LARSON MARKS RACING EARNS WINTER HEAT TITLE
STEWART POSTS TWO WINS IN FIRST FIVE RACES OF 2016
In his first Winter Heat appearance, Shane Stewart proved to all of his competitors that he wasn't "off" this off-season. Stewart earned two wins and four top-10 finishes in his first five races of 2016 to earn the Winter Heat title.
"We didn't really change a whole lot from our package that we had last year," Stewart said about the Larson Marks Racing team. "The main thing was that we came here and raced. We got ourselves back in the groove. I think this will help us going to Florida (next month to start the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series season)."
After winning the mid-week event on Wednesday, January 6, Stewart went on to become the first two-time winner at Winter Heat by scoring the win again on Friday, January 7.
The team had a solid lead in the point standings going into the final night of competition, but adversity occurred when the team was forced to change engines following Stewart's qualifier race.
Stewart narrowly made it on track in time for his B-Main where he finished second to transfer into the final feature event. He then charged from his 19th-place starting position to a seventh-place finish to secure the championship.
Stewart and Larson Marks Racing will next compete Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., for the World of Outlaws season opener on Friday, February 12.
LARSON MARKS RACING WINS NIGHT 3 OF WINTER HEAT
Mooresville, N.C. (Jan. 7, 2016) -- Neither rain nor co-owner Kyle Larson could keep Shane Stewart and the Larson Marks Racing team out of Victory Lane at Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz., Wednesday night. Stewart charged past his friend and boss with four laps remaining in the 30-lap event to earn his first win of the 2016 season.
The finish was a reversal of Saturday's results when Larson bested Stewart in night two of competition.
"I'm just glad Mother Nature cooperated a little bit," said Stewart, who won by more than seven seconds and lapped up to eighth place. " It's always a pleasure racing Kyle. He's so darn good that he's almost like racing Donny (Schatz) honestly. He sets such a strong pace.
"Everything worked out well for me. Sometimes it's not always good to be leading. When he dropped down there and hit that hole I had a pretty good run on him and when he got sideways we were able to sneak by."
Stewart finished fourth in his heat race and won his qualifier event to start outside the front row next to Larson in the feature event.
Stewart and Larson Marks Racing will compete in the final two nights of Winter Heat competition this Friday and Saturday, January 9 and 10.
LARSON MARKS RACING EARNS RUNNER-UP FINISH AT WINTER HEAT
Driver Shane Stewart and the Larson Marks Racing team earned a runner-up finish in Saturday's Winter Heat feature event at Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Arizona. The team finished 12th on the previous night.
"Obviously a great night for LMR," Stewart said following Saturday's race. "I needed to be a little tighter. We got a little free there toward the end. I had to be really cautious when I got to lapped traffic. At one point I actually thought I could see (Kyle Larson, winner), but, hell, it was another white car. He checked out on me pretty good."
Stewart finished second in his heat race and fourth in his qualifier prior to starting sixth in the 30-lap feature event. He finished second to Larson Marks Racing team co-owner Kyle Larson.
On Friday night, Stewart also finished second in his heat race and fourth in his qualifier. He started 14th in the feature event, however, and climbed two positions to finish 12th.
Stewart and Larson Marks Racing will continue to compete in Winter Heat action at Cocopah Speedway Tuesday, January 5.
LARSON MARKS RACING TO RETURN TO WINTER HEAT
Larson Marks Racing will return to the desert for the second annual Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown at Cocopah Speedway in Yuma, Arizona. The team won the second of five nights in the inaugural event with driver Kyle Larson. This year, the team will have its full-time driver and 2015 World of Outlaws runner-up, Shane Stewart, behind the wheel.
Stewart missed the 2015 Winter Heat series to stay home with his newborn daughter, Nixon. Larson, co-owner of Larson Marks Racing, took over the reins and posted a win and a top-10 before missing the final weekend of action to test for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
"No driver likes missing a race, especially multiple races, but Nixon (his daughter) was a pretty good reason to," Stewart said. "I kept up with what was going on out there and saw what great races they put on. I'm anxious to get there with this team and get some laps under our belt before the season officially starts in Florida. Hopefully we learn a few things to make our second World of Outlaws season even better."
Stewart and the Larson Marks Racing team earned 11 feature wins in 2015 including both nights of the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, the Ironman at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo., and the Capitani Classic and Knoxville Nationals preliminary night at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway. The team will return to the World of Outlaws tour in 2016 after finishing second in points in their first full season on the tour.
