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2006

Outlaw Late Models 2006 Points

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PASS Central Outlaw Late Models - Round #5 at Star 10/7

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Star Top Three: Chuck Colby, 3rd; Winner Joey Porciello; Jimmy Renfrew, 2nd.

Star Photo Gallery

Photos by Chris Roy
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Joey Porciello Captures PASS Outlaw
Late Model 100 at Star Speedway

EPPING, NH — (Oct. 7, 2006) There were 31 PASS Outlaw Late Model/Pro Stocks in the Star pits Saturday night along with over 100 other race cars. So many, in fact, that some had to pit out in the parking lot. It was a great turn out for the PASS Outlaw Late Model 100 and Round #2 of the PASS Northeast Super Stock/Sport Series/Limited Challenge Series.

Joey Porciello took the lead from polesitter Jimmy Rosenfield on lap 29, then held off a late-race charge from Jimmy Renfrew to claim the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Outlaw Late Model 100 Saturday night at Bob Webber’s Star Speedway. Porciello, of Lee, NH, started eighth on the grid and wasted little time getting to the front, taking command for the first time at lap 12. Porciello kept Renfrew, who started fifth, at bay during five restarts to claim top honors. His margin of victory was just over three-quarters of a second.

Renfrew, of Candia, NH, had an impressive effort but settled for second, while Chuck Colby, of Newcastle, Maine, finished third. Colby won the 2005 LMS title at Oxford Plains Speedway, then competed in the now-defunct Pro Stock division there in 2006. Chuck’s father, Charlie, also had a strong car all evening and came home fourth, while young hotshoe Derek Ramstrom completed the top five. Ramstrom, who turned 15 last week and leads the overall Outlaw Late Model point standings, started 12th, struggled in traffic for much of the event but finally broke free when drivers in front of him got into trouble.

“This car was just awesome tonight,” said a jubilant Porciello in Victory Lane. “My crew has been working hard to get this thing going, and they’ve really hit the setup for this place. We didn’t want to see all those cautions, I knew Jimmy was fast but he ran me clean and we had enough left to hold him off. I’m happy to win on the PASS tour, we plan to run here full-time in 2007 and this victory builds momentum for that effort.”

Renfrew was pleased with his performance and praised the competition surrounding him on this night.

“We had a strong car but just not quite enough to get by Joey,” said Renfrew. “I was hoping to get a run off the corner up high and maybe drive by him, but he was rocket-fast down on the bottom. There are a lot of fast cars in this division, driven by talented drivers. To wind up second was a great night for us, now we’ll start getting ready for the finale at Unity.”

After three quick cautions in the early going (at laps 21, 24, and 25) drivers settled in for a 44-lap green-flag run which allowed the front four cars to break away from the pack. Caution fever broke out again just before the three-quarter mark, as the cold asphalt made traction difficult at best. As the ambient air temperature dropped, passing became much more difficult.

Finishing sixth through 10th at Star Saturday were Rosenfield, Pete Fraser, Zig Geno, Jamie Swallow, and Rich Eaton. Eight of the 25 starters finished on the lead lap, while eight cautions slowed the pace. The final 12 laps were a wide-open sprint to the checkered flag. Heat winners were Rosenfield, Bobby Gahan, and Dan Bezanson.

In other action Saturday night at Star, Mike Landry won the $1000 to win 75-lap PASS Northeast Super Stock/Sport Series/Limited Challenge Series feature over Dan McKeage and Mitch Wendell. Landry and McKeage, who incidentally are cousins that race weekly at Beech Ridge, had the fans on their feet as they batted side-by-side for the top spot. Wendell, a Star Speedway regular, was ready to capitalize if the lead duo had trouble, but settled for third at the finish along with other Star regulars Ron Bolduc and Chuck Dehney who completed the top five.

The 75-lap feature was Round #2 in the three-race PASS Northeast Super Stock/Sport Series/Limited Challenge Series. McKeage claimed Round #1 at Beech Ridge on Sept. 30, with the title to be decided on PASS Championship Weekend, Oct. 21-22, at Unity Raceway in Unity, Maine.

Round #2 - PASS Northeast Super Stock/Sport Series/Limited Challenge Series

1 - 40 Mike Landry
2 - 43 Dan McKeage
3 - 21 Mitch Wendell
4 - 95 Ron Bolduc
5 - 33 Chuck Dehney
6 - 70 John Bourdelais
7 - 17 Tony Kawejszh
8 - 91 Robert Melvin Jr.
9 - 10 David Lee
10 - 77 Lee Weldy
11  -07 Tim Casey
12  - 0 Chris Sullivan
13 - 17x Pete Jaret
14 - 02 Scott Bonney
15 - 6 Adam Delucca
16 - 8 Clyde Hennessey Jr
17 - 48 Jason Gammon
18 - 35x Kris Watson
19 - 03 Tony Carrol
20 - LL George Baldwin
21 - 60 Joseph Dehney
22 - 14 Ronnie Baldwin
23 - 36 Terry Merrill
24 - 16 Tim Lord
25 - 58 Sparky MacIver
26 - 35 Bobby Nadeau
Official Finishing Order
Central DIVISION OUTLAW LATE MODELS
STAR SPEEDWAY - OCTOBER 7th, 2006
# Driver Hometown Web Site
1 04p Joey Porciello Hudson, NH -
2 55 Jimmy Renfrew Candia, NH -
3 87c Chuck Colby Newcastle,ME -
4 2 Charlie Colby Newcastle, ME -
5 35r Derek Ramstrom W. Boylston, MA Site
6 44 Jimmy Rosenfield Middleboro, MA -
7 37 Peter Fraser Nottingham, NH -
8 57 Zig Geno Canterbury, NH -
9 04 Jamie Swallow Sr. Stark, NH -
10 4 Rich Eaton Seabrook, NH -
11 21g Bobby Gahan Barrington, NH -
12 22 Mike Harnish Jr. Skowhegan, ME -
13 27 Richard Pelton Scarborough, ME -
14 66X Mike Fowler Scarborough, ME -
15 43 Bill Kimball Bennington, NH -
16 97 Walt Hammond Canaan, NH -
17 39 Rodney Brooks Hickory, NC -
18 94 Dillon Moltz Waterford, CT -
19 36 Jay Sands Seabrook, NH -
20 25 Michael Thomas Lewiston, ME -
21 5x Billy Pinkham Wiscasset, ME -
22 12 Carey Heath Essex, MA -
23 64 Danny Bezanson Plaistow, NH -
24 55m Bobby MacArthur Beverly, MA Site
25 7m George Baldwin Lowell, MA -

