McMahan Shrinks His Bucket List with Las Vegas World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Victory

Takes lead on lap 19 of FVP Outlaw Showdown, holds off Kinser in the final laps for first win of 2014

LAS VEGAS — March 5, 2014 — Paul McMahan charged to victory on Wednesday’s opening night of the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series FVP Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

McMahan surged to the lead past Kerry Madsen in traffic on lap 18, then held off Steve Kinser on a green-white-checkered finish to become the fourth different winner this season in four events.

 

Kinser gave it everything he had but was unable to drive past McMahan, settling for a runner-up finish as Brad Sweet blew through the field and finished third after starting 16th. Joey Saldana was fourth after spending much of the night battling for a podium position and Donny Schatz rounded out the top five.

Madsen jumped to a strong lead, but a spin caused a caution and a complete restart. On the second start McMahan was ready and able to keep pace with Madsen before a caution on the next lap.

Kinser worked his way up into a battle with McMahan for second as Madsen continued to lead. Then McMahan made his first charge for the lead after a lap-five restart, working the bottom of the track with Madsen working the top.

A long green run saw the field enter lapped traffic beginning on lap 15. On lap 18, a lapped car on the top of the track gave McMahan the hole he was looking for. With Madsen slowed on the top, McMahan and his CJB Motorsports #51 machine charged on the bottom to lead lap 19.

McMahan would not go unchallenged in the waning laps of the race as Steve Kinser tracked down the California native. However, McMahan was able to hold off Kinser and take the win in the 30-lap feature as early leader Madsen was forced out of the event after contact sent him into the wall, collecting Jason Sides at the same time.

“We weren’t really good in the heat race, and I just came in and told them what we needed to do and they made the adjustments and it made my job real easy,” said McMahan, of Nashville, Tenn. “We had a good restart and come around to get the white and we had a crash and I had to do it all over again. It’s pretty cool, I can check Vegas off my bucket list now and I’ve got a little more money to play slot machines this weekend.”

For Kinser it was the second consecutive race where he was running up front following his victory last month in Florida.

“We were in the race and as long as we’re in the race, I’m not going to complain,” said Kinser, driver of the Bad Boy Buggies #11 from Bloomington, Ind. “I didn’t make any changes [under red for Jason Johnson], I felt about as good I was going to do. I didn’t know what to change so I just left it alone. We’ve made chassis changes, a lot of motor changes and all different combinations to feel what helps these tires.”

Sweet was definitely on the move in the feature, looking for his second win after capturing the season opener.

“The track was awesome tonight,” said Sweet, of Grass Valley, Calif. “The SureTestSupplies.com #49 is optimistic after the strong run through the field that they have a starting place for tomorrow. “I’m happy that we’ve got something to tune on for tomorrow.”

Contact between Sweet and Madsen brought out the green-white-checkered finish for the event. In victory lane, Sweet admitted his fault, “I’ve got to apologize to Kerry Madsen. We got together late in the race. I didn’t mean to run over him. I changed lanes a little faster than I wanted to and it’s my fault. I take the blame for that one.”

Sweet’s 13-place charge through the field would not earn him the KSE Hard Charger Award as Rico Abreu charged from the 21st starting position to finish seventh and pick up 14 positions in the process.

The win allowed McMahan to take the sole lead in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship point standings. Sweet trails by 12 with 2013 World of Outlaws champion, Daryn Pittman 15 behind. Donny Schatz trails by 21 and Steve Kinser 26 points out.

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series wraps up the FVP Outlaw Showdown tomorrow night at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas. Gates for the event open at 5 p.m.

THE FVP OUTLAW SHOWDOWN at THE DIRT TRACK AT LAS VEGAS NOTES – Joey Saldana was the fastest qualifier around the semi-banked, half-mile of The Dirt Track at Las Vegas with a time of 14.267 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Donny Schatz (4 points), Kerry Madsen (3), Paul McMahan (2) and Daryn Pittman (1). Kraig Kinser, Danny Lasoski, Steve Kinser and Wayne Johnson won heat races. … The dash draw was a 4 for the 1st time this year… Kerry Madsen won the dash for the first time this year…  

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; The Dirt Track at Las Vegas (FVP Outlaw Showdown); Las Vegas; March 5, 2014

A-Main – (30 Laps) 1. 51-Paul McMahan [2] [$10,000]; 2. 11-Steve Kinser [4] [$5,000]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [16] [$3,000]; 4. 71M-Joey Saldana [3] [$2,700]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [6] [$2,500]; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman [11] [$2,200]; 7. 24A-Rico Abreu [21] [$2,000]; 8. 4-Cody Darrah [5] [$1,800]; 9. 21M-Jason Meyers [19] [$1,600]; 10. 83-Tim Kaeding [23] [$1,450]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8] [$1,300]; 12. 24-Terry McCarl [14] [$1,200]; 13. O5-Brad Loyet [17] [$1,100]; 14. 21-Brian Brown [12] [$1,000]; 15. 82C-Bryan Clauson [13] [$950]; 16. 1-Sammy Swindell [24] [$900]; 17. 29-Kerry Madsen [1] [$850]; 18. 7S-Jason Sides [9] [$750]; 19. 41J-Jason Johnson [22] [$725]; 20. 77X-Wayne Johnson [10] [$700]; 21. 1S-Logan Schuchart [18] [$700]; 22. 82-Sam Hafertepe [15] [$700]; 23. 33-Danny Lasoski [7] [$700]; 24. 9W-Jac Haudenschild [20] [$700] Lap Leaders: Kerry Madsen 1-18, Paul McMahan 19-30 KSE Hard Charger Award: 24A-Rico Abreu [+14]

