Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Travel Tips: Road America – Aug. 25-27, 2016

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The Xfinity Series has a stand-alone race this weekend, Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 25-27, at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI. Joining the Xfinity Series for the Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville weekend is the SCCA Pro Trans Am Series.

The annual Hauler Parade to Road America takes place Thursday at 5:30 p.m. CT. The parade departs from Times Printing in Random Lake and ends at Gate 6.

Fans looking for something to do throughout the weekend can check out public karting and zip-lining at Road America. Fans 14 and older (parent/guardian must be present if under 18) can participate in karting at the Road America Motorplex, in the infield over the Johnsonville Bridge, in karts that reach speeds up to 40 mph. Cost is $20 per session or $250 for an unlimited weekend pass; the track will be open all three days from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. CT.

Fans age 6 and over (70-275 lbs., with a parent/guardian if under 18) can fly on the dual racing zip lines at the Landing Tower near Turn 14. Cost is $20 for first ride and $10 for second consecutive ride, or $150 for a weekend package; hours are Thursday from noon-6 p.m. CT and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. CT.

Key on-track event times:

Thursday, Aug. 25
  • Trans Am test session – 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. CT
Friday, Aug. 26 –
  • Xfinity Series practice – 9 and 11 a.m. CT
  • Trans Am practice – 10 a.m. and 4:10 p.m. CT
  • Trans Am qualifying – 1 p.m. CT
  • Xfinity Series qualifying – 4:10 p.m. CT
Saturday, Aug. 27 –



  • Trans Am Race No. 1 – 8:50 a.m. CT
  • Trans Am Race No. 2 – 10:20 a.m. CT
  • Xfinity Series Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville – 2 p.m. CT
Find out more about the track and purchase tickets for the weekend at www.roadamerica.com.





Rookie Stripe: The Importance of Pit Stop Speeds



Photo credit: Lisa Janine Cloud for Skirts and Scuffs
by Logan Stewart

Not too long ago I was visiting a close friend from high school who, while one of the most athletic people I know, has little interest in NASCAR. I was telling her that many pit crew members are former college and pro athletes, and that pit stops take place at lightning-like speed, meaning crew members must possess incredible dexterity and athleticism.

Me: “Pit stops are crazy fast. It’s almost like a blur to watch them.”

Her: “Oh, that’s interesting. I thought those pit crew guys just kind of hung out and changed tires like on the side of the road.”

Whoa, wait.
Changed tires on the side of the road? I think it’s a bit more complicated than that.

Run that by me one more time
Fast pit stops normally clock in at just 12 seconds or less, yet are one of the most critical parts of a race. In one stop, the over-the-wall pit crew jacks the car up, removes five lug nuts, changes two or four tires, puts in two cans of fuel and may clean the grille or remove a windshield tear-off before sending the car back down pit road. It’s a synchronized, high-speed show contingent on precision and rapidity. Pit crews have to be fast, strong and work together seamlessly, because just an extra second or two -- or even a few tenths of a second -- in the pits can make or break a race. When the pit crew makes a mistake, it’s obvious.

How time flies
Wired.com published an article in 2015 chronicling the thin line of time that pit crews have to execute a pit stop. The Elegant, Sweaty Art of a NASCAR Pit Stop by Jordan Golson details everything from the time needed to go over the wall (0.5 seconds), to removal of lug nuts and tires (five seconds) to tires replaced and old tires returned to the wall (seven seconds).

Photo credit: Logan Stewart for Skirts and Scuffs
“Consistency is key. The pit crew must do its job the same way every time. The crew succeeds, and fails, as one—five guys can do the fastest stop of their lives, but if the sixth guy is half a beat behind, it doesn’t mean a thing.”                       --Jordan Golson

If you really want to get up close and personal with the pit crew at work, watch Interstate Batteries’ video Inside a NASCAR Pit Stop with Joe Gibbs Racing Pit Crew Coach Mike Lepp. Lepp, athletic director for Joe Gibbs Racing, has an eye trained for pit stop analysis. Reviewing video helps him and his team identify strengths, fix weaknesses and make the modifications necessary to be faster.

