STEWART POSTS TWO TOP-FIVE AND THREE TOP-10 FINISHES IN FIVE-RACE WORLD OF OUTLAWS STP SERIES RUN
Shane Stewart and Larson Marks Racing completed their second World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series tour through Pennsylvania with two top-five and three top-10 finishes in five races.
At Lernerville Speedway for the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup, Stewart qualified for both of the feature events, starting 13th in the first. Shortly into the race, however, Stewart was spun by another competitor and suffered front end damage to the Larson Marks Racing sprint car. Stewart went to the work area where the team made repairs and sent him back onto the track at the rear of the field. He rallied to a 12th-place finish. In feature two, Stewart started sixth and finished fourth, his eighth top-five finish of the season.
Two days later, Stewart and the Larson Marks Racing team returned to Lincoln Speedway. For Stewart, it was just his second time ever seeing the central PA track. In the team's first appearance there in May, the night ended early with a bent wheel after contact with the wall. This time around, the team started 18th and finished 18th.
In night one of the Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway, Stewart qualified eighth and finished third in his heat race. After starting 10th in the 25-lap feature event, Stewart patiently worked his way through the field and finished fourth, scoring another top-five finish for the rookie team.
On the following night, Stewart earned the final transfer position when he qualified 16th. He won his heat race and started eighth in the dash. In just six short laps, Stewart charged to a fourth-place finish and secured the fourth-place starting position in the $20,000 to win Summer Nationals finale. Just before the start of the Last Chance Showdown, however, the rain fell. After a three-hour rain delay, the World of Outlaws STP Series sprint cars got back on the track. Stewart maintained a top-five running position throughout the majority of the race. Past halfway, however, the handling of the Larson Marks Racing No. 2 got tighter, making it difficult to turn through the corners. Stewart ultimately finished eighth.
The Larson Marks Racing team will take this weekend off before traveling to Pevely, Mo., to compete in the IronMan 55 at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo.
STEWART'S STRONG KINGS ROYAL RUN ENDS WITH ENGINE FAILURE WITH JUST TWO LAPS TO GO
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LARSON MARKS RACING EARNS ONE TOP-FIVE AND TWO TOP-10S IN THREE RACES
Mooresville, N.C. (July 13, 2014) -- Shane Stewart and Larson Marks Racing appeared to be headed to a sixth-place finish in the 31st running of the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway on Saturday. An engine failure, however, on Lap 38 of the 40-lap event, resulted in a 21st-place finish.
Stewart started sprint car racing's "Month of Money" at Limaland Speedway for the Brad Doty Classic on Wednesday. After qualifying 10th, Stewart started second and won his heat race to transfer into the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series dash. Stewart finished second in the dash to secure the runner-up starting position for the 40-lap A-Main. Stewart held on to a top-five position throughout the majority of the race. However, late in the race, tires spun on a restart and caused Steward to lose several positions. The team ultimately finished ninth.
Two nights later, Stewart and the Larson Marks Racing team returned to Eldora Speedway, the site of their first-career win, for the Knight Before the Kings Royal. Although the team drew a late number to qualify, Stewart, in the GoPro paint scheme for the first time this season, set the eight-fastest qualifying time. After starting third in his heat race, he was reeling in leader Steve Kinser but was unable to get the win, settling for a runner-up finish. He started and finished sixth in the WoO STP dash. Stewart started sixth in the 30-lap A-Main and charged around the high side of the track throughout the race to pass two cars and finish fourth. The top-five finish was the team's seventh of the season.
On Saturday, 47 cars entered the Eldora Speedway pit area with Stewart setting the 16th-fastest qualifying lap. With the Kings Royal-specific format, the qualifying position gave Stewart second-place starting position for the fourth heat race. The top-three finishers would transfer to the A-Main with the winner securing a top-six starting position in the prestigious race. Stewart won the all-important heat to start third in the 40-lap Kings Royal.
Stewart remained third for the first 10 laps of the race before the caution flag waved. By the 20-lap, halfway mark, he had fallen to seventh. In the race's closing laps, Stewart regained one position to sixth. With the white flag preparing to wave, however, the engine expired in the GoPro No. 2, ending Stewart's run for his best-ever Kings Royal finish. The team was scored 21st.
The Larson Marks Racing team will travel to Pennsylvania this week to compete with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series at Lernerville Speedway, Lincoln Speedway and Williams Grove Speedway. Read More....