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Denton, NC(September 15, 2009) -- In only his third start on the historic 3/8 mile oval in Hickory, NC, 14-year old, Clint King claimed his first career win at Hickory Motor Speedway and his third win in his rookie season.
King has had somewhat of a roller coaster rookie season in Late Model Trucks after coming off of winning a National Championship in the Pro Challenge Series, but make no mistake about it, King's talent has still been shining through. Not many rookies in any series or division have had the kind of success that King has had in just his 13th start in the bigger, heavier stock cars he now has three wins.
On Saturday night "America's Most Famous Short Track", Hickory Motor Speedway was King's playground as he had a great truck all day and in the end was able to capitalize on it. King backed-up his fast practice times with a fifth place qualifying effort, but even that wasn't as good as King felt he could have been.
"I just slipped a little there on my qualifying lap," said King. "I think we could have qualified on the pole, but I just missed it a little, but I think we'll be really good in the race."
King Gets Third Win on Third Different Track in Late Model Trucks
King's statement would be prophetic as the young driver quickly moved up to fourth and following a couple early caution flags and using the double-file restarts to his advantage found himself up to second. The double-file restart would prove to be just the thing that King needed as on a lap seven restart he used the outside line to battle with one of the tracks veteran drivers and wrestled the lead away.
As King continued to run out front under the green flag, it appeared that he was going to have it easy to the checkered flag, but a couple of late cautions made the rookie earn his stripes. Looking like a veteran, King fended off challenges from the track champion and other veterans to hang on and get his first career win on the tough little bullring.
"Those late restarts could have really cost us, but I feel like I got a good restart both times and that last one was good enough to put this Warehouse Design truck out in front all the way to the checkered flag," explained King. "Ricky(Bryant) gave me a great truck and this team worked really hard to get this win and it couldn't have come at a better place, this track has a lot of history and now we're a part of it."
Hickory Motor Speedway had been a little bit of a sore spot for King as in two previous starts in Pro Challenge and in two previous starts in the PASS Truck Series this season he hadn't found the kind of success his team has come to expect. That all changed with this win, which came in a tough race up against 15 of the best Late Model Trucks anywhere and that wasn't lost on King.
"This was a tough field, there was a lot of really good, top notch truck drivers out here tonight; That's something you look at, who you beat and to get our first Hickory win against a field like this was special."
Now with his third win in the history books, King is set to head home to Caraway Speedway, a track located just down the road from his home and this was the track where he picked up his second career win. King is excited to head back down there and is hoping to keep his momentum alive on Friday night, September 18th.
Clint is supported by Lakeside Village, located at 11500 Hwy. 8, Southmont, NC where you will find Peanut Doodles (a scrapbook/stamping shop), Robertson Realty and David Fritts Outdoors. Clint is also supported by Warehouse Design, Butler Built Seats, Circle Racing Wheels and WP Racing Shocks.
For more on Clint King and Clint King Motorsports visit www.ClintKing.com or contact Clint King Motorsports at 336-472-0289 ext. 22.