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 Thompson Int'l Speedway - Sat., July 14th

Mike Rowe, 3rd; Winner Ben Rowe; & Trevor Sanborn, 2nd.

Ben Rowe Wins Thompson’s Full Fendered Frenzy 75

Point Leader Races With Rick Martin Early and Trevor Sanborn Late in Race

Connecticut Victory is a First in Three-Time Champion’s Career

NAPLES, ME (July 16, 2007) – Ben Rowe owns three PASS North championship trophies. He has won most of the biggest Super Late Model races throughout the Northeastern United States and Canadian Maritimes at least once. Anywhere that he goes nationally, he is a threat to win the race.

But up until this week, there is one place where he had run exceptionally well at, but had never won a race. That was Thompson International Speedway. The key word in that sentence though is “was”. After Saturday night’s 75-lap PASS North feature there, Rowe has now joined the list of winners at the historic Connecticut track.

Rowe won the race as part of the Full Fendered Frenzy show, which also included the NASCAR Busch East Series and several NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions, at the 5/8th-mile oval.

“This is one of my better wins,” said Rowe. “I love this place and it’s one of our better race tracks. I’m just glad that they keep having us come back to put on a show here. It’s real good to be here with the Busch cars and I’ve gotten to go over [to their pit area] and see some of the guys that I know there. It brings out a good crowd when we race with those guys.”

Rowe started on the pole position with his #4 Richard Moody Racing Super Late Model. He ended the race in the first position as well, but going from start to finish in the lead was not an easy task. Rowe raced hard for the lead with Rick Martin early on, before Martin had wheel problems. Then at the end of the race, Rowe had to fend off Trevor Sanborn and his father Mike Rowe, who finished second and third.

“The car was super, staring on the pole made things easier,” said Rowe. “The only concern that I had was on a couple of those restarts. They would pin you down and get a jump on you on the outside. I really wasn’t concerned though because it would take five or six laps for me to get going anyways. The #14 [Martin] got by me for a little bit, but I’d just go wherever he wasn’t. My car was that good.”

Martin did lead for several laps, but he knew that holding off Rowe wasn’t going to be easy – it was, however, very fun.

“Yeah, that was fun,” said Martin. “I knew that he was faster than me, but I wanted to make it exciting. I got by him on the restart and I knew that he would get back by sooner or later. I knew that he’d be back.”

Rowe enjoyed the hard racing too – just like he also enjoyed racing with the other podium finishers near the end.

“It was real fun,” said Rowe. “You can do that with a bunch of guys like that and not slam fenders. It’s good racing.

“I love racing against Trevor and my Dad too – if I can stay ahead of him. It was fun racing with those guys. Just like with the #14 car [Martin] early on and Johnny [Clark]. I saw him coming up through and I don’t know what happened to him [Clark, who crashed after cutting a tire while moving through the field from his 12th starting position].”

Rowe was teammates with Sanborn last year at Richard Moody Racing and takes a special interest in the young driver, who now runs the #29 Cushman Competition Ford.

“Trevor – he’s going to be good. He is good. He seems to be finishing right behind me every week. We went out for practice today and he wanted me to lead the way. He wanted me to show him the way around here, but I need to stop showing him things because he’s going to start beating me here pretty quick.”

That almost happened at Thompson.

“I thought that I had something for Ben, but I used my tires up earlier racing through the pack,” said Sanborn. “The car went away a little bit. We were dead even, but I didn’t have quite enough to get by him, so we stayed in second and finished in one piece.”

Mike Rowe finished third. He started deep in the field after having clutch problems in his heat race. Rowe was happy with his podium finish, but didn’t think that he could advanced much further than third.

“No, Benji and Trevor were just too stout,” said Rowe. “They had a lot more bite off the corner than I did. But we were happy with what we got.”

Richie Dearborn finished in fourth, with rookie Adam Bates finishing behind to record his first career top five finish.

The three PASS North heat races were won by Ben Rowe, Steve Berry and Derek Ramstrom.

Rowe extended his PASS North point lead with his victory. His father Mike has now moved in the runner-up spot in the standings.

The PASS North Series now heads to Riverside Speedway in Antigonish, Nova Scotia for Saturday’s IWK 250.

