Las Vegas Speed Trucks preview 2001-09-09

LAS VEGAS - Local drivers Spencer Clark and Casey Kingsland will compete in the 50-lap Mechanix Wear Speed Trucks event Saturday at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Another notable entrant in the event is NHRA Top Fuel driver Cory ...

LAS VEGAS - Local drivers Spencer Clark and Casey Kingsland will compete in the 50-lap Mechanix Wear Speed Trucks event Saturday at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Another notable entrant in the event is NHRA Top Fuel driver Cory McClenathan. Clark competes weekly in the Hitchin' Post/Exiss Legends Cars at the Bullring. The 14-year-old will pull double-duty by competing in the Speed Trucks race and the 25-lap Legends Cars main events. Clark will compete in a stock car-type division for the first time.

"I think that I'll be able to adapt to it pretty quick," Clark said. "I am excited because I want to move up and drive something bigger."

Clark began racing motorcycles at the tender age of five. While his father, TJ Clark, was competing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Spencer began racing go-karts at age 8. In four years of go-karts, Clark gained knowledge and experience that allowed the 13-year-old to move into the Legends Cars division in 2000. This year Spencer, who has nine wins, is leading the Hitchin' Post/Exiss Legends Cars point standings.

"I would like to finish in the top five," Clark said.

Casey Kingsland of Las Vegas will make his second appearance in the Mechanix Wear Speed Trucks this year at the Bullring.

The Eldorado High School junior began his racing career at age 14 racing go-karts. One year later, Kingsland moved into the Mini Stock division at the Bullring. In his rookie year, Kingsland won the Mini Stock championship. He then decided to run in the NASCAR Late Model division for the 2001 season. The young Kingsland enjoyed the experience and lessons that come with running in a division filled with experienced drivers. After a dramatic flip earlier in the season, Kingsland decided not to return to the NASCAR Late Model division and concentrated on the Mechanix Wear Truck Series.

Kingsland rented a truck and finished 15th in a 22-car field in the Mechanix Wear Speed Truck race at the Bullring in June.

"Being a rental truck we are not sure what the truck capabilities are," said Roger Kingsland, Casey's father. "This time we have time to work on it, get it where it is suppose to be. It should be a top-five truck. We know that he can get around the track fairly well."

Kingsland plans to compete in the Mechanix Wear Speed Truck Series full time in 2002 as well as attend his senior year of high school and work.

Although the quarter-mile is his forte', Cory McClenathan of Anaheim, Calif., will test his ability to turn left in the Mechanix Wear Speed Trucks main event. McClenathan, an NHRA top-fuel driver and the 12th-winningest driver in NHRA history, is used to navigating a dragster at speeds in excess if 320 mph.

The NASCAR Weekly Racing Series also will be on the racing card.

The Series includes NASCAR Late Models (40 laps), Grand American Modifieds (30 laps), Chargers (25 laps), Hitchin' Post/Exiss Legends (25 laps) and the Outlaw Stocks final points race (Twin 25-lap main events). All divisions will qualify.

Pit gates open at 1:30 p.m. and practice begins at 2:30 p.m. Spectator gates open at 5:00 p.m. and racing begins at 6:30 p.m. General admission is $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens/military personnel and $3 for children 6-12. Children five and under are free. Admission to the Stockyard is $30 per car (maximum four people, each additional person is $8). The Family Four Pack is $20 for two adults and two children.

-LVMS

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Cory McClenathan , Casey Kingsland