Marks’ Last-Lap Slider at Williams Grove Earns Him Fifth Win of the Season
Inside Line Promotions – ABBOTTSTOWN, Pa. (June 24, 2013) – There aren’t many things that are more exciting than a last-lap pass for the victory.
Brent Marks found one thing last Friday at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa., when he threw a slide job on his childhood hero, Stevie Smith, in turns three and four coming to the checkered flag to garner his fifth feature win of the season.
“To get that win Friday was pretty awesome, especially racing with Stevie Smith,” he said. “I’ve always looked up to Stevie. He was my favorite driver growing up.”
After driving from fourth to third in his heat race, the handicapping system started Marks sixth in the 25-lap main event. He quickly worked into the runner-up position within the first seven laps.
“By the time we made our way into second Stevie was already a straightaway away,” he said. “I thought, ‘Who is going to run down Stevie Smith from a straightaway?’ The only thing I could hope for was a caution, which I didn’t get. Then with about five or six laps to go I’m on Stevie’s bumper. It was pretty amazing to be able to run him down from a straightaway.”
Marks caught Smith with six laps remaining before trying a slide job in turns one and two on the ensuing lap.
“With about five to go I threw a slider on him in turns one and two to show him, hey, I’m here,” Marks said. “Coming to the white flag I slid him in (turns) three and four again. We drag raced down the frontstretch.”
Smith had the lead down the backstretch before Marks completed a last-ditch slide job for the win in turns three and four on the final lap.
“Williams Grove did a really good job with their track prep,” Marks said. “It was really racy all night long. A lot of it was balls-to-the-wall type of driving at the end. I was trying to make something happen. It was a pretty exciting victory to make a last-lap pass.”
Marks is up to third in the championship standings, only 10 points out of the runner-up position at Williams Grove Speedway.
He wrapped up the weekend on Saturday at Lincoln Speedway where he placed second in his heat race as the car developed a vibration.
“It ended up being the u-joint,” he said. “After the heat race we changed the u-joint and we didn’t really get to watch the track at all. The track really slicked off. I was just on the tight side all feature long. I just couldn’t get the car to rotate.”
Marks started 10th and finished ninth in the main event to record his 26th top-10 finish of the season. He remains third in the championship standings at Lincoln Speedway.
Marks will be in action this weekend for the PA Speedweek, which kicks off Friday at Williams Grove Speedway. Marks will race at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday and at Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa., on Sunday.
QUICK RESULTS –
June 21 – Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. – Heat race: 3 (4); Feature: 1 (6).
June 22 – Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pa. – Heat race: 2 (2); Feature: 9 (10).
SEASON STATS –
34 races, 5 wins, 12 top fives, 26 top 10s, 29 top 15s, 31 top 20s
UP NEXT –
Friday at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa., Saturday at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pa., and Sunday at Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa., for PA Speedweek
MEDIA LINKS –
Here is a link to a highlights package by PaPosseRacing.com of Marks’ first victory of the season at Williams Grove Speedway on June 21: http://youtu.be/OayAFmI9z2Q
Here are highlights of Marks’ first career win at Selinsgrove Speedway on May 26 courtesy of WHPTV: http://www.whptv.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoid=4077437
Check out Dirt Station highlights of Marks’ victory at Lincoln Speedway on May 11: http://youtu.be/WWQnrUF5ArI
Here is a link to a highlights package by PaPosseRacing.com of Marks’ win at Lincoln Speedway on May 11: http://youtu.be/9lltxaHih4k
Here is a link to a highlights package by PaPosseRacing.com of Marks’ win at Lincoln Speedway on March 30: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHZvZdKZCk4
Here is a link to a highlights package by PaPosseRacing.com of Marks’ win at Lincoln Speedway on March 9: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zlz27Ec4jA
Marks has a variety of apparel, including t-shirts, sweatshirts, long-sleeve shirts, hats and stickers. The apparel is located in front of the truck at Williams Grove Speedway and at T-shirt Alley at Lincoln Speedway each weekend.
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Fredericksburg Eagle Hotel
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“After working on the cars a lot of times we will head down to Fredericksburg Eagle Hotel for some wings,” Marks said. “They have the best wings around and it’s a great place to hang out.”
Marks would also like to thank BAPS Auto Paint and Supply, Creekside Auto Sales, Russell Heller Builder, TJ’s Body Shop, KC Automotive, Wolf Run Landscaping, Glenna Straley Hair Design, Sprint Aces, Robison Racing Products, KSE Racing Products, Penske Racing Shocks, Triple X Race Co., MEMTEC Services and special thanks to Tim Spangler and Jake’s Carts for their continued support.
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