Heat 1: 44 - 43 - 22 - 55 - 57 - 5x - 55m - 1 - 94 - 97

Heat 2: 04x - 21 - 2 - 87 - 4 - 35r - 00 - 09 - 66x - 12 - 36

Heat 3: 65 - 39 - 37 - 25 - 04 - 7 - 27 - 38 - 87 - 5

Consi: 27 - 00 - 55m - 97 - 12 - 36 - 87 - 38 - 01 - 94 - 66x - 09

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PASS Central Outlaw Late Models - Round #3 at Canaan Fair 9/2

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Canaan Photo Gallery

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Walt Hammond Finally Takes The Home Track Checkers

(Naples, ME – September 3, 2006) Walt Hammond could walk to Canaan Fair Motorsports Complex in Canaan, NH if he didn’t have to drag a race car along, but his home track has not been good to him. In the first two PASS Central Division Outlaw Late Model Series races he finished 11th and 17th after starting in the front row for both races at Canaan and Riverside Speedway in Groveton, NH, but his brother Allen talked him into going to Canaan Saturday night since it was just around the corner and he was due for a change in luck.

Walt started fifth after taking third in his heat behind 2005 track champion Zig Geno of Canterbury, NH in the #57 and Pistol Pete Fraser of Nottingham, NH in the #37 who was fresh off a feature win last week at Canaan.

However, at the start it was Walt’s business partner Donnie Lashua of Canaan in the #08 showing his home track experience by jumping out to the lead from the outside pole. By lap 7, Fraser had tracked Lashua down and the two battled for the lead until Pete pulled up between turns one and two with motor problems, bringing out the yellow and putting an end to a great week. On the restart, the field scattered as Ben Erskine of Solon, ME in the #29 got shoved up into the marbles off turn one bringing out the second yellow.

It was Mark Patten of Belmont, NH in the #07 on the outside of Lashua for the restart with Hammond now third. Richie Bertone of Lynn, MA in the #56 and Dave Rosenfield of Middleboro, MA in the #44 did a synchronized spin between turns one and two, and on the restart Carey Heath of Essex, MA #12 got booted down the front stretch in her first time out this season and ended up in the grass with a fire under the car. The fire was quickly extinguished and Carey returned to the fray after a trip to the pits to check the exhaust system.

At lap 48, Hammond got under Patten down the backstretch as Mark’s car wobbled off turn two, and Hammond was now second. At halfway, it was Lashua, Hammond, Patten, Joey Porciello of Lee, NH in the #04p, Derek Ramstrom of W. Boylston, MA in the #35 up from 11th on the start, Geno in the #57, Jimmy Renfrew of Candia, NH in the #55, Mikey Fowler of Scarborough, ME in the #66X back to eighth after a lap two trip off turn one, Jamie Swallow of Stark, NH in the #04s, and Jimmy Rosenfield in the #44 tenth after the early spin.

By lap 58, both Porciello and Ramstrom had gotten by a fading Patten, and on lap 60 Mark spun off the backstretch as the tire finally gave up. On the restart, it was Ramstrom’s turn as his right front went down coming to the green. Everyone got by and the #35 went to the pits without bringing out a yellow and came back several laps down.

Hammond made his move on lap 76 as he went to the outside down the backstretch and beat Lashua back to the line for the lead, with Porciello now third, followed by Geno, Renfrew, Fowler, Rosenfield, Swallow, Dave Davis of White River Junction in the #28, and Chris Lyman of W. Hartford, VT in the #21L.

The final yellow came out on lap 86 as the 66x of Fowler spun off turn one, ruining a great run from the back to sixth after an earlier spin. Mikey got it going but the field had already gone by and he was a lap down.

On the restart, Porciello was outside Hammond and the two went side by side for several laps until Hammond took the lead for good. Porciello made one last run at the #97 with two to go, but at the line it was Hammond for his first win in the PASS Outlaw Late Model Series. It’s been a frustrating year for the Hammond bunch, but to finally get that first win on the tour at his home track made it that much sweeter.

Porciello was next with a fine second-place finish, followed by Geno, Renfrew, Rosenfield, Lashua, Davis, Swallow, Mike Thomas of Lewiston, ME in the #25, and Kris Lyman in the #21L tenth in his first time in an Outlaw Late Model.

Next up for the Outlaws is the Unity 100 at Unity Raceway, Unity ME on Saturday night September 9th. And then it’s the big 100 lapper combo event with the North and Central Divisions on Saturday and Sunday September 23rd – 24th as part of the 2nd Annual PASS 400 Weekend at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, ME.

