We were all reminded today on why NASCAR doesn’t make much of an attempt to race in the rain. The Mid-Ohio Challenge on Saturday from the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course was just that – a challenge.
Rain fell on the 2.25-mile Ohio road course for the duration of the 75 Lap race making it a wild one despite the drivers having rain tires and windshield wipers.
We saw eight cautions overall for 32 laps as today was a mess. Nearly everyone got off course at some point of the event as the ones who finished up front were the ones who could adapt the most.
Justin Marks weathered the storm though en route to his first career NASCAR X-Finity Series victory as rain started pouring the hardest it has all day in the end with dark conditions and rain pouring from the skies, making the final lap difficult.
But, it was Marks who prevailed in his No. 42 Chevrolet winning his first career X-Finity Series race.
Marks, led a race-high 43 laps on Saturday afternoon giving Chip Ganassi Racing and looked to easily cruise to his first win before the final caution fell with four laps to go. It erased a 17-second lead for Marks.
On the restart though, he didn’t give it any doubt leading the final three laps.
Sam Hornish Jr. started on the pole and led eight laps brought his No. 2 Chevrolet home second. The Ohio native got off course multiple times, but he had a good enough car to overcome that and came home with his third top six in as many starts this season.
Ryan Blaney led six laps and came home third while Ty Dillon started last but drove through the field in leading five laps en route to his fourth place finish.
Justin Allgaier rounded out the top five.
The series heads to Bristol for a night race next Friday.