January 11, 2017 - Shawn Strong scored his first win of the 2017 season on Wednesday night with an X-Mod triumph in the 11th annual Wild West Shootout at Arizona Speedway (Queen Creek. Ricky Thornton Jr. also found victory lane as he topped the USRA Modified finale. It was his second win of the week.
January 7, 2017 - Ricky Thornton Jr. opened the 11th annual Wild West Shootout at Arizona Speedway (Queen Creek, Arizona) on Saturday night by bagging the victory in the USRA Modified class in his Larry Shaw #20RT entry.
“Back in 1973 the ball got rolling when Mark Martin’s dad, Julian came to me and wanted me to help build Mark a race car,” recollects Shaw. “We sat down and figured out exactly what they wanted out of a car, and we got to work on it.”
Mark raced for the first time in 1974, and it was clear that he was a natural. The future NASCAR Hall of Fame racer, won several races in his first season of competition and even claimed the Arkansas State Championship.
Larry worked with Mark until he moved onto the NASCAR ranks.
With his career set in motion, Mark began to avidly race, while Larry Shaw tried his hand at a few different things.
“In 1978 we moved to Michigan, where I went to work at a machine shop that built race engines,” recounts Shaw. “It was a good job, but we decided that the Michigan winters were just too cold for our family, so we moved back home pretty quick.
“With all of the connections I made with dirt track and asphalt short track jobs, Cheryl and I thought we would just move back home, get jobs and I might build a couple of cars just as a hobby.”
With a laugh Shaw concludes by noting, “Needless to say, I have never got a job – life has been really great!”
History was made on October 10, 1979 when Larry, his wife Cheryl, and young sons Kevin and Kirk (only young boys at the time), formed Larry Shaw Race Cars.
“Back then I felt like we had a really good foundation and concept to build race-winning cars, but I’ll be honest that I never would’ve dreamed that we would’ve enjoyed this much success,” Shaw says with his signature smile.
Customers of Larry Shaw Race Cars have won just about every coveted event that Late Model and Modified racing have to offer. In the Late Model ranks the company boasts triumphs in such races as the World 100, the Topless 100, and the Dirt Track World Championships. Modified accolades include the Alltel 100 title as well as recent triumphs in the highly-coveted IMCA Super Nationals, the WISSOTA 100, UMP Fall Nationals, and the Gateway Dirt Nationals.
“When we first started building cars, I thought that 100 would be a lot to build and that 1,000 would really be something,” notes Shaw. “To now have built over 5,000 is something that I’m so very proud of.”
Now everything has come full circle back to Mark Martin, who is the owner of the 5000th Larry Shaw Race Car. Mark and his wife Arlene have started a foundation that has a focus of helping children and families.
Larry Shaw and Larry Shaw Race Cars are proud to help the Martin family with their great foundation. In fact, a portion of the t-shirt sales for the 5000th car is being donated to the foundation.
Larry, Cheryl, Kevin, and Kirk Shaw would like to take this time to say a very special thanks to everyone, who has been a part of making Larry Shaw Race Cars successful through the years.
December 28, 2016 - The commemorative shirts for Larry Shaw's 5000th Race Car are now available for purchase in the Merchandise section.
November 7, 2016 - Larry Shaw Race Cars would like to salute the following clients on their recent accomplishments.
Clint Miller – Sandia Speedway (Albuquerque, New Mexico) Modified Track Champion
Ricky Thornton Jr. returned to his winning ways on Saturday night at Central Arizona Speedway (Casa Grande, Arizona).
October 26, 2016 – Chad Boone claimed the 2016 Modified Track Championship at Cedar Ridge Speedway (Morgantown, Kentucky) in his Larry Shaw Modified.
October 17, 2016 – Darin Scott Obenchain picked up his 7th win of the season on Saturday night in his Larry Shaw Race Car at Cedar Ridge Speedway (Morgantown, Kentucky).
October 12, 2016 – The 2016 season has been another record-breaking year of racing for Larry Shaw Race Cars and its clients.
