Marks hits the road and wins in Knoxville

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Brent Marks (19) races beneath Brian Brown on his solution to victory Friday at Knoxville Raceway. (Ken Simon photographs)

Knoxville, Iowa – A victory on the Knoxville Raceway is one thing particular any time a driver can have. However for Brent Marks, it is extra than simply one other stage on the victory path – it is a long-awaited success in a spot the place he is been attempting to enhance.

After 30 profession makes an attempt, Marks lastly broke by Friday night time to say his first win at The Dash Automobile Capital of the World, elevating $10,000 for his effort in a one-night Brownells Huge Weapons Bash for the World of Outlaws NOS Vitality Drink Dash Automobile Collection.

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Brent indicators in victory lane at Knoxville Racecourse. (Photograph by Ken Perry)

“That is a tidy proper there for me,” stated Marx. “I’ve spent a number of time right here and struggled quite a bit; you’ve got been working laborious to get a very good program right here. I felt like we had some energy final 12 months on the Nationals. I could not wait to return again.”

Even higher, he did it in a dominant style, sweeping cleanly to this system, setting a fast time, profitable his gravitas, dashing, and driving all 25 laps of benefit.

With all the large weapons in the home, Marx did not let the stress go. He fired fuel at him on the level of the inexperienced and sped off, opening a pleasant benefit over Brian Brown and Logan Schuchart earlier than hitting visitors on the eighth lap.

Whereas Marks was getting previous lapping visitors, Brown was not fast to overhaul slower vehicles and allowed Marks to widen the hole. Scheuchart took benefit of the scenario and made a transfer for second on Brown however put it again two intervals later. As they approached the squares, the wrench got here to smash everybody’s plans.

The crimson flag was displayed after factors chief Austin McCarrell faltered alternately first and second after a full 22 laps, resetting the sphere and erasing Marks’ lead. With solely three laps left, everybody knew it was time.

“When that crimson got here on, I used to be licking my chops, simply because Brent would not work right here a lot,” Brown stated. “However he is a sensible race automotive driver, I knew that, so it is like ‘I’ll dig into my bag of tips right here and work out something I’ve executed right here to attempt to win. “

Whereas Marks pulled away barely once more on restart, Schuchart pulled the set off to the low aspect a second time when Brown checked the pad. They got here to take White and Schuchart gave it his all however he could not catch Marks crossing the bar for the win.

“We did not want that crimson, that is for positive,” Schuchart stated. “I felt like we had a reasonably good likelihood of getting Brent earlier than the crimson got here out, even after we went virtually backpacking aspect by aspect. He took the good step of taking my streak off.”

Even for the man who dominated all night time, sitting within the automotive ready for the crash to be cleaned up was unnerving to restart.

“I am sitting there beneath the crimson, I feel we misplaced a number of air stress or one thing and it form of pissed me off,” Marks stated. “I received into defensive mode there. With Brian [Brown] Being behind me – I understand how good he’s right here, how he can win these races in the long run – I used to be simply attempting to shut all of the lanes as a lot as I may so he could not run down on me.”

Though he has struggled in Knoxville previously, he has traveled removed from his path, overtaking the closest races, to return in and race the very best and get higher this weekend. It bears fruit.

“It is a very powerful race monitor, and it’s a must to be a very good driver in an effort to win races right here,” Marks stated. “I really feel like I’ve reached that time.”

He crossed Schuchart in second place to attain seventh in a row in tenth place. After exhibiting off a brand-new automotive in Bristol in April, Group Shark Racing #1 was one of the crucial constant groups on the Tour and carried on with a sixth podium end of the season on Friday.

Brown crossed the bar in third at Casey’s/FVP #21, matching his finest end of the season towards the Outlaws. He and crew chief Danny Lasowski put their heads and a number of expertise collectively on Friday and put in a strong efficiency as Knoxville’s prime participant within the enterprise.

“I am a Knoxville man, proper and proper,” Brown stated. “To have the ability to signify them… I do not care if it is an Outlaws race or not, it is only a race that has a more durable viewers.

“It has been a few years in my profession and I attempt to do various things when the outlaws come into city. As a group, we simply needed to stay to the fundamentals and do what we do each week right here.”

Scotty Johnson drove each lap on the Tempo Efficiency Professional Sprints characteristic to say his fourth win of the season.

the tip:

Function (25 rolls): 1. 19 print marks [1][$10,000]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5][$5,500]; 3. 21 – Brian Brown [3][$3,200]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2][$2,600]; 5. 41- Carson Macedo [9][$2,350]; 6. 49-Brad Candy [4][$2,150]; 7. 2- David Gravel [7][$2,100]; 8. 8 – Aaron Roetzel [13][$1,950]; 9. 15- Donnie Schatz [18][$1,900]; 10. 5- Spencer Paystone [10][$1,850]; 11. 18- Giovanni Schelzi [17][$1,400]; 12. 24- Rico Abreu [16][$1,200]; 13. 27- Carson McCarle [11][$1,000]; 14. 15H- Sam Havertepe [12][$950]; 15. O9-Matt Juhl [8][$900]; 16. 39M- Anthony McCree [15][$900]; 17. 83- James McFadden [22][$900]; 18. 3-Ayrton Genting [21][$900]; 19. 3Z- Brooke Zervos [25][$]; 20. 9- Cassie Kahn [19][$900]; 21. 1a – Jacob Allen [24][$900]; 22. 22- Riley Goodnow [23][$900]; 23. 25- JJ Heikal [14][$900]; 24. 11K-Kraig Kinser [26][$]; 25. 88- Austin McCarl [6][$900]; 26. 2J- Linton Jeffrey [20][$900]