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 White Mountain Motorsports Park - Sat., May 26th

Ben Rowe (Left) - 2nd   Mike Row - Winner

Dave Dion (Left) - 3rd   Mike Row - Winner

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Practices, Heats, Feature, & Lap Chart at

White Mountain Motorsports Park - Saturday, May 26th
PASS North Super Late Models
Official Finish


Mike Rowe

Turner, ME

P.T. Watts


Ben Rowe

Turner, ME

Richard Moody & Sons
Construction Co. LLC
3 29d Dave Dion Pelham, NH Berlin City
4 15 Stephen Berry Gorham, ME Gorham Sand & Gravel
5 54 Johnny Clark Hallowell, ME Clark's Cars & Parts
6 14 Rick Martin Westport, MA G. Lopes Construction
7 17 Travis Benjamin Morrill, ME Irving Oil
8 28 Kirk Thibeau Fort Fairfield, ME Grower's Exchange Co.
9 04 Joey Porciello Lee, NH Porciello Drywall
10 7 Curtis Gerry Waterboro, ME Saco Bay Tackle, Monster Energy
11 33 Richie Dearborn Hollis, ME Chadwick BaRoss
12 07 Mark Patten Belmont, NH Pats Lawn Care
13 35 Derek Ramstrom W. Boylston, MA West Boylston Auto Parts
14 8 Cassius Clark Farmington, ME EJP Pipeline Services
15 75 Gary Smith Bangor, ME Uncle Henry's
16 40 Gary Bellefleur Stetson, ME Newport Industrial
Fabrication Inc.
17 0 Bill Penfold Yarmouth, ME VIP Charter Coaches
18 98 Adam Bates Warner, NH Weaver Bros. Construction
19 44 Chris Kennison Oxford, ME Thule Trailers
20 29 Trevor Sanborn Parsonsfield, ME Cushman Competition
21 66 Mike Parks Charlestown, NH
22 47 Kelly Moore Scarboough, ME NAPA
23 00 Jeremie Whorff Bath, ME AAA Insurance
24 07k Kevin Kimball S. Portland, ME The Step Guys
DNS 1 Sam Sessions So. Paris, ME Crete Carriers

Heat 1:  29d - 2 - 33 - 0 - 14 - 8 - 28 - 40 - 66

Heat 2:  15 - 54 - 4 - 07 - 47 - 44

Heat 3:  04 - 35 - 7 - 29 - 98 - 00 - 07k - 17 - 75

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Barry Impresses, Rowe Mows 'Em, Dion Doesn't Jump and More
Mike Rowe Battles Two Strong Opponents
to Win At White Mountain

Veteran Driver Beats His Son and Dave Dion in PASS North Thriller

NAPLES, ME (May 28, 2007) – If a victory is only as good as the racers you beat to earn it, Mike Rowe must have especially enjoyed winning the Pro All Stars Series North event at White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH) on Saturday night.

Early in the race, Rowe battled for the lead with fellow New England racing icon Dave Dion. Later in the event, Rowe had to fight a spirited battle with his son Ben for the victory. When Mike Rowe was asked after the race if there were two competitors out there anywhere who he would have rather raced against, he was quick with an answer.

“No, it’s real fun racing with Benji and Dave,” said Mike Rowe. “They both had good cars up there. It was a good race tonight.”

Dion won his heat race, started the feature from the pole and led the first 20 laps. At that point, Rowe got by on a restart for the lead. Dion didn’t fade away easily though; he stayed on Rowe’s rear bumper, even giving it a few little bumps along the way, for several laps. He also was a little bit hard on himself for letting Rowe take the lead away.

“After Mike went by I said, ‘Son of a B! I’m a lot faster than he is! You idiot, why did you let him by?” laughed Dion.

It wasn’t much longer in the race until Dion would fade back with a mechanical problem. He rebounded to finish third in the feature, but never contended for the lead again.

“Dave lost his power steering and got into the wall,” said Mike Rowe. “But I’ll tell you what, he was real stout early. It’s too bad that happened, but he still came home strong. He had no power steering and he still finished third.”

“That was a real good race,” said Dion of his battle with Rowe. “We could run with him, but then we ran into power steering problems so we dropped back and Ben came up.”

With Dion out of the picture, Ben Rowe was more than happy to step up into the role of challenger. Mike Rowe, meanwhile, tried to take a conservative approach to the middle stages of the race.

“I tried to save the car,” said Mike Rowe. “I didn’t want to get going too hard. I wanted to save the rubber a little bit. I got behind a few times, so I knew that I would have to get going. But with Benji behind me, I didn’t have to worry. I knew that he wouldn’t spin me.”

Mike Rowe was right; Ben wasn’t going to spin him out. He wasn’t afraid of racing his father hard though. With 20 laps to go, Ben went around Mike to take the lead. Two laps later, Mike repassed him down low to get it back. From there, Mike cruised to victory ahead of his son.

