McMahan Dominates Second Preliminary Feature of Williams Grove Summer Nationals Mechanicsburg, PA -- July 23, 2005 -- Paul McMahan had to wait an extra day, but it was worth it as he dominated the second World of Outlaws Sprint Series...
McMahan Dominates Second Preliminary Feature of Williams Grove Summer Nationals
Mechanicsburg, PA -- July 23, 2005 -- Paul McMahan had to wait an extra day, but it was worth it as he dominated the second World of Outlaws Sprint Series preliminary feature in the Cleveland Brothers Summer Nationals Saturday night at Williams Grove Speedway.
When heavy thunderstorms rolled into Mechanicsburg on Friday after time trials, heats and the Dashes had been run for the second night of the three-night event, officials moved the B-main and the A-main to Saturday and ran them before the main event.
McMahan, who had won the second Dash on Friday night, raced side-by-side with pole-sitter Craig Dollansky into the first turn. McMahan went to the bottom when Dollansky shot to the cushion. And it worked.
McMahan cruised along the low groove in Turns 1 and 2 and drove away to capture the 25-lap preliminary feature, putting his No. 11H Selma Shell Maxim into Victory Lane for the first time this season.
"We got fortunate enough to qualify decent yesterday and end up on the front row," said McMahan, whose car wouldn't fire for the start of first heat race on Thursday's opening night of preliminary action. "We were planning on running the top. I thought that was the fast way around, but we went down there and Craig beat me into Turn 1 and I said I'll try the bottom one time and it stuck and I drove right back by him so I wasn't going to move off the bottom. I was getting free at the end, I might have had a little too soft of a tire for as early as we went out, but my hat is off to my Sonny Kratzer, Scottie Miller, Chad Hillier, and Warren Beard, just working their butts off. We've been struggling a lot. Those guys kept going after it and not doubting me. It's nice to win with my car owner is here, David Helm. [Engine builder] Charlie Garrett's been on my case. He told me Wednesday afternoon that it had been 150 races since I won a race. It's nice to come to his back yard and win one for him."
When McMahan opened a huge lead after Dollansky spun in Turns 3 and 4. He was never challenged for the lead throughout the feature, but the action behind him was wild as racers were trying to finish as high as possible in the final event to earn qualifying points to set the field for the main event.
The top qualifiers through the two preliminary features were Steve Kinser, Joey Saldana, first preliminary feature winner Jason Johnson and McMahan.
Kinser raced through much of the feature in the top five before making his move toward the front with 10 laps to go. First he went high in Turns 1 and 2 to slip past Tim Shaffer for third, then went low in all four corners to work past Saldana and grab second. He ran out of laps before before he had a chance to run down McMahan.
Lance Dewease made a late surge to grab third as Tim Shaffer was fourth followed by Jason Meyers, Joey Saldana, Jac Haudenschild, Kraig Kinser, Mark Smith and Terry McCarl.
McMahan knew that despite his victory, which came in a feature run mostly in daylight, wouldn't translate to success in the main event later in the evening. Once the sun went down, the track would most likely be different.
"It's going to change a lot," McMahan said. "The biggest thing is we had our problems Thursday not being able to run a heat race. That put us behind in points. Hopefully this will boost us up in points and put us near the front of a heat race."
Jason Johnson, the qualifying points leader after the first night, was running in fourth during the preliminary feature when he looped his car in Turns 1 and 2, dropping him to the rear of the field.
The B-main had just started Friday night when storms rolled over Williams Grove Speedway. When the field took the green flag to launch the action Saturday night, Kraig Kinser and Terry McCarl raced side-by-side into Turn 2. The two slid back and forth through Turns 3 and 4 before Kinser, whose left hand was badly burned Thursday when a fuel line broke during a heat race, powered down the front stretch and into the lead.
Once in front, Kinser was uncatchable. He built a full straight lead on McCarl, who finished second. Donny Schatz into third slipped past Chad Layton, who held on to earn the final transfer spot in the preliminary feature.
The Outlaws head north for a one-night event July 25 at Fulton Speedway in Fulton, N.Y., then return to Michigan for an SLS Promotions race July 27 at Hartford Speedway Park, before heading to Minnesota for the July 29-30 SLS Promotions' Princeton National.
