It was an emotional victory for Clark in more ways than one. The win came in the very first race for Clark in a brand-new Super Late Model, a car built using money from his first-ever win in the Oxford 250 last summer.
“Man, I was in tears pulling in here,” said Clark in victory lane. “I’ve never been to victory lane at Loudon. It’s my second time here, won the Oxford 250 last August. We built this brand-new car with that money.”
Preparations on the new car went all the way into Friday night and the early morning hours on Saturday, all before Clark had to make the trip to Loudon. During part of the weekend, the car even had makeshift numbers.
“We literally finished the hood Friday night. We finished cutting the hood at 20 past one (o’clock). I went home, spit out some numbers because I do my own vinyl, got an hour of sleep and loaded up.”
Even the trip to the race track proved eventful. During the trek south from Maine, Clark’s team encountered mechanical issues, forcing a return trip home in order to finish the haul.
“We got almost to Portland, broke down and had to turn around, go back, get another truck. We were the last hauler to pull in here.”
Nonetheless, after finally getting to the track, Clark finally scored the win after a hard-fought battle. After furious battles with the likes of Brandon Barker, Mike Hopkins, D.J. Shaw and Derek Griffith, it was Clark standing in victory lane.
It was a brand-new car that took a lot of time, but everyone put a lot of work into it. I can’t thank the guys enough, every single one of them. It was just hard work and busting our a–. I just can’t believe this thing went to victory lane at Loudon in its first race.
After an engine infraction in post-race technical inspection, Brandon Barker was disqualified, awarding second place to Hopkins. Shaw, Jeremie Whorff and Ben Rowe rounded out the top five.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Ian Pettigrew
PASS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Pos., Start Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown, Laps
1. ( 3 ) Johnny Clark ( 54 ) Hallowell, ME , 50 Laps
2. ( 25 ) Mike Hopkins ( 15 ) Hermon, ME , 50 Laps
3. ( 10 ) D.J. Shaw ( 60 ) Ctr. Conway, NH , 50 Laps
4. ( 8 ) Jeremie Whorff ( 00 ) Bath, ME , 50 Laps
5. ( 2 ) Ben Rowe ( 4 ) Turner, ME , 50 Laps
6. ( 18 ) Dennis Spencer ( 12 ) Oxford, ME , 50 Laps
7. ( 7 ) Jake Matheson ( 52 ) Hillsboro, NH , 50 Laps
8. ( 5 ) Alex Labbe ( 47 ) St-Albert, QC , 50 Laps
9. ( 13 ) Derek Griffith ( 12G ) Hudson, NH , 50 Laps
10. ( 6 ) Rowland Robinson Jr. ( 20 ) Steuben, ME , 50 Laps
11. ( 16 ) Kate Re ( 10 ) Harrison, ME , 50 Laps
12. ( 11 ) Anthony Constantino ( 14ME ) Turner, ME , 50 Laps
13. ( 19 ) Jeff White ( 50 ) Winthrop, ME , 50 Laps
14. ( 22 ) Brian Whalley ( 02 ) Laconia, NH , 50 Laps
15. ( 9 ) Mike Scorzelli ( 18S ) Feura Bush, NY , 50 Laps
16. ( 21 ) Logan Melcher ( 41 ) Fayette, ME , 50 Laps
17. ( 20 ) Scott McDaniel ( 14 ) Livermore, ME , 50 Laps
18. ( 23 ) Zig Geno ( 57 ) Canterbury, NH , 50 Laps
19. ( 12 ) Tyler Tomassi ( 76RI ) W. Greenwich, RI , 49 Laps
20. ( 14 ) Eddie MacDonald ( 17MA ) Rowley, MA , 43 Laps
21. ( 4 ) Alan Tardiff ( 9T ) Lyman, ME , 40 Laps
22. ( 15 ) Dan Winter ( 81 ) Deerfield, NH , 33 Laps
23. ( 17 ) Nicholas Lascuola ( 39 ) Abington, MA , 30 Laps
24. ( 24 ) Devin O’Connell ( 43 ) Madison, CT , 8 Laps
DSQ ( 1 ) Brandon Barker ( 88 ) Windham, ME , Laps