Official Finishing Order
Central DIVISION OUTLAW LATE MODELS
CANAAN FAIR ASPHALT - September 2ND, 2006
- # Driver Hometown Web Site
1 97 Walt Hammond Canaan, NH -
2 04p Joey Porciello Hudson, NH -
3 57 Zig Geno Canterbury, NH -
4 55 Jimmy Renfrew Candia, NH -
5 44 Jimmy Rosenfield Middleboro, MA -
6 08 Donnie Lashua Canaan, NH -
7 28 Dave Davis White River Junction, VT -
8 04s Jamie Swallow Stark, NH -
9 25 Michael Thomas Lewiston, ME -
10 21l Kris Lyman - -
11 07 Mark Patten Belmont, NH -
12 94 Dillon Moltz Waterford, CT -
13 66x Mike Fowler Scarborough, ME -
14 29e Ben Erskine Solon, ME -
15 12 Carey Heath Essex, MA -
16 35 Derek Ramstrom W. Boylston, MA Site
17 87 Dave Bitondo Ashby, MA -
18 56 Richie Bertone Lynn, MA -
19 48 Ken Haley Nashua, NH -
20 22 Mike Harnish Jr. Skowhegan, ME -
21 37 Peter Fraser Nottingham, NH -

Heat 1 - 37 - 57 - 97 - 55 - 04s - 35 - 04p - 22 - 56 - 94 - 87

Heat 2 - 08 - 07 - 29e - 25 - 44 - 12 - 28 - 21 - 66x - 48

PASS Central Outlaw Late Models - Round #2 at Riverside 8/5

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Patten Survives Wild PASS Outlaw 100 at Riverside

(Naples, ME – August 6, 2006) Mark Patten of Belmont, NH brought his #07 PASS Outlaw Late Model series car to Riverside Speedway, Groveton, NH on Friday to take advantage of the open practice before the big Monster Mayhem show that kicked off Summerfest 2006. However, after only ten laps of practice the Patten team was loading up and heading for home to replace a blown motor. Fifteen year old Derek Ramstrom brought the #35 Charter Communications/West Boylston Auto Parts Monte Carlo all the way from West Boylston, MA to also get some seat time at the tough Groveton oval, but he spent most of the day in the pits working on a leaking transmission.

However, when the green flew on Saturday night, Ramstrom started in fifth and Patten was in the back of the 24-car field in 17th after some problems in his heat race. The kid and veteran were to meet later in the night.

When the green flew in front of the second big crowd in two nights, it was Walt Hammond in the #97 and Chris Staples in the #5 bringing the field of 24 to the flag. However, the green was not out for long as we had three cautions in the first five laps for spins and minor tangles at the back, including one that sent Patten and the #07 to the pits for a quick repair to the hood after he got caught up in someone else’s mess.

The boys settled down and clicked off some laps with Hammond and Staples going side-by-side for a number of laps until the #97 pulled ahead bringing young Jamie Swallow, Jr of Stark, NH in the #1 with him much to the delight of the local crowd. At the 25-lap mark, it was Hammond, Swallow, Staples, Jimmy Rosenfield of Middleboro, MA in the #44, and Derek Ramstrom in the #35.

At lap 34, Donnie Lashua of Canaan, NH slowed after banging the front stretch wall and bending his front end enough to cause him to pull the #08 to the pits for the night.

At the halfway mark, it was still Hammond and Swallow, followed by Rosenfield, Jimmy Renfrew of Candia, NH in theR&R Public Wholesale/Allen Motors #55 up to fourth, Ramstrom fifth, Staples back to sixth, and Patten’s #07 seventh making it into the top ten from the back after pitting early.

After a yellow for a spin on lap 51 in turn four by the #57 of Zig Geno of Canterbury, NH who was fighting a damaged car all night after a lap four incident sent him to the pits with major damage, Renfrew moved to third on the outside of Rosenfield on the restart.

Another batch of yellows for one car spins and for two cars intentionally brining out the yellow for stopping on the track, and the subsequent one-lap penalties, slowed things, and on lap 61 Ramstrom went around in turn four off the bumper of another car, but the kid got it going and rejoined the field at the back.

Renfrew moved to second past Swallow on lap 64, and on lap 69 Hammond and Renfrew, running one-two, tangled on the backstretch, with Staples getting the worst of it as everyone went spinning and Hammond limping to the pits with a flat right front and some body damage. Swallow avoided the mess to claim the lead, and Ramstrom and Patten drove through the middle of all the smoke to second and third, with Mark Belanger of Whitefield, NH in the #99 fourth, and the veteran Rosenfield just riding in fifth waiting for the money laps. Pete Fraser of Nottingham, NH in the Nottingham Fuels #37 was sixth, followed by Dillon Moltz of Waterford, CT in the #Beebe Realty #94, and the #97 of Hammond.

On lap 75, Hammond hit the front stretch wall and went for a wild ride down the front stretch and off turn one, putting an end to a night that showed so much promise early. The crowd let out a collective groan as local favorite Jamie Swallow, Jr had a flat and had to pit while leading, handing the lead to Patten.

With ten to go it was Patten with Ramstrom right on his heels. However, a lapped car who had been shown the passing flag tried to get under Ramstrom in turn three with his left sides in the grass finally spun the #35 coming out of turn four sending the kid to the front stretch wall with the #66X of Mike Fowler of Scarborough, ME climbing over the #35 as he had no place to go. Two good cars were wrecked and Rosenfield went to the pits as well for the night after a great run in the top five all night.

