Clark Takes PASS 150 Victory
Johnny Clark finally got to victory lane in a Pro All Star Series race and in the process put an abrupt end to D.J. Shaw’s three straight Super Late Model wins. The PASS North 150 had fans on the edge of their seats all evening at Speedway 660 as Clark held off Joey Doiron and then Shaw in the late stages of the race to finally get the win.
“It’s been exactly two years since we won a PASS race and it’s incredible that it took a trip to Speedway 660 for us to finally get it done” said Clark from the Riverview Ford Victory Lane. “This is my favourite track, I just love coming up here and this win is exactly what this race team needed, I don’t think we had the best car tonight but we got the win.”
The PASS North SLM 150 victory was Clark’s fourth straight at Speedway 660. He won in 2010, 11 & 12. Last year’s race was rained out and unable to be rescheduled, so this win ended a lengthy two year winless streak for the driver from Hallowell, Maine. It also ends a three race winning streak for D.J. Shaw who finished second at Speedway 660 on Saturday night.
“We sure are disappointed not to make history tonight by winning an unprecedented fourth PASS race in a row, but it was a good points night so we’ll take it” said a disappointed Shaw, who races out of North Conway, New Hampshire. “Johnny gave us the inside lane and we drove it deep into the corner several times during the last five or six laps, but he was just too strong on the exit of the turns and we weren’t able to get it done.”
Clark started up front and gave up the lead to three different drivers, during the race, but always bounced back to the top of the leader board. First Martin Latulippe got around Clark, then later in the race Glen Luce passed him and with less than 40 laps to go Joey Doiron got the better of Clark’s 54. But when all was said and done Doiron could only manage a third place finish.
“I’m really disappointed, we worked hard tonight and finally passed Johnny for the lead and were cruising while he was trying to hold off D.J. in a battle for second” said Doiron. “That last caution killed us, Johnny restarted on the high groove, pinned us down low to grab the lead, then we couldn’t hold off D.J. and all we could do is watch those two guys race for the win.”
Johnny Clark, Travis Benjamin and Cassius Cark won the PASS North SLM qualifying heats. Fans were also treated to great racing in the DMR Auto Sales & Service Street Stock and Martins Home Heating Sportsman Divisions.
Andrew Rodgers and Brent Roy waged a ferocious battle in the Sportsman feature. Rodgers finally wore-out Roy and made an incredible pass in the late stages of the race to win his first Sportsman feature at Speedway 660. Roy settled for second, while Andrew’s older brother Matt came home third. Andrew Rodgers and Greg Fahey won the heat races.
Rick Cashol got back to victory lane in the street stock feature. Cashol had an awesome run to win for the first time in over a year. Roger Slocum, the defending street stock champion finished second, while Luc MacLaughlin took third. Heidi Cooper and Peter Martin were street stock heat winners.
Next Saturday night Speedway 660 hosts a 30 lap Bando Blast. The best young drivers in Atlantic Canada will put on a show for fans in their Westwood Estate Apartments Bandolero cars. Championship points will also be up for grabs in the Fredericton Gun Shop Sharp Shooter, Dmr Auto Sales & Service Street Stock, Martins Home Heating Sportsman and Re/Max Group Four Realkty Pro Stock Divisions.
PASS North Official Results are pending tech inspection and will be posted as soon as they become available.
Feature:1. Andrew Rodgers (Smithtown, NB), 2. Brent Roy (Hanwell, NB), 3. Matt Rodgers (Smithtown, NB), 4. Greg Fahey (St. Stephen, NB), 5. Drew Greenlaw (Eastport, ME), 6. George Jamieson (Fredericton, NB), 7. Bill Sommerville (Barnesville, NB), 8. Shawn Warren (Waasis, NB), 9. Alexandra O’Blenis (Boundary Creek, NB), 10. Dawson McIntee (Moncton, NB), 11. Steve Seveck (Temperance Vale, NB)
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Feature:1. Rick Cashol (Saint John, NB), 2. Roger Slocum (Chipman, NB), 3. Luc McLaughlin (Geary, NB), 4. Robert Raynes (Summerville, NB), 5. Justin Cole (Harvey , NB), 6. Peter Martin (Saint John, NB), 7. T.J. Madore (Geary, NB), 8. Heidi Cooper (Hanwell, NB), 9. Kevin Peterson (Fredericton, ), 10. Ryan Raynes, 11. Tyler Seveck (Nackawic, NB), 12. Andre Chamberlain (Fredericton, ), 13. Destiny Enkel (Saint John, NB),
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Johnny Clark has been battling for a win all season long on the PASS North Series, as he has had numerous top three finishes, as well as being in contention for the win every time out, but the checkered flag had eluded him until this past Saturday night as he edged out DJ Shaw and Joey Doiron to carry the checkered flag at Speedway 660 in Fredericton, NB, Canada. Shaw, who was trying to be the first PASS North driver to ever win four races in a row, fell short to Clark’s monumental victory. Ironically, it was Speedway 660 where Johnny Clark scored his last win in 2012.
Numerous early cautions kept the 150 lap event from gaining any rhythm, as Eric St. Gelais and Matt Matheson brought out a pair of early cautions for minor spins. Lap 10 saw Martin Latullipe leading the way, and was solidly out front until Matheson got up high on the backstretch, and flew into the bank just beyond the track exit, flipping his racecar onto its roof. Once they righted the car, Matheson got out on his own power, but was taken to the hospital for observation.
Latulippe continued to lead until lap 84 when he went high on the frontstretch and lost the lead to Johnny Clark. At this point of the race Clark had his hands full with veteran Glen Luce as once again Luce was a contender for the win. DJ Shaw, Cassius Clark driving the Rollie MacDonald #13, and Matt Harris were all battling for contention.
A solid run by Joey Doiron saw the #73 now battling for the lead on lap 124. Doiron got the jump on Clark on the restart and brought DJ Shaw with him. Shaw, hungry for that fourth straight victory battles by Doiron as Clark races by as well and into the lead as Doiron’s motor starts to break down. Once Shaw was by the #73, he set sail to challenge race leader Clark.
With five laps remaining Shaw dove to the inside of Clark, but Clark prevailed in the high line, capturing the victory. Shaw, Doiron, Luce, and Travis Benjamin completed the top five.
Mike Rowe, Gary Smith, Cassius Clark, Matt Harris and Cole Boudreau rounded out the top ten. Heat checkers flew for Johnny Clark, Cassius Clark, and Travis Benjamin.
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UNOFFICIAL RACE RESULTS – 6-7-14
|1) 54 – Johnny Clark – 150 Laps
2) 60 – DJ Shaw – 150
3) 73 – Joey Doiron – 150
4) 7L – Glen Luce – 150
5) 17 – Travis Benjamin – 150
6) 24 – Mike Rowe – 150
7) 75 – Gary Smith – 150
8) 13 – Cassius Clark – 150
9) 87 – Matt Harris – 150
10) 00 – Cole Boudreau – 150
11) 4n – Ben Rowe – 150
|12) 7 – Curtis Gerry – 150
13) 32 – Sarah McKay – 150
14) 2qc – Dany Poulin – 146
15) 52d – Dustin Tucker – 146
16) 28 – Kirk Thibeau – 71
17) 88 – Kevin Moore – 71
18) 10 – Michael Lavoie – 71
19) 84qc – Martin Latulippe – 33
20) 2n – Matt Matheson – 23
21) 42qc – Eric St. Gelais – 9
The next event for the Pro All Stars Series will be on Montmagny, Quebec on Saturday, June 28th.