Have you ever heard of Clint King before? Well, unless you were watching Bandolero races at Concord Motor Speedway in 2005 or Pro Challenge Series races in 2007 and 2008, or the Late Model Trucks Series in races all over North and South Carolina you wouldn?t have.
But if you were at Kingsport Speedway in Northeast Tennessee last Saturday night you would?ve seen Clint King become the youngest winner in the history if the UARA-STARS Late Model Series. You would?ve seen him hold off serious challenges from UARA veterans like second place finisher Lee Tissot and sons of NASCAR stars like Kyle Grissom and Coleman Pressley.
Clint King began racing Bandolero cars at the tender of eight. So he?s now a ?veteran? of six years of competition on some of the toughest short tracks in the South. You see, King is still only 14 years old, and a freshman at South Davidson High School, in Denton, NC.
The Courtesy Chevrolet 150 was just King?s second ever start with the UARA and his first at Kingsport Speedway. ?We hoped to maybe get a win this year, but we never thought it would happen in just the second race of the season,? said the smiling King, ?There?s a lot of tough competition here in the UARA-STARS. This is awesome, and I sure won?t ever forget capturing my first-ever win here at Kingsport Speedway.?
King qualified second fastest and started the race on the outside front row. He jumped into the lead at the drop of the green but after several early caution periods and restarts, King was as far back as third. But by the end of the first 50 laps he had regained a lead he would never give up. At one point, during a long green flag run, he held a full straightaway advantage over the rest of the field.
After a re-start due to a late race red flag for a three car crash in turn four, King held off a determined charge by Lee Tissot over the race?s last four laps and made it look easy as he streaked under the checkered flag.
King is studying Broadcast Communication in school and it showed as he was polished, poised, and comfortable in front of a microphone. In his victory lane interview he thanked his crew, he got in all his sponsors, and he thanked the fans for coming out to see him race.
So, you may have never heard of Clint King before, but you have now and the odds are you?ll be hearing and seeing more of this talented youngster in the years to come.
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