The NW RaceReport is pleased to announce that each month we will be recognizing passionate young racing enthusiasts for their outstanding achievements and contributions with our Motorsports Excellence “PaceSetter Profile”. It will be a way for aspiring young racers and their teams, to get the recognition they deserve and a way for race fans to meet, and find out more about their favorite drivers. Our inaugural profile, we are pleased to announce, is “Racin” Mason Smark from McMinnville, OR. Congrats to Mason and his entire Smark Family Racing team. Home club for the team, is the Portland Karting Association.
Name: “Racin” Mason Smark
HOME: McMinnville, OR
TEAM: Smark Family Racing
YEARS RACING: 2 FAVORITE DRIVER: Lewis Hamilton FAVORITE TRACK: McMinnville Raceway Park LEAST FAVORITE: Jackson County Medford, OR FAVORITE FOOD: Hot Dogs FAVORITE SHOW: Modern Marvels SPONSOR: DAVIDSON NAPA AUTO PARTS DRIVING COACH: Chris Hatch-Blackstar Motorsports CHASSIS/#: #7 Swiss Hutless ENGINE BUILDER: Tim Lawrence-Lawrence Racing Engines CREW: Paul Smark- Dad, Jennifer Smark-Mom, “Factory” Pat Munyon
Mason Smark, a young, up and coming racer from McMinnville, Oregon, is working hard at becoming one of the future stars in motor sports. With just over a years worth of experience under his belt, Smark has shown a marked improvement. The 2013 season was Mason Smarks first season in the Kid Kart division. It wasn’t long before it was apparent that he was going to need more of a challenge as he was starting to dominate the division consistently. Smark family Racing made the decision to make the move up to the Junior 1 division which is home to some of the finest junior drivers in the northwest, with many of them older and more experienced. October of 2013 was Smarks official Junior 1 debut, and his expectations were simple…”Don’t get lapped.” Smark accomplished his goal and then some as he finished third, well behind the leaders, but on the lead lap.
It was a bittersweet debut for Smark who pleased with his on the lead lap third place finish, but wasn’t thrilled that his pace was not that of the leaders, and knew he didn’t want to run that far off the pace for an entire season. So Smark, during the time most take off for some well needed R & R, spent his winter months behind the wheel, putting in all the laps he could at his home track McMinnville Raceway Park, and even ran some indoor oval track dirt events just so he could continue to stay behind the wheel…Smark fared well on the dirt bringing home a win and a runner up finish. After school and on the weekends, Smark was an ornament at the track putting in lap after lap preparing for his rookie debut in March with the NW Gold Cup Series, a regional traveling series that hits three different states and Canada. The start of the 2014 season was tough for the Smark Family Racing team breaking two rear axles in consecutive months. It would be just a minor set back for the up and coming pacesetter, because in his next nine races, Smark recorded a second, a third and seven fourth place finishes…Not bad for a driver who’s goal at the start of the season was to run mid pack consistently by season’s end. By mid-season Smark had far surpassed his goal and was as threat to win in every event he entered from mid-season on.
What started off a little rough, ended what could only be called a stellar rookie season. Mason Smark ended up runner up in the NW Gold Cup Regional point standings with two top three finishes at two of the biggest regional events in the series, a second in Tri-Cites, Washington and a third at his home track in McMinnville, Oregon. He finished third in the Oregon State Karting Championship Series point standings in Junior 1 with his shot at the title coming down to the final race of the season.. Mason Smark is a passionate, hard working young racer both on and off the track and looks to be on his way to a very successful racing career if he chooses to stick with it…and has all the makings of a quality champion… making him ProSoundAudioServices inaugural Motorsports Excellence “PaceSetter Profile”