Paul McMahan Strikes First At The Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown

Paul Mcmahan

(WOMR file photo)

It is a new year and a clean slate to start off the 2015 racing season.  And nothing could be better than to roll out your new ride for 2015 and show the field the fast way around the race track!  That is exactly what Paul McMahan did Friday night in the opening night of #WinterHeat at Cocopah Speedway south of Yuma in Somerton, AZ!

The Sacramento, Ca area native, turned Nashville, TN resident, and former World of Outlaws champion showed the boys the fast way around the 3/8 lightening fast dirt track Friday night to grab the opening night’s purse, a nifty $12,00.00!

Friday night was the opening round of the five nights of racing over a nine day period known as The Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown. Over the five nights of racing the total purse offered is in excess of $250,000.00! That is not a typo, that is REAL money!

“The race track was great,” McMahan said. “This was the first time I’ve ever been here. It kind of moves around all night long. It’s a great place, great facility, great event. Any time you can win it builds momentum. To win the first night out of 2015 with a brand new, experimental race car is phenomenal. We’re really looking forward to the rest of the week and the rest of the year.”

McMahan was a front runner from the start of hot laps. He set the quickest time during warmups and then charged from sixth to win his heat race, which made him the high-points earner.

That lined him up on the outside of the third row for a qualifier. McMahan charged to a runner-up result, giving him a clear advantage in overall points and the pole position for the 30-lap feature.

JAN. 2 RESULTS –

Heat Race 1 (8 laps): 1. 26-Joey Saldana (1); 2. 51r-Freddie Rahmer (2); 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel (4); 4. 83-David Gravel (6); 5. 11k-Kraig Kinser (3); 6. 57-Dale Blaney (5); 7. 9r-Reece Goetz (8); 8. 82-Dusty Zomer (9); 9. 1s-Logan Schuchart (7).

Heat Race 2 (8 laps): 1. 11c-Roger Crockett (3); 2. 23-Seth Bergman (6); 3. 2l-Logan Forler (4); 4. 77x-Wayne Johnson (9); 5. 99-Skylar Gee (5); 6. 42-Kyle Larson (2); 7. 1a-Jacob Allen (7); 8. 98-Matt Jensen (8); 9. 22-Mason Moore (1).

Heat Race 3 (8 laps): 1. 51-Paul McMahan (6); 2. 5h-Dakota Hendrickson (1); 3. 33v-Henry Van Dam (7); 4. 11-Steve Kinser (2); 5. 21-Brian Brown (5); 6. 15h-Sam Hafertepe Jr. (3); 7. 74x-Josh Hodges (4); 8. 55-Bud Walberg (DNS).

Heat Race 4 (8 laps): 1. 7-Craig Dollansky (1); 2. 51s-Stevie Smith (2); 3. 3c-Willie Croft (4); 4. 33-Danny Lasoski (6); 5. 9-Kasey Kahne (3); 6. 31b-Christopher Bell (7); 7. 94-Ryan Smith (5); 8. 88n-D.J. Netto (8).

Qualifier 1 (10 laps): 1. 9-Kasey Kahne (1); 2. 51-Paul McMahan (6); 3. 51s-Stevie Smith (4); 4. 42-Kyle Larson (7); 5. 3c-Willie Croft (3); 6. 1s-Logan Schuchart (8); 7. 77x-Wayne Johnson (5); 8. 99-Skylar Gee (2); 9. 74x-Josh Hodges (DNS).

Qualifier 2 (10 laps): 1. 57-Dale Blaney (1); 2. 21-Brian Brown (3); 3. 26-Joey Saldana (5); 4. 83-David Gravel (3); 5. 5h-Dakota Hendrickson (4); 6. 1a-Jacob Allen (7); 7. 23-Seth Bergman (6); 8. 22-Mason Moore (9); 9. 98-Matt Jensen (8).

Qualifier 3 (10 laps): 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel (4); 2. 33-Danny Lasoski (3); 3. 31b-Christopher Bell (2); 4. 7-Craig Dollansky (5); 5. 9r-Reece Goetz (1); 6. 11c-Roger Crockett (6); 7. 82-Dusty Zomer (7); 8. 55-Bud Walberg (DNS).

Qualifier 4 (10 laps): 1. 15h-Sam Hafertepe Jr. (1); 2. 11k-Kraig Kinser (2); 3. 11-Steve Kinser (3); 4. 51r-Freddie Rahmer (5); 5. 33v-Henry Van Dam (6); 6. 88n-D.J. Netto (8); 7. 2l-Logan Forler (4); 8. 94-Ryan Smith (DNS).

B Main (15 laps/8 transfer): 1. 42-Kyle Larson (6); 2. 11-Steve Kinser (1); 3. 31b-Christopher Bell (5); 4. 15h-Sam Hafertepe Jr. (2); 5. 77x-Wayne Johnson (4); 6. 3c-Willie Croft (3); 7. 9r-Reece Goetz (8); 8. 1s-Logan Schuchart (11); 9. 82-Dusty Zomer (13); 10. 2l-Logan Forler (7); 11. 22-Mason Moore (18); 12. 88n-D.J. Netto (10); 13. 1a-Jacob Allen (9); 14. 99-Skylar Gee (12); 15. 94-Ryan Smith (DNS); 16. 55-Bud Walberg (DNS); 17. 74x-Josh Hodges (DNS); 18. 98-Matt Jensen (DNS).

A Main (30 laps): 1. 51-Paul McMahan (1); 2. 26-Joey Saldana (3); 3. 33-Danny Lasoski (4); 4. 51s-Stevie Smith (5); 5. 11c-Roger Crockett (9); 6. 21-Brian Brown (13); 7. 51r-Freddie Rahmer (8); 8. 23-Seth Bergman (10); 9. 33v-Henry Van Dam (7); 10. 9-Kasey Kahne (11); 11. 15h-Sam Hafertepe Jr. (20); 12. 1s-Logan Schuchart (24); 13. 3c-Willie Croft (22); 14. 5h-Dakota Hendrickson (15); 15. 42-Kyle Larson (17); 16. 87-Aaron Reutzel (2); 17. 9r-Reece Goetz (23); 18. 31b-Christopher Bell (19); 19. 77x-Wayne Johnson (21); 20. 7-Craig Dollansky (6); 21. 11k-Kraig Kinser (16); 22. 11-Steve Kinser (18); 23. 83-David Gravel (12); 24. 57-Dale Blaney (14).

The racing continues.  Stay tuned for more results from The Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown!

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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