Yes, Brent Marks can hit the jackpot
Brent Marks in victory lane after winning the Historical Big One At Eldora Speedway. (Photo Frank Smith)
ROSSBURG, Ohio — After a 19-year absence, Eldora Speedway’s Historical Big One returned to the limelight Thursday night with Brent Marks claiming a dramatic victory.
Marks won the top prize of $100,000 as he climbed from 14th to first place and deterred super sliders thrown his way by Indiana’s Tyler Courtney and California’s Rico Abreu to win his fourth feature World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series
Marks reached the top 10 on lap eight, broke into the top five on lap 15 and already took the race lead on lap 25.
“Holy shit,” Marks told the packed Eldora crowd. “I didn’t think we would get anything in the first half, but the car just kept coming at me and changing every lap. I knew I had to pull the line off Tyler on that last reboot if I wanted a chance, and I had to take it. I can’t tell you enough how tough this year has been. We were horrible last night, but we came out tonight and the support has been unreal.
Courtney and Abreu finished second and third as the most downhearted individuals of the night, which offered an insane fight for the lead at the halfway point.
Courtney led in laps 1-18, Abreu controlled laps 19-21, and Courtney was back in the lead in laps 22-24. The #19 Murray-Marks team took first place in lap 25 at halftime. mile and never looked back.
Courtney, the defending Kings Royal champion, brought home his number 7 with a second-place finish, missing another six-figure payday by just 0.865 seconds.
“The only thing that matters is being on that stage and we’re not there,” Courtney said. “It was a great night, but it sucks to be this good and not win. I killed that last reboot and now I’m missing $100,000. I don’t know what second place pays, but the thing is, we don’t have to wait too long to make more money in Eldora.
Abreu finished on the podium after leading his first laps of the season.
“We are building some trust,” Abreu noted. “My changes have made big changes every time we’re on the track, and they do a phenomenal job.”
Brad Sweet and Logan Schuchart, who started 21stcompletes the top five.
Feature (40 Rounds): 1. 19-Brent Marks [$100,000]; 2. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [$25,000]; 3. 24-Rico Abreu [$15,000]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [$12,500]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [$10,000]; 6. 21-Brian Brown [$7,500]; 7. 2-David Gravel [$6,500]; 8. 41-Carson Macedo [$6,000]; 9. 57-Kyle Larson [$5,500]; 10. 15-Donny Schatz [$5,000]; 11. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [$4,750]; 12. 1-Logan Wagner [$4,650]; 13. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [$4,625]; 14. 11-Parker Price-Miller [$4,600]; 15. 83JR-Kerry Madsen [$4,575]; 16. 19W-Chris Windom [$4,550]; 17. 1AU-Marcus Dumesny [$4,525]; 18. 35-Zach Hampton [$4,500]; 19. 1A-Jacob Allen [$4,475]; 20. 83-James McFadden [$4,450]; 21. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [$4,425]; 22. 11K-Kraig Kinser [$4,200]; 23. 42-Sye Lynch [$4,100]; 24. 10-Dave Blaney [$4,000] DNS – 8-Aaron Reutzel[$4,000]. Round leaders: Tyler Courtney 1-18, 22-24; Rico Abreu 19-21; Brent scores 25-40. KSE Hard Charger Price: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+16]