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Sun. April 19th

PASS NAPA 150 at Speedway 95


Scott Chubbuck #77 (3rd) - Winner Johnny Clark #54 - Cassius Clark #8 (2nd)
1 - 54 - Johnny Clark - Hallowell, ME
2 - 8 - Cassius Clark - Farmington, ME
3 - 77 - Scott Chubbuck - Dresden, ME
4 - 33 - Richie Dearborn - Hollis, ME
5 - 98 - Adam Bates - Warner, NH
6 - 35 - Derek Ramstrom - Worcester, MA
7 - 5 - Chris Staples - Brunswick, ME
8 - 97 - John Flemming - Halifax, NS
9 - 4 - Ben Rowe - Turner, ME
10 - 7 - Donnie Whitten - Wells, ME
11 - 12 - John Dabrowski - W. Bridgewater, MA
12 - 36 - Jay Sands - Hampton, NH

13 - 17 - Travis Benjamin - Morrill, ME
14 - 75 - Gary Smith - Bangor, ME
15 - 20 - Steven Legendre - Danville, VT
16 - 25 - Michael Thomas - Lewiston, ME
17 - 47 - Kelly Moore - Scarborough, ME
18 - 60 - DJ Shaw - Ctr. Conway, NH
19 - 17a - Scott Alexander - Orrington, ME
20 - 15 - David Folsom - Skowhegan, ME
21 - 85 - Nick Ribbe - Kingston, MA
22 - 33h - John Higgins - Glenburn, ME
23 - 84 - Scott Mulkern - Falmouth, ME

MODS: Scott Grant #27 (2nd - Waterboro, ME) - Winner Steve Bennet Jr. (Buckfield, ME)
Glen Bradbury (3rd - Hollis Center, ME)

SPORTSMAN: Dan McKeage #38 (2nd - Gorham,ME) - Winner Carey Martin #18 (Denmark, ME)
Richie Morse #34 (3rd - Waterford, ME)

Johnny Clark Wins PASS North Opener at Speedway 95

Hermon ME (April 19)  Johnny Clark fired his Car Crushing/Port City Race Cars Impala SS under Richie Dearborn and Cassius Clark on lap 136 of Sunday' s Pro All Stars Series (PASS) NAPA 150 to take the opening day win at Speedway 95 in Hermon ME. Clark got into Dearborn on the backstretch in a side by side battle for the lead and Dearborn dropped his right rear off the backstretch, slipping back to fourth at the finish after leading much of the day. Cassius Clark raced back from an early race incident to capture second place. Chubbuck came home third after running up front all day . Dearborn and Adam Bates rounded out the top five.

The defending PASS North Champion beat Cassius Clark to the stripe by .389 seconds. Derek Ramstrom, Chris Staples, John Flemming, Ben Rowe and Donnie Whitten raced home sixth thru tenth. Fifteen cars finished on the lead lap. Dearborn, Ramstrom and Cassius Clark each earned heat race wins.

Cassius snatched the lead away from pole sitter Dearborn on lap six but Kelly Moore's NAPA Chevy was charging and it looked like he might have something for Clark. They battled tooth and nail for several laps before the pair got together, spinning out of the top two spots on lap fifty six. Clark fell back to thirteenth and Moore restarted fourteenth. Scott Chubbuck was the beneficiary, restarting in the lead, but Dearborn and Chris Staples soon made their way by. Those three ran nose to tail at the halfway mark, with Johnny Clark fourth and Ramstrom fifth. Staples had a great run going, keeping the pressure on Dearborn and battling back and forth with Chubbuck for the second spot.

With twenty five to go Cassius Clark had recovered from his early spin and looked like he was ready to challenge Dearborn for the win; Johnny Clark worked his way up to third and local hero Scott Alexander was running a fine fourth as Staples faded back from the lead pack. Alexander's day would eventually end in the tires off turn four with the finish line in his sights.

It all came to a head on a lap 136 restart and Johnny Clark showed his hand, clashing with Dearborn to grab the lead. Despite Cassius'best efforts to run him down, it was Johnny at the checkers by two car lengths.

Steve Bennett Jr. Tops PASS Mods;
Carey Martin Scores Sportsman Win

Hermon ME ( April 19)  The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Mods and Sportsman kicked off their 2009 campaigns at Speedway 95 Sunday, and when the dust cleared there was a new winner and a familiar face in victory lane.

Andy Shaw and Steve Bennett Jr. lined up on the front row of the 40 lap PASS Mod feature and Shaw jumped out front for seven laps before Bennett Jr. took over. Shaw battled back but the 66 headed for the pits a short time later when drive train problems ended his day. Early on it was Bennett Jr., Jerry Harrison and Scott Grant up front and the racing was tight. The PASS Mods were making their first start on 10 inch tires, and there were yellows galore marring the action. At the halfway mark it was still Bennett Jr., Harrison and Grant in the top three with Greg Ellis fourth. Harrisons challenge ended after a spin with Bill Dixon and Glenn Bradbury took over the third spot from Grant.

The top four raced nose to tail between bouts of yellow fever but Bennett held off all the challenges to win his first PASS Mod feature event. Scott Grant and Glenn Bradbury finished second and third; Bill Dixon and Jerry Harrison rounded out the top five. Shaw and Bennett Jr. captured the heat race wins.

There were 75 laps of PASS Sportsman action on tap and a strong field of the popular class lined up for their first feature of the new season. Mike Lynch and Lyman McKeage led the field to the green and McKeage took the top spot for five laps before sliding high and handing the lead to Chris Watson.Meanwhile Carey Martin had worked his way up to the second spot from sixth on the grid, ready to challenge for the lead. Martin took the lead on a lap nine restart and Dan McKeage followed Martin through for second and the battle was on. McKeage took over the top spot three laps later. McKeage, Martin and Mike Landry were the top three at the half way, and the red flag came out for Bobby Nadeau's flip a lap later.

