Stewart Slices through California WoO Fields; Manzy Up Next from Rudeen Racing powered by mIn Motorsports, OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (March 1, 2005) -- Perhaps it goes back to the early days of his Sprint Car racing career when he battled through...
Stewart Slices through California WoO Fields; Manzy Up Next
from Rudeen Racing powered by mIn Motorsports, OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (March 1, 2005) -- Perhaps it goes back to the early days of his Sprint Car racing career when he battled through fully inverted fields at Tulsa Speedway. Wherever the root of this talent might lie, leading World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year contender Shane Stewart of Bixby, OK, displayed in this past weekend's racing double in California that he doesn't mind passing a few cars here and there.
While not necessarily by choice, Shane found himself mired deep in the starting grid for both nights of racing aboard the Wesmar-powered Rudeen Racing powered by mIn Motorsports No. 26 Maxim. Shane parlayed a pair of unenviable starting slots into a pair of respectable finishes however, climbing a rung in World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series points to sixth and strengthening his hold on the Rookie of the Year points lead.
Shane kicked off this past weekend of racing by clocking in 16th among Friday night's 35-car field at Tulare's Thunderbowl Raceway. After locking the HRP Wings/Schoenfeld Headers mount into the feature, Shane missed the Dash by just one position. Gridding the feature in 16th, Shane hustled the Rudeen Development sprinter past one foe, then another, ultimately advancing all the way to eighth by the time the checkered flag flew.
Shane's task grew even more difficult on Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway when mechanical gremlins resulted in a qualifying time that was just 29th among the 36 entries. After swapping powerplants, Shane utilized his first provisional starting position of the season and put the XYZ Machining/Car & Fleet Auto mount in the 25th starting position.
Then the show began, as Shane sliced through the field in the Brodix/Banshee Graphics racer, methodically picking off one car after another. When all was said and done, Shane had climbed a dozen positions to salvage a thirteenth place finish for the night. The dozen cars passed atop Bakersfield clay ran Shane's total for the weekend to 20, and extended the count to 27 positions gained over the last three events.
While exciting from the back, Shane will look for an improved qualifying effort as he shoots for his second career World of Outlaws victory in this weekend's Cactus Classic at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, AZ.
"We can't start 20th and expect to win, everyone's just too fast," Shane commented. "We think we've got it figured out for this weekend, so we should be okay. I've tested at Manzanita, but this will be the first time I've raced there. We'll get what we can out of this weekend, then we've been pretty fast at Las Vegas so we should be alright there."
After this Friday and Saturday's double, Shane, along with co-crew chiefs Bob Curtis and Eric Manfass as well as Team Manager Scott Chilcutt, will move on to Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 10-11. Then it's back to the central portion of the country for racing action at Pike County Speedway in Magnolia, MS, on March 18 and Houston Raceway Park on March 19.
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