Naples ME (July 8, 2008) When the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North super late models roll into Thompson (CT) International Speedway this Saturday, Cassius Clark will still be looking for his first 2008 visit to the PASS winners’ circle in the Full Fendered Frenzy 75.
It’s not that Clark is having a bad season; far from it. He’s annexed five top ten finishes in his first five PASS North starts of 2008, and sits atop the series point standings. He’s finished second at Wiscasset (twice) and at White Mountain Motorsports Park. But the Farmington Maine speedster has always felt that taking the checkers first is the only way to have a good day at the races. He doesn’t race to finish second, period.
“We’re still not quite where we want to be, set-up wise” said Clark of his early season runs,” but we’re getting closer every week. I love the speed at Thompson; those long straights and tight banked corners just seem to suit me. We’ve got a good banked track set-up for the EJ Prescott Ford, so I’m really looking forward to this weekend!”
The ten time PASS North super late model race winner seems to have a new-found consistency that could carry him to his first PASS North Championship. He’s getting everything his race car has to give each week and so far he’s avoided most of the problems that have kept the team out of the title hunt in seasons past.
Thompson’s ultra fast high banks are a perfect fit for the quickest full fendered race cars in the east, and the list of past PASS winners reads like a who’s who of super late model racing. Ben Rowe, Ted Christopher, the late Scott Fraser, and Mike Rowe have all enjoyed victory lane celebrations at Don Hoenigs’ immaculate speed plant.
Clark is the only Pro All Stars Series regular to earn two victories at Thompson (2005 and 2006) and if he can claim a third he’ll be the sixth different winner in six PASS North super late model races this season. Mike Rowe, Ben Rowe and Johnny Clark all have one win to their credit, and young guns D.J. Shaw and Adam Bates have each earned their first PASS checkered flags at Wiscasset and Beech Ridge, respectively.
The Camping World East Series and Thompson International Speedways’ own Late Models, Limited Sportsman and Mini-stocks complete the Full Fendered Frenzy schedule. The grandstands open at 12:30, with PASS qualifying scheduled for 4:15. The PASS feature is tentatively set for 7:30 P.M.
Sources: PASS North PR