WILLISTON, N.D. — official team release — Photo courtesy of Petersen Media —
After completing their first full season on the World of Outlaws trail, Destiny Motorsports announced Monday night that they have signed Paul McMahan as the driver of their No. 7 car for the 2016 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series season.
McMahan comes over to Destiny from the CJB Motorsports operation, where he scored three victories in 2015 and ended the year seventh in the championship standings.
“I am extremely excited for the 2016 season already,” McMahan said. “I can’t wait to get home see my family, and then get to the shop and start preparing with the team for the Winter Heat Showdown and the World of Outlaws Tour.”
“This seems like it is going to be a great fit for my family and I,” McMahan added. “Rick and Barb Rogers are great people, and I am really looking forward to working with [crew chief] Scott Benic again after some experience with him back in 1997.”
The announcement comes on the heels of David Gravel’s announcement earlier Monday that he would be leaving the team, opening the door for the California native turned Nashville, Tenn. resident to take over the driving duties for Destiny Motorsports.
“First off, this entire team wishes David Gravel the best of luck in his future endeavors, and we thank him for his services,” Destiny Motorsports owner Rick Rogers said. “Moving forward, we are eager to get going with Paul McMahan in our car. He is a stand up guy off the track, and [his] performance on the track certainly speaks volumes.”
Over the last three seasons, McMahan has been strong with the World of Outlaws aboard the CJB Motorsports No. 51. In a three-year span, McMahan has finished third in the World of Outlaws point standings on two occasions, and has the third-most wins on the tour in that stretch, behind only champions Daryn Pittman and Donny Schatz.
Over the course of his career, McMahan has racked up 26 career World of Outlaws feature event wins and sits 17th on the series’ all-time wins list, a stat that has Destiny Motorsports crew chief Scott Benic excited about the future.
“Paul McMahan is a veteran World of Outlaws driver that we are lucky to have,” Benic said. “We were able to show speed at times throughout the 2015 season, and [by] having [someone with the talent of] McMahan climb in out car, I feel confident we will be contending for wins in 2016.”
Destiny Motorsports will kick off their 2016 season at the second annual Winter Heat Showdown at Cocopah (Ariz.) Speedway in early January before transitioning to the World of Outlaws tour, which begins Feb. 12-14 with the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla.
CREDIT: Petersen Media for Destiny Motorsports