Once upon a time
Like everything else in NASCAR, pit stops weren’t always so intense. Races were shorter in the early days, meaning fewer or no pit stops, and neither speed nor technology were anywhere close to as high-octane as they are today.

According to Zack Albert of NASCAR.com, as speedways came into existence and races got longer, teams made self-derived modifications to whittle time and bolster car performance. By 1974, Albert says pit stops were averaging around 30 seconds. They didn’t drop to the 20-second mark until the early 1990s when NASCAR teams began to behave more like sports teams, with each over-the-wall crewman designated to a specific position on the car.

Read more on the progressing speeds of the NASCAR pit stop in Albert's article, Evolution of the NASCAR Pit Stop: How Far It’s Come.

Photo credit: Logan Stewart for Skirts and Scuffs
As for my friend, I told her I was going to talk about our conversation for this Rookie Stripe column. She’s the true definition of a rookie, and that’s okay. She told me NASCAR “sounds cool” and maybe she’ll go to a race one day. So even if the sport seems overwhelming, just think…you have all the time in the world to learn it.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Right Sides Only: Notes from Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Winning Crew Chief, Rodney Childers

by Stacey Owens

There's an old saying that "familiarity breeds contempt." Don't say that to a racecar driver or a crew chief. They have tracks they love for specific reasons and enjoy opportunities to vie for wins at those tracks. Bristol Motor Speedway is a favorite among many of them, including race winner Kevin Harvick's crew chief Rodney Childers.

"This is definitely a big win for me personally. Like he [Harvick] said, it's just one that has always meant a lot to me," Childers said. "I loved coming up here when I was younger, a place that I actually raced at, and just feel like I understand it better. I kind of feel like I know what he's going through sometimes and that type of thing."

Childers discussed what a Bristol win means to him in his current role as crew chief.

"With Kevin here, we've been really fast every time we've been here and just had things happen that didn't go our way. But I think the biggest thing is, it's just short-track racing. That's what I grew up doing. That's what I love. Just racing here before, just a little bit of everything. I think it just has always meant a lot to me. Any type of short track race, it doesn't matter if it's here or Martinsville, my car chief said that going to victory lane, he said, 'We've got one more left, that's Martinsville.' I was like, 'No, we've got a lot more left.' But Martinsville would be cool for sure."
He joined his driver in expressing his appreciation to the speedway for their contributions.
 
"Definitely means a lot to me ... applaud the racetrack for what they have done this week. It's really awesome to see that bottom groove back and to be able to pass those lapped cars on the bottom and that type of thing.
            
"Just a great job from our team all around. He [Havick] mentioned that we've kind of circled this one every time, and we've had a good car every single time we've been here and just hasn't worked out to our way, I guess you could say, at the end of it. And tonight everything just happened to come together and everybody did a great job," Childers explained.
Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images

In addition to giving credit to the racetrack, Childers also applauded the work of Chevrolet, the team's manufacturer.

"Those guys do a good job, of course," he said. "They've got good drivers, they've got good cars, and they work together well. But ... it's still about not beating ourselves. We've had great cars.  We've been right there with them. Hopefully, over the next few weeks, we can get things ready for the Chase and be ready when it counts."

Childers continued his parade of thanks by offering appreciation to his pit crew.

"Since we changed things around, they have done a tremendous job. We've been able to compete with the Gibbs cars, and that's what you compare yourself to every time you come down pit road, and like Kevin said earlier, it's about not beating yourself," he said.

Despite their talents, anxiety can affect the crew's over-the-wall performance. The turning point in the race may have been a rare pep talk from Childers.

