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.
Stewart Goes 21ST TO SIXTH AT KINGS ROYAL
Larson Marks Racing and Shane Stewart returned to the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio this weekend for the 33rd Annual Kings Royal. The team finished 12th on Thursday and earned top-10 finishes on Friday and Saturday.
The Bixby, Okla., native qualified second in Flight 2 of qualifying after going out 16th on Thursday and finished third in the fourth heat race. Stewart started 12th for the 40-lap Jokers Wild feature event and was in 13th on lap 12 for a restart. With five laps remaining, he moved back into 12th, where he finished the race.
Stewart timed in fourth in Flight 2 of qualifying Friday night and finished second in the fifth heat race. He advanced two positions in the second dash to earn the fourth starting spot for the Knight Before the Kings Royal 30-lap feature event. The Larson Marks team has been less successful on slick racing surfaces this season, and with no cautions in the main event for the No. 2 to try to gain positions on restarts, Stewart slipped back to an eighth-place finish.
Looking to defend the crown Saturday night after his big win last year, Stewart qualified fifth and finished fourth in his heat race. With only the top three positions transferring into the main event, Larson Marks Racing was relegated to run the Last Chance Showdown, where the No. 2 started fifth. On the start of the race, Stewart jumped up to third before the caution came out the following lap. On the ensuring restart, he advanced to the runner-up position and completed a last lap pass for the win and a transfer spot into the 33rd Annual Kings Royal.
The LMR team rolled off 21st for the 40-lap Kings Royal feature event and got off to a slow start, but moved up to 19th by lap 10 and 17th five laps later. The first caution of the night came out at the halfway point of the race and from there Stewart took off. He was up to 13th on the restart and into the top 10 by lap 25.
On lap 26, the red flag came out for a car flipping in Turn 4 and the track went under open red flag conditions. This allowed crews onto the track to make slight changes to their cars, so the Larson Marks boys went to work. The No. 2 restarted eighth and was up to seventh on the restart. On lap 30, Stewart advanced to fifth, but got chopped by the competitor he just passed going in to the next turn and slipped back to sixth, where he finished.
"We didn't have the weekend we wanted, but we were able to come back to earn a sixth-place finish," said Stewart. "We didn't have the speed we needed the first two nights, so the LMR boys worked hard to switch cars for Saturday. They put in a lot of time and hard work to keep this No. 2 running up front, so I am glad we were able to transfer out of that Last Chance Showdown and advance 15 spots to get a decent finish to end the weekend on a good note."
The Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action tomorrow at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Penn., for the Don Martin Memorial
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