Rounds 3&4 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series took place on the outskirts of Phoenix, AZ at the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. After years of racing during the day at this track, LOORRS threw all the drivers a curve ball when they decided to race under the lights. Patrick Clark and his Las Vegas based team came off some great momentum from opening rounds and were prepared to push hard going into the second weekend of racing.
Fridays practice and qualifying were cancelled due to heavy rain during the day. Come race time in the evening though, the rain had cleared and track was actually in great condition for racing. Starting positions were based on points standings and this left Clark starting in the middle of the pack. Clark would maneuver his #25 Budweiser-Chevy Pro 2 all the way up to a top five position towards the end of round 3 but after spinning out in turn two he would fall back to 10th place. With just a few more laps to go Clark attempted to make up positions and would pass RJ Anderson but would not be able to hold the position. Clark finished round 3 in 6th place and gained much needed points.
Round 4 would see packed stands and perfect weather for the fans. The crew worked hard to get the truck back up to 100% and with the truck set up being near perfect, Clark was able to take his driving skills and land himself a pole position for round 4.
“The consistency we had in the opening rounds really help set us up for this race.” Stated Clark. “We have Billy and Robby Goerke helping us with the truck set up and they are a key component to making the truck run its best.”
The final race of the night would be the Pro2’s and as Clark lined up on the pole, he would have Bryce Menzies directly next to him. Menzies who is also from Las Vegas, Nv has multiple wins and Clark knew that he would have to get out front right away in order to keep Menzies at bay. That is just what Clark did as the green flag dropped and the all the Pro2’s went roaring into turn one. Clark held his line and by the end of lap one he was out front. The pressure would be on as he had Menzies nipping at his rear tires ready to pounce on any error Clark would make.
A full course caution would bring the trucks all back together just half way through the race. At the restart Clark would hold off Menzies once again and continue his run towards the checkered flag. No mistakes and flawless truck made for the perfect race as Clark lead the race from start to finish and would win his first ever Pro 2 race. Clark now sits 6th in points and is looking forward to being a front runner this year and someone to watch out for now that he is on the other drivers radar.
“We had a great run and it feels great to finally be up on the podium. This is a great way to thank my sponsors and my team by getting them a win and I’m ready to keep it going the rest of the season.” Said Clark
|The next race weekend will take place back in Lake Elsinore for rounds 5&6 on May 30th and 31st. Be sure to follow Patrick Clark Racing and sponsors on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest updates.Patrick Clark Racing would like to thank all their sponsors that make racing possible. Budweiser, PMG Companies, Nevada Beverage Company, Collins Motorsports, Method Race Wheels, Dynamic Motorsports, King Shocks, Stoney Automotive Engineering, Howe and More.|