Brent Marks has been knocking on the door all season at Williams Grove Speedway.
The young Myerstown driver raced to his first win of the season in Saturday night’s season finale at the track, as he came out on top of the 410 Sprint car portion of the Fallfest.
Marks was slated to start third, but when Justin Henderson crashed on the first lap, Marks moved to the front row and never looked back, despite numerous cautions during the event.
Marks, who became the 18th different driver to win a 410 Sprint car main at Williams Grove in 2010, held a three-second advantage over runner-up Lance Dewease at the checkered flag.
The win was third overall for Marks this season, with two wins coming at Lincoln Speedway.
Aaron Ott, who started on the front row with Marks, settled for third place, with 2010 Lawrence Chevrolet track champion Greg Hodnett coming from his 12th starting spot to end in the fourth spot at the finish.
Fifth went to Mark Smith over Fred Rahmer, Chad Layton, Rick Lafferty, Adam Wilt and Steve Buckwalter.
Carlisle’s Frankie Herr put an exclamation point on a great season as he captured the 20-lap Super Sportsman feature.
Herr started 10th in the field and took the lead on the 11th lap and drove off to his eighth overall Sportsman feature win this season. Herr also won the Sportsman Tour championship this season.
Rich Eichelberger was second over Scott Dellinger, Rick Barr, Paul Miller, Mike Enders, Jay Fannasy, Carmen Perigo Jr., John Garman and Greg Robinson III.
Chad Trout inherited the lead with two laps to go when 2010 track champion Pat Cannon’s sprint car came up with problems and picked up the win in the 20- lap 358 Sprint car feature.
Cannon, going for his 20th overall win on the season, took the lead on lap 17 but the Highlands sprinter suffered mechanical woes a lap later, turning the lead and win over to Trout, of East Berlin. It was his second Grove win of the year and it came over Kyle Moody, Ted Thomas, Logan Schuchart, Nate Hammaker, Matt Boland, Billy Johns, Jay Reichard, Dale Hammaker and Rich Eichelberger.
Hampstead, Md., racer Charlie Schaffer came out on top of a great side-byside battle with Bobby Beard to take the 20-lap 358 Late Model feature win. It was his second win of the year.
DJ Mease, Bernie Beard, track champ Gene Knaub, Cody Fairchok, Travis Mease, Mark Billet, Scott Richwine and Pat Beard were the top-10 finishers.
Winchester Speedway ended its season with the first annual Raye Vest Memorial for Late Models honoring the late car owner. Josh Richards scored the $10,000 win on Saturday over Shane Clanton, JT Spence, Tommy Armel, Jamie Lathroum, Ron Davies, Gary Stuhler, Mark Pettyjohn, longtime Vest driver Rick Eckert and Booper Bare.
Hagerstown Speedway closes its season this coming weekend with the Octoberfest 350 featuring Sprints, Late Models, Big Block and Small Block Modifieds. Entry lists for the event were not posted on the track Web site as of Sunday night, but all qualifying takes place Saturday, with feature racing on Sunday.
That will do it for another week as we look forward to a big Penn State win Saturday night! Until next time, email always reaches me at Bvores@comcast.net.