ABBOTTSTOWN, Pa. – Brent Marks is the man to beat so far this season at Lincoln Speedway.
Marks assumed the lead when Logan Schuchart hit the spinning car of Ryan Slothower in turns three and four of lap four, and went on to become the first repeat winner of 2013 in Saturday’s 30-lap, $4,000-to-win “410” Spring Championship event.
“What a great year so far,” said Marks in victory lane. “This track was awesome again tonight. I love these types of tracks that are slick like this. These guys just work so hard, and everything pays off. I’m very grateful for this moment.”
An eight-car inversion at the front of the field put Marks on the inside of row two for the start. Marks drove under front row starter Adam Wilt at the start, and was running second when Schuchart knocked a tire off his left rear wheel trying to squeeze between the wall and Slothower and was forced to the pits.
From there, he led the rest of the way, much of it through lapped traffic during the middle stages of the race.
A Scott Geesey spin with four laps to go set up a dramatic finish, with Alan Krimes and Brian Montieth restarting on Marks’ back bumper.
“I was keeping an eye on it (the scoreboard),” said Marks. “I got caught up behind (Jason) Leffler there in traffic, and it was so hard to get by. The track got so high, and it was so hard to get a run. The track was pretty treacherous there at the end, and I knew it was too far around the top to run the top on the restart, so I went to the bottom and hoped to gain some car lengths on them and set sail. It was a lot of fun tonight.”