On the restart, Patten held off Renfrew, with Belanger third. Swallow made his way back to fourth, Fraser in the #37 quietly fifth for another top ten, and young Dillon Moltz sixth to nail his first top ten after taking a few weeks off the get the car straight.

From a blown engine in Friday practice to the win on Saturday was more than Mark Patten expected. After the race Mark said that he was tight and wasn’t sure he could have held the #35 off, but that’s why we race the full 100 laps. You never know what will happen.

Official Finishing Order
Central DIVISION OUTLAW LATE MODELS
RIVERSIDE SPEEDWAY - AUGUST 5th, 2006
# Driver Hometown Web Site
1 07 Mark Patten Belmont, NH -
2 55 Jimmy Renfrew Candia, NH -
3 99 Marc Belanger Whitefield, NH -
4 1 Jamie Swallow Jr. Stark, NH -
5 37 Peter Fraser Nottingham, NH -
6 94 Dillon Moltz Waterford, CT -
7 01x Skip Decker Cheserville, ME -
8 22 Mike Harnish Jr. Skowhegan, ME -
9 25 Michael Thomas Lewiston, ME -
10 48 Ken Haley Nashua, NH -
11 87 Dave Bitondo Ashby, MA -
12 35 Derek Ramstrom W. Boylston, MA Site
13 44 Jimmy Rosenfield Middleboro, MA -
14 66X Mike Fowler Scarborough, ME -
15 4 Rich Easton Seabrook, NH -
16 57 Zig Geno Canterbury, NH -
17 97 Walt Hammond Canaan, NH -
18 5 Chris Staples Brunswick, ME -
19 20 Brian Henry Wentworth, NH -
20 08 Donnie Lashua Canaan, NH -
21 04 Jamie Swallow Sr. Stark, NH -
22 28 Dave Davis White River Junction, VT -
23 3 Kraig Coffin Uxbridge, MA -
24 21 Matt Pepin Wentworth, NH -
DNS 36 Jay Sands Seabrook, NH -

TD Banknorth 250 - Oxford Plains Speedway- July 30

How about the effort of the PASS Outlaw Late Model Series regulars at the TD Banknorth 250.
Ryan Dean, Paul White, and Matt Lee all made the 40-car field out of the 87 cars that filed entries and the 83 that made a qualifying attempt, and Ryan won the fifth heat. Great job. And we can’t forget Richard “Bubba” Pelton, the winner of the inaugural Outlaw Late Model race at the PASS 400 Weekend at Beech Ridge last September, who also put his green #27 into the field.

PASS North Outlaw Late Models - Round #4 at Unity Raceway 7/9

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Derek Ramstrom, 3rd; Winner Gary Norris, and Matt Lee, 2nd.
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Unity Photo Gallery

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Gary Norris, Jr Bests PASS Outlaws At Unity

(Naples, ME – July 10, 2006) It was obvious that Gary Norris, Jr was seriously looking for a big change when he rolled out a brand new Outlaw bodied #03 at Unity Raceway, Unity, ME for the PASS Outlaw Late Model North Division 100 on Sunday evening July 9th. The first two races in the North division were not kind to the W. Gardner, ME runner. At the first race of the season at Unity he finished 14th, and Gary finished 20th at Speedway 95 in Bangor, ME when he got booted under caution on lap five and ended up down the frontstretch embankment. He recovered for a third at the second Unity race, but that wasn’t good enough, and so out came the orange Outlaw bandit.

Gary won the second heat and started the 100 lapper second outside of young Derek Ramstrom of W. Boylston, MA, the winner of the first heat and fresh off his first victory in the inaugural PASS Outlaw Late Model Central Division race at Canaan last week.

Norris and Ramstrom went side by side for the lead until lap three when the #02 of Greg Morris of St Albens, ME, the #33 of Craig Anderson of S. China, ME, and the #23 of Randy Hogan of Milford, Me tangled off turn four with Hogan ending up in the ditch and on the hook. In a show of sportsmanship, Randy waved to the crowd as he sat in the window as the car was towed down the frontstretch. Anderson and Morris returned, but Hogan was done for the night.

On the restart, it was Ramstrom jumping out front, but on lap seven Norris got to the inside entering turn three and took the lead, bringing current point leader Matt Lee of Albion, ME in the #00 with him.

Norris and Lee pulled away as Ramstrom and Ben Erskine of Solon, ME in the #29E battled for 13 laps for third. It was Erskine on the inside and Ramstrom with the momentum on the outside until Erskine’s tires started to get tired down on the inside groove. When Erskine fell back, Mike Harnish, Jr of Skowhegan, ME in the #22 took his turn in the battle for third, but Ramstrom held him off too after a nine lap battle.

The front three of Norris, Lee, and Ramstrom pulled away from the rest of the field and started clicking off the laps. On lap 56, the second caution of the night came out as Craig Anderson spun off turn four. Caution s breed cautions, and on lap 57 George Fernald, Jr of Benton, ME in the Outlaw-bodied #91 spun coming out of turn four. Harnish pitted under the caution out of fourth with mechanical problems that only got worse as the laps ticked off.

At the 75 lap mark, it was still Norris, Lee, Ramstrom, and Erskine as the only cars on the lead lap, with Joe Decker of Cheserville, ME in the #01 and Jay Sands of Seabrook, NH in the #36 a lap down in fifth and sixth. It remained that way to the end, and the popular Norris drove the very pretty orange #03 Outlaw into Victory Lane for his first win.