SUMMER NATIONALS NIGHT TWO NOTEBOOK
* A three-night event requires a unique scoring system. Teams earn qualifying points during the first two programs, with the top four in qualifying points after the second preliminary feature locked into the first four starting positions of Saturday's Stacker 2® Dash. The remainder of the Saturday field will be placed into heat races, lined up according to qualifying points with no inversion. Of the heat race cars, the highest two in qualifying points that transfer from the heats will start fifth and sixth in the Stacker 2® Dash. Starting positions 7-24 in the A-feature will be lined up according to qualifying points from the first two nights. Also, teams can't use provisionals in either of the preliminary features.
* Steve Kinser, the Outlaws points leader, paced the 42 cars that went through time trials at the beginning of the second preliminary night Friday with a lap around the half-mile oval in 17.132 seconds at 105.067 mph. It was the fifth time this season Kinser has led the field in time trials. Brian Paulus set the record of 16.140 seconds on April 26, 2002.
* Craig Dollansky captured the Stacker 2® Dash, earning the pole for the second preliminary feature completed Saturday evening. Paul McMahan raced to victory in the second Dash, earning a spot on the outside of the front row.
* Brian Paulus and Brandon Wimmer transferred from the C-main into the B-main, which was delayed to Saturday after a heavy downpour halted the race just after the green flag waved.
* Heat race winners from the beginning of Friday's preliminary program included Greg Hodnett, Mark Smith, Tim Shaffer and Jason Solwold.
* Paul McMahan's victory made him 18th different driver to visit Victory Lane this season. Tim Shaffer's victory Tuesday night in the Silver Cup was his third of the season, going with wins Lake Ozark Speedway and Thunderbowl Raceway. Steve Kinser earned his series-leading 14th A-feature victory Saturday night by winning the Kings Royal. Kinser also has a preliminary feature win this season in the Eagle Nationals at Eagle Raceway. When Stevie Smith took the checkered flag at Attica Raceway Park, he became the 14th different A-feature winner this season. Kraig Kinser won his fourth A-feature of the season in June at Knoxville Raceway. He also has a preliminary feature win at Las Vegas. Jason Meyers earned his fourth win of the season July 2 at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D. Donny Schatz also has four A-feature victories, at Parramatta, Las Vegas and Houston and Joliet, Ill. Brian Paulus won June 28 at Huset's Speedway for his second victory of the season, and picked up a preliminary feature win in the following race at Red River Valley Speedway. Sammy Swindell won his second A-feature of the season June 4 at Eldora Speedway. Swindell also has a preliminary feature win April 8 at Eldora. Craig Dollansky has won two features, most recently at Powercom Park, and he also has two preliminary feature wins. Single-event winners include Tim Kaeding June 11 at Sheboygan County Fair Park, Daryn Pittman April 23 at 81 Speedway in Wichita, Brooke Tatnell July 4 at Cedar Lake Speedway, Chad Kemenah July 9 at I-55 Raceway, and Jeff Shepard Feb. 11 at Volusia Speedway Park. In Preliminary Features, Danny Lasoski has won twice, Joey Saldana and Jason Johnson have won once.
* Williams Grove Speedway is a half-mile oval. Including preliminary features, the series has raced 22 times this year on half-mile circuits with Steve Kinser winning six times (Volusia, Eldora three times, Knoxville and Williams Grove), Sammy Swindell winning three times (twice at Eldora, once at Hagerstown), Craig Dollansky winning twice (Manzanita and Williams Grove), Kraig Kinser winning twice (Las Vegas, Knoxville), Jason Meyers winning twice (Granite City and Red River Valley), Donny Schatz winning twice (Las Vegas and Route 66 Raceway), and Brian Paulus (Red River Valley), Danny Lasoski (Knoxville), Jeff Shepard (Volusia), Jason Johnson (Williams Grove) and Paul McMahan (Williams Grove) each winning once.
* The Outlaws head north for a one-night event July 25 at Fulton Speedway in Fulton, N.Y., then return to Michigan for an SLS Promotions race July 27 at Hartford Speedway Park, before heading to Minnesota for the July 29-30 SLS Promotions' Princeton National.
* The Outdoor Channel will air at 8 p.m. (ET) July 27 and Aug. 3 all of last weekend's action from Eldora Speedway. The Outdoor Channel will then broadcast the Silver Cup at 8 p.m. (ET) on Aug. 10. The Outdoor Channel will air the Cleveland Brothers Summer Nationals from Williams Grove at 8 p.m. (ET) on Aug. 17.