Earlier this season the company set the tone as it built its 5,000th chassis.
Meanwhile across North America its clients claimed hundreds of victories. With the season rapidly drawing to an end, championships are now flooding in as well.
For the first-time ever, a Modified chassis builder can claim victories in a single season in the Fall Triple Crown. Arizona’s Ricky Thornton Jr. started the party by topping more than 200 other Modifieds at the coveted Speedway Motors IMCA Super Nationals at Boone (Iowa) Speedway. Late in the season he also claimed an USMTS Modified win in the Deuces Wild event at Lakeside (Kan.) Speedway.
Four-time WISSOTA National Champion, Buzzy Adams picked up his 9th-career triumph in the WISSOTA 100 at Dakota (S.D.) State Fair Speedway in mid-September. The Wisconsin racer pocketed more than $18,000 for the feat.
Jacob Hawkins – who hails from the Mountaineer State – had another prolific year in 2016, which included dozens of wins. He rounded out the Fall Triple Crown for Larry Shaw Race Cars by claiming his second-straight UMP DIRTcar Fall Nationals title at Eldora (Ohio) Speedway in early October. He also notched championships with the AMRA Modifieds and the Renegades of Dirt Modifieds.
A bevy of late-season major event wins and accolades have dotted the landscape for Larry Shaw customers.
Chris Moore powered Murray Vaughn’s #45x Modified to the victory in the USCS Gumbo Nationals at Greenville (Miss.) Speedway, while Kyle Bronson bested a stout field of racers to take the win in the Larry Miller Memorial at East Bay (Fla.) Raceway Park.
Shawn Strong capped a memorable season with a $5,000 triumph in the B-Mod Nationals at Legit Speedway (Mo.) Park. Dean Abbey emerged victorious in the IMCA Modified portion of the Bryan Mize Memorial in Texas.
North of the border, Andrew Hennessy topped the Danny Reid Memorial at Brighton (Ont.) Speedway and also took the track title.
Tony Olson went on a rampage in 2016 with 30 victories to go with the IMCA Northern SportMod title. Tyler Soppe finished in the runner-up spot in the point battle. He collected 30 wins and also scored the Rumble on the River victory at Dubuque (Iowa) Speedway.
Buffalo River (Minn.) Race Park witnessed Michael Greseth surging to the IMCA Modified triumph during the Corn Cob Nationals.
The West Coast was not immune to the success of Larry Shaw Race Car clients. Fred Ryland rumbled to the John Soares Memorial win at California’s Antioch Speedway.
These wins and championships represent just a mere fraction of the accolades achieved by Larry Shaw Race Car clients in 2016.
“It’s been an amazing season for our company and our customers,” comments Larry Shaw. “I’ve always said you are only as good as the people you surround yourself with. We have an incredible staff here at Larry Shaw Race Cars, and we have incredible customers. Without any of them, we couldn’t be enjoying this great success.”
He concludes by noting, “From the very bottom of my heart I want to thank our great customer base. So many drivers are working close with us to develop setups that are working for clients around the world. I also want to congratulate everyone on a fantastic year. I can’t wait to see what new accomplishments we can achieve in 2017.”
Ricky Thornton Jr. again visited victory lane on Thursday night by scoring a victory in one of the Deuces Wild features with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) at Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, Kansas).
Chris Moore powered Murray Vaughn's #45x Larry Shaw Modified to the $1,500 win at the 10th annual Gumbo Nationals at Greenville Speedway (Greenville, Mississippi).
Jason Garver rumbled to his 14th win of 2016 on Saturday night with an Outlaw E-Mod Series win at North Florida Speedway (Lake City, Florida).
September 12, 2016 - Ricky Thornton Jr. scored the $7,000 IMCA Super Nationals win at Boone Speedway (Boone, Iowa) on Saturday evening in his Larry Shaw #20RT Modified. He also won his qualifier from the 30th starting spot and added a convincing win in the Race of Champions. It was a fantastic outing for the Arizona native in the mega-event.