"You know, as the night was going on, and we became the dominant car and started to lead the race, that's when everybody's nerves get up, and we started having mistakes. I walked to the bathroom during that one caution after that and just thought about what's the right thing to do. Got them all together behind the pit box, which I don't normally do. Sometimes people take that the wrong way, and it makes things worse. But they all looked me in the eye, and I could tell as soon as I turned around that they were ready to do this, and we were going to win a race tonight. I got back on the pit box and told my engineer Dax that they're going to be good to go from now on, and next time we come down pit road it was great. It's all about confidence. This win will mean a lot to those guys, and believing in themselves and not getting nervous when the time comes, and that's really what's important," Childers explained.
 
That time is just around the corner. Only three races remain on the regular schedule before the green flag drops at Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 18 for the first round of The Chase. 
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     Stacey Owens lives just outside Music City USA. She's always wanted to be a NASCAR writer, so working as a columnist and support editor for Skirts and Scuffs allows her to live that dream every single weekend.
    The sole NASCAR enthusiast in her home, she's hopeful that one of her three daughters might also harbor an appreciation for NASCAR, but it isn't looking good so far.
    This self-admitted grammar nerd also loves country music, though she can't carry a tune; collegiate football, though she needs a lot of work on her spiral; and Kentucky basketball, even though at 6' tall, she's never played a day in her life.








Fast Facts Redux: Sam Hornish Jr.

Sam Hornish Jr. and son Sam III in victory lane in Iowa, June 2016
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Sam Hornish Jr. isn’t racing on a full-time basis right now, but that doesn’t mean he forgot how to get to victory lane. Find out more about the former open-wheel standout in this week’s Fast Facts, originally published in July 2012.
  • Samuel Jon Hornish Jr. was born July 2, 1979 in Defiance, OH. His racing career began at age 11 in go-karts, where he won the World Karting Association U.S. Grand National championship in just four years. He moved up to the USF2000 Series, where he raced from 1996-1998, and also competed in the Toyota Atlantic Series and the 24 Hours of Daytona.
  • Hornish Jr. moved to the Indy Racing League in 2000, going on to win three championships (2001, 2002 and 2006) as well as the 2006 Indianapolis 500 as a member of Team Penske. Also in 2006, Hornish Jr. began the transition to NASCAR with Penske Racing, competing in the final two Busch (now Xfinity) Series races of the season. In 2007, Hornish Jr. competed in his final full season in the IRL while competing part-time in both the Busch and Cup Series in NASCAR.
  • Hornish Jr. raced in the Cup Series full-time for three seasons (2008 to 2010) before a lack of sponsorship left him without a Cup Series ride for 2011. He competed in several Nationwide (now Xfinity) Series races for Penske Racing that season, picking up his first victory at Phoenix in November, which happened to also be the site of his first IRL win in 2001.
  • In 2012 and 2013, Hornish Jr. returned to the Nationwide Series full-time for Penske, and also ran selected Cup Series races for the team, including the final 19 races of the 2012 season as substitute for AJ Allmendinger. He finished fourth in points in 2012 and second in 2013.
  • Hornish Jr. ran eight Nationwide Series race for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2014, winning at Iowa Speedway in May and finishing second at Michigan. In 2015, he returned to the Cup Series with Richard Petty Motorsports for one season.
  • In 2016, Hornish Jr. returned once again to part-time competition in the Xfinity Series with JGR and Richard Childress Racing. He returned to victory lane at Iowa in June for JGR, and also picked up a second-place finish at Mid-Ohio in August.
  • Hornish Jr. and his wife, Crystal are the parents of two daughters, Addison and Eliza, and a son, Sam III.
  • For more information on Sam Hornish Jr., visit his website, samhornish.com









Monday, August 22, 2016

Travel Tips: Michigan International Speedway – Aug. 26-28, 2016

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Michigan International Speedway hosts the Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series this weekend, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 26-28. There will be plenty of action on and off the track this weekend at MIS with two nights of concerts, driver appearances and more.

Keloorah is a two-night party and country music festival featuring live music, deejays, games, food and more. On Friday night, Aug. 26, Tim Dugger, Drake White and The Big Fire, and Kip Moore take the stage from 7-11 p.m. ET, followed on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 5-11 p.m. ET by Duggar, Chase Bryant, A Thousand Horses and Chase Rice. Admission to the festival is a Sunday race ticket plus a Keloorah admission ticket – find out more here.

