Illinois: Justin Marks preview

Springfield, IL (August 18, 2010)- A devastating hit to the No. 32 Construct Corps Dodge Charger near the end of last Sunday's event may have ended one of the strongest performances of the year for Win-Tron Racing and Justin Marks, but it won't...

Springfield, IL (August 18, 2010)- A devastating hit to the No. 32 Construct Corps Dodge Charger near the end of last Sunday's event may have ended one of the strongest performances of the year for Win-Tron Racing and Justin Marks, but it won't stop the team's fight to get back to the top of the championship standings. The ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards visits the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois this Sunday for an action-packed, one-day show on the one-mile dirt oval. The first of two events away from paved racing surfaces for the ARCA Racing Series drivers, the Springfield dirt brings an opportunity for those drivers with diverse racing backgrounds and a love for the grassroots dirt racing to shine.

Another solid opportunity to gain major ground in the championship standings and potentially pull of a second victory on the season was unexpectedly put to an end prematurely for Marks last weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Taking the green flag from the pole position on Sunday afternoon, Marks pulled out to a commanding lead over the rest of the field, leading the most laps all afternoon until a late race caution shuffled up the running order. Restarting in the fourth spot with less than 15 laps to go, Marks was choosing an inside line to make a pass going into turn one when he was tapped from behind and sent into the inside wall.

Towing a brand new Construct Corps Dodge Charger to Springfield this weekend, Win-Tron hopes to bring back some good luck with a new car that hasn't seen the track yet this season. Marks is also optimistic about his chances, as he enjoys competing on the dirt tracks.

"I love racing the dirt," Marks admitted. "The only dirt racing I've done was the ARCAraces in 2007 and it was a total blast. I'm really looking forward togetting back because Win-Tron has had some great runs on the dirt andI know we'll have a good car."

Springfield was the site of one of the two dirt races Justin competed at in 2007, where he qualified his Robby Benton-owned machine 13th and finished the day in fourth. Last season, Win-Tron and driver Matt Merrell had a solid run at the one-mile oval, qualifying fifth and running strong all day before crossing the stripe in 10th.

After a shake up in the point standings at New Jersey, Frank Kimmel took over the lead in one of the tightest points battles in the history of ARCA, just 10 points ahead of second place Craig Goess, while Justin Marks sits 75 points behind Kimmel in fourth.

-source: win-tron racing

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Series ARCA
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Justin Marks , Craig Goess , Matt Merrell , Robby Benton