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Marks Escapes Dusty DuQuoin Fairgrounds in Twelfth Marks Escapes Dusty DuQuoin Fairgrounds in Twelfth DuQuoin, IL (September 7, 2010)- A scorching hot afternoon turned into a dust cloud of chaos as the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX ...

Marks Escapes Dusty DuQuoin Fairgrounds in Twelfth

Marks Escapes Dusty DuQuoin Fairgrounds in Twelfth

DuQuoin, IL (September 7, 2010)- A scorching hot afternoon turned into a dust cloud of chaos as the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards took on 100 miles of competition at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds on Monday. Returning to the dirt for the second time in three weeks, Win-Tron Racing and Justin Marks unloaded early Monday morning at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in preparation for a one-day show, concluding with the Southern Illinois 100 presented by Federated Car Care. Bad luck mired the team's last visit to a dirt track at Springfield, where a 22nd place finish didn't show the true performance of the solid No. 32 Construct Corps Dodge that day. Carrying momentum from a sixth place finish last weekend at Chicagoland, along with dirt racing fresh in their memory banks, the team had prepped a stout Dodge Charger to take on 100 laps on the one-mile clay oval.

Early trouble showed up in the one-hour ARCA Racing Series practice session Monday morning when Marks discovered a malfunctioning throttle in his Construct Corps machine. Spending nearly the rest of the 60 minutes behind the wall making repairs, the Win-Tron crew remedied the throttle problem and sent Justin back onto the track for just a few more laps before discovering a broken clutch in the No. 32.

With a very short turnaround time between the lone practice session of the weekend and Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell forced Win-Tron and Marks to take a provisional starting spot for the afternoon's event. Starting shotgun on the field wasn't what the team had hoped for, but was necessary to complete all the changes on the car.

Marks wasted no time at the drop of the green flag and began picking his way through the field quickly, breaking into the top 20 before lap 10. Opting to stay out under a caution period on lap 22, Marks moved up into the top ten where he rode comfortably until making his first pit stop of the day just eight laps later under the third caution of the afternoon. Traffic proved to be an issue as the day wore on, with the track losing grip and gaining dust as the laps clicked off.

A restart after the sixth caution flag of the day on lap 65 ended in Justin going for a spin in the Construct Corps Charger after sliding through some oil in turn one. With no damage sustained in the incident, Marks pitted for four fresh Hoosiers and enough Sunoco fuel to take him to the finish.

Restarting back in 21st after the spin, Marks once again threaded his way through traffic avoiding several obstacles while wrestling with tough track conditions, and eventually, a spark plug failure in the No.32. The field would see the yellow flag displayed five more times before the checkered flag finally flew, finding Marks in the 12th position after the dust would settle.

"It was a tough day for our team," Justin Marks commented. "We had a lot of mechanical issuesthroughout practice that pretty much took all of the laps and set-uptime away. We were able to get everything fixed for the race and Ijust tried to move through the field slowly and steadily. We ran inthe top-10 for a while, but near the end of the race the motor startedmissing a little so it was just pretty much an exercise in survival. Afrustrating day but the guys worked hard to overcome the adversity andeveryone did a great job."

The 12th place finish didn't help Marks gain ground on the new ARCA Racing Series championship point leaders Patrick Sheltra and Tom Hessert, he's still not out of the hunt- now 200 points behind in seventh. Marks and company will travel to Toledo Speedway this Sunday, September 12th for the Northwest Ohio Ford Dealers 200. The series last visited the Ohio short track in May, when a solid top-five run ended abruptly in the form of a cut tire on the Construct Corps Dodge with five laps remaining. Win-Tron Racing and Marks are prepared for the 200-mile short-track shootout and look to back up another good run with a solid finish this time around.

-source: win-tron racing

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Series ARCA
Drivers Justin Marks , Tom Hessert , Patrick Sheltra