LARSON MARKS RACING WINS AT WILLAMETTE
STEWART EARNS TEAM'S SECOND WORLD OF OUTLAWS STP SERIES WIN OF 2014
Mooresville, N.C. (September 3, 2014) -- Larson Marks Racing and driver Shane Stewart earned their second World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series win of the 2014 season in the GoPro No. 2 Tuesday at Willamette Speedway in Vancouver, Ore. The win stopped a six-consecutive win streak held by current World of Outlaws STP point leader Donny Schatz.
Stewart started second in the 30-lap race after finishing second in the dash. He maintained his position through the opening half and used lapped traffic to his advantage to take the lead from Joey Saldana on Lap 15. As Schatz closed in, Stewart held his line and managed to take the checkers and become the first World of Outlaws STP winner not named Schatz since August 15.
"I can't thank Justin (Marks, co-owner) and Kyle (Larson, co-owner) enough for believing in me and this race team and giving us a chance to come out here and race against these guys," Stewart said following the race. "Steve (Suchy, crew chief) and I have been meshing really well lately and I think our performances are starting to show it. We've had a great race car since we got out to the West Coast last week. There were a few things just a tick off. I knew if we got those figured out we'd challenge for some wins and it sure feels good to get one of them tonight."
The win was Stewart's fifth-career World of Outlaws STP victory of his racing career. His first win in the GoPro No. 2 fielded by Larson Marks Racing occurred at Eldora Speedway in May. The team also won the first preliminary event at the FVP Knoxville Nationals last month.
Last week, Larson Marks Racing earned quick time at Skagit Speedway in Washington before posting a 10th-place and a fourth-place finish there. On Labor Day, Stewart started 10th at Grays Harbor Raceway, also in Washington, and gained five positions to finish fifth.
The team will vie for their third World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series win of the season tonight at Southern Oregon Speedway in Medford.
LARSON MARKS RACING WINS KNOXVILLE PRELIMINARY FEATURE EVENT - BROKEN U-JOINT ENDS KNOXVILLE NATIONALS TITLE BID
Mooresville, N.C. (August 12, 2014) -- Shane Stewart and Larson Marks Racing continued to make their mark in the sprint car world at the 54th running of the Knoxville Nationals. With a win, a front row starting position and a shot at the title, the team continues to build its resume as it looks toward a 2015 World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship run.
Following Wednesday's persistent rain showers, the evening's qualifying event was moved to Friday night. Stewart started strong, earning the fourth-fastest qualifying time of the 53-car field. Starting eighth in his heat race, Stewart made a hard charge to the front on the first lap, moving into third place. He picked up one more spot prior to the checkered to finish second.
The GoPro/Kick-It for Children's Cancer No. 2 started sixth in the feature event and Stewart immediately moved into the top five. As the race continued, he and driver Donny Schatz battled for third place with Stewart coming out on top. With a late race caution and subsequent restart, Stewart challenged the leader, Kraig Kinser, and took the lead on the final lap to claim the win.
Stewart's strong showing throughout the night earned the team 491 points and placed the car on the front row for Saturday's prestigious Knoxville Nationals.
When the green flag waved Saturday night for sprint car racing's greatest race, Stewart immediately fell into second place behind leader Schatz. Stewart held the position for 11 laps before succumbing to Brian Brown on Lap 12.
Shortly after the red flag for fuel, Stewart slowed on the track and pulled directly into the team's pit area where they discovered a broken U-Joint that was creating a severe vibration in the car and making it impossible to drive. The team's night ended with a 21st-place finish.
In addition to the team's on-track efforts, Larson Marks Racing and Stewart supported its partner, Kick-It for Children's Cancer, in several off-track events, including a go-kart race, bartending event and annual kickball game. Throughout the week, the team's efforts, with the support of friends, partners and race fans, raised nearly $112,000 for children's cancer research.
The Larson Marks Racing team will next compete at Skagit Speedway with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series on August 29 and 30th. Read More....