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RAISING THE BAR
Kyle Clark Sets His Goals High for His First Full Season at Paducah International Raceway
“I always wanted to race… just never had the opportunity,” Kyle Clark commented on what led to his interest in racing. Clark grew up watching NASCAR since he was in diapers and was a huge Rusty Wallace fan. In fact, he modeled his #K2 4-Cylinder after Wallace’s old #2 Cup car.
Finally Clark’s dream became a reality when, like most young drivers, someone gave him that first opportunity to get behind the wheel. His uncle, Monty Edwards, had an extra car and asked him if he wanted to run it. “I ran it at Nebo… (I’ve) been hooked ever since.” Clark laughed.
Not surprisingly, Clark credits Monty with having the biggest influence on his racing career, “If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t been running this year, or last year,” he shared. Clark, who is a third-generation driver, has since formed Poor Boy’s Racing along with Monty; his grandfather, Gayle Edwards; and his dad, Kendall Clark. They even have their own logo.
Clark raced a very brief schedule in 2009, running only seven races total at Paducah International Raceway. It was at one of those races where Clark picked up his first victory in a Heat race. “(I) was fired up. (We) ended up second or third in the Feature… wanted to win it all. I had the want to, just didn’t have the car,” Clark recalled his excitement at picking up his first win. He also credits that win among his fondest memories of racing. “(I) thought I’d really done something… (I) was amped up,” he laughed. “I’ve been walking tall ever since.”
For the 2010 season alone, Clark had a total of 10 Heat wins, 14 Top-10 Feature finish, nine Top-Five Feature finishes, and six Feature wins to his credit. He also led the 4-Cylinder Championship points standings (before and after the divisions were split) every week for the entire season. At the Season Championships, he realized his dream of winning his first Track Championship.
Clark shared, “Points was a high goal for my first season. (To have the lead I have now) just blows my mind.”
While Clark is currently focusing on PIR and the 4-Cylinder Warrior Championship, he has also ran at Nebo and Camden this season where he posted fifth and eighth place Feature finishes respectively. “I really like Camden, but they run on Fridays. (The cars) go faster there,” he compared the tracks.
Clark continued with his thoughts on Camden, “(It) is different all together. Hot laps you think you’re doing awful, after Heats you think, I’m not doing so bad.’ And after the Feature, you’re like ‘Man that was fast!’”
Within five years Clark would like to be running something with a big motor like a Modified or a Late Model. When asked where he sees his career in 10-years, he shared, “(I’d) like to impress the right people to run a Late Model. If all else fails, I’m happy to run a 4-Cylinder. (I) just want to be racing.”
Clark currently drives the #K2 4-Cylinder Warrior sponsored by Charlie Barker’s Used Cars, Paducah Window Cleaning, and Poor Boy’s Racing.
Like most drivers, racing takes up a great deal of his time, and Clark admits, “I hear an earful about it sometimes.” When he is not behind the wheel he enjoys spending time with his young family- fiancée Amanda and their two children, daughter Keira who is almost two-years old, and son Keaton who is six-months old. He also works as a welder for James Built.
When asked if he had any thoughts on whether his children might be interested in picking up the family tradition when they are older. Clark laughed, “If I got anything to do with it (they’ll be in racing.)”
Kyle Clark is living proof that you can never set your goals too high. Come to Paducah International Raceway on Friday nights and see him raise the bar in 4-Cylinder racing as he dominates the 4-Cylidner Warrior division while chasing his first Championship.
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