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Canaan Fair Speedway - Sunday, September 4th
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Its Ben Rowe Before A Big Crowd At Canaan
(Naples, ME September 5, 2005) The IBG-PASS 150 at Canaan Fair Speedway on Sunday evening didnt disappoint the biggest crowd local police said they had seen at the speedway in ten years.
With the point leaders, Ben and Mike Rowe, on the front row and the Clarks, Cassius and Johnny not too far behind, it looked like one of the four could make a strong statement in the points race as we enter the final third of the season.
Ben jumped out to the lead off the green flag, with Mike falling in line and the field settled in behind On lap 12, the #81 of Michael Ruttkamp of Wilton, CT got into the left rear quarter of Bobby Cabrals #66 in turn three, cutting down the tire, and both cars ended up in the frontstretch wall. A number of cars including the #12 of Dave Davis and the #01 of Sam Gooden took advantage of the yellow to make some early adjustments.
The #08 of Donnie Lashua and the #14 of Rick Martin got tangled briefly in turn four, which stacked up the field behind them, sending several cars to the pits including the third place points #54 car of Johnny Clark. Martin was able to continue, but Lashua struggled for the rest of the night after a great qualifying run.
Ben held the lead on the restart over Mike and Johnny, but it was Cassius Clark in the #8 E J. Prescott Ford who was coming fast on the outside and at lap 21 was up to fourth. A caution on lap 24 for a spin off turn one by the #54G of Ge Ge Gravel after something broke and put down fluid that caught the #28 of Matt Eaton and the #57 of Zig Geno and sent them off the turn as well. On the restart, the #27 of Alexandre Gingras, who was making his first visit from Quebec to Canaan, had a right front tire go down and slid to the infield slowing the field again.
On the next attempt at a restart, Mike Rowe took the lead from the outside from Ben with Cassius following him through as Ben slid back. However, Mikes time at the point was over quickly as he had a tire going down, and Cassius quickly went by for the lead with Rick Martin in the #14 in tow, bringing the #02 of Eric Hudson, the #97 of Walt Hammond, and the #33 of Richie Dearborn with him. Mike was dropping through the field like a stone and had to pit to fix the tire under green which cost him several laps.
Alan Tardif of Lyman, ME in the #8T slid off turn three on lap 49 bringing out the fifth yellow of the night. Cassius took off on the restart and pulled away to a full straightaway lead. By lap 75 he had lapped half the field, but Ben who had worked his way to second was closing in as they battled through traffic.
At the hundred lap mark, it was Cassius, Ben, Richie Dearborn, Martin, and Johnny Clark back up to fifth after the early tangle and trip to the pits. The leaders were clicking off the laps, and at the 125 lap mark, the top ten was Cassius, Ben, Dearborn, Martin, Johnny, Walt Hammond, Pete Frappier in David Joyces #05, Garry Johnson in the #35, Hudson in the #02, and Alan Wilson in the #53.
After a tangle between the #05 of Frappier and the #97 of Hammond on lap 138 that sent Hammond spinning to the infield, Ben beat Cassius to turn one on the restart and took the lead down the backstretch. Cassius got to Bens bumper several times over the last ten laps, but that was it.
At the line it was Ben, Cassius, Dearborn, Martin, Johnny Clark, Garry Johnson, Frappier, Hudson, Hammond, and Alan Wilson tenth. Mike Rowe came back from the early tire problem for eleventh.
At the end it was Ben making the statement as the leader in the points race, with Mike, Johnny, and Cassius tightening up the race for second to fourth. But, with the doubleheader at Speedway 95 next Saturday and Sunday the Community Pharmacies 100 on Saturday night and the E J. Prescott 150 on Sunday afternoon the 11th, it will all take another twist or two before we get to Beech Ridge on the 24 25th weekend for the PASS Pullen 300, and then to Star on October 1st for the season finale.
Series Contact: Tommy Mayberry - (207) 693-6497