Stewart’s Second Bradway Slips Away
For 32 laps on Saturday night, Shane Stewart was in a league of his own as he dominated most of the Dave Bradway Jr, Memorial race at the Silver Dollar Speedway, but a broken U-joint forced his Silva Motorsports No.57 machine in the infield for the final eight laps.
“It is a huge bummer to have a car that good, and have something break,” Stewart said. “Paul Silva gave me a great car, and I guess it’s a good feeling knowing I had a car good enough to win a Chico, a place that has had my number at times.”
Stewart was one of the strongest cars all night long, as he opened the night up by timing his Lucas Oil Products/A.R.T. Speed Equipment/Pro Bilt Construction machine in fifth fastest.
Lining up in the second row of his heat, Stewart quickly jumped to the lead, and never looked back, as he picked up the important heat win to lock himself in the dash.
Starting on the front row, alongside his teammate for the weekend, Rico Abreu, Stewart slipped back to the second spot, and chased Abreu across the stripe, putting his machine on the front row for the 40-lap feature event.
When the green light’s flickered on for the finale, Stewart quickly gunned to the lead as he rode the cushion in turns one and tow, and pedaled the bottom in three and four.
Seemingly in a league of his own, Stewart carved his way through lapped traffic to near perfection, and was solid on his restarts.
With just eight laps remaining, disaster struck for Stewart, as his U-joint broke, and he pulled his machine into the infield, handing his lead to Abreu.
“We were awesome, and it’s a bummer not to win such a big race, but it is pretty cool to see Rico Abreu win his first weekend out with A.R.T. Chassis.”
Friday night, Stewart was also in action at the Silver Dollar Speedway and he opened the night up by timing his Palmero Properties/Finley Farms/Car and Fleet backed machine in second fastest.
A fourth place finish in his heat, put him in the feature event, where he started in the second row.
Battling with Rico Abreu for the second spot, Stewart slipped back to the third spot, when Allard got by both him and Abreu.
Getting past Dominic Scelzi in the middle of the feature, Stewart would settle for the second spot.
The Silva Motorsports team thanks Lucas Oil Products, A.R.T. Speed Equipment, Pro Bilt Construction, Palmero Properties, Finley Farms, Car and Fleet, Stepping Stone Genetics, FK Rod Ends, OMP Racing, Wesmar Racing Engines, Amerikote, XYZ, Hoosier Tire, Pro Shocks, Banshee Graphics, Dan Olson Products, K&N Filters, RE Technologies, Weld, Schoenfeld Headers, Butlerbuilt Seats, Vortex Wings, CP Pistons, Cometic Gaskets, Huggins Cams, BR Ignitioneering, Blackwell Consolidation, and Petersen Media for their partnership in 2013.
2013 BY THE NUMBERS- Starts-30, Wins-6, Top 5’s-14, Top 10’s-18.
ON TAP: Shane will now return to action on May 17th in Attica, OH and May 18th in Plymouth, IN aboard the Joe Gaerte owned No. 3g.
Stewart Dominates Knoxville Opener
Back in action aboard the Bernie Steubgen owned, Indy Race Parts No.71, Shane Stewart returned to the Knoxville Raceway and picked up his fourth career 410ci feature even victory in dominating fashion.
“We struggled last week in the 410, so we made a last minute call to come out here and see if we could run well,” Stewarts said.
With 32 cars on hand, Stewart started his night off by timing in sixth fastest, putting him in the third row of the third heat.
Showing his continued skill and success at the famed raceway, Stewart wasted no time getting to the front, as he picked up the impressive heat race win from the third row, putting him in the second row of the feature event.
With the 20-lap feature going green, Stewart quickly worked up into the second spot on the opening lap as he slid past many time track champion, Terry McCarl.
On the second lap, Stewart took the lead, as he got past early leader, Don Droud, Jr, and never looked back.
A pair of cautions was the only things that seemed to slow Stewart on this night, as the defending three-time champion of the 360 nationals, powered away from the field, as he was not to be denied the win.
Comfortably out front Stewart, was not hindered by a lap-16 caution, and went on to win the feature event over Terry McCarl and Ian Madsen.
“It feels great to get back in victory lane,” Stewart said. “We were good on Friday during practice, and we really had a top notch car all night. I’m cant thank Bernie and his boys enough for the ride, and working their tales off all night.”
2013 BY THE NUMBERS- Starts-28, Wins-6, Top 5’s-13, Top 10’s-17.
ON TAP: Shane will now head to California to team up with Paul Silva for a pair of races at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, CA this Friday and Saturday night.
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No Happy Ending for Stewart
A pair of late race tangles while running up front during the Easter Tri-City Shootout prevented Shane Stewart from having a ‘storybook’ ending to his 2012/2013 season with Monte Motorsports.
“We were awesome both night, and had great speed, unfrotuatnely we had a couple tangles while running up front which really put a damper on our final weekend together,” he said.
Kicking it off on Friday night at the Maryborough Speedway, Stewart timed in with quick time, putting him in a good spot off the bat aboard his Monster Energy/Milwaukee Tools/GearWrench No.7.
Starting eight in his heat, the Indianapolis, IN driver went from eighth to four in his heat, putting his Lucas Oil Products/K&N/Factory Kahne machine on the pole of the feature event.
Running in the second spot, Shane battled with David Murcott for the top spot for the first half of the race.
On the 15th lap, Stewart and Murcott came together, and Murcott came to a stop, and Stewart inherited the lead.
Two laps latter, Stewart pulled into the infield with front end issues, and his night was over.
Returning to Brisbane a couple weeks after picking up a win, Stewart was fast again as he opened the night by timing in second fastest.
Scoring fourth and fifth place finishes in his heats, Stewart proceeded to set a new track record aboard Prosser Toyota/KRE Engines/Kaeding Performance entry in the dash, putting him on the pole.
Falling into second to Robbie Farr after leading the first half of the race, Stewart got into an altercation trying to get past a lapped car, and his night was again done early while running up front. Read More....