McMahan Claims Brad Doty Classic
LIMA, Ohio — Paul McMahan earned an emotional World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series victory at Limaland Motorsports Park’s annual Brad Doty Classic Wednesday night after a battle with three-time champion Sammy Swindell that lasted much of the 40-lap feature.
McMahan, who earlier in the night talked about what Brad Doty has meant to him as he developed as a driver and person through the years, said this win means a lot to him.
“I tell you what, it took me a little bit to collect my thoughts before I got out of this race car because this just means the world to me,” McMahan said. “Brad Doty, like I said, is my hero and I’ve come here many times and never been able to get a win. It’s a normal win, but this is the Brad Doty Classic. This takes every win I’ve ever won away and this is right up top.
“Man, I won the Brad Doty Classic… I can’t believe this, this is the greatest.”
Swindell started on the front row with Shane Stewart and dominated early. McMahan, who started in fourth, found his way around third-place Kerry Madsen early and began working on Shane Stewart. The two battled in the opening laps with McMahan taking the second position by lap two.
Following a caution with two laps complete, Madsen drove his American Racing Custom Wheels car around Stewart and moved into the third position.
For the next 30 laps of the quarter-mile oval, Swindell and McMahan battled back and forth for the lead. Swindell ran high as McMahan tried both the low line and the high line, riding the cushion until it went away midway through the race. The two even traded position on lap 12 with McMahan taking over the lead briefly.
Farther back, Daryn Pittman was working his way forward in his Great Clips car after starting in the ninth position and Donny Schatz was doing the same after he was forced to use a provisional and started in the back. By lap 25, Pittman had moved to fifth while Schatz worked his way up to the ninth position.