(Aug. 22) - Dean Clattenburg, a native of Dartmouth, NS, who now resides in Concord, North Carolina, will be at Scotia Speedworld on August 28th for the Atlantic CAT 150 - Round 5 of the six race $560,000 1999 International Pro Stock Challenge...
(Aug. 22) - Dean Clattenburg, a native of Dartmouth, NS, who now resides in Concord, North Carolina, will be at Scotia Speedworld on August 28th for the Atlantic CAT 150 - Round 5 of the six race $560,000 1999 International Pro Stock Challenge (IPSC) Series.
Clattenburg, 28, became known to Eastern Canadian stock car fans in the early 90s as he raced first through the ranks of the weekly divisions at Scotia Speedworld then as a regular on the MASCAR Tour. Clattenburg left Nova Scotia at the end of the 1994 race season to pursue a racing career in the heart of race country - North Carolina.
"We knew we wanted to work in racing," said Clattenburg, who now works as a chassis designer at Hamke Race Cars in Mooresville, NC. "But those opportunities are few and far between in Nova Scotia. It was one of those deals where we took a risk and it worked out for us."
Clattenburg has not seen as much time behind the wheel as he'd like since he's been in North Carolina, not because of a lack of desire, but because of the most common problem the plagues racers - lack of proper financing. After finishing second in the season-long point standings at Concord Motorsports Park in 1998, he still aspires to make his mark as a driver.
"That's still what we want to do," said Clattenburg. "We just keep hoping that we'll make an impression on somebody, either a sponsor or a car owner, that will let us make the next move."
Clattenburg will drive a car he built himself last winter in North Carolina for Moncton-based Dave O'Blenis. The pieces of the puzzle to make the trip happen for Clattenburg were put together by his father, Terry Clattenburg, a four-time MASCAR champion (now retired) and long-time motorsports supporter, Jim Hallahan, who both reside in Dartmouth.
"It will be interesting to see how we do against those guys (IPSC)," said Clattenburg. "The competition up there (Northeast) has always been stiff."
He will get a chance to test his talents against a driver whose racing career was honed along the same path, at the same time, as himself, local hotshoe Scott Fraser from Shubenacadie, NS. Fraser currently leads the '99 IPSC point standings by two points over Ben Rowe from Turner, Maine. All three drivers are sons of racing veterans (Frank Fraser/ Mike Rowe respectively).
The Atlantic CAT 150 features a total purse of over $39,000 with as much as $10,500 going to the winner. Advance tickets are now on sale in Dartmouth at Amber Contracting, D & D Racing, Scotia Speedworld, Forbes Chev. Olds. and Parts for Trucks; in Halifax at Racing Around; in Bedford at Municipal Contracting and in Yarmouth at Motor Mart.