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Justin Marks to Run Road Course Races with Premium Motorsports

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer

Premium Motorsports announced Thursday that road course veteran Justin Marks will run the No. 15 Chevrolet Camaro in next month’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway and the much anticipated Bank of America 500K at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval in September.

Car owner Jay Robinson chose Marks for his remarkable road racing performances, including his only NASCAR national series victory at Mid-Ohio in 2016.

In addition of competing two more Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events this season, Marks will have Sufferfest Beer Company as his primary sponsor for the 110-lap event on June 24th.

Marks’ partnership with Sufferfest was based on the Rocklin, California native’s decision to go for an electrolytic and nutritive beer quality.

“I’m thrilled to have Sufferfest Brewing Company on our Chevrolet. Sufferfest has been making amazing craft beers in Northern California and I can’t wait for them to experience NASCAR,” said Marks. “The Sonoma NASCAR event is a special weekend. Everyone on the team has been working hard on the road course program and I think we can have a great day.”

Road racing has its physical demands, resulting Marks to step up his training game that goes off the track. Marks has been training with Adrian Ballinger to climb Mount Everest and support his body when running the winding twists of the 1.99-mile road course in Napa Valley.

Since 2012, Sufferfest has been brewed for athletes, consisting vitamins that bolsters gut and kidney health. It’s Marks’ post-workout beer as it has a tremendous taste, thanks to the electrolytes and blackcurrant brewery.

Founder and CEO of Sufferfest Caitlin Landesberg described the quality of her product and felt it can be a beer NASCAR fans can get behind.

“We founded Sufferfest with the mission to fuel active and passionate humans with premium quality beer,” said Landesberg. “NASCAR and its fans embody the type of hardcore loyalty to their sport that we, as a brand, love to celebrate.”

Sonoma was the site of Marks’ Cup debut in 2013, where he finished 30th for Tommy Baldwin Racing. Two years later, he repeated the same result for Front Row Motorsports and to date, his most recent Cup road course appearance.

So far in 2018, Marks has competed in two oval races and has finished in the top-15 in both starts. Marks scored Rick Ware Racing’s best finish in the Daytona 500, surviving the late-race carnage for a 12th place finish. His last national series start was in the Camping World Truck Series, where he finished 11th for DGR-Crosley at Las Vegas.

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From the Pacific Northwest, Luis is a University of Idaho graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcasting and Digital Media and a three-time National Motorsports Press Association award winner in photography. Ever since watching the 2003 Daytona 500, being involved in auto racing is all he's ever dreamed of doing. Over the years, Luis has focused on writing, video and photography with ambitions of having his work recognized.