Brooklyn, MI (June 9, 2010)- Continuing to fight in a tight championship points battle last weekend at Pocono Raceway, Justin Marks and his Win-Tron Racing team made it clear that they are a force to be reckoned with no matter what challenge is...
Brooklyn, MI (June 9, 2010)- Continuing to fight in a tight championship points battle last weekend at Pocono Raceway, Justin Marks and his Win-Tron Racing team made it clear that they are a force to be reckoned with no matter what challenge is placed in their path. Though they struggled to find the perfect setup in the No. 32 Construct Corps machine, the team and driver never gave up, kept the fenders on the car and rebounded to a seventh place finish.
Moving onto Michigan International Speedway this weekend, Win-Tron expects success based on their strong runs in five previous starts, including two top-five and two top-10 finishes. Marks owns three previous starts at the 2-mile paved oval, with a best finish of 10th in 2006. In an effort to prep the No. 32 Construct Corps Toyota for this weekend's action, Win-Tron participated in an open test at MIS two weeks ago, laying down a best time of 39.883 seconds, good enough for 10th quickest on the charts. The team was able to gather valuable information from that test and has put together a solid baseline setup to start with for Thursday morning's first practice session.
Qualifying for the 100-lap event is scheduled for 3 pm EST on Thursday, with live timing and scoring available on ARCARacing.com. In addition to on-track activity on Thursday afternoon, Justin will also participate in an autograph session on Main Street in Brooklyn, Michigan during Brooklyn-Irish Hills Race Fest presented by Country Market. Drivers from the ARCA Racing Series will be in attendance to converse with fans and promote the race the following day. Appearances will be from 6-7:00 PM and the event is free to attend. Prior to the drop of the green flag at 5 pm EST on Friday afternoon, Marks will also be a part of a very special autograph session in the track infield for children from various charities including Make-A-Wish of Michigan and DeVos Children's Hospital.
Marks was set back a few more points after Pocono by virtue of finishing three positions behind current points leader Patrick Sheltra, and will enter the Racing for Wildlife 200 25 markers behind in second place. Car owner Kevin Cywinski trails Grace Sheltra (No. 60) by 25 points in car owner's points standings.
Justin Marks on Michigan
I like Michigan and I've been competitive and led laps there so I know that I can get around that place. If we do the best we can and work hard on what we gathered from the test, we'll persevere. With Championship teams, when it doesn't go right we salvage top-ten finishes every week and keep digging.
Co-Owner Nate Thiesse on Michigan, this season
Michigan provides a great place race to for the competitors and teams and usually puts on a whale of a show for the fans. We've had some strong performances over the past couple years there and we are aiming to put ourselves in position for our second win of the season. Justin has plenty of experience at Michigan in both ARCA and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and he knows what it takes to run strong there. We felt like we learned a lot at the test a couple weeks ago which should help us on Friday for the race.
Overall, we don't have any room to complain about this season. Our two finishes outside the top-10 have really bad just cases of bad luck. We finished 11th at Daytona and then 16th at Toledo a couple weeks ago. Other than those finishes, we've been keeping the No. 32 Construct Corps machine up front. Justin has excelled past our early season expectations and the entire team has really gelled well together. We just need to keep giving all we can every week and hope we'll stay in this championship chase.