TONY STEWART RACING READY TO BEGIN WORLD OF OUTLAWS WESTERN SWING McMahan Looking Forward to California Return INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 20, 2007) -- Following a weekend off from World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Series action, Tony Stewart Racing's ...
TONY STEWART RACING READY TO BEGIN WORLD OF OUTLAWS WESTERN SWING
McMahan Looking Forward to California Return
INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 20, 2007) -- Following a weekend off from World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Series action, Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) Paul McMahan is looking forward to making the trip west for two nights of racing in his home state of California. The No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Eagle team will head to Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., for the second weekend of WoO competition Friday and Saturday (Feb. 23-24). The WoO Series won't provide the only racing action in the state over the weekend as TSR team owner Tony Stewart will compete in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event at California Speedway in Fontana on Feb. 25.
This weekend's WoO Sprint Series event will mark the series' return to the 1/3-mile facility after a year's absence. McMahan and the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Eagle team competed at the Thunderbowl Raceway three times in 2006 with the former National Sprint Tour Series. The team's first two-day outing at the facility in February yielded a fast qualifying award, a third and a ninth-place finish. The team also earned a 10th-place result in October in its last Thunderbowl Raceway appearance of the year.
McMahan and the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Eagle team enters this weekend's racing action ranked ninth in the WoO Sprint Series Championship standings. The team has earned one top-10 finish in three series events thus far in 2007, putting McMahan only 70 points behind series leader Donny Schatz in the championship standings.
The two-day World of Outlaws Sprint Series event at the Thunderbowl Raceway is scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Pit gates will open at 4 p.m. PST each day with the grandstands opening to the public at 5 p.m. Racing is scheduled to begin daily at 7 p.m. The Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare Fairgrounds.
Race tickets can be purchased by calling 559-688-0909. Race fans can also listen to all the action from the Thunderbowl Raceway 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.
Quotes from Paul McMahan, driver of the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Eagle:
On the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Eagle team's performance in the WoO Sprint Series season opener at Volusia Speedway Park:
"The time we spent at Volusia Speedway Park was pretty valuable to us in terms of progress. We were quite a bit faster in each event and Jimmy (Carr) and Paul (Kistler) are working very hard to get our Chevrolet engines up to speed. Any time you are involved in R&D (research and development), you have to expect some hurdles. We're working through them and I am confident that we're going to come away with an even stronger engine program. We've also been able to find some things on the shock package as we switched to VRP Shocks this year. Looking ahead to Tulare this week, I believe we were able to make some more improvements in the shop and are ready to prove ourselves as contenders for not only the win but the series championship."
On returning to his home state of California to race this weekend:
"It's always nice to race in California. When I first started racing, I ran at lot at Hanford Speedway, which is just south of Tulare. I made a lot of friends, and have a lot of fans who live in the Visalia and Fresno areas. Also, my family is from Sacramento, which is only about three hours away. Coming home to race in California is always a confidence booster. It's great to get to see so many family members and friends while we're there."
On the passing of WoO Sprint Series car owner Dave Helm:
"This weekend, it will be with a heavy heart that I compete at the Thunderbowl Raceway, as my former car owner, Dave Helm - owner of the No. 11h Selma Shell WoO Sprint Series team - passed away Friday. Dave was a wonderful man and one of the best car owners to compete in the WoO Sprint Series tour over the years. Dave was truly a part of my family, and he always treated me as though I was part of his family. We will miss him deeply, as will many others in the racing community. Our hearts and prayers are with the Helm and Kratzer families at this sad time."