|Unofficial Finishing Order - June 4, 2005 - Riverside Speedway
||Little Deer Isle, ME
||J. R. Baril
PASS Winner in Four Races
(Naples, ME June 4, 2005) Mike
Rowe in the #24 Pullen Heavy Industries Monte Carlo parlayed a fifth in time trials and a
win in the dash to start on the pole for the IBG-PASS Riverside 150 on opening night
before a good crowd at Riverside Speedway, Groveton, NH Saturday night. Mike beat Travis
Benjamin to turn one on lap three after a side-by-side battle for the lead from the drop
of the green with Benjamin settling into second ahead of the #00 of Ben Rowe, Gary
Smiths Uncle Henrys #75, Rick Martin in the G. Lopes #14, 2004 PASS Champion
Johnny Clark in the #54, and Cassius Clarks #8 E.J. Prescott Ford.
By lap 30, Johnny Clark had moved to the outside and gone around Martin and was closing in
on Smith in the #75 with Cassius Clark following him through. The laps were clicking off
as Rowe, Benjamin, and Rowe pulled out ahead by a couple of car lengths. The leaders were
cruising along, but the action was building behind them as Scott Mulkern in the Community
Pharmacies #84, Donnie Whitten in the Richard Moody & Sons #83, Ge Ge Gravel in the
#54G, and J. R Baril in the #7 were closing rapidly.
At halfway, it was still Mike Rowe and Benjamin leading a pack that has closed up on the
two leaders as lapped cars started to come into play. On lap 95, Mike got trapped behind a
lapped car on the frontstretch and Travis seized the opportunity to take the lead, and at
the 100 lap mark it was Benjamin with Mike Rowe right there looking for an opportunity to
regain the lead, Ben Rowe, Johnny Clark, Cassius Clark, Smith, Mulkern, Whitten, Gravel,
Baril, Walt Hammonds #97, and Donnie Lashua in the #08.
At lap 109, it all changed for Benjamin and Mike as they tangled on the backstretch while
going around a lapped car with both being sent to the back, and Ben Rowe inheriting the
lead. On the restart, the #75 of Smith got shuffled to the outside as the action was
heating up on the tight ¼ mile as Cassius Clark, Whitten, Baril, Mulkern, and a hard
charging Mike Rowe all went by.
The #7 of Baril and the #83 of Whitten tangled coming out of turn four while battling for
sixth on lap 140, bringing out the yellow as the two slid down the frontstretch and came
to a halt on the edge of the infield. Both cars were able to drive away, with Whitten
headed for the pits to assess the damage. On the restart, Baril broke something on the
right front and slid into the wall below the flag stand, which was probably a result of
the earlier tangle with Whitten.
With nine to go, Mike Rowe had worked his through
traffic and was up to third, with Mulkern and Lashua in close pursuit. Another yellow on
lap 145 for a single car spin, setup a five lap shootout. On the restart, Ben Rowe slid up
the track in turn one as he hit fluid put down by Travis Benjamin who had made his way
slowly to the pits with a mechanical problem, and Johnny Clark took the point coming for
the restart with five to go. However, a false start led to a tangle on the backstretch
that involved several cars including Ben Rowe, Lashua, Whitten, Corey William in the #47
Midnight Oil car, and Scott Mulkern. Everyone drove away except Mulkern who had to pit.
At the finish, it was Johnny Clark taking his first win of the 2005 season, with Mike Rowe
back up to second after being sent to the back earlier, Ben Rowe third, Donnie Lashua
fourth in his best PASS finish, Ge Ge Gravel fifth, followed by Cassius Clark, Rick
Martin, Gary Smith, Mulkern, and Corey Williams.
Clark became the third different driver to win in four races this season. On June 11th,
its Oxford Plains Speedway for the IBG-PASS Triple 50s plus a full card of the