Justin Marks made his 2nd road course XFINITY Series start of 2018 after Mid-Ohio.
Having come to Road America as one of the leading contenders for the race win, will his road course expertise defy the odds?
He began the race in 4th with his No.42 Chevrolet having run quietly in and out of the Top 5.
Though, Marks regained one or two positions back to P4 at the end of Stage 1 thanks to the early two cautions.
With the No.42 Chevrolet quiet, he made his first pit stop with new tires, fuel, and a tear-off to help shape up the car a bit.
En route to the Stage 2 restart, Marks again ran without issue inside the Top 5.
Though, with one caution made during this installment, Marks’ run towards the halfway mark ended up one place down in 6th.
Marks performed the same strategy as used from the last stage break.
Just tear-offs needed to help Marks find some speed towards the front row alongside new tires and fuel.
Despite maintaining in 6th, there’s not much progress made at that time until the next caution came out on Lap 29.
From there, Marks felt it’s the right opportunity to pit for his last stop.
He feels he can reach the top spot if he uses a bit more forward drive.
So the No.42 NXS crew adjusted the track bar as Marks made his final stop with full fuel & four new tires.
He feels confident that he has the full capacity to pull off the race.
And it’s beginning to work when Marks worked his way up to 2nd trying to fend off James Davison.
But he and Davison spun off at Turn 8 with four laps to go.
Nevertheless, Marks got back out as quickly as possible as he came home in 6th place.
His 2018 Part-Time Season
- Two Starts
- 120 of 120 Laps Completed, 100%
- One Top 10, 50%
- Average Start: 13.5 & Finish: 14
His Road America XFINITY Series Record
- Five Starts
- 234 of 236 Laps Completed, 99.2%
- One Top 5, 20%
- Three Top 10, 60%
- Average Start: 4.8 & Finish: 14.6
His Road America NXS Results
- 24th, 2014
- 7th, 2015
- 32nd, 2016
- 4th, 2017
- 6th, 2018
Out of his five-start Road America record in his NASCAR XFINITY Series career, Marks made back to back Top 10 finishes.
Both 2017 and 2018.
His best finish is still 4th from 12 months ago followed by 6th yesterday.
The other Top 10 finish he made in Elkhart Lake was three years ago in 7th.
It’s great to see Marks highlighting what went tremendous and miserable throughout the race yesterday afternoon.
The No.42 Chevrolet Camaro looked incredibly fast which helped Marks stay in the game.
He ran inside the Top 10 through the first two stages before some adjustments late in the race have helped him challenge for the win.
Marks needed this lousy considering he’s a great road course racer.
But it’s disappointing not to secure that win and instead see him spin with James Davison.
It may have cost him some track time.
Though, Marks at least steered home with a Top 10 finish.
The next time you will see Marks in the No.42 Chevrolet is next month at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s new roval course.