SHORT TRACK ATTACK Tony Stewart Racing, McMahan Look to Continue Winning Ways In World of Outlaws Sprint Series Competition INDIANAPOLIS (June 4, 2007) -- Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) Paul McMahan is fresh off one of the biggest victories of...
SHORT TRACK ATTACK
Tony Stewart Racing, McMahan Look to Continue Winning Ways In World of Outlaws Sprint Series Competition
INDIANAPOLIS (June 4, 2007) -- Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) Paul McMahan is fresh off one of the biggest victories of his World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Series career, having taken the checkered flag at Eldora Speedway last Saturday night. Still tasting the sweetness of success, the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Eagle team will roll into Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway and Eagle (Neb.) Raceway this week in search of its second triumph of the season.
McMahan's last appearance at Kokomo Speedway, on Sept. 24, 2006, saw him finish 15th at the quarter-mile oval. The No. 20 TSR team didn't compete at Eagle Raceway last season as a scheduling conflict with the National Sprint Tour Series altered its plans. McMahan's last appearance at the 1/3-mile high-banked oval saw him finish 23rd on Sept. 17, 2005.
In 27 races this season, McMahan has earned one victory, three fast time awards, seven top-five finishes and 13 top-10s in WoO Sprint Series competition. His victory at Eldora Speedway on June 2 saw him move into seventh place in the series championship standings with 3,573 points. He is only 142 points out of the top-five.
Gates open to the public at Kokomo Speedway Wednesday at 4 p.m. EDT, with on-track activity schedule to begin at 6 p.m. Track activity is scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. CDT Saturday at Eagle. Gates will open at 4 p.m.
TSR launched its official Web site earlier this week. For the latest news and information regarding TSR's WoO Sprint Series and USAC Racing teams, log on to www.tonystewartracing.com.
Race fans can listen to all the action from this weekend on the DIRTVision.com cybercast, as well as on the DIRT Radio Network. Visit www.DIRTVision.com for more information on all the features, including updated results from each night of racing, as well as a chat room to interact with other fans listening to the action.
The WoO Sprint Series also returns to television this year with the series' third broadcast on SPEED set for Sunday (June 10) at 1 p.m. EDT. A total of 20 races will be televised either on SPEED or ESPN2, including the World of Outlaws SuperClean Summer of Money Series. ESPN2 will broadcast eight races from June 17 through August 5. All shows on ESPN2 begin at 12:30 p.m. EDT. For a complete television schedule, or more information regarding the WoO Sprint Series, log on to www.worldofoutlaws.com.
Quotes from Paul McMahan, driver of the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Eagle:
You've finally got into victory lane at Eldora Speedway last weekend. How did it feel to finally stand on the stage with the winner's trophy?
"Ever since I started racing, there were three tracks that I really wanted to win on: Williams Grove, Knoxville and Eldora. I won at Williams Grove in 2000 and I got my first checkered flag at Eldora Speedway on Saturday night. Getting that win was just awesome. I've waited a long time to stand on that stage as the winner. I was also excited that I won at the boss's (team owner, Tony Stewart) track in his car. We'd been close to winning a couple of times this year and everything just came together on Saturday night. I'm glad we were able to give Bass Pro Shops their first win of the season, as well as put Chevrolet's name in the books for the first time as a WoO Sprint Series-winning sponsor. My family had just come out on the road with me last week, which made winning even more special. It was just a great night."
Are you looking forward to heading back to the bullrings of Kokomo Speedway and Eagle Raceway this week?
"Kokomo and Eagle are both a lot of fun to race on,. They're both racy, little bullrings that are full of action. I'd never competed at Kokomo Speedway on the old configuration, but the owners have really given us a great track in the past few years. It's big enough to really battle during the night but it also gives the race fans a chance to see really close racing for the entire feature. The fans at Kokomo Speedway have been great the past two years. You can always tell when you're in an area that loves sprint car racing and Indiana is definitely one of those places."
"At Eagle, you never know what kind of night you're going to have. It's also one of those little action-packed tracks that just really keeps you on your toes. You have to really pay attention to the race track throughout the night. Qualifying early or late can really make the difference in the way your night turns out. Eagle is also in an area that really embraces sprint car racing, so any time we head up there, we know we're going to have an opportunity to put on a show for a great group of fans. I'm hoping that we can put another mark in the win column before the weekend is over."