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 Riverside Int'l Speedway - Sun., July 22nd


Riverside Int'l Speedway
Antigonish, NS

Regan Smith, 3rd; Winner Mike Rowe; & Ben Rowe, 2nd.

Riverside Int'l Speedway - Sunday, July 22nd
Antigonish, Nova Scotia


Mike Rowe

Turner, ME

P.T. Watts


Ben Rowe

Turner, ME

Richard Moody & Sons
Construction Co. LLC
3 07 Regan Smith Cato, NY IWK, Dupont,
Steve Lewis Auto Body
4 33 Richie Dearborn Hollis, ME Chadwick BaRoss
5 29x Greg Proude N. Willshire, PEI Challenger Farm Equipment
6 98 Adam Bates Warner, NH Weaver Bros. Construction
7 44 Wayne Smith Timberlea, NS TRAX Construction
8 23f Frank Fraser Schubernacadie, NS CAT
9 40 Gary Bellefleur Jr. Stetson, ME Newport Industrial
Fabrication Inc.
10 15 Stephen Berry Gorham, ME Gorham Sand & Gravel
11 0x Shawn Turple Enfield, NS Dexter Construction
12 29 Trevor Sanborn Parsonsfield, ME Cushman Competition
13 54 Johnny Clark Hallowell, ME Clark's Cars & Parts
14 81 Bobby White Hants Co., NS Russel White Lumber
15 01z Dean MacInnis Shawnee, KS Ideal Concrete
16 01 Robbie MacLean Winslie, PEI Charlottetown Bottles & Metal
17 17 Travis Benjamin Morrill, ME Irving Oil
18 79 Chris Duncan Kingston, NB NEWALTA Waste Management
19 0 Bill Penfold Yarmouth, ME VIP Charter Coaches
20 8 Cassius Clark Farmington, ME -
21 11 Marty Prevost Fall River, NS Mega Enterprises Limited
22 97 John Flemming Halifax, NE The Roofing Connection
23 13 Rollie MacDonald Pictou, NS KMS Freight Lines
24 35 Derek Ramstrom W. Boylston, MA West Boylston Auto Parts
25 99 Cy Harvey Elmsdale, NS Lafarge Exit Penalty
26 32 Ricky Craven - NOVA Construction
27 89 Donald Chisholm Antinonish, NS NOVA Construction
28 19v Daren Vanderaa PEI Walter Piccott Chevy
29 7 Curtis Gerry Waterboro, ME Saco Bay Tackle, Monster Energy
30 02 Mike Mackenzie Montegue Gold Mines, NS Forbes Chevrolet
Rowes Race Each Other and Regan Smith To Decide Antigonish PASS North Winner

Mike Rowe Survives a Hard Race to Win His Second Event of 2007 Season

NAPLES, ME (July 23, 2007) – When you win hundreds of stock car races in the Northeast and a PASS South Super Late Model championship like Mike Rowe has, or three PASS North titles and a slew of major Super Late Model and Late Model races like his son Ben Rowe has, there are certain things that you learn.

Those lessons come in handy when it comes to surviving a tough race. They especially came in handy when Mike Rowe won Sunday’s IWK 250 PASS North race at Riverside Speedway in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. They also worked out pretty well for Ben, who finished in the runner-up spot.

Even though it was a battle between father and son, there were no gifts given to either competitor by the other.

“He was trying his darndest to get by me,” said Mike Rowe. “I was trying my darndest to win the race and it worked out for me.

“He came in with about 25 or 30 laps to go and I stayed out, so I thought that I might be in trouble with him coming through the field with a new tire. I actually did block him a little bit with about 10 laps to go, but when you get that close you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. I was listening to my spotter. If he went high, I went high. If he looked low, I’d go low. It was a great race.”

“We came back to the front, but it’s hard to beat him,” said Ben Rowe. “Like I’ve said before, my father taught me everything that I know…but I think that he’s kept a little to himself.”

The Rowes weren’t the only contenders at Antigonish, but they were among the few who made it to the finish. Johnny Clark, Travis Benjamin, Cassius Clark and Shawn Turple were all quick, but got collected in wrecks. Bill Penfold won his heat race, but had a mechanical problem. Former NASCAR Nextel Cup regular Ricky Craven wrecked as well.

The Rowes also had their share of trouble, but no setback was too great for them to truck on to the finish.

“We had a lot of flat tires,” said Mike Rowe. “I blew one, Benji blew a couple, Johnny [Clark] lost one and I think Cassius [Clark] did too. There were a lot of good runners who had trouble. We were fortunate enough to be around at the end to race with Benji for the win.”