Official Finishing Order
NORTH DIVISION OUTLAW LATE MODELS
UNITY RACEWAY - JULY 9th, 2006
# Driver Hometown Web Site
1 03 Gary Norris W. Gardner, ME -
2 00 Matt Lee Albion, ME -
3 35 Derek Ramstrom W. Boylston, MA Site
4 29e Ben Erskine Solon, ME -
5 01 Joe Decker Cheserville, ME -
6 36 Jay Sands Seabrook, NH -
7 5 Chris Staples Brunswick, ME -
8 25 Michael Thomas Lewiston, ME -
9 22 Mike Harnish Jr. Skowhegan, ME -
10 125 Brad Bellows China Village, ME -
11 33 Craig Anderson South China, ME -
12 91 George Fernald Jr. Benton, ME -
13 15m Frank Moulton Unity, ME -
14 02 Gregory Morse St. Albens, ME -
15 23 Randy Hogan Milford, ME -

Heat 1 - 35 - 5 - 00 - 33 - 25 - 23 - 02 - 36

Heat 2 - 03 - 91 - 29 - 125 - 22 - 01 - 15

PASS Central Outlaw Late Models - Round #1 at Canaan Fair 7/2

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L to R: Michael Thomas, 3rd; Winner Derek Ramstrom; & Mike Fowler, 2nd.
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Photos by Chris Roy
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Fireworks Everywhere at PASS Outlaw Late Model 100

(Naples, ME – July 3, 2006) It finally happened. The first PASS Outlaw Late Model Central Divison 100 is in the books. It took three attempts to get the race in at Canaan Fair Motorsports Complex, Canaan, NH, but it was worth the wait for several drivers.

A great field of 29 cars attempted to qualify through three heats and a consi for the 25 starting spots in the 100 green-flag lap race prior to the big Celebrate America Fireworks show. The local racers showed the way with Walt Hammond of Canaan and Donnie Lashua of Enfield, NH taking the first two heats and the front row for the 100 lapper. In row two it was the winner of the third heat and 2005 Canaan Pro-Stock champion Zig Geno of Canterbury, NH and Brunswick, ME driver Chris Staples in the #5. Canaan regulars Chris Curtis of Rutland, MA and Brian Henry of Lebanon, NH made up the third row. The consi went to Jimmy Rosenfield of Middleboro, MA.

Lashua and Hammond traded the lead over the first few laps, and then things settled down as Hammond took the lead and ticked off 18 laps until the 37 of “Pistol Pete” Fraser of Nottingham, NH got helped up into the marbles in turn one, taking Mike Fowler of Scarborough, ME in the # 66X with him.

A series of yellows over the next ten laps claimed the #99 of Marc Belanger of Whitefield, NH, who took a wild ride off turn two, the #4X of Peter Jarvis of Ascutney, VT, and the #04 of Joey Porciello of Lee. NH.

On lap 36, Geno moved to second past Lashua, with Staples fourth, Curtis fifth, Fowler back to sixth, Mark Patten of Belmont, NH in the #07 seventh, and Jimmy Renfrew of Candia, NH in David Joyce’s #55 eighth.

At the halfway mark, Mike Harnish of Skowhegan, ME in the #22 tangled with young Kraig Coffin of Uxbridge, MA in the #3, sending both to the pits. It was still Hammond and Geno battling for the lead, but on the restart Geno broke and Lashua took second. A lap later, Fowler took second from Lashua, with Curtis and Staples in behind. Over the next several laps, Fowler and Lashua traded place as Hammond pulled away to a three car-length lead.

On lap 74, Henry in the #20 checked up in turn four and got booted to the infield. On the restart, it was still Hammond, but some experienced faces were asserting themselves into the top ten. Rosenfield was up to fourth, Renfrew to sixth, Dale Shaw in the #60 seventh, and the #35 of Derek Ramstrom of W. Boylston, MA patiently up to eighth from his 18th-place starting spot.

On lap 82, Geno spun off turn one after returning from the pits and the yellow flew again. On the restart, the fireworks really started as Hammond and Fowler banged together off turn two and the top seven cars were all involved. Staples limped to the pits along with Shaw who had the entire driver’s side door peeled off, Renfrew, and Curtis. Rosenfield and Hammond, who both went off on the hook, were done for the night. Fowler escaped the carnage and rejoined the field at the back of the pack.The veteran Patten and the rookie Ramstrom scooted through the mess along with Mike Thomas of Lewiston, ME in the #25 and Dillon Moltz of Waterford, CT in the #94

While under caution, Staple, Geno, and Renfrew rejoined the field, and Patten went to pits and was done for the night with heat exhaustion. With 18 laps to go it was Derek Ramstrom leading the field to the green. Ramstrom had to survive two more restarts and challenges by Fowler, Staples, and Thomas, but the kid had what it took to hold them off as he took the checkers for his first win in an Outlaw Late Model car.

It was not a real surprise to some observers to see the 15 year-old holding the checkers in Victory Lane. He has been racing in Quarter Midgets since he was six and last year was a winner in the Allison Legacy Series. So far in 2006, he has a fourth, a third, and second in his last three races, including a fourth at Unity on June 18th in a PASS Outlaw Late Model Series Northern Division race following a ninth at Bangor’s Speedway 95 after he was running fourth with one to go and suffered a mechanical failure. In four PASS Outlaw Late Model races he has finished out of the top ten only once, and that was 11th at Unity in April in his first visit to “Maine’s Toughest Oval.”

In weekly series PASS Outlaw Late Model races at Canaan, he has a second and an eighth in the two races that have been run so far in a rain-soaked season.

