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2013 PASS NORTH SLM CHAMPIONS



Sunday, July 20th, 2014
4th at THE 250
A run to the front for Cassius and the #77. In the lead at the lap 200 point, but passed by those who had stopped later for fresh tires.

6th at Beech Ridge


Saturday, June 28th
2nd at Montmagny


Saturday, May 31st
21st at White Mountain
With a good run in the heat, Cassius had a fourth place starting spot for the 150 lap feature.
The #77 slipped back to mid pack as the race began with a long green run. Then on lap #92 the #4 of Ben Rowe blew apart its rear end and coated the track with gear lube. Cassius was caught in the slick and slid up into the turn one wall at speed.


Sunday, May 18th
15th at Autodrome Chaudiere
The results from the first of the Chaudiere Triple Crown races don't show that the #77 was again a top 5 car. Cassius spent the race weaving around incidents that developed in front of the #77.
Starting early with Ben Rowe suffering a flat, the spins included the double of Canadian Laperle #91 and Theetge #80.

But the back straight lap 125 multi-car tangle was the one that trapped Cassius and Travis Benjamin #17 behind the crashed and stalled cars of Glen Luce #7L and Jacques Polin #97 and let the rest of the field go on by. Cassius placed 15th as the final car on the lead lap.


Saturday, May 10th
13th at Star Speedway
Coming up through the pack Cassius had a solid run going and took the lead mid race. But avoiding a wreck on lap 25 let DJ Shaw #60 take the lead. On lap 138 contact with the #33 of Richie Dearborn sent the #77 around and to the back of the field. Cassius could only get up to
13th in the remaining laps.
Presentation of 2013 PASS North Championship Rings, Belt Buckles, & Jackets to Hight Motorsports


9th at Beech Ridge
 

14th at OPS after a Flat Front Tire
After a washout on Saturday the 26th and six plus hours of rain delays on Sunday the 27th, the PASS 150 finally took the green at Oxford Plains Speedway just after 7 PM.

From his 19th place starting spot, Cassius took it easy on his tires for the first hundred laps
while moving steadily forward in the pack. The #77 had moved past Mike Rowe in the #24 who wound up finishing seventh.

But a flat front forced the #77 into the pits under the yellow after a multi-car tangle.

Restarting at the back of the lead lap, Cassius could only get back to 14th in the remaining distance.

PASS 2014 SEASON OPENER
FIRST OF THE NATIONAL EVENTS
12TH AT GREENVILLE-PICKENS
after QUALIFYING ON THE POLE
Cassius paced the 33 car field in qualifying with a lap of 89.597 miles per hour around the flat half mile for his third career fast qualifying time in PASS South.

He started fifth after the top 10 redraw and moved up to 3rd by lap 25. In 4th at 75, the #77 began to fall back.

On the only yellow of the race at lap 137, Cassius pitted from 9th for adjustments and fuel. Back on track the #77 finished in 12th, the last car on the lead lap.

2013 PASS NORTH SLM CHAMPIONS
at the PASS 9/28 OPS Finale
by Chad Partridge
Cassius Clark and the Hight Motorsports crew headed into the weekend with a slim 3 point lead in the championship standings over Joey Doiron of Berwick, ME and only 7 points ahead of 3rd place DJ Shaw of Center Conway, NH. Many said Hollywood couldn't have written it better. The only question was, would it be a feel good action story or horror movie?

From the moment the team unloaded the car for practice the determination could be felt in the air. In 2012 the Hight Motorsports team also headed into the season finale at Oxford engaged in a tight points battle with Travis Benjamin. That day didn't go well for the Hight Motorsports team and it ended with the Benjamin crew celebrating the PASS North 2012 title. This year, the team vowed, would be different.

The crew, led by multi-time championship crew chief Brian Burgess, spent two full days testing dialing in the Port City race car. Not content with a "good car", driver Cassius Clark, gave precise feedback every time the car rolled off the track as to what it needed to make it "perfect".

A large field of nearly 50 of the best Super Late Models in the Northeast were on hand, creating larger than normal heat races. At the draw, Cassius drew just one number away from the pole in the fourth and final heat´┐Ż Unfortunately that put him dead last in the 3rd heat. Adding to the intensity, points contenders DJ Shaw and Joey Doiron would start ahead of him in the same heat race.

Starting 12th Cassius had a short time to work his way into the top 5 to earn a starting spot in the feature. Keep in mind the top 5 finishers also earn the all-important championship points. Clark got off to a great start, moving into the top 10. On a restart he made a spectacular 3 wide move to work his way up to 6th. He quickly over took 5th position and landed in 4th place by the time the quick 15 lap heat race was complete. Doiron held on for the heat race win while Shaw finished outside the top 5 and was headed to the dreaded consi. With Cassius earning 2 points in the heat race and Doiron earning 5, it put the championship standings at dead even moving into the feature event.

Cassius rolled out onto the starting grid in 15th place with Doiron starting 2 rows ahead of him in 11th. Shaw who won his consi would start a distant 21st. In a race with 36 starters the task sounded easy, beat 1 car -- the 73, and keep the 60 in sight -- win the Championship.

From the drop of the green flag it was clear that would be no easy task. Both Cassius and Doiron fought their way up through the field, clicking off one spot after another. Cassius methodically stayed on Doiron's back bumper through the entire first half of the race, chasing his pray. Veteran racer Scott Mulkern showed early on that he was the car to beat, leading most of the first half of the race. Around lap 75 Doiron over took Mulkern for the lead with Cassius close behind the pair.

The next 50 laps continued to be a delight for fans to watch as Cassius, Doiron and Mulkern battled, trading spots back and forth, battling their hearts out. Meanwhile, Shaw, not to be counted out, was making his way up through the field and was solidly in the top 5.

A restart around lap 120 made for the best racing of the day as Cassius made it three wide under Doiron and Mulkern. While most folks know, you can't go around Oxford 3 wide, these three made it work for nearly 3 laps -- without even hardly a mark on any of the cars. Eventually Mulkern overcame the two on the outside with Cassius settling in in 2nd place, Doiron in 3rd and DJ in 4th.

Shaw quickly showed his strength as he powered by all 3 cars and set sail in the lead. Meanwhile Doiron found his car fading just a bit as his slipped back into the 5th place. With Cassius steadily holding 3rd place the crew looked on from the infield counting down the seemingly never ending laps. It was so simple, yet so hard, maintain the current position, avoid a major problem, work over the lap cars and stay green.

After what seemed like hours of racing, the checkered flag finally flew, with DJ Shaw taking home the win and Cassius finishing 3rd. Finally after 150 laps of the best short track racing anywhere in America, after 12 hard fought races in 2013, after the heartbreak of 2012, after 10+ years of Pro All Stars Series Racing and after thousands of hours of blood, sweat and tears, Cassius Clark had earned himself and the Hight Motorsports Chevrolet SS the PASS North Super Late Model Championship! It  was an amazing team effort that was a culmination of events that exceeded any Hollywood script!
PASS NORTH BANQUET - JAN 17th, 2014
PASS 9/28/13 OPS Finale
Previous Results and Photos HERE

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