Millville: Justin Marks race report

Strong Run Derailed For Justin Marks And Win-Tron Racing At New Jersey MILLVILLE, New Jersey (September 15, 2009) -- A solid top-five finish in Sunday's The South Jersey Trades 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park was derailed for road racing ...

Strong Run Derailed For Justin Marks And Win-Tron Racing At New Jersey

MILLVILLE, New Jersey (September 15, 2009) -- A solid top-five finish in Sunday's The South Jersey Trades 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park was derailed for road racing sensation Justin Marks and the No. 32 Win-Tron Racing team as mechanical issues hindered the team from their third win of the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series season.

Marks drove all night following his duties in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Richmond International Raceway to tackle the ARCA RE/MAX Series for his third start of 2009.

Practice started off strong for the Mike Chaffee led team as Marks wheeled the No. 32 Red Line Oil Dodge to the fourth fastest time. With one practice session remaining before qualifying, the team was hoping to better their efforts. While Marks and Company was able to find additional speed inside their Dodge Charger, the team still was only able to mount the fourth fastest time.

"Justin has done an excellent job for the team," said Nate Thiesse, co-owner and general manager. "He's adapting very well and has shown everyone that no matter what team he is with; he can be fast. We're hoping for a good run in qualifying."

Marks[,] aboard the Kevin Cywinski owned machine[,] was set to roll off in the first group of cars for qualifying. With time trials being set based upon how you practiced, Marks would have 10 minutes to maneuver the best lap he could around the 2.25-mlle road course.

During his effort, Marks wheeled his car around the Millville, zigzag in 82.157 seconds or 98.592 seconds, a nice pickup from practice for the Lakeville, Minnesota based team. However, the team would diagnose a problem with their tires after qualifying which would force the team to change tires before the start of the 17th start of the event -- which would put the No. 32 at the rear of the field.

Set to make a huge dent on the field; Marks wasted no time from the drop of the green flag blowing past his competition and quickly moved into the top-20 by the completion of lap five.

Over the course of the next 10 laps, Marks continued to climb through the field before marching into the top-10 when the first of two full-course caution flags waived on approaching lap 15.

The avid road racing ace reported to his crew that his car was good but he was idling his way through the field. On the restart, Marks continued his progression through the field before he eventually found himself comfortably in the top-five.

Marks, a native of Rocklin, California would continue to find himself towards the lead pack following the first round of pit stops on lap 30 before reporting to Chaffee a short time later while running in the fourth position that there was a problem with his Red Line Oil Dodge.

As Marks continued to slide back through the field, the problem was deemed to be a sway bar issue which eventually put the No. 32 behind the wall. Upon further review, the team also diagnosed an electrical plague which eliminated the team from the hunt just 10 laps from the finish.

The team would be credited with a 21st place finish.

"We're disappointed with the finish to say the least but Justin did a fantastic job," said Thiesse. "The failure was just one of those problems you could not predict or prevent. It's a shame but the team had a lot of fun and we appreciate the hard work Justin gave us this weekend."

Next up for the ARCA RE/MAX Series is the annual fall classic from Salem Speedway.

-credit: jmr

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