Pro All Stars Series point leader Johnny Clark got back to his winning ways Saturday night, claiming his fourth PASS super late model win of 2010 at Caribou Maine’s Spud Speedway. The defending series champ topped Trevor Sanborn and Scott Chubbuck to earn the victory.
Clark took over the lead on lap 25 after starting twelfth on the grid and kept his Clark’s Car Crushing Chevrolet out front to the checkers
Gary Drew posted his best finish since taking on the majority of the PASS North schedule with a fourth place result; Ben Rowe completed the top five.
The win was Clark’s first since June when the Farmingdale Maine hot shoe racked up three in a row. While July was good to Clark with three top three results paired with a fifth and seventh, title nemesis Ben Rowe scored two wins and four top fives in the busy month of racing. Rowe’s only black mark in the five race stretch came at Beech Ridge where he finished eleventh.
Clark’s win comes at just the right time for the four time champion and his team. Prior to the super late model series’ first visit to Spud, the points gap between Clark and Rowe had narrowed to ten markers, and the championship momentum looked like it was on Rowe’s side.
Now Clark will carry the momentum to Scarborough Maine’s Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on September 11 and 12 for the sixth annual PASS 400 Weekend, round four of the PASS National Championship Series and the biggest race of the year for Northeast super late model racers.
PASS South point leader Preston Peltier leads North Carolina’s Jay Fogleman by eleven in the National standings. Look for that pair to make the trip to Beech Ridge to take on Rowe and Clark, who sit in third and fourth respectively in the National title chase.
The PASS South super late models get back in gear with two big events in the next two weeks. The SoBo 150 at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway gets the green on Saturday August 28th and then it’s on to North Wilkesboro Speedway for the PASS Labor Day Classic September 3-4 as the Pro All Stars Series brings racing back to the famous North Carolina oval after a fourteen year hiatus.
All the schedules, web links to the speedways and statistics for the five PASS tours are on line at www.proallstarsseries.com .
Johnny Clark Discusses His Victory:
JOHNNY, IT MUST FEEL GOOD TO BE BACK IN VICTORY LANE.
"Absolutely it does. I heard the guys as we were celebrating in Victory Lane and they were saying, "We're back." That's exactly what it feels like, too. We've had some decent runs lately, but we never really put it all together in terms of our finishes. (Saturday) night I felt it, though.
"We won three races in a row (from May-June) and hopefully we can do it again to close out the season and win that fifth championship."
WHAT WAS THE KEY TO WINNING AT SPUD SPEEDWAY?
"Everyone kept talking about "Turn 5" there. It's not a dogleg in the middle of the straightaway, but you go through Turns 3 and 4, and then there is another turn after that. It's hard to describe it unless you're in the race car. But it's a really cool, really unique place -- and we were really good through that Turn 5 all night.
"I think we passed everybody by going under them there. I could really put the car wherever I needed to, and I could just wait for guys to push up a little in the corner and then drive up off under them. We just had a lot of drive from the center of the corner off.
"We were one of three teams that chose to stay for practice on Friday night (after regularly scheduled racing). It was at 9:30 at night, but I think it paid off for us. Our last practice was as at 6:30, and I didn't want to stick around for three hours, either -- but I felt like, "You know what? We're here to win this race, and if this helps we're going to take advantage of it." I absolutely think it did help. It got colder, the track changed a little and we were ready for it on race day."
Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model 150
Spud Speedway, Caribou Maine
1 54 Johnny Clark 2 44 Trevor Sanborn 3 77 Scott Chubbuck 4 71 Gary Drew
5 48 Ben Rowe 6 7 Donnie Whitten 7 85 Nick Ribbe 8 1 7A Scott Alexander
9 28 Kirk Thibeau 10 98 Adam Bates 11 1 Randy Turner 12 38 Andy Marino
13 75 Gary Smith 14 8 Cassius Clark 15 17 Travis Benjamin 16 11 Sterling Marlin
DNS 73 Joey Doiron