Key on-track event times:

Friday, Aug. 26 –
  • Sprint Cup Series practice – noon ET
  • Camping World Truck Series practice – 1:30 and 4 p.m. ET
  • Sprint Cup Series qualifying – 5:15 p.m. ET
Saturday, Aug. 27 –
  • Sprint Cup Series practice – 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. ET
  • Camping World Truck Series qualifying – 9:15 a.m. ET
  • Camping World Truck Series Careers for Veterans 200 – 1 p.m. ET
Sunday, Aug. 28 –
  • Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 – 2 p.m. ET
Find a complete schedule, including driver appearances, here.

Get tickets and more information about the race weekend at www.mispeedway.com

Friday, August 19, 2016

Caution Clock Chaos: Ben Kennedy Nabs First Truck Series Win at Bristol


Ben Kennedy celebrates his Truck Series win at Bristol, Aug, 17, 2016.
Credit: Sean Gardner / NASCAR via Getty Images  

by Courtney Horn

In his 63rd series start, Ben Kennedy scored his first Camping World Truck Series career win Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kennedy gained the lead from rookie William Byron with less than 20 laps to go.

“I can’t put it into words,” Kennedy said. “Someone asked me earlier today what it’s like going to Bristol for your first time, and to win here is just so cool. I’m speechless.”

Kennedy, who's the great-grandson of  Bill France Sr., is the first member of the France family to score a victory in a NASCAR national event.

“The guys gave me an awesome truck. Everyone at GMS Racing, Jacob Companies, the fans in the stands, everybody watching on TV, gosh this is just the coolest day of my life.”

The UNOH 200 on Wednesday night included nine cautions, including one for light rain in the early laps. Christopher Bell was leading on Lap 142 when he went for a spin while battling with teammate Daniel Suarez. Bell remained on the lead lap to bring home a seventh-place finish despite leading a total of 101 laps.

Suarez, who led three different times, seemed on his way to his first career NCWTS victory when a right rear tire went down in the closing laps. Heavy damage to the No. 51 Toyota ended Suarez’s night, and he finished 29th.

Another caution flew when Tommy Joe Martins spun, causing the No. 49 of Bryce Napier and the No. 07 of Matt Mills to stall on the track. 

A Look Forward to the Chase
Only three races remain before the first Truck Series Chase begins, and a few stars are on the outside looking in. JR Motorsports’ Cole Custer salvaged a sixth-place finish after an early spin, and is on the bubble sitting ninth in points.

Tyler Reddick finished 14th, and is currently 10th in points, 11 points below the cutoff. Looking ahead to Michigan, Reddick hopes for his first win of the season to put himself back inside the top eight and secure his position in the Chase.

Cameron Hayley had a rough night, finishing 24th after blowing a tire, he currently ranks 11th in the standings.

Only six series regulars have wins so far, so a victory for one of these drivers before the September 24th Chase opener at New Hampshire could secure him a spot in the "Round of 8."

TV Schedule: Aug. 19-21

 
Bristol Motor Speedway. Credit: Robert Laberge/Getty Images
Is Old Bristol back? You be the judge as the Sprint Cup Series and the XFINITY Series go to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend.

The Camping World Truck Series dominated the concrete short track on Wednesday.

The following is a handy guide to track events, TV and online coverage at Bristol this weekend. All times are in Eastern Standard Time.

