CALVERT CITY, KY (May 8)
– A week ago, Paul McMahan was the only driver ranking in the World
of Outlaws Sprint Series top 10 without a top-five finish. The driver
of the #11H Selma Shell Maxim has turned that around in a big way in
the last two events. McMahan, who raced into fourth place at Lawrenceburg
Speedway Thursday, won his first “A” Feature of the season Saturday,
leading all 35 laps in the Bluegrass Classic at Kentucky Lake Motor
Speedway. Ironically, McMahan won his first main event of the 2003 season
last May 6th at Lawrenceburg Speedway in only his third feature race
with the team.
The $10,000 victory, the
fourth of McMahan’s World of Outlaws Sprint Series career, pushed him
into fourth place in the point standings. Eight drivers have combined
to win the first 13 World of Outlaws Sprint Series main events in 2004.
McMahan, the ninth-fastest
qualifier in the 32-car field, barely qualified for the “A” Feature
in the First Heat Race. Brian Paulus passed him for fourth place when
his right rear tire exploded as they headed to the checkered flag, but
he held off Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year candidate Erin Crocker
for the final qualifying position. McMahan earned the privilege of starting
the main event on the pole by winning the First Dash Race.
McMahan burst into the lead
as the green flag fell in the “A” Feature, only to have Fourth Heat
Race winner Brandon Wimmer spin in the second corner early in the opening
lap. Paul won a front-straightaway drag race with outside pole-sitter
Daryn Pittman to take the lead when green flag replaced the yellow.
Danny Lasoski was on the move following the restart, driving 2002 NASCAR
Nextel Cup champion Tony Stewart’s #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle past Donny
Schatz and Tim Shaffer during laps three and four to take over fourth
World of Outlaws Sprint Series
points leader Steve Kinser and his son, Kraig, raced wheel-to-wheel
while battling for seventh place early in the sixth lap. Kraig, who
leads the Rookie of the Year race, drove the #11K Delco-Remy Maxim ahead
of “The King of the Outlaws” in the low groove between the first and
second corners. McMahan was approaching lapped traffic the next time
around when Brian Paulus spun in turn four. Mark Kinser surrendered
ninth place when his crew replaced a flat right rear tire on the #5M
Sabko Maxim, while rookie Brian Brown retired to the pit area.
As was the case following
the first-lap restart, “The Dude” gained two positions soon after the
green replaced the yellow. Lasoski took the low line through the first
and second corners to pass Pittman and Joey Saldana for the runner-up
spot early in the eighth lap. Shaffer raced around Pittman in the high
groove between turns three and four to take over fourth place one lap
later. Kraig Kinser and Pittman exchanged fifth place three times during
the next four laps. They took turns riding the rim around each other
in turn four during the 10th and 11th laps, then Kraig took the low
line into the fourth corner to reclaim the position late in lap 13.
McMahan was 15 car-lengths
ahead of Lasoski when he entered lapped traffic three laps later. “The
Dude” cut McMahan’s advantage to 12 car-lengths by the 20th lap, however.
McMahan narrowly missed colliding with Wimmer, who spun in turn four,
late in lap 21. Paul raced away from Lasoski when the race resumed,
but fast qualifier Jonathan Allard stopped with a flat right rear tire
one lap later. McMahan controlled the final restart, and caught the
back-markers with an eight-car-length advantage with four laps remaining.
“The Dude” caught McMahan during the 34th lap, but was a car-length
behind at the checkered flag.
Lasoski closed to within
27 points of first place in the standings with his fourth straight finish
in the top six. Saldana finished in third place, ahead of Kraig Kinser,
13th-starting Jason Meyers, Pittman, Steve Kinser, Schatz, Kelly Kinser
and Tim Kaeding. Kraig improved two positions to fifth place in the
World of Outlaws Sprint Series point standings with his fourth top-five
finish of the season. Shaffer crossed the finish line in fourth place,
but was credited with 25th when the #83 Beef Packers Eagle violated
the World of Outlaws Sprint Series’ 1,375-pound weight rule. Brooke
Tatnell drove the #66 Phillips 66 Trop Artic Eagle past 11 cars to finish
in 12th place.
Crocker overcame engine problems
to tie her best “A” Feature finish of the season. Her crew replaced
the engine in the #16 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Maxim following
the qualifying session. Erin was running third when her engine lost
power early in the final lap of the “B” Feature, keeping her from qualifying
for the main event. Erin used a provisional to start the “A” Feature,
and raced into 14th place from the 13th row.
The World of Outlaws Sprint
Series will sanction the Freedom 40 at K-C Raceway Tuesday, then run
$51,600 events at the Terre Haute Action Track and Tri-City Speedway
Friday and Saturday.