While it was raining everywhere in New England on June 9th, Derek took two exams in high school on that Friday morning and then jumped into the hauler with his dad and crew and drove to Florence, SC to attempt to qualify for the PASS Super Late Model South Series race the next day at Florence Motor Speedway. Derek made the show, but got caught up in someone else’s wreck. The win Sunday, his performance so far in 2006, and this kind of drive and determination to learn and to get seat time against the best shows that this kid’s a racer.

Official Finishing Order
Central DIVISION OUTLAW LATE MODELS
CANAAN FAIR ASPHALT - JULY 2ND, 2006
# Driver Hometown Web Site
1 35 Derek Ramstrom W. Boylston, MA Site
2 66X Mike Fowler Scarborough, ME -
3 25 Michael Thomas Lewiston, ME -
4 5 Chris Staples Brunswick, ME -
5 37 Peter Fraser Nottingham, NH -
6 94 Dillon Moltz Waterford, CT -
7 55 Jimmy Renfrew Candia, NH -
8 26 Chris Curtis Rutland, MA -
9 57 Zig Geno Canterbury, NH -
10 28 Dave Davis White River Junction, VT -
11 97 Walt Hammond Canaan, NH -
12 44 Jimmy Rosenfield Middleboro, MA -
13 08 Donnie Lashua Canaan, NH -
14 60 Dale Shaw Center Conway, NH -
15 07 Mark Patten Belmont, NH -
16 20 Brian Henry Wentworth, NH -
17 04x Joey Porciello Lee, NH -
18 3 Kraig Coffin Uxbridge, MA -
19 22 Mike Harnish Jr. Skowhegan, ME -
20 4 Rich Easton Seabrook, NH -
21 4x Peter Jarvis Ascutney, NH -
22 21 Matt Pepin Wentworth, NH -
23 04 Jamie Swallow Stark, NH -
24 99 Mike Bolanger Whitefield, NH -
25 36 Jay Sands Seabrook, NH -

DNQ - 87 Mike Bitando, 48 Ken Haley Jr., 71 Graylin Bonner, 84 Billy Dugan

Heat 1 - 97 - 5 - 37 - 22 - 60 - 04x - 44 - 21 - 84

Heat 2 - 08 - 26 - 55r - 4x - 04 - 99 - 87 - 48 - 28 - 07
Heat 3 - 57 - 20 - 66x - 3 - 25 - 35 - 36 - 94 - 71
Consi - 44 - 36 - 21 - 07 - 48 - 94 - 28 - 71

PASS North Outlaw Late Models - Round #3 at Unity Raceway 6/18

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Official Finishing Order
NORTH DIVISION OUTLAW LATE MODELS
UNITY RACEWAY - JUNE 18th, 2006
# Driver Hometown Web Site
1 00 Matt Lee Albion, ME -
2 9 Tim Turner Freedom, ME -
3 03 Gary Norris W. Gardner, ME -
4 35 Derek Ramstrom W. Boylston, MA Site
5 36 Jay Sands Seabrook, NH -
6 29c Scott Chubbuck Wiscasset, ME -
7 5x Billy Pinkham Wiscasset, ME -
8 22 Mike Harnish Jr. Skowhegan, ME -
9 125 Brad Bellows China Village, ME -
10 73 Mark Dodge Anson, ME -
11 23 Randy Hogan Milford, ME -
12 01 Joe Decker Cheserville, ME -
13 02 Gregory Morse St. Albens, ME -
14 33 Craig Anderson South China, ME -
15 15w Paul White Corinna, ME -
16 5 Chris Staples Brunswick, ME -
17 15m Frank Moulton Unity, ME -
18 91 George Fernald Jr. Benton, ME -
19 94 Dillon Moltz Waterford, CT -
20 48 Ken Haley, Jr. Nashua, NH -
21 39 Rodney Brooks Thomaston, ME -
22 29e Ben Erskine Solon, ME -
23 25 Michael Thomas Lewiston, ME -
            Matt Lee Again at Unity in PASS Outlaw Late Models

(Naples, ME – June 18, 2006) Matt Lee of Albion, ME led the first and last laps of the Hight Chevrolet PASS Outlaw Late Model Series 100 at Unity Raceway, Unity, ME Sunday afternoon, but the story is what happened in between.

Lee and Tim Turner lead the 23 car field to the green with Lee taking the lead in turn three to lead the first lap. Mike Harnish moved the #22 past Turner on lap four and settled in behind Lee. After a spin off the backstretch by Greg Morse in the #02 on lap 8, Harnish took the lead as he powered past Lee down the backstretch.

After a series of yellows for minor spins slowed the race, Lee took the point again on lap 20 with Turner back up to second as Harnish slipped back. Scott Chubbuck in the Cushman #29X, Paul White of Corinna, ME in the #5W, the winner at the Speedway 95 race, and Derek Ramstrom of W. Boylston, MA in the #35 all settled in at the head of the field.

The action settled down until Jay Sands of Seabrook, NH in the #36 was turned around in turn 4 on lap 44, but the second-place in the point’s runner got going quickly and stayed on the lead lap. On the restart, Paul White moved into second, but his run came to an abrupt end several laps later when he spun off the frontstretch under the flag stand.

At the halfway mark, it was still Lee, with Turner second, Billy Pinkham of Wiscasset in the 5X third, Gary Norris, Jr of W. Gardner quietly up to fourth from his 19th-place starting spot in the #03, and young Ramstrom fifth.

In the meantime, Harnish was making his way back to the front, and after a long green-flag run he was back to second on lap 84 when the #73 of Mark Dodge slid off turn three. On the restart, Turner followed Lee on the inside and took second back from Harnish, with Pinkham, Norris, and Ramstrom next in line.

