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A PAIR OF TOP-10 FINISHES IN THE LONE STAR STATE

The Larson Marks Racing team completed this season's Texas swing with three races in the Lone Star state. The team competed at Gator Motorplex in Willis on Thursday and followed that up with two nights of racing at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite Friday and Saturday night.
 
Thursday night at Gator Motorplex, Shane Stewart qualified 20th in time trials and finished eighth in his heat race. He then started on the outside of the front row for the Last Chance Showdown and captured the lead on lap two. The Bixby, Okla., native led the rest of the way en route to the win, transferring into the main event. He started 19th for the 40-lap feature event and began making his way through the field. When the caution was displayed just before the halfway point of the race, Stewart advanced into the top-10. On the ensuing restart he slipped back to 12th but was able to climb back up to ninth in the closing laps to earn another top-10 finish.
 
Stewart kicked off night one of the Texas Outlaw Nationals at Devil's Bowl Speedway by tallying the eighth-fastest lap in qualifying, before finishing third in the second heat race of the night. Stewart started eighth and gained two positions in the 25-lap feature event to score a sixth-place finish.
 
The following night, Stewart qualified 22nd and finished seventh in his heat race. After starting fourth in the Last Chance Showdown, he advanced one position to finish third and transfer into the 30-lap main event. The pilot of the LMR No. 2 started in the 21st position and advanced three positions to finish in 18th-place.

"I always love racing close to my home state of Oklahoma in front of family and friends," said Stewart. "Obviously, I would have loved to have won, but it felt good to be able to rebound after being set back early in the night. We still need to find some speed in our No. 2 LMR cars, and we will. I'm looking forward to getting back on track this weekend at Riverside and I-55."
 
The Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action Friday, April 21 at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark.



STEWART EARNS TOP-10 IN THE DESERT

The Larson Marks Racing team wrapped up the west coast swing with two nights of racing in the desert. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series raced at Cocopah Speedway in Yuma, Ariz., on Friday and Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz.
 
On Friday night at Cocopah Speedway, driver Shane Stewart tallied with the ninth-quickest lap in qualifying and finished third in his heat race. Stewart started ninth and was maintaining position however, but with five laps remaining he got collected with a lapped car and brought out the caution. After restarting at the rear of the field, Stewart was able to climb back up to finish in 17th-place.
 
The following night at Arizona Speedway, Stewart earned the fifth-quickest time in qualifying and finished third in his heat race. The Bixby, Okla., native started the 30-lap feature event from the eighth position. After slipping back one spot on the start of the race, Stewart was able to regain the position with 10 laps remaining. He maintained that position in the closing laps and finished in eighth-place at the checkered flag.
 
 "We had a top-10 run going Friday night," said the pilot of the LMR No. 2. "It's such a bummer to have it end the way it did. We definitely need to find a bit more speed in our cars and get a little luck on our side, and I know we will soon. I'm looking forward to get back to Devil's Bowl Speedway this weekend and hopefully we can get a win for all of our partners."
 
The Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action Thursday, April 13 at Gator Motorplex in Willis, Texas.


STEWART STRUCK WITH A STRING OF BAD LUCK

The Larson Marks Racing team wrapped up the California swing this week after three nights of racing. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series competed at Placerville Speedway on Wednesday night, Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford on Friday and Perris Auto Speedway Saturday night.
 
Wednesday night at Placerville Speedway, Larson Marks Racing driver Shane Stewart was the second fastest qualifier in Group 1 of qualifying and won his heat race from the pole starting position. The Bixby, Okla., native won the eight-lap dash from the third-starting position to earn the pole-starting position for the 40-lap main event. 
 
Stewart led from the drop of the green-flag until the halfway point of the race. Just after the halfway mark, he smacked the front stretch wall and broke a pin in the right front shock. After slipping back, Stewart brought out the caution on lap 25. As a result of being past the halfway point of the race, no set time was allowed in the work area for the No. 2 team and the race went back to green-flag conditions before repairs could be made, resulting in a 22nd-place finish.
 
The team made the trip back down to the California Central Valley on Friday for the World of Outlaw's first trip back to Keller Auto Speedway since 2015. Stewart qualified second and won his heat race. After starting seventh in the dash, he was able to advance two positions to earn the fifth-starting position for the 35-lap main event.
 
After the green-flag waved, Stewart brought out the second caution early in the race and had to restart at the rear of the field. When the next caution was displayed on lap 7, the pilot of the No. 2 headed to the work area as a result of a broken drag link. Repairs were made and he again restarted from the rear of the field. By lap 20, Stewart was up to the 15th position and advanced five more positions in the closing laps to earn a 10th-place finish.
 
The Larson Marks team then made the 5-hour drive from the Central Valley to Southern California after Friday night's events for Saturday's SoCal Showdown at Perris Auto Speedway. Stewart was again the second-fastest qualifier of the night, but finished second in his heat race. He started and finished fifth in the eight-lap dash.
 
