Johnny Clark Takes Home The Cheque (Check)
After Starting Close to The Back, A Hard Charge Brings Home The Cash.
Johnny Clark earned a big win in Sunday night's Peterbuilt 250. (Jamie Williams photos)
After another successful night of racing with the O’leary Pontiac Excitement Sportsman 150 on tap for the first event for SPEEDWEEKEND, fans got a taste of yet another fantastic race. Sunday night's race, the Peterbilt 250 was nothing but exciting.
At the beginning of the day it was a proven fact that Johnny Clark was holding the fastest time on the track however this didn’t mean he could win the race. Starting the grid in the 18th position he held his ground and charged his way through the pack.
While Clark made progress through the field, the #23f of "Fearless" Frank Fraser held on to the lead for 62 laps until on lap 64 the #0 of Shawn Turple took him off the restart and continued his lead for three laps until the hard charging #17 of Travis Benjamin took the lead away from Turple on lap 73.
For the next 18 laps Turple and Benjamin battled it out for the lead. As the lap leader changed progressively through the race between Turple and Benjamin, John Flemming in the #97 passed by the two to take the lead and continued to hold the lead for 30 laps until Benjamin cruised by to lead the following nine laps.
The mighty Ford, #28 of Kirk Thibeau, then zoomed by the leader to take the lead on lap 135 and continued to hold the lead when Johnny Clark came into the view of Thibeau’s mirrors.
On lap 156 Clark edged by Thibeau to take the lead and continue through to take home the win after holding off the fast approaching ride of Benjamin.
Clark (#54) held off Travis Benjamin (#17) for the win.
Clark took home his second big win of his career Sunday night at NBIS. Finishing in second was the #17 of Travis Benjamin and rounding out the top three was the #97 of John Flemming.
Each driver took home a sizable check, including Clark’s check for $19,700. The surprising amount for a check was the 23rd, place finisher, Frank Fraser, receiving just a few dollars short of $4,000.
Headliner’s Justin Labonte and Terry Labonte put on a spectacular show for the fans with Justin finishing in 5th and Terry finishing in 26th after experiencing mechanical troubles through out the race.