On lap 93, Harnish slowed on the frontstretch with a fuel pickup problem and slipped backwards, ending a great run for the veteran from Skowhegan.

At the checkers, it was Lee for his second win at Unity in the Outlaw Late Models, which further solidified his lead in the points. Turner was second, Norris third in his best run of the season with new colors in an attempt to change his luck, Ramstrom fourth showing everyone that he’s for real after a second at Canaan Saturday night, Jay Sands back up to fifth after the earlier spin to protect second place in the points behind Lee, Chubbuck, Pinkham, and Harnish holding on for eighth with the fuel pickup problem, Bellows, ninth, and Dodge tenth.

Next up for the PASS Outlaw Late Models is the first race in the Central Division at Canaan Motorsports Complex, Canaan, NH on Sunday July 2nd in the 100 green-flag lap Firecracker Special as part of the big Fireworks Weekend on the awesome asphalt at Canaan. Matt Lee, Jay Sands, Derek Ramstrom, Chris Staples, and a number other Northern Division competitors will be making the trek over the mountains to battle with Donnie Lashua, Walt Hammond, Mark Patten, and all the other Canaan Outlaw Late Model regulars.
Outlaw Tire Rule Change as of 6/18: Effective with the Outlaw North Division race at Unity Raceway, Unity, ME on Sunday, June 18, 2006, the tire rule has changed. Because of logistics issues due to the number of rainouts, cancellations, and rescheduled events, teams will be able to buy four new tires this weekend at Unity. Competitors will be allowed to choose to turn in one or two tires for the next race. This is not a requirement, it’s an option. This procedure will be reviewed after the Unity race.
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Official Finishing Order
NORTH DIVISION OUTLAW LATE MODELS
SPEEDWAY 95 - May 28th, 2006
# Driver Hometown Web Site
1 15w Paul White Corinna, ME -
2 54 Ryan Deane Winterport, ME -
3 59 John Phippen Bar Harbor, ME -
4 19s Duane Seekins Stockton Springs, ME -
5 5x Billy Pinkham Wiscasset, ME -
6 36 Jay Sands Seabrook, NH -
7 02 Gregory Morse St. Albens, ME -
8 00 Matt Lee Albion, ME -
9 35 Derek Ramstrom W. Boylston, MA Site
10 01 Joe Decker Cheserville, ME -
11 29e Ben Erskine Solon, ME -
12 23 Randy Hogan Milford, ME -
13 5 Chris Staples Brunswick, ME -
14 94 Dillon Moltz Waterford, CT -
15 15m Frank Moulton Unity, ME -
16 25 Michael Thomas Lewiston, ME -
17 39 Rodney Brooks Thomaston, ME -
18 33 Craig Anderson South China, ME -
19 55m Bobby MacArthur Beverly, MA Site
20 03 Gary Norris W. Gardner, ME -
21 22 Mike Harnish Jr. Skowhegan, ME -
22 91 George Fernald Jr. Benton, ME -

Heat 1:   54 - 15w - 23 - 22 - 29 - 36 - 25 - 02 - 91 - 15m

Heat 2:   03 - 19s - 39 - 35 - 00 - 5x - 01 - 5 - 33 - 55m - 59

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Paul White Top PASS Outlaw at Speedway 95

(Naples, ME – May 28, 2006) Ryan Dean of Winterport, ME and Gary Norris, Jr of West Gardner, ME brought the field of PASS Outlaw Late Models to the green for the second round of the Northern Division season. Dean jumped out to the lead, but a quick yellow on lap five for a spin by Mike Harnish’s #22 ended Norris’ day when he was hit from behind as the field checked up coming to the yellow and spun down over the frontstretch banking. George Fernald, Jr of Benton, ME, the Northern Division point’s leader, pulled off after only one lap with mechanical problems that ended his day and opened the point’s lead to a number of drivers.

Dean, with two victories at Speedway 95 already this season, set sail on the restart with Paul White of Corinna, ME in the #15M up to second from his third-place starting spot. Dean and White pulled away from “Rocket Rodney” Brooks from Thomaston, ME in the #39 and Matt Lee of Albion, ME in the #00, with the 5X of Billy Pinkham of Wiscasset and the #35 of young Derrick Ramstrom of W. Boylston, MA battling for fifth.

On lap 12, White motored past Dean for the lead, but Dean came back on the outside to regain the top spot on lap 19, only to have White take it back on lap 21.

Meanwhile, the 21st-place starter “Big John” Phippen from Bar Harbor in his well-known #59 was working his way to the front. At lap 30, he was up to fifth and closing. After a tangle in turn two between the third- and fourth-place cars of Lee and the #39 of Brooks sent Brooks to the pits for the day, Big John was sitting third on the restart on lap 34. He quickly disposed of Dean and closed in on White.

Mike Thomas of Lewiston in his #25 took a wild ride into the turn three tire barrier on lap 43 after a three-wide down the backstretch turned into a three-wide into the corner.

After a lap 45 spin off turn four by Ben Erskine’s 29 of Solon, ME, the #59 took the top spot in one lap. On lap 47, White fought back at the line, but a lap later Phippen pulled away by a car length. At halfway, it was Phippen, White, Lee, Dean, and Ramstrom in the top five.