When the green-flag dropped for the 30-lap feature event, Stewart slipped back to eighth after starting from the third row. On lap 12, Stewart slowed to avoid a car that spun in front of him, but was unfortunately hit from behind and bent the front axle on the No. 2. Once he got to the work area, the LMR crew went to work and was able to change the front axle in the two-minute time slot and Stewart returned to the track. In the closing laps, Stewart was able to gain a few positions to finish in 17th-place.
 
"It's such a bummer to finish out this California swing the way we did," said Stewart. "We started off strong each and every night, but just couldn't capitalize because of driver error or things out of our control. It's unfortunate, but we will get back on track. I am really looking forward to getting to Cocopah Speedway next weekend. I was bad fast there last year at the Winter Heat Showdown."
 
The Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action Friday, April 7 at Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz.


PODIUM FINISH FOR LARSON MARKS RACING AT STOCKTON


MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 27, 2017) - Shane Stewart and the Larson Marks Racing team traveled to the San Joaquin Valley for one night of racing this weekend. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series was scheduled to compete in two nights at the Stockton Dirt Track but the opening night was canceled due to rain.
 
On Saturday, Stewart was the second car out to qualify in Group 1 of qualifying and earned the quickest lap time of the night, also setting a new track record. He started on the pole of the opening heat race and won. The four pill was drawn for the dash inversion, and Stewart started the six-lap Craftsman Club Dash from the fourth position, before advancing one spot. The pilot of the No.2 LMR sprint car started the 30-lap main event from the third position. He was able to maintain that position through several restarts and lapped traffic to finish on the podium, earning the team's third top-five finish of the season.
 
"That was a heck of a race to watch from my vantage point," commented Stewart about the battle of the lead. "I was hoping I could get up there and race with Brad [Sweet] and Donny [Schatz], but we never seemed to get a green flag run that kept us in traffic long enough. I want to send a big thanks to my guys, we have a lot of speed right now and the wins are going to come."
 
The Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action on Wednesday, March 29 at Placerville (Calif.) Speedway for the Short Track Showdown.


STEWART EARNS RUNNER-UP FINISH AT TULARE


Larson Marks Racing rolled into the California central valley last week for two nights of racing. The LMR team competed with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare on Friday and Saturday night, earning two top-10 finishes.
 
On Friday, Shane Stewart was the first car out in qualifying and earned the third-quickest lap time of the night. He started on the pole of the third heat race and won to transfer into the Craftsman Club Dash. After the four pill was drawn for the inversion, Stewart started on the outside of the front row in the dash and eventually won that as well. He then started on the pole of the 35-lap main event and held command up until a late race restart. After the caution came out with five laps remaining, Stewart switched up his racing line to try to block second-place running David Gravel and lost the lead on lap 32, ending the race with his fourth-consecutive runner-up finish at Tulare.
 
"We had a good car tonight, but the driver just didn't make the right moves late in the race," said Stewart. "Sometimes the yellows work for you and sometimes they work against you. Tonight they didn't quite work in our favor, but that's how racing goes. Hats off to David Gravel, he drove a great race there at the end and found the faster line. I also have to give a big thanks to Kyle Larson, Justin Marks and all my guys. We have 90 races a year, so you just have to come back and concentrate on the next one. Big thanks to all the fans for coming out to Thunderbowl Raceway tonight."
 
The following night, Stewart earned his first fast qualifying effort of the season and started on the pole of Heat 1. He finished second in the opening heat race and transferred into the Craftsman Club Dash. The six pill was drawn for the dash inversion, and Stewart started on the outside front row. He went on to make a last lap pass for the win, earning the pole starting position for the main. On the initial start of the 35-lap race, Stewart slipped back to third. After an early caution and ensuing restart, he slipped back two more positions as a result of starting on the bottom. Stewart slipped back one more position on a lap 11 restart, before the track started to take rubber and created single-file racing conditions. With very little passing due to the track conditions in the closing laps, Stewart maintained his position and finished in sixth-place.
 
The Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action on Friday, March 24 at Stockton (Calif.) Dirt Track for the FVP Western Spring Shootout.


STEWART EARNS TWO TOP-10 FINISHES IN SIN CITY


The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series traveled further west to double-down in Sin City. The Larson Marks Racing team competed Thursday and Friday night at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and earned two top-10 finishes.
 
On Thursday, Larson Marks Racing driver Shane Stewart went out 18th in Qualifying Group 2 and earned the second-quickest lap time of the night. He started on the pole of the fourth heat race and led every lap to transfer into the Craftsman Club Dash. After the four pill was drawn for the inversion, Stewart started on the pole of the dash and won, earning the pole starting position for the 25-lap main event.
 
