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2013 PASS NORTH SLM CHAMPIONS


SUNDAY 4/23/17
9th at Oxford Plains Speedway

HIGHT MOTORSPORTS
2017 SCHEDULE

April 22 - Sat.
OXFORD PLAINS SPEEDWAY

June 18 - Sun.
SPEEDWAY 95

July 2 - Sun.
OXFORD PLAINS SPEEDWAY
THE OPEN
(Oxford 250 Qualifier)

August 25-27 - Fri. to Sun.
OXFORD PLAINS SPEEDWAY
THE OXFORD 250

September 23 - Sat.
WHITE MOUNTAIN MOTORSPORTS PARK
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 Clark, Hight Get the Band Back Together
 for Select PASS 2017 Races
March 24, 2017

-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51

One of the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North’s most familiar drivers will be joining forces with a familiar race team for the 2017 season. Cassius Clark of Farmington, Maine will be teaming up with Hight Motorsports, the team he won the 2013 championship with, to compete in a select number of PASS North races this season.

“I’m going to race for Hight in the select races for those guys starting off at Oxford,” Clark told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I’ve got six or seven races planned with them and then I’ll run some of the bigger races in Canada for King Racing.”

In July of 2015, two years removed from their championship run, Clark and team owner Corey Hight made the mutual decision to part ways midseason. Hight fielded a part-time effort for Trevor Sanborn the remainder of the season before making the decision to step away from racing to spend more time with family last season.

Meanwhile, Clark made his way north of the border to chase the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour schedule with team owner Rollie MacDonald and King Racing.

Now, a desire to get back to the race track will see the two parties join forces once again.

“My father,” Hight answered when asked what made him want to get back into racing. “My father loves it and he wanted to go back and run a handful of races if I could put the right deal together. We did and here we are today.”

Currently, the team plans to race all the PASS North races at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME), the PASS race at Speedway 95 (ME) and the prestigious Oxford 250. They may add one or two races beyond that depending on how things go.

Clark will be piloting the same No. 77 Port City Race Car that he drove for the team prior to their split in 2017. The team has brought in experienced crew chief Jamie Rouleau to lead their efforts this season.

“We’ve assembled a good team with those guys,” Clark stated. “We’ve got Jamie Rouleau to crew chief it and my buddy Andrew Hicken out of Canada is going to come in and help us as well. It’s the same team we had when we won the championship, all the same guys that come and help us out at the track. We have a really good group of guys, so with all of the resources they have I think we should go race those six or seven races and be in contention every race.”

After parting ways, Clark and Height remained good friends with Clark even doing a few work-related jobs for Height over the last few years. But it may have been the connection between their fathers that may have made a bigger impact in getting the band back together.

“My father and Walter, Corey’s father, are really good friends. They hang out and enjoy a few beverages together,” Clark said. “It made sense. They wanted to go racing again and everything fell into place so we could go back at it and get back to business.”

“(Cassius) was the one that my father wanted to put in the car,” Hight explained. “My dad and his dad are pretty close friends.”

For Clark, a return to PASS North racing means a return to racing closer to home. While he enjoys racing in the Maritime region and will continue to do so in 2017, he welcomes the opportunity to race closer to home.

“Racing in Canada is fun. They have great fans there and racing for Rollie is a blast with Andrew and that whole team. They’re all like family, I’ve been with them so much the past couple years, but obviously there’s a lot of travel involved with that for me,” Clark stated. “When you go to Halifax and most of those races, it’s 500 miles each way and there’s no good way to fly there. Even if it’s a one-day race, it ends up being three days out of the week. Logistics wise, it’s a lot more feasible to stay around here. Oxford is 45 minutes down the road, Bangor (Speedway 95) is 45 minutes and Beech Ridge is less than two hours. Those tracks are a lot closer.”

While there will be six or seven races on the team’s schedule this season, much of their focus will be on one race: the 44th Annual Oxford 250 in August.

“That really is what the whole deal was all about,” Hight said. “Everybody wants to win and run the 250. That was part of the deal. If (Cassius) couldn’t have raced the 250 for us, we probably wouldn’t have raced either.”

Despite being away from racing for a full season, the expectations remain high for the former championship team. With an experienced crew chief like Rouleau turning the wrenches, Hight is confident they’ll be competitive out of the gate.

“He is racing all the time down south and down here, so we have pretty high expectations,” he said. “I don’t think we should be faltering out of the gate by any means.”

Clark’s first race back behind the wheel of the Hight Motorsports No. 77 will be on April 22 for the PASS North race at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME).



 Less Racing, More Family Time
for Hight Motorsports in 2016
December 16, 2015

-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51

Two years removed from winning their first Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North championship, the No. 77 Hight Motorsports team will be cutting back their racing schedule for the 2016 season. Team owner Corey Hight informed Speed51.com powered by JEGS that his team will compete in a limited amount of races next season while he spends more time with his nine-year-old son.

“I cut way, way, way back just because of family stuff,” Hight said. “I have a nine-year-old at home. I didn’t cut back because of anyone’s performance or anybody’s anything.”

Throughout the offseason a number of rumors have surrounded Hight’s team including the complete shutdown of the race team and the possibility of a new driver replacing Trevor Sanborn. When reached for comment, Sanborn indicated that he is in contact with Hight nearly every day and will continue to drive for the team in the limited amount of races the team attempts in 2016.

“I think he’s kind of looked at his future a little bit and his son is starting to get older so he wants to hang out with him more,” said Sanborn. “I think that he’s done the racing thing a long time and I just don’t think he wants to do it full-time. There’s a lot of PASS North races on the schedule and I think it’s just too much for him and too much to find the help to do it.”

After making his decision to cut back the team’s racing schedule, Hight informed crew chief Brian Burgess of the decision so that he would have the opportunity to find work with another team next season. Despite the rumors that are swirling of a bad breakup between the two, Hight says that he and Burgess parted ways on great terms.

“Brian is still a really good friend of mine and I talk to him every day,” he stated. “I didn’t feel as though it was fair to him. I wanted him to know what I was doing so that he could go work for another team if he wanted to.

“Of course you hear all kinds of rumors about how we left on bad terms. That isn’t the case at all. I don’t want people to get that conception because it isn’t true.”

At this time, Hight has yet to determine the actual schedule or amount of races that the team will attempt next season. He has his sights set on some of the bigger events like the Oxford 250 and PASS 300 at Beech Ridge, but says that even those events aren’t locked-in dates on their schedule.

“To be 100-percent honest with you, and I’ve told Trevor this, what races I go to I have no idea at this point,” Hight explained. “I’m still trying to put some stuff together whether it be two, five or seven races who knows. I can really almost assure you it won’t be any more than two or three or four.

“A lot of that depends on my scheduling with my son and my family. I don’t want to be the dad that misses the first home run or something. I can’t. I wouldn’t be able to sleep.”

During his time away from the race track, Hight plans to spend time watching and coaching his son as he competes in youth sports. While he wants to be able to witness his son’s first home run, Hight doesn’t believe that he’ll ever have to worry about missing his first checkered flag.

“He thinks that he’s going to drive the race car someday, but I’ve got bad news for him. I don’t think grandma and grandpa are going to approve of that.”

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