TELFORD, PA. – April 22, 2015 – What a difference a week can make.
After suffering through one of their most trying stretches over the past few years, Paul McMahan and the CJB Motorsports team served notice that the Pennsylvania based organization wouldn’t be down for long.
“Last weekend was tough,” said McMahan, driver of the Bairs Tree Service, Nyce Crete & Landis Block & Concrete and All Star Performance sponsored machine. “We had two DNF’s all last year and matched that total in one weekend this year. To come back this week and run as well as we did is a testament to how strong this team truly is. I am exceptionally proud of everyone. It’s awesome to see how much fight and determination we came back with.”
Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, Calif. presented the first opportunity for McMahan & co. to regain their swagger. In time trials, it was clear that the #51 had found some speed.
“We drew an early number at Hanford,” said McMahan. “I initially thought that was going to work against us because the track looked greasy but we cut an amazing lap and raced well all night. The track slicked off during the feature and we settled for a third place finish. It was a great night to bounce back with.”
The following night, Perris Auto Speedway was the site of the final race on the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Series first west coast swing of 2015. The track, normally known for non-wing action, provided thrills and excitement for fans of the winged variety.
“We cut another good lap in time trials,” said McMahan. “From there, we went back and forth and tried new things all night. We went back to our base for the feature and it worked well. Joey was blistering us all but got held up in traffic, and coming to the white flag, I slid up under him and made it stick. We led the most important lap, which is the last one. It was such a relief to get that first Outlaw win of the season. Barry and the guys work so hard and they really deserve it. It was a great way to come back from Calistoga (Speedway) last weekend.”
With more than a month and a half spent on the west cast, the series now begins a march across the country. First stop? The place where the series was born: Devils Bowl Speedway near Mesquite, Texas. McMahan notched a pair of top-5’s in last years return to the famed half-mile.
“This event is cool because of the history that place holds for our series,” said McMahan, of the Texas Outlaw Nationals. “The Outlaws were born there and the track is really cool since the backstretch is elevated higher than the front. We are looking forward to it because we ran really well there last year. We continue to just get stronger and this team doesn’t quit. As we head back east, I’m excited about what’s in store. I’m confident that this team will be right there as the schedule begins to pick up.”
CJB MOTORSPORTS 2015 STATS:
Quick Times: 2
Heat Race Wins: 4
Dash Wins: 3
Average Time Trial: 6.6
Average A-main finish: 7.8
Total Laps Led: 49
The World of Outlaws begin their barnstorming tour of the Midwest with the two-day Texas Outlaw Nationals at Devils Bowl Speedway near Mesquite on Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25.
Keller Auto Speedway: 1st/4th (3rd)/ 6th (3rd)/ 3rd (3rd) – Winner: Shane Stewart
Perris Auto Speedway: 3rd/ 4th (3rd)/ 4th (4th)/ 4th (1st) – Winner: Paul McMahan
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ABOUT CJB MOTORSPORTS: CJB Motorsports is a winged, 410 sprint car team that competes on the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series tour with driver Paul McMahan. Founded in 2005, the Chad and Jenn Clemens owned organization has worked to establish a standard of excellence in short track racing through fielding competitive entries and providing exceptional exposure for marketing partners. The team is based out of Telford, Pennsylvania.