McMahan Grabs Fourth Gumout Victory By Kendra Jacobs PEVELY, MO (Sept. 1)-Paul McMahan is proving to himself and to the sprint car racing world that his bad luck is over. While the United Expressline ...
McMahan Grabs Fourth Gumout Victory
By Kendra Jacobs
PEVELY, MO (Sept. 1)-Paul McMahan is proving to himself and to the sprint car racing world that his bad luck is over. While the United Expressline #U2 sprint car team suffered through mechanical failures and unfortunate accidents, they fell over 100 points behind the leader. Now, McMahan is working his way back into striking distance with two wins in two weekends. Last weekend, McMahan stood in Victory Lane at the historic Williams Grove Speedway. Tonight, McMahan found Victory Lane at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Missouri.
McMahan earned the pole starting position for the 30-lap feature event by winning the Weld Racing Dash. Shane Stewart won the Weld Race Components Dash to start alongside McMahan. McMahan jumped out into the early lead. Craig Dollansky moved to the low side to take second position away from Stewart. Jason Meyers filed into fourth position, followed by Jeff Shepard.
McMahan continued to hold his lead over Dollansky, while Kasey Kahne worked the low side to catch Shepard. By lap five, Randy Kinser had also worked his way into the battle for fifth position. As McMahan approached lapped traffic, Paul May in the black #71M flipped in turn one. McMahan held onto his lead on the restart, while Stewart battled Dollansky for second. Dollansky held onto the position. Shepard got by Meyers going into turn one, but Meyers retaliated in turn two to hold onto the fourth position.
Lap 10 saw McMahan once again enter lapped traffic. Dollansky worked his way onto McMahan's tail before getting behind in lapped traffic. By lap 15, McMahan held a straightaway lead over the current point leader. Dollansky worked his way back up to McMahan on lap 17. Three laps later, McMahan and Dollansky held a ½ lap lead over third running Meyers. After Meyers took the third position from Stewart, he continued to cut down the gap between himself and the leaders.
Kahne worked his way into the top five by passing Shepard on lap 21. Three laps later, Kahne passed Stewart in turns three and four to take over the fourth position. As Meyers approached Dollansky to battle for the second position, Jason Statler spun high in turn four to bring out a caution. Statler restarted on the tail of the field.
With three laps remaining, McMahan took off to win the feature event by ½ straightaway. Dollansky held on to second with Meyers finishing a strong third. Kahne and Stewart rounded out the top five.
Jimmy Carter pushed out to start the "A" Feature, but was forced to pull out during the four abreast due to brake failure.
Jeff Shepard picked up the Huggins Fast Time Award with a time of 10.673. Blake Feese was named KSE Hard Charger after he passed five cars on his way to an eleventh place finish.
The Gumout Racing Series will not compete during the weekend of September 8-10. The series will return to action Saturday, Septemeber 16th at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois.
<pre> 2000 Gumout Racing Series I-55 Raceway Friday, Sept.1, Feature Program #29
Huggins Qualifications: 1. Jeff Shepard, Double L Mtspts. 4J, 10.673; 2. Randy Kinser, Kinser Racing 14, 11.018; 3. Brad Furr, Furr Racing 2F, 11.022; 4. Kasey Kahne, Kahne 23K, 11.033; 5. Paul McMahan, Johnson U2, 11.105; 6. Jimmy Carter, Rudeen Racing 14C, 11.140; 7. Craig Dollansky, Karavan Mtspts. 7, 11.158; 8. Kraig Kinser, Kinser Racing 11K, 11.205; 9. Ronald Laney, Laney Racing 52, 11.258; 10. Tim Montgomery, Montogomery 01, 11.265; 11. Paul May, May 71M, 11.301; 12. Shane Stewart, Holbrook Mtspts. 9H, 11.314; 13. Jason Statler, Statler Racing 00, 11.327; 14. Jason Meyers, Carter Racing 14M, 11.338; 15. Blake Feese, Feese 1, 11.420; 16. Bob Bennett, Acme Trailers 3B, 11.540; 17. Brian Carlson, SC Mtspts. 18, 11.661; 18. Paul Patterson, Schlosser 7B, 11.741; 19. Joey Montgomery, Montgomery C21, 11.749; 20. Steve Short, Short 8, 11.771; 21. Dean Adams,Jr., Adams 3, 11.867; 22. Wayne Sternbergh, Sternbergh 14S, 11.954; 23. Todd Rowland, Rowland 14R, 12.091; 24. Alex Shanks, Cravens 1C, 12.147; 25. Bob Thoman, Campbell 7C, 12.163; 26. Eddie Lynch, Lynch 29, 12.208; 27. Steve Zelch, Jr., Zelch Z34, 12.280; 28. Tim Engler, Engler 73, 12.289; 29. Jim Morrison, Sternbergh 4S, 12.518; 30. Andy Holden, Holden 3X, 12.594.
