Saturday was another busy day for the PASS North Super Late Models in preparation for Sunday’s Oxford 250. Many pre-race favorites made appearances at the top of the four practice sessions, including Cassius Clark. The Farmington, Maine driver managed to record the fastest lap in the final practice session despite dealing with a loss of feeling in his left hand.
“I can’t even squeeze it. I’ve got a pinched nerve or something,” Clark said after practice. “I went to the emergency room Friday night and nothing has been able to take care of it yet. I only got an hour sleep last night but hopefully I can find something to get at least a couple hours. I think [Dick] Trickle said you've got to have an hour for every 100 laps, so I've got to get two and a half tonight to be ready to go tomorrow.
“Yesterday with the vibration I think it kind of helped it, but today I have no feeling in it at all. It’s taking a little bit to get used to, but I think my hand has been in that position for a hundred years racing, so it knows where it’s supposed to be, I just don’t feel anything with it.”
Clark’s hand was clearly not a distraction to him, as he was able to get his King Racing No. 13 working well throughout the day.
“We’ve been working on it all weekend,” Clark said. “It’s probably the best car I’ve had here since I started driving the 13 car. I think it’s going to be good on the long run, it’s got good fire off speed, so we’ll see what tomorrow brings.”
A handful of new names made appearances at the top of the practice charts Saturday afternoon. Dave Farrington, Jr. topped the first session of the day before two-time Oxford 250 winner Travis Benjamin, 2002 Oxford 250 winner Scott Robbins and Cassius Clark led the final three sessions.
Heat races, consolation races, and the Oxford 250 last chance race for the PASS North Super Late Models will take place on Sunday afternoon starting at 1:30 p.m. ET, and the 46th Annual Oxford 250 will kick off later Sunday evening.
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-Story by: Ian Pettigrew, Speed51.com Northeast Correspondent - Twitter: @ian_pettigrew
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