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(Naples, ME – July 10, 2005) A rain date race often is never as good as the promise of the original date, but the IBG-PASS Budweiser 150 at Unity Raceway, Unity, ME tonight was the exception that makes the rule.

A full field of 26 PASS Super Late Model/Pro Stocks took the green with Mike Rowe’s Pullen Heavy Industries #24 and local star Randy Turner’s #1 of Freedom, ME with his two barrel on the front row. Mike jumped out to the lead with Turner settling in behind, but Jeff Burgess, another local from Fairfield, ME, followed Mike around the outside. For the first nine laps, Burgess hung on the outside of Rowe, but after a restart for a spin by Matt Eaton, who climbed the dirt bank in turn one in his heat race but made it back for the feature, Burgess began to fall back and Cassius Clark in the E. J. Prescott #8 took second on lap 16.

On lap 25, Johnny Clark in the #54 took second from Cassius, and the field settled into a long green run. At the fifty lap mark, it was Rowe, Johnny Clark, Cassius Clark, Turner, Donnie Whitten in the Richard Moody & Sons #83, Ralph Nason the Hight Chevrolet #77, Travis Benjamin in the Associated Grocers of ME #17, Burgess, and Corey Williams in the Midnight Oil #47.

At the halfway mark, the pace was still furious with Nason and Whitten swapping spots as the only change in the lead pack after 75 laps. After a series of quick yellows for spins and debris, Big John Phippen’s #59 ended up in the dirt bank in turn one on lap 87. But unlike at the Unity 250 a few weeks ago, he kept it upright this time. On the restart, Randy Turner moved to the outside and challenged Rowe for the lead, but fell back after several laps to battle with the #54 for second.

On lap 105, the #03x of Gary Norris, Jr of W.Gardiner, ME caught the lip on the frontstretch and took a barrel roll tumble right under Jerry Major in the flag stand. Gary climbed out of the car and walked away. On the restart it was Mike Rowe still holding the point with Johnny Clark on the outside followed by Cassius and Ralph. Going into turn three, Ralph saw his opportunity as Mike and Johnny ran high down the backstretch, and Ralph dove under Mike, sliced in front of Cassius and took the lead much to the delight of many in the grandstands of Ralph’s ”home Track,” i.e., he’s the owner of Unity Raceway. But, three laps later Rowe took the lead back and Ralph settled into second, followed by Cassius, Johnny, Turner, and Whitten.

After a spin by the #09 of Matt Lee of Albion, ME on lap 126, a false start as the cagey veterans Rowe and Nason jockeyed for an advantage brought the yellow out again and words from the tower. The second time it was Nason who took the lead from the outside. But another yellow on lap 131 for a stalled #75 of Gary Smith gave Mike a chance to take the lead back, and he jumped to the front.

On lap 133, the point’s leader Ben Rowe in the #00 and the #54 of Johnny Clark tangled in turn three while fighting for fourth with both cars headed for the pits. Johnny made it back out quickly and didn’t lose a lap, but the #00 sustained major damage to the right front suspension and was through for the night. In addition, Ben had a heavily bandaged thumb after the race, which he said happened when the steering wheel snapped around in the wreck with Johnny.

On the restart, Mike and Ralph continued one and two with Ralph letting Mike know he was there. Cassius was third, followed by Whitten, Turner and a fast moving Travis Benjamin coming on the outside. Over the last ten laps, Mike held off Ralph, with Benjamin going by Whitten and challenging Cassius for third, and Johnny Clark charging from the back after repairs.

At the line, it was Mike Rowe for his second win of 2005, Nason, and Cassius Clark holding off Benjamin by three fee for third, Johnny Clark, Turner, Whitten, Richie Dearborn, Chuck Lachance, and Scott Moore of Anson, ME in the #03 for his first PASS top ten.

Ben Rowe’s 20th-place finish will tighten up the point’s race, especially after Johnny Clark, who is currently second, was able to come back and salvage a fifth-place finish. And, we don’t know the severity of the damage to Ben’s thumb and what impact it will have on next Saturday night’s DJ Equipment 150 at White Mountain Motorsports Park in N. Woodstock, NH.

Unofficial Finishing Order
Budweiser 150
Unity Raceway - 7/10/05
# Driver Hometown
1 24 Mike Rowe Turner, ME
2 77 Ralph Nason Unity, ME
3 8 Cassius Clark Farmington, ME
4 17 Travis Benjamin Morrill, ME
5 54 Johnny Clark Hallowell, ME
6 1 Randy Turner Freedom, ME
7 83 Donnie Whitten Wells, ME
8 33 Ritchie Dearborn Hollis Center, ME
9 38 Chuck Lachance Cushing, ME
10 03 Scott Moore Anson, ME
11 53 Alan Wilson Hebron, ME
12 47 Corey Williams Boothbay, ME
13 09 Matt Lee Albion, ME
14 08 Donnie Lashua Canaan, NH
15 35 Garry Johnson Hollis, ME
16 4x Steve Nelson Albion, ME
17 02 Eric Hudson Goffstown, NH
18 15 Paul White Corinna, ME
19 28x Matt Eaton Little Deer Isle, ME
20 00 Ben Rowe Turner, ME
21 34 Jeff Burgess Farfield, ME
22 03x Gary Norris W. Gardiner, ME
23 97 Walt Hammond Canaan, NH
24 75 Gary Smith Bangor, ME
25 29 Scott Chubbuck Brunswick, ME
26 59 John Phippen Bar Harbor, ME

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