Qualifying – 1. 71M-Joey Saldana, 14.267; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.331; 3. 29-Kerry Madsen, 14.374; 4. 51-Paul McMahan, 14.397; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman, 14.399; 6. 21-Brian Brown, 14.503; 7. 11-Steve Kinser, 14.542; 8. 4-Cody Darrah, 14.557; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.564; 10. 33-Danny Lasoski, 14.576; 11. 82C-Bryan Clauson, 14.582; 12. 24-Terry McCarl, 14.624; 13. 82-Sam Hafertepe, 14.668; 14. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.670; 15. 7S-Jason Sides, 14.699; 16. 77X-Wayne Johnson, 14.702; 17. O5-Brad Loyet, 14.702; 18. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.708; 19. 21M-Jason Meyers, 14.764; 20. 13-Mark Dobmeier, 14.773; 21. 9W-Jac Haudenschild, 14.802; 22. 24A-Rico Abreu, 14.812; 23. 88N-DJ Netto, 14.813; 24. 17W-Cole Wood, 14.816; 25. 41J-Jason Johnson, 14.840; 26. O-Bud Kaeding, 14.844; 27. 83-Tim Kaeding, 14.857; 28. 1-Sammy Swindell, 14.873; 29. 41-Dominic Scelzi, 14.876; 30. 18-Ian Madsen, 14.903; 31. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 14.963; 32. W20-Greg Wilson, 14.995; 33. 33V-Henry VanDam, 15.115; 34. 1A-Jacob Allen, 15.168; 35. 55-Trey Starks, 15.182; 36. 91-Casey Buckman, 15.302; 37. 44W-Austen Wheatley, .006

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2]; 2. 71M-Joey Saldana [4]; 3. 9W-Jac Haudenschild [6]; 4. 82-Sam Hafertepe [1]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [3]; 6. 41J-Jason Johnson [7]; 7. 41-Dominic Scelzi [8]; 8. O5-Brad Loyet [5]; 9. 33V-Henry VanDam [9]

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 33-Danny Lasoski [2]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 4. 24A-Rico Abreu [6]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5]; 6. O-Bud Kaeding [7]; 7. 21-Brian Brown [3]; 8. 18-Ian Madsen [8]; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen [9]

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 11-Steve Kinser [3]; 2. 7S-Jason Sides [1]; 3. 83-Tim Kaeding [7]; 4. 21M-Jason Meyers [5]; 5. 29-Kerry Madsen [4]; 6. 55-Trey Starks [9]; 7. 88N-DJ Netto [6]; 8. 82C-Bryan Clauson [2]; 9. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [8]

Heat 4 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 77X-Wayne Johnson [1]; 2. 4-Cody Darrah [3]; 3. 24-Terry McCarl [2]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan [4]; 5. 1-Sammy Swindell [7]; 6. 13-Mark Dobmeier [5]; 7. W20-Greg Wilson [8]; 8. 17W-Cole Wood [6]; 9. 91-Casey Buckman [9]

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature) 1. 29-Kerry Madsen [2]; 2. 51-Paul McMahan [1]; 3. 71M-Joey Saldana [4]; 4. 11-Steve Kinser [5]; 5. 4-Cody Darrah [6]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 7. 33-Danny Lasoski [8]; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7]; 9. 7S-Jason Sides [9]; 10. 77X-Wayne Johnson [10]

B-Main – (12 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 21-Brian Brown [1] [-]; 2. O5-Brad Loyet [3] [-]; 3. 82C-Bryan Clauson [2] [-]; 4. 41J-Jason Johnson [7] [-]; 5. O-Bud Kaeding [8] [$200]; 6. 18-Ian Madsen [10] [$180]; 7. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [11] [$175]; 8. 41-Dominic Scelzi [9] [$160]; 9. 88N-DJ Netto [5] [$150]; 10. 55-Trey Starks [15] [$150]; 11. 17W-Cole Wood [6] [$150]; 12. W20-Greg Wilson [12] [$150]; 13. 91-Casey Buckman [16] [$150]; 14. 33V-Henry VanDam [13] [$150]; 15. 13-Mark Dobmeier [4] [$150]; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen [14] [$150]; 17. 44W-Austen Wheatley [17] [$150].

 

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Pos.

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

T 5’s

T 10’s

QT

1

Paul McMahan

588

0

1

3

4

2

2

Brad Sweet

576

-12

1

3

4

0

3

Daryn Pittman

573

-15

0

2

4

1

4

Donny Schatz

567

-21

1

3

3

0

5

Steve Kinser

562

-26

1

2

3

0

6

Joey Saldana

546

-42

0

1

3

1

7

Kerry Madsen

537

-51

0

1

3

0

8

Tim Kaeding

534

-54

0

1

3

0

9

Terry McCarl

520

-68

0

1

2

0

10

Cody Darrah

514

-74

0

1

3

0

11

Kraig Kinser

496

-92

0

0

1

0

12

Sammy Swindell

490

-98

0

0

1

0

13

Rico Abreu

486

-102

0

0

1

0

14

Jason Sides

472

-116

0

0

1

0

15

Danny Lasoski

446

-142

0

0

0

0

16

Lucas Wolfe

389

-199

0

0

0

0

17

Danny Holtgraver

378

-210

0

0

1

0

18

Wayne Johnson

372

-216

0

0

0

0

19

Jac Haudenschild

368

-220

0

0

0

0

20

Logan Schuchart

368

-220

0

0

0

0

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