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Cassius Clark Gets 2013 Started Off Right with Victory in Ripley and Fletcher Ford 150 PASS North Event
Apr 24, 2013 - updated Apr 24th, 2013 8:24am
Web posted by Alan Deitz
Oxford, Maine --
Dixon, Pastore and Hammar Also Win on Sunday at Oxford Plains Speedway
Oxford, Maine (4-21-13) - One year ago, the #77 Hight Motorsports team
with driver Cassius Clark were looking for their first PASS North Super
Late Model victory. They got that win in the season’s third event and
advanced to the role of title contenders by the end of the season.
Clark eventually finished second to Travis Benjamin in the final 2012
PASS North standings.
On Sunday afternoon at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway, Clark and the #77
team started out their 2013 season with a victory in the Ripley and
Fletcher Ford 150 PASS North event. By coming out of the gate with a
victory, Clark is already hoping that this might be the season where he
can score his first career PASS North championship.
“We were pretty pleased with last year. We just fell short of a goal
there,” said Clark. “We worked hard on things over the winter. Sitting
at home and waiting to race since October has been tough. Winning was a
good way to get out there and knock the rust off.”
Clark won the Ripley and Fletcher Ford 150 after coming out on top of a
spirited battle with Joey Doiron over the closing laps of the race.
Doiron took the lead for the first time on lap 11 and held down the top
spot without much pressure for the next 102 laps. At that point, Clark
took the lead – temporarily. Doiron edged his way back to the top spot
and the two racers battled back and forth until the end of the race.
At the conclusion of the 150 lap event, Clark crossed the finish line
ahead of Doiron, Benjamin, Ben Rowe and Bobby Timmons.
“It was a tight race,” said Clark. “We were running door to door and
never had any problems. We never put a doughnut on each other. We kept
each other honest and raced hard. You can’t ask for anything better
“We put on a heck of a show for everyone here,” agreed Doiron.
The dogfight between Clark and Doiron capped off an action-packed
afternoon of racing which also saw Billy Dixon, Joey Pastore and Ryan
Hammar score victories.
The PASS Modified feature race was one where survival was the key to
victory. Dixon wheeled his #33 car to victory lane after early
contenders Scott McDaniel, Mike Carignan, Mitch Miller, Mark Lucas and
Andy Shaw all encountered various problems. Dixon took the lead late
and stayed out of trouble to score the opening day win. He was followed
to the finish by Scott Alexander and Sumner Sessions.
In the 75-lap PASS Sportsman feature, Pastore led every single lap on
the way to victory lane, but it was anything but an easy win. Pastore
had command of the race through its early and middle stages, but a hard
charging Ricky Burgess ran him down in the final stages of the event.
Burgess closed to Pastore’s bumper over the final 10 laps and even got
sideways chasing him on the final circuit, but Pastore held on to score
the victory. Burgess finished second, while Carey Martin, Rusty Poland
and Dan McKeage completed the top five finishers.
Hammar won the NELCAR Legends feature after a fierce battle with his
teammate T.J. Laro early in the race. Connecticut driver Shawn
Buffington joined the fight and finished second to Hammar, while Laro
hung on for a third-place finish.
Over 100 racecars were in the pits among the four divisions of racing on
Sunday at Oxford. Despite unseasonably cool temperatures, the
grandstands featured a healthy crowd as well to start off the 2013
season at the historic racetrack. Oxford’s regular divisions – the Pro
Late Models, Strictly Stocks, Mini Stocks and Outlaw Sportsman – will
start their seasons next Sunday afternoon.
The PASS North, PASS Modified and PASS Sportsman divisions will return
to action on Saturday, May 4th with the running of the Southern Maine
Motors 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine. Racing
is scheduled to start at 3pm.
The Pro All Stars Series is recognized as North America’s premier
sanctioning body for asphalt Super Late Models and boasts such marquee
events as the PASS Northwest Triple Crown at Wenatchee Valley Super
Oval, PASS South’s Easter Bunny 150 at the historic Hickory Motor
Speedway, the Autobus La Qubecoise Triple Crown at Autodrome Chaudiere,
and the legendary TD Bank 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway. For technical
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