The season for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series wrapped up at the Lake Elsinore, high flying course. Champions were crowned, however those that weren’t going for a championship, were out there racing for one last chance at a win. That is just what Patrick Clark did in his #25 Budweiser/BFGoodrich Tires PRO 2.
Clark went out with the pedal to the metal during qualifying and after 6 fast laps he would pull off the course with the 4th fastest time. Giving him the perfect starting position for pushing on the rear bumper of the pole starters.
Minor changes to the truck to get it dialed for the race took place shortly after qualifying and then the team awaited their turn to get out and fight for another opportunity to take another win.
Clark started his season off strong with a win in round 4 and additional podiums throughout the year.
“We have been getting stronger and stronger as the year went on.” Stated Clark. “It feels good to know that we can run with the guys like Rob MacCachren and Bryce Menzies.”
The #25 PRO 2 pulled onto the course and once the field came around for one final start of the season, Clark was on the gas on the front stretch and going in to turn one at full speed. Keeping his patience throughout the first half of the race and keeping a solid position up front was key for Clark.
Deegan and Menzies both ended up breaking while in first and second which would eventually move Clark up to second place and chasing down Woods. He would still have legend, Carl Renezeder holding down the third position.
It wasn’t long after a full course caution that the trucks were all back to racing and Clark followed behind woods waiting for a mistake and an opportunity to overcome for the lead. But it would be Woods pulling off into the hot pit that handed the patient Clark the lead.
The laps were winding down quickly and Rob MacCachren was making passes and quickly making his way up to Clark. But as the race nearing an end, Clark was able to keep his distance in front of MacCachren and crossed the last checkered flag of the season as a winner of the final PRO 2 race of the season.
Clark celebrated this win with family, crew and friends and the Las Vegas local proved that he isn’t just here to race, he is here to win.
Not long after Clark’s win he took his PRO 2 to SEMA, one of the largest automotive conventions in the U.S.. The Las Vegas Convention Center would see thousands upon thousands of people flock into the 4 day long convention. Patrick Clark would be there to greet them right out front with demonstrations of the 900 HP PRO 2 with his BFGoodrich Tires smoking out the crowd.
Patrick Clark rounded out his year by getting nominated by the Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame as a “Rising Star” in the Short Course category. Clark may have fell short at winning the award, but he now knows he is on everyone’s radar and is a top contender for the 2016 season.