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.
SHANE STEWART AND LARSON MARKS RACING EXTEND THEIR TOP-10 STREAK
Shane Stewart and Larson Marks Racing earned a seventh-place finish Wednesday night at Placerville (Calif.) Speedway. The finish extended the team's top-10 streak to 11 races, dating back two months starting at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla.
At Placerville Speedway on Wednesday night, Stewart qualified 21st and started sixth in his heat race. Stewart was able to gain two positions early and transfer into the night's feature event.
Stewart started the feature event from the 13th position and gained six spots in the 40-lap race to finish in seventh place. The finish moved Larson Marks Racing back into second in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series point standings, 68 points behind leader Brad Sweet.
"I am really happy with the seventh-place finish last night," said Stewart. "We have been struggling in qualifying a little bit and with the new format, it can make for a long night when you have to start deep in the field. We've been doing a good job of overcoming that, though. We finished 11th here last year, so to improve on that and get another top 10 was good for us."
The No. 2 Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif., on Friday, April 1.
SHANE STEWART AND LARSON MARKS RACING SCORE TWO TOP-10 FINISHES IN STOCKTON
Shane Stewart and Larson Marks Racing extended their top-10 streak to 10 races following a double-header at the Stockton (Calif.) Dirt Track this weekend. Stewart finished third on Friday and followed it with a late-race charge into the top 10 on Saturday.
Stewart was the eighth-fastest qualifier Friday night at the Stockton Dirt Track and won his heat race despite having some issues with the motor. The Larson Marks Racing team made a quick engine swap before the dash, where they started fifth.
Stewart gained one spot in the dash to earn the fourth place starting position in Friday night's feature. Shortly after halfway, he took over the third position. Stewart was able to catch the leaders in lapped traffic, but was unable to take over to the top spot and finished third.
"We had a little motor issue and thank goodness it held together for that heat race win," Stewart said. "It's so crucial to get a first or second to get yourself in the dash. We've just got to keep working on it. Donny [Schatz] and Brad [Sweet] are going to be tough all year long and the way the format is, you've got to get qualified and get through your heat race."
On Saturday, Stewart was the seventh driver to make his laps in qualifying, and he turned the 20th-fastest lap overall. He started and finished seventh in his heat race, sending him to the Last Chance Showdown. Stewart made a late-race pass for the lead in the Last Chance Showdown, advancing Larson Marks Racing into the feature. Stewart started 19th for the 30-lap feature event and was able to make a late-race charge to finish in 10th place.
The No. 2 Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action at Placerville (Calif.) Speedway on Wednesday, March 23.
STEWART SCORES TWO TOP-10 FINISHES IN THE LONE STAR STATE
Mooresville, N.C. (Feb. 29, 2016) -- The Larson Marks Racing team and driver Shane Stewart left Texas proud of their two Craftsman World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series top-10 finishes.
The Larson Marks team traveled West from Mooresville, N.C. for two nights of racing in Texas before heading to the West Coast. In the team's first start at Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Texas, Stewart qualified ninth and finished third in his heat race. After starting ninth in the feature event, Stewart advanced three spots to finish sixth.
The following night at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, Stewart won his heat race which transferred him into the night's dash. After starting sixth, Stewart gained two positions to secure the fourth-place starting position in the feature event. Stewart raced as high as second before slipping back to a third-place finish.
"We had another couple of solid top-10 finishes," said Stewart. "(Crew members) Scotty, Heath, and Andrew have been working really hard at making the No. 2 faster every night. We are gaining ground and hopefully we can get a win here real soon."
Stewart and Larson Marks Racing will next compete at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 3 and 4
STEWART POSTS THREE TOP-10 FINISHES IN FIVE RACES
Mooresville, N.C. (Feb. 16, 2016) -- The Larson Marks Racing team with driver Shane Stewart left the Dirtcar Nationals in Florida proud of their three top-10 finishes in five nights of racing.
"All in all I think we had a good weekend. As a team we learned a ton and I think when we come back here next year we won't have the same struggles we had," Stewart said about the Larson Marks Racing team. "The guys worked really hard at getting me comfortable and it showed throughout the whole week because we got faster and faster as the week went on."
The Larson Marks team traveled south from Mooresville, N.C. to Florida early to race with the Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions for two nights and get needed track time prior to the start of the World of Outlaws season. Stewart started 16th in the first night of action and advanced eight positions to finish eighth. The following night, the team pulled into the pit area early to conserve their equipment for the final three nights of racing.
In the World of Outlaws season opener. Stewart qualified 24th but charged to a runner-up finish in his heat to transfer to the dash. After starting eighth in the feature event, he was involved in a late-race accident that ended the team's night early.
Stewart and the team rebounded on Saturday when he advanced five positions in the feature event to finish fifth. On Sunday, the team again made gains when Stewart finished seventh to earn another top-10 finish.
Stewart and Larson Marks Racing will next compete at Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Texas with the World of Outlaws on Friday, February 26.
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.
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