Emory Wells claimed the Modified track championship at Gallatin Speedway (Gallatin, Montana), while fellow Larry Shaw customer Jr. Lemmings won the Clayhill Motorsports (Atwood, Tennessee) Modified track championship.
Stan Beadles picked up the Saturday night win at Tri State Speedway (Haubstadt, Indiana).
Tate Cole parked his Larry Shaw IMCA Modified in victory lane once again on Saturday with a victory at Tri-State Speedway (Pocola, Oklahoma).
Jason Garver picked up win #13 on the year by winning the Outlaw Emod feature at Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, Florida)
September 8, 2016 - Larry Shaw Race Cars will be closed Friday, September 9th as the employees will be attending the IMCA Super Nationals in Boone, Iowa.
Tate Cole pushed his 2016 win tally to lucky #13 with a USRA Modified feature win and an IMCA feature win on Saturday night during the 8th annual Tillman Evans Memorial at Tri-State Speedway (Pocola, Oklahoma).
Craig Cassell picked up his third IMCA A-Mod win of the year on Saturday night in the 57-lap Doug Walters Classic at Sunset Speedway Park (Banks, Oregon).
Craig "Big Daddy" Ramich continued his hot streak on Saturday with a victory at Path Valley Speedway (Spring Run, Pennsylvania) on Saturday night as he captured his sixth feature win of the season in his Shaw by Erwin #5+ Modified.
Robbie Franklin claimed the Midwest Modified Track Championship at Deer Creek Speedway (Spring Valley, Minnesota).
Lee Browning scored a victory over the weekend in his his Larry Shaw #3c Modified.
August 22, 2016 - Gavin Paull scored the Fall Fair feature win on Saturday evening at Emo Speedway (Emo, Ontario), and he was the overall Ed Rea Memorial champion for the weekend as well.
Jason Garver picked up his 12th Modified win of the year on Saturday night with an A-Mod victory at Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, Florida).
14-year-old, Nash Hilmes picked up his third feature win of 2016 on Saturday night with a Crate Modified win at Peoria Speedway (Peoria, Illinois).
Will Ward grabbed win #11 on Saturday night at Skyline Raceway (Cortland, New York in his Larry Shaw Modified.
Tate Cole doubled up on victories on Saturday night by topping the Summertime Classic Topless Modified event at Tri State Speedway (Pocola, Oklahoma) in both the USRA Modified and IMCA Modified classes.
Kyle Yeack competed at Sunset Speedway Park (Banks, Oregon) on Saturday night in twin 50-lap affairs. In the first feature he finished 2nd and the second main event, while the second feature found him scoring the victory in his 2016 Larry Show XL race car.
Kevin Smith picked up his third win of the year on Saturday night with a victory at Skagit Speedway (Skagit, Washington).
Ricky Thornton Jr. piloted Anthony Madrid's brand-new Larry Shaw Race Car to the feature win at Canyon Speedway Park (Peoria, Arizona) on Saturday night.
Jabber Gray parked his Larry Shaw Modified in victory lane for the third time in 2016 on Saturday night with a victory at Mountain Motor Speedway (Isom, Kentucky).
Gavin Paull made a clean sweep of the evening's card at Emo Speedway (Emo, Ontario) on Saturday night in his Larry Shaw Modified.
On Saturday night Paul Suzik powered his Larry Shaw Modified to the Midwest Modified feature win at ABC Raceway (Ashland, Wisconsin).
Craig “Big Daddy” Ramich captured his fifth feature event in his #5+ Shaw by Erwin at Path Valley Speedway Park (Spring Run, PA), leading wire-to-wire this Saturday night. Craig icontinues to lead the point standings at “The Bristol of Dirt”, Path Valley Speedway.
Craig “Big Daddy” Ramich won his fourth feature event in his #5+ Shaw by Erwin at Path Valley Speedway Park (Spring Run, Pennsylvania) on Saturday night. Craig currently leads the point standings at “The Bristol of Dirt”, Path Valley Speedway.
