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McMahan Scores First Victory of 2011 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte

Kinser’s runner-up finish in Outlaw Showdown slices Saldana’s overall championship lead to 9 points 

CONCORD, N.C. — May 28, 2011 — Paul McMahan had no idea what his 2011 racing plans were when he took off for a vacation in Cancun, Mexico, last fall. McMahan had filled in for injured Cody Darrah at Kasey Kahne Racing in 2010, even putting the car in victory lane at the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. McMahan called Kahne and inquired about his future with the team.

“I called Kasey and asked him what the plan was for 2011 and he told me to give him a few weeks,” said a smiling and relived McMahan. “Dennis (Roth) called me three weeks later and told me to call Kasey. When I did, he told me that he had found a ride for me.”

With Kahne looking on Saturday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, McMahan wheeled his #83 HR Cattle Maxim into victory lane in the Circle K NOS Energy Drink Outlaw Showdown at the Dirt Track at Charlotte. Heavy rains had delayed the event 24 hours, but as the ‘Greatest Show on Dirt,’ took to the speedway, McMahan was at the top nearly all night. A California native who resides near Nashville, McMahan set quick time for the fifth time on the season, which leads all drivers, and used the momentum to steer himself into a third-place starting position in the A-main.

Sammy Swindell, of Germantown, Tenn., started the A-main on the pole and led the first 14 laps until a restart bunched up the field and gave McMahan his shot. The two drivers raced feverishly and at one point made contact down the front stretch as the green flag flew.

“Sammy slid up into me a little bit and tried to block me but I was going to hold me ground,” said McMahan. “I wasn’t going to give an inch and I guess the old saying goes, “Rubbin’s Racin’.”

While Kasey Kahne Racing got to victory lane with McMahan, two of the four machines entered in to the nights events experienced trouble. Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year candidate Cody Darrah experienced motor issues. The #49 of Brad Sweet also experienced an overheating motor after losing a left rear tire.

Early race leader Sammy Swindell was running second to McMahan until a flat left rear tire sent him into the pit area. When the Big Game Treestands crew arrived to change the tire, they discovered the front brake lines were broken which left Swindell with no brakes.

The Tony Stewart Racing tandem of Steve Kinser and Donny Schatz came home second and third respectively. According to Schatz, the race track lent itself to some great racing and tested the drivers stamina.

“We raced pretty hard tonight, there’s no doubt about that,” said the four time champion from Fargo, N.D. “The track widened out really well and we were just flat out the entire time. It was an extremely fast race track tonight.”

2010 Champion Jason Meyers came home fourth with Mechanicsburg Penn. native Lucas Wolfe rounding out the top-5. NASCAR star Tony Stewart made it around series points leader Joey Saldana to finish 10th on the night. Kinser cut into Saldana’s lead once again and now trails the Brownsburg, Ind. native by only nine points.

The Outlaws now head back to I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich., on Monday, May 30, to make up the “Rumble in Michigan,” which was originally scheduled for Saturday, May 21.

THE DIRT TRACK AT CHARLOTTE NOTEBOOK

QUICK TIME – Paul McMahan was the night’s fastest qualifier with a lap around the four-tenths mile oval in 12.496 seconds, earning five championship points. Chad Kemenah, Jason Meyers, Bill Rose and Kerry Madsen also earned qualifying points. It marked McMahan’s series-leading fifth-quick time of the season.

WINNERS – There have been 17 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Feature events in 2011. The winners include: Steve Kinser – 4 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 11 and 12, Pike County Raceway on Feb. 25, the Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 4); Joey Saldana – 3 (Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 3, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 19, Eldora Speedway on May 6); Sammy Swindell – 3 (Royal Purple Raceway on Feb. 26, Merced Speedway on April 1, Tri-State Speedway on April 30); Craig Dollansky – 2 (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 12, Salina Highbanks Speedway on May 3); Jason Sides – 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13, Calistoga Speedway on April 2); Paul McMahan – 1 (the Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 28);  Daryn Pittman – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 13); Donny Schatz – 1 (Attica Raceway Park on May 20.)

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World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; The Dirt Track at Charlotte; Concord, N.C.; May 28, 2011

A-Main – (30 Laps) — 1. 83-Paul McMahan [3] [$10,000]; 2. 11-Steve Kinser [2] [$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [9] [$3,200]; 4. 14-Jason Meyers [4] [$2,800]; 5. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [8] [$2,500]; 6. 7-Craig Dollansky [15] [$2,300]; 7. 92-Kerry Madsen [11] [$2,200]; 8. 63-Chad Kemenah [7] [$2,100]; 9. 7S-Jason Sides [13] [$2,050]; 10. 14T-Tony Stewart [16] [$2,000]; 11. 9-Joey Saldana [6] [$1,500]; 12. 6R-Bill Rose [5] [$1,200]; 13. 1Z-Jessica Zemken [17] [$1,100]; 14. 6-Kraig Kinser [19] [$1,050]; 15. 5T-Travis Philo [22] [$1,000]; 16. 1-Sammy Swindell [1] [$900]; 17. 59-Brooke Tatnell [21] [$800]; 18. 49-Brad Sweet [14] [$800]; 19. 1S-Kevin Swindell [12] [$800]; 20. 21B-Brandon McLain [24] [$800]; 21. 91-Cody Darrah [10] [$800]; 22. 6W-Brad Wickham [23] [$800]; 23. 1X-Matt Linder [20] [$800]; 24. 2L-Ed Lynch Jr. [18] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Sammy Swindell 1-14, Paul McMahan 15-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 7-Craig Dollansky.

