Confidence Carried to Berlin by Marks, Win-Tron Racing Merne, MI (August 3, 2010)- ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards points leader Justin Marks carries high hopes into this weekend's 200-lap short track shootout at Berlin...
Confidence Carried to Berlin by Marks, Win-Tron Racing
Merne, MI (August 3, 2010)- ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards points leader Justin Marks carries high hopes into this weekend's 200-lap short track shootout at Berlin Raceway after strong runs at all of the short tracks the series has traveled to this season. Marks, 29, will make his second career start at the .4-mile oval on Saturday night and is eager to get back behind the wheel of the same No. 32 chassis his Win-Tron Racing team prepared for him at Toledo and Mansfield earlier this season.
Since taking over the series points lead for the second time this season at Iowa Speedway just three races ago, Marks has logged two top-ten finishes and has positioned himself competitively among the championship competitors. Short track competition has been a challenge for Justin in the past, but a strong short track program at Win-Tron Racing and mentoring from owners Kevin Cywinski and Nate Thiesse have helped the driver improve his statistics.
"We're bringing the same car to Berlin that we most recently raced at Mansfield, and handled extremely well for us," Crew Chief Mike Chaffee weighed in on Berlin. "We've just had some unfortunate things happen to us both at Toledo and Mansfield, so we really haven't had the finishes to show just how good this car really is."
The last time Win-Tron and Marks visited a short track was just two races ago at the aforementioned Mansfield Motorsports Park, where the No. 32 had fast lap times throughout practice and the race but ended the night in 10th place after losing two right front tires. A similar scene took place at Toledo at the end of May, where Marks stayed well within the top five all afternoon before cutting a tire with just five laps remaining, relegating him to a 16th place finish.
Win-Tron's success at Berlin Raceway is less than short-handed; the team finished third in 2007 with driver James Buescher, and second last year with Matt Merrell behind the wheel of the very same car they're bringing to the track this weekend. Heading into Berlin, Justin Marks holds a steady 30 point lead in the championship standings over second place driver Craig Goess (No. 81), and sits 70 tallies ahead of nine-time series champion Frank Kimmel (No. 44).
Coverage for this weekend's events at Berlin can be found on ARCARacing.com through live timing and scoring, beginning at 2:30 pm EST for the ARCA Racing Series practice session. The BAS Radio Network will also carry live coverage of the 200 lap event, beginning at 8:00 pm EST, which you can also find on ARCARacing.com.