Illinois: Justin Marks race report

Marks Victim of Circumstance on Springfield Dirt Springfield, IL (August 23, 2010)-A string of bad luck for Win-Tron Racing continued on for the third week in a row Sunday afternoon at the Illinois State Fair Grounds for the Allen Crowe 100. A...

Marks Victim of Circumstance on Springfield Dirt

Springfield, IL (August 23, 2010)-A string of bad luck for Win-Tron Racing continued on for the third week in a row Sunday afternoon at the Illinois State Fair Grounds for the Allen Crowe 100. A mechanical issue at Berlin, followed by a disappointing accident at New Jersey added up to two finishes outside the top 15 for Marks.Though a brand new Construct Corps Dodge Charger carried the team to the eighth fastest time in the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards practice session and helped Justin lay down the fourth fastest time in qualifying, it wouldn't end the day exactly how the team had hoped.

Justin slid back from his fourth starting spot at the drop of the green flag, falling to the 11th position where he then comfortably rode by himself, staying out of trouble with a solid racecar. A caution around lap 30 gave the Win-Tron Racing crew a chance to come down pit road for some fuel and a minor adjustment to the No. 32 Construct Corps machine, sending Justin back out in the seventh spot.

The next 30 laps would be pretty uniform to the first 30, with Marks holding his Dodge Charger steadily just outside the top ten. Another yellow flag flew on lap 60, giving Marks and his team another opportunity to tune on the Construct Corps machine with four fresh tires and some slight changes. Restarting within the top ten just a few laps later, Justin became a victim of circumstance when the leaders in front of him stacked up; causing a chain reaction that ultimately ended the day for Win-Tron Racing.

"We had a fast car; it just took a really long time for us to get going on the restarts. We were going to be ok, running around the top ten and I think we could've fought for a finish around there.

"On that last restart it looked like everyone up front was bunching up and someone hit their brakes, and from there we just got turned and had no where else to go," Marks concluded after the accident.

The accident would place Justin in the 22nd finishing position at days end, sliding him from the fourth to the seventh position in the championship point standings, now 130 markers behind leader Frank Kimmel. Though recent misfortune has hindered Justin's run for the championship, he and his Minnesota-based team are not throwing in the towel.

"I'm pleased with the speed and performance we've had everywhere we've gone this year, and it's really disappointing that the finishes we've had lately just haven't matched up. The guys work really hard on these cars and it's unfortunate that all of these accidents haven't been of our doing.

"We're still in this championship hunt and we're going to continue to do everything we can to be fast and win races from here on out. By no means are we giving up on this thing and we'll do whatever it takes to fight to be up front," Justin said.

Keeping their confidence running, the team heads to Chicagoland Speedway this Friday, August 27, 2010 for the Ansell Protective Gloves 150. Following a successful test session last week at the 1.5-mile, D-shaped oval, Marks and his team are going out to race as hard as they can race for the next six events, leaving it all out on the track.

-source: wtr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Justin Marks