Mansfield: Justin Marks preview

Mansfield, OH (July 14, 2010)- The ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards travels to Mansfield Motorsports Park this weekend for the Second Annual Tim Richmond 200. On top of the entire series celebrating the life and racing career of...

Mansfield, OH (July 14, 2010)- The ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards travels to Mansfield Motorsports Park this weekend for the Second Annual Tim Richmond 200. On top of the entire series celebrating the life and racing career of Tim Richmond, the No. 32 Dodge Charger will also resemble Tim Richmond's 1986 Folgers Coffee paint scheme to commemorate the late driver. Marks and the Win-Tron Racing team chose to run the unique colors this weekend in honor of Richmond, who was a real star and a true pioneer of the sport.

"I've had the opportunity to get to know a lot of people who knew Tim Richmond and were around when he was running, and it's pretty cool that the series is doing something to commemorate him," the 29-year-old driver stated. "Construct Corps allowed us to do something special and we're going to run a paint scheme that looks just like the Folgers car he ran for Rick Hendrick. It's just something fun to do and another way to honor someone who impacted the sport and changed it forever."

Reclaiming the lead in the ARCA Racing Series championship point standings at Iowa Speedway last weekend after a six-week stint in the runner up spot, Justin Marks holds a healthy 70-point advantage over second place driver Patrick Sheltra going into this weekend's Tim Richmond Memorial 200 at Mansfield. Though he may be carrying the largest points lead anyone has enjoyed all season, Marks is focused on winning races instead of thinking about the points.

"You can't take the points very seriously right now since there are so many competitors that are in the hunt, so we just have to keep doing what we're doing. I don't think you ever really need to think about points realistically until Rockingham. It's good that we have a cushion now, but it doesn't change our focus for Mansfield," Marks said.

Win-Tron Racing owns a solid reputation at the short tracks on the circuit, and hopes to back up prior success with a strong run at the half-mile facility on Saturday night. Last year when the ARCA drivers and teams visited Mansfield for the first time, Win-Tron's No. 32 entry, piloted by Matt Merrell, qualified sixth and lead several laps in the mid-portion of the event before falling victim to a mechanical issue and settling for a 20th place finish. Justin Marks has also visited Mansfield in the past, competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event in 2008.

-source: wtr

Justin Marks on Mansfield Motorsports Park

This team has a great short track program, we had an awesome run at Toledo which is about the closest track to Mansfield we've run at so far. I like Mansfield and I know the car is going to be real good there. We just need to go and try to do the best we can, do the best the car will allow, and that's the game plan. More than anything, whether it's Mansfield, Toledo, Berlin or any short track we go to, this team really has a strong program together and I'm excited to take the points lead to somewhere that I know we're going to be strong.

Co-Owner Nate Thiesse on Mansfield Motorsports Park

Mansfield should be a great race for us, considering the strong runs we've always had at the short tracks. We had a great car at Toledo and will carry over some of the same principles to the track this weekend. Last year was the first time we visited Mansfield and we performed very well, so we're hoping to bring the momentum into this year. This weekend marks the 10th race of the season, the halfway point, and I'm pleased with the position we're in right now. We just have to keep striving for good finishes and provide Justin with the best racecar we can week in and week out.

Event Schedule at Mansfield

Saturday, July 17, 2010 (All times Eastern)

10:00 AM- ARCA Racing Series Garage Opens

2:30-4:00 PM- ARCA Racing Series Practice

5:30 PM- Menards Pole Qualifying Presented by Ansell (All Positions / 2 laps)

6:00-7:00 PM- ARCA Racing Series Driver Autograph Session

7:30 PM- ARCA Racing Series Driver Introductions

8:00 PM- Start of the Tim Richmond Memorial 200 (200 laps/100 miles)

Justin Marks, Win-Tron Racing Stats

- Seven top-10 finishes in nine starts this season

- Marks won his first career ARCA Racing Series event in the second race of the year at Palm Beach Speedway

- In 50 career starts, Marks has finished in the top 10 a total of 20 times and has two career pole positions

- Last year, Matt Merrell piloted the No. 32 at Mansfield, qualifying sixth and leading several laps before finishing 20th.

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Kirby Johnson

Public Relations Manager

Win-Tron Racing

M: 608.289.8919

Kirby@Win-TronRacing.com

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Series ARCA
Drivers Justin Marks , Patrick Sheltra , Tim Richmond , Matt Merrell