Marks Finishes 31st After Being Collected in Early Accident at Richmond RICHMOND, Va. (September 15, 2009) -- Justin Marks made his first NASCAR Nationwide Series start on an oval track under the lights of Richmond International Raceway. The...
Marks Finishes 31st After Being Collected in Early Accident at Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. (September 15, 2009) -- Justin Marks made his first NASCAR Nationwide Series start on an oval track under the lights of Richmond International Raceway. The bumper-to-bumper, short track action took its toll on the No. 10 BraunAbility team early in the Virginia 529 College Savings 250. Although Marks was collected in a multi-car melee, he soldiered on, completing the 250-lap event and gaining valuable short-track experience as he finished in the 31st position.
As he took the green flag, Marks knew he had quite the job ahead of him starting from the 40th spot. As he entered turn four during the first lap of the race, he saw that cars were wrecking in front of him. He dove low to the inside of the spinning cars, hoping to avoid the mayhem, but instead was caught in the action. Contact from another car spun the No. 10 Toyota around, damaging the tires and requiring Marks to make a trip down pit road for service. The BraunAbility crew quickly changed four tires and made a slight air pressure adjustment. When the race resumed on lap nine, Marks was in the 34th position.
Marks fought a tight-center condition throughout the race. The opportunity to pit for adjustments came on lap 41 when an accident in turn two brought out the next caution flag. On lap 44, Marks brought the No. 10 back to pit road where the crew quickly changed four tires, packed the Camry with fuel and made an air pressure, track bar and wedge adjustments. They also put two spring rubbers into the right rear. When green-flag racing resumed on lap 46, the BraunAbility Toyota was in the 31st spot.
When the caution flag was displayed on lap 126 for debris on the racetrack, Marks was running in the 29th position. On lap 130, he brought the Camry to pit road for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. When the race resumed on lap 133, the No. 10 Camry was in the 30th position.
The caution flag flew for the final time on lap 225 for debris on the track. Crew chief, Stewart Cooper, had his driver remain on the track during that last caution. Marks brought the BraunAbility Toyota home in the 31st position in his first Nationwide Series race on an oval track and while facing the challenges of short-track racing.
"I want to thank Stewart Cooper and the No. 10 BraunAbility team for a great effort this weekend," said Marks. "The team worked incredibly hard and I learned so much with every lap that I turned around Richmond International Raceway. I am looking forward to being back with the team in Memphis."
Marks will return to the wheel of the No. 10 Toyota in October at Memphis Motorsports Park.
Next Stop: The NASCAR Nationwide Series will enjoy a weekend off before traveling to Dover International Speedway for the Dover 200. The Saturday afternoon race will be broadcast LIVE on ESPN2 and on MRN Radio starting at 3:00 p.m. EST. The green flag is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. EST.