Laraway Motorsports from Irwin, Pennsylvania experienced a stellar week at the track, posting back-to-back wins Friday night at Dog Hollow Speedway, and Saturday night at Marion Center Speedway. Team owner Brian Laraway races two Dirt Late Model cars, and to have both win in the same weekend is a just reward for the teams hard work.
After being patient for five seasons for his first taste of victory, Dane Laraway now has two.
Sammy Stiles is well on repeating as Coal Country Champion, posting five wins already this season.
"We have adopted the philosophy that all races are won and lost in the shop. Without proper shop preparation a team cannot be successful on the track," expressed Brian, an ex-Dirt Late Model racer himself.
On Friday night at Dog Hollow Speedway, Dane Laraway, Brian’s twenty year old son, recorded his first ever super late model victory. Dane has been pursuing the checkered flag for past five seasons, showing increasing improvement and promise each year.
Then following that momentous victory, Sammy Stile recorded his fifth feature win of the season at Marion Center Speedway on Saturday. Stile is an experienced racer, winning the 2009 Coal Country Championship Challenge Series and the 2005 Winning-est Dirt Late Model Driver in Northeastern United States.
When it comes to proper shop prep the same holds true to the products that are fitted on the car, and air filters are no exception according to Brian.
"We are aware that the engine consumes over 10,000 gallons of air for every gallon of fuel, and given the environment that we race in, improper air filtration can dramatically reduce the life of our engines," explained Brain.
"That is why we choose K&N Engineering as our source for air filters. They offer exceptional products that allow us to confidently focus on other aspects of our maintenance program, knowing that we are using the best product on the market to address our air filtering needs. We utilize a K&N air filter (E-3760), the Extreme filter top (66-1401) and the related pre-filters (22-1450PK).
"We started using the Extreme filter top in 2007. We dyno-ed our engines back-to-back with the Extreme filter top and then with a standard lid. The dyno results showed an eleven horsepower improvement. We could not believe the results, so we bolted the Extreme air filter top back on and dyno-ed again. The results were the same. Since then we have never raced without an Extreme air filter top on our cars. On the filter maintenance side we use the K & N filter cleaner, sealing grease and the filter spray."
Team Laraway Motorsports will continue their pursuit of the Coal Country Championship again this year in western Pennsylvania. The series consists of a two track challenge, and pays a bonus of $16,000 to any driver that captures the points at both Dog Hollow and Marion Center Speedways. Last year Sammy Stile was the driver that accomplished that feat.
"Since the back-to-back wins the team has definitely enjoyed a boost of momentum. We are excited and looking forward to heading into the mid-season races," said Brian.
Those two wins marked the fifth and sixth for the team this season out of only eleven total races. This past Friday Dane Laraway earned his second ever victory with Stiles placing second. It was yet another spectacular race for the team as Dane won by a mere three inches over his teammate. The team is now seven for twelve.
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