Paul McMahan Overcomes Up-and-Down Season to Lawrenceburg Win
Scores his third series win of the season and takes over 17th on the all-time wins list
LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. – Oct. 16, 2015 – From the peak of spring where things seemed to be coming together to the desolation of a frustrating summer, Paul McMahan was a driver relieved Friday night at Lawrenceburg Speedway after he scored his first World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory in more than five months.
“It’s been a long time,” an emotional McMahan said as he walked to his victory lane interview. “Man, this has been a hell of an up-and-down year for me all year long. We’re not accustomed to be running where we’ve been running. This is where we’re accustomed to running.”
With his father and son in attendance, the CJB Motorsports driver took the quick time earlier in the night, his second in a row and sixth on the season.
Christopher Bell and Shane Stewart led the field to the green flag in the 35-lap feature which had been postponed to tonight following a rain out in May. Stewart jumped to an early lead in his No. 2 GoPro/Eneos/KickIt car as McMahan quickly moved into fourth from a fifth-place starting position.
McMahan ran down Bell, then in third, as the leader, Stewart, began working his way through traffic. A caution flag waved on lap seven and on the subsequent restart, McMahan took the position. For the next 10 laps McMahan and Madsen engaged in an intense back and forth for second place. Both drivers worked much of the track – Madsen trying to hold off McMahan and McMahan looking for a way around.
McMahan was able to successfully clear the No. 29 as they exited turn four to complete lap 17. The next lap by another caution flew, one of the pivotal moments of the race for McMahan. On the restart, he, Madsen, Bell and Stewart fanned out across the track, crossing the start, finish line several cars deep. By the time they hit the exit of turn two, McMahan was in the lead.
Farther back, Donny Schatz, who has already clinched the 2015 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series title in the midst of a historic season, started 12th in his No. 15 Bad Boy Buggies/Chevrolet Performance car and made steady progress up through the field. By the time McMahan took the lead, Schatz was battling David Gravel for the third position. He got around on lap 21.
Disaster nearly struck for McMahan and his No. 51 CJB/ Bair’s Tree Service/All-Star Performance car on lap 25 as a caution flew and set up a double file restart.
“We had a good racecar, we got around Shane there,” McMahan said. “On that double file restart I spun the tires a little bit and let him keep even with me into turn one. Fortunate for me, I got a second chance.”
Just as Stewart took over the lead, a caution flag flew and set them up for a second restart, this time single file.
As the race returned to green, McMahan quickly built up a stubborn lead as Stewart looked for a way around. Ultimately, it was McMahan claiming his third World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season and 26th career win. He passed Bobby Allen on list of all-time winners, taking over the 17th position.
“I don’t know if it started taking a little bit of rubber there, I found it before anyone else did and was able to get by and hold on for the win,” McMahan said of the track. “Shane had a heck of a pace going and sometimes when you’re running second you can move around and try different things and that’s what got me the lead. Fortunate enough, I didn’t screw it up. I tried to – I got a second chance and came home in victory lane tonight.”
“(My crew chief Barry Jackson) works his butt off,” McMahan said. “(Sammy Swindell) came along as our teammate and he’s helped us out a bunch. My guys, Derek and Steven, they bust their butt everyday trying to make this racecar better. (My car owners) Chad and Jen Clemens give me the opportunity to come out here and do what we do.”
Stewart, who has nine wins in his first full World of Outlaws season with Larson Marks Racing, said it was hard to know if running a different line would have made a difference for him.
“I felt like I had a decent pace there and obviously it started taking a little bit of rubber towards the middle of the race track and I didn’t see it,” Stewart said. “I had a great restart the one time and then the yellow came out and single file after that. I knew it was going to be pretty tough to get by Paul. Congrats to them. I know that these races are very, very hard to win. It’s very disappointing when you lose on like that but my guys gave me a great car all night.”
Stewart said he hopes to keep the momentum going into the final races of the season and add to what has been a remarkable year for his still young team.
With another podium finish for his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team, Donny Schatz continues to add to a season that has seen him first or second 47 times with now 12 other nights in top-five finishing positions. Tonight was the first time in two seasons Schatz has not stood atop the podium at Lawrenceburg.
“It’s this race team – they always do a phenomenal job adjusting to the track conditions,” Schatz said. “That threw us for a little curve there – I didn’t expect that to happen. We got a good respectable finish out of it… Tried moving around, tried to do everything I could and some nights you’re just going to have that so we’ll leave here happy.”
