MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 17, 2017) - 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.
TRACK: Gator Motorplex Speedway DATE: April 13, 2017
QUALIFYING: 20th HEAT RACE: 8th
LCS STARTING POSITION: 2nd LCS FINISH: 1st
STARTING POSITION: 19th FEATURE FINISH: 9th
TRACK: Devil's Bowl Speedway DATE: April 14, 2017
QUALIFYING: 8th HEAT RACE: 3rd
DASH STARTING POSITION: N/A DASH FINISH: N/A
STARTING POSITION: 8th FEATURE FINISH: 6th
TRACK: Devil's Bowl Speedway DATE: April 15, 2017
QUALIFYING: 22nd HEAT RACE: 7th
LCS STARTING POSITION: 4th DASH FINISH: 3rd
STARTING POSITION: 21st FEATURE FINISH: 18th