Friday, Aug. 19:
10 a.m. Sprint Cup Series practice, NBC Sports App/NBCSports.com
12:30 p.m. Sprint Cup Series final practice, NBC Sports App/NBCSports.com
1 p.m. Sprint Cup Series final practice, USA
3 p.m. XFINITY Series Qualifying, NBC Sports App/NBCSports.com
5:15 p.m. NASCAR America, USA
5:30 p.m. Sprint Cup Series Qualifying, USA
7 p.m., XFINITY Series Countdown to Green, USA
7:30 p.m. XFINITY Series: Food City 300, USA

Saturday, Aug. 20:
6:30 p.m. NASCAR RaceDay, FS2
7:30 p.m. Sprint Cup Series Countdown, NBCSN
8 p.m. Sprint Cup Series Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, NBCSN
11 p.m. Sprint Cup Series Post-Race Show, NBCSN

Sunday, Aug. 21:
12:30 a.m. NASCAR Victory Lane, FS1
5 a.m. NASCAR Victory Lane (re-air), FS1
Noon NASCAR Victory Lane (re-air), FS1
12:30 p.m. Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 (re-air), FS1

Thursday, August 18, 2016

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol



Track Classification: Short Track
Similar Tracks: Dover International Speedway • Phoenix International Raceway 
Martinsville Speedway • Richmond International Raceway
Distance: .533 Miles

Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):
By Race
Both with 4 - Joey Logano and Jimmie Johnson
All with 3 - Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Paul Menard and Carl Edwards

By Track
All with 5 - Brian Vickers, Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard, Joey Logano and Jimmie Johnson
All with 4 - Ryan Newman, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards and Kasey Kahne

Recent Pole Winners: 
2015 Denny Hamlin
2014 Kevin Harvick

Last Year's Race Winner: Joey Logano

The Likely Suspects: Bristol Saturday night racing is fun to watch, but more than a bit wild for drivers trying to win or even point their way into the Chase. One false move and you could get caught in someone else's bad night. Hold your breath and pick. I will focus on these drivers this weekend: Joey Logano, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Paul Menard, Ryan Newman and Kevin Harvick.

My 2 Cents: My no-brainer pick is tie between Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon. My next choices are Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kevin Harvick, Jamie McMurray, Clint Bowyer and Paul Menard. I will complete my team with Chase Elliott.

My Final Four: Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard and Jeff Gordon.

Points to Ponder:
  • Roger Penske leads the series among active car owners with the most wins at Bristol with 12.
  • 89 of the 111 (80.1%) races have been won from a top-10 starting position.
  • 48 different drivers have poles at Bristol. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with five, followed by Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman with three each.
  • Kevin Harvick leads all active drivers in runner-up finishes with five, followed by Kyle Busch with three.
  • Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in finishing at the front at Bristol. He has 11 top-three finishes, 17 top-five showings and 25 top 10s. Matt Kenseth is the runner-up in both top-five and top-10 finishes with 13 and 20, respectively.
Enjoy the race! Post your comments here or follow me on Twitter at @purplecatpr.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Faith on the Frontstretch: Splash-Filled Event Showcases Justin Marks’ Unique Racing Skills

Justin Marks racing in the rain at Mid-Ohio, August 13, 2016.
Credit: Jonathan Moore / Getty Images.  
“ ... and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”   ~ Hebrews 12:1b

If you missed the NASCAR Xfinity race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Saturday, you missed a slipping-and-sliding, splash-filled ruckus rarely seen in the sport. Justin Marks outmaneuvered the field to lead a race-high 43 laps and waded through to his first win in 25 Xfinity starts.

“Stock car racing in the rain is just sort of my thing, and I just don’t have a lot of opportunities in my career and my life to be able to do it,” Marks told the media after the event. “Today, it was just a perfect day for me to just kind of do what I’m good at. It’s pretty cool to get a win in the Xfinity Series.”

Performing in a downpour seems to be Marks’ special niche. He’s raced other types of cars in the rain, including Porsches and BMWs, and since most current NASCAR drivers don’t often compete in the rain, he had a little something special they didn’t.

“We did a lot of rain racing, so I have a lot of races under my belt in the rain, and there’s a very unique style to racing in the rain,” Marks said. “I have more experience probably than anybody in the field, except for maybe Andy Lally, at racing in the rain.

“It’s a very unique skill set and a specialty to be able to go fast in the rain.”

Not everyone has the rare expertise of controlling a racecar on wet pavement, but we all have talents and skills.

