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Paul McMahan honors hero, storms to impressive victory in Brad Doty Classic

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By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News)

LIMA, Ohio: Paul McMahan could barely contain the emotion when he climbed out of the car on the frontstretch.

It was a special night.

When McMahan started his Sprint Car career, he painted his first car like Brad Doty’s Silver Bullet No. 18 of the late 80s. Even his driver’s suit resembled that of his hero.

So what better way to honor a man that you idolized as a youth than win a race that pays tribute to Doty? There isn’t.

McMahan was methodical over the 40-lap Brady Doty Classic at Limaland Motorsports Park. He bided his time, stalked leader Sammy Swindell and made his move to victory to earn a $10,000 payday.

It was McMahan’s third win of the season and 21st of his career. But those stats hardly mattered at the end of this one.

“I’ve idolized Brad since I was a kid,” McMahan said. “He has been my hero, and I’ve always looked up to him.

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