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McMahon takes Limaland

McMahon takes Limaland

Postby Ron Verash » Sat Jul 12, 2014 4:23 am

Eventual Brad Doty Classic winner Paul McMahan (51) chases Sammy Swindell Wednesday night at Limaland Motorsports Park. (Mike Campbell photo)
Eventual Brad Doty Classic winner Paul McMahan (51) chases Sammy Swindell Wednesday night at Limaland Motorsports Park. (Mike Campbell photo)

LIMA, Ohio — Paul McMahan earned an emotional World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series victory at Limaland Motorsports Park’s annual Brad Doty Classic Wednesday night after a battle with three-time champion Sammy Swindell that lasted much of the 40-lap feature. McMahan, who earlier in the night talked about what Brad Doty has meant to him as he developed as a driver and person through the years, said this win means a lot to him.

“I tell you what, it took me a little bit to collect my thoughts before I got out of this race car because this just means the world to me,” McMahan said. “Brad Doty, like I said, is my hero and I’ve come here many times and never been able to get a win. It’s a normal win, but this is the Brad Doty Classic. This takes every win I’ve ever won away and this is right up top. Man, I won the Brad Doty Classic… I can’t believe this, this is the greatest.”

Swindell started on the front row with Shane Stewart and dominated early. McMahan, who started in fourth, found his way around third-place Kerry Madsen early and began working on Shane Stewart. The two battled in the opening laps with McMahan taking the second position by lap two.

Following a caution with two laps complete, Madsen drove his American Racing Custom Wheels car around Stewart and moved into the third position. For the next 30 laps of the quarter-mile oval, Swindell and McMahan battled back and forth for the lead. Swindell ran high as McMahan tried both the low line and the high line, riding the cushion until it went away midway through the race. The two even traded position on lap 12 with McMahan taking over the lead briefly.

Farther back, Daryn Pittman was working his way forward in his Great Clips car after starting in the ninth position and Donny Schatz was doing the same after he was forced to use a provisional and started in the back. By lap 25, Pittman had moved to fifth while Schatz worked his way up to the ninth position. With less than 10 to go, McMahan got the opportunity with his CJB Motorsports car he had been looking for to get around Swindell.

Brad Doty (left) and Paul McMahan in victory lane Wednesday at Limaland Motorsports Park. (Mike Campbell photo)
Brad Doty (left) and Paul McMahan in victory lane Wednesday at Limaland Motorsports Park. (Mike Campbell photo)

“I was following Sam and I was just kind of staying with him, I wasn’t getting anywhere,” McMahan said. “So I saw some lapped cars down there that were hard to lap and I just said, what the heck, I’ll give it a shot and the thing stuck and I just drove off.” McMahan got around Swindell on the low side in the middle of turn one and two.

“I was a little nervous there at the end if I would get the lapped cars, whether I needed to be at the top or the bottom,” McMahan said. “But I know if I would have hesitated, Sammy would have pounced on me.”

With much of his family in attendance, McMahan scored his third win of the season and the 21st win of his career. He sits just 91 points out of the championship lead in third place. Swindell fell back in the closing laps. He finished the race in seventh.

For second place finishing Madsen, this was his 22nd top five of the year and his fifth podium finish in a row. “Great car, we had a good run,” Madsen said. “I felt like in the middle stages we had opportunities but the yellows would keep coming out. We had a great run. We had our chance — we didn’t take advantage of it but a great second place. It’s always an exciting race at Lima and I’m sure tonight was no different. I feel a little disappointed but we’re still really, really pleased with a second place run.”

Pittman, who closed out his night in third after advancing six positions from the start, credited his team, his car and a little positive thought for the success his team has had this season. He said tonight he just did not find the right line early enough. “Early in the race, the top was fast, I probably just didn’t do a good enough job hustling the car and running it as hard as I needed to up on the fence,” Pittman said. “Just stuck with the middle and the bottom early and that wasn’t very fast and the top finally slowed down and we got going pretty good there at the end. I just need to do a better job trusting my car.”

Schatz, who finished fourth, took the KSE Hard Charger Award after advancing his STP/Armor All car 21 positions through the field. In addition to McMahan closing the gap on Schatz, so did second place Pittman who is now just 70 points away from the five-time champion in the race for the championship.

