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MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 9, 2018) – Fresh off of a rare dark weekend, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series completed their spring west coast swing this past weekend at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz., where Shane Stewart and the Kyle Larson Racing team led laps and earned a top-five result.
Stewart was the 10th car to make a lap in time trials and ended up with the fifth fastest lap out of 24 competitors. He got a great start from the outside of the front row in his heat race to steal the win and earn a spot in the Craftsman Club Dash, where he finished fifth.
From the drop of the green flag, the Bixby, Okla., native quickly advanced into the top-three and then into the runner-up position by lap 8. On lap 16, the leader ran into some trouble and spun in front of the field, which now put Stewart into the top-spot. Four laps later another caution was displayed. On the first try at the lap 20 restart, the defending World of Outlaws Champion, Donny Schatz, was able to get the lead over the pilot of the DC Solar No. 2 but the caution came out before the lap was complete, putting Stewart back in the lead.
Once the field got back to green, Schatz took over the lead from Stewart as the No. 2 started to lose grip with the laps winding down. Through two more restarts and the lack of grip, Stewart lost a position on each but was able to hold on for a fourth-place finish.
“It was great to have a weekend off with family for Easter and I appreciate the Outlaws for allowing us to do that, but it sure felt good to get behind the wheel of a racecar,” said Stewart. “We had a fast DC Solar No. 2 but lost a lot of grip towards the end of the night, so the restarts really hurt us. It is something we will continue to learn from and work on, but as I said, I had a fast racecar and I can’t thank my guys enough for putting us in contention.”
The Kyle Larson Racing team heads to the Midwest and will be back in action Friday, April 13 at Jacksonville (Ill.) Speedway. Tickets can be purchased here.
|TRACK: Arizona Speedway
DASH STARTING POSITION: 3rd
FEATURE STARTING POSITION: 5th
|DATE: April 7, 2018
HEAT RACE: 1st
DASH FINISH: 5th
FEATURE FINISH: 4th