Brent Marks is a dreamer.
From the moment he strapped into his first go-cart at the age of 9, he set out with the intentions of developing a career and preparing for the future. Whether it was racing carts, micro sprints, or a 410 sprint car, he set out weekly with one thing in mind: b e a World of Outlaw sprint car driver.
In 2017, this dream will become a reality. Marks and his M&M Painting and Construction/BAPS Auto Paints and Supply #19M will hit the road to become a full-time member of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.
“I have worked really hard to get to a point where I could make this decision and I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity,” said Marks. “It’s been a dream of mine since I started this deal many years ago and I can’t wait to get started!” This coming off the 2016 season where the Myerstown, PA native captured four sprint car victories at three different Central Pennsylvania tracks. Marks believes that the team he has assembled is ready to tackle the nearly 100 race schedule that the Outlaws will run.
The season will kick off in February with the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida and conclude in North Carolina at the World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in early November. Always the forward thinker, Marks has been preparing for the rigorous schedule the last few years by expanding his schedule outside of Central PA, running at multiple World of Outlaw and All Star Circuit of Champions sanctioned races.
“Ove the last few years we have tried to broaden our program and expand by getting out and doing some racing at new tracks whenever we could,” said Marks. “Not only was it making me a better driver by getting more seat time at new places, but it was getting us ready to travel and gave us an insight of what it take to do this deal.”
While Marks is looking forward to racing and contending for wins, he is extremely excited about being able to do it with his crew and team that he has assembled. “This is my dream. But how often do people get to achieve their dreams surrounded by the people they love and care about,” said Marks. “These guys have stuck by me through thick and thin and I’m really happy to be able to do this with them and my faithful sponsors on board. It means a lot to know you have family, friends, and sponsors who support your dreams. I’m really proud to bring them all along for this ride.”
The team will continue to utilize Maxim Chassis and Rider Racing Engines.
Marks knows that his inaugural season as an Outlaw driver will have it bumps and bruises, but he is eager to get started and is optimistic about the season. “I know I’m taking a big leap here and I know that we have a lot to prepare for,” said Marks. “The ultimate goal is to one day contend for championships and to do that we have to get out there and see where we stand now. It’s definitely a little scary, but it’s also extremely exciting. Nobody ever achieved their dreams by standing by and waiting for things to happen. So I’m going full steam ahead and I couldn’t be more excited about my future in racing.”