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Lawrenceburg Speedway Notebook
RACE NOTES: Tonight’s win was the third World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season for Paul McMahan. It was also the 26th series win of McMahan’s career which makes him 17th on the all-time wins list, surpassing Bobby Allen’s 25 series wins… Paul McMahan took home the night’s quick time award with a lap of 12.005. It is the sixth quick time of the season for McMahan… Tonight is the first time since 2012 a driver other than Donny Schatz has won the Outlaws event at Lawrenceburg… With three wins on the season, Paul McMahan has the fifth most wins of the year.
CONTINGENCY WINNERS – MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Steve Kinser; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; Sweet Manufacturing ($100 cash): Paul McMahan; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Mobil 1 ($50 cash): Greg Wilson; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; Lincoln Welders ($50 cash): Brad Sweet; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen;Super Flow ($50 cash): Greg Wilson; Sweet Manufacturing ($50 product certificate): Paul McMahan;KSE Racing Products ($100 product certificate): Cap Henry; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Paul McMahan;Mobil 1 (20% off Mobil1RacingStore.com): Logan Schuchart; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Jason Sides; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Jason Sides.
SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz – 31 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 21, Silver Dollar Speedway on March 28, Placerville Speedway on April 8, Calistoga Speedway on April 12, Devil’s Bowl Speedway on April 26, Eldora Speedway on May 8, Eldora Speedway on May 9, Williams Grove Speedway on May 15, Weedsport Speedway on May 17, The Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 22, Knoxville Raceway on June 13, Huset’s Speedway on June 14, Granite City Speedway on June 17, River Cities Speedway on June 19, Dakota State Fair Speedway on June 20, Beaver Dam Raceway on June 27, Lakeside Speedway on July 1, Dodge City Raceway Park on July 4, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 11, Lebanon Valley Speedway on July 26, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Aug. 8, Knoxville Raceway on Aug. 15, River Cities Speedway on Aug. 21, Nodak Speedway on Aug. 23, Castrol Raceway on Aug. 28, Grays Harbor Raceway on Sept. 7, Cottage Grove Speedway on Sept. 9, Silver Dollar Speedway on Sept. 12, Berlin Raceway on Sept. 26, Rolling Wheels Raceway Park on Oct. 11); Shane Stewart – 9 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5, Keller Auto Speedway on April 17, Salina Highbanks Speedway on May 1, Crawford County Speedway on June 12, Eldora Speedway on July 17, Eldora Speedway on July 18, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Aug. 8, Skagit Speedway on Sept. 5, Silver Dollar Speedway on Sept. 11); Daryn Pittman – 5 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13, Antioch Speedway on March 29, New Egypt Speedway on May 19, Castrol Raceway on Aug. 29, Antioch Speedway on Sept. 13); Brad Sweet – 4 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15, Calistoga Speedway on April 11, I-96 Speedway on June 25, Deer Creek Speedway on Sept. 19); Paul McMahan – 3 (Perris Auto Speedway on April 18, Tri-State Speedway on May 3, Lawrenceburg Speedway on Oct. 16); Rico Abreu – 2 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 22); Dale Blaney – 2 (Attica Raceway Park on May 29, Lernerville Speedway on July 21); Joey Saldana – 2 (Kokomo Speedway on June 3, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 12); Stevie Smith – 2 (Williams Grove Speedway on July 25, Williams Grove Speedway on Oct. 4); Christopher Bell – 1 (Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on May 2); Brian Brown – 1 (USA Raceway on March 7); Cody Darrah – 1 (Lernerville Speedway on July 21); Danny Dietrich – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on July 25); Stewart Friesen – 1 (Ohsweken Speedway on July 28); Greg Hodnett – 1 (Lincoln Speedway on May 13); Tim Kaeding – 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 13); Danny Lasoski – 1 (I-80 Speedway on June 5); Kerry Madsen – 1 (Junction Motor Speedway on Aug. 18); Terry McCarl – 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Jason Sides – 1 (Dodge City Raceway Park on July 3); Greg Wilson – 1 (Eldora Speedway on Sept. 25).
