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Speed51 videos of the Oxford 250
Clark Scores Elusive
Oxford 250 Win;
Taylor Left Wondering

Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twiter: @ztevans
Oxford, ME - After a pit road miscue during a lap 179 caution relegated Taylor to 10th, Clark took the lead from Alan Tardiff and led the rest of the way for his first Oxford 250 win in 16 attempts.

Finally climbing to the mountaintop at Oxford nearly rendered Clark speechless afterwards, reflecting on a wild year on and off the race track.

"It's unbelievable. It really is. I don't know what to say. It's been a crazy year. Honestly, the fact that it's been such a crazy year is probably why we're standing here."

"It's been stressful to be a good dad, be a good husband, and be the best race car driver you can be. The fact that I've been able to slow down a ton has been huge for me and huge for my family, everything, personally."

The victory was the culmination of a year's worth of effort for the six-time PASS North champion to finally score the elusive win.

Bob Bahre, one of the most accomplished racing entrepreneurs in the Northeast. will be remembered Wednesday, July 29 during his funeral services at Oxford Plains Speedway. Race fans and friends of Bahre who are unable to attend will be able to remember his life by watching the services live on Speed51.

Click below to replay the broadcast.

Bob Bahre passed away Friday, July 24, 2020
at the age of 93.
  He will be sadly missed in
the racing community in Maine and New Hampshire.

Here at Oxford Plains we were extremely
honored to have Bob as the Grand Marshall
 of the 2019 Oxford 250.

Our thoughts and prayers are with
his wife, Sandy, son, Gary
and daughter, Terri Carleton and family.


The Mayberry Family

Oxford Plains Speedway

PASS Racing

2020 Northeast
Classic Cancelled

Event Now to Debut in 2021
Waterbury, VT and Naples, ME - American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials have announced the 2020 Northeast Classic at Loudon's New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) has been cancelled. The inaugural edition of the event will now take place on April 16 and 17, 2021.

Despite the hopes of series officials, and a previous postponement to May 8 and 9, it became clear in recent days that holding the Northeast Classic in 2020 was no longer practical. The state of New Hampshire recently extended its State of Emergency declaration, and indications are that New Hampshire's Stay at Home order will also be extended beyond the current May 4 expiration date.

Furthermore, the U.S.-Canada border remains closed to non-essential business, which would prevent the large amount of Quebec-based teams and fans who planned to attend the Northeast Classic from doing so. With the current health and safety concerns, and other postponements and uncertainty throughout the Northeast racing world making rescheduling even more difficult, the decision was made to wait until 2021 for the debut of the highly-anticipated event.

"Unfortunately, a lot of things racing-wise are beyond our control right now," ACT managing partner Cris Michaud said. "We want to race as much as our teams and fans do. However, the current circumstances won't allow for us to do so in a healthy and safe manner. Rather than continue to shuffle such a big event around and try to hit a moving target on the calendar, we've decided it's best to hold off until April 2021 and make sure the Northeast Classic has the big stage it deserves."

"Both ACT and PASS still are optimistic about eventually getting the 2020 racing season in," Michaud added. "When each of us has a better picture about when racing can start, we'll sit down and put together the best schedules that we can for everybody."

ACT and PASS teams that filed entries and reserved garage stalls for the 2020 Northeast Classic will have several alternatives. These teams can carry their reservations over to the 2021 edition or apply the funds toward another series event during the 2020 season. If a team wishes to request a refund, they can do so in writing. Please contact or to inform the respective series office which option your team has chosen.

For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963,, or visit You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.

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PASS Registered Drivers Surpasses 30
Naples, ME - 3-1-20 - With six weeks to go before the first race of the 2020 season, the number of registered drivers for Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North/National sits at 33. With an 18 race schedule starting with the Easer Bunny 150 on April 11th in Hickory North Carolina and culminating with the championship race at Seekonk October 24th, excitement is growing as the snow begins to melt away.

Leading the charge is back-to-back champion DJ Shaw out of Center Conway, New Hampshire. Shaw has been perennial contender for the PASS Championship over the past decade and hopes to make it three in a row and his fifth.

Hoping to put a stop to the Shaw reign will be New Hampshire's Derek Griffith. The youngster from Hudson narrowly missed his first PASS North Championship in 2019 by a scant 21 points and led the series with five season wins. Griffith does have the 2018 PASS National Championship on his resume, showing he is more than capable of running up front week in and week out at a variety of different tracks.

Turner's Ben Rowe has had a rejuvenation of sorts over the last couple of years showing a lot of speed and finishing a not so distant third in the 2019 championship picture. The 51-time race winner and four-time North Champion had 4 top 3 finishes in 2019, including three of them at home track Oxford Plains Speedway. Rowe is also a five-time National Champion and has a wealth of experience and a seasoned crew behind his 2020 campaign.

Perhaps the biggest wild card in the deck is teenager Gabe Brown. The 2018 Super Late Model Champion at Oxford Plains Speedway embarked on a full season of completion with PASS in 2019. Garnering five top 5's and 11 top ten's, the 17 year old driver showed he is more than capable of running at the front in one of the Northeast's most competitive touring series. With a full season under his belt, Brown is sure to see victory lane in 2020 and contend for the title in his Shaw chassis.

Ben Ashline came on strong at the end of 2019 in the P&A Racing number 99 Chevy. In five races Ashline scored a top five and a seventh place finish in the Oxford 250 before nailing down a popular victory at Lanier, Georgia in November. Ashline has long since showed speed in his various racing endeavors and as a Distance Racing employee, has learned how to adapt setups from track to track.