2004 World of Outlaws Sprint
Series Bluegrass Classic Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway, Calvert City,
KY Saturday, May 8, Feature Program #13
Qualifying: 1. Jonathan Allard,
Wright 35, 12.289; 2. Joey Saldana, Woodward 2, 12.216; 3. Kraig Kinser,
Kinser 11K, 12.235; 4. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 12.307; 5. Donny Schatz,
Schatz 15, 12.320; 6. Cameron Dodson, Dodson 37, 12.347; 7. Danny Lasoski,
Stewart 20, 12.349; 8. Tim Shaffer, Roth 83, 12.370; 9. Paul McMahan,
Helm 11H, 12.372; 10. Daryn Pittman, Woodburn 21, 12.385; 11. Brian
Carlson, Carlson 18, 12.390; 12. Brian Brown, Parsons 6, 12.417; 13.
Tim Kaeding, Roth 83JR, 12.425; 14. Kelly Kinser, Kinser 4K, 12.433;
15. Craig Dollansky, Karavan 7, 12.449; 16. Brian Paulus, Pender 28,
12.472; 17. Jason Meyers, Elite Racing 14, 12.477; 18. Steve Kinser,
Kinser 11, 12.511; 19. Randy Hannagan, TH Racing 1X, 12.548; 20. Brandon
Wimmer, Two Winners 7TW, 12.553; 21. Curt Trainer, Trainer 36, 12.554;
22. Jim Moughan, M&L Motorsports 59, 12.574; 23. Bob Bennett, Acme 3,
12.587; 24. Brooke Tatnell, Grandstaff 66, 12.651; 25. Erin Crocker,
Woodring 16, 12.704; 26. Tom Busch, Busch 4B, 12.847; 27. Kaley Gharst,
Gharst 44G, 12.861; 28. Jason Sides, Sides Motorsports 7S, 12.882; 29.
Darrell Martin, Martin 5, 13.023; 30. Paul Hart, Hart 32, 13.062; 31.
Mark Clark, Harpe 1H, 13.110; 32. Patrick Haynes, Haynes 5H, 25.871.
First Heat Race (eight laps):
1. Jason Meyers, 2. Brooke Tatnell, 3. Tim Shaffer, 4. Brian Paulus,
5. Paul McMahan, 6. Erin Crocker, 7. Jonathan Allard, 8. Darrell Martin.
(first five qualified for the ‘A” Feature)
Second Heat Race (eight laps):
1. Steve Kinser, 2. Daryn Pittman, 3. Joey Saldana, 4. Craig Dollansky,
5. Danny Lasoski, 6. Bob Bennett, 7. Tom Busch, 8. Paul Hart. (first
five qualified for the ‘A” Feature)
Third Heat Race (eight laps):
1. Jim Moughan, 2. Kelly Kinser, 3. Randy Hannagan, 4. Kraig Kinser,
5. Brian Carlson, 6. Cameron Dodson, 7. Mark Clark, 8. Kaley Gharst.
(first five qualified for the ‘A” Feature)
Fourth Heat Race (eight
laps): 1. Brandon Wimmer, 2. Tim Kaeding, 3. Donny Schatz, 4. Mark Kinser,
5. Brian Brown, 6. Jason Sides, 7. Curt Trainer, 8. Partick Haynes.
(first five qualified for the ‘A” Feature)
First Dash Race (five laps):
1. Paul McMahan, 2. Joey Saldana, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Danny Lasoski,
5. Tim Kaeding, 6. Craig Dollansky, 7. Jason Meyers, 8. Brian Carlson.
(finish determined the inside starting positions in the first eight
rows in the “A” Feature lineup)
Second Dash Race (five laps):
1. Daryn Pittman, 2. Tim Shaffer, 3. Donny Schatz, 4. Kraig Kinser,
5. Steve Kinser, 6. Brian Paulus, 7. Kelly Kinser, 8. Brian Brown. (finish
determined the outside starting positions in the first eight rows in
the “A” Feature lineup)
B Feature (12 laps): 1.
Jonathan Allard, 2. Cameron Dodson, 3. Jason Sides, 4. Bob Bennett,
5. Erin Crocker, 6. Patrick Haynes ($180); 7. Darrell Martin ($150);
8. Tom Busch ($120); 9. Curt Trainer ($100); 10. Kaley Gharst ($90).
(first four qualified for the ‘A” Feature)
A Feature (35 laps): 1.
Paul McMahan  ($10,000); 2. Danny Lasoski  ($5,500); 3. Joey Saldana
 ($3,200); 4. Kraig Kinser  ($2,800); 5. Jason Meyers  ($2,500);
6. Daryn Pittman  ($2,300); 7. Steve Kinser  ($2,200); 8. Donny
Schatz  ($2,100); 9. Kelly Kinser  ($2,050); 10. Tim Kaeding
 ($2,000); 11. Craig Dollansky  ($1,500); 12. Brooke Tatnell
 ($1,200); 13. Randy Hannagan  ($1,100); 14. Erin Crocker 
($1,070); 15. Brian Paulus  ($1,000); 16. Cameron Dodson  ($920);
17. Mark Kinser  ($800); 18. Brandon Wimmer  ($800); 19. Jonathan
Allard  ($820); 20. Brian Carlson  ($800); 21. Bob Bennett 
($820); 22. Brian Brown  ($800); 23. Jim Moughan  ($800); 24.
Jason Sides  ($820); 25. Tim Shaffer  ($800). Provisional starter:
Lap leader: Paul McMahan