Cassius Clark is off to a hot start this year. After having a strong car at Speedway 95 (ME) two weeks ago, the Farmington, Maine driver earned his first win of the 2016 season Saturday afternoon north of the border in Nova Scotia. Clark grabbed the lead early in the 100-lap event and cruised to victory.
“It felt really good to come home with the win at Scotia for everyone on the King Racing No. 13 team,” Clark told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “We had a really strong car and winning early in the season certainly helps raise moral and confidence for everyone involved. We went to the race at Bangor and had a really great car and was looking forward to racing for a win there, before a flat tire and power steering issues took us out of contention so it’s great to rebound strong after hard luck the week before.”
This win also marks his first of the year with King Racing, the team Clark has built a relationship with over the past few years. They have a new LFR Chassis and are putting together a schedule of top-notch races for the 2016 season.
“Andrew Hicken and the team really have their LFR chassis figured out, the car was great and we were able to start up near the front grab the lead early on a dictate our own race,” said Clark. “We were actually going to just focus on some of the bigger races but decided to get started a little sooner to make sure the car is where we think it needs to be for the longer bigger paying races. So it’s nice to be able to get a W in the win column and hopefully keep adding as the year progresses.”
Nova Scotia can expect to see a lot more of Clark and the No. 13 King racing team this year. While their schedule is not set, they plan to be back for race number-two of the Pro Stock Tour at Riverside International Speedway (NS) to get tuned up for their 250-lap event in July. All this racing north of the border is a little different for Clark, who has been a mainstay on the PASS North circuit for the last half of a decade, winning the title in 2013.
“It’s a lot of traveling which makes for some early mornings, however when you have days like Saturday they certainly are worth it,” said Clark. “I’ve been racing on and off for Rollie since 2012 I believe so I’ve been able to hit quite a few of their shows up there and there is some stiff competition. Last year after stepping away from driving the Hight car freed up my schedule and we have been able to run a lot of races on both sides of the border.”
No matter which side of the boarder Clark climbs behind the wheel, the 34-year-old driver is excited to be behind the wheel and competing for wins.
“I look forward to jumping in their race car every opportunity I get,” said Clark. “They have a top notch team led by one of my best friends and love to win races. We have been fortunate enough to win some 250’s up in Canada together and I’m looking forward to racing for a bunch more wins on both sides of the border with these guys.”
-By Jana Wimmer, Speed51.com Midwest Editor – Twitter: @JWim22