First Manufacturer's Heat Race (ten laps): 1. Paul McMahan, 2. Jeff Shepard, 3. Ronald Laney, 4. Jason Statler, 5. Brian Carlson, 6. Dean Adams, Jr., 7. Bob Thoman, 8. Jim Morrison. (Top five qualified for "A" Feature)
Second Manufacturer's Heat Race (ten laps): 1. Randy Kinser, 2. Jason Meyers, 3. Tim Montgomery, 4. Wayne Sternbergh, 5. Paul Patterson, 6. Eddie Lynch, 7. Andy Holden, 8. Jimmy Carter. (Top five qualified for "A" Feature)
Third Manufacturer's Heat Race (ten laps): 1. Craig Dollansky, 2. Joe Montgomery, 3. Blake Feese, 4. Paul May, 5. Todd Rowland, 6. Steve Zelch, Jr., 7. Brad Furr. (Top five qualified for "A" Feature)
Fourth Manfacturer's Heat Race (ten laps): 1. Shane Stewart, 2. Kasey Kahne, 3. Kraig Kinser, 4. Bob Bennett, 5. Steve Short, 6. Alex Shanks, 7. Tim Engler. (Top five qualified for "A" Feature)
Weld Racing Dash (five laps): 1. Paul McMahan, 2. Craig Dollansky, 3. Jeff Shepard, 4. Ronald Laney, 5. Paul May, 6. Joey Montgomery. (Finish determined inside starting rows 1-6 in "A" Feature)
Weld Race Components Dash (five laps): 1. Shane Stewart, 2. Randy Kinser, 3. Jason Meyers, 4. Kasey Kahne, 5. Tim Montgomery, 6. Kraig Kinser. (Finish determined outside starting rows 1-6 in "A" Feature)
Hank's Performance Products "B" Feature (ten laps): 1. Brad Furr, 2. Jimmy Carter, 3. Bob Thoman, 4. Tim Engler, 5. Dean Adams, Jr. ($200); 6. Alex Shanks ($150); 7. Steve Zelch, Jr. ($120); 8. Eddie Lynch ($100); 9. Andy Holden ($100); 10. Jim Morrison-DNS. (Top four qualified for "A" Feature)
Gumout Racing Series "A" Feature (30 laps): 1. Paul McMahan ($5,000); 2. Craig Dollansky ($3,000); 3. Jason Meyers ($2,000); 4. Kasey Kahne ($1,800); 5. Shane Stewart ($1,600); 6. Ronald Laney ($1,400); 7. Jeff Shepard ($1,300); 8. Randy Kinser ($1,200); 9. Tim Montgomery ($1,100); 10. Brad Furr ($1,070); 11. Blake Feese ($1,000); 12. Kraig Kinser ($800); 13. Brian Carlson ($700); 14. Wayne Sternbergh ($600); 15. Jason Statler ($600); 16. Joe Montgomery ($500); 17. Steve Short ($500); 18. Todd Rowland ($500); 19. Bob Bennett ($500); 20. Paul Patterson ($500); 21. Bob Thoman ($520); 22. Tim Engler ($520); 23. Paul May ($500); 24. Jimmy Carter ($520).
Lap Leader: Paul McMahan 1-30 Huggins Fast Qualifier: Jeff Shepard KSE Hard Charger: Blake Feese
Gumout Racing Series Point Standings: 1. Craig Dollansky 4266; 2. Jeff Shepard 4232; 3. Paul McMahan 4132; 4. Jason Meyers 3942; 5. Brad Furr 3865; 6. Ronald Laney 3708; 7. Shane Stewart 3691; 8. Randy Kinser 3546; 9. Bob Bennett 2993; 10. Brian Carlson 2828; 11. Jimmy Carter 2217; 12. Kraig Kinser 2065; 13. Jason Statler 1345.