Brent Marks Caps Career Season with BAPS Final Showdown Win – DTD Exclusive

Engler Machine and Tool Final Showdown presented by FK Rod Ends - BAPS Motor Speedway - 19 Brent Marks

By Neal Wilt

York Haven PA – For 31-year-old Brent Marks it has been a career season. Marks capped off the 2022 season claiming the $6,500 to win, 30 lap Final Showdown for his 18th win on the year and 5thcareer win at the BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven PA on Saturday evening.

Marks, from Myerstown, PA, started in the fourth starting position, executed an inside turns 1 and 2 pass of race long leader and second starting Devon Borden, Raymond, WA, on the 13th lap to race off to an almost full second win. Sixth starting Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg PA, was never able to challenge Marks finished in second. Salfordville, PA, Freddie Rahmer, who started in seventh finished claimed third. Third starting Lucas Wolfe, Mechanicsburg PA, finished in fourth with early leader Borden rounding out the top five.

“Been a fantastic year, won so many big races, been in contention to win all the big races, a year I will remember forever, very thankful to have the opportunity to drive this car and win races, to cap our year off with a win means a lot to me,” said Marks of his 2022 season in the Murray Marks Motorsports No. 19 that he is co-owner of.

“The car was getting better as the race went on, I was hoping for a caution at the end when that car was slowing down the backstretch, I think I may have had a chance with a restart,” said second place finishing Dietrich.

“Come here, either me or Dietrich, obviously I know he is going to be the one to contend with, he is really good here. Just needed to go out there and run my own race, I knew we would be ok,” alluded Marks of his race strategy.

The front row of the feature was Riley Emig and Devon Borden. Borden jumped out to the lead at the onset of the race. Lap seven he approached traffic. Marks who was second by the second lap stalked Borden. The two exchanged sliders in three and four on lap nine for the lead, with Borden staying on top. As the duo completed the 12th lap, Marks drove to the bottom of one and two, with Borden on the outside and executed the winning pass. By lap 17 Marks was out to a full straightaway lead and was never headed to the finish.

“For the amount of rain we had, (the track) didn’t dry up like it normally does, I felt good all night long, could move around when I needed to, so I felt comfortable,” said Marks of his winning drive.

The feature was relatively clean, with a caution on lap 19 for the stopped cars of pole starter Riley Emig and Dylan Norris in the first and second turn slowing the action, they were running seventh and eighth at the time, and a yellow on lap 24 for Emig stopping on the frontstretch.

Finishing in sixth was Troy Wagaman Jr, Hanover PA, driving the John Trone No. 39. Eighth starting Kyle Moody, Lewisberry PA, was seventh. World of Outlaw regular Brock Zearfoos, Jonestown, PA drove the Aaron Long owned Steve Smith Sr, Tribute No. 19 to an eighth-place finish from his tenth starting spot. Cameron Smith, Spring Grove, PA, drove a second John Trone owned car to finish in ninth from thirteenth, and NASCAR Cup Series driver Alex Bowman, Tucson AZ, rounded out the top ten from his twelfth place starting position.

For Marks the speed that he has shown all season was evident on Saturday. Marks was part of the second group for qualifying and set a new track record of 14:376 seconds, eclipsing the record that Danny Dietrich had just set in the initial group session of 14:430. That track record earned Marks an additional $1,000 for the Quick Time on the evening.

The three heats were won by the three fastest cars on the evening, that all started in fourth, with Dietrich annexing the first one, Marks the second, and Borden claiming the third.

20 cars were on hand for the last 410 Sprint Car race of the 2022 season in the United States. In the third set of timed hot laps, the No. 4 of Jon Brennfleck, Ewing, NJ, got high in the first and second turn and rode out a hard flip. Brennfleck was ok, but his car was done for the evening.

410 Sprint Car Feature Finish, 30 Laps: 1. Brent Marks; 2. Danny Dietrich; 3. Freddie Rahmer; 4. Lucas Wolfe; 5. Devon Borden; 6. Troy Wagaman Jr.; 7. Kyle Moody; 8. Brock Zearfoss; 9. Cameron Smith; 10. Alex Bowman; 11. Bryn Gohn; 12. Domenic Melair; 13. Gordon Senft III; 14. Riley Emig; 15. Dylan Norris; 16. Rick Lafferty; 17. Steven Kisamore; 18. Kassidy Kreitz. DNS Logan Rumsey, Jon Brennfleck