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Maryeve Dufault; Tony Marks Racing Prepared To Grab Michigan By The Horns

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  Maryeve Dufault, RainEater Wiper Blades 200

Maryeve Dufault; Tony Marks Racing Prepared To Grab Michigan By The Horns

Chris Knight
Knight Motorsports Management
Tony Marks Racing
June 15, 2011


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BROOKLYN, Michigan (June 15, 2011) - - Without question, Maryeve Dufault and her Tony Marks Racing have steadily become a weekly threat in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. After notching a 10th place finish at Chicagoland Speedway earlier this month, Dufault in her No. 12 VR-12 / Dodge Motorsports Dodge Charger propelled themselves to a notable 12th place finish at the tricky triangle of Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.

This weekend the series continues their string of four consecutive races during the month of June with a stop at Michigan International Speedway this Friday afternoon for the running of The RainEater Wiper Blades 200.

Not only being outside the world headquarters of Dodge, Michigan International Speedway provides some of the best racing on the circuit with its fast, two-mile, side-by-side action packed racing. That being said, it’s the type of competition that suits Dufault’s style.

“The last couple of weeks have been very positive for Tony Marks Racing, VR-12 and Dodge,” said Dufault, a 2011 ARCA Racing Series Rookie of the Year candidate. “We knew that after a couple races, we would find our niche that would allow us to be in contention on a weekly basis. It’s nice to be there and we don’t plan to let it stop anytime soon.”

Despite not competing in the open ARCA Racing Series test at MIS last month, Dufault is energized by the motivation of her team led by Darren Wolfe and Ryan Chism.

“As a team, we’re prepared for Michigan this weekend,” continued the Sorel, Quebec Canada native. “I’ve been told that Michigan International Speedway is plenty wide to race and very fast. I’ve taken a liking to the bigger tracks on the ARCA circuit this year, so I’m looking forward to a good finish.”

Occupying 10th in the ARCA Racing Series championship standings after seven races, the former NASCAR Canadian Tire Series (NCTS) competitor is anxious to continue her climb.

“It’s been a very competitive season, but we’re thrilled to be sitting in the top-10,” Dufault explained. “I, we want more. We’re about to the half-way point, so there is still a long way to go. We just need to keep finishing races and (hopefully) the points will stack up.”

Tony Marks, a successful entrepreneur from Ohio is pleased with the direction of his rookie team leaning into the Great Lakes state this week.

“We’ve been through some trial and error this year, but we’re heading in the right direction, so that’s a real confidence booster for us all,” offered Marks, a former racer himself. Maryeve and the team have really done a good job the last couple of races and its fun as a car owner to be running near the front. This race is close to home for me and in the backyard of Dodge, so hopefully we can keep ourselves out of trouble and finish somewhere in the top-10 on Friday afternoon.”

The RainEater Wiper Blades 200 (100 laps / 200 miles) is the eighth of 19 events on the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The 30th ARCA race at the Irish Hills track is a two-day show. Practice begins Thursday, June 16 with a one hour and half practice session planned from 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is slated to begin on race day, Friday, June 17th at 10:00 a.m. The field will take the green flag later in the day shortly after 5:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on SPEED. Live timing and scoring throughout the 1,320th race for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards since it was formed in 1953 will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com presented by ARCANation.com. All times are local.

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For more on Maryeve Dufault, please log onto Maryeveracing.com.

To learn more about Tony Marks Racing, please click over to Tmr-racing.com.

See the buzz that VR-12 is creating by clicking over to their website at VR-12.com.

About Tony Marks Racing (TMR):

Tony Marks Racing was founded in 2009 through the passion for racing of team owner and former driver Tony Marks. Marks is the successful owner of TMT, Inc., a logistics, warehousing and packaging company with over 400 employees whose customers are mainly comprised of Fortune 100 companies.

Marks began his racing career in 1985 getting behind the wheel of everything from drag racers, Dirt Late Models, SCCA Formula Fords, USAC F2000 Open Wheel and ARCA cars. Tony personally raced until 2005 amassing numerous wins, championships and track records along the way until he then changed his focus from driver to owner and began building racing programs for his children Jared (16 years old) and Rachel (13 years old). Under the auspices of TMR, Jared began his racing career in 2002 in quarter midgets and now competes in late model, CRA, ASA and ARCA Series events while Rachel continues her development program racing quarter midgets and Bandoleros.

TMR has been at the forefront of charitable giving through its’ “Driving Against Hunger” and “Million Meal Challenge” race programs which have raised over $200,000 for Forgotten Harvest in 2010 at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series events at Michigan International Speedway.

For the NASCAR events TMR along with TMT, Inc. partnered with Forgotten Harvest for the “Million Meal Challenge For Our Kids” which helps to bridge the hunger gap while schools are out of session and feeds 20,000 children per day in the Detroit metro area. Forgotten Harvest was significantly displayed on the entry of Chase Austin during both the Truck and Nationwide events at Michigan International Speedway along with logos of “Million Meal Challenge” sponsors Walgreen’s, United Race Group, Holyfield’s Choice Alka-Power Water and Vitamin Spice. Evander Holyfield was also instrumental in the challenge, acting as Grand Marshall for the August race and announcing his “Fight Against Hunger” on behalf of Forgotten Harvest.

As the first race team to “Drive Against Hunger” through their partnership with Forgotten Harvest, TMR plans to continue their alliance with Forgotten Harvest and once again “Drive Against Hunger” during the 2011 season.

TEAM COMMUNICATIONS CONTACT:

NAME: Chris Knight, Knight Motorsports Management
PHONE: 239.834.9797
EMAIL: chris@chrisknightpr.com

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