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Thunderhill Raceway Super Stock driver sets his sights on ASA National Championship

Clint LaFont (#3) battles Shawn Paul Lehman (#28) in Thunderhill Raceway’s Super Stock feature race.

KYLE, TX (June 12, 2009) – Clint LaFont will be heading into this weekend’s ASA A-Line Super Stock races at Thunderhill Raceway (THR) with a definite goal in mind – positioning himself to stay at the top of the West Region point standings for the Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil ASA Member Track National Championship title. So far, LaFont seems to be following in the footsteps of last year’s track and national champion, Cary Stapp, who also raced with the THR Super Stocks.

LaFont is currently leading the ASA A-Line Super Stock points’ chase at Thunderhill Raceway, which makes him eligible for the national title. Going into the race this Saturday (June 13), LaFont holds a slim 35-point lead over Shawn Paul Lehman (Manchaca, TX). 

On the regional level, LaFont’s point average is 1.2202, and he’s followed closely by Russ Ward from Meridian Speedway (Meridian, ID) with a 1.1362 point average. LaFont has finished in the Top 3 positions in all six of the feature races so far this year – capturing two wins along the way. 

LaFont is excited about leading the regional standings going into the midpoint of the 2009 season, but he’s also a bit cautious about the rest of the season. “I’m not going to get a big head about it,” commented LaFont. “I’m excited that we’re in contention for the national title at this point in the season, and I plan to continue what I’ve already been doing so far this year. When I’m racing, I block out everything except my focus on finishing the race – purposely not thinking about anything else like points or championships.”

This 26-year-old driver from Volente, TX, has been racing with the Super Stocks since 2006, and he knows he has to race cleanly to stay on top of his game. “Between my full-time job and also my part-time job as a CNC Programming Instructor at Austin Community College, I have very little time to work on my car,” added LaFont. “So, one of my main goals is to drive the car onto the trailer at the end of the night with nothing more than tire marks on the door.”

While LaFont knows that he needs to stay on top in the track point standings to compete for the national title, he realizes that he faces even more challenges on a national level.“I know I’m up against a lot of good racers across the country, but I don’t know them personally or their racing abilities. Although I really don’t know what to expect, I’m very grateful to ASA for giving us the opportunity to compete for a national title.” 

LaFont is sponsored by Navy Master Chief John Matheson and his wife Sandi who support “Go Navy.” LaFont’s Crew Chief and fellow competitor is his dad, Bobby LaFont. The elder LaFont is a racing legend and well-respected driver at Thunderhill Raceway, who also competes in the Super Stock class.

“My dad got me into racing,” said LaFont. “I started out as his Crew Chief, making all of the critical chassis adjustments, and then I decided I wanted to drive. Dad has guided me through everything associated with racing, and I’ve tried to learn his driving style by watching him methodically work his way up through the field without taking anyone out intentionally. I believe consistency and clean, hard racing will be keys to winning the championship.” 

The ASA A-Line Super Stocks will be part of the Kyle Area Chamber of Commerce Night at the Races at Thunderhill Raceway this Saturday – along with the TSRS (Texas Super Racing Series) Late Models, TSRS Allison Legacys and the Dwarf Car Racing Series of Texas.

The racing action will also feature the Thunder Stocks, Grand Stocks, Mini Stocks and NasKarts. Grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m. Qualifying is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., followed by heat races at 6 p.m. and opening ceremonies and feature races immediately afterwards. 

Thunderhill Raceway is a 3/8-mile, D-shaped asphalt oval track that’s located at 24801 IH-35, on the access road just north of San Marcos (TX) near Yarrington Road (Exit #210).  For more information on Thunderhill Raceway, visit www.thunderhillraceway.com.

By Debbie Williams, Thunderhill Raceway Media & Public Relations Diredctor

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