CRUISING THE COAST Tony Stewart Racing, McMahan Look To Gain Momentum In West Coast World of Outlaws Sprint Series Action INDIANAPOLIS (August 29, 2007) -- The official start of the fall season is less than a month away and along with it...
CRUISING THE COAST
Tony Stewart Racing, McMahan Look To Gain Momentum In West Coast World of Outlaws Sprint Series Action
INDIANAPOLIS (August 29, 2007) -- The official start of the fall season is less than a month away and along with it comes the traditional West Coast-heavy schedule of the World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Series. For Paul McMahan and the No. 20 Tony Stewart Racing (TSR)/Bass Pro Shops/Eagle team, this week's four-race stretch will see them travel to three states in six days.
First on the schedule was yesterday's single-day event at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash. McMahan earned a solid seventh-place finish to kick-off the week's action.
The WoO moves on to Cottage Grove (Ore.) Speedway for a single-day event Wednesday. In McMahan's last appearance at the track on Aug. 29, 2006, he finished fourth in the National Sprint Tour (NST) Series A-main event.
McMahan and the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Eagle team will wrap up the weekend with a two-day event Saturday and Sunday at the storied Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway. McMahan earned a sixth-place finish in the WoO Sprint Series' last appearance at the half-mile track on Sept. 3, 2006. In 1995, McMahan won the Calistoga Speedway championship while competing with the Northern Auto Racing Club (NARC.)
In 56 WoO races this season, McMahan has earned two victories, 11 top-five finishes, 30 top-10 finishes and seven quick time awards. He enters this week's events ranked eighth in the WoO Sprint Series championship standings with 7,440 points. McMahan trails series leader Donny Schatz by 703 points.
Pit gates will open at Cottage Grove Speedway Wednesday at noon PDT. Grandstands will open at 2 p.m., with racing set to begin at 6:45 p.m. The official Web site of Cottage Grove Speedway is www.cottagegrovespeedway.com.
For the Saturday-Sunday doubleheader at Calistoga Speedway, grandstands will open at 5 p.m. PDT, with racing set to begin at 6 p.m. The official track Web site is www.napacountyfairgrounds.com.
Race fans can also 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 next series broadcast on SPEED set for Sunday at noon EDT. A total of 20 races will be televised either on SPEED or ESPN2. For a complete television schedule, log on to www.worldofoutlaws.com.
Quotes from Paul McMahan, driver of the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Eagle:
You began your career racing on the West Coast. Are you looking forward to competing at any one track this week more so than the others?
"Growing up in California, Calistoga Speedway was just the place every driver wanted to win at. The guys who were running that track when I was a kid -- including my brother, Bobby McMahan, and several other high-profile California drivers who won there -- made Calistoga a legend. In 1995, when I was still running with the NARC Series, I won three of four races there that season. Bobby Gerould and Jim Allen nicknamed Calistoga 'Paulyworld' that season. It was an awesome feeling to know that I had put my name in the books with some of the best in the business. As I got more into the World of Outlaws Series, I continued to have success at Calistoga. It would be pretty cool to revisit the track with a win in the Bass Pro Shops car for TSR this week."
As you head into the final two months of the 2007 racing season, what will the team's goals shift to in terms of championship standings and next season?
"We're focused on winning as many races as possible before the end of the season. That's the game plan as we move forward. We're also using this time to build a foundation for 2008. We started the year a little on the rough end of things, but we've moved up and we're in contention to finish in the top-six in the point standings. If we can get a few more wins, I think we'll definitely be able to pick up a few more positions in the championship. We're tied for sixth on the win list with two at this point and there are a lot of really good teams that haven't won a race, yet. It's been a really tough season, especially with so many good teams competing with the series full-time. I think it's been a great year for the fans. They've gotten to see a lot of really good racing. As we get into the final two months, we're going to really work on putting a few more marks in the win column."
For complete WoO Sprint Series results, log on to www.worldofoutlaws.com. For information regarding TSR, McMahan, Bass Pro Shops or Chevrolet, log on to www.tonystewartracing.com, www.paulmcmahanracing.com, www.basspro.com or www.chevrolet.com.