Fair Raceway in Sedalia, MO. Garry also drove his family's #1AU sprinter in other World of Outlaws events and finished 20th in the 1997 point standings. Brazier's father, Steve, the Australian sprint car champion in 1979 and 1980, will be the Mopar team's crew chief ... Paul McMahan, Stanton's driver during the final six months of the 1997 season, has joined the J.D. Enterprises team which races with the Northern Auto Racing Club in California. "We'll be out with the World of Outlaws for the first few races, then we'll hit some others later in the year," McMahan said. "I tried really hard to find a World of Outlaws ride, but there wasn't much available. This year, we'll race around here close to home. We hope to put something together to race with the World of Outlaws for 1999" ... Scott Benic, crew chief for the Mopar team during the second half of last season, has been hired by Schatz Motorsports. "I think Scott will be a great asset to our team," owner Danny Schatz said. "He has plenty of knowledge about cars and about racing with the World of Outlaws. This is a great opportunity for both of us. We're tickled to have him working with us." Benic, a member of the Two Winners Racing team for 10 years, has been building the Gambler cars 1997 Rookie of the Year Donny Schatz will drive on the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series tour this season. "I'm really excited about this team," Benic said. "I think they have a good thing going here" ... Joe Gaerte, whose #3G Maxim Benic maintained the first half of last season, has joined car owner Henry Holbrook, Jr. "He's going to own all the equipment and he'll be listed as the owner," Gaerte said. "We're going to keep everything at my race shop and work out of (Rochester) Indiana. He's going to take the financial burden off me." Holbrook is happy to be associated with the World of Outlaws. "I'm really pumped up about this," Holbrook said. "I want to help any way I can. I'll do whatever it takes to make this team better. It's going to be a team effort." Holbrook and Gaerte have hired Brian Sperry to maintain the #8H car, which will be yellow with red trim ... The sprinter Jeff Swindell drives for Two Winners Racing on the World of Outlaws tour has taken on new engine builder and a whole new look to go along with its new sponsor. The Ford engines powering the J&J will be built by Jack Cornett. It will still have a familiar flame look, but will be red and sponsored by new Gold Eagle subsidiary 104+ Octane Boost ... "This change will give everybody a fresh start," Gold Eagle Brand Manager Paul Tuteur said. "This is the best product we have to sponsor a race team. It fits in really well with the World of Outlaws' fan demographics. "Gold Eagle acquired 104+ Octane Boost in November of 1997 and this will be the product's first entry in major racing. The red car matches the color of the 104+ Octane Boost bottle." 104+ Octane Boost is the leading performance enhancing product of its kind on the market ... Defending Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion Sammy Swindell's #1 Channellock sprinter will be a Stealth chassis this season. "I think the change will help us," Swindell said. "Working with John Godfrey at Stealth, we changed a couple of things that should make the car better. I think we'll be even better this year." WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Mark Kinser , Paul McMahan , Jeff Swindell