The season is quickly heating up for all competitors in the 2016 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. Patrick Clark started out with a rough opening round and was looking to push back this past weekend at Rounds 3&4 that took place at the Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park.
The stacked Pro2 class is the most anticipated race of each race weekend and with full stands from excited fans, they were all on the edge of their seats as the Pro2 class roared around the course preparing to take the green flag.
Clark would be starting in the 8th place position next to Myan spaccarelli and would have last years champion, Rob MacCachren right behind him nipping at his bumper. Green flag dropped and the 800 horsepower trucks pushed each other into the first turn in his #25 Budweiser/BFGoodrich Pro2, Clark would get by McGrath but in turn 2 he would lose two positions.
Lap one would be a mess with a pile up and debris on the course which would cause a full course caution just after one lap. On the restart, Clark would be chasing down the pack and ticking down laps when a mechanical issue ensued and Clark would find himself a lap down. The #25 would continue racing around the course to collect valuable points and end round 3.
With a good qualifying run, Clark would be lined up in the 5th starting position for Sundays round 4 race. The race started off hot and Clark would be gunning against RJ Anderson. A clean first lap would have Clark right in the middle of the pack in 6th place chasing down Anderson. After a caution early on, the restart would be as beneficial to Clark as he would still be holding down 6th place.
Holding off Rob MacCachren with 11 laps to go, Clark was running a clean race waiting for someone up ahead to make a mistake. MacCachren would make a clean pass on Clark and trying to strike back to get his position back but just missing out as MacCachren darted ahead.
Clark would continue to run his own race until 8 laps to go there would be a pile up in the only right hand turn of the course. This pile up would let Clark get around and gain two positions putting Clark up into 4th place. The laps continued to tic down and MacCachren would yet again get by Clark along with Mittag. Clark powered his truck across the finish line in 6th place.
Clark continues to make it known that he is a contender in the series and in the Pro2 class and hopes to see himself back on the podium sooner than later.
Up next the team will travel to the Utah Motorsports Campus just outside of Salt Lake City. A series favorite, this course will provide plenty of high speed, jumping and room to make passes.
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