The X-Finity Series will run the last of three road-course races this season, Saturday’s Road America 180 Fired Up By Johnsonville in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Joey Logano and Justin Marks have won the first two at Watkins Glen International and Mid-Ohio, respectively. Marks is entered at Road America, Logano is not – with Alex Tagliani scheduled to drive the Number-22 Team Penske Ford
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Justin Marks Takes The Mid-Ohio Challenge
Justin Marks got the best of his thirty-nine X-FINITY Series rivals on Saturday by mastering a soggy circuit and driving to victory at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Marks, widely known as a road racing specialist but making just his twenty-fifth career series start, led a race-high forty-three laps in his Number-42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet – including the final ten, beating pole sitter Sam Hornish Junior to the checkered flag by more than three-and-a-half seconds. Ryan Blaney took third place with Ty Dillon and Justin Allgaier completing the top five. It was a banner day for Chevrolet as the manufacturer grabbed four of the five top finishing positions. Marks started sixteenth in the forty-car field but charged forward at the drop of the green flag. He took his first lead just eleven laps into the race as rain soaked the two-point-two-mile natural road course. It did subside and the track began to dry at the mid-point of the race. But the skies opened up again in the second half, which opened the door for Marks to claim his first career win. Darrell Wallace Junior had the lead on the day’s final restart fourteen laps from the finish but went off the course in the wet conditions, surrendering the top spot to Dillon with Marks in hot pursuit. Dillon slid off the track himself a short time later, giving Marks the opening he needed to reclaim the lead and drive on to victory … Series leader Elliott Sadler started fourth and finished ninth, which was enough for him to stretch his advantage to twenty-five points over second-place Daniel Suarez, who labored to a twenty-third-place finish … Erik Jones was the highest-finishing rookie, coming home in sixth place.
X-FINITY Runs At Daytona This Weekend For The Subway Firecracker 250
The NASCAR X-FINITY Series runs at Daytona this weekend with tonight’s Subway Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola. The weather also impacted practice for the XFINITY series. Drivers took the track for about twenty-five minutes before lightning sent the cars back to the garage. Erik Jones was the fastest of the twenty-nine cars that made a lap with a speed of 193.353. David Ragan, who is replacing Matt Tifft this weekend, is the only other driver to top 193 miles per hour with a speed of 193.307.
Ty Dillon (192.102), Brandon Jones (192.045) and Justin Marks (192.004) rounded out the top five. The second of two practices was canceled due to persistent thunderstorms in the area. Thursday also saw Chevrolet announce that the sixth-generation Camaro SS will serve as the model for Chevrolet racecars in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, starting next season in 2017. The fifth-generation Camaro was introduced into the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2013.
Top Two K&N West Teams Penalized After Phoenix Weekend
The first- and second-place teams in last week’s season-ending Casino Arizona 100 NASCAR K-and-N Pro Series West race at Phoenix International Raceway have been penalized. During post-race inspection on November 12th, it was discovered that the cover on the oil reservoir on Todd Gilliland’s race-winning Toyota was not properly bolted shut.
Gilliland and car owner Bill McAnally were each docked thirty championship points. Crew chief Seth Smith was fined thirty-five thousand dollars, suspended for three races and placed on probation for six months.
Also during post-race inspection, a shock absorber on William Byron’s second-place Chevrolet didn’t extend six inches in the allowable time span of ninety seconds. Byron and car owner Justin Marks were each docked twelve championship points.
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