Justin Marks Takes ARCA Racing Series Lead (TOLEDO, Ohio) - Justin Marks (No. 32 Construct Corps Toyota) finished ninth in the Prairie Meadows 200 at Iowa Speedway on Saturday to achieve the 20th top-10 result of his 50-race ARCA Racing ...
Justin Marks Takes ARCA Racing Series Lead
(TOLEDO, Ohio) - Justin Marks (No. 32 Construct Corps Toyota) finished ninth in the Prairie Meadows 200 at Iowa Speedway on Saturday to achieve the 20th top-10 result of his 50-race ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards career, and in doing so seized the standings lead by70 points over Patrick Sheltra (No. 60 Recycling Services/Ferguson Pipe Toyota). Marks last led the ARCA Racing Series after the season's fifth race, at Talladega, when he held a 20-point advantage over Steve Arpin(No. 55 Mike's Hard Lemonade Toyota).
Sheltra saw his three-race reign atop the standings come to an end when motor problems relegated him out of the race after just 47 laps and into a 29th-place finish, his first result outside the top 10 in nine races this year.
Marks' 70-point lead is the largest advantage held by any driver over second place this season.
Several Records Set in Newton: Led by winner Tom Hessert (No. 77 Cherry Hill Classic Cars Dodge), the ARCA Racing Series field set a new average speed record in Saturday's Prairie Meadows 200 for the second consecutive year, but only by a slight margin.
Last year's race, won by Parker Kligerman, finished in one hour, 39minutes, and 47 seconds, for an average speed of 105.228 mph. Hessert and the field edged that mark by 23 seconds Saturday evening, completing the 200-lap event at an average speed of 105.634 mph.
The race's four cautions were also a low, breaking the mark of six set last year. Three 250-lap races from 2006-08 saw nine cautions each.
Box Score Dejà Vu: Tom Hessert's win in the Prairie Meadows 200 not only put Cunningham Motorsports and a No. 77 Dodge at the top of the Iowa Speedway box score for the second consecutive year, but eighteen-year-old Ty Dillon's (No. 41 Karl Chevrolet/RCR Development Chevrolet) second-place finish equaled the effort by his brother, Austin, in last year's race. Austin Dillon also drove a Richard Childress Racing Development Chevrolet - albeit the No. 31, unlike Ty's No. 41 - in last season's event.
The Dillons are grandsons of legendary NASCAR team owner Richard Childress. The elder Dillon, 20, won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Sunday after the two brothers each won their respective pole awards.
Gase Makes Debut: Ty Dillon wasn't the only first-time ARCA Racing Series starter in Saturday's field. Cedar Rapids, Iowa native Joey Gase started 14th and finished 27th in the No. 37 Spraker Racing Chevrolet.Gase, who will turn 17 next month, completed 88 laps and saw his day end in a collision with Bobby Gerhart.
Hessert Advances in Lap Leader Standings: A clear advantage of leading laps on a short track is that those contending for the Aaron's Lap Leader Award can gain position quickly. Tom Hessert led 126 laps on the0.875-mile Iowa Speedway oval Saturday, and in turn moved from 12th to second in the year-long Aaron's Lap Leader Award standings. Hessert's total of 150 laps led in three races (Talladega, Toledo, Iowa) is second only to Steve Arpin's 158.
Hessert's 126 laps led at Iowa matched the number led by Chris Buescher in his win in the series' last short track stop, at Toledo. Only Arpin,who led 138 at Salem in April, has led more laps in a single race this season.
Frequency Up Front: Frank Kimmel's 400th career ARCA Racing Series start yielded the driver's 292nd top-10 finish. Kimmel's sixth-place finish in the No. 44 Ansell/Menards Ford was his 17th such result in two decades in ARCA competition.