“We’re both here to win,” said Ben Rowe. “You can’t say that we don’t race hard. But we both came out of here in one piece. We didn’t wreck each other, but we did beat and bang. He had to go through the grass because I had the bottom blocked. He had me so crossed up then, that I had to let him go. I only had one shot and I tried. He was better than I was and he deserved to win, but I tried.”

“It’s awesome to race with your son,” said Mike Rowe. “It was a lot of fun and a good race. He got by me there, but we had an awesome car tonight, so we just went back by him.”

The victory was Mike Rowe’s first for Massachusetts car owner Paul “P.T.” Watts, since they joined forces late in the 2006 season.

“The crew did a heck of a job for me and we were able to break through,” said Mike Rowe. “It’s awesome to be with Paul. He has given us everything that we need and the crew is doing a good job, so we’re hoping to get a few more wins.”

It was also Rowe’s first PASS North victory since the Pullen Heavy Industries 300 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) in September, 2005. In 2006, Rowe did not win a PASS North feature race, but he did collect two PASS South victories and that tour’s inaugural championship.

Dion finished third with rookie Stephen Barry finishing a career best fourth. Defending PASS North Champion Johnny Clark rounded out the top five finishers.

Dion, Barry and Joey Porciello won the heat races at White Mountain.

With his second-place finish, Ben Rowe added to his points lead three races into the 2007 season. Rowe is already a three-time PASS North champion and is now looking southward to add even more accomplishments to his resume.

“It was a good points day for us here,” said Ben Rowe. “So now we’ll head down south [Rowe is planning to run the full PASS North and South schedules this season] and see if we can keep up with those big boys down there.”

Rowe and Kennison To Work Together Again at White Mountain
– This Time as PASS North Teammates

Three-Time PASS Champ Won With Borrowed Car in 2005,
Both Racers Love the Track

NAPLES, ME (May 15, 2007) – Two years ago when the PASS North visited White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH) for their July event there, Ben Rowe and Chris Kennison worked together to win the race. At the time, Kennison was a weekly Pro Stock (Super Late Model) competitor at Oxford Plains Speedway who had the night off from racing. Rowe was the then two-time PASS North champion who needed a car to wheel at the track after his primary ride was damaged in a wreck the race before.

Kennison loaned Rowe his own car. It ended in victory lane.

“Brian (Burgess) was my crew chief at the time and now he is Chris’ crew chief,” recalled Rowe. “I try to help out Chris as much as I can. That year, we needed some help. We wrecked our car at Unity and he offered his car to us. He raced it Friday night at Oxford and then we took it over to White Mountain and ended up winning. It was a fun night. It’s fun to hop into someone else’s car and get the job done.”

“Brian and Ben did real well with (our car) a few years ago,” said Kennison. “We bought our first Pro Stock from that team. They were in a little bit of a jam because they had gotten into a wreck. Brian called us up to ask if we could help them out. We definitely said yes – with Ben behind the wheel and Brian working on it, how could you go wrong? They are both incredible. They put their set-up in it, went to White Mountain and won with it.”

Nearly two years later, the paths of both drivers have crossed again. Rowe is battling for another championship and Kennison is running a partial schedule of PASS North events as a driver. The May 26th event at White Mountain Motorsports Park will mark their first time as teammates at Richard Moody Racing.

“I’m pretty pumped up about racing for Richard Moody Racing,” said Kennison. “We wrecked our brand-new car at Beech Ridge and were going to build a new car to run in its place. Then they approached us and we worked out a deal to run a second RMR car. Brian is coming over to the team to be my crew chief and it’s going to be a lot less stressful than being an owner-driver. It’s a win-win situation.

“To get things started at White Mountain is perfect. It’s a sweet track and one of my favorite places to race. Ben had a history of winning there and nothing would be better than to see both Richard Moody Racing cars run well there.”

Ironically, when you ask Rowe and Kennison about the track, they both start out by using the same first four words.

“I love the place,” said Rowe. “They keep that place top-notch and I always look forward to going there. It’s a great facility. There’s a bunch of stuff to do in the area around the track. We go over to the town with the kids and make a weekend out of it. I love the place.”

“I love the place,” said Kennison. “It’s great, I would race there every Saturday night if I could. If they had a 100-lap feature every week, I would be right there. It’s a great track, it’s nice for the family and it’s a fun track to watch a race at.”

And while watching a race there is fun, driving one is even better.

“It’s a racer’s racetrack,” said Rowe. “You can drive as hard as you want and you don’t drive off the racetrack. You can really abuse the racecar and drive it. It’s a fun race and we’ll have a lot of cars over there.”

The PASS North Super Late Model event at White Mountain Motorsports Park is set for Saturday, May 26th. Practice is scheduled for 2pm with racing starting at 5pm.

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