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ARCA Graduate of the Week: Justin Marks Excels as a Car Owner at NASCAR’s Top Level

LEXINGTON OH - AUGUST 13: Justin Marks driver of the #42 Katerra Chevrolet celebrates in Victory Lane after taking first place in the 4th Annual NASCAR XFINITY Series Mid-Ohio Challenge at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 13 2016 in Lexington, Ohio.  (Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images) |  Getty Images

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What Justin Marks has accomplished in a short time as an owner in the NASCAR Cup Series is remarkable, but his success as an owner in a relatively short period of time has overshadowed his achievements as a driver.

That’s not to say Marks couldn’t pull it off behind the wheel.

He took a historic win at Palm Beach International Raceway in 2010, the first time the ARCA Menards Series ran a road race in the rain. When his ARCA racing career drew to a close at the end of that season, he had racked up 12 top-five finishes — including that win at PBIR — and 26 top-10 finishes.

Marks went on to race in each of NASCAR’s top national touring series. From 2007 to 2018, he made 38 career starts in the Camping World Truck Series with four top-10 finishes and a pair of pole awards. He made six Cup Series starts with a best finish of 12th in the 2018 Daytona 500.

His real success came in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and again he found the victory lane on a road course in the rain. Marks, who gained extensive experience in karting and sports cars, including a GT class win in the 2009 Rolex 24 at Daytona, dominated in a rainstorm, scoring his only Xfinity win at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. owner Chip Ganassi.

Marks stepped out of the cockpit after a handful of IMSA starts in 2019, including a win at Watkins Glen International, driving for Meyer-Shank Racing, and has since focused on building Trackhouse Racing.

Bringing a unique vision to NASCAR team ownership, Marks has partnered with “Mr. Worldwide” – also known as Pitbull – and made a powerful move when he bought the assets of Chip Ganassi at the end of the 2021 season. Racing’s NASCAR operation.

The team has two cars for drivers Ross Chastain and Daniel Suarez, and with the NextGen car leveling the playing field, the team has been ultra-competitive out of the box. Suarez, who himself has a record of success on the ARCA Menards Series platform with three wins in 43 East Series starts, was in position to fight for the win at Auto Club Speedway earlier this year, and Chastain has a few more this year. achieved victories. year at Circuit of the Americas and Talladega Superspeedway.

The success Marks has tasted early in his career as a Cup Series team owner should come as no surprise. He was a partner on the former Turner-Scott Motorsports team that had a successful run in what is now the ARCA Menards Series East, and was the record owner for William Byron’s championship season in 2015. Marks also had success as an owner in the World of Outlaws as you team up with co-owner Kyle Larson and driver Shane Stewart.