LARSON MARKS RACING CLOSES OUT SEASON WITH TWO TOP-10 FINISHES
The World of Outlaws returned to The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend for the final two races of the season. Shane Stewart and Larson Marks Racing earned two more top-10 finishes at the team's home track to round out the season.
Stewart qualified for both Friday and Saturday night's program on Thursday, earning the second-fastest time for Friday's program and the quickest time of the night for Saturday. With qualifying out of the way, on Friday the team went straight into heat races. Stewart started on the pole and won his heat race, transferring him into the night's Craftsman Club Dash. After the redraw, Stewart lined up second and finished third. After starting fifth in the main event, Stewart slipped back to a seventh-place finish.
The following night, Stewart again won his heat race from the pole starting position and transferred into the Craftsman Club Dash. After the redraw, he started third and finished fourth in the dash. Stewart started fourth in the 30-lap feature event and raced as high as third before slipping back to ninth through a couple of restarts. In the closing laps, he was able to regain a few of positions to finish seventh.
"It's a bummer we couldn't close out the season with some better finishes," said Stewart. "Still, I can't thank my guys enough for all of the hard work they put into this team this weekend and throughout the whole year. It was great to have Justin [Marks] and Kyle [Larson] at the track this weekend. Their support of this team is amazing and I can't thank them enough for letting me be a part of LMR. I'm ready for the off season, but already looking forward to coming back stronger even for next season."
The Larson Marks Racing team closes out the World of Outlaws' season with eight wins, 44 top fives, 73 top 10s, 22 heat race wins, five fast times and a sixth-place finish in the championship point standings.
TWO TOP-FIVE FINISHES FOR LARSON MARKS RACING IN THE MIDWEST
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series traveled back to the Midwest this past weekend for two events. Shane Stewart and Larson Marks Racing competed at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., on Friday night and Salina (Okla.) Highbanks Speedway the following night.
Stewart qualified 10th at Lakeside Speedway and finished seventh in his heat race after starting fourth. He started on the pole of the Last Chance Showdown and won, transferring him into the 30-lap feature event. Stewart started 19th and quickly started gaining spots. By the halfway point of the race, he was up to ninth and in the closing laps, advanced four more positions to earn a fifth-place finish.
The following night, Stewart was the second-fastest qualifier at Salina Highbanks Speedway and won his heat race after starting on the pole, transferring him into the night's dash. Stewart started the six-lap dash in third and earned the fourth starting position for the main event. He moved up to third on the opening lap, but slipped back to fourth when the first caution of the race was displayed on Lap 7. In the closing laps, Stewart fell back to fifth but earned the teams 71st top five of the season.
"Friday night didn't start off like we had hoped, but I'm glad we were able to come through the field to earn a top-five finish," said Stewart. "Then on Saturday, we were able to get another top five at the track closest to my hometown. It's nice to be able to come home and race surrounded by family and friends. It was definitely a good refresher going into next week's season finale."
The Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action this Thursday at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. for the kick off to World Finals.
END OF SEASON NEARS FOR FOR LARSON MARKS RACING
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series traveled north this past weekend for the final two races in Pennsylvania for the season. Larson Marks Racing and Shane Stewart competed in the rain-postponed National Open at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg on Friday and raced at Port Royal Speedway the following night.
On Friday night, Stewart qualified 12th in Flight 1 of time trials and started sixth in the second heat race. After a caution on lap 1, Stewart received contact from another competitor on the ensuing restart and dropped to seventh. In the remaining laps, he was able to gain back the positions he lost and earn the final transfer spot into the feature event. Stewart started 19th and finished 18th in the 40-lap main event.
The following night, Stewart was the last car in Flight 1 to go out for qualifying and timed in 10th. Stewart started and finished fifth in the heat race, earning the final transfer spot into the main event. Stewart started 19th and was able to advance six positions in the 30-lap feature event to finish 13th.
"We definitely struggled this weekend in Pennsylvania," said Stewart. "We only have four more races to go this season and are racing hard for a top five finish in the championship points battle. I am looking forward to getting to Lakeside on Friday and Salina on Saturday. Our team won Salina last year, and it will be nice to get back to my home state of Oklahoma to race in front of family and friends."
The Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action this Friday at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.
CONSISTENCY CONTINUES AT FULTON FOR LARSON MARKS RACING
Larson Marks Racing and Shane Stewart scored another top-five finish this weekend as they headed north with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series to Fulton Speedway in upstate New York.
Saturday marked the first time both the team and driver had seen the racing surface at Fulton. Rain in the area earlier in the afternoon made the track extremely fast, due to all the moisture and 28 of the 32 drivers broke the previous track record. Stewart settled in 10th in time trials with a 13.027 lap time. He started and finished third in his heat race, transferring into the night's main event.
Stewart started 10th for the 30-lap feature event and passed four cars on the opening lap. The first caution of the night came on Lap 2, and Stewart restarted sixth and advanced to fourth when the field went back to green. Another caution came out just before the halfway mark of the race and Stewart slipped back to fifth on the restart. In the closing laps of the race, Stewart made a couple of runs at the fourth position but ultimately scored a fifth-place finish.
"We had a great car in the feature," said Stewart. "We were able to move up five spots, which was a good point night for us; we're now in fifth place in the point standings. We have a good package right now, so I am looking forward to getting back to Williams Grove for some redemption since we struggled there during the summer."
The Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action this Friday at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Penn., for the National Open that was postponed due to rain in early October.
STEWART CAPTURES 4-CROWN WIN AT ELDORA SPEEDWAY
Shane Stewart and Larson Marks Racing scored two top-five finishes this weekend as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint car series traveled east. The Larson Marks team scored the win at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio Friday night and followed it up with another top-five finish at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Penn. on Saturday.
Stewart qualified seventh in flight one of time trials, ninth overall, and advanced two positions in his heat race to finish second and transfer into the dash. Stewart started and finished fifth in the six-lap dash. After four attempts to start the 30-lap main event, Stewart quickly jumped up to the runner-up position on lap three. He took the lead on lap 10, sliding under the leader in lapped traffic. After a caution with six laps remaining, Stewart regained the lead on the restart and never looked back, capturing back-to-back wins and his eighth victory of the World of Outlaws season.
"I was nervous in that race Friday night," Stewart said. "I had two good restarts, one bad restart and told my guys on the open red 'I don't know if our car is going to be good enough or not,' but we were bad-fast. I can't thank Scotty, Andrew and Heath enough for giving me such a fast racecar. I especially have to thank Justin and Kyle for letting us to come out here and race night in and night out. It was great to get them all another victory."
Following Friday night's race at Eldora Speedway, the Larson Marks crew made the 5.5-hour drive to Sarver, Penn., to compete in the Commonwealth Clash at Lernerville Speedway on Saturday. Stewart qualified sixth and won his heat race from the second starting position. Stewart finished fifth in the dash and after racing as high as fourth, he finished fifth in the 35-lap main event.
The Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action this Thursday at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Penn., for the National Open.
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