Saldana & McMahan Are Fast Friends

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Joey Saldana (left) and Paul McMahan (right) both have new rides ahead of the 2016 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series season. (Chris Seelman and Don Figler Photos)
World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series drivers Joey Saldana (left) and Paul McMahan (right) are the best of friends. (Chris Seelman and Don Figler Photos)
World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series drivers Joey Saldana (left) and Paul McMahan (right) are the best of friends. (Chris Seelman and Don Figler Photos)

KNOXVILLE, Iowa — Fast friends.

While it’s a term we’ve heard for years, it doesn’t often apply to race drivers who make their livings at high speed.

However, World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series drivers Joey Saldana and Paul McMahan are exactly that. In today’s pop culture world, they could be called “BFFs.”

Saldana, who drives the Motter Motorsports No. 71m, and McMahan, who wheels Chad & Jen Clemens’ No. 51 sprint car, help each other on and off the race track and their families are about as close as could be.

Both Saldana and McMahan acknowledged that their wives Shannon and Jan are also very close.

“Our wives are best friends and me and Joey are casualties of that relationship,” McMahan said. “The kids get along very well. We have had this relationship for a very long time. When I got hurt years ago and was stuck in Indianapolis to go to Dr. Trammell for my shoulder, Joe gave me his shop to plug into and have whatever I needed. It is just a good friendship. Not many people have that in our sport. I am fortunate to have a guy like him to run up and down the highway and have a good time together. Even outside of racing we do things together. It is a lot of fun.”