Chicagoland: Justin Marks preview

Joliet, IL (August 25, 2010)- The ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards visits Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois this Friday night for some high-speed action on the pavement, in between the two dirt track events at Springfield...

Joliet, IL (August 25, 2010)- The ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards visits Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois this Friday night for some high-speed action on the pavement, in between the two dirt track events at Springfield and DuQuoin on this year's schedule. 29-year-old Justin Marks and his Win-Tron Racing crew will appear this weekend at the second of three consecutive races this month in the Land of Lincoln on the rebound from three straight weekends of misfortune. Gremlins continued to haunt Win-Tron last Sunday at Springfield, when what looked to be a top-10 run ended less than 40 laps from the finish due to a chain reaction crash at the front of the field. Justin would bring home the No. 32 Construct Corps machine in 22nd place; adding up to three disappointing finishes in as many weeks. The accumulation of all three doses of bad luck have dropped Justin from first to seventh in the point standings, now sitting 130 points behind new ARCA Racing Series championship points leader Frank Kimmel.

"It's really disappointing that we're bringing fast racecars to the track but we're not getting the finishes to show for it," Marks said. "Now it's time to leave it all out on the table and go for wins week in and week out, and Chicago is a great place to start doing that. This Win-Tron Racing team is not giving up; we're still in the thick of this championship battle."

A test session at the 1.5-mile oval in Joliet last week provided the team with an opportunity to set up the No. 32 Construct Corps Toyota before unloading for the first practice session this Thursday afternoon. Working out two Toyota Camrys during the open test, Marks and his Mike Chaffee-led team worked on long green flag runs and tuned the car to the driver's liking, setting the third fastest time of the day without running in qualifying trim.

Justin will be pulling double duty this weekend, flying up to Montreal to compete for Baker Curb Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve after completing 150 miles at Chicagoland Speedway Friday night. A road course-savvy wheelman, Marks is excited to have another chance to compete for a win at the Canada track.

Sunday's start in the NAPA Auto Parts 200 will be Justin's seventh career NNS start, the first of 2010. It will also be his third start at the2.71-mile road course, where he has qualified in the top 15 in both previous trips.

Justin Marks on Chicagoland

I like Chicago a lot- I think it's a place we can run strong and contend for the win, which is what we're doing from here on out. We're out here going for wins now; we've fallen in the point standings and it's time to race as hard as we can race. Chicago test went pretty well; we worked on race runs all day and we ended up with a really good setup for green flag racing conditions. We never made any qualifying runs, I never really thought it made much sense to make a bunch of qualifying runs during the test unless you're trying to win the test. But the setups we found lasted in the long runs and I'm pretty confident heading into this weekend we'll have a great Construct Corps Toyota to contend for the win.

Co-Owner Nate Thiesse on Chicagoland

We accomplished some good things at the Chicago test that I think will help us out in the race this weekend. Our car was really good at Texas as well, so that gives us confidence going into another high-speed oval. Our aim hasn't changed in light of recent events; we're still gunning for wins every weekend and the best finishes we can get if bad luck strikes.

-source: win-tron racing

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Series ARCA
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Gilles Villeneuve , Justin Marks