Justin Marks Looks For A Hit In Nashville LEBANON, Tennessee (August 9, 2006) - - After two disappointing finishes at Kentucky and Gateway, Justin Marks and the Shaver Motorsports storm into Nashville Superspeedway this week looking for a...
Justin Marks Looks For A Hit In Nashville
LEBANON, Tennessee (August 9, 2006) - - After two disappointing finishes at Kentucky and Gateway, Justin Marks and the Shaver Motorsports storm into Nashville Superspeedway this week looking for a platinum finish in Saturday's ARCA 200.
In his last ARCA venue, Marks practice and qualified in the top-twenty and remained there for a majority of the event before brake failure put the rookie out of contention, collecting a 32nd place finish.
After a week break from ARCA competition, Marks has regained his thoughts and is preparing to put his No. 2 Crocs Racing into the top-ten for a second time this season. Earlier this year, Marks scored a career best tenth at Michigan International Speedway in June.
Marks is no stranger to the 1.333-mile concrete track of Nashville Superspeedway. Attempting to make his first start of the 2006 season in the PFG Lester 150, Marks appeared as a contender posting top-15 efforts in practice. Unfortunately, the driver experienced a hiccup in time trials, forcing him out of the starting grid. This weekend, Marks looks for no mercy and is confident he can rebound.
"We've had a couple tough races," said Marks. "We've had good cars just no luck. I don't know what to say. Hopefully the bad luck is out of the way and I can have a strong race. I really like the Nashville track. It's a very fast track but I want a smooth weekend. I don't expect any misfortune on Saturday."
Despite a recent open test at NSS (Nashville Superspeedway), the Shaver Motorsports team elected to forgo the session as they feel extra prepared for the ARCA 200. "We participated in the first open test at Nashville back in March and we were competitive. It's really not worth taking the time to go out to the track and worry about a mechanical failure or a blown tire which would ruin our primary car. We're safe for this weekend. I'm really pumped."
Shaver Motorsports will field a two-car team this weekend, with local driver Ron Cox piloting the No. 49 Petro Express Chevrolet.
For the third consecutive race, Crocs Inc. a leading company in footwear will sponsor Marks's No. 2 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for the 14th event on the 2006 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule.
"We're really excited about carrying the Crocs Racing colors again this weekend," explained Marks. "Crocs have been a long time supporter of mine and I'm proud and honored to be carrying their colors. We haven't produced the finishes they deserve, so hopefully the monkey is off our back and we can roar into the top ten."
Rolling into Nashville, Marks a native of California has six ARCA RE/MAX Series starts to his resume with a career best finish of tenth at Michigan International Speedway (June 2006). He holds a career best superspeedway time trials effort of fifth at Talladega Superspeedway (October 2005),
Following Nashville, Marks will run four more events on the ARCA schedule at Milwaukee, Chicagoland, Talladega and Iowa.
The ARCA 200 (150 laps/200 miles) is the 14th of 23 events on the 2006 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. Practice begins August 11th with a two and half hour (11:00am-1:30pm CST) session planned. Pork pole qualifying is on tap Friday afternoon (5:30pm CST) with the race set to take the following afternoon. SPEED will have live coverage of the event Saturday, August 12th beginning at 2:00pm CST. In addition to SPEED, arcaracing.com will have all the latest news and results from the track.