PORT ROYAL, Pa. – Brent Marks won the biggest sprint car race of his career on Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway by claiming the eighth running of the Living Legends Dream Race.
An emotional Marks pocketed a total of $10,620 including lap money for his non-stop Dream A Main victory plus another $700 for a run in his semi main for a grand total of $11,320.
A revenge draw placed Nate Snyder on the pole for the start of the 35-lap Dream A Main and Snyder held off Marks for the first four laps before Marks took over. Dave Blaney then tussled with Snyder for second for several laps before finally securing the spot on the 11th circuit as the leaders entered the rear of the field.
Greg Hodnett drove into third on the same lap and began his assault on the front of the field.
Blaney closed in on Marks during the mid stages just prior to the halfway point but then just as it seemed Blaney would challenge he began slipping backwards a bit and succumbed to Hodnett with 15 laps to go.
Try as he might, Hodnett could never close in on Marks as the leader worked traffic with a near flawless, pass-at-will performance while running his No. 19M up against the outside wall. After winning his first ever Port Royal checkers a week earlier, Marks stretched out his advantage over Hodnett late in the event to take the prestigious triumph by 2.309 seconds ahead of the Thomasville flyer.
In doing so, Marks set a new 35-lap track record with a time of 11:16.026.
After claiming the first semi main worth $2,000 to win plus $320 in lap money and another 5K for second in the Dream A, Hodnett went home with a total on the night of $7,320. Blaney ended the night third in the Dream A and along with his semi run went home with an even $3,000.
After starting seventh in the A Main field, Rick Lafferty moved to the front with 13 laps to go, exchanging the fourth spot with Lucas Wolfe on a few occasions while also challenging Blaney for third. Wolfe finally secured the spot with 10 laps to go and finished the night with a total of $2,800 in earnings including $100 for overall fast time. Lafferty crossed the line in fifth spot at the finish, taking home a total of $2,100.