ULTIMATE Rookie Riding Momentum From First Win Into Cherokee

Last Saturday, Cla Knight scored his first career win in the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series at Lancaster Motor Speedway.  The ULTIMATE Rookie of the Year contender rides that momentum into this weekend’s $5,000-to-win event at Cherokee Speedway.

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Knight joined Speed51’s “The Bullring” on Monday to discuss his first career ULTIMATE victory.  While Knight is competing for Rookie of the Year honors in his first full ULTIMATE season in 2021, he has entered several ULTIMATE events over the past three years.  He had eight career top-five finishes under the ULTIMATE banner going into the 2021 season, including a pair of podium finishes at Laurens County Speedway and Modoc Raceway in 2020.

 

Now, the former FASTRAK Racing Series champion is an ULTIMATE winner.

“Man, it’s been such a long time coming,” said Knight.  “We’ve had a real successful career in everything we’ve raced and done, and I’ve been fortunate to win a lot of races.”

Super racing is another animal of its own.  You’re racing a lot of guys who do this for a living.  To finally get us one, all the stars lined up for us the other night.  It just makes us all real proud.

Knight also takes pride in scoring the first career win with his family team.  No matter where his racing career takes him from him, he’ll be able to share this moment with his family.

 

“We’re a family-driven team and have some great sponsors behind us.  To get my first one, at least, with my family means a lot.  If I ever get another ride someday, at least I got my first Super win with my parents and my dad.”

 

With the win, Knight now leads the ULTIMATE Rookie of the Year points standings.  He is also in a three-way tie for second place in the overall series points through four races.

Knight is now tied for second in the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series points standings and leads the Rookie of the Year chase following his win at Lancaster.

“We’re running for both the Rookie of the Year and the ULTIMATE championship.  Shoot, we had a really good points weekend this weekend.  With that, we’re tied for second in points and got us a win and we’re leading the rookie [standings].

 

“It’s the beginning of the year, but we’re off to a really good start, and that’s a good thing.  Hopefully we can keep building some momentum and get us some more wins.”

 

A former champion in the FASTRAK Racing Series with three career wins in the Pro Late Model series, Knight explained some of the differences and challenges with the move to Super Late Model racing.

 

“The car is a lot alike.  Your adjustments are a lot different.  You do the same things, but on a Crate car, you don’t have to make as many adjustments.  With a Super, every time you come in, you’re tightening up more or doing something.  You’re just trying to make sure you do everything right.  The competition in any of it is tougher than it’s ever been.  Everybody’s got good equipment, good motors, good cars, good shocks.

 

The competition is probably the hardest part.  There’s a little bit of adjustment as far the speed and driving.  With a Crate car, you don’t have to finesse the gas pedal hardly anywhere you go.  In the Super, you might qualify wide-open and then not even be able to hardly touch the gas in the feature.

 

Knight’s pursuit of the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series title continues Saturday at Cherokee Speedway.  Fans unable to attend the race can watch live on Speed51.TV.

 

-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans

-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo

ULTIMATE Rookie Riding Momentum From First Win Into Cherokee