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The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to Pennsylvania this week to take on the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Twins at Lernerville Speedway and the Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway.
For 24-year-old Brent Marks, a Myerstown, Pa., native, the opportunity to run a select schedule with the series has been a valuable learning experience for him and his No. 19M BAPS Auto Paint & Supplies team.
After making a handful of starts with the series since the beginning of the season he caught back up with the Outlaws at Eldora and continues on into Pennsylvania.
“When we come out to race with the Outlaws we’re racing with the best in the business,” Marks said. “And I’m a firm believer in that you’re only as good as who you race against. To get to the level that we want to be in the future we need to race against the best in the business and to get out there and see new places and learn new things, I learn a lot about myself as a driver.”
In the last two seasons Marks and his team have ramped up their Outlaws schedule and found success with the series, scoring one top five and seven top ten finishes since 2014.
“The past two seasons have really helped me out with what we’re doing. I’ve definitely become 100 percent better as a driver and we’ve learned a lot about our racecars. It’s a whole different learning experience… you learn different things that you’re not going to learn back in Pennsylvania.”
For instance, Marks said, a slick race track in his home state is very different from a slick race track in Ohio. Track conditions combined with new track layouts provide new challenges in throttle management and braking he said.
The skills though aren’t just valuable for competing with the Outlaws. Marks said the things he and his team learn when they run at tracks like Eldora, Volusia and New Egypt give them information that they can then take with them no matter where they go.
“That’s really what it’s about, getting in the car and bettering yourself.”
In addition to this week, Marks and his family owned team plan to join the series in the run up to Knoxville Nationals and at the Bad Boy Buggies World Finals at the end of the season, among other events.
“Some people are content with racing locally but I want to be out there racing with the Outlaws one day – that’s our ultimate goal.”
Marks will look for his first ever series win as the World of Outlaws takes on the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Twins at Lernerville Speedway on July 21, the Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway on July 24-25 and Lebanon Valley Speedway on July 26.
CREDIT: World of Outlaws