STEWART GOES WIRE-TO-WIRE FOR FATHER'S DAY WIN
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (June 20, 2016) - The Larson Marks Racing team headed north this weekend for two nights of racing in the Dakotas. Shane Stewart advanced seven positions Friday night at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D., for a 4th-place finish. On Father's Day, Stewart started on the pole of the feature event for the first time this season and led all 35 laps to earn the team's fifth win of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series season.
Coming off of Wednesday night's win at Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids, Minn., Stewart qualified 11th and finished third in his heat race Friday night at River Cities Speedway. After starting 11th in the feature event, Stewart was up to sixth by lap 10. In the closing laps, Stewart raced his way up to fourth, earning the team another top-five finish.
After a rare Saturday off, the Larson Marks team unloaded at Brown County Speedway on Sunday for their first ever visit and the World of Outlaw's first trip since 1985. The Bixby, Okla. native timed in fifth quickest in qualifying and finished second in his heat race. For the first time this season, Stewart won the dash to earn the pole starting position for the feature event. He went on to lead every circuit of the 35-lap feature event to earn the team's fifth win of the 2016 World of Outlaws season.
"Having Jenn and Nixon here makes it that much more special," said Stewart, who was joined in victory lane by his girlfriend and their young daughter. "Track position was just everything tonight. My guys gave me a great car all night, and we finally got a dash draw that benefitted us and we were able to take advantage of it. I just can't thank everyone that is involved with this team enough. I've got to thank [co-owners] Justin [Marks] and Kyle [Larson], ENEOS, Go-Pro, American Born Moonshine, Tommy Rider does a great job on our motors and Cool Chassis. It's a pleasure to drive the No. 2 day in and day out; it's really a dream come true."
The Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action Wednesday night at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb
LARSON MARKS RACING EARNS TWO TOP-10 FINISHES AT KNOXVILLE
The Larson Marks Racing team and Shane Stewart headed to the famed Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway this weekend for two nights of action. Despite flipping both nights, the team was able to rebound and earn two top-10 finishes thanks to the help from several others in the pit area.
Stewart qualified eighth in flight two of qualifying Friday night, lining him up to start fourth in the final heat race. While racing for the third position, Stewart got too high in Turns 1 and 2 and flipped hard on lap 4. The Larson Marks team immediately went to work and brought the back-up car down to get ready for the Last Chance Showdown.
The No. 2 was scheduled to line up fourth for the Last Chance Showdown, but had to drop to the rear of the field for going to the back-up car. That didn't stop Stewart from making the charge to earn the fourth and final transfer spot to the main event. Stewart started 24th and had moved up to 19th by the halfway point of the 25-lap feature event. In the second half of the race, Stewart gained 10 more positions to battle back earn a ninth-place finish.
The following night, Stewart qualified third and won his heat race. The 8 pill was drawn for the dash inversion, lining the Bixby, Okla. native up to start sixth. In the six-lap dash, Stewart gained two spots to earn the fourth starting position for the main event.
Following a restart on lap 5 of the feature event, another competitor came all the way from the top of the track to the bottom and made contact with Stewart, sending him into Brian Brown and causing the No. 2 to flip. After the car was towed back to the pit area, the team hastily went to work to make repairs. The team was able to quickly get Stewart back onto the track, and because so many cars were involved in the accident, he restarted 14th when racing resumed. In the remaining 20 laps, Stewart was able to climb seven spots to earn a seventh-place finish.
"I've definitely got to thank our crew guys, [crew chief] Scotty, Andrew, Heath and everyone else who helped get our car back out on the track both nights this weekend," said Stewart. "It was nice to be able to rebound with two top 10s. Hopefully all of the craziness of this weekend is out of the way for when we come back to Knoxville for Nationals in August."
The Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action tomorrow, June 14th at Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids, Minn.
RUNNER-UP FINISH AT I-96
Larson Marks Racing and Shane Stewart rebounded Sunday night at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich. for a runner-up finish after an 18th-place finish Friday night at Fremont Speedway and Saturday's event at I-96 Speedway was postponed to Sunday following heavy rainfall.
Stewart started off the night earning his second fast time of the season Friday night at Fremont Speedway. After winning his heat race and transferring into the dash, the Bixby, Okla. native earned the fourth starting position for the feature event. Unfortunately, Stewart spun on lap one and was sent to the work area. The Larson Marks team made speedy repairs and got the No. 2 back out on the track for the restart. Stewart was up to 13th by the halfway point, but on the ensuing restart slowed and stopped on the bottom of Turns 1 and 2. After restarting in the rear of the field, Stewart was able to climb back up to an 18th-place finish.
