Groveton, NH – Johnny Clark reminded everyone in attendance Friday night at Riverside Speedway why he is a six-time champion as he dominated the Pro all Star Series first visit to the ¼ mile since 2018.
Clark, who has not been first to the checkers since 2016, fended off challenges from several drivers but was never seriously challenged in the 150-lap tilt.
“It’s been a long time since I have had a car that good,” he exclaimed in victory lane, “it was fun, but there was oil or something on the track those last few laps and we almost slipped and gave it away.”
As dominating as Clark was leading the entire 150-lap contest, it wasn’t as easy as it looked.
“We made wholesale changes after the first practice, and it was just terrible. I knew, we all knew after the second practice we had to put it back. It was not easy, there were a lot of changes. I’m glad we did!”
Clark was challenged early by Eddie MacDonald who seemed to maintain the torrid pace but not able to mount a bid for the point. Meanwhile. three-time 2020 PASS winner Nick Sweet was making his way to the front, trying to balance the art of saving some tire’s while also trying to close the gap on the front runners from his 11th starting spot.
“That’s the trick, maintaining that balance while trying to run them down but still have something left at the end,” Sweet said. “We are definitely happy with the finish.”
MacDonald held on for the final podium spot while Travis Benjamin, the points leader coming into the race, nailed down the fourth spot. Defending champion DJ Shaw rounded out the top five.
The race was slowed by a single caution on lap 91. Clark’s win was career triumph number 40 on the all-time list as he bested a stout 17-car field.
1) 54 - Johnny Clark - 150 Laps
2) 40vt - Nick Sweet - 150
3) 17 - Eddie MacDonald - 150
4) 7 - Travis Benjamin - 150
5) 60 - DJ Shaw - 150
6) 4 - Ben ROwe - 150
7) 47 - Gabe Brown - 150
8) 99 - Ben Ashline - 149
9) 29t - Austin Teras - 149
10) 14 - Scott McDaniel - 149
11) 23 - Dave Farrington - 149
12) 90 - Craig Weinstein - 149
13) 39 - Cassius Clark - 148
14) 29s - Trevor Sanborn - 148
15) 10 - Kate Re - 147
16) 14c - Anthony Consantino - 145
17) 09 - Jeremy Davis - 99
-PASS Press Release by Kevin Varney
-Photo credit: Norm Marx