“It was rough, they wrecked a lot of cars, but it was a good race,” said Ben Rowe. “We had tire problems. I lost three, my father lost one and Johnny Clark lost a couple. I got into the fence once and stoved it all up in the right rear.”

“We knew halfway through the second segment that cars were dropping like flies. So we held back a little bit.”

NASCAR Nextel Cup Series rookie Regan Smith almost crashed the Rowe family celebration. He battled with both drivers near the end of the race, before having to settle for third place.

“Regan Smith – I’ll tell you, we had a blast racing with him,” said Mike Rowe. “He got by me a couple of times and then I’d get by him for the lead. That was fun.”

“It was a good race there with Regan Smith,” said Ben Rowe. “He was fun to race with. I’d get underneath him and he would give me a lane. The three of us just drove away.”

All in all, the Rowes were proud of the show that they gave the fans at Antigonish.

“There were a lot of good cars to run there on the fast track,” said Ben Rowe. ”It was a good show.”

“It was a great show and the place was packed,” said Mike Rowe.

Finishing behind the Rowes and Smith were PASS North regular Richie Dearborn and Prince Edward Island driver Greg Proude.

The victory was the second of the season for Mike Rowe and his #2 PT Watts team, and while Mike Rowe won the race over Ben Rowe this weekend, Ben still leads Mike in the PASS North point standings. Dearborn unofficially maintains the third spot

The heat races at Antigonish were won by Ben Rowe, Derek Ramstrom, Bill Penfold and Cassius Clark.

The PASS North Super Late Models will return to action Saturday, July 28th at Riverside Speedway in Groveton, New Hampshire.


JAMES RIVER, NS (May 30, 2007) - An event with a long and storied history in Maritime stock car racing circles - the Riverside 250 - has been renamed. The IWK 250 Presented by Steve Lewis Auto Body and DuPont Refinish is set for July 21 at Riverside Speedway. The title change is the culmination of a partnership between the track, the IWK Health Centre Foundation, Steve Lewis Auto Body and DuPont Refinish.

A new logo has been designed for the event, including brand recognition for all the major partners of the event - which will not only feature the best stock racers from New England and eastern Canada - but will now become a catalyst for a cause near and dear to the hearts of most people: helping sick children and their families.

The new partnership and entitlement adds to the high profile already enjoyed by the race - because of its heritage - and because a NASCAR legend, 1998 Nextel Cup champion Bill Elliott - will enter the event. Local racecar drivers and those from New England's Pro All Stars Series (PASS), the sanctioning body, are eager to try their skills against Elliott in hopes of winning the lion's share of the event purse, expected to exceed $70,000.

"All of this can only make a great event even better," said Paul McLean, manager of Riverside Speedway. "We're so excited to be able to turn this historic event into something even more meaningful. To be able to showcase the talents of top local racers against a former NASCAR champion, in partnership with DuPont Refinish, the sponsor of another four-time NASCAR champ and current Nextel Cup points leader (Jeff Gordon), is a cool thing for racers and race fans. But to be able to do all that and at the same time raise awareness for the IWK, ultimately helping sick children and their families, is beyond our wildest imagination."

The IWK is equally impressed with the opportunities this landmark partnership offers the health care facility.

"Funds raised through the IWK 250 will help us to purchase new equipment, fund research and special programs," says Lynn Anne Hogan Development officer for Cape Breton & PE. "This event really will make a difference in the lives of children in your own community. By supporting the IWK you help ensure that our researchers can continue to identify new ways of diagnosing and treating illnesses, that care teams have access to state-of-the-art equipment, and that special programs are available to patients and families providing extra comfort during difficult times."

To start the fundraiser ball rolling, Riverside Speedway has committed a portion of the proceeds from the event 50/50 draw to the IWK, amounting to 25% of the total 50/50 ticket sales. The winner will get the traditional 50% and the Antigonish Junior "B" will get the remaining 25%.

Steve Lewis Auto Body, a DuPont Refinish body shop, will donate 100% of the proceeds from the sale of 75 reserved ticket packages in the new licensed grandstand at the track. The tickets cost $100 each and include a reserved seat, souvenir hat and t-shirt, and two beverage tickets - for a total $7,500 donation - assuming all 75 packages are sold. To purchase these special packages, call Steve Lewis Auto Body directly at 902.539.2848.

As part of the pre-race festivities leading up to the IWK 250, fans will flock to the Antigonish Mall July 20 and 21 when DuPont Canada presents the Hendrick Motorsports Jeff Gordon showcar, bearing the familiar No. 24 DuPont paint scheme.

On the evening of Friday July 20 Boston Pizza, located at the Antigonish Mall, will host a pre-race pit party featuring the Gordon showcar as well as cars and stars of the PASS tour, top regional pro stock racers, the Riverside Sportsman Series and the Atlantic Open Wheel series.

