Stewart Climbs Another Notch in WoO Points from Rudeen Racing powered by mIn Motorsports, OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (April 13, 2005) -- As Shane Stewart and the Rudeen Racing powered by mIn Motorsports No. 26 Sprint Car team put...
Stewart Climbs Another Notch in WoO Points
from Rudeen Racing powered by mIn Motorsports, OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (April 13, 2005) -- As Shane Stewart and the Rudeen Racing powered by mIn Motorsports No. 26 Sprint Car team put the finishing touches on their brand new hauler, Shane summarized his latest Eldora experience in tidy manner with, "Well, Eldora was Eldora."
Not that it was a bad weekend at all for the driver of the Wesmar-powered Maxim by any means, particularly when recent attempts atop the high-banked Rossburg, OH, oval are taken into consideration. With a loaded 50-car field in the pits each night, Shane drove the HRP Wings/Schoenfeld Headers machine to an eighth place finish in Friday night's World of Outlaws Sprint series preliminary, then wrapped up the weekend with a tenth place run in Saturday night's finale.
The pair of top tens aboard the XYZ Machining/Car & Fleet Auto machine, which ran Shane's total to nine top tens in thirteen feature events thus far in the 2005 World of Outlaws Sprint series campaign, allowed Shane to climb another notch to seventh in series points.
"We were average this weekend, but I still didn't feel the way I like to feel at Eldora," Shane explained. "I still wasn't able to rip around there the way I know I can, but we still got a couple of top tens out of it."
While most drivers would be elated with Shane's "average" weekend, Shane has his sights set on more than just top-ten finishes.
"You know, I'm not sure why but I've really struggled at Eldora since I left the #8h car," commented the World of Outlaws leading Rookie of the Year contender. "I used to rip around that place, but we just haven't been able to do that the last couple of years."
"Eldora's all about comfort, you have to feel right with your car. Some people will say your scared or this or that, but that's not the case. The car just has to be comfortable at Eldora. Once you get it figured it out, Eldora's the easiest place in the world to race at, although it's still a difficult track to win at."
"All in all, it really wasn't a bad weekend. There was a lot of equipment torn up over the weekend and we were able to load our stuff up in one piece, so no complaints there."
Next up on the agenda for Shane and the Brodix/Banshee Graphics machine is Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, IN, this Saturday night.
"Last year, we were going real good at Haubstadt, we were running about fourth or fifth when the #6 car spun out and took us out with him," Shane comments. "We were gonna have a good finish there. So I think we ought to be in pretty good shape for this weekend."
Following this weekend's Indiana event, Shane races the Rudeen Development mount close to home as the World of Outlaws take to Outlaw Motor Speedway near Muskogee, OK, on Friday night, April 22, before moving on to Wichita's 81 Speedway the next night.
Additional information regarding Shane Stewart and the Rudeen Racing powered by mIn Motorsports No. 26 sprint car team, including schedule and up-to-date results, is available at www.rudeenracing.com.