DuQuoin, IL (September 2, 2010)- Snapping a three race streak of finishes outside the top 20 last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, Justin Marks will march to DuQuoin State Fair Grounds this Labor Day Monday for the Southern Illinois 100 presented...
DuQuoin, IL (September 2, 2010)- Snapping a three race streak of finishes outside the top 20 last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, Justin Marks will march to DuQuoin State Fair Grounds this Labor Day Monday for the Southern Illinois 100 presented by Federated Car Care. Marks, 29, has one previous start at the 1-mile clay oval under his belt and is optimistic to return to the dirt after visiting a similar track at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on August 22.
The rollercoaster ride for Win-Tron Racing last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway began with an early morning engine change before qualifying on race day required a valiant team effort to complete the change before final practice. Just under an hour after they began removing the first Toyota power house, the new motor was fired up by Marks as he set out for the final 30 minutes of practice. Quick work by the team allowed Marks enough practice time to dial in the No. 32 Construct Corps Camry, and later set the fifth fastest time in qualifying. Justin would back up his starting position with a strong run solidly inside the top 10 all evening, coming home in sixth.
Marks' last trip to the DuQuoin clay came in 2007, racing for Robby Benton in the No. 65 entry. After qualifying seventh and leading six laps that day, Marks finished the 100 lap event in the same spot he started. Two races ago at Springfield, Justin quickly got back into the groove of dirt racing and is looking to carry momentum from Chicagoland, as well as recent memory of the non-asphalt racing style, to DuQuoin on Monday.
"I've always loved dirt racing and it's a lot of fun for me," Justin commented. "We learned a lot at Springfield and I think we can really improve from that, and it helps that we were just there so it's still fresh in our minds. We're coming into every weekend to lay it all out on the table to win as many races as possible, and this weekend will be no exception."
Though the team will not bring the same Construct Corps Dodge Charger that ran strong at Springfield before suffering severe damage from a chain reaction accident, a solid replacement will be unloaded Monday morning for duty. That replacement most recently raced in 2008 with driver James Buescher behind the wheel. Buescher steered the No. 32 Charger to a ninth place finish that afternoon, improving from a 12th place starting spot.
A tight battle in the championship point standings ensues this weekend at DuQuoin, with new points leader Craig Goess at the helm. Just 25 points separate the top four drivers, with Justin sitting in the sixth spot 145 markers behind first.
Justin Marks on Chicagoland
I'm excited to go to DuQuoin and get back to the dirt. It's nice that Springfield and DuQuoin are so close together because the racing style is still fresh in the mind. I feel like I know what we have to do to run a little better; we still have a good idea of what we struggled with and what made us good at Springfield. I'm looking forward to it because it's good racing and I know what we've got to do to now to run a little bit better.
Co-Owner Nate Thiesse on DuQuoin
Our performance at Springfield was overshadowed by the finish that we ended up with because of some bad luck, and we won't be able to bring the same car we had there to DuQuoin. I'm confident that our new car will be just as fast as the other, and hopefully faster after the things we learned two weeks ago. Justin did a great job at Springfield and I know that his liking for the dirt will help him at DuQuoin as well. When you enjoy the track and the type of racing, there's a much better chance of running well.
-source: win-tron racing