New England Racers Are Eyeing Snowball Derby Glory
Several PASS North Stars Look Into Running the December Short Track Classic
Last season, two-time PASS North champion Johnny Clark and five-time 2006 PASS North race winner Cassius Clark both headed to the Derby and were impressive in their performances.  Both Clarks, who are friends, but are not related, were near the top of the sheets in practice sessions all week and ran competitively in the race – with Johnny finishing 10th and Cassius taking home a 15th place finish.

This year, at least one of the Clarks will definitely be back, with the other one likely to return as well.

“I’ve sent in my entry blank,” said Johnny Clark.  “We’re planning on bringing both cars [first to the Mason-Dixon Meltdown in November at Concord Motorsport Park and then to Five Flags Speedway for the Derby] and staying on the road for a few weeks.  That is a great race in Pensacola with the best Super Late Models in the country.”

“We really want to go back there because it’s such a fun race,” added Cassius Clark.  “It depends on what happens because it’s a long ways away, but are planning on it.  It’s one of the biggest in the country.  It is one of those can’t miss races, so we’ll see what we can come up with for it.”
Johnny Clark
A pair of newcomers from up North are also eying the Snowball Derby this year.  PASS Rookie Trevor Sanborn, who contended for victories all season long in the Cushman Competition #29 Ford is going to be making the trip from Maine as part of a winter swing of Southern events.
The last laps of the 2007 season have been run in the Northeastern-based Super Late Model tours.  But that is only a temporary condition for some of the brightest stars of tours like PASS North.  A number of PASS North competitors are looking ahead at the opportunity to chase some of the biggest races of the season in the south, including the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, which will take place from November 29th-December 2nd.
DJ Shaw (Top - Jamie Williams Photo) and Trevor Sanborn (Bottom - 51 Photo) are two young drivers who are eyeing the Snowball Derby.
“We’re going to go to the [Mason-Dixon] Meltdown and definitely the Snowball Derby,” said Sanborn.  “We’re going to Lakeland [for January’s Speedfest at USA International Speedway] and New Smyrna {for February’s Florida Speedweeks].”

Sanborn has heard a lot about the Snowball Derby and can’t wait to race at Five Flags.

“I think that it is going to be awesome, especially if we succeed and do well down there,” said the young PASS North driver.  “I think that we will.  There’s not a PASS North car that goes down South and doesn’t do well.  They always run up front whether it is Lakeland, New Smyrna or the Snowball Derby.  I think that we’ll have a good shot at it.”

Another young driver considering the trip in teenager D.J. Shaw.  The New Hampshire racer is already a track champion at White Mountain Motorsports Park in New Hampshire and his team is eying the Derby to keep their winter filled with racing.

Shaw, son of former NASCAR Busch Series and driver Dale Shaw has ties to the Panhandle of Florida.

“I’ve never been to the track, but I used to live about 90 miles from there,” said D.J. Shaw.  “When my dad drove in Busch South [for car owner James Finch], we lived in Panama City.  I know that it is a very prestigious race.  It will be a good learning experience for me, with the high-powered cars and the toughest competition in the country there.”

Entries for the 40th Annual Snowball Derby, as well as the 100-lap Pro Late Model Snowflake 100, plus the Super Stock, Modified, Bomber and Sportsman features, are available at the official Snowball Derby website, www.snowballderby.com