TELFORD, PA. – October 1, 2014 – Sometimes, you just have an off weekend. What matters is how you bounce back.
“We had our struggles this past weekend,” said Paul McMahan, driver of the #51 Bairs Tree Service/Nyce Crete & Landis Block & Concrete/All Star Performance machine. “The good news is we battled back during the features for top-10’s. Finishing strong is important. Qualifying well makes that easier.”
With only seven World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series events remaining in the 2014 season, the CJB Motorsports team pulled into Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway. The quarter-mile bullring in the Hoosier state was the first of two races that would close out the month of September for ‘The Greatest Show on Dirt.’
“We went out late in qualifying at Bloomington and that hurt us a bit,” commented McMahan. “We missed the dash so we started tenth and picked up some spots on a track that was difficult to pass on. It was very fast so I am pretty happy with the result.”
From Bloomington, the team trucked north into Michigan for the Outlaws debut at Berlin Raceway, near Marne.
“Our setup was off a bit in qualifying,” explained McMahan. “Then, in our heat race, we had power steering issues. The team battled back and we salvaged a top-10 finish once again. I am very proud of the guys on the #51 car because they kept plugging away all night.”
The CJB team will now look to make a statement during the final crown jewel event of the season. Boasting a stout field of cars and $50,000 to the winner, the Morgan Hughes National Open at Williams Grove Speedway near Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. McMahan has finished in the top-5 in the past two National Open events at the paper clip shaped half-mile.
“The National Open has a certain history to it,” said McMahan, who finished fourth in last years race. “As a kid growing up in California, I would always hear stories about Jan Opperman, Doug Wolfgang and more winning races there. I’ve been lucky enough myself to win shows there. To win the National Open, though, would be amazing. It’s a marquee event for our sport. Sure the money is great but to be able to say you and your team won it is very special. I feel very confident in our chances because I know we have a great race car and Barry (Jackson) always has a great setup in mind when it comes to that place.”
EVENT BOX SCORE (Time Trials/Heat Start & Finish/Dash Start & Finish/Feature Start & Finish):
Bloomington Speedway: 6th/ 3rd (3rd)/ N/A (N/A)/ 10th (7th) – Winner: Donny Schatz
Berlin Raceway: 13th/ 5th (6th)/ N/A (N/A)/ 13th (7th) – Winner: Donny Schatz
CJB MOTORSPORTS 2014 STATS:
Quick Times: 10
Average Time Trial: 6.9
Average A-main finish: 6.4
Total Laps Led: 135
UP NEXT: On tap for the weekend is the prestigious Morgan Hughes National Open weekend at Williams Grove Speedway. The doubleheader kicks off on Friday, October 3rd.
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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.
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CJB Motorsports would like to thank the following partners for making racing possible: All Star Performance, Bairs Tree Service, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Seats, Factory Kahne, Fastener Specialties, FK Rod Ends, Henry Dunn Insurance, Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil, Kenny’s Components, Kinsler Fuel Injection, Kistler Engines, KSE Racing Products, Lincoln Welders, Nyce Crete and Landis Block and Concrete, Motorsports Designs, Outerwears, Pennsy Supply, Race Gear X, Saldana Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Simpson, Ti22, Top Flight Wings, Weld Racing and Winters Performance Products.