TELFORD, PA. – February 18, 2015 – The frustration on Paul McMahan’s face said more than his words could on the frontsretch of Volusia Speedway Park. The Nashville, Tenn. native had just capped off a week of ups and downs with a second place finish on the final night of a five-race stretch.
“These guys bust their tails each night and I let them down on the final night,” said McMahan, who qualified in the top-5 four of the five nights. “After the week we’ve had, I should’ve been happy with a runner up but not when we had a great car and led 20 laps. We had a great battle with Brad (Sweet) at the end. Just came up short.”
The runner up was the best result in a five-night stretch of races for the Pennsylvania based team. With two nights of UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions action up first, McMahan and the CJB crew were looking for opportunities to try out new ideas.
“We worked on some things while we were down in Arizona earlier this year,” said McMahan. “We continued to try more new things to get our 2015 package dialed in. That is what is great about the practice night and the All Star races. You get the chance to test out some things before the Outlaw season. We had decent runs both nights. On the second night, we experienced a loss of oil pressure so we pulled in. We didn’t want to take the chance of losing or hurting an engine.”
Friday the 13th brought the beginning of the 2015 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series season. Despite the ominous date the Bairs Tree Service, Nyce Crete & Landis Block & Concrete and All Star Performance sponsored machine was a true contender.
“Our Outlaw nights were up and down,” explained the California native, who celebrated his 22nd wedding anniversary while in Florida. “I feel as though we learned an awful lot and we had a car to beat on the final night. I screwed up a bit in traffic and Brad got by us. I’m happy our weekend ended well but I, and this team, hate losing. I accept responsibility for letting that victory get away.”
Throughout the trio if Outlaw shows, one thing that was a constant was McMahan’s speed in time trials.
“Paul Kistler builds us some amazing engines,” said McMahan, who averaged a 3.8 in time trial standings for the event. “Those and Barry Jackson setups equal one very fast race car. We are known for qualifying and we want to keep that going in 2015. We’re already off to a great start.”
With the season officially underway, the #51 team will be in action again in Sin Cty as the Outlaws descend on Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the FVP Outlaw Showdown, March 4th and 5th.
“Vegas is another fast half-mile,” said McMahan. “I’m glad that we’ve got the two day show out there. It’s a fun racetrack that lends itself well to high speeds and good racing. It’s also cool to be apart of the NASCAR weekend out there. Last year, we grabbed our first win of the season there. We’re looking to do the same this season.”
EVENT BOX SCORE (Time Trials/Heat Start & Finish/Dash Start & Finish/Feature Start & Finish):
Volusia Speedway Park: 3rd/6th (4th)/ 4th (3rd)/ 3rd (4th) – Winner: Greg Hodnett
Volusia Speedway Park: 7th/4th (3rd)/ 5th (4th)/ 4th (21st) – Winner: Daryn Pittman
Volusia Speedway Park: 2nd/4th (4th)/ 6th (5th)/ 5th (6th) – Winner: Daryn Pittman
Volusia Speedway Park: 4th/4th (4th)/ 3rd (4th)/ 4th (17th) – Winner: Donny Schatz
Volusia Speedway Park: 3rd/4th (2nd)/ 2nd (1st)/ 1st (2nd) – Winner: Brad Sweet
CJB MOTORSPORTS 2015 STATS:
Quick Times: 0
Average Time Trial: 3.8
Average A-main finish: 7.2
Total Laps Led: 47
UP NEXT: The FVP Outlaw Showdown on March 4th and 5th at Las Vegas Motorspeedway is up next for the #51 team.
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