Toledo II: Justin Marks race report

Win-Tron Racing and Justin Marks Pull Off Top-Five Finish at Toledo Toledo, OH (September 13, 2010)- Win-Tron Racing and driver Justin Marks traveled to Toledo Speedway this weekend for the second time this season for the Northwest Ohio Ford ...

Win-Tron Racing and Justin Marks Pull Off Top-Five Finish at Toledo

Toledo, OH (September 13, 2010)- Win-Tron Racing and driver Justin Marks traveled to Toledo Speedway this weekend for the second time this season for the Northwest Ohio Ford Dealers 200. With the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards championship battle in a tight lock, Marks and crew were set on gaining maximum points as well as redeeming a solid finish after a disappointing finish in the spring caused by tire going down late in the race.

Qualifying on Saturday afternoon was washed out by afternoon showers that passed through the Toledo area, setting Sunday afternoon's field by current owner's points. Taking the green flag in the seventh spot, Marks quickly realized track conditions had changed from the practice session the day before, making the Construct Corps machine really tight in the middle of the turns. The handling conditions forced Justin to slide back into the 10th spot, where he rode comfortably with encouragement from his crew over the radio, clicking off the first 77 laps.

The day's second caution flag would fly for a multi-car, chain reaction accident in turn three. The No. 32 sustained some body damage after getting a tap from behind while slowing down for the incident and Crew Chief Mike Chaffee quickly organized his crew in the pit area to make necessary repairs along with a four tire stop with adjustments. A prepared pit crew patched up their Dodge Charger and sent their driver back into battle on the half-mile oval in the seventh position.

Following the restart on lap 84, Marks turned some of the fastest laps he had run all day with the new adjustments and fresh Hoosier rubber underneath him. At halfway, he found himself knocking on the door of the top five, where he would ride until making a pit stop for a shock adjustment and some ice to cool his feet and a scorching hot floor board during a lap 129 caution.

More green flag racing ensued for the next 45 laps, with traffic causing problems for much of the field and spreading out the lead group. Just two laps after losing a lap to the leaders in the sixth spot, Marks received the "Lucky Dog" award on lap 175, closing him back within reach of the leaders. The Win-Tron crew brought Justin down pit road for two tires and adjustments for the last 20 laps of racing. The changes and tires helped Justin hold his position after restarting fourth on lap 181, holding strong until the checkered flag for his sixth top five finish of the season.

"The team put together a really good Construct Corps Dodge for this weekend, I think it was even better than the car we had here in the spring," Marks commented. "It was a long day, but we definitely benefitted from some other people having misfortune. We lost a little bit of the handling today that we had in practice yesterday, but we just tried to hang in there and be smart.

"We had some run-ins early and got torn up a little bit, and I feel bad because the guys are going to have to work really hard now to get this car ready for Salem next weekend but that's just short track racing."

Despite the damage sustained to the Construct Corps Dodge Charger, the team's quick thinking in the pits along with Justin's efforts fighting through traffic and pain from heat leaking through his shoes added up to a solid finish. While several other championship point contenders suffered from unfortunate luck, Marks was able to capitalize and gained positions in the standings, now sitting in fifth place trailing points leader Patrick Sheltra by 185 points.

-source: win-tron racing

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Series ARCA
Drivers Justin Marks , Patrick Sheltra