TELFORD, PA. – April 8, 2015 – Paul McMahan is hoping for a little magic this week as the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to Placerville Speedway.
Flashback to 1987 and you’ll find a young California kid who turned his first laps ever in a 410 sprint car at the high banked, quarter-mile oval. Not too long after, the Elk Grove native went to victory lane there.
“Placerville will always be special to me,” said McMahan, driver of the Bairs Tree Service, Nyce Crete & Landis Block & Concrete and All Star Performance sponsored machine. “Getting that first 410 win there was big and it launched me into a career of doing this for a living. It doesn’t seem that long ago but it obviously is. I haven’t raced there since 1998. From what my friends tell me, the track is quite a bit different now. I stopped by there a few years ago and was surprised by what I saw. It should be quite a challenge.”
The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series will make their return to the venerable speedway for the first time since 1992 as the ‘Greatest Show on Dirt’ sets up for a three race stretch in California.
“Brad Sweet has done a lot of work to help bring this series back to the track,” said McMahan. “It’ll be exciting to race there again and I’m really hoping we can grab our first win of the Outlaw season there. Barry and the crew have been giving me great cars, night after night. We’re very close and we’re right in the thick of the points battle. Maybe some of that magic from ’87 will come back for me there.”
From Placerville, the Outlaws will head to scenic wine country and the Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway for a two-day tilt.
“Calistoga is a place that has a ton of history,” said McMahan. “As kids, our parents used to take us there and all of the ladies would wear dresses and the men would have on nice shirts and pants on. It was a huge social gathering. They’ve made a lot of improvements to the track lately and it’s a fun place to race. You also can’t beat the scenery. With the trees alongside the backstretch and in the mountains in the distance, it’s one of the best backdrops we have at any racetrack.”
Once the series wraps up at Calistoga with the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown, the series will conclude its Spring Break tour with visits to Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif, on Friday, April 17th and Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway for the SoCal Showdown the following night.
CJB MOTORSPORTS 2015 STATS:
Quick Times: 1
Heat Race Wins: 4
Dash Wins: 3
Average Time Trial: 6.5
Average A-main finish: 6.8
Total Laps Led: 47
The Outlaws have the weekend off before returning the Placerville Speedway on Wednesday, April 8th for their first visit since 1992. From there, the series will head to Calistoga (Cali.) Speedway on Friday, April 10th and Saturday, April 11th.
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