Centerville, TN– Justin Marks may have had thoughts of retiring last year, but the 20-year racing veteran says that when tracks like Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway start dangling carrots the caliber of this weekend’s event at the historic track, his resistance yields to his passion.
The CRA Masters of the Pros makes its debut at the Nashville Fairgrounds on Saturday flaunting a big, $10,000 to win champion’s purse.
He says he has little experience running Nashville and the late model short track circuit in general, but that he’s eager to jump back in at this level to experience it.
“After pulling back on my NASCAR career last year, I wanted to just learn a new form of racing: short track. I never really did it and it’s obviously some of the best racing in the country. I did a handful of pro late model races in California last year but this will be my first time at a big pro late mode race like this. As far as Nashville goes, I made about 50 laps in a NASCAR Xfinity Series car with Braun Racing over a decade ago, but that’s it. So it’ll be a big learning week for me.”
Marks, who began racing in the SCCA sports cars and the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, has competed in ARCA and in all three of NASCAR’s premier divisions, beginning in 2006. He landed a victory in the Xfinity Series race at Mid Ohio driving for Chip Ganassi in 2016 and scored a career best 12th place finish in the Monster Energy Cup Series at Daytona in 2018. He was also co-owner of the Larson-Marks World of Outlaws Sprint Car team with driver-owner, Kyle Larson.
The veteran driver, from St. Louis, Missouri now calls Nashville home and says he’s eager to get to work this week with Willie Allen and the W.A.R. team.
“I just moved to Nashville and wanted to do some late model races. The only person I kind of knew in the area was Willie Allen. I raced against Willie in the NASCAR truck series so I dug up his number and we got to talking about me doing some races with W.A.R. I’m really looking forward to learning the car, track, and competition. We’ve got some of the very best drivers in the business coming to town this weekend so it’ll be nice to see where I stack up. I know the car will be fast and everyone at W.A.R. will bring a hot rod. I’m excited.”
Team owner Willie Allen says he’s anticipating a good weekend for his race team and drivers.
“Everyone here at the shop is really pumped for this weekend. Jackson Boone is coming off a big weekend at Montgomery (Speedway), and we now have Justin joining us this week. I think he will offer us a new and entirely different perspective to our operation, and we’re fortunate to have someone with the years of experience he has had, bringing his knowledge to the table.”
Justin Marks will start the No. 26 Toyota on Saturday sponsored by Malugin Heating and Cooling and W.A.R. Shocks at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.
The first green flag of the Masters of the Pros event will fly at 5:30 p.m. CST and well be broadcast pay-per-view at Speed51.com. Tickets are still available and may be purchased in advance.
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-W.A.R. Racing Development Press Release and Photo