Clark seeking title in final PASS race

Posted Sept. 18, 2009, at 2:36 a.m.

It only seems fitting that Hallowell’s Johnny Clark and Turner’s Ben Rowe will decide the winner of the Pro All-Stars Series Super Late Model North division points championship tonight at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, N.H.

It’s the 13th and final race of the series. Racing begins at 6.

Clark and Rowe have combined to win the series’ last seven titles after Sam Sessions captured the inaugural championship in 2001.

Rowe has won four championships and Clark is bidding to join him with his fourth.

Clark has been the model of consistency this season with a series-high seven top-five finishes and three wins. Rowe has six top-fives and two wins.

Clark and Rowe are tied with the most top-10s with 11 apiece.

Rowe has a series-high 36 wins since the beginning of PASS in the 2001 season while Clark has won 17, 16 coming over the last six seasons.

Rowe won championships in 2007, ’05, ’03 and ’02 while Clark has taken the title in 2008, ’06 and ’04.

Clark will enter Friday’s activity with a 33-point lead although points can be gained in the qualifying races.

But the most Rowe could gain would be five points if he won a qualifying race and Clark didn’t finish in the top five.

Clark said if Rowe does pick up five points on him in the heat races, he would need to finish in the top 14 in the feature to claim the title if Rowe won it.

“If we have a good, solid typical run, we’ll be fine,” said Clark. “It would be really neat to tie him for the most championships so he wouldn’t be leading every statistic that there is.”

The concern for Clark is the fact White Mountain hasn’t been one of his better tracks.

“I’ve run there for 12 years and I’ve never won,” said Clark. “It’s probably our worst track on the tour. We seem to come home fifth or sixth quite often. Although we were second a year ago and we’ve finished second a few times.

He was also quick to point out that it would have to be considered Rowe’s “best track.”

“There would be nothing sweeter than winning my first race at White Mountain and winning the points championship the same night,” added Clark.

The high-banked, quarter-mile track will provide a challenge that Clark is looking forward to.

“We’ve got a brand new set-up that we’ve never tried before,” said the former Gardiner High School hockey star. “We’re going to try to pull off a win. Everything we had done there never seemed to work.”

Even though he hasn’t won there, he isn’t going to jeopardize a points championship to try to earn a trip to Victory Lane.

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