"Larson Marks Racing is a team of racers. Every member of this organization is happier at the track than in the shop, so we're all excited to get the 2016 season started as early as possible," said team co-owner Justin Marks. "Cocopah Speedway put on a great Winter Heat event in 2015 and we're looking forward to being a part of it again next month. Nothing can prepare you better than being in the actual race environment, so getting that experience before heading to Volusia (Raceway Park) is an opportunity to make ourselves better that we didn't want to miss."
Larson will return to Winter Heat as well, driving for Paul Silva, against the Larson Marks Racing team which he co-owns.
"Racing against Kyle is always fun," Stewart said. "He's a great part of this team and I'm sure he'll be at our pit talking to us about set ups and working with us. We're not competitive until we're on the track. I've got to make sure to take this LMR car back to victory lane this year."
The second-annual Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown begins on Friday, January 1 at Cocopah Speedway in Yuma, Ariz. The five-night event also includes races on January 2, 5, 8 and 9.
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Larson Marks Racing to End Successful First Season at World Finals
Larson Marks Racing welcomes new partner American Born Moonshine to the team this weekend at The Dirt Track. American Born Moonshine, based in Nashville, Tenn,, and owned by Windy Hill Spirits, was founded by former Notre Dame quarterback Pat Dillingham and former U.S. Marine Corps captain and Iraq War veteran Sean Koffel. American Born Moonshine comes in three flavors of high-quality moonshine: Original, Apple Pie and Dixie.
LARSON MARKS RACING SHOWS GRIT - RETURNS TO RACE AFTER FIRST LAP ACCIDENT
Driver Shane Stewart and the Larson Marks Racing team showed their determination when the chips were down Saturday at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, N.Y.
When the green flag waved for the 25-lap feature event, the No. 29 got sideways collecting Stewart, who had no where to go. Stewart barrel rolled in Turn 4, causing significant damage to the LMR No. 2.
Once in the work area, the LMR team went to work on the car to replace both wings and make other repairs with the help of team members from Kasey Kahne Racing and Tony Stewart Racing. Miraculously, the car was able to be repaired and rejoin the field before the race resumed.
"That's never the way you want a night to go," Stewart said. "This just shows how strong this Larson Marks Racing team is. We could've accepted the DNF with our heads down, but Scotty, Andrew and Heath worked quickly to get us back out there. And we couldn't have done it without the help from the other team guys, too."
Stewart re-entered the work area several times throughout the caution-filled event and finished 16th after starting 10th.
Stewart and Larson Marks Racing will next compete at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway on Friday, October 16.
LARSON MARKS RACING WINS GOLD CUP PRELIMINARY NIGHT - STEWART POSTS FOURTH-PLACE FINISH IN FINALE
Mooresville, N.C. (Sept. 14, 2015) -- Driver Shane Stewart and the Larson Marks Racing team led every lap of Friday's World of Outlaws feature event at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif., to earn his 11th victory - ninth World of Outlaws victory - of the 2015 season.
"I generally drive really, really bad here," Stewart sad in victory lane. "I've had some good cars here and screwed up and lost a couple of big races here. To finally get a win here, with these guys and with the amount of competition that's in the pit area, it just says a lot about this ENEOS/GoPro team."
Stewart qualified second in qualifying Flight 2 Friday night. He then finished fourth in his heat to transfer into the night's dash. The inversion draw placed the LMR No. 2 on the pole of the dash, which Stewart went on to win. In the 30 lap feature event, Stewart led from green to checkered to earn his first career win at Silver Dollar Speedway.
The following night, Stewart qualified third in the first flight of qualifying. After finishing fourth in the first heat race, the LMR No. 2 then finished fifth in the dash. Stewart advanced one position throughout the 40-lap event to finish fourth, narrowly missing another podium finish.
The West Coast swing wrapped up Sunday at Antioch (Calif.) Speedway. Stewart qualified 10th and narrowly missed qualifying for the night's dash after finishing third in his heat race. Stewart went on to start 12th in the 30-lap feature event and raced his way to a sixth-place finish.
Stewart and Larson Marks Racing travel back to the Midwest this week. The Larson Marks Racing team will next compete at Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer, Iowa on Friday, September 18.
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