More elements, including additional fundraisers for the IWK, will be announced as the IWK 250 draws closer.

Advance ticket requests for the IWK 250 can be made by emailing your name, phone number, address and quantity to, faxing the same to 902.863.9244, or by calling the Riverside Speedway administration office at 902.863.2410. More than 2,600 tickets have already been requested for the event.

The initial offering of tickets to the IWK 250 will be June 9 at the Riverside Speedway 2007 season opener, the Pioneer Coal 100 for the CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour, also featuring the inaugural race for the Riverside Sportsman Series and the Atlantic Open Wheel series.

Advance ticket requests will be filled before June 9. On Monday June 11 tickets to the IWK 250 can be purchased through the Speedway ticket office, in person, by fax or email. The office is in the Antigonish Mall; MasterCard and Visa are accepted.

About the IWK
The IWK Health Centre, while located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is an essential resource for women, children, youth and families from across the Maritimes and beyond. Each year, thousands of Maritime children and women come to the IWK requiring emergency care, surgery for critical illnesses, and inpatient care for ongoing medical conditions.

About Steve Lewis Auto Body
Steve Lewis Auto Body, a DuPont Refinish body shop, is located on Beech Street in Sydney. The company is in their 32nd year of business and proud to support many community and charitable efforts, including a 14-year involvement with the IWK. They are the exclusive seller of the special $100 IWK 250 ticket packages mentioned in this Release; call them at 902.539.2848.

About DuPont Refinish
In March of 1999, DuPont Performance Coatings was formed by the combination of Herberts GmbH and DuPont Refinish, creating the world’s largest supplier of automotive coatings and the third largest coatings company overall. Canadian headquarters are in Ajax, Ontario. DuPont Refinish services over 4,000 collision repair and commercial fleet customers across Canada. For more information call 1.800.668.6945 or visit

About Riverside Speedway
Riverside Speedway, 1/3-mile high banked asphalt oval, is located in James River, between New Glasgow and Antigonish, at exit 30 off Trans Canada Highway 104. Opened in 1969, the facility was totally rebuilt in 2006 to become a premiere motorsports site, comparable to the best short tracks in Canada and the U.S. The 2007 schedule sees three CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour events (June 9, August 4 and August 11), a NASCAR Canadian Tire Series event (September 15) and the IWK 250. For more information about Riverside Speedway, please visit or call 902.863.2410.

Riverside Sets Aside 500 Seats for New England Fans

(July 9, 2007 – Naples, ME) In response to numerous phone calls from PASS followers and pro stock fans in Maine and throughout New England, the management of the New Riverside Speedway in Antigonish, Nova Scotia and PASS Racing President Tom Mayberry announced today that the track has set aside 500 seats for Super Late Model/Pro Stock fans from Maine and the other New England states for the IWK 250 Presented by Steve Lewis Auto Body and DuPont Refinish on Saturday July 21, 2007.

Almost 4500 tickets have already been sold for the biggest race weekend in Atlantic Canada, and the New Riverside Speedway and PASS want to make sure that the fans that follow PASS Racing and all the pro stock fans from New England will be guaranteed to be included in the festivities.

Fans can order reserved seat tickets now and they will be held at the Will-Call window at the track for pick up when you arrive. Ticket ordering is easy:
Before ordering go to the track website at and check the seating plan. Please note that row A is the top row and the front stretch stands go from row A at the top to row S at the bottom. The L1 to L5 grandstands in turns one and two go from row A at the top to row H at the bottom. The closer to row A you are the better the sight lines.

Credit card orders by phone to the Riverside Speedway administrative offices at 1-902-863-2410. VISA and MasterCard credit cards will be accepted from 10 AM Atlantic time to Noon and from 2 to 5PM Monday to Friday.

Remember the prices are in Canadian dollars, and tell the seller that you will pick up the tickets at Will Call. This is the best way to order tickets to avoid the real chance of not receiving your tickets through the mail on time.

Credit card orders using the on-line form at When you fill out the on-line order form after printing it out as a pdf or in the WORD format, PLEASE put “WILL CALL” after your name on the NAME line of the form. Then fax the completed order form to: 1-902-863-9244.

PASS fans making the trip to Antigonish with self-contained campers can park right on the speedway grounds on a first come-first serve basis. This weekend is a great opportunity to see the fastest full-fendered cars in the Northeast as part of a family vacation that includes the Antigonish Highland Games, the longest-running Highland Games in North America, including pipe bands, Highland dancing, heavy events, tug of war contests, and great entertainment in the Ceilidh Corner (Beer Tent). See for the complete schedule and more information.

"They're called Super Late Models for a reason."

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