McMahan Looks for Second Win at USA Race Park Tucson, AZ--March 1, 2007 -- Paul McMahan put his name in the history books last year, when he became the first World of Outlaws winner at USA Race Park in Tucson. He led all 30 laps after starting...
McMahan Looks for Second Win at USA Race Park
Tucson, AZ--March 1, 2007 -- Paul McMahan put his name in the history books last year, when he became the first World of Outlaws winner at USA Race Park in Tucson. He led all 30 laps after starting on the outside of the front row, and took the lead on the opening circuit riding the cushion out of turns three and four to power down the front straightaway.
He returns to the Arizona desert this weekend looking for his second win at the state-of-the-art 3/8-mile facility. The victory last March at USA Race Park was his first driving for two-time NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart's team. McMahan has five career World of Outlaws A-Feature wins to his credit.
"Being the first guy to win a race at a track is always something to be proud of," said McMahan, driver of the Bass Pro Shops Eagle. "Anytime you win a race at a place, whether it's the first time or the last time or anything in between, it's always an honor to win an Outlaws race."
After battling some chilly temperatures last weekend at Thunderbowl Raceway in his home state of California, McMahan is more than ready to hit the track in the warmth of Arizona. The win at USA Race Park last season, helped propel him to 14 Top-10 finishes on the year. This year he has picked up one Top-10 finish so far and is just outside of the Top 10 in the championship points. He set fast time last Saturday night, with a very stout 41-car field on hand. He looks to use that momentum and his experience at USA Race Park as a springboard as the schedule begins to pick up.
"USA Race Park is a nice facility and a great race track," he said. "Hopefully it will be a little bit warmer down there, and we can repeat what we did the first time down there."
With only two races under their belts at USA Race Park, the drivers are still learning the intricacies of the track in the Arizona desert, as the racing surface was vastly different in each of the events in 2006. McMahan, who is in his second season paired with crew chief Jimmy Carr, believes the team has a solid foundation to build on at the 3/8-mile track.
"We were all kind of on even ground," explained McMahan, of the series first visit to the track. "We all have a basic set-up that we start with, and we work from there. We were just fortunate that everything went out way that night. We didn't qualify the greatest, but we ended up making it into the dash and winning the dash. That put us up on the front row and we had our car working really well that night. I think we had lapped up to the ninth-place car before the yellow came out. We just had a great race car that night, and whenever you have an opportunity like that, you have to take advantage of it."
While McMahan has visited more tracks in his career than he can remember, USA Race Park is one that sticks out vividly in his mind. While he enjoys the atmosphere of the surroundings in the Tucson area, it is the on-track action that really excited him. Having cut his teeth on the ultra-racy tracks of California, USA Race Park suits his driving style very well.
"It's a really neat race track," he commented. "It's one of the few race tracks that we go to, where you can get three wide on it. It's wide enough to do whatever you want. It's also wide enough to make mistakes and collect somebody else."
With a record number of cars on the road full-time with the World of Outlaws this season, the competition on the track has been second to none. Last Friday night, McMahan raced his way into the A-Feature, by way of a star-studded B-Main that featured three former series champions. He expects many drivers to be in that same position throughout the year, with the high level of competition and with how equal everyone's equipment is.
"Any time you race with the Outlaws it's tough," stated McMahan, who scored his first World of Outlaws A-Feature victory at State Fair Speedway in Missouri in 2001. "This year we have about 25-30 traveling teams with us right now. Last Saturday night you had myself, Steve Kinser, Tim Kaeding, Danny Lasoski, and Donny Schatz in the B-Main. That is just a testament to our sport right now. The sport is really strong, and on any given night there will be a lot of teams sitting out and watching."
On Friday March 2 at USA Race Park, adult tickets start at $30, with children ages 7-12 starting at $15. Tickets can be purchased by at the track, or by calling 520-574-8515, or visiting www.usadirttrack.com.