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|