Andrew Hennessy was victorious in the 40-lap Modified feature at Brighton Speedway (Brighton, Ontario) on Friday night. The win was his fourth win of the season.
Jason Garver claimed his 10th win of the year on Friday night with an E-Mod win at Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, Florida)
June 30, 2016 - The details for the 21st Annual Larry Shaw Race Cars Race Wise Dirt Track Chassis School have been released. It will be held on January 5-7, 2017 at Larry Shaw Race Cars in Batesville, Arkansas. It includes three days and one night of learning. Lunch will be included each day as well as an illustrated handbook. Best of all, the cost is only $399. Book today before the class sells out. Call 870-251-2966 to make your reservation now!
Friday night found Will Ward powering his #14 Larry Shaw Modified to the feature win at Skyline Raceway (Cortland, New York). He now has eight wins this season.
Gavin Paull swept the Modified program at Greenbush Race Park (Greenbush, Minnesota) on Saturday night in his Larry Shaw Modified.
14-year-old, Darin Scott Obenchain picked up an Emod win at Cedar Ridge Speedway (Morgantown, Kentucky) on Saturday night.
Gavin Paull was victorious on Saturday night at Emo Speedway (Emo, Ontario) in the Modified division.
14-year-old Nash Hilmes raced to the Modified win at Peoria Speedway (Peoria, Illinois) on Saturday night.
June 4, 2016 - Craig Cassell sailed back into victory lane at Sunset Speedway Park (Banks, Oregon) on Saturday night with another win in his Larry Shaw Modified.
Stephen Quade claimed the win at Hagerstown Speedway (Hagerstown, Maryland).
Darin Scott Obenchain picked up the win on Saturday night at Cedar Ridge Speedway (Morgantown, Kentucky).
Chase Collins won the Modified feature at North Florida Speedway (Lake City, Florida).
May 22, 2016 - Will Ward made the most of his trip to Skyline Raceway (Cortland, New York) on Saturday by winning the make-up feature and the nightly feature in his Larry Shaw Race Car to push his 2016 win tally to six.
Will Ward keeps winning with his latest triumph coming on Friday night at I-88 Speedway (Afton, New York) in his Larry Shaw #14 Modified.
For the second event in a row, Craig “Big Daddy” Ramich led flag-to-flag in his #5+ Shaw by Erwin at Path Valley Speedway Park (Spring Run, PA) on Saturday night. Craig currently leads the point standings at the facility.
Justin Blevins took the Modified win at Wythe Raceway (Rural Retreat, Virginia) on Saturday night.
Tate Cole took the IMCA Modified win at Tri State Speedway (Pocola, Oklahoma) on Saturday night.
Tate Cole swept the Saturday night action at Tri State Speedway (Pocola, Oklahoma) with a win in both USRA Modified action and IMCA Modified action in his Larry Shaw Modifieds.
Kayden Menasco took the IMCA Northern SportMod victory at Tri State Speedway (Pocola, Oklahoma) for the second-straight week.
Kyle Rutkoski took his third win of the year with another triumph at Northwest Florida Speedway (Baker, Florida).
Tony Olson scored a trio of wins over the weekend in his #T23 Larry Shaw Modified.
Darin Obenchain picked up the feature win at Cedar Ridge Raceway (Morgantown, Kentucky) on Saturday evening behind the wheel of the Scott Boley-owned, Larry Shaw Race Car.
Will Ward picked up his third win of the season with his first-career win at Outlaw Speedway (Dundee, New York).
Oregon's Craig Cassell picked up the win at Sunset Speedway Park (Banks, Oregon) in his Larry Shaw Modified.
April 30, 2016 - Will Ward topped the action at Skyline Raceway (Cortland, New York) on Saturday night in his #14 Larry Shaw Race Car.
Jason Garver claimed his 6th win of the year with a triumph at Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, Florida) on Saturday evening.
Kevin Smith, had a clean sweep at Skagit Speedway (Skagit, Washington) on Saturday night in his first time out in his Larry Shaw car.