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series, Limaland Motorsports Park, Lima, Ohio, July 9, 2014

Qualifications: 1. David Gravel, Roth 83, 10.411; 2. Paul McMahan, Clemens 51, 10.469; 3. Rico Abreu, Abreu 24, 10.519; 4. Kerry Madsen, Keneric 29, 10.522; 5. Daryn Pittman, Kahne 9, 10.536; 6. Kraig Kinser, Kinser 11k, 10.608; 7. Joey Saldana, Motter 71m, 10.618; 8. Danny Holtgraver, Holtgraver 10h, 10.626; 9. Dallas Hewitt, Hewitt 21m, 10.642; 10. Shane Stewart, Larson Marks 2, 10.659; 11. Sammy Swindell, Quiring 1, 10.668; 12. Jamie Veal, Veal 35au, 10.669; 13. Ian Madsen, Nehring 18, 10.684; 14. James McFadden, Gaerte 3g, 10.703; 15. Kevin Swindell, Racing 28d, 10.706; 16. Brandon Wimmer, Hammer 24h, 10.722; 17. Randy Hannagan, Neumeister 11n, 10.729; 18. -Dale Blaney, Kennedy 14k, 10.742; 19. Brian Sebetto, Sebetto 97, 10.747; 20. Jac Haudenschild, Destiny 9w, 10.756; 21. Brad Sweet, Kahne 49, 10.770; 22. Logan Schuchart, Schuchart 1s, 10.772; 23. Jason Sides, Sides 7s, 10.772; 24. Chad Kemenah, Hampshire 63, 10.773; 25. Brady Bacon, Bacon 99, 10.784; 26. Donny Schatz, Stewart 15, 10.797; 27. Sheldon Haudenschild, Haudenschild 93, 10.854; 28. Danny Mumaw, Mumaw 16, 10.871; 29. Greg Wilson, Warnimont w20, 10.878; 30. Steve Kinser, Stewart 11, 10.902; 31. Caleb Helms, Helms 40, 10.905; 32. Christopher Bell, Marshal 33b, 10.932; 33. Brent Marks, Marks 19m, 10.943; 34. Tim Kaeding, Leidig 59, 10.968; 35. Stuart Williams, Williams 46au, 11.038; 36. Danny Smith, Smith 4s, 11.091; 37. Jacob Allen, Allen 1a, 11.119; 38. Cody Darrah, Kahne 4, 11.141; 39. Stuart Brubaker, Brubaker 35, 11.283; 40. Austen Wheatley, Wheatley 44w, 11.371; 41. Max Stambaugh, Stambaugh 6m, 11.450; 42. Jack Lee, Lee 25au, 11.495; 43. Quentin Blonde, Blonde 5qb, 12.294

First Heat (10 laps): Hewitt, I. Madsen, Pittman, Gravel, Sweet, Hannagan, Bacon, Wilson, Marks, Allen, Stambaugh.

Second Heat (10 laps): Stewart, McMahan, McFadden, K. Kinser, Darrah, Kaeding, S. Kinser, Schatz, Blaney, Schuchart, Lee.

Third Heat (10 laps): S. Swindell, K. Swindell, Saldana, Abreu, Sides, Helms, S. Haudenschild, Sebetto, Williams, Brubaker, Blonde.

Fourth Heat (10 laps): Veal, Wimmer, Holtgraver, K. Madsen, J. Haudenschild, Bell, Kemenah, Smith, Mumaw.

Dash (8 laps): S. Swindell, Stewart, K. Madsen, McMahan, Abreu, Gravel, Hewitt, Veal.

C Main (10 laps): 1. Kaeding; 2. Williams; 3. Wheatley, $125; 4. Allen, $125; 5. Brubaker, $125; 6. Blonde, $100; 7. Lee, $100; 8. Smith, $100; 9. Stambaugh, $100.

Last Chance Showdown (12 laps): 1. Blaney; 2. Hannagan; 3. Sebetto; 4. Bacon; 5. Veal, $200; 6. Schatz, $180; 7. Bell, $175; 8. Schuchart, $160; 9. Kemenah, $150; 10. Kaeding, $150; 11. Wilson, $150; 12. S. Kinser, $150; 13. Helms, $150; 14. Marks, $150; 15. Williams, $150; 16. Mumaw, $150.

Feature (40 laps): 1. McMahan, $10,000; 2. K. Madsen, $5,500; 3. Pittman, $3,200; 4. Schatz, $2,000; 5. McFadden, $2,500; 6. Abreu, $2,300; 7. S. Swindell, $2,200; 8. K. Koinser, $2,100; 9. Stewart, $2,050; 10. Sweet, $2,000; 11. S. Kinser, $700; 12. Hannagan, $1,200; 13. Saldana, $1,100; 14. Sides, $1,050; 15. Gravel, $1,000; 16. Bacon, $900; 17. J. Haudenschild, $800; 18. S. Haudenschild, $800; 19. Blaney, $800; 20. I. Madsen, $800; 21. Holtgraver, $800; 22. Hewitt, $800; 23. Wimmer, $800; 24. Darrah, $800; 25. Sebetto, $800; 26. K. Swindell, $800.
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