TELFORD, PA. – July 30, 2014 – In a season that spans nearly ten months, it is important to peak at the right time. For Paul McMahan and his CJB Motorsports team, early August is the perfect time to get red hot as the granddaddy of them all is just around the corner.
“It may have been a long night but I’m happy we got the win, ” said McMahan, a California native. “Between rain delays and a catch fence repair, our opener at Pevely was a marathon but we’ll take the result as we head into Knoxville.”
Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 near Pevely, Missouri was the warm up for the #51 Bairs Tree Service/Nyce Crete & Landis Block & Concrete/All Star Performance sprinter and the rest of the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars before they took off for a week in Iowa.
“The track was pretty good,” commented McMahan, who has led 96 laps on the season now. “We had a great battle for the lead but eventually we able to set sail and set a good pace. It seems to be our good luck that we win when Chad and Jenn (Clemens) come out.”
The CJB crew was equally as stout when the series returned to the high-banked bullring for the longest event of the season, the Ironman 55.
“We were pretty good the second night as well,” explained McMahan. “Kerry (Madsen) just had an excellent car and we fell back a bit. It wasn’t a bad race by any means. We’ll take a top-5 for sure.”
From Pevely, the team traveled north to Knoxville (IA) Raceway for the 3rd annual Capitani Classic and one final tune up before sprint car racings biggest event.
“We tried some things in the Cappy and fell back,” said McMahan. “Honestly, that is the best time to try things because it’s not your qualifying night and you don’t have the added pressure of trying to make it into Saturday nights A-main. I think we learned quite a bit for the rest of our week.”
Fans will notice that McMahan and the team will be sporting a special paint scheme for the $150,000-to-win event. The California native posted his best ever Nationals finish (4th) last year behind the wheel of the #51 and believes that even bigger things are in store for this year.
“It’s really cool to roll out a special paint scheme for Knoxville,” said McMahan, who will qualify on Thursday night. “A lot of the drivers and teams do but it just adds a little something extra to an all ready exciting week. We had some new shirts made that look awesome featuring that car. The Nationals is by far the one race that everyone wants to win. I’ve been lucky enough to make it out to Knoxville for many years and last year was my best finish in the race. I think we have quite a bit to build on going into this year. We need to time well and race well on Thursday night and that will hopefully lock us into Saturday night’s 50-lap event. This is a challenging and grueling week but we’re hoping that it will all pay off if we can stand in Victory Lane on the final night as Knoxville Nationals champions.”
EVENT BOX SCORE (Time Trials/Heat Start & Finish/Dash Start & Finish/Feature Start & Finish):
Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55: 3rd/ 4th (3rd)/ 2nd (2nd)/ 2nd (1st) – Winner: Paul McMahan
Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55: 4th/ 3rd (2bd)/ 2nd (2nd)/ 2nd (4th) – Winner: Kerry Madsen
Knoxville Raceway: 2nd/ 4th (3rd)/ 5th (4th)/ 4th (7th) – Winner: Ian Madsen
CJB MOTORSPORTS 2014 STATS:
Quick Times: 8
Average Time Trial: 6.8
Average A-main finish: 6.3
Total Laps Led: 91
UP NEXT: Paul McMahan and the CJB team tackle the 54th annual FVP Knoxville Nationals, August 5th thru the 9th at Knoxville (IA) Raceway.
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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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