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Weekend NASCAR Notes: Cup Team Co-owner Justin Marks Wins Trans Am Race

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NASCAR Team Owner Justin Marks Wins Trans Am RaceChris Clark

Trackhouse Racing co-owner Justin Marks missed the start of Monday’s rain-delayed Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but for a good reason. He was winning the Trans-Am Memorial Day Classic at Lime Rock Park.

After having engine issues and breaking a rotor prior to the start of the event, Marks’ Camaro dominated the TA race, finishing nearly 10 seconds ahead of runner-up and series points leader Chris Dyson. Matthew Brabham finished third.

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Justin Marks won a Trans Am Series race at Lime Rock over the weekend. He’s now sixth in the championship points standings.Chris Clark

Marks’ victory snapped Dyson Racing’s five-race win streak. It also ended Dyson’s three-race win streak at Lime Rock Park.

“Winning feels good,” Marks said. “You know, we were on pole the first two races, so it’s been a good start to the year, but we weren’t able to translate either of those into wins. It’s so good to get the win today.

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"My crew had to work a lot harder than they signed up for this weekend, having to replace a motor after first practice and a rotor after qualifying. It’s nice to reward those guys with a win. It was tricky; both of the CD Racing cars were fast and I had to really use lapped traffic to try to get by them. I think in a straight-up dog fight it would have been tricky to get around them. I’m so proud of my team and all these guys, and I’m so glad to be here in Victory Circle at Lime Rock.”

Meanwhile, Thomas Merrill won the TA2 race, Nathan Byrd the XGT class and Michael Saia the GT class race.

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Ryan Blaney, left, is congratulated by Bubba Wallace in victory lane on Monday night at Charlotte.Keenan Hairston - Getty Images

23XI Racing Makes History … But

Bubba Wallace’s and Tyler Reddick’s fourth- and fifth-place finishes in Monday’s rain-delayed Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway marked the first time both 23XI Racing drivers have placed in the top five in a points paying race.

However, the two experienced drastically different events before the checkered flag waved.

“This was probably the dirtiest race we’ve ever had as far as us executing,” Wallace said.

There was an uncontrolled tire on pit road, Wallace’s Toyota was knocked off the jack by Michael McDowell’s Ford during a pit stop, and Wallace was shoved by Aric Almirola when confronted on pit road during a rain delay. Wallace chalked the confrontation up to “passion” and said he wasn’t surprised at Almirola’s reaction.

Almirola said he confronted Wallace because he felt he ran him all over the race track and when he passed him he “shot me the bird.”

“I just went by and asked him why you shot me the bird,” said Almirola, who finished 25th. “I felt like I gave him a lot of room and a lot of respect, and he started mouthing off and saying a lot of bad things and cussing at me after he shot me the bird, so I just wasn’t gonna take that.”