July 25, 2013

AUTO RACING NOTEBOOK: Clark not happy with 5th-place finish

By Travis Lazarczyk tlazarczyk@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

Cassius Clark finished in fifth place in Sunday's TD Bank 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway, and he isn't happy about it.

"We had pretty high expectations," Clark said. "We just missed the setup a little bit."

Clark, of Farmington, led briefly before being passed on lap 156 by eventual winner Travis Benjamin. Clark said he had tire issues throughout the race.

"We were one of the teams that pitted early," Clark said. "The car never went that good. It was way too loose. I never could drive it."

Clark, ranked third in the PASS North points standings, will race at the PASS tour's next stop, on Aug. 4 at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, N.H. He'll follow that with a Tuesday race in Vallee-Jonction, Quebec on Aug. 6.

"We'll get back to it and see if we can redeem ourselves a little bit," Clark said.

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Wiscasset Speedway will celebrate its 44th birthday this weekend. Saturday's racing will feature all seven of the track's weekly divisions.

Prior to Saturday's racing, a ceremony honoring Wiscasset Speedway founder Wilford Cronk will take place at 5 p.m. A number of past track champions are also expected to be in attendance.

"A lot of them are coming as guests," Vanessa Jordan, co-owner of the track, said. "The last I knew, 40 or 50 are confirmed. We'll recognize them. Really, that's what it's about, the history."

Racing will begin at 5:30, and there will be a fireworks show when racing is complete.

Wiscasset Speedway reopened this year after almost three years without racing. Jordan and her husband, Richard, purchased the track at auction in July 2012.

"It's going well. We're happy," Vanessa Jordan said. "The racing's been fun. We're all learning a lot. We're finding out what works and what doesn't."

One of the things that works is individual driver meetings, Jordan said.

"Every week, they can talk about what's going on in their class," she said.

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The American-Canadian Tour held its inaugural International 500 on Sunday with Joey Polewarczyk of Hudson, N.H. taking the win at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, N.Y.

Polewarczyk, who took home $25,000 with the victory, won by outpointing Brian Hoar in the first two 100-lap segments of the 300-lap event. With Hoar in command of the final segment, Polewarczyk had to take second to win the overall title. With 30 laps to go, Polewarczyk overcame a six car length deficit to Patrick Laperle to take second.

Winthrop's Jeff White placed 14th overall. White finished in ninth place in the second segment and 13th in the third.

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Left turns: Rain interrupted the John Phippen/Allen Fletcher Memorial Race at Speedway 95 in Hermon last weekend, and it will resume Saturday. There were two Late Model features scheduled. Mike Hopkins won the 23-lap Late Model feature before action was suspended just two laps into a 59-lap race. The remaining 57 laps will be run at 6 p.m.

Staff Writer Bill Stewart contributed to this report.

Travis Lazarczyk -- 861-9242


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