After taking the green flag, Stewart jumped to the early lead. He quickly approached lapped traffic and on lap 6 he got tangled with a lapped car. After going to the work area, the Larson Marks team, with help from other crews, made repairs to the No. 2 and Stewart restarted from the rear of the field. The caution was displayed with 9 laps remaining and Stewart restarted in the 16th position. He would advance seven more positions in the closing laps to earn a ninth-place finish.
 
On Friday, Stewart timed in with the seventh-quickest lap time in Group 2 of qualifying. He started and finished fourth in the third heat race. After starting the 30-lap main event from the 14th position, Stewart was up to seventh by the halfway point of the race. In the closing laps of the race, Stewart advanced two more positions to earn a fifth-place finish.
 
"It was a good weekend for our Larson Marks team," said Stewart. "We had fast cars both nights, unfortunately I messed up Thursday night and set the team back in the feature. I'm thankful the LMR guys were able to make repairs and get me back out on track to rebound."
 
The Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action on Friday, March 17 at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif. 




STEWART EARNS A TOP-10 AT THE LONESTAR SHOOTOUT

The Larson Marks Racing team traveled west this weekend with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series for a double-header in the Lone Star State. Friday night the team earned a top-10 finish at Lonestar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas before being postponed due to rain the following night at Gator Motorplex in Willis, Texas.
 
After going out second in time trials on Friday night at Lonestar Speedway, Shane Stewart qualified 17th overall. The Bixby, Okla., native started sixth in the second heat race and advanced one position to finish in the fifth position. Stewart took the green flag for the 35-lap feature event from the 14th starting position and advanced into the top 10 just before the halfway point of the race. On the lap 18 restart, he advanced the No. 2 LMR sprint car from ninth to seventh. The caution came out again with nine laps remaining. Stewart then restarted seventh and gained another position on the restart. In the closing laps, Stewart remained just outside the top-five and earned a sixth-place finish.
 
Stewart and the Larson Marks team were scheduled to compete at Gator Motorplex on Saturday but rain postponed the event. The Gator Bash is now scheduled for Thursday, March 13.
 
"Going out early in qualifying really put us behind the eight ball to kick off the night," said Stewart. "But thankfully we were able to advance to the feature out of our heat race and the LMR boys put in the work to give me a good racecar for it. It felt good to be able to rally to earn another top-10 finish."
 
The Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action Thursday, March 9 at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada. 





LARSON MARKS RACING KICKS OFF THE SEASON WITH TWO TOP-10 FINISHES IN FLORIDA

The Larson Marks Racing team kicked off their season last week with five races at Volusia Raceway Park in Barberville, Fla. Shane Stewart and team competed with the All Star Circuit of Champions and the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series over those five races, earning two top-10 finishes.
 
Stewart started off the week with the All Stars by timing in eighth overall in qualifying, which was third in Group 3. He started and finished third in Heat 3. After starting 11th in the 30-lap feature event, Stewart gained several positions in the closing laps and made a last lap pass to finish in eighth-place. The following night, Stewart qualified 12th overall and sixth in Group 1. He gained one position in his heat race to finish fifth and earn the 18th starting position for the feature event. Unfortunately, some contact early in the race resulted in a broken front end and a 23rd-place finish.
 
Friday night kicked off the World of Outlaws' season and Stewart timed in 20th during qualifying. After finishing sixth in his heat race, Stewart won the Last Chance Showdown from the fourth starting position. He then started 21st in the main event, but after early contact, something broke in the steering and Stewart pulled off the track, resulting in a 23rd-place finish.
 
After Saturday's event was postponed due to rain, the Larson Marks team prepared for a double-header on Sunday. Stewart qualified 28th for the afternoon portion and finished sixth in his heat race. After starting eighth in the Last Chance Showdown, Stewart made a gutsy slide-job for the fourth and final transfer spot into the A-Main. He started the 25-lap race from 24th and was able to advance to 19th.
 
For the second half of Sunday's show, Stewart qualified 10th and finished fourth in his heat race. The LMR crew switched out rear ends on the No. 2, as Stewart commented that he could feel it was about to break towards the end of his heat race. Stewart took the green flag for the 30-lap finale from the 14th starting position and worked his way to the front. By the halfway point of the race, he was up to fifth and remained there until the closing laps, when another competitor got a huge run to get by and Stewart slipped back to finish sixth.
 
"It certainly wasn't the week that we wanted," said Stewart, "We got faster though and were able to make gains as the week went on. It felt great to get back in the No. 2 and get the season started. I can't thank the guys enough for all of the hard work they put in over the off season and at the track this week."
 
The Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action Thursday, March 3 at Lonestar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas for the East Texas Lone Star Shootout.







LARSON MARKS RACING CLOSES OUT SEASON WITH TWO TOP-10 FINISHES

The World of Outlaws returned to The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend for the final two races of the season. Shane Stewart and Larson Marks Racing earned two more top-10 finishes at the team's home track to round out the season.
 
