FARMINGDALE — Johnny Clark is back.

Not that the six-time Pro All Star Series North champion ever took a break from Super Late Model racing, but after a rough last two seasons, he finally appears to be back on top of his game.

“Definitely heading in the right direction, that’s for sure,” Clark said. “We worked hard a lot of hours in the winter and it seems to be paying off from where we were at this time last year.”

On June 7, Clark, of Farmingdale, broke the longest winless streak of his PASS career by taking the checkered flag at the Speedway 660 in Geary, New Brunswick, Canada — his first victory since 2012.

“Finally. That was it. Finally,” Clark said of his first thoughts after getting the win. “It was hard to just go that long without winning a race but I can look back on it and there were a lot of reasons why.

“It’s easy for me to now look back on it and figure out exactly why. We’re working so much harder. … You almost take it for granted.”

Driving the No. 54 Clark’s WESTSIDE/Butler MacMaster Performance Engines Chevrolet, Clark took the lead off a reset on lap 124 and never looked back in the final 26 laps to hold on for the win.

The track in New Brunswick has certainly been kind to Clark over the years, as he has won his previous four — and five of his last six — starts at the track.

Last Saturday’s result was the break-through performance Clark was looking for in what has already been a very strong season for the former champ.

He entered Speedway 660 coming off back-to-back, runner-up finishes at the Littleton Chevrolet Buick PASS 150 at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, N.H., and Frameco 150 at Autodrome Chaudiere in Quebec, respectively.

The recent string of success — coupled with two other top five finishes and a sixth at Beech Ridge on May 3 — has Clark squarely in the hunt for the PASS North title.

Currently he sits in second place in the standings with 1,314 points, trailing only the 1,326 put up by leader D.J. Shaw. The Center Conway, N.H., native has posted three wins and top five finishes in all six starts.

“They’re very stout,” Clark said of his competition. “The last couple years have been good for him. Back when we were winning all those races he hadn’t taken off yet. They’re definitely on their game right now.

“I can honestly say looking forward they’re going to be our biggest competition for the remainder of the year. I think that’s a given. All we can control is what we can do. If we’re going to knock him down though, we’re going to have to pick up our game.”

Also in the hunt are Mike Rowe, of Turner (1,295), Joey Doiron, of Berwick (1,258), and Travis Benjamin, of Morrell (1,238). Farmington’s Cassius Clark is currently in seventh place with 1,183.

With no races set for this past weekend, Clark took some time to relax and enjoy a Father’s Day cookout with his family.

After his recent success, however, he did admit part of him would have liked to race this weekend to maintain momentum.

“Once you’ve got a good rhythm going you just want to keep it rolling and keep it going,” he said. “A week off here and there is nice, but coming off a win I would have liked to race.”

Clark will be hoping to make it two straight wins Saturday when the PASS North series moves to Montmagny, Quebec.

The race will be a critical one for Clark and the rest of the field, as after this upcoming weekend there will be only one race — July 5 at Beech Ridge — before the series’ centerpiece race, the Oxford Hills 250 on Sunday, July 20.

Evan Crawley — 621-5640

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