On lap 59, White pulled up to Phippen on the inside in turn two, and the two drag-raced down the backstretch. They kept at it for a half dozen laps until White pulled ahead, only to have Phippen reclaim the lead two laps later. After a spin on lap 76 in turn one by Lee, and a trip to the pits for new rubber, White took the lead on the restart from the outside with Dean following him through for second. Phippen said after the race that his tires were used up and he had nothing for White at the end. In fact, he almost fell into the clutches of Ramstron who was up to fourth and headed for a top five finish in only his second race in an Outlaw Late Model after a great 2005 in the Allison Legacy Series.

With ten to go, White was out front by four lengths over Dean, with Phippen hanging on to third, Ramstrom fourth, the #19S of Duane Seekins of Stockton Springs, ME in a steady run to fifth, Pinkham was sixth, Jay Sands of Seabrook, NH in the #36 seventh, Lee back up to eighth, the #02 of Greg Morse of St Albans, ME ninth, and the #01 of Joe Decker of Chesterville, ME tenth.


At the white flag, Ramstrom’s #35 made a big pop as he crossed the line and coasted to a stop at the entrance to pit road, dropping him to ninth and ending a top five run for the youngster. At the checkers it was White, Dean, and Phippen with the podium finishes.


Next week, on Saturday night June 3rd, it’s the Central Division of the PASS Outlaw Series at Canaan Fair Speedway, Canaan, NH for the makeup of the rained-out May 21st season opener.

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Finishing Order
Unity Raceway - Sunday, April 30, 2006
# Driver Hometown Web Site
1 00 Matt Lee Albion, ME -
2 91 George Fernald Jr. Benton, ME -
3 29e Ben Erskine Solon, ME -
4 5x Billy Pinkham Wiscasset, ME -
5 36 Jay Sands Seabrook, NH -
6 5 Chris Staples Brunswick, ME -
7 15 Frank Moulton Unity, ME -
8 01 Joe Decker Cheserville, ME -
9 02 Gregory Morse St. Albens, ME -
10 55m Bobby MacArthur Beverly, MA Site
11 35 Derek Ramstrom W. Boylston, MA Site
12 94 Dillon Moltz Waterford, CT -
13 04 Jamie Swallow Stark, NH -
14 03 Gary Norris W. Gardner, ME -
15 23 Randy Hogan Milford, ME -
16 25 Michael Thomas Lewiston, ME -
17 33 Craig Anderson South China, ME -
18 73 Mark Dodge - -
19 22 Mike Harnish Jr. Skowhegan, ME -
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(Naples., ME -- April 30, 2006) George Fernald, Jr of Benton, ME and Gary Norris, Jr of W. Gardner, ME won the opening day heats in the Hight Chevrolet 106 at Unity Raceway, the first PASS Outlaw Late Model Series race in the Northern division for the 2006 season.

2006  Outlaw Late Model Points HERE

Over the first fifteen laps, Fernald and Norris couldn’t decide who was going to lead as they took turns at the point. On lap 26, Fernald finally pulled away and settled into the lead with Norris a car length behind.

On lap 38, many-time Unity winner Matt Lee of Albion, ME brought the #00 around the outside and took the lead from Fernald coming off turn four and started to stretch it out.

At the halfway mark, it was Lee, Fernald, Norris, Ben Erskine of Solon, ME in the #29, Jay Sands of Seabrook, NH in the #36, the “Showstoppa” Bobby MacArthur of Beverly, MA in the #55m, Billy Pinkham in the #5x, young Derrick Ramstrom of W. Boylston, MA in the #35, Chris Staples, of Brunswick, ME in the #5, and Jamie Swallow of Stark, NH in the #04.

Some of the best racing was for fifth as Sands and MacArthur went at it lap after lap until Sands would pull ahead, but MacArthur would be right back again for another try. This went on for over 20 laps.

On a lap 69 restart, Norris took second from Fernald as the #91 started to experience clutch problems and had to restart in high gear. On a lap 73 restart after the #02 of Greg Morse of St. Albans, ME and the #5 of Chris Staples got together on the backstretch, Fernald was slow and the field stacked up coming to the line. Bobby MacArthur got a good run on the outside and went around Jay Sands and Ben Erskine for third. However, he gave it all back as he got high in turn one and slipped back to seventh.

Norris was not giving up and on lap 82 he got by Lee only to have Lee reclaim the lead several laps later. Then on lap 86, Norris started to slow and lost positions quickly as the filed streamed by. He pulled off on lap 88 and was through for the day with a mechanical problem.

On lap 91, Pinkham in the 5x made his way past Sands to third with Staples and MacArthur close behind. With ten to go it was still the Matt Lee show, with Fernald, Pinkham, Erskine, Sands, MacArthur, and Staples close behind.

MacArthur got under Sands down the backstretch on lap 102 as he gave it one last try, but he couldn’t hold it and washed up into Sands in turn three. Sands was able to save it, but MacArthur went around and dropped back to 10th before he got going again.

At the finish, it was Lee, Fernald, and Erskine coming back to nip Pinkham at the line for the podium finish. Sands was fifth, Staples sixth, Frank Moulton form Unity in the #15 seventh, Joe Decker from Chesterfield, ME in the #01 eighth, Greg Morse in the #02 ninth, and MacArthur tenth. And a tip of the PASS hat to Derrick Ramstrom and Dillion Moltz, two young graduates of the Allison Legacy series who equipped themselves very well in their first start in the big cars. Derrick finished eleventh and Dillion was twelfth.

The Outlaw Late Model Series will open the Central Division Series at Canaan Speedway, Canaan, NH on Sunday afternoon May 21st with many of the teams at Unity making the trip over the mountain to Canaan, including Matt Lee who told everyone in Victory Lane that Canaan is his next show.

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