Stewart qualified for both Friday and Saturday night's program on Thursday, earning the second-fastest time for Friday's program and the quickest time of the night for Saturday. With qualifying out of the way, on Friday the team went straight into heat races. Stewart started on the pole and won his heat race, transferring him into the night's Craftsman Club Dash. After the redraw, Stewart lined up second and finished third. After starting fifth in the main event, Stewart slipped back to a seventh-place finish.
 
The following night, Stewart again won his heat race from the pole starting position and transferred into the Craftsman Club Dash. After the redraw, he started third and finished fourth in the dash. Stewart started fourth in the 30-lap feature event and raced as high as third before slipping back to ninth through a couple of restarts. In the closing laps, he was able to regain a few of positions to finish seventh.
 
"It's a bummer we couldn't close out the season with some better finishes," said Stewart. "Still, I can't thank my guys enough for all of the hard work they put into this team this weekend and throughout the whole year.  It was great to have Justin [Marks] and Kyle [Larson] at the track this weekend. Their support of this team is amazing and I can't thank them enough for letting me be a part of LMR. I'm ready for the off season, but already looking forward to coming back stronger even for next season."
 
The Larson Marks Racing team closes out the World of Outlaws' season with eight wins, 44 top fives, 73 top 10s, 22 heat race wins, five fast times and a sixth-place finish in the championship point standings.


TWO TOP-FIVE FINISHES FOR LARSON MARKS RACING IN THE MIDWEST

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series traveled back to the Midwest this past weekend for two events. Shane Stewart and Larson Marks Racing competed at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., on Friday night and Salina (Okla.) Highbanks Speedway the following night.
 
Stewart qualified 10th at Lakeside Speedway and finished seventh in his heat race after starting fourth. He started on the pole of the Last Chance Showdown and won, transferring him into the 30-lap feature event. Stewart started 19th and quickly started gaining spots. By the halfway point of the race, he was up to ninth and in the closing laps, advanced four more positions to earn a fifth-place finish.
 
The following night, Stewart was the second-fastest qualifier at Salina Highbanks Speedway and won his heat race after starting on the pole, transferring him into the night's dash. Stewart started the six-lap dash in third and earned the fourth starting position for the main event. He moved up to third on the opening lap, but slipped back to fourth when the first caution of the race was displayed on Lap 7. In the closing laps, Stewart fell back to fifth but earned the teams 71st top five of the season.
 
"Friday night didn't start off like we had hoped, but I'm glad we were able to come through the field to earn a top-five finish," said Stewart. "Then on Saturday, we were able to get another top five at the track closest to my hometown. It's nice to be able to come home and race surrounded by family and friends. It was definitely a good refresher going into next week's season finale."
 
The Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action this Thursday at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. for the kick off to World Finals.


END OF SEASON NEARS FOR FOR LARSON MARKS RACING

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series traveled north this past weekend for the final two races in Pennsylvania for the season. Larson Marks Racing and Shane Stewart competed in the rain-postponed National Open at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg on Friday and raced at Port Royal Speedway the following night.
 
On Friday night, Stewart qualified 12th in Flight 1 of time trials and started sixth in the second heat race. After a caution on lap 1, Stewart received contact from another competitor on the ensuing restart and dropped to seventh. In the remaining laps, he was able to gain back the positions he lost and earn the final transfer spot into the feature event. Stewart started 19th and finished 18th in the 40-lap main event.
 
The following night, Stewart was the last car in Flight 1 to go out for qualifying and timed in 10th. Stewart started and finished fifth in the heat race, earning the final transfer spot into the main event. Stewart started 19th and was able to advance six positions in the 30-lap feature event to finish 13th.
 
"We definitely struggled this weekend in Pennsylvania," said Stewart. "We only have four more races to go this season and are racing hard for a top five finish in the championship points battle. I am looking forward to getting to Lakeside on Friday and Salina on Saturday. Our team won Salina last year, and it will be nice to get back to my home state of Oklahoma to race in front of family and friends."
 
The Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action this Friday at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.



CONSISTENCY CONTINUES AT FULTON FOR LARSON MARKS RACING

Larson Marks Racing and Shane Stewart scored another top-five finish this weekend as they headed north with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series to Fulton Speedway in upstate New York.
 
Saturday marked the first time both the team and driver had seen the racing surface at Fulton. Rain in the area earlier in the afternoon made the track extremely fast, due to all the moisture and 28 of the 32 drivers broke the previous track record. Stewart settled in 10th in time trials with a 13.027 lap time. He started and finished third in his heat race, transferring into the night's main event.
 
Stewart started 10th for the 30-lap feature event and passed four cars on the opening lap. The first caution of the night came on Lap 2, and Stewart restarted sixth and advanced to fourth when the field went back to green. Another caution came out just before the halfway mark of the race and Stewart slipped back to fifth on the restart. In the closing laps of the race, Stewart made a couple of runs at the fourth position but ultimately scored a fifth-place finish.
 