Saturday's show at I-96 Speedway was postponed to Sunday after heavy rainfall once hot laps were complete. On Sunday, the team earned the third quickest time of the night in qualifying and won their heat race from the pole. After starting fourth in the dash, the throttle pedal broke on lap two, forcing the team to settle for sixth place. With 25 laps remaining, Stewart had advanced to second place and was gaining on the leader when the red flag was displayed for two tangled cars. As soon as the cars started to push off for the restart, rain came and the race was called official on lap 17, with Stewart scored in the runner-up spot.
"It was great to rebound on Sunday after our performance at Fremont on Friday," said Stewart. "I thought I might have had something for the leader, but I'll take a second-place finish. I've got to thank the Larson Marks guys for all their hard work this weekend."
The Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action on Wednesday, June 8 at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind.
LARSON MARKS RACING AND STEWART EARN THIRD WORLD OF OUTLAWS WIN OF THE SEASON
Shane Stewart and Larson Marks Racing earned two top-two finishes this weekend in their respective home states. The team earned a runner-up finish Friday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway and kept it going on Monday, scoring their third win of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series season at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway.
Stewart earned the team's first quick time of the season Friday night at The Dirt Track. After finishing second in the heat race, the team advanced to the dash and earned the fourth starting spot for the main event. The Bixby, Okla. native took the lead on lap five and led until the last corner of the final lap to earn the runner-up finish.
On Memorial Day at Lawrenceburg Speedway, the Larson Marks team timed in eighth quickest in qualifying and won their heat race from the outside of the front row, advancing into the night's dash. Stewart gained two positions in the dash to earn the third starting position for the feature event.
Stewart was up to second by the second caution of the race on lap five and took the lead on the ensuing restart. With 10 laps remaining, Rico Abreu challenged Stewart for the lead and the two swapped positions back and forth for several laps in lapped traffic. Stewart secured the top spot and led the final six circuits for the team's third win of the World of Outlaws season.
"I just have to thank everybody that has been working really really hard on this LMR racecar," said Stewart. "They're been putting in a tremendous amount of overtime and whenever you can win for them, it makes you feel really good. I try to drive hard every night even and the guys work their tails off, but it's still hard to get a win in this series."
"I just have to thank [co-owners] Justin Marks and Kyle Larson, ENEOS, GoPro, American Born Moonshine, ParkerStore, Cool Chassis, Rider Engines, they all do a great job for us," Stewart continued. "I'm just very happy that I can win on Memorial Day. I know it's a special weekend, and a hard one for some people, so I have to thank all the men and women who serve our country. They give us the opportunity to come out here and do what we love."
The Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action on Friday, June 3 at Fremont (Ohio) Speedway.
LARSON MARKS RACING EARN A TOP 10 IN THE HOOSIER STATE
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 16, 2016) - This past weekend, the Larson Marks Racing team completed two nights of racing in the Hoosier state. Shane Stewart finished 15th in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series inaugural trip to Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway Friday night and earned a top-10 finish at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. on Saturday night.
After being the first car out for qualifying, Stewart timed in 13th and finished fourth in the opening heat race. Larson Marks Racing started 10th on the grid and ran close to that starting position for most of the race. In the closing laps on the slick track, Stewart slipped back a few positions to finish 15th.
The following night, Stewart qualified 17th and gained one position in his heat race to finish fifth. The team took the green flag from the 14th starting position and gained four spots in the 40-lap feature event to earn a 10th-place finish.
"It was great to race close to home this weekend," said Stewart. "We're struggling a bit on slick tracks right now, like Friday night at Plymouth, but it was nice to rebound and earn another top 10 the following night at Haubstadt. I'm looking forward to getting to Pennsylvania this week."
The Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action this Wednesday, May 18 at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Penn., for the Gettysburg Clash.
STEWART REBOUNDS TO SCORE TOP FIVE AT ELDORA
This past weekend, the Larson Marks Racing team returned to Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, the site of some of their biggest career wins. Shane Stewart finished 19th on Friday night, but made a late-race pass on Saturday night to earn another top-five finish.
Stewart qualified seventh in the second flight of qualifying on Friday night and finished fourth in his heat race. Larson Marks Racing started 14th on the grid for the feature event, but didn't get a good start when the green flag dropped and slipped back to 20th. After falling back to 21st, Stewart gained two spots in the closing circuits of the 30-lap race to finish 19th.
The following night, Stewart timed in seventh-quickest in the first flight of qualifying. After starting fourth in his heat race, the Bixby, Okla. native gained two positions to finish second and earn a spot in the all-important dash. Stewart finished sixth in the dash and started the main event on the outside of row three. In the 30-lap feature Stewart advanced one position to finish fifth.
