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JESSICA CLARK FIRST FEMALE 2-TIME USAC CHAMPION
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CALIFORNIA (November 30, 2011) – 17 year-old Jessica Clark became just the third female USAC champion in history, and the first to win two championships, winning two USAC Focus Midget championships behind the wheel of the Jessica Clark Racing #44 Focus Midget.
Jessica had wrapped up her first championship of the year in the USAC SoCal Pavement Focus Midget series before the Turkey Night Grand Prix. With her sizable points lead in the USAC Western Pavement Focus Midget series, she just needed to start the race at Turkey Night to claim her second Championship.
The Westlake High School senior also becomes the latest champion to be produced from the highly-lauded Ron Sutton’s Winner’s Circle. RSWC is a driver development program based in Sacramento, Calif. that selects and develops drivers with career potential in motorsports.
Clark was racing in her third season in the USAC Ford Focus cars and competed in the entire 24 race schedule that encompassed events in Northern and Southern California along with Nevada and Arizona. Clark’s strong start to the 2011 season saw her lead the USAC National Ford Focus standings throughout the early months as well.
A second place finish in the season opener at I-10 Speedway and Clark’s first career victory at Las Vegas in April propelled her to an early lead in the USAC Western Pavement standings that proved too much for any other competitor to overcome.
Clark added five more runner-up finishes before the year was out, needing only to start Thursday’s Turkey Night Grand Prix finale at TOYOTA Speedway in Irwindale, CA to claim the championship. Clark qualified a strong ninth place out of a 24 car turnout and brought the HotRodPartsGuide.com-sponsored mount in 13th place to seal the deal on the championship.
In addition to the USAC Western Pavement Ford Focus and USAC SoCal Ford Focus crowns, Clark also finished 11th in the National Ford Focus standings and made seven starts in the NASCAR S2 Sportsman for Tim Huddleston’s High Point Racing.
All told, the busy productive season for the 17 year-old racer saw her make 31 starts with 19 top-fives and 30 top-tens.
“We are extremely proud of Jessica and her accomplishments this season,” Driver Coach Ron Sutton said. “She has met and exceeded our high expectations for her and we are already looking forward to what she will accomplish in 2012!”
Jessica Clark Racing’s plans for 2012 are determined at this time but will be announced at a later date.
Jessica Clark Racing and Ron Sutton’s Winner’s Circle thank partners: HotRodPartsGuide.com, Automotive Education Alliance, Hot Rod Hotline, Total Woman Gym & Day Spa, Justice Brothers, Racecar Factory, K&N Filters, Scribner Plastics, Allstar Performance, Sunoco Race Fuels and Star Racing Supply.
Jessica Clark Racing can be found at www.jessicaclarkracing.com
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