"We had a great car in the feature," said Stewart. "We were able to move up five spots, which was a good point night for us; we're now in fifth place in the point standings. We have a good package right now, so I am looking forward to getting back to Williams Grove for some redemption since we struggled there during the summer."
 
The Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action this Friday at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Penn., for the National Open that was postponed due to rain in early October.


STEWART CAPTURES 4-CROWN WIN AT ELDORA SPEEDWAY

Shane Stewart and Larson Marks Racing scored two top-five finishes this weekend as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint car series traveled east. The Larson Marks team scored the win at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio Friday night and followed it up with another top-five finish at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Penn. on Saturday.
 
Stewart qualified seventh in flight one of time trials, ninth overall, and advanced two positions in his heat race to finish second and transfer into the dash. Stewart started and finished fifth in the six-lap dash. After four attempts to start the 30-lap main event, Stewart quickly jumped up to the runner-up position on lap three. He took the lead on lap 10, sliding under the leader in lapped traffic. After a caution with six laps remaining, Stewart regained the lead on the restart and never looked back, capturing back-to-back wins and his eighth victory of the World of Outlaws season.
 
"I was nervous in that race Friday night," Stewart said. "I had two good restarts, one bad restart and told my guys on the open red 'I don't know if our car is going to be good enough or not,' but we were bad-fast. I can't thank Scotty, Andrew and Heath enough for giving me such a fast racecar. I especially have to thank Justin and Kyle for letting us to come out here and race night in and night out. It was great to get them all another victory."
 
Following Friday night's race at Eldora Speedway, the Larson Marks crew made the 5.5-hour drive to Sarver, Penn., to compete in the Commonwealth Clash at Lernerville Speedway on Saturday. Stewart qualified sixth and won his heat race from the second starting position. Stewart finished fifth in the dash and after racing as high as fourth, he finished fifth in the 35-lap main event.
 
The Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action this Thursday at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Penn., for the National Open.

 

21ST TO SIXTH AT KINGS ROYAL

Larson Marks Racing and Shane Stewart returned to the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio this weekend for the 33rd Annual Kings Royal. The team finished 12th on Thursday and earned top-10 finishes on Friday and Saturday.
 
The Bixby, Okla., native qualified second in Flight 2 of qualifying after going out 16th on Thursday and finished third in the fourth heat race. Stewart started 12th for the 40-lap Jokers Wild feature event and was in 13th on lap 12 for a restart. With five laps remaining, he moved back into 12th, where he finished the race.
 
Stewart timed in fourth in Flight 2 of qualifying Friday night and finished second in the fifth heat race. He advanced two positions in the second dash to earn the fourth starting spot for the Knight Before the Kings Royal 30-lap feature event. The Larson Marks team has been less successful on slick racing surfaces this season, and with no cautions in the main event for the No. 2 to try to gain positions on restarts, Stewart slipped back to an eighth-place finish.
 
Looking to defend the crown Saturday night after his big win last year, Stewart qualified fifth and finished fourth in his heat race. With only the top three positions transferring into the main event, Larson Marks Racing was relegated to run the Last Chance Showdown, where the No. 2 started fifth. On the start of the race, Stewart jumped up to third before the caution came out the following lap. On the ensuring restart, he advanced to the runner-up position and completed a last lap pass for the win and a transfer spot into the 33rd Annual Kings Royal.
 
The LMR team rolled off 21st for the 40-lap Kings Royal feature event and got off to a slow start, but moved up to 19th by lap 10 and 17th five laps later. The first caution of the night came out at the halfway point of the race and from there Stewart took off. He was up to 13th on the restart and into the top 10 by lap 25.
 
On lap 26, the red flag came out for a car flipping in Turn 4 and the track went under open red flag conditions. This allowed crews onto the track to make slight changes to their cars, so the Larson Marks boys went to work. The No. 2 restarted eighth and was up to seventh on the restart. On lap 30, Stewart advanced to fifth, but got chopped by the competitor he just passed going in to the next turn and slipped back to sixth, where he finished.
 
"We didn't have the weekend we wanted, but we were able to come back to earn a sixth-place finish," said Stewart. "We didn't have the speed we needed the first two nights, so the LMR boys worked hard to switch cars for Saturday. They put in a lot of time and hard work to keep this No. 2 running up front, so I am glad we were able to transfer out of that Last Chance Showdown and advance 15 spots to get a decent finish to end the weekend on a good note."
 
The Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action tomorrow at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Penn., for the Don Martin Memorial



STEWART EARNS TOP FIVE AT BADLANDS

The Larson Marks Racing team and Shane Stewart headed to Badlands Motor Speedway in Brandon, S.D. this weekend for two nights of racing. The team earned a top-five finish on Saturday night followed by an 18th-place finish on Sunday night.

Stewart timed in eighth in flight one of qualifying Saturday and advanced one spot in his heat race to finish third. He started 11th for the 40-lap feature event and was up to sixth by the caution on lap 15. Stewart advanced to fifth on the ensuing restart. With four laps remaining, a car in front of the No. 2 blew a tire and Stewart barely missed him as the caution came out. Stewart held his position through the final restart and remaining laps to finish fourth and earn the team's 27th top-five finish of the season.

