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Shane Stewart Dominates World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars at Eldora Speedway - Former series rookie of the year gives Kyle Larson his first victory as car owner

ROSSBURG, Ohio - May 2, 2014 - Well, that didn't take long. In its much-anticipated World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series debut on Friday night at Eldora Speedway, Shane Stewart dominated in the Larson-Marks ride to give Kyle Larson his first win as a car owner.


The team was strong all night from a top-10 qualifying effort to a heat race victory and ultimately leading all 30 laps of the A-main.

Current World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship leader Joey Saldana finished second with Paul McMahan, quick-timer Kerry Madsen and Dale Blaney rounding out the top five.


Kraig Kinser led the field to green, but Stewart used his outside front-row position in his GoPro-sponsored car to line himself up for a charge at the lead on the high side in turns 1 and 2. Stewart then raced to the bottom of the historic high-banked, half-mile oval and swept past Kinser and into the lead.


With Stewart and Kinser out front, a couple of Kings Royal winners, Saldana and Blaney, battled each other for third. Saldana wheeled the Motter Equipment #71M around the top while Blaney worked the bottom. The two entered traffic just after lap five and while navigating lapped traffic Blaney earned the position on lap eight, but he wasn't done there. The following lap Blaney passed Kinser for second place.


As Stewart worked in and out of traffic, Blaney would pull close yet fall back. Blaney was closing the gap on lap 17 when a caution for new full-time Outlaw David Gravel after he broke a bolt in the throttle.


On the restart Stewart, who was series' top rookie in 2005, chose the outside line with Blaney to his inside. Stewart and Saldana, who started third, road the rim of the track with Stewart shooting back to the lead. The rest of the race ran caution free and Stewart cruised to the checkered flag.


"This is such a surreal … sorry," started an emotional Stewart of Bixby, Okla., in victory lane. "It's been quite a rollercoaster for me the last couple of years, and it was a tough decision to come here, I had a couple of good offers on the table and thank god I picked this one, huh? I know we're going to have our bumps and bruises, but to come here and win with the field of cars that are here … my car was on a rail."


In turn three Saldana used a strong run around the top to take second position by driving around Blaney.


"I thought I did [have something for him], until we got into traffic and then he was 'see you later,'" said Saldana, of Brownsburg, Ind. "That's a great car that finished ahead of us, a great team, that's a great driver and I wouldn't expect anything else out of Shane Stewart but a win on that. I loved watching my dad race here and all the old time guys so when I come here it's kind of like going back in time for me and I can kind of revisit the days when those guys were running around out here."


On lap 22 McMahan used a slide job to take the third position behind the wheel of the CJB Motorsports #51.


"We had a good race car," said McMahan, of Nashville, Tenn. "It's great for Shane [stewart], I've been in his shoes where people doubted you and didn't believe in you. Kyle believes in Shane and Shane is a great racecar driver. We gave it all we had, I was going to try to slide it in on Joe I thought he might go to the top and he was trying to lap cars and went to the middle and it got real tight there off of four and I spun the tires real bad on exit and he got away from me. It's a solid third place finish tonight.


Saldana remains the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship leader by 19 points over Paul McMahan. Donny Schatz sits in third place trailing by 34 points and 2013 champion, Daryn Pittman is in fourth, one point behind Schatz.


The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series is back in action tomorrow night again at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.


ELDORA SPEEDWAY TRACK NOTES - Kerry Madsen was the fastest qualifier around the high-banked, half-mile of Eldora Speedway with a time of 13.001 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Paul McMahan (4 points), Joey Saldana (3), Lucas Wolfe (2) and Randy Hannagan (1). Shane Stewart, Dale Blaney, and Kraig Kinser won heat races. ... The dash draw was an eight for the third time this year... Kraig Kinser won the dash for the first time this year.


World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Eldora Speedway; Rossburg, Ohio; May 2, 2014


A-Main - (30 Laps) 1. 2-Shane Stewart[2][$10,000]; 2. 71M-Joey Saldana[3][$5,000]; 3. 51-Paul McMahan[6][$3,000]; 4. 29-Kerry Madsen[5][$2,700]; 5. 14K-Dale Blaney[4][$2,500]; 6. 11-Steve Kinser[12][$2,200]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser[1][$2,000]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz[16][$1,800]; 9. 49-Brad Sweet[14][$1,600]; 10. 9W-Jac Haudenschild[21][$1,450]; 11. 9-Daryn Pittman[17][$1,300]; 12. 5W-Lucas Wolfe[8][$1,200]; 13. 4-Cody Darrah[15][$1,100]; 14. 10H-Danny Holtgraver[11][$1,000]; 15. 11N-Randy Hannagan[9][$950]; 16. 63-Chad Kemenah[7][$900]; 17. 1-Sammy Swindell[19][$850]; 18. 7S-Jason Sides[18][$750]; 19. 5T-Travis Philo[22][$725]; 20. 24H-Brandon Wimmer[13][$700]; 21. 53-Christopher Bell[24][$700]; 22. 19M-Brent Marks[23][$700]; 23. 55-Trey Starks[20][$700]; 24. 83-David Gravel[10][$700]Lap Leaders: Shane Stewart 1-30KSE Hard Charger Award: 9W-Jac Haudenschild[+11]