If you’re a believer, in addition to talents you also have a special ability, called a spiritual gift, that’s bestowed upon you when you accept Jesus into your heart. Your mission is to use your spiritual gift to bless others.

There are a number of these gifts outlined in Scripture in Romans 12, including service, teaching, encouragement, giving, leadership, mercy and hospitality. The gifts provide special affinities for certain kinds of activities.

When you’re involved in undertakings where you can use your gift, you’ll feel a sense of fulfillment, as if you’re connecting with your purpose and with God. For example, if you have the gift of encouragement, lifting the morale of someone who’s feeling down brings you great joy.

If you feel a little clueless about spiritual gifts, you’re not alone. Identifying your spiritual gift can take a little bit of detective work. So, to pinpoint your gift, ask yourself a couple of questions. What kinds of activities bring you joy? What makes you feel fulfilled? If it’s helping someone learn a new concept, maybe your gift is teaching. If you’re thrilled when you can help relieve someone’s suffering, your gift may be mercy.

You may help others by combining your spiritual gift with a talent, such as the gift of hospitality paired with a knack for cooking or baking. You might have the gift of giving, and show it by knitting hats and scarves for the homeless folks in your town. Or if you’re skilled at doing yard work, you might use your gift of service to mow grass or trim shrubs for neighbors who are sick or elderly.

If you’ve mulled it over and still aren’t sure about your spiritual gift, don’t give up. It may take some trial and error to uncover it. Try serving in different capacities at your church or a charity. When you feel the joy, you’ll know you’re on the right track.

Each of you should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.    ~ 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)

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“Faith on the Frontstretch” explores the role of faith in motorsports and runs every 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month during the NASCAR season. Follow Beth on twitter at @bbreinke.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Fast Facts Redux: Justin Marks

Marks in victory lane at Mid-Ohio, August 13, 2016
credit: Getty Images/Jonathan Moore
Justin Marks raced through puddles and downpours to win his first NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Aug. 13 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, adding to an already-impressive resume that includes track owner and team owner. Learn more about Marks in this updated Fast Facts, originally published in March 2015.
  • Justin Marks was born March 25, 1981 in St. Louis, MO. He was introduced to auto racing by his grandfather, with whom he watched Midwest drivers like Ken Schrader and the Wallace brothers. His family moved to California when he was 8, and he made his racing debut in a street stock in 1998 at Altamont Raceway Park in California.
  • At age 18, Marks competed in the SCCA Regional Racing Series and the Speed World Challenge Series. In 2004, he moved up to the Rolex Sports Car Series and later the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. In 2009, Marks was on the winning GT division team in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.
  • Marks made the move to stock cars in 2005, making his debut in the ARCA Racing Series. In 2007 he competed in the final four races of the season in the Truck Series for Germain Racing, finishing eighth at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2008, he raced in the Truck and Nationwide (now Xfinity) Series, spending time with Germain Racing and Braun Racing. In 2013, he made his Cup Series debut with Tommy Baldwin Racing at Sonoma.
  • In 2015, Marks attempted to compete in all three NASCAR races at Daytona International Speedway; he finished 32nd in the Truck Series race and 34th in the Xfinity Series race, but failed to make the field for the Daytona 500.
  • For the 2016 season, Marks is racing part-time in the Xfinity Series for Chip Ganassi Racing and in the Camping World Truck Series for Braun Motorsports.
  • In 2014, Marks and Cup Series driver Kyle Larson formed Larson Marks Racing, competing in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series with driver Shane Stewart behind the wheel. In 2015, Marks teamed with Harry Scott Jr. to form HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks for the 2015 K&N Pro Series East season, fielding cars for drivers Scott Heckert, William Byron, JJ Haley, Dalton Sargeant and Rico Abreu.
  • Marks and fellow driver Michael McDowell own the GoPro Motorplex karting facility in Mooresville, NC.
  • Learn more about Marks at www.justinmarksracing.com and about Larson Marks Racing at larsonmarksracing.com.