The following night, the Bixby, Okla., native qualified ninth in flight two of time trials and finished fifth in his heat race. Stewart started 18th for the 40-lap feature event but could never really get going and finished the race in the same position.

"It was an up-and-down weekend for us at Badlands," said Stewart. "Things kind of fell our way to earn a fourth-place finish on Saturday and unfortunately once we got lapped on Sunday, we couldn't really go anywhere. Hopefully we can get back to our usual form soon; we've got some big races coming up that we're really looking forward to."

The Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action Friday July 8 at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisc.



LARSON MARKS RACING EARNS TWO TOP 10S TO CLOSE OUT THE NORTHERN TOUR


Larson Marks Racing completed the first of two trips to the north this season and brought home two more top-10 finishes. Shane Stewart finished third Friday night at Jackson (Minn.) Motorplex and sixth Saturday night at Beaver Dam (Wisc.) Raceway.
 
Stewart timed in third quickest Friday night at Jackson Motorplex and finished second in his heat race. He started seventh in the dash, got collected by a spinning car on lap 1, but was able to restart and earn the sixth starting position for the main event. By the lap 10 of the 30-lap race, Stewart was up to fifth, where he stayed until a caution with 10 laps remaining. On the ensuing restart, he advanced two spots to earn a third-place finish.
 
The following night, Stewart qualified ninth and finished third in his heat race. The Bixby, Okla. native took the green flag from the ninth spot and within five laps was up to seventh. On lap 31, the cars in front of Stewart stacked up and some spun. Despite the No. 2 being collected in the accident, Stewart was able to continue and restarted in the 11th position with nine laps remaining. He jumped to eighth on the restart and finished sixth after a green-white-checkered finish.

 

STEWART GOES WIRE-TO-WIRE FOR FATHER'S DAY WIN

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (June 20, 2016) - The Larson Marks Racing team headed north this weekend for two nights of racing in the Dakotas. Shane Stewart advanced seven positions Friday night at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D., for a 4th-place finish. On Father's Day, Stewart started on the pole of the feature event for the first time this season and led all 35 laps to earn the team's fifth win of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series season.
 
Coming off of Wednesday night's win at Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids, Minn., Stewart qualified 11th and finished third in his heat race Friday night at River Cities Speedway. After starting 11th in the feature event, Stewart was up to sixth by lap 10. In the closing laps, Stewart raced his way up to fourth, earning the team another top-five finish.
 
After a rare Saturday off, the Larson Marks team unloaded at Brown County Speedway on Sunday for their first ever visit and the World of Outlaw's first trip since 1985. The Bixby, Okla. native timed in fifth quickest in qualifying and finished second in his heat race. For the first time this season, Stewart won the dash to earn the pole starting position for the feature event. He went on to lead every circuit of the 35-lap feature event to earn the team's fifth win of the 2016 World of Outlaws season.
 
"Having Jenn and Nixon here makes it that much more special," said Stewart, who was joined in victory lane by his girlfriend and their young daughter. "Track position was just everything tonight. My guys gave me a great car all night, and we finally got a dash draw that benefitted us and we were able to take advantage of it. I just can't thank everyone that is involved with this team enough. I've got to thank [co-owners] Justin [Marks] and Kyle [Larson], ENEOS, Go-Pro, American Born Moonshine, Tommy Rider does a great job on our motors and Cool Chassis. It's a pleasure to drive the No. 2 day in and day out; it's really a dream come true."
 
The Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action Wednesday night at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb



LARSON MARKS RACING EARNS TWO TOP-10 FINISHES AT KNOXVILLE

The Larson Marks Racing team and Shane Stewart headed to the famed Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway this weekend for two nights of action. Despite flipping both nights, the team was able to rebound and earn two top-10 finishes thanks to the help from several others in the pit area.
 
Stewart qualified eighth in flight two of qualifying Friday night, lining him up to start fourth in the final heat race. While racing for the third position, Stewart got too high in Turns 1 and 2 and flipped hard on lap 4. The Larson Marks team immediately went to work and brought the back-up car down to get ready for the Last Chance Showdown.
 
The No. 2 was scheduled to line up fourth for the Last Chance Showdown, but had to drop to the rear of the field for going to the back-up car. That didn't stop Stewart from making the charge to earn the fourth and final transfer spot to the main event. Stewart started 24th and had moved up to 19th by the halfway point of the 25-lap feature event. In the second half of the race, Stewart gained 10 more positions to battle back earn a ninth-place finish.
 
The following night, Stewart qualified third and won his heat race. The 8 pill was drawn for the dash inversion, lining the Bixby, Okla. native up to start sixth. In the six-lap dash, Stewart gained two spots to earn the fourth starting position for the main event.
 
