MARKS TAKES HOME A NEW TRACK RECORD AND A TOP TEN AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY; READY FOR DOUBLE HEADER AT WINCHESTER CONCORD, NC (4-30-07) After posting the fastest time in Friday morning's ARCA RE/MAX Series practice, RAB Racing and Justin Marks knew...
MARKS TAKES HOME A NEW TRACK RECORD AND A TOP TEN AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY; READY FOR DOUBLE HEADER AT WINCHESTER
CONCORD, NC (4-30-07) After posting the fastest time in Friday morning's ARCA RE/MAX Series practice, RAB Racing and Justin Marks knew they had a shot for the pole. But with a time of 31.323 sec in Friday afternoon's qualifying, Marks soon learned he not only was going to sit on the pole, but that he had broken the track record set by current NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver, Ryan Newman, set in 2001.
"I knew coming here that we had a good shot to sit on the pole and break the track record," Justin Marks said. "I am really happy to have the pole not nearly as much for Justin Marks, but for everybody that has been a part of this team from our sponsors, to the people in the shop pulling 'all nighters'. I am glad to give this to them for no other reason than it validates everyone's hard work. It is also really exciting to break Ryan Newman's record. He is someone I look up to, and I just hope that this lap time stays in the record books for a while."
Marks was able to maintain the top five for most of the day, but on the final lap while running third, he got held up by a lap car in turn four that caused him to fall back to 6th.
"We were a third place car. This is still a learning experience for me and I made a couple of mistakes and gave up a couple of positions, but I tried to stay calm and collected. At the end of the day we were in a four or five car battle for third and I was doing my best to hold them off, but it became difficult with the lap traffic because they are so far off the pace and unpredictable, that I just ended up getting caught up behind one coming to the checkered flag. All in all, it was a very good points day for us. Hopefully this is the beginning to a string of good luck because I think that we have paid our dues so far this season with the bad luck. I believe we will take this home, build on it, and start finishing solidly in the top ten each race."
Marks and the RAB Racing crew are back in the shop preparing for this weekend's Winchester ARCA 200 at Winchester Speedway. Marks is also scheduled to compete in his first of four races in the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series (ALWTS) in the #12 Toyota Tacoma for Future MotorSports.
"I am looking forward to driving the #12 Toyota Tacoma for Future Motorsports at Winchester this weekend. My biggest learning curve has been on these short tracks, so being in the truck, and a stellar one at that, will be a good way for me to get more seat time in order to gain more knowledge about driving on short tracks."