In 30 races so far this season, the LMR team has earned four wins, 17 top-five finishes and 26 top 10s. Stewart currently sits third in the World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Car Series championship point standings, 101 points out of the lead.
"Friday night was a tough one for us," said Stewart. "We normally don't finish outside of the top 10 unless something goes wrong. My Larson Marks Racing guys got to work and made the right adjustments, and we were back to our usual form on Saturday. The season has been pretty solid for us so far, so we want to keep that momentum going. Hopefully we can qualify a little better and add a few more notches to the win column."
The Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action Friday, May 13 at Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway.
STEWART SCORES EMOTIONAL SECOND WIN OF THE SEASON
An emotional Shane Stewart captured the teams second win of the season Saturday night at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas. The half-mile oval is somewhat of a home track for Stewart who grew up in nearby Bixby, Okla.
The Larson Marks Racing team qualified eighth on Friday night and finished third in the second heat race. After starting eighth in the feature event, Stewart was able to climb two positions to earn a sixth-place finish.
During the finale on Saturday night, Stewart qualified ninth quickest and lined up to start third in the final heat race. In the eight-lap race, he was able to make an early pass for second and then completed a slide job for the lead to win and transfer to the all-important dash. After the redraw for the dash, Stewart took the green from the fourth position and was able to earn the third starting spot for the main event.
Stewart ran in the top five throughout the entire race, waiting for a chance to challenge the leaders. On the race's final restart with six laps remaining, Stewart was able to get around Friday night's winner, Joey Saldana, for the second position and set his sights on the leader. Shortly after, Stewart was able to complete the pass on leader Daryn Pittman to earn his second win of the season.
"I'm a little choked up, this is a big win for me. A lot of people have helped me get to this point. I have driven for a lot of good car owners, like my mom and dad who are here," Stewart said. "It's been a long road to get here that's for sure, and some days you don't think you're ever going to get here but when you finally do it makes it really special. There were plenty of times I thought 'this is it, I am going to have to get a regular job' but people kept believing in me and giving me opportunities - [team owners] Justin [Marks] and Kyle [Larson] are a great example of that."
After Saturday night's win, Stewart remains second in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series point standings, 87 points out of the lead. The Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action Tuesday, April 26 at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark.
LARSON MARKS RACING WRAPS UP WEST COAST SWING WITH TOP FIVES
Larson Marks Racing and Shane Stewart ended the West Coast swing by adding to their top-five scores, posting back-to-back fourth-place finishes at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway and Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway and a fifth-place finish at USA Raceway in Tucson, Ariz. The team continues to sit second in the championship point standings, 93 points out of the point lead.
In his return to Bakersfield Speedway for the first time since 2006, Stewart qualified eighth and advanced one position in his heat race to finish second. After earning an all-important spot in the night's dash, where he finished fifth, Stewart moved up one position to finish fourth in the main event.
On Saturday at Perris Auto Speedway, the Larson Marks Racing team qualified third and won their heat race. Stewart started fourth in the dash and advanced one spot to earn the third starting position for the feature event. Stewart crossed the finish line of the 30-lap race in fourth place.
Stewart qualified fifth Monday night at USA Raceway. He finished third in the first heat race and first in the third transferring him into the night's dash. After earning the fourth starting spot for the main event in the dash, Stewart finished fifth in the 30-lap feature.
"I am really happy with the top-five finishes from this weekend," said Stewart. "We have had great car speed, and we've been super consistent so far this season. Hopefully we can keep capitalizing on that and start knocking off more victories."
The Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action this Friday, April 22 at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas.
LARSON MARKS RACING AND SHANE STEWART POST TWO TOP-10 FINISHES ON NORTHERN CALIFORNIA SHORT TRACKS
Shane Stewart and Larson Marks Racing extended their top-10 streak this weekend in California, posting an eighth-place finish at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville and a third-place finish at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico. Stewart currently sits second in the point standings, 79 points behind the leader Brad Sweet.
In his return to Ocean Speedway for the first time since 2008, Stewart qualified eighth and finished third in his heat race. After starting eighth in the feature event, Stewart climbed into the top five before slipping back to an eighth-place finish.
On Saturday at Silver Dollar Speedway, Stewart qualified 14th and gained two positions in his heat race to finish third. He started eighth in the main event and survived a rash of late-race cautions to sneak onto the podium with a third-place finish.
"I love racing on small tracks, so it was nice to get back to Chico," Stewart said. "We had some good finishes here last year and to top the week off with a podium finish was great. It was a solid weekend for us."
The Larson Marks Racing team will return to action on Saturday, April 9 at Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway.
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