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BROWNELL’S BIG GUNS BASH:After last weekend’s tragic loss of fellow competitor and friend, Jason Johnson, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series charges on to the Sprint Car Capitol of the World this weekend. Kyle Larson Racing and Shane Stewart will take on a pair of races Friday and Saturday at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway.
KNOXVILLE JUNE 2017 REVIEW: On the opening night of Brownell’s Big Guns Bash last June, Stewart qualified fourth in Flight A of qualifying and won his heat race. He earned the fifth starting spot for the main event and finished fourth. The following night, Stewart qualified 14th in Flight B of time trials and gained three positions in his heat race to finish fourth and transfer into the feature event. The pilot of the Larson Marks Racing No. 2 advanced 10 positions to finish sixth and earn the KSE Hard Charger Award for the night.
SPRINT CAR CAPITOL HISTORY: The famed half-mile is one of Stewart’s best tracks, having accumulated an impressive five wins, 10 top-fives and 16 top-10 finishes since the inception of Kyle Larson Racing in 2014. He has also scored a record five 360 Nationals victories in his career at the facility.
JIM BOYD MEMORIAL RECAP: Saturday night at Beaver Dam (Wisc.) Raceway, Stewart was the fifth fastest qualifier and won his heat race from the outside of the front row. He drew the six wrench during the Sears Craftsman Dash Draw and earned the fifth starting spot for the 40-lap main event. The Bixby, Okla., native started from the inside of the third row and immediately jumped to fourth. Just before the halfway point of the race following a restart, a lengthy red flag was displayed for an accident in turn 3. Once the field got back to racing, Stewart jumped up to the runner-up position and made a couple of charges at leader, Daryn Pittman, before ultimately finishing second.
STEWART GETTING BACK BEHIND THE WHEEL: “It has been a really difficult week for our racing family,” said Stewart. “I am thankful to the World of Outlaws for postponing Jacksonville [Speedway on Wednesday] and giving us an opportunity to mourn the loss of our friend but also celebrate his life. Jason [Johnson] and I have been friends for a long time and we’ve gotten especially close the last several years as we were both racing on the World of Outlaws tour and raising young children. I will miss my friend, but he would want us all to charge on and live our dreams. I hope we can make him proud this weekend at a track that is so important to us both and earn our team’s first victory of the season.”
RACE INFORMATION: For more information on the Brownell’s Big Guns Bash at Knoxville Raceway, please click here
KLR OWNER: KLR is owned by NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series (NMECS) driver Kyle Larson. The Elk Grove, Calif., native will be competing in both the NMECS and NASCAR Xfinity Series races this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. After Sunday’s race, he will head to Pennsylvania to take on the PA Posse Monday night at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown and Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville on Tuesday during Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek.
KLR TEAM: The Kyle Larson Racing team is led by general manager Paul Silva of Sacramento, Calif., and crew chief Lee Stauffer of York, Penn., with Heath Moyle of Middleburg, Penn., and Jakob Weaver of Coldwater, Mich.
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