ARCA Toldeo: Jared Marks looking to win at home track

Jared Marks, Driver of the #12 TMR Dodge Charger, and Toledo area Native


TOLEDO, Oh. - For most of the ARCA Racing Series, the season is a traveling circus from circuit to circuit. Every track is a battleground between series regulars and track locals and today's Menard's 200 is no different. The reigning Toledo track ace is 18-year old Jared Marks, who returned to ARCA competition this weekend, driving out of his family-owned race shop.

Sunday marks the one-year anniversary of Marks debut, where he started 13th and finished eighth at his home track.

During Saturday's practice sessions, Jared's fastest lap in final practice was a 16.608 at 108.382 mph, good enough for 15th overall. Drawing the final qualifying spot of 38th, he surprised many with a time of 16.123 at 111.642 mph, good for fifth.

"We had a very good car, but unfortunately didn't have time to make a mock qualifying run," Marks said. "We didn't really know where we were going to stand after practice but I got a very good lap out of the car. I drove it hard, this Dodge Charger is fast and it stuck good."

Qualifying ahead of Marks were Joey Coulter 4th (16.118/ 111.676 mph), Chris Buescher and current points leader Brennan Poole with identical laps (16.091/ 111.864 mph), and taking the pole was Alex Bowman (16.046/ 112.177 miles per hour.)

But points and trophies aren't awarded for winning practice and qualifying, a fact not lost on Marks.

"I think you just have to be patient," Marks said. "It's a long race, 200 laps, and you have be able to keep the fenders on it to be there at the end. And just try to keep everything clean and just be patient."

This was especially true at this track a few years ago when Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Scott Speed had the dominate cars in the fall. But tempers between the two caused both drivers to lose their cool and hand the race over to Justin Allgaier. He would win the race and the ARCA Series championship that year because flared tempers.

Fellow Toledo area natives, Levi Youster, and Tommy O'Leary of Toledo, and Cygnet, Ohio respectively didn't fare as well on this day as Marks did.

O'Leary's No. 06 Ford had trouble in second round practice, spinning and backing into the wall. After spending the rest of practice trying to repair the damaged car, the team had trouble getting through tech before finally making it to the grid for qualifying.

O'Leary's time of a 17.685 seconds was good enough for 34th fastest, but didn't qualify due to not having a provisional. Levi Youster's black No. 3 Ford qualified 33rd, at 17.301 seconds. He did have a provisional and will start shotgun on the field in 35th.

Marks, it appears, is Ohio's best shot to send a local to victory lane.

"It would mean a ton to win at Toledo," Marks said. "I got to sleep in my own bed for the first time in a year the other night. It's a lot of fun to be able to come here, and spend time with my family. And all my friends are coming and it would mean a lot to win a race in front of all of them."

The Menard's 200 presented by Federated Car Care will start at 2 PM on Sunday, and be televised on SPEED at 5 PM that same day.

The complete starting order can be found after the jump!

POS NO DRIVER/HOMETOWN TEAM & CAR TIME SPEED
1 22 Alex Bowman/Tucson AZ Cunningham Motorsports Dodge 16.046 112.177
2 25 Brennan Poole/The Woodlands TX CJ Solar Band Chevrolet 16.091 111.864
3 17 Chris Buescher/Prosper TX BeavEx-Reliance Tool Ford 16.091 111.864
4 61 Joey Coulter/Miami Springs FL RipIt Energy-Paramount Chevrolet 16.118 111.676
5 12 Jared Marks/Napoleon OH Premium Energy VIP Drink-SRT Motorsports Dodge 16.123 111.642
6 55 Erik Jones/Byron MI Paragon Corvette Reproductions Toyota 16.182 111.235
7 58 Chad Hackenbracht/New Philadelphia OH Tastee Apple Chevrolet 16.186 111.207
8 32 Mason Mingus/Brentwood TN 811 Call Before You Dig Toyota 16.202 111.097
9 16 Matt Lofton/Roxboro NC Strutmasters.com-Paramount Chevrolet 16.227 110.926
10 52 Tom Hessert/Cherry Hill NJ Schrader Racing Chevrolet 16.244 110.810
11 1 Mikey Kile/Westlake LA ModSpace Ford 16.249 110.776
12 44 Frank Kimmel/Clarksville IN Ansell-Menards Toyota 16.267 110.653
13 66 Clint King/Denton NC Jaclyn North Country Music Artist Chevrolet 16.325 110.260
14 99 Grant Enfinger/Fairhope AL Hylant Group Ford 16.329 110.233
15 42 Clay Rogers/Troutman NC Beard Oil-Conoco Phillips Lubricants Chevy 16.341 110.152
16 15 Ryan Reed/Bakersfield CA JDRF Toyota 16.404 109.729
17 02 Josh Williams/Port Charlotte FL Southwest Florida Cable Construction Ford 16.452 109.409
18 2 Brandon Kidd/Manlius NY Myrtle Beach Speedway Ford 16.538 108.840
19 09 Charles Evans Jr./Pasadena TX ETS-RoushYates Performance Products Ford 16.541 108.821
20 01 Austin Rettig/Sikeston MO Rettig Racing Dodge 16.580 108.565
21 04 Larry Barford Jr./Denton MD VA Mortgage-Trauma Doc Dodge 16.638 108.186
22 30 Terry Jones/Amherstburg Ontario Jones Group Ltd. Dodge 16.671 107.972
23 23 Spencer Gallagher/Las Vegas NV Allegiant Air Chevrolet 16.767 107.354
24 6 Milka Duno/Caracas Venezuela MilkaWay-CanTV Toyota 16.769 107.341
25 35 Nelson Canache/Caracas Venezuela Venezuela Tourism Toyota 16.792 107.194
26 5 Bobby Gerhart/Lebanon PA Lucas Oil Slick Mist Chevrolet 16.822 107.003
27 68 Korbin Forrister/Cedartown GA Kimmel Racing Ford 16.900 106.509
28 85 Tim Cowen/Perrysville OH Cowen Logistics Ford 16.917 106.402
29 94 Ronnie Souders Jr./North Canton OH Power Bore Cylinder Sleeves Chevrolet Provisional
30 18 Juan Carlos Blum/Guadalajara Mexico VMP Nutrition Dodge Provisional
31 88 Buster Graham/Lafayette LA Batter's Dream Ford Provisional
32 34 Darrell Basham/Henryville IN Darrell Basham Racing Chevrolet Provisional
33 10 Brad Lloyd/Napa CA Fast Track Driving School Ford Provisional
34 48 James Hylton/Inman SC Radon.com Ford Provisional
35 3 Levi Youster/Toledo OH Bell Plantation Ford Provisional
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