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Big Track, Big Stories

Thompson Int'l Speedway - Saturday, July 14th
PASS North Super Late Models
Official Finish


Ben Rowe

Turner, ME

Richard Moody & Sons
Construction Co. LLC
2 29 Trevor Sanborn Parsonsfield, ME Cushman Competition


Mike Rowe

Turner, ME

P.T. Watts
4 33 Richie Dearborn Hollis, ME Chadwick BaRoss
5 98 Adam Bates Warner, NH Weaver Bros. Construction
6 35 Derek Ramstrom W. Boylston, MA West Boylston Auto Parts
7 0 Bill Penfold Yarmouth, ME VIP Charter Coaches
8 48 Larry Gelinas Gorham, ME Superior Oil
9 62 Les Rose Jr. Taunton, MA -
10 40 Gary Bellefleur Jr. Stetson, ME Newport Industrial
Fabrication Inc.
11 66 Mike Parks Charlestown, NH
12 14 Rick Martin Westport, MA G. Lopes Construction
13 59 Mike Rivard N. Scituate, RI Mason's Racing Engines
14 04 Joey Porciello Lee, NH Porciello Drywall
15 1m Norm Wren Nashua, NH Lamoreux Ford
16 54 Johnny Clark Hallowell, ME Clark's Cars & Parts
17 6 Steve Desmaris Westport, MA Steve's Motor Coach Service
18 88  Alan Tardiff Lyman, ME S &T Rentals
19 15 Stephen Berry Gorham, ME Gorham Sand & Gravel
20 00 Jeremie Whorff Bath, ME AAA Insurance
21 17 Travis Benjamin Morrill, ME Irving Oil
22 42 Dave Macomber Manorville, NY -
23 7 Curtis Gerry Waterboro, ME Saco Bay Tackle, Monster Energy

Heat 1: 4 - 14 - 04 - 29 - 98 - 88 - 6 - 66

Heat 2: 15 - 17 - 33 - 42 - 00 - 48 - 40 - 59

Heat 3: 35 - 1m - 54 - 62 - 0 - 7 - 2 - 0n

Thompson Pro Stockers To Mix It Up With PASS Super Late Models at "Full Fendered Frenzy"
Tour’s Rule Package Allows Mixture of Local Racers and Regional Stars

NAPLES, ME (July 9, 2007) – When a short track racing tour comes to a track and can do battle with the top guns who race weekly at that facility, it is a very good thing for the fans – and that is exactly what will be in store on Saturday, July 14th at Thompson International Speedway.

The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North tour will be featured as part of Thompson’s “Full Fendered Frenzy” program. The race will include a 75-lap PASS North feature, along with a NASCAR Busch East Series event and the track’s regular weekly divisions. Well, all of the divisions bar one.

Thompson’s Pro Stock teams are welcome to enter the PASS North event – and five competitors have already fielded their entries for the race – Norm Wrenn, Fred Astle, Dennis Maxfield, Michael Rivard and Lesile Rose, Jr. are all set to take on the tourers.

Astle and Wrenn both came away from last year’s PASS North race at Thompson with top 10 finishes – so they are hoping to back that up again this time around.

PASS President Tom Mayberry is happy to see that local racers be able to step up and race with the tour regulars.

“I love it when the local guys take on the PASS guys,” said Mayberry. “That always makes for a good show. Guys like Fred Astle and Norm Wrenn are always capable of running with the tour regulars. Our rules package allows everyone to come and race equally, so this should be a good show. We’ve had a long association with Thompson and Don Hoenig and his staff are big supporters of the tour. We’re really looking forward to Full fendered Frenzy.”

Full Fendered Frenzy will take place on Saturday, July 14th at Thompson International Speedway (CT). Grandstands will open will open at 12:30pm. Race teams will practice until 4pm, qualifying is scheduled for 4:15pm followed by feature event racing.

The PASS 75-lap main is scheduled to go green at about 7:30pm with the Busch East 100-lap, televised feature, slated for an 8:30pm start.

Tickets for this very special event may be obtained by calling the Thompson International Speedway track office at 860-923-2280.

Pit Gate Opens: 10:30 - PASS Practice: 12:00 to 1:30 - PASS Scuff: 3:25

PASS Qualifying Heats: 4:15 - Features begin: 6:00 - PASS Feature: 7:30


PASS Super Late Model Tour Will Share Stage with Busch East Series
Various forms of Modified racing might be standard fare at short track around Connecticut, but race fans will be in for a special treat on Saturday, July 14th when two of the most prestigious stock car tours in the Northeast come to Thompson International Speedway for the “Full Fendered Frenzy” show.

The Pro All Star Series (PASS) North Super Late Models will share the stage with the NASCAR Busch East Series to headline the event. It is the only time this season that PASS North will hold a race in the state of Connecticut.

The PASS North entry list promises to be a stout one. Well-known short trackers such as defending PASS North champion Johnny Clark, three-time champion Ben Rowe, Mike Rowe, Cassius Clark, Richie Dearborn, Travis Benjamin, Trevor Sanborn, Derek Ramstrom, Alan Tardiff, Bill Penfold and Curtis Gerry are all expected to file entries, along with several of the Thompson Pro Stock regulars.

“We always look forward to going to Thompson,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry. “Donald Hoenig has a great facility there and it is a real racy track too. We’re excited to see some of the top drivers in the New England going up against the Thompson regulars, who know the track very well. It should be a great event.”

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