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Cassius Clark races to IWK 250 victory

Cassius Clark, behind the wheel of the King’s Racing #13 car, raced to victory Saturday night in the annual IWK 250 at Riverside International Speedway in James River, Antigonish County. Corey LeBlanc
Cassius Clark, behind the wheel of the King’s Racing #13 car, raced to victory Saturday night in the annual IWK 250 at Riverside International Speedway in James River, Antigonish County. Corey LeBlanc - Corey LeBlanc
JAMES RIVER, N.S. —

Cassius Clark captured the checkered flag in convincing fashion Saturday night in the IWK 250 at Riverside International Speedway in James River, Antigonish County.    

Driving the King Racing team #13 car, owned by Rollie MacDonald of Pictou County, the Farmington, Maine native led most of the way in capturing the John W. Chisholm Memorial Cup. 

“It is awesome – especially after last year’s fiasco,” Clark said, while leaning on his car at the finish line, only moments after securing the win on a sweltering summer night.

The ‘fiasco’ he referred to was the final result of the 2018 race, where he crossed the finish line in top spot, but his victory was wiped away two days later when the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour announced three cars, including his #13, were disqualified for using unapproved carburetors.    

“It is great to come back and take it for sure,” Clark said.    

He credited the King Racing crew for its work, particularly in the sizzling conditions of the day.    

Clark paced the field for 209 laps.    

With the IWK 250 win, he also became the first driver to capture the three Maritime 250-lap events, which include the Toromont Cat 250 and the Speedway 660 Pro Stock 250.    

In the 20-car field, Jonathan Hicken and Craig Slaunwhite finished second and third, respectively.    

Antigonish native and hometown favourite Donald Chisholm, who won one of the five Atlantic Tiltload heat races earlier in the day, finished fourth.    

Dylan Blenkhorn, who rounded out the top-five, was the only other car that finished on the lead lap.    

Kenny Wallace, behind the wheel of the IWK Cat Car for Kids, followed up his win in 2018 with a ninth-place showing.    

Ashton Tucker picked up the Exide Batteries rookie of the race award, while Kyle Reid won the Kenny U-Pull hard charger award.    

Chisholm, whose #88 car was emblazoned with a 1971 Holman and Moody Mustang Boss 302 throw-back paint scheme in memory of his late father, driver and track founder John Chisholm, led for the bulk of the first 40 laps of the feature.    

That’s when Clark took over on the front, a spot he would not relinquish.    

By the 125th lap, when drivers took their mid-race break, the eventual winner’s lead had grown to several car lengths, with Chisholm and Hicken in second and third, respectively.    

When the race resumed, the only thing slowing Clark was the effort required in lapping several cars.    

The fast-paced, crowd-pleasing race only had four cautions, including a red flag in the 241st lap.    

On the re-start, after a lengthy delay, Clark didn’t take long in taking control while cruising to the crown.    

The next Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour race – the Lucas Oil 150 – is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 3 at Oyster Bed Speedway.    

For IWK 250 results, along with upcoming event details and coverage, visit www.maritimeprostocktour.com

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