MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 31, 2017) - The Larson Marks Racing team and Shane Stewart completed two nights of racing in the Midwest this past weekend. On Friday, Stewart earned a top-10 finish at Hartford (Mich.) Speedway and followed that up with a runner-up finish at Wilmot (Wisc.) Raceway on Saturday.
Friday night at Hartford Speedway, Stewart qualified third and won his heat race. He started on the outside of the front row for the Craftsman Club Dash and got the lead on Lap 2, ultimately claiming the win to earn the pole starting position for the 30-lap main event. Stewart raced within the top-five for a majority of the feature, but the LMR No. 2 lacked grip in the closing laps, resulting in a 10th-place finish.
The following night at Wilmot Raceway, Stewart qualified seventh and advanced one position in his heat race to finish second, earning a spot in the Craftsman Club Dash. He started and finished fourth in the dash to earn a second row starting position for the 40-lap main event. Stewart took the lead on Lap 30 and battled hard with David Gravel in the final 10 laps but ultimately finished second.
"It was exciting," said Stewart. "I honestly felt like I drove a little too cautious there at the end. I was trying to block him, but still hit my lines. That team has been really, really good lately and we've been close. My guys continue to work crazy hours to make sure the car is ready each and every night. We just came up a little short tonight, but it was a fun race. We'll keep on digging and hopefully we can click off a few more wins before the Knoxville Nationals."
The Larson Marks Racing team will be back in action Friday at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 for the Prelude to the Ironman 55.
TRACK: Hartford Speedway DATE: July 28, 2017
QUALIFYING: 3rd HEAT RACE: 1st
DASH STARTING POSITION: 2nd DASH FINISH: 1st
FEATURE STARTING POSITION: 1st FEATURE FINISH: 10th
TRACK: Wilmot Raceway DATE: July 29, 2017
QUALIFYING: 7th HEAT RACE: 2nd
DASH STARTING POSITION: 4th DASH FINISH: 4th
FEATURE STARTING POSITION: 4th FEATURE FINISH: 2nd