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Paul McMahan Wins Thrilling WoO’s Showdown @ I-96 Speedway
Lake Odessa, Michigan (Saturday May 18th, 2013): Saturday night the I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan was invaded by the “greatest show on dirt” provided by none other than the fire breathing winged warriors of the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series. This was the outlaws first and only stop in the wolverine state for the entire 2013 campaign. They took to the big 1/2 mile (0.500) high banked dirt oval in the NAPA Auto Parts Outlaws Rumble in Michigan. The Carbon Green Bio-Energy UMP Modifieds were also in action.
The legendary Voice of the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars Series, Johnny Gibson got the standing room only overflow crowd of screaming fans on their feet with the often copied, often imitated, but never duplicated WoO Sprints Traditional Four-Wide Salute / Wave Lap and then it was time to get down to business with their 30-lap main event. The five- time and defending series champion Donny Schatz and current points leader Darren Pittman brought the field to green.
Schatz pulled out to the early lead, and remained there until lap 22 where he would falter coming out of turn 2 and allow Shane Stewart take over the top spot. However the very next lap Paul McMahon would manage to maneuver his way and take the lead away on lap 24 and would continue on to the checkered flag.This would be the third victory of the season for McMahan in his CJB Motorsports / GF1 Chassis.
Schatz would end up settling for second, Joey Saldana was third. While Craig Dollansky and Jason Sides made up the rest of the top five. Kerry Madsen was sixth; Kraig Kinser, Sammy Swindell, David Gravel, and Steve Kinser completed the top ten. McMahon set fast time in Qualifying with at new track record speed of 14.731. The heat races were won by Schatz, Madsen, and Stewart.
Then it was time for the Carbon Green Bio-Energy UMP Modifieds to hit the racing surface for their 20-lap feature with the front row made up of John McCaul and Dave Baker. Baker would lead the opening lap, and would show the way until lap 4. That is when the 2011 I-96 Speedway track champion Jacob Poel would find his way to the front and would the rest of the event to pick up his second victory at I-96 in 2013.
Poel went to the P.A.T. Landscaping Victory Lane in his Poel’s Pro-Act Welding & Fabrication / Rocket Chassis. Baker would finish second, Tim Dalman was third, Tim Stemler, and Travis Stemler made up the top five. John McCaul, Jared Guinn, Trevor Sloan, Nick Kurtz, and Mark Anderson finished off the top ten. Rich Robinson Jr. and Anderson won the heats.
The next event on the I-96 speedway schedule will be in two weeks on Saturday June 15th when the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) sanctioned Allstar Performance Michigan Dirt Cup Late Model Tour presented by Lane Automotive will take part in their 2013 Season Opener. They will be joined by the Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks, and the Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts. There will also be a special Pro Stocks invitational for $1000 to win sponsored by Jud Night Auto, and there will be a motocross competition for ages 16 & up. You can pre order tickets for this event at the following link: http://www.showclix.com/event/3754590/tag/search
The month of June will end with a huge double header weekend. The first show will be on Saturday June 22nd featuring the USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car Series in their first visit to I-96 Speedway in over eighteen years, hitting the big 1/2 mile. The Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks and Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts will be in action on the 3/8ths. There will be a motocross competition as well for ages 16& up. Reserve your seats now at the following link: http://www.showclix.com/event/3754591/tag/search
The very next night Sunday June 23rd will be the night that the UMP Summer National Hell Tour will invade the grounds at I-96. They will be joined by the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals, the Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks, and Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts as they will all hit the fast 3/8ths mile. Pre Order your tickets at this location: http://www.showclix.com/event/3754934/tag/search
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