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Lawrenceburg Speedway; Lawrenceburg, Ind.; Oct. 16, 2015
A-Main – (35 Laps) – 1. 51-Paul McMahan  [$10,000]; 2. 2-Shane Stewart  [$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz  [$3,200]; 4. 7-David Gravel  [$2,800]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman  [$2,500]; 6. 67-Christopher Bell  [$2,300]; 7. 49-Brad Sweet  [$2,200]; 8. 71M-Joey Saldana  [$2,100]; 9. 1-Dale Blaney  [$2,050]; 10. 21-Cap Henry  [$2,000]; 11. 5W-Lucas Wolfe  [$1,500]; 12. 29-Kerry Madsen  [$1,200]; 13. 99-Brady Bacon  [$1,100]; 14. 22-Cole Duncan  [$1,050]; 15. W20-Greg Wilson  [$1,000]; 16. 1ST-Gary Taylor  [$900]; 17. 7S-Jason Sides  [$]; 18. 71MX-Paul May  [$800]; 19. 11K-Mikey Kuemper  [$]; 20. 1S-Logan Schuchart  [$800]; 21. 41-Jason Johnson  [$800]; 22. 17B-Bill Balog  [$800]; 23. 10H-Chad Kemenah  [$800]; 24. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg  [$800]; 25. 11-Steve Kinser  [$800]; 26. 60-Kory Crabtree  [$800]. Lap Leaders: Shane Stewart 1-19, Paul McMahan 20-35. KSE Hard Charger Award: 21-Cap Henry [+11]
Qualifying – 1. 51-Paul McMahan, 12.005; 2. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.060; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.100; 4. 7-David Gravel, 12.108; 5. 29-Kerry Madsen, 12.193; 6. 11-Steve Kinser, 12.227; 7. 22-Cole Duncan, 12.229; 8. 71MX-Paul May, 12.265; 9. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.310; 10. 67-Christopher Bell, 12.315; 11. 71M-Joey Saldana, 12.318; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.347; 13. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 12.354; 14. 1-Dale Blaney, 12.357; 15. 17B-Bill Balog, 12.510; 16. 60-Kory Crabtree, 12.538; 17. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.550; 18. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.590; 19. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 12.610; 20. 99-Brady Bacon, 12.654; 21. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg, 12.675; 22. 21-Cap Henry, 12.700; 23. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.721; 24. 41-Jason Johnson, 12.728; 25. 64-Scotty Thiel, 12.730; 26. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.747; 27. 22B-Ryan Broughton, 12.755; 28. 1ST-Gary Taylor, 12.764; 29. 4-Danny Smith, 12.765; 30. O5-Brad Loyet, 12.771; 31. 11N-Randy Hannagan, 12.794; 32. 4K-AJ Bruns, 12.845; 33. 2L-Logan Forler, 12.910; 34. 11K-Mikey Kuemper, 13.337; 35. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.359
Heat 1 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 29-Kerry Madsen ; 2. 15-Donny Schatz ; 3. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 4. 51-Paul McMahan ; 5. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg ; 6. 49-Brad Sweet ; 7. 2L-Logan Forler ; 8. 4-Danny Smith ; 9. 64-Scotty Thiel 
Heat 2 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 67-Christopher Bell ; 2. 11-Steve Kinser ; 3. 2-Shane Stewart ; 4. 1-Dale Blaney ; 5. 21-Cap Henry ; 6. 7S-Jason Sides ; 7. O5-Brad Loyet ; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen ; 9. 11K-Mikey Kuemper 
Heat 3 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 71M-Joey Saldana ; 2. 17B-Bill Balog ; 3. 22-Cole Duncan ; 4. W20-Greg Wilson ; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman ; 6. 49D-Shawn Dancer ; 7. 5W-Lucas Wolfe ; 8. 22B-Ryan Broughton ; 9. 11N-Randy Hannagan 
Heat 4 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart ; 2. 7-David Gravel ; 3. 99-Brady Bacon ; 4. 1ST-Gary Taylor ; 5. 41-Jason Johnson ; 6. 60-Kory Crabtree ; 7. 71MX-Paul May ; 8. 4K-AJ Bruns 
Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 67-Christo2her Bell ; 2. 2-Shane Stewart ; 3. 29-Kerry Madsen ; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman ; 5. 51-Paul McMahan ; 6. 7-David Gravel ; 7. 71M-Joey Saldana ; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart 
Last Chance Showdown – (12 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet  [-]; 2. 5W-Lucas Wolfe  [-]; 3. 71MX-Paul May  [-]; 4. 60-Kory Crabtree  [-]; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen  [$300]; 6. 7S-Jason Sides  [$250]; 7. O5-Brad Loyet  [$225]; 8. 4-Danny Smith  [$200]; 9. 2L-Logan Forler  [$200]; 10. 11N-Randy Hannagan  [$200]; 11. 22B-Ryan Broughton  [$200]; 12. 11K-Mikey Kuemper  [$200]; 13. 49D-Shawn Dancer  [$200]; 14. 4K-AJ Bruns  [$200]; 15. 64-Scotty Thiel  [$200]
The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Lincoln Welders (Official Welder), Bad Boy Buggies (Official Side-by-Side Vehicle), The Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience (Official Racing Experience), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, KSE Racing Products, Mobil 1, MSD, Penske Racing Shocks, Sweet Manufacturing, and Superflow Dynos; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: ButlerBuilt, Intercomp, Impact Race Products, Racing Electronics, S&S Volvo and TNT Rescue.