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Brent Marks ends winless streak, captures Speed Week finale at Selinsgrove Speedway

Brent Marks ends winless streak, captures Speed Week finale at Selinsgrove Speedway
Brent Marks goes flag-to-flag at Selinsgrove Speedway in the final race of the Pennsylvania Speedweek to win the Jan Opperman Memorial. Credit: Paul Chaplin|pchaplin@pennlive.com

Confetti blew off Brent Marks’ wing as his car was pushed back to his pit stall at Selinsgrove Speedway.

It was about time.

Marks has suffered through a dismal season. The car has been fast at times, but mechanical woes, driver mistakes and on-track bad luck has kept the Myerstown ace winless.

By Jeremy Elliott

Then came Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speed Week, and you could see Marks turning the corner with more speed and consistent finishes. You had a feeling it was only a matter of time until he parked in Victory Lane.

It happened Sunday. Marks earned a front-row starting spot and dominated the 30-lap Jan Opperman Memorial to close out Speed Week with a $5,000 payday at the Snyder County facility.

“This is long overdue,” Marks said. “It’s been over a year since I won a race. The last one was the Ray Tilley Classic here last May.

“It feels great. It makes you appreciate wins more. You start taking it for granted, and you don’t want to do that.”

Marks won’t.

Not after ending his current losing streak.

This one ended the second Marks was put on the front row. Although, there were some anxious moments in his victory march.

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