TELFORD, PA. – March 11, 2015 – With three solid finishes in his back pocket, Paul McMahan is looking forward to the World of Outlaws first west coast swing of the season with optimism.
“It’s really good to be getting out of the winter months and into spring,” said McMahan, driver of the Bairs Tree Service, Nyce Crete & Landis Block & Concrete and All Star Performance sponsored machine. “Warmer temperatures means we can go racing more. March is an awesome time of the year because it’s when we head west for the first time.”
With victories in years past at both the Las Vegas Motorspeedway and USA Raceway in Tucson, Ariz., McMahan was confident that success was on tap as the #51 team arrived in Sin City for the FVP Outlaw Showdown.
“We felt really good coming out of Volusia about our notes and our baseline setup,” commented the California native, who picked up his first quick time award of the year on the opening night at Las Vegas Motorspeedway. “We were quick both nights in Vegas. Night one was a bit rough. We got stuck in the wrong lane on a restart. Night two, the track was a bit slicker and we had some issues. I came into the work area but I thought I had broken something but we didn’t. I went back out and we got up to 11th. It was a nice recovery.”
After the two-day tilt in Vegas, the series moved southwest to Tucson, Ariz. and USA Raceway for the NAPA Autoparts Wildcat Shootout presented by RideNow Powersports.
“Tucson is always a racy place,” said McMahan. “The track was alright. We drew a late number and luckily made the dash. That set us up well for the feature. There wasn’t much passing and we finished fourth after starting sixth. Solid night and good for momentum heading into California.”
Leaving the Grand Canyon state behind, the ‘Greatest Show on Dirt’ now embarks on a month long tour of California. With 11 events in 32 days, McMahan is looking forward more opportunities to reach victory lane on some familiar tracks. Up first is Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare.
“California is where I grew up,” explained McMahan. “Tulare is bar none, one of the best race tracks in California. It’s a tiny bullring but you have to race it like a big track sometimes. They usually have two or three grooves for racing. The fans are great there and we’re looking forward to being there on back-to-back nights.”
CJB MOTORSPORTS 2015 STATS:
Quick Times: 1
Average Time Trial: 4.25
Average A-main finish: 7.1
Total Laps Led: 47
UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series kicks off its events in California with a weekend double header at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif. on Friday, March 13 and Saturday March 14.
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