Following a restart on lap 5 of the feature event, another competitor came all the way from the top of the track to the bottom and made contact with Stewart, sending him into Brian Brown and causing the No. 2 to flip. After the car was towed back to the pit area, the team hastily went to work to make repairs. The team was able to quickly get Stewart back onto the track, and because so many cars were involved in the accident, he restarted 14th when racing resumed. In the remaining 20 laps, Stewart was able to climb seven spots to earn a seventh-place finish.
 
"I've definitely got to thank our crew guys, [crew chief] Scotty, Andrew, Heath and everyone else who helped get our car back out on the track both nights this weekend," said Stewart. "It was nice to be able to rebound with two top 10s. Hopefully all of the craziness of this weekend is out of the way for when we come back to Knoxville for Nationals in August."
 
The Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action tomorrow, June 14th at Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids, Minn.

RUNNER-UP FINISH AT I-96

Larson Marks Racing and Shane Stewart rebounded Sunday night at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich. for a runner-up finish after an 18th-place finish Friday night at Fremont Speedway and Saturday's event at I-96 Speedway was postponed to Sunday following heavy rainfall.
 
Stewart started off the night earning his second fast time of the season Friday night at Fremont Speedway. After winning his heat race and transferring into the dash, the Bixby, Okla. native earned the fourth starting position for the feature event. Unfortunately, Stewart spun on lap one and was sent to the work area. The Larson Marks team made speedy repairs and got the No. 2 back out on the track for the restart. Stewart was up to 13th by the halfway point, but on the ensuing restart slowed and stopped on the bottom of Turns 1 and 2. After restarting in the rear of the field, Stewart was able to climb back up to an 18th-place finish.
 
Saturday's show at I-96 Speedway was postponed to Sunday after heavy rainfall once hot laps were complete. On Sunday, the team earned the third quickest time of the night in qualifying and won their heat race from the pole. After starting fourth in the dash, the throttle pedal broke on lap two, forcing the team to settle for sixth place. With 25 laps remaining, Stewart had advanced to second place and was gaining on the leader when the red flag was displayed for two tangled cars. As soon as the cars started to push off for the restart, rain came and the race was called official on lap 17, with Stewart scored in the runner-up spot.
 
"It was great to rebound on Sunday after our performance at Fremont on Friday," said Stewart. "I thought I might have had something for the leader, but I'll take a second-place finish. I've got to thank the Larson Marks guys for all their hard work this weekend."
 
The Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action on Wednesday, June 8 at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind.


RUNNER-UP FINISH AT I-96

Larson Marks Racing and Shane Stewart rebounded Sunday night at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich. for a runner-up finish after an 18th-place finish Friday night at Fremont Speedway and Saturday's event at I-96 Speedway was postponed to Sunday following heavy rainfall.
 
Stewart started off the night earning his second fast time of the season Friday night at Fremont Speedway. After winning his heat race and transferring into the dash, the Bixby, Okla. native earned the fourth starting position for the feature event. Unfortunately, Stewart spun on lap one and was sent to the work area. The Larson Marks team made speedy repairs and got the No. 2 back out on the track for the restart. Stewart was up to 13th by the halfway point, but on the ensuing restart slowed and stopped on the bottom of Turns 1 and 2. After restarting in the rear of the field, Stewart was able to climb back up to an 18th-place finish.
 
Saturday's show at I-96 Speedway was postponed to Sunday after heavy rainfall once hot laps were complete. On Sunday, the team earned the third quickest time of the night in qualifying and won their heat race from the pole. After starting fourth in the dash, the throttle pedal broke on lap two, forcing the team to settle for sixth place. With 25 laps remaining, Stewart had advanced to second place and was gaining on the leader when the red flag was displayed for two tangled cars. As soon as the cars started to push off for the restart, rain came and the race was called official on lap 17, with Stewart scored in the runner-up spot.
 
"It was great to rebound on Sunday after our performance at Fremont on Friday," said Stewart. "I thought I might have had something for the leader, but I'll take a second-place finish. I've got to thank the Larson Marks guys for all their hard work this weekend."
 
The Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action on Wednesday, June 8 at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind.


LARSON MARKS RACING AND STEWART EARN THIRD WORLD OF OUTLAWS WIN OF THE SEASON

Shane Stewart and Larson Marks Racing earned two top-two finishes this weekend in their respective home states.  The team earned a runner-up finish Friday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway and kept it going on Monday, scoring their third win of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series season at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway.
 
Stewart earned the team's first quick time of the season Friday night at The Dirt Track. After finishing second in the heat race, the team advanced to the dash and earned the fourth starting spot for the main event. The Bixby, Okla. native took the lead on lap five and led until the last corner of the final lap to earn the runner-up finish.
 
On Memorial Day at Lawrenceburg Speedway, the Larson Marks team timed in eighth quickest in qualifying and won their heat race from the outside of the front row, advancing into the night's dash. Stewart gained two positions in the dash to earn the third starting position for the feature event.
 
