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Johnny Clark: White Mountain Motorsports Park Race Preview
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(From team press release)
Johnny Clark of Farmingdale, Maine, is expected to win his unprecedented fifth PASS North Series championship when the series runs the PASS 150 at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, N.H., on Friday, September 17. Clark owns a 71-point lead over his closest challenger, Ben Rowe, heading to the season finale and needs only to start the main event to win the PASS North title for the third straight year. Clark has five wins this season, including last weekend's $10,000 PASS 300 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. Clark has never enjoyed such a large lead atop the standings going into a season-ending race, but his season to date has been stellar. In 12 races, he's yet to finish outside the Top-10 with the five wins and 10 Top-5 finishes. Clark picked up his first career win at White Mountain Motorsports Park back in May, the second in a stretch of three straight victories in the first half of the year.
WHO: Johnny Clark, Farmingdale, Maine
TEAM: No. 54 Clark's Car Crushing/Port City Chevrolet
BEST CAREER WHITE MOUNTAIN MOTORSPORTS PARK FINISH: 1st (May 2010)
LAST RACE AT WHITE MOUNTAIN MOTORSPORTS PARK: 1st (May 2010)
WHAT: Season Finale -- PASS North Series PASS 150
WHERE: White Mountain Motorsports Park, North Woodstock, N.H. (.25-mile oval)
WHEN: 6 p.m., Friday, September 17
PASS NORTH SERIES
LAST RACE: Sunday, September 12, PASS 300, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, Maine (1st-place finish)
POINTS POSITION: 1st
JOHNNY, WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE CHAMPIONSHP?
Being the first one to possibly win three championships in a row and the first one to win five overall, that makes it even more special to me. Every championship you win is obviously different, but this year winning five races, winning the most races of anyone (in the series) and winning in dominating fashion -- we've just had an absolutely fantastic year.
To think that we're going to end up with five championships in nine years racing full-time with PASS, that's pretty cool.
WHAT DID WINNING AT WHITE MOUNTAIN BACK IN MAY DO FOR THE TEAM?
I think it definitely propelled us for the rest of the year, winning at a track nobody expected us to win at. To be honest, I didn't even expect it. You want to win every race you go to, and if you don't go to the race track believing you can win, you shouldn't even bother going -- but our goal this year was to win at tracks we needed to work on. White Mountain, Thompson, Seekonk, Spud, and we were able to win a couple of those.
(Winning at White Mountain) was a huge confidence builder for us, winning right out of the box like that. Over time, we were just getting better and better with our setups -- not just there, but at every race track. You're always working to get better.