Justin Marks has got to be feeling like he’s living in a storybook, as 2022 has to seem somewhat surreal. After just declaring he would start his own NASCAR Cup team in 2021, he turned around and did just that and then, when Chip Ganassi Racing dissolved, he and his new partner, none other than hit Rap artist Armando Christian “Pitbull” Perez, acquired not only the team, but the two coveted charters that came with it.
And now the NASCAR Cup team of Trackhouse Racing is not only finding success, but making history in the process. In 2022, the team has found both of their star drivers in victory lane, and in storybook style. First, Ross Chastain gets not only his first, but the organization’s first win at The Circuit Of The Americas. He followed that up four weeks later by smashing another watermelon at Talladega Superspeedway.
The organization then turned around and made history by putting Daniel Suarez in victory lane netting the team it’s third win of the season, and more significantly, making Daniel Suarez the first Mexican born driver to win a NASCAR Cup Series race. A huge milestone not only for Daniel and his team, but for the NASCAR diversity efforts as well. And it’s also a huge milestone for Justin Marks, who continues not only to chase his dreams as a team owner at the highest levels of the sport at Trackhouse Racing, but as a driver in the top tiers of stock car racing as well.
Justin Marks will make his first appearance at Mid-Ohio on Saturday in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as the pilot of the #41 Niece Motorsports machine, but he will be no stranger to the track, as he won there in 2016 for Chip Ganassi in one of the most chaotic Xfinity Series races ever. And with the season he has experienced this year in the sport of stock car auto racing, I wouldn’t bet against him in any circumstance as he’s already silenced any detractors. A win at Mid-Ohio for Niece Motorsports would just be icing on the cake. And for Justin Marks, another chapter in an already storybook season.