Marks Picks Up Career First ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series Victory; Withers Clinches Title TOLEDO OH (10-14-07)--Rocklin, California's Justin Marks is a familiar face on the ARCA RE/MAX Series tour, but the decision to run Saturday's Champion...
Marks Picks Up Career First ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series Victory; Withers Clinches Title
TOLEDO OH (10-14-07)--Rocklin, California's Justin Marks is a familiar face on the ARCA RE/MAX Series tour, but the decision to run Saturday's Champion Credit Union 50 ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series race at Toledo Speedway proved to be fruitful endeavor. Marks passed Nick Gullatta on lap 42 of 50 to earn his career first victory in the regionally touring series.
"I really want to thank Norm and Gene Weaver for giving me the opportunity to drive the truck," said Marks. "I think we've been in the position to win every time I've raced a truck with these guys and it has finally happened. Hopefully, we learned something that we can use in tomorrow's ARCA RE/MAX Series race. Construct Corps has been great this season and I really want to thank them for allowing me to drive this truck."
Gullatta, who settled for sixth after leading the majority of the race, qualified his No. 31 Thomson Automotive-Enerco-Mr. Heater Chevy Colorado on the pole during a 2BKool qualifying session earlier in the day. He led until lap 41 when he was clipped by the No.11 Dan Cava Toyota World Toyota driven by Rob Jones. The contact left Gullatta's bumper barely attached to his truck but some tricky maneuvering around the .5-mile oval allowed him to loosen the debris, thereby avoiding a trip down pit road and preserving his lead briefly. Marks passed Gullatta for the lead and eventual win on the restart. Steve Christman finished second, followed by Steve Cronenwett, Robbin Slaughter and Paul Hahn.
Bill Withers finished eighth in the No. 57 Mannings USA-Hall Electronics-Wacholz engines Ford and in doing so, clinched his second career ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series championship.
"I can't tell you how relieved I am," said Withers. "At the beginning of the race, we had backed up to 13th, and I knew we had to do better. But when you're trying to be conservative, and not wreck, that can be challenging. But this is the best feeling; I'm just so relieved. I'm going to enjoy this championship more than the first. And next year, we're coming back to do the same, and win some more races too."
The 2007 title marks Withers' second career championship in the regionally touring series. He earned his first championship during the series' inaugural season in 1999 and is the only driver on the tour who has competed in every single ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series event.
Toledo Speedway will be back in action on Sunday afternoon, October 14th for the Hantz Group 200 presented by Belle Tire ARCA RE/MAX Series race. The event marks the 23rd and finale event for the nationally touring series and airs LIVE on SPEED beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern.