THOMASVILLE, N.C. – When Clint King decided to jump back in the seat of a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model for the MDCU 300 at Martinsville Speedway, he brought his motorsports passion full circle.
He seized the opportunity to drive for his childhood hero, Late Model legend Greg Marlowe.
Clint was all smiles when the final details were set for him to cliimb aboard the white and red No. 07 Chevrolet and go test. He’d done the Martinsville race before, but this was going to be different.
“I don’t imagine there are many times in someone’s life when they have the opportunity to interact with the person or people who most influenced them as a young boy,” Clint said. “That’s what makes this situation so special for me. My father and grandfather worked for Greg when I was between the ages of 1 and 5 years old. I used to watch him win Late Model races all around the region. That had a huge influence on my initial interest in motorsports and led to my decision to use the No. 07 when I started my racing career.”
Clint tested with the Marlowe team last week. He was pleased with the results and excited about being able to plug in what they learned to make the car better for the race.
“We were able to make gains throughout the test for the MDCU 300,” he explained. “I was a little concerned with our speed initially, but we steadily made gains and had the car driving really well by the end of the day. I know my Crew Chief David King and Greg will make the right improvements to have us where we need to be when we unload Saturday morning to race. I’m really excited about the opportunity to drive for Greg Marlowe in such a big event and I’d really like to bring that grandfather clock back with us when it’s over!”
Clint has spent the season competing in the K&N Pro East Series and the Late Models. His goal for 2015 is to compete full-time in the Truck Series.
“We’re working on that program right now,” Clint said. “We have an opportunity with a team that we believe would be a perfect fit for us and for the right marketing partners. We’re doing our best to make that happen. I need to get approved to run Daytona, so that’s a priority for us right now as well.”
But first, a trip down memory lane, this time from the driver’s seat of the Greg Marlowe No. 07 that he watched win races for many years. Clint is doing all he can to ensure that he can carry on the tradition and walk off with the prestigious Grandfather Clock.
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