Tony Stewart Racing Tri-City, Knoxville preview

TWO DOWN, ONE TO GO Tony Stewart Racing's McMahan Seeks Victory At Legendary Knoxville Raceway to Complete Wish-List INDIANAPOLIS (June 13, 2007) -- Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) Paul McMahan has a to-do list when it comes to his World of ...

TWO DOWN, ONE TO GO
Tony Stewart Racing's McMahan Seeks Victory At Legendary Knoxville Raceway to Complete Wish-List

INDIANAPOLIS (June 13, 2007) -- Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) Paul McMahan has a to-do list when it comes to his World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Series racing career. Having posted victories at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa., in 2000, and Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, in 2007, only one item remains unchecked -- winning at the legendary Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway.

With a stop at Knoxville on tap for Saturday night, McMahan is gunning to check that last item off his list. But before heading to Knoxville, he'll return to Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill., on Thursday, providing McMahan a tune-up for the week.

After an early season rainout, the WoO will make a second attempt to compete at Tri-City on Thursday. The facility features a newly reconfigured 3/8-mile oval, which is a track length that McMahan has found success on in the past. McMahan competed with the National Sprint Tour Series at Tri-City on July 16, 2006, earning a fourth place finish. The WoO's last appearance at the track was on May 7, 2005. Jason Meyers was victorious in the A-main while McMahan earned an 11th-place finish.

In the WoO's first appearance at Knoxville Raceway this year (April 28), McMahan was credited with a 22nd-place finish. He was involved in a late-race accident that saw the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Eagle team's night ended prematurely. Donny Schatz won that A-main on the half-mile oval.

In 29 starts this season, McMahan has earned one victory, three fast time awards, seven top-five finishes and 14 top-10s in WoO Sprint Series competition. He is ranked eighth in the WoO championship standings with 3,828 points. He trails series leader Schatz by 438 points and is only 151 points out of the top-five.

Gates will open at Tri-City at 4 p.m. CDT on Thursday. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. For tickets or information regarding Tri-City Speedway, call 800-617-9077 or log on to www.tricityspeedway.net.

Grandstand gates will open Saturday at Knoxville Raceway at 5 p.m. CDT. Hot laps will begin at 6:45 p.m. To purchase tickets for the Knoxville race, call 641-842-5431 or visit www.knoxvilleraceway.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' first broadcast on ESPN2 set for Sunday (June 17) at 11 a.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 won at two of the three tracks you'd set as milestones in your career. Are you looking forward to heading back to Knoxville this weekend for a shot at completing your to-do list?

"Absolutely. I love Knoxville Raceway. It's one of the most exciting places you'll ever race at as a competitor. It's a big, wide, sweeping track that really demands all of your attention for the entire race. With the win at Eldora a couple of weeks ago, I've definitely set my sights on tackling my next goal, which is to stand on the winner's podium at Knoxville. It would be great to get that done with Bass Pro Shops, Chevrolet and Tony Stewart Racing."

You've found some success at Tri-City in recent years. Do you think competing there on Thursday will help you gear up for Saturday's event at Knoxville?

"Tri-City Speedway has always been a really cool track, even when it was a half-mile. Now that they've reconfigured it, it's even racier and we're able to give the fans a really good show. It's also still a pretty long track. Being a 3/8-mile, you can get a feel for the speed and the power the winged cars create. Any time you have an opportunity to compete on a bigger track heading into an event on a half-mile, you're going to come away with an idea as to what you need to adjust for the next race. Hopefully we'll have a solid race and come away with some great momentum heading into Knoxville on Saturday."

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Donny Schatz , Paul McMahan
Teams Williams