Qualifying — 1. 83-Paul McMahan, 12.492; 2. 63-Chad Kemenah, 12.535; 3. 14-Jason Meyers, 12.589; 4. 6R-Bill Rose, 12.594; 5. 92-Kerry Madsen, 12.597; 6. 1S-Kevin Swindell, 12.600; 7. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.617; 8. 11-Steve Kinser, 12.626; 9. 1-Sammy Swindell, 12.632; 10. 9-Joey Saldana, 12.636; 11. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.641; 12. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 12.666; 13. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.709; 14. 7-Craig Dollansky, 12.737; 15. 14T-Tony Stewart, 12.754; 16. 91-Cody Darrah, 12.763; 17. 1Z-Jessica Zemken, 12.765; 18. 2L-Ed Lynch Jr., 12.797; 19. 6-Kraig Kinser, 12.845; 20. 2B-Ben Gregg, 12.880; 21. 1X-Matt Linder, 12.913; 22. 59-Brooke Tatnell, 12.917; 23. 5T-Travis Philo, 13.125; 24. 6W-Brad Wickham, 13.841; 25. 6X-Mark Cole, 13.851; 26. 21B-Brandon McLain, 14.251; 27. 69-Brandon Rekow, 14.758; 28. 3F-Rick Fraley, 15.043 

Heat 1 — (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) — 1. 91-Cody Darrah [6]; 2. 9-Joey Saldana [1]; 3. 83-Paul McMahan [4]; 4. 59-Brooke Tatnell [8]; 5. 6R-Bill Rose [3]; 6. 6-Kraig Kinser [7]; 7. 49-Brad Sweet [5]; 8. 7S-Jason Sides [2]; 9. 6X-Mark Cole [9]

Heat 2 — (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) — 1. 11-Steve Kinser [2]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 3. 92-Kerry Madsen [3]; 4. 63-Chad Kemenah [4]; 5. 7-Craig Dollansky [5]; 6. 1Z-Jessica Zemken [6]; 7. 21B-Brandon McLain [9]; 8. 5T-Travis Philo [8]; 9. 2B-Ben Gregg [7]

Heat 3 — (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) — 1. 1-Sammy Swindell [2]; 2. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [1]; 3. 14-Jason Meyers [4]; 4. 1S-Kevin Swindell [3]; 5. 14T-Tony Stewart [5]; 6. 1X-Matt Linder [7]; 7. 2L-Ed Lynch Jr. [6]; 8. 6W-Brad Wickham [8]; 9. 69-Brandon Rekow [9]

Dash — (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature — 1. 1-Sammy Swindell [1]; 2. 11-Steve Kinser [2]; 3. 83-Paul McMahan [6]; 4. 14-Jason Meyers [4]; 5. 6R-Bill Rose [3]; 6. 9-Joey Saldana [7]; 7. 63-Chad Kemenah [5]; 8. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [9]; 9. 15-Donny Schatz [8]; 10. 91-Cody Darrah [10]

B-Main — (10 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) — 1. 7S-Jason Sides [1][-]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2][-]; 3. 2L-Ed Lynch Jr. [3][-]; 4. 5T-Travis Philo [4][-]; 5. 6W-Brad Wickham [5][-]; 6. 21B-Brandon McLain [7][-]; 7. 6X-Mark Cole [6][$200]; 8. 69-Brandon Rekow [8][$180]; 9. 2B-Ben Gregg [-][$175]; 10. 3F-Rick Fraley [-][$160]

 

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship standings, through May 28, 2011

Pos.

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

T5

T10

QT

1.

Joey Saldana

2369

 

3

10

12

3

2.

Steve Kinser

2360

-9

4

8

15

1

3.

Donny Schatz

2341

-28

1

10

12

1

4.

Jason Meyers

2291

-78

0

6

13

1

5.

Jason Sides

2277

-92

2

7

13

1

6.

Craig Dollansky

2258

-111

2

7

11

1

7.

Paul McMahan

2234

-135

1

5

10

5

8.

Cody Darrah

2137

-232

0

4

8

0

9.

Lucas Wolfe

2116

-253

0

1

7

0

10.

Sammy Swindell

2111

-258

3

8

9

2

11.

Chad Kemenah

2080

-289

0

1

5

1

12.

Kraig Kinser

2060

-309

0

2

6

0

13.

Bill Rose

1896

-473

0

0

1

0

14.

Ben Gregg

1673

-696

0

0

0

0

15.

Sam Hafertepe Jr.

1029

-1340

0

2

5

0

16.

Lance Dewease

982

-1387

0

0

2

0

17.

Jac Haudenschild

944

-1425

0

1

2

0

18.

Brad Sweet

862

-1507

0

0

1

0

19.

Terry McCarl

804

-1565

0

0

1

0

20.

Kerry Madsen

799

-1570

0

0

1

0

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