Chris Meadows set a new track record and then claimed the win at Princeton Speedway (Princeton, West Virginia) on Saturday night.
Kyle Rutkoski picked up the win at Northwest Florida Speedway (Baker, Florida) on Saturday evening.
James Thibodeaux picked up the Modified win at Fernley 95 Speedway (Fernley, Nevada) on Saturday night in his new 2016 Shaw XL, in just his third night in the car.
Chase Collins scored the Florida Outlaw Modified Series win at North Florida Speedway (Lake City, Florida) on Saturday night.
Kayden Menasco powered his Larry Shaw Race Car to the win at Tri State Speedway (Pocola, Oklahoma) Shaw Sport Mod on Saturday night.
Richie Tosh pocked the Modified win at Batesville Motor Speedway (Locust Grove, Arkansas) on Friday night.
Thursday night found Jacob Hawkins taking the Renegades of Dirt Modified Series win at Tyler County Speedway (Middlebourne, West Virginia). He would go on to claim the weekend point's title, which was worth over $10,000.
Darin Scot Obenchain picked up the feature win on Saturday night at Cedar Ridge Speedway (Morgantown, Kentucky), and then on Sunday evening he won again with a triumph at Western Kentucky Speedway (Nebo, Kentucky).
Craig “Big Daddy” Ramich lead flag-to-flag in his #5+ Shaw by Erwin at Path Valley Speedway Park in Spring Run, Pennsylvania on Saturday night to claim the victory. Craig is the defending 2015 Mid Atlantic Modified Tour champion.
Blaise Melton took the win at Cedar Ridge Speedway (Morgantown, Kentucky).
Chris Arnold picked up the County Line Raceway (Elm City, North Carolina) victory.
April 2nd, 2016 - The For Sale section has been updated with a two-car stacker.
Mike McCarthy claimed the Modified feature win at Cotton Bowl Speedway (Paige, Texas) in his Larry Shaw Modified on Saturay night.
Nathan Deisher won at Western Kentucky Speedway (Nebo, Kentucky).
March 26th, 2016 - Tate Cole picked up the A-Mod win at Tri State Speedway (Pocola, Oklahoma) on Saturday night in his Larry Shaw Race Car. Jeremy Thornton scored his second win of the season on Saturday night with a triumph at Arizona Speedway (Queen City, Arizona).
Chase Johnson claimed the Modified win at North Florida Speedway (Lake City, Florida) on Saturday evening.
March 19th, 2016 - Putnam County Speedway (Satsuma, Florida) was the scene of Jason Garver's latest triumph in his Larry Shaw Modified. He took the Outlaw E-Mod Series victory there on Saturday evening. Tommy Williams Jr. picked up the Modified win in his Larry Shaw entry at Kennedale Motorsports Park (Kennedale, Texas) on Saturday night.
It was a great weekend for Thornton brothers. Jeremy Thornton took the checkered flag in his Larry Shaw Modified in the IMCA ranks at Central Arizona Speedway on Saturday. Ricky Thornton Jr. claimed the triumph in the 22nd Annual Winter Meltdown at Southern New Mexico Speedway (Las Cruces, New Mexico).
February 27th, 2016 - Ricky Thornton Jr. broke out the broom at Canyon Speedway Park (Peoria, Arizona) over the weekend by sweeping the $5,000-to-win, 28th Annual Desert Classic in his Larry Shaw #20RT Modified.
February 13th, 2016 - Ricky Thornton Jr. maintained his hot hand to start the 2016 campaign by snaring the $3,000 top prize at Cocopah Speedway (Somerton, Arizona) on Saturday evening in his #20RT Larry Shaw Race Car.
Ricky Thornton Jr. picked up the win on Saturday evening at Cocopah Speedway (Somerton, Arizona) in his Larry Shaw Race Car #20RT.
January 25th, 2016 - Ricky Thornton Jr. kicked his season off with a bang by taking the checkered flag on Friday and Sunday evening during the annual Winter Challenge at Canyon Speedway (Peoria, Arizona) in his Larry Shaw Race Car #20RT.