FREDERICTON, NB – Speedway 660 has become Johnny Clark’s home away from home. The Hallowell, ME driver led the field to the checkered flag, winning his 3rd straight Pro All Star Series 200 in the Geary Woods.
The 2010 and 2011 race winner dominated the second half of Sunday’s race to take the victory in car 54.
“I love this place and we took a big swing at the car at the mid-race break and the boys in the crew did an awesome job,” said Clark. “We’ll definitely be back here for SpeedWeekend and try to become the first driver to win three Auto Value 250 races.”
Travis Benjamin, from Morrill, ME, stayed with Clark for much of the final 100 laps, but was just not able to get around the race winner. Cassius Clark, from Skowhegan, ME beat Johnny Clark on an exciting last lap pass in their heat race, but settled for third in the feature. D.J. Shaw, from Center Conway, NH won the other qualifying heat.
“It seems like we are always the bride’s maid whenever we come to Atlantic Canada’s best race track,” said Benjamin. “One of these days, we are going to get to the Speedway 660 Victory Lane and we will be back for SpeedWeekend to try to make that happen in the Auto Value 250.”
It wasn’t a very good day for New Brunswick drivers. Shawn Tucker, the 2011 Auto Value 250 winner, ran in the top ten all day, but a late race fuel leak forced him to retire. Tucker ended up 16th. Lonnie Sommerville led several laps in the first half of the race, but his car faded in the 2nd half and he had to settle for 11th. Chris Duncan finished 13th, Matt Harris came home 12th and Matt Matheson had a 10th place finish.
The Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman drivers put on a great show for the fans in their 30 lap feature. Shawn Warren held off Richard Atkinson to win his first ever Speedway 660 feature. Robbie Fraser followed Atkinson across the finish line to take third spot. Warren and Jason Shannon were the Sportsman heat winners.
The defending champion had a big day in the RV World Street Stock Division. Rick Cashol won the 20 lap feature in front of the PASS 200 crowd. Shannon Brake was second, while Brad Slipp finished third, claiming his first ever podium finish.
From Angela Coffey / Speedway 660