Stewart was up to second by the second caution of the race on lap five and took the lead on the ensuing restart. With 10 laps remaining, Rico Abreu challenged Stewart for the lead and the two swapped positions back and forth for several laps in lapped traffic. Stewart secured the top spot and led the final six circuits for the team's third win of the World of Outlaws season.
 
"I just have to thank everybody that has been working really really hard on this LMR racecar," said Stewart. "They're been putting in a tremendous amount of overtime and whenever you can win for them, it makes you feel really good. I try to drive hard every night even and the guys work their tails off, but it's still hard to get a win in this series."
 
"I just have to thank [co-owners] Justin Marks and Kyle Larson, ENEOS, GoPro, American Born Moonshine, ParkerStore, Cool Chassis, Rider Engines, they all do a great job for us," Stewart continued. "I'm just very happy that I can win on Memorial Day. I know it's a special weekend, and a hard one for some people, so I have to thank all the men and women who serve our country. They give us the opportunity to come out here and do what we love."
 
The Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action on Friday, June 3 at Fremont (Ohio) Speedway.


LARSON MARKS RACING EARN A TOP 10 IN THE HOOSIER STATE

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 16, 2016) - This past weekend, the Larson Marks Racing team completed two nights of racing in the Hoosier state. Shane Stewart finished 15th in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series inaugural trip to Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway Friday night and earned a top-10 finish at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. on Saturday night.
 
After being the first car out for qualifying, Stewart timed in 13th and finished fourth in the opening heat race. Larson Marks Racing started 10th on the grid and ran close to that starting position for most of the race. In the closing laps on the slick track, Stewart slipped back a few positions to finish 15th.
 
The following night, Stewart qualified 17th and gained one position in his heat race to finish fifth. The team took the green flag from the 14th starting position and gained four spots in the 40-lap feature event to earn a 10th-place finish.
 
"It was great to race close to home this weekend," said Stewart. "We're struggling a bit on slick tracks right now, like Friday night at Plymouth, but it was nice to rebound and earn another top 10 the following night at Haubstadt. I'm looking forward to getting to Pennsylvania this week."
 
The Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action this Wednesday, May 18 at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Penn., for the Gettysburg Clash.



LARSON MARKS RACING EARN A TOP 10 IN THE HOOSIER STATE

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 16, 2016) - This past weekend, the Larson Marks Racing team completed two nights of racing in the Hoosier state. Shane Stewart finished 15th in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series inaugural trip to Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway Friday night and earned a top-10 finish at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. on Saturday night.
 
After being the first car out for qualifying, Stewart timed in 13th and finished fourth in the opening heat race. Larson Marks Racing started 10th on the grid and ran close to that starting position for most of the race. In the closing laps on the slick track, Stewart slipped back a few positions to finish 15th.
 
The following night, Stewart qualified 17th and gained one position in his heat race to finish fifth. The team took the green flag from the 14th starting position and gained four spots in the 40-lap feature event to earn a 10th-place finish.
 
"It was great to race close to home this weekend," said Stewart. "We're struggling a bit on slick tracks right now, like Friday night at Plymouth, but it was nice to rebound and earn another top 10 the following night at Haubstadt. I'm looking forward to getting to Pennsylvania this week."
 
The Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action this Wednesday, May 18 at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Penn., for the Gettysburg Clash.


STEWART REBOUNDS TO SCORE TOP FIVE AT ELDORA

This past weekend, the Larson Marks Racing team returned to Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, the site of some of their biggest career wins. Shane Stewart finished 19th on Friday night, but made a late-race pass on Saturday night to earn another top-five finish.
 
Stewart qualified seventh in the second flight of qualifying on Friday night and finished fourth in his heat race. Larson Marks Racing started 14th on the grid for the feature event, but didn't get a good start when the green flag dropped and slipped back to 20th. After falling back to 21st, Stewart gained two spots in the closing circuits of the 30-lap race to finish 19th.
 
The following night, Stewart timed in seventh-quickest in the first flight of qualifying. After starting fourth in his heat race, the Bixby, Okla. native gained two positions to finish second and earn a spot in the all-important dash. Stewart finished sixth in the dash and started the main event on the outside of row three. In the 30-lap feature Stewart advanced one position to finish fifth.
 
In 30 races so far this season, the LMR team has earned four wins, 17 top-five finishes and 26 top 10s. Stewart currently sits third in the World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Car Series championship point standings, 101 points out of the lead.
 
"Friday night was a tough one for us," said Stewart. "We normally don't finish outside of the top 10 unless something goes wrong. My Larson Marks Racing guys got to work and made the right adjustments, and we were back to our usual form on Saturday. The season has been pretty solid for us so far, so we want to keep that momentum going. Hopefully we can qualify a little better and add a few more notches to the win column."
 
The Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action Friday, May 13 at Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway.




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.


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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