Vegas Victory for McMahan

Paul McMahan

Paul McMahan wins his first World of Outlaws event of the season.

Race Results

LAS VEGAS - 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 past race leader Kerry Madsen in traffic on Lap 18 then held off Steve Kinser in 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.  Brad Sweet blew through the field and finished third after starting 16th.  Joey Saldana was fourth 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.  McMahan then made his first charge for the lead after a Lap-5 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 No. 51 CJB Motorsports machine charged on the bottom to lead Lap 19.

McMahan would not go unchallenged in the waning laps as 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 race after contact sent him into the wall, collecting Jason Sides.

"We weren't really good in the heat race.  I came in and told them what we needed to do, and they made the adjustments that made my job easy," said McMahan.  "We had a good restart, came around to get the white (flag), 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.  "I didn't make any changes (under the red flag for Jason Johnson).  I didn't know what to change so I just left it alone."

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

"The track was awesome," he said.  "This team is optimistic after the strong run through the field that gives us a starting spot (Friday).  I'm happy that we've got something to tune on."

Contact between Sweet and Madsen brought out the green-white-checkered finish.  In Victory Lane, Sweet admitted that it was his fault.

"I've got to apologize to Kerry Madsen," he said.  "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-position 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, picking up 14 positions.

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. Schatz trails by 21 and Kinser is 26 points out.

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

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World of Outlaws, Paul Mcmahan

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