Qualifying - 1. 29-Kerry Madsen, 13.001; 2. 51-Paul McMahan, 13.054; 3. 71M-Joey Saldana, 13.071; 4. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.179; 5. 11N-Randy Hannagan, 13.206; 6. 83-David Gravel, 13.218; 7. 10H-Danny Holtgraver, 13.221; 8. 11-Steve Kinser, 13.247; 9. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.261; 10. 14K-Dale Blaney, 13.273; 11. 24H-Brandon Wimmer, 13.280; 12. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.284; 13. 4-Cody Darrah, 13.291; 14. 40-Caleb Helms, 13.342; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.352; 16. 63-Chad Kemenah, 13.365; 17. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.378; 18. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.398; 19. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.401; 20. 19M-Brent Marks, 13.458; 21. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.459; 22. 55-Trey Starks, 13.476; 23. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.485; 24. 9W-Jac Haudenschild, 13.500; 25. 71MX-Paul May, 13.506; 26. 5T-Travis Philo, 13.536; 27. 80-Trey Gustin, 13.562; 28. 77X-Wayne Johnson, 13.576; 29. 53-Christopher Bell, 13.626; 30. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.628; 31. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.681; 32. 28-Brian Paulus, 13.710; 33. 21-Dallas Hewitt, 13.749; 34. 35-Ronald Blair, 13.813; 35. 1S-Logan Schuchart, nt

Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 2-Shane Stewart[2] ; 2. 29-Kerry Madsen[4] ; 3. 4-Cody Darrah[1] ; 4. 11N-Randy Hannagan[3] ; 5. 15-Donny Schatz[5] ; 6. 53-Christopher Bell[8] ; 7. 71MX-Paul May[7] ; 8. 21-Dallas Hewitt[9] ; 9. 1-Sammy Swindell[6]

Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 14K-Dale Blaney[2] ; 2. 83-David Gravel[3] ; 3. 51-Paul McMahan[4] ; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman[5] ; 5. 55-Trey Starks[6] ; 6. 5T-Travis Philo[7] ; 7. W20-Greg Wilson[8] ; 8. 35-Ronald Blair[9] ; 9. 40-Caleb Helms[1]

Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser[1] ; 2. 24H-Brandon Wimmer[2] ; 3. 10H-Danny Holtgraver[3] ; 4. 71M-Joey Saldana[4] ; 5. 7S-Jason Sides[5] ; 6. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[6] ; 7. 80-Trey Gustin[7] ; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen[8] ; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart[9]

Heat 4 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 63-Chad Kemenah[1] ; 2. 49-Brad Sweet[2] ; 3. 11-Steve Kinser[3] ; 4. 5W-Lucas Wolfe[4] ; 5. 9W-Jac Haudenschild[6] ; 6. 77X-Wayne Johnson[7] ; 7. 19M-Brent Marks[5] ; 8. 28-Brian Paulus[8]

Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature) 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser[2] ; 2. 2-Shane Stewart[4] ; 3. 71M-Joey Saldana[6] ; 4. 14K-Dale Blaney[3] ; 5. 29-Kerry Madsen[8] ; 6. 51-Paul McMahan[7] ; 7. 63-Chad Kemenah[1] ; 8. 5W-Lucas Wolfe[5]

B-Main - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 1-Sammy Swindell[3] [-]; 2. 5T-Travis Philo[6] [-]; 3. 53-Christopher Bell[9] [-]; 4. 19M-Brent Marks[2] [-]; 5. 80-Trey Gustin[7] [$200]; 6. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[4] [$180]; 7. W20-Greg Wilson[10] [$175]; 8. 77X-Wayne Johnson[8] [$160]; 9. 28-Brian Paulus[12] [$150]; 10. 35-Ronald Blair[14] [$150]; 11. 21-Dallas Hewitt[13] [$150]; 12. 40-Caleb Helms[1] [$150]; 13. 1A-Jacob Allen[11] [$150]; 14. 71MX-Paul May[5] [$150]; 15. 1S-Logan Schuchart[15] [$150]

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