|The DJ Equipment 150
White Mountain Motorsports Park - Saturday, July 15th
CHISELS THE COMPETITION AT WHITE MOUNTAIN
Rowe-squared Cannot Dispose of Point Leader in NH PASS Race
Every morning between 3am and 10:30am, Scott Chubbuck can be found on a ship yard in Maine doing his daily duties. Hes the epitome of a tough New England worker. When his daily work is done, Chubbuck makes the 45-minute drive from the ship yards to the race shop of car owner Jay Cushman. Chubbuck works on the racecar along with a volunteer crew. Everything about Chubbuck and the Cushman team epitomizes a tough New England workman-like attitude.
Thats exactly the kind of performance that put Chubbuck into Victory Lane Saturday night at White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH) during the DJ Equipment 150. Chubbuck doesnt necessarily grab the most headlines on the PASS North Tour. In fact, he had yet to crack into the win column thus far in the 2006 PASS North season, but in the end, the hard work that Chubbuck put in paid off.
Chubbuck scored his first victory of the year in dominating fashion Saturday night at White Mountain. The Wiscasset, Maine native started on the pole, swapped the lead with Alan Wilson early, but led the final 72 laps to take the victory. Chubbuck put in his time and left his office, the racetrack, with the biggest paycheck of all.
Weve had a good season finishing in the top three, but we just come out, run up front, make a little money and not tear up equipment. If we do that then theres less work that we have to do on the car during the week.
This team is not the kind of team that always runs the biggest and the best stuff, never has been. Those other guys all have paid help and that kind of stuff; we dont have that. Its wonderful to come out and have some fun and not wreck. And on top of it, we came out and won a big one like this.
Chubbuck checked out to the lead from the drop of the green flag, but that lead was lost on lap six to Wilson. Wilsons lead was short-lived as well. Chubbuck nosed ahead the next lap and continued to show the way until lap 31 when Wilson regained the top spot again in and exciting duel. The top-two remained the same until lap 78 when Chubbuck took advantage of the outside lane on a restart to make the final lead swap of the night.
While Chubbuck and Wilson showed the way, Ben Rowe and Mike Rowe were busy putting on a clinic for how to pass at a short track like White Mountain. The high-banked quarter-mile track is notoriously tough to pass on, but the Rowes, who shared the fifth row at the start of the feature, patiently worked their way to the front. Ben Rowe was the one that showed to have the most for Chubbuck and Wilson by pulling into third in the middle stage of the event.
Wilsons chances for victory were dashed, however, when a flat tire sent his car into the frontstretch wall; that handed second-place to Rowe. Mike Rowe moved to third, but the closing laps of Saturday nights race turned into a two-man battle between Ben Rowe and Chubbuck.
As the laps clicked away, Rowe caught Chubbucks bumper. Trying the high side and the low, Rowe did everything short of knocking Chubbuck out of the way to take the top spot. As the two raced for the checkered flag, Rowe made one last effort to pass Chubbuck on the outside, but Chubbuck held strong.
Our car was getting loose, and then it would get tight, said Chubbuck. I think we had a little too much rear brake. We were loose in and that scared me a little because I didnt know if I took too much out of it then I wouldnt be able to get off the corner and hold the bottom. You never know. You have to be real close if youre going to be on your game.
I was worried about Rowe a little bit. I knew if I slipped up hed fill the hole. I had to keep it on the bottom coming off the corner because I knew if I didnt stay low enough hed get under me. Once theyre there you have to give the spot to them. I didnt want to let that happen.
For Rowe, he wanted to get by Chubbuck, but he wasnt going to do it inappropriately, especially considering the way things have gone for his team lately.
I wouldnt wreck the guy for the win, said Ben Rowe, whose Richard Moody team repaired both his and teammate Travis Khiels cars after sustaining damage in the PASS North event at Thompson Speedway (CT) on Thursday. Thats what this racing is about. You dont wreck a guy for the win; Id much rather finish second. Were gonna get one of these, though.
We were going good, but I think we burned a plug wire off. I was a little tight in and losing the power we did hurt us. I needed about six more laps and I couldve maybe got him, but Scott wasnt going to give up the bottom so it was going to be tough.
A notable name not involved in the finish of Saturday nights race at White Mountain was Cassius Clark. The driver that had won four of the first five races of the PASS North season, including Thursdays Thompson event, suffered an engine failure early Saturday night and finished 21st.
Mike Rowe followed Chubbuck and Ben Rowe to the checkered flag. 2004 PASS North champion Johnny Clark ran inside the top-five all night long and finished fourth, while Travis Khiel rebounded from severe right-front damage suffered at Thompson to finish fifth at White Mountain.
Next up for the stars of PASS North is a 150-lap tilt at the 1/3-mile Speedway 95 in Hermon, ME on July 22nd. Cassius Clark scored the win in the first PASS North race at Speedway 95 on May 7th.
Series Contact: Tommy Mayberry - (207) 693-6497