Brent Marks in victory lane Sunday at Selinsgrove Speedway. (Dan Demarco Photo)
Brent Marks in victory lane Sunday at Selinsgrove Speedway. (Dan Demarco Photo)

Marks Makes A Statement In Ray Tilley Classic

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – In his second race back behind the wheel of his own sprint car, Brent Marks scored a convincing victory in Sunday night’s 30-lap Ray Tilley Classic for 410 sprint cars at Selinsgrove Speedway.

Marks first won the Tilley Classic in 2013 and became the first repeat winner of the event held in honor of the speedway’s all-time leading sprint car winner on Icon Legacy Custom Modular Homes Night. He earned $5,088 for the win in the No. 19M in the first race of the season for the Lelands.com 410 sprint cars.

Polesitter Anthony Macri pulled into the lead at the start of the 410 sprint car feature. Macri was chased by second-place starter Brent Marks and third-place starter Danny Dietrich.

By lap six, Marks began to pressure Macri for the lead and exchanged the front spot several times with sliders through the turns. On the eighth lap, Marks took the lead with an inside pass in turn three.

At the halfway point, Dietrich got by Macri for second in turn two. With 10 laps to race, Marks led Dietrich, Macri, fourth-place starter Justin Peck, and fifth-place starter Chase Dietz.

The race’s first and only caution unfurled on lap 23 when Tyler Ross’ sprint car fell off the pace on the frontstretch. On the ensuing restart, Dietrich tried to slide underneath Marks for the lead but lost the runner-up position to Macri. On the 27th circuit, Peck got by Dietrich for the third position.

While Marks and Macri were setting a blistering pace, 10th-place starter Dylan Cisney made a last-lap pass by Dietz for the fifth position. Marks took the checkered flag by 1.6 seconds over Macri, Peck, Dietrich, and Cisney.

Dan Stone of Thompson dueled with Andrew Yoder of Selinsgrove for the first half of the 25-lap super late model feature before driving to his first victory of the season and eight career at Selinsgrove worth $3,000.

The finish:

1) 19M Brent Marks  2) 39M Anthony Macri  3) 13 Justin Peck  4) 48 Danny Dietrich  5) 5 Dylan Cisney  6) 39 Chase Dietz  7) 24 Kerry Madsen  8) 5W Lucas Wolfe  9) 12 Blane Heimbach  10) 99M Kyle Moody  11) 51 Freddie Rahmer  12) 35 Jason Shultz  13) 11 TJ Stutts  14) 8 Devon Borden  15) 17B Steve Buckwalter  16) 85 Ricky Dieva  17) 19 Curt Stroup  18) 75D Tyler Ross  19) 49H Bradley Howard 20) 17W Jason Wagner  21) 67 Justin Whittal  22) 23 Pat Cannon  23) 33W Michael Walter II  24) 83 Drew Marshall

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