Winchester: Justin Marks race report

TOP FIVE FOR MARKS AT WINCHESTER; CLOSES GAP IN POINT STANDINGS CONCORD, NC (5-08-07) In only his fourth career short track start, Justin Marks made driving at Winchester look easy. After securing a fourth place qualifying effort, Marks got ...

TOP FIVE FOR MARKS AT WINCHESTER; CLOSES GAP IN POINT STANDINGS

CONCORD, NC (5-08-07) In only his fourth career short track start, Justin Marks made driving at Winchester look easy. After securing a fourth place qualifying effort, Marks got tangled up in a lap 34 incident with the leaders before battling his way back to a season best fifth place finish.

"I knew in practice we were going to be good," Marks said. "One of the hardest things to do at a short track is to get your car to rotate through the middle of the corner and we had that figured out. I was excited about qualifying fourth because we were able to start so far up in the field that I figured a lot of the wrecks would happen behind us. But, instead it started right away at the front with a big wreck."

After getting caught up in the leader's wreck, the RAB Racing crew had to make three stops under caution in order to make repairs to the Crocs Dodge Charger. But, with the team working together, they managed to assess and fix the damage all while remaining on the lead lap.

"I am trying to be consistent and clean in these races and bring home solid finishes so it was disappointing to see these guys racing so hard so early. I had a feeling there was going to be a wreck so I backed off a little bit which I think saved our race car, but we still ended up a victim of circumstances. I am proud to have a team like RAB that can react the way they did and get us fixed and keep us on the lead lap. Our race strategy changed after the incident and Robby (Benton) called a great race to get the Crocs Dodge back into contention."

Sitting 29th in points six weeks ago should have left the team discouraged, but not for RAB Racing. With solid qualifying efforts, a record breaking pole at Kansas Speedway, and two top tens, Marks has moved to 7th in the ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship standings, only 160 points out of the lead.

"Our goal coming into this season was to do what we needed to do in order to finish in the top ten week in and week out. We have had an opportunity to do that every time we have gone racing this year, but with a run of bad luck the first three or four races, we knew that we just needed to be patient and our time would come. Now that our luck seems to be turning around, we just need to stay focused because I am doing better as a driver learning what I need for those races as we come back to them later in the year. You run into unfortunate circumstances in racing but luckily they don't continue forever so we have to take advantage of the fact that we are bringing good race cars to the race track."

The next race for Justin Marks and the RAB Racing crew is the Buckle-up Kentucky 150 at Kentucky Speedway Saturday, May 12th. Construct Corps will be back on the #65 Dodge for The Buckle-up 150, a one day show with qualifying at 4:00 PM and the start of the race to follow at 8:00 PM ET.

-credit: www.justinmarksracing.com

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