LARSON MARKS RACING KEEPS TOP-FIVE STREAK GOING
Driver Shane Stewart and the Larson Marks Racing team escaped Pennsylvania Posse country with two hard-earned top-10s.
The two-night Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Penn., kicked-off on Friday night. Stewart qualified ninth and finished seventh in his heat race, forcing the team to qualify through the second last-chance showdown. After winning the LCS, Stewart started 18th in the feature. Stewart and the Larson Marks Racing team made a great charge through the field to advance 10 positions and finish eighth.
On Saturday night, Stewart qualified 10th in qualifying Flight B. He finished fourth in his heat race which secured the 20th-starting position in the 30-lap feature event. Stewart gained four positions throughout the race to finish 16th.
The World of Outlaws series headed north on Sunday to Lebanon Valley Speedway where Stewart qualified sixth. He finished third in his heat race and lined-up ninth for the 25-lap feature event. He gained one position to finish eighth and score his second top-10 finish of the weekend.
The team remains second in the series point standings and second in victories.
The Larson Marks Racing team will next compete at Ohsweken Speedway in Ohsweken, Ont., Canada, on Tuesday, July 28.
LARSON MARKS RACING WINS KINGS ROYAL XXXII
SWEEPS SPRINT CAR RACING'S SECOND-BIGGEST WEEKEND
Call him King Shane the 32nd. Shane Stewart, driver of the No. 2 Larson Marks Racing sprint car, swept the weekend at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, to earn the biggest win of his career in the wee hours of Sunday morning.
"I don't know what to say," an overwhelmed Stewart said in victory lane. "I just can't thank my guys enough. They gave me a great, great racecar all weekend long and I actually thought I had a legitimate shot at Donny (Schatz) there.
"This is definitely the biggest win of my career. I actually told myself coming into the weekend that this is the best shot I've ever had at winning a big race. I can't thank these race fans enough for sticking around. By God, this is a late night and I'm going to celebrate."
Stewart was the second-fastest qualifier of the night. As heat races began to line up, a monstrous storm hit Eldora Speedway, followed by another wave of rain shortly after. The delay was nearly four hours long, but track officials worked hard to get the track perfect by the time heat races began at roughly 1am, ET.
Stewart lined up fifth in his heat and finished third. Due to the Kings Royal's unique format, Stewart's heat race finish moved him to 14th for the start of the 40-lap race.
From the moment the green flag waved, Stewart wasted no time showing the speed of his race car. He moved into the top-10 in the opening 10 laps and into third by the halfway point of the race. A caution with six laps remaining saw Stewart restart on the front row next to the race's leader, Schatz. As the field came back to the flagstand, Schatz ran out of fuel with Stewart on his bumper. Stewart claimed the lead with just three laps to go.
As Schatz slowed, another competitor ran into his car, bringing out the caution. Stewart maintained the lead for the subsequent green-white-checkered finish and earned the $50,000 paycheck.
The Knight Before the Kings Royal also saw Stewart and the Larson Marks Racing team in victory lane. Stewart won the dash to earn the pole position for the event. He led every lap, holding off a hard-charging Schatz in the closing lap, to claim the win and sweep one of racing's most prestigious weekends.
The Larson Marks Racing team will next compete at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Penn., on Tuesday, July 21.
KICK-IT PARTNERS WITH LARSON MARKS RACING FOR 2015 KNOXVILLE NATIONALS
Kick-It, a program and partner of the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation, which raises money for pediatric cancer research, will again join Larson Marks Racing, a World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series team, for the 2015 Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway.
The Larson Marks Racing No. 2, driven by Shane Stewart, will honor four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon, who is competing in his final year of full-time racing. The No. 2 Larson Marks Racing sprint car will change to No. 16 for sprint car racing's biggest race and will be painted to match Gordon's first-ever sprint car that he raced in the mid 1980s.
"The Larson Marks Racing paint scheme is way, way cool," said Gordon. "These are my colors, when I first drove a sprint car, and the No. 16 which was my first number. This is about as cool as it gets. To see Shane drive this car at Knoxville this year will just blow me away. I love it."
Stewart, who first partnered with Kick-It in 2012, won his preliminary night race at last year's Knoxville Nationals, but finished 21st in the finale due to a broken u-joint.
LARSON MARKS RACING KEEPS TOP-FIVE STREAK GOING
Driver Shane Stewart and the Larson Marks Racing team extended their top-five streak to six with fifth- and fourth-place finishes in World of Outlaws competition last week.
At Wednesday's make-up race at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich., Stewart qualified 15th and finished fifth in his heat race to transfer to the night's feature event. After starting 15th, Stewart advanced 10 positions to finish fifth.
After Saturday's race at 34 Raceway in Burlington, Iowa was canceled due to rain, the Larson Marks Racing team traveled to Beaver Dam (Wisc.) Raceway. Stewart qualified second and finished second in his heat race to transfer into the night's dash. After starting fifth, he gained three positions to secure the second-place starting position for the night's feature. Stewart led 11 laps before slipping to a fourth-place finish.
The team remains second in the series point standings, 196 points behind defending champion Schatz.
The Larson Marks Racing team will next compete at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas on Wednesday, July 1.
LARSON MARKS RACING EARNS TWO MORE RUNNER-UP FINISHES IN THREE-RACE WEEK
Consistency is key in racing and driver Shane Stewart and the Larson Marks Racing team are proving they've found it. In three races last week, the team earned two more runner-up finishes at Granite City Speedway in Minnesota and Dakota State Fair Speedway, as well as a third-place finish at River Cities Speedway in North Dakota.
Last Wednesday, the World of Outlaws made its first ever appearance at Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids, Minn. Stewart qualified fourth and finished third in his heat to transfer into the night's dash event. After finishing third in the dash, the Larson Marks Racing No. 2 started third in the 30-lap feature event. Stewart raced in the second position throughout must of the race and took the lead on lap 27. The following lap, however, Donny Schatz made the pass and left Stewart with his ninth runner-up finish of the season. Read More
Shane Stewart and Larson Marks Racing team ended their four-race East Coast swing with two top-five and four top-10 finishes in what is considered one of the season's toughest weeks of competition.
"To get through Pennsylvania with four top-10 finishes in four starts is a great testament to how hard Scotty (Martin) and Andrew (Seamans) are working," said Stewart. "We're hanging in there and remaining consistently inside the top five and top 10. Hoping that those start transferring into more wins, too."... Read More
LARSON MARKS RACING EARNS RUNNER-UP FINISH AT ELDORA SPEEDWAY
Shane Stewart and Larson Marks Racing team returned to Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio where they earned their first-career win as a team last season. Stewart earned a runner-up finish on Friday night and appeared to be destined for a third-place finish on Saturday before a shredded left rear tire stopped their run with just two laps remaining.
"We unloaded fast both nights (crew members Scotty Martin and Andrew Seamans), as always, did a great job for me," Stewart said. "We've been staying close to Donny (Schatz) in the points, although Saturday's tire issue hurt that a bit......Read More
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