Clark Takes Wrecked Car To Victory Lane
HERMON, Maine – Cassius Clark survived a rough-and-tumble finish to wrestle a victory away from D.J. Shaw in Sunday’s Hight Chevrolet 150 Pro All Stars Series North super late model race at Speedway 95.
Clark and Shaw, rubbing doors and fenders while trading paint in the closing laps, suffered mostly minor cosmetic damage until after the checkered flag, when contact from behind left the winner with a wrecked No. 77 Hight Chevrolet that never made a victory lane appearance with its’ triumphant driver.
Clark, looking as unhappy as any winner could in victory lane, expressed his displeasure at Shaw’s drive, even predicting “I don’t know who will be getting the big trophy in November, but I know it won’t be (Shaw).”
The winner, the reigning PASS North champion, entered the afternoon ranked fifth in the championship standings and winless on the season after 10 events. Ben Rowe, suffering through an even worse run than race winner Clark entering the afternoon, led the first dozen laps before his car quit, handing the lead to Gary Smith, who went on to suffer a multitude of troubles.
Cassius Clark, after starting fourth, led for awhile as Mike Rowe, Johnny Clark, Joey Doiron, Benjamin and Shaw climbed into contention from much farther back in the starting lineup. Positions changed frequently, especially following restarts, as the contenders formed an entertaining pack of frontrunners.
Shaw and Cassius Clark were the final combatants for top honors, and as the checkered flag waved over Clark he was on his way around and into the earthen barrier off turn one, emerging unscathed physically, but visibly angry with Shaw, who was ordered to appear at the proverbial trailer for a post-race discussion with series officials.
Shaw, who started the event from 14th position, led over 40 laps before settling for runner-up honors, unofficially, in the Precision JLM No. 60. Travis Benjamin also led a fair amount of the event’s middle stages, and earned the final podium finish with his Belfast Variety No. 17.
Mike Rowe and Glen Luce rounded out the top five.
Cassius Clark, D.J. Shaw, Travis Benjamin, Mike Rowe, Glen Luce, Joey Doiron, Curtis Gerry, Johnny Clark, Adam Polvinen, Ryan Deane, Mark Lundblad Jr., Mike Hopkins, Bryan Kruczek, Craig Weinstein, Richie Dearborn, Gary Smith, Andy Saunders, Wyatt Alexander, Ben Rowe, T.J. Brackett.