Clarks excited for Sunday’s PASS opener

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Posted April 15, 2010, at 11:02 p.m.

There is a good chance a Clark will win the Pro All-Stars Series Super Late Model Northern Division opener Sunday at Hermon’s Speedway 95.

Hallowell’s Johnny Clark has won two of the last three PASS North races at 95 and Farmington’s Cassius Clark has two career wins there.

The PASS North season opens Sunday at 1:30 p.m. with a 150-lap feature over the one-third-mile oval.

The PASS Modifieds and Sportsmen also begin their seasons and the NELCAR Legends cars will complete the race card.

The Clarks enjoy racing at Speedway 95.

“It’s a challenging track. You’re never bored there, that’s for sure,” said Johnny Clark, who begins his quest for a third consecutive points title.

“It’s a unique place. You’ve got to get up on the wheel and go. And you’re only two inches from disaster the whole time. I’ve never seen a boring race at [95]. It’s fun. We’ve had some really good runs there,” said Johnny Clark.

Clark has eight top-six finishes in 14 PASS races at Speedway 95. In addition to his two wins, Clark has three second-place finishes, a third and two sixths.

“It’s a pretty neat track,” said Cassius Clark. “I wish we raced there two or three times a year. I’ve always had good luck there.”

Cassius Clark has five top-four finishes in his last seven races at Speedway 95 and one of the other two was a race he won only to be disqualified after failing the postrace technical inspection.

“Everybody prefers the outside groove but I don’t mind the inside,” said Cassius Clark. “That’s why we’ve had so much success there.

“But you have to grit your teeth and stick with it,” added Clark. “You have to really try not to mess up and focus on getting by guys. It takes a lot of work but it can be done. If the car is decent, you just have to buckle down and do it.”

Both are hoping the weather cooperates.

There is a chance of showers Sunday and it is expected to be cool, in the high 40s and low 50s.

“It has been a great place to open the season,” said Johnny Clark. “There is always a good crowd. There was a real good crowd last year. Hopefully, if we get the race in, people will come out and support it.”

Johnny Clark is worried about cold temperatures.

“These tires need a certain amount of heat to operate [properly]. If it’s cold, it could be hairy. And the worst thing would be to have a lot of cautions because the tires wouldn’t have enough time to heat up. There wouldn’t be much grip,” said Johnny Clark.

Cassius Clark said since it’s the only PASS race at 95 this season, it would be nice to have a decent weather day “so the people up there can come and check it out.”

Johnny Clark has a lot at stake this season.

He is seeking to become the first driver to win three straight points titles and, if he succeeds, he will surpass Turner’s Ben Rowe by winning his fifth championship.

Clark and Rowe each have four championships.

“That would be pretty neat,” said Clark.

There will be plenty of competition for the Clarks.

“I think 15 cars will have a real legitimate shot at winning the race,” said Johnny Clark.

Rowe is certainly one of the favorites as he has 12 top-five finishes, including three victories, in 14 races at Speedway 95.

Scarborough’s Kelly Moore, the winningest driver in the K&N Pro Series East (formerly Busch North, Busch East, Camping World East), is coming off a third-place finish in the PASS points a year ago behind Johnny Clark and Rowe.

Bath native Scott Chubbuck has seven top-three finishes, including two wins, in 11 races at 95.

And Morrill’s Travis Benjamin, seventh in points a year after being third in 2008, has two top-five finishes in his last three races at 95.

Waterboro’s Scott Grant is the defending PASS Mods points champion and Denmark’s Carey Martin captured the Sportsman points crown a year ago.

http://bangordailynews.com/2010/04/15/sports/clarks-excited-for-sundays-pass-opener/ printed on August 23, 2014