Scoring a pair of victories last year was Vermont's Nick Sweet and Maine's Garret Hall. While neither driver has secured a PASS Championship as of yet in their young careers, eight career wins between them and a multitude of podium finishes show they should be considered threats on a weekly basis.

Two-time Champion Travis Benjamin took a step back in the middle of the 2019 season after a slow start. The Petit Motorsports driver nailed down a weekly win at Oxford Plains before securing his third career Oxford 250 win. Benjamin scored 4 top finishes on the season and finished sixth in the season title hunt. 2020 looks to be a rebound year for the driver out of Morrill. Brandon Barker has stated his intent to run the entire North schedule in 2020. With six top 10s in a limited schedule over the past two season, the youngster from Windham is poised to make a charge for his first Pass win.

Add into the mix part time veteran drivers like Mike Rowe, Curtis Gerry, Mike Hopkins, Johnny Clark, and Eddie MacDonald along with new comers like Evan Hallstrom and Craig Weinstein and it doesn't take long to realize picking a winner week in and week out may be difficult.

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Veterans, Youngsters Making
PASS MODS Tour a Home

Naples, ME - 2-4-20 - Coming off one of the most successful years in recent memory, the PASS MODS Tour is finding a niche with new drivers and veterans alike, spurring a massive growth leading into 2020. At least nine new drivers have stated intentions on running parts or all of the 13 race schedule while the majority of last year's class is planning another campaign.

Among the returnees are last year's champion and two time winner Spencer Morse. When asked why he thought the MODS were seeing such growth Spencer said, "It's a great stepping stone for young drivers, and a great landing spot for older guys that have run out of money but still have some talent. Plus they are a ton of fun to drive, it's like a SLM and a Street Stock had a baby."
Tyler King, who joined the series on race three in 2019 made his mark by leading the series in wins, hopes to keep Morse and last year's runner up, Jairet Harrison in his rearview all season. Fans can add to that driver trio, perennial contenders like Mike Carrigan and Mark Lundblad Jr, the always popular Matty Sanborn, and youngsters Justin Larsen, Colby Benjamin, Ryan Nelson and Spencer Vaughn to the mix.

Making his return to the series after a one year absence is twice champion and 15-time race winner Ben Tinker out of New Gloucester, Maine. While Tinker has yet to commit to the entire 13 race schedule, he will surely be a contender for race wins when he is able to be present. Said Tinker about his schedule, "It's still in the works, and so much of it depends on what sponsors want to do. We will see how the first few races go and decide from there what's best."

Joining the Pass MODS this year will be a large and diverse crop of faces new and old to the racing scene. Kevin Durgin, Gary Dwinal, Ajay Cates, Dwight Moody and Mark Simond headline some names with a wide variety of experience. Rookies Ashley Beyea, Jake Madore, and Joe Day will join other new comers Tyler Fiscus, Mark Proctor, Jake Madore and Mike Nichols who has also registered a number to make a run at the tour this summer.

Add into the mix drivers like Kristina Nadeau, or her husband Bobby, Geoff Rollins who snagged a victory in 2019, and occasional appearances by the likes of Billy Dixon, Patrick Sullivan and Mike Brown and it's not hard to imagine fields as high as 25 cars at some races.

With all the new faces coupled with a healthy returning contingent, the PASS MODS Tour has become one of the fastest growing touring divisions in New England.

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2020 Oxford 250 Entries Top 40
a Full Seven Months in Advance!
Oxford, ME - 1-31-20 - The 2020 edition of the Oxford 250 has reached the highest number of entries for this time of year in nearly a decade. King Racing veteran Cassius Clark officially filed the 43rd entry for the prestigious race set to be run in the last weekend in August, nearly seven months away. This puts the pace well ahead of the last few years when the historic weekend drew 55 or more of the best Super Late Model drivers in the nation.

"We are absolutely thrilled that so many top-notch drivers are already committing to be a part of one of the biggest weekends on the Eastern Seaboard," said PASS President Tom Mayberry, "The last few 250s have had some phenomenal racing, and by the looks of our entry list so far, this year will be no exception."

Two-time race winner Ben Rowe in his familiar yellow number 4 was the first of this year's entrants even before the calendar flipped into 2020. It wasn't long after that when entries began to flood the Rte. 26 office. Northeast Legend Mike Rowe was the 20th driver to officially file his intent to compete in his 38th Oxford 250 in hopes to add to his three previous wins in three different decades.

The impressive entry list reads like a Who's Who of Super Late Model racing in the Northeast, including nine-time track champion Jeff Taylor, 2019 track champion and multi-time Pro-All Star Series (PASS) winner Curtis Gerry, and back-to-back winner Eddie MacDonald who still seeks his first 250 win in a SLM.

Making the long haul all the way from Washington State will be Super Late Model standout Garret Evans whose lone appearance in 2016 resulted in a disappointing 23rd place finish after running near the front most of the day. Local young hot shoes like Austin Teras and Josh Childs, who have both been feature winners at the famed 3/8 mile oval, promise to make the veterans earn their way, while the Canadian contingent will be represented by Cole Butcher, who has shown a tremendous amount of speed in several races.

Among the most recent entries are the likes of three-time 250 Champion Travis Benjamin, four-time PASS Champion DJ Shaw, and last year's runner up Derek Griffith who will all compete to wear the wreath at the end of 250 laps. With 43 of the best drivers in America already on the entry list, the 47th annual Oxford 250 promises to be the best yet with the entry list sure to rise in coming months.

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It is with great sorrow that we hear of the passing of Craig Murto, longtime editor and publisher of Late Model Racer magazine.

Craig passed away Thursday 1/30/2020 peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer.

Craig was a great supporter and friend of PASS. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
FRI-SUN, JAN. 10-12, 2020
at the Augusta Civic Center
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