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 Scotia Speedworld - Sat., August 11th

Top Three (L to R): Johnny Clark, third; Winner Mike Rowe; & Travis Benjamin, 2nd.

Mike Rowe Holds Off Travis Benjamin
For Another Canadian Win

Veteran Takes Fourth PASS North Victory of 2007 in Atlantic CAT 250

NAPLES, ME (August 12, 2007) – There’s been something special about racing in Canada this year for Mike Rowe. In three Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North events North of the Border this season, the veteran from Maine has emerged as the winner twice. The latest victory came in Saturday night’s Atlantic CAT 250 at Scotia Speedworld near Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Rowe used patience to put himself in a position to win the race. After starting outside of the top 10 and watching guys like Richie Dearborn, Johnny Clark, Derek Ramstrom, Trevor Sanborn and Adam Bates all lead, Rowe went to the front with just under 80 laps to go. He held off Travis Benjamin and recorded his fourth victory of the PASS North season.

“The car was going good,” said Rowe. “But there were also a lot of good cars. Johnny Clark, Donald Chisholm, Trevor Sanborn, Travis Benjamin and a few others were very strong. Benji [Rowe] was very fast, but got in a wreck early on. There was some good competition and we just happened to be there at the end of the race.”

Benjamin finished second and gave Rowe a run for his money late in the event.

“Travis was coming on strong,” said Rowe. “He just ran a few laps short of winning.”

The runner-up finish was Benjamin’s best career PASS North result to date, and it comes on the heels of a streak of bad luck that includes three wrecks in the previous three events.

“That was a good race for us and it was good to turn things around,” said Benjamin. “We started ninth, got to third place and then had a flat right front tire. We were lucky though, the caution came out at the right time and with a good car, we were able to get right back into it. We were up to fifth by halfway and at the end, we put some pressure on Mike. It was a good race.”

Rowe has won races from Nova Scotia to North Carolina and just about everywhere in between. The victory at Scotia stood out for a few reasons in his mind.

“The trophy at this race is the Scott Fraser Memorial Cup,” said Rowe referring to the late Scott Fraser, a Canadian racer who died in a 2004 snowmobile accident. “That is pretty special. That kid was just awesome. I watched him and Benji [Rowe, Mike’s son and fellow competitor] race quite a bit. Frank Fraser presented the Cup to me and it meant a lot. Plus, the fans up there are so great. The place was packed and we got to meet a lot of them. It was awesome.”

PASS North point leader Ben Rowe was involved in an early wreck and finished 15th,
which allowed his father Mike Rowe, currently ranked second in the standings, to gain ground in the race for the 2007 PASS North championship. Mike Rowe is in his first full season of racing for the #2 PT Watts team and right out of the box, they have been a contender for wins each week, as well as the season long championship. Rowe places the credit for that squarely on his team.

“Seth Holbrook, Buster Bean and the whole team are doing a great job,” said Rowe. “PT Watts gives us what we need to win races. We have a good group together and it shows.”

The PASS North Super Late Models will return to action Sunday, August 19th at
Wiscasset Raceway (ME).

Photos by Norm Marx
Scotia Speedworld - Saturday, August  11th
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Atlantic CAT 250 Official Finish


Mike Rowe

Turner, ME

P.T. Watts
2 17 Travis Benjamin Morrill, ME Irving Oil
3 54 Johnny Clark Hallowell, ME Clark's Cars & Parts
4 89 Donald Chisholm Antinonish, NS NOVA Construction
5 98 Adam Bates Warner, NH Weaver Bros. Construction
6 97 John Flemming Halifax, NE The Roofing Connection
7 33 Richie Dearborn Hollis, ME Chadwick BaRoss
8 29 Trevor Sanborn Parsonsfield, ME Cushman Competition
9 29p Greg Proude N. Willshire, PEI Challenger Farm Equipment
10 02 Mike Mackenzie Montegue Gold Mines, NS Forbes Chevrolet
11 34 Graham Spinney Argule NS Spinkins Racng
12 44 Wayne Smith Timberlea, NS TRAX Construction
13 40 Gary Bellefleur Stetson, ME Newport Industrial Fabrication Inc.
14 79 Chris Duncan Kingston, NB NEWALTA Waste Management


Ben Rowe

Turner, ME

Richard Moody & Sons
Construction Co. LLC
16 35 Derek Ramstrom W. Boylston, MA West Boylston Auto Parts
17 23f Frank Fraser Schubernacadie, NS Atlantic CAT
18 11 Marty Prevost Fall River, NS Mega Enterprises Limited
19 14 Brian Northrup Elmsdale, NS Provincial Pavement Markings
20 0x Shawn Turple Enfield, NS Dexter Construction
21 99 Cy Harvey Elmsdale, NS Lafarge Exit Penalty
22 01z Dean MacInnis Shawnee, KS Ideal Concrete
Sanborn Hopes that Atlantic CAT 250 Can Be His First Career PASS North Victory

Super Late Models at Scotia Speedworld Promises
to Be a Spectacular Summer Show

NAPLES, ME (August 1, 2007) – A pair of close runner-up finishes, a third, a solid fourth-place run and a race where he might have had the fastest car, but got sidelined by some trouble. That is the kind of record that you might expect a veteran racer to have in their last five touring events.

But that is actually what Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model rookie Trevor Sanborn has accomplished in his last five starts on the Tour. However, one thing is absent from that list and Sanborn is well aware of that. Despite being one of the contenders for victory week-in and week-out, the pieces have not come together for Sanborn to take his #29 Cushman Competition Ford to victory lane yet, but he is hoping for that to change on August 11th in the Atlantic CAT 250 at Scotia Speedworld near Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Last month, Sanborn finished third at Scotia in his first-ever time at the track. Now he’s hoping that one of the biggest races all year long in the Canadian Maritimes can be the site of his first PASS North victory.

“I think that when we go back to Halifax, we are going to have something for them,” said Sanborn. “We didn’t make the right change for the feature up there last time. It was loose off. When we go back, we’ll have a different setup, so I think that we’ll be good.”

2007 has been both remarkable and frustrating for Sanborn. He has performed much better than a rookie can be expected to. Yet he has come so close, but not close enough, to winning a race. Is a young driver supposed to be satisfied with his overachievements or still yearning for more success? Sanborn feels both emotions.

“There are mixed emotions. It’s hard,” said Sanborn. “I really wanted to win at [the last PASS North race at] Riverside [where Sanborn led laps and finished a close second to Kelly Moore]. I thought that we might have had the race wrapped up without a late caution, but that’s racing. Anything can happen. One of these times, I’m going to make it happen I hope.”

And when he does win, Sanborn knows that it will be against some of the toughest competitors around – guys like Johnny Clark, Mike Rowe, Ben Rowe, Cassius Clark, Richie Dearborn and Travis Benjamin.

“The PASS Tour has some really stiff competition. These guys are the best. They are the top series drivers around and I’m learning from them.”

And Sanborn also knows that the fans that he will meet while racing in the Atlantic CAT 250 are a special breed too.

“The fans in Canada are awesome,” said Sanborn. “It’s like we’re NASCAR to them. They are great to race in front of, and it’s just unbelievable how much they support us.”

The PASS North Super Late Models will return to action Saturday, August 11th, in the Atlantic CAT 250 at Scotia Speedworld in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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