in 2006. No driver had previously swept the first three events of any PASS season, and a fourth-straight win would be an all-time PASS record for consecutive victories.
“We’re going pretty good right now, but tonight was pretty tough, that’s for sure,” Clark said following the victory. “We had a good car, but on the restarts the four-barrel cars were really killing us on the straightaways. The extra weight definitely took something away from us, but once we got going I started gaining on Johnny and Patrick a little bit. Johnny had trouble at the end and it took Patrick out too, so I guess it just worked out for us tonight. Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.”
Like most drivers in the field, multi-time Seekonk
Speedway (MA) Champion Rick Martin of Taunton, MA
benefited from the problems that took Johnny Clark and
Patrick Laperle out of the picture. Martin had been the
only driver to edge in front of Johnny Clark for the lead
during the race’s early lap, but had fallen back as far as
fifth place before the lap 139 caution.
Martin surged into second place on the restart, and held on to his G. Lopes Construction Chevrolet over Richie Dearborn of Hollis, ME to take runner-up honors. Dearborn’s crew worked until moments before the start of the 150-lap event, and got the Chadwick-BaRoss Chevrolet out of the pits in time to start 20th – dead
CASSIUS CLARK GOES THREE IN A ROW WITH CANAAN VICTORY by Justin St. Louis
Maine Driver “Lucks” into Third PASS North Win of Season
Second-generation driver Cassius Clark continued his perfect win streak in Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North competition in 2006 by pulling into winner’s circle at Canaan Fair Speedway (NH) on Saturday night. The Farmington, ME driver quickly worked his way from the 11th starting position into the top five during the 150-lap main event, and passed leaders Johnny Clark and Patrick Laperle just before both were eliminated from contention at lap 139.
2. (6) 14 Rick Martin; Taunton, MA; G. Lopes Construction Chevrolet Monte Carlo
3. (20) 33 Richie Dearborn; Hollis, ME; Chadwick-BaRoss/Dayton Sand & Gravel/Dearborn Construction Chevrolet Monte Carlo
4. (13) 29 Scott Chubbuck; Wiscasset, ME; Cushman Competition Ford Taurus
5. (9) 24 Mike Rowe; Turner, ME; Pullen Heavy Industries/Lux Ent./BBi Waste Management Chevrolet Monte Carlo
6. (15) 53 Alan Wilson; Hebron, ME; Pave-Tek/Wheeler’s Market/Schiavi Homes Chevrolet Monte Carlo
7. (10) 4 Ben Rowe; Turner, ME; Richard Moody & Sons Construction Co., LLC Chevrolet Monte Carlo
8. (8) 47 Corey Williams; Boothbay, ME; Pat Farrin & Sons/K&K Transportation/Aegis Investigations & Security, Inc. Chevrolet Monte Carlo
9. (12) 75 Gary Smith; Bangor, ME; UncleHenrys.com Chevrolet Monte Carlo
10. (16) 17 Travis Benjamin; Morrill, ME; Irving Oil/Belfast Variety/Morrill General Store Ford Taurus
11. (4) 44 Travis Khiel; Denmark, ME; Richard Moody & Sons Construction Co., LLC/John Khiel Logging & Chipping Chevrolet Monte Carlo
12. (7) 66 Mike Parks; Charlestown, NH; Madsen Motorsports/racersbored.com Chevrolet Monte Carlo
13. (1) 8T Alan Tardiff (R); Lyman, ME; Kevin Bedard Building Contractors/S&T Rentals Chevrolet Monte Carlo
14. (2) 54 Johnny Clark; Farmingdale, ME; Clark’s Cars & Parts/Clark Signs & Graphics Chevrolet Monte Carlo
15. (5) 91 Patrick Laperle; St-Denis, QC; Precision JLM, Inc./Demers Ambulance/Patriote Auto Chevrolet Monte Carlo
16. (14) 40 Eric Chase; Milton, VT; Gary Clay Builders Chevrolet Monte Carlo
17. (19) 28x Matt Eaton; Little Deer Island, ME; Tire Warehouse/The Granite Shop Chevrolet Monte Carlo
18. (18) 55 Bobby MacArthur; Beverly, MA; Atlantic Semi-Conductor Chevrolet Monte Carlo
19. (17) 11 Erik Worcester; Winterport, ME; Area Home Center Chevrolet Monte Carlo
20. (3) 35 Garry Johnson; Hollis, ME; Johnson Trucking/Watson Racing Heads Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Cassius Clark (#8) chases down Johnny Clark and Patrick Leperle. This time, luck beat raw speed. (Leif Tillotson Photo)
last – on the field. Dearborn methodically moved his way through the field to take his best finish of the season in third place. Scott Chubbuck of Wiscasset, ME took his third top-five finish of the season in fourth place, while Mike Rowe of Turner, ME charged from 15th to finish fifth over the final 40 laps.
Alan Wilson, Ben Rowe, Corey Williams, Gary Smith, and Travis Benjamin rounded out the Top 10 in order. Rookie Alan Tardiff and Johnny Clark were qualifying heat winners.
The PASS North Super Late Model Series heads to Riverside Speedway in Groveton, NH on Sunday, June 4 for a 150-lap event. Johnny Clark and Rick Martin each earned victories at the fast, high-banked 1/4-mile bullring in 2005.
Former PASS Champion Johnny Clark, who had led all but six laps to the point of his demise, suffered damage from a broken brake rotor while out front. Debris from the brake rotor cut Clark’s power steering line and then bounced into Laperle’s car, cutting Laperle’s brake line. As PASS officials threw the caution flag to clean up leaking fluid from both cars, Laperle retired to the pit area, while Clark continued in the race and limped home in 14th.
At the restart, Cassius Clark held off the challenges of Rick Martin and Richie Dearborn to capture his third PASS North victory in three events, the seventh win of his career. Despite having to add extra weight to his EJP, Inc./PEP Transportation Ford while utilizing an optional two-barrel carburetor engine, Clark has been untouchable
Cassius Clark is getting used to ending his races in the same place - victory lane. (Norm Marx Photo)
Richie Dearborn passed a lot of cars with his #33 to finish third. (Norm Marx Photo)