Johnny Clark to advantage of a lap 61 restart to power past Cassius Clark for the lead in Saturday night’s Pro All Stars Series 200 and the defending series champ stayed there all the way to the checkers to score his second win of the young season.
Cassius Clark led a big chunk of the race from the pole but had to settle for second, his best result of 2010. Saint John New Brunswick’s Lonnie Sommerville was the top Canadian with a strong run to third. Scott Chubbuck and defending race winner Ben Rowe came home fourth and fifth
2009 PASS North Rookie of the Year Nick Ribbe ran as high as second before another racer’s oil sent him spinning and out of contention. Ribbe finished 198 of the 200 laps in 14th. Trevor Sanborn has joined Richard Moody Racing to take a shot at the PASS North championship and ran up front early, only to succumb to problems that left him in 21st at the finish.
Nine drivers finished on the lead lap. Six cautions slowed the first 100 laps, but the second 100 stayed green to the checkers.
Sunday June 20 PASS North gets back on track for the Fathers Day 150 at Unity (ME) Raceway. All three PASS North touring series will be in action. Practice gets underway at 11:30 AM; heat races are set for 3:00 PM.
Johnny Clark Talks About His Victory (From Team PR Report)
JOHNNY, IT SEEMS LIKE IT WAS JUST YOUR DAY AT SPEEDWAY 660.
"It absolutely was. The car was just awesome.
We were so good there last year, we felt like we got a little redemption this time. When we took the lead, it was a lot like what happened last year when we came from mid-pack to second and then broke. We were really good that time and just never made it to end. I'm not saying we would have dominated that race like we did this one, but I do feel like we had equally as good of a car this time around."
CAN YOU WALK US THROUGH THE RACE?
Cassius (Clark) was all over me for 30 laps after the pit stop. He had a really good car, but then I was able to pull away after that. I probably had a half-straightaway to a straightaway lead, but lapped traffic was awful. There are some guys that you get along with -- they all get out of the way and do it in a way that's respectful. But at one point I went three-wide with some lapped cars.
At one point, I split two lapped cars just 50 laps from the finish. That was a little wild.
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO HAVE WON TWO OF THE FIRST THREE RACES OF THE SEASON?
It's been a lot of fun, I can tell you that. It's always more fun when the car's running like it should and everything's clicking for you as a team. That's exactly what's happening, which is really nice. We're just going to ride it as long as we can and try to win as many of these things as we can.
Pro All Stars Series 200 – Speedway 660
Fredericton New Brunswick CA – 6/12/2010
(position, car number, driver, laps completed)
1) 54 Johnny Clark 200 2 ) 8 Cassius Clark 200 3) 23 Lonnie Sommerville 200 4) 77 Scott Chubbuck – 200 5) 48 Ben Rowe – 200 6) 1 Randy Turner – 200 7) Kelly Moore 8) 7 Donnie Whitten – 200 9) 75 Gary Smith – 200 10) 44w Wayne Smith – 199 11) 99 Craig Slaunwhite – 199 12) 17a Scott Alexander – 199 13) 11 Marty Prevost – 199 14) 85- Nick Ribbe – 198 15) 87 Matt Harris – 198 16) 17 Travis Benjamin – 198 17) 52 Shaun Tucker – 198 18) 12 Austin Theriault – 195 19) 28 Kirk Thibeau – 187 20) 98 Adam Bates – 177 21) 44 - Trevor Sanborn – 17 22) 17w Brent Wiggins – 109 23 ) 88 - Kevin Moore - 27) 24 21 - Dustin Hubbard – 8 25) 73 - Joey Doiron - 7