Nova Scotia based King Racing under car owner Rollie MacDonald is taking full advantage, as they have two cars entered for this Saturday night; up and comer Austin MacDonald, and veteran Maine driver Cassius Clark.
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Saturday will be Clark’s first time behind the wheel in competition for the 2021 racing season. After a smattering of starts in summer of 2020, Clark’s last race was the 2020 Oxford 250 itself for King Racing, the team’s lone American start for the year. The goal for this coming weekend, get back to up to strength.
“It’s been a while, almost a year. Looking to get back in the swing of things over the next few weeks and see what we can do. Last year a buddy of mine had a car and we tried to help him out. But, just struggled with that, and ended up selling it,” Clark told Speed51.
“We ran the 250 with the 13 but ended up getting behind the eight-ball there. We struggled through the qualifying races and had to start last in the race. We made some good progress, but got put down a lap when Jeff Taylor was really fast, and put a bunch of cars a lap down. Then we never got in position for the lucky dog, hopefully we’ll rebound from last year, and see if we can get a better starting spot.”
Originally the team had looked in running some races closer to their base in the Maritimes, but with the border opening up and the last PASS race before the Oxford 250 coming up, the decision was made to bring the cars south.
“We had first talked about running some races up there, but this one made more sense. We got an older car, 2014 or so, it was all cut apart, and rebuilt over the winter. Should be good, they shook it down on Wednesday at Halifax, and everything seemed fine. We’ll bring it down to Oxford this weekend and see what happens.”
The task at hand for King Racing is daunting as they will look to make the Oxford 250 with their two cars in a little over two weeks. Clark, a former PASS North and National champion, is all too aware of how fortunes can turn from practice to race time.
The race itself is hard to get into, you can be the fastest car in practice and get a bad draw for the heats, and then really get behind. If you use your head, you can still get in the race. But it’s a lot, 40 cars, and like last year if you get somebody up front who’s real fast, it’s had to get through traffic and stay on the lead lap. If you do stay on the lead lap, you’re at risk of burning your stuff up. It’s wild, you’re never really comfortable, there’s a lot of three-wide racing. A lot can go right or a lot can go wrong, hopefully we won’t be the ladder like we have been the past few years.
All the concerns aside, Clark is also looking forward to being back at 250 with his race team, and with big crowd that has helped the race garner its legendary reputation after the first 47 runnings.
“Last year was a strange year for sure. The atmosphere for the 250 is one of the best in the country, right up there. When you got nobody there, it’s odd. Hopefully this year it’s jammed full with people coming from all over to check it out. It’s one of the top races in the nation. Love to be the one to win it.”
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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