When the green flew the top three remained the same but with ten to go the racing got serious. Landry took a shot at the lead and made it stick on lap sixty five, only to fall victim to a flat right front two laps later. With two to go Dan McKeage took the top spot away from Martin, but his dad Lyman sailed off turn three and brought out the final caution. The yellow set up a green-white-checker with McKeage on the pole and Martin outside. The top groove is usually the place to be on a restart at Speedway 95, and Martin took advantage to edge McKeage for the victory. 2008 PASS Sportsman Champ Richie Morse managed to work his way up to third; Duane Seekins and Mike Lynch finished fourth and fifth.

The PASS Mods and Sportsman are back on track Saturday May 2nd at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough Maine. Post time is 3:00 PM. Beech Ridge is on line at www.beechridge.com .

PASS MOD FEATURE FINISH (40 laps) - Speedway 95, Hermon ME - April 19 2009

1) 12 Steve Bennett Jr. , Buckfield ME 2) 27 Scott Grant, Waterboro ME 3) 85 Glenn Bradbury, Hollis Center ME 4) 29 Greg Ellis, Hermon ME 5) 33 Bill Dixon 6) 5 Jerry Harrison, Yarmouth ME 7) 14 Scott McDaniel, Livermore ME 8) 21 Sulo Burbank, Gorham ME 9) 01 Ronald Gooden Jr.. Whitefield NH 10) 50 Sumner Sessions, Norway ME 11) 66 Andy Shaw. Center Conway NH DNS Gary Norris, West Gardiner ME

PASS SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (75 laps) - Speedway 95, Hermon ME - April 19, 2009

1) 18 Carey Martin, Denmark ME 2) 38 Dan McKeage, Gorham ME 3) 34 Richie Morse, Waterford ME 4) 19S Duane Seekins, Stockton Springs ME 5) 02 Charlie Small, Gray, ME 6) 40 Mike Landry, Oakland ME 7) 48L Mike Lynch Winterport ME 8) 56 Mike Short 9) 60 Kyle Hart, Fryeburg ME 10) 5 John Kalel ll, Orrington ME 11) 22 Steve Bennett Sr., Buckfield ME 12) 02F David Fowler, Barnstead NH 13) 58 Lyman McKeage, Gorham ME 14) 80 Dana Reed, Shapleigh ME 15) 47 Nate Weston, Madison ME 16) 7 Shane Tatro, Levant ME 17) 35W Kris Watson 18) 35 Bobby Nadeau, Hollis ME 19) 48A Meagan Allen, Winterport ME 20) 22T Todd Goodness, E Concord VT

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Sun. April 19th at 2 PM

PASS NAPA 150 at Speedway 95:
Can Ben Rowe Score
the Hat Trick?

Naples ME (April 14)   The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North season kicks off Sunday April 19th at Speedway 95 in Hermon Maine with the NAPA 150 and fans of the fastest full fender short track series in the east are asking themselves, “can Ben Rowe Rowe score three PASS super late model wins in a row and lead the points in all three title chases?”

It will be no easy task, but the four time PASS North champion is definitely on an early season roll. With PASS South wins at Dillon (SC) Motor Speedway and Hickory (NC) Motor Speedway already under his belt, Rowe leads both the PASS South and National Championship title chases. A win in the NAPA 150 and a good run in his qualifying race could put Rowe on top of the North Series points as well, a feat never accomplished since PASS started the South super late model series in 2006.

Rowe will have his hands full with a strong field of super late models that will include defending PASS North champ Johnny Clark, 2008 race winners Travis Benjamin, Adam Bates, Derek Ramstrom and 2008 PASS Rookie of the Year D.J. Shaw, Scott Chubbuck, Kelly Moore and a host of new talent including Steve Legendre and John Dabrowski.

If licensed drivers are any indication, the PASS Sportsman and Mod divisions should see their ranks grow in 2009. Many of the top guns in the Sportsman class are back on board for 2009, including Steve Bennett Sr., 2008 Rookie of the Year Kyle Hart, Mike Landry, Duane Seekins, Shane Tatro and many more. New names and veterans dot the Mod list, including Greg Ellis, Scott McDaniel, Steve Bennett Jr. and Dan Somes. The Mods “move up” to 10 inch tires this season, and the quick, economical class should be even more exciting in 2009.

- NAPA Two for One Discount Coupon: 2 Adult Tickets for $10.00 each!
If you’ve made it this far, you’re in for an additional treat! NAPA will be offering a Two for One discount coupon, valid exclusively at the NAPA 150 at Speedway 95 this Sunday, and for the Father’s Day weekend (6/21) race at Unity Raceway. The two for one coupon brings the price of two adult tickets down to $10.00 each.

“We felt it was an opportune time to give back to the fans that have supported PASS in the North for nine seasons now,” said series President Tom Mayberry, “ and with the cooperation of NAPA we are able to offer this coupon for these two events. “ The Two for One coupon will be available in Bangor area NAPA stores late this week.

PASS North goes green for the first time in 2009 at Speedway 95 on Sunday April 19th at 2:00 PM sharp.

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By all indications, the Pro All Stars Series is alive and well heading into its ninth season under the guidance of series President, Tom Mayberry. The series will head into this season with a full head of steam, after last year's torrid point battle which wasn't decided until the final event of the season. The 2009 North Series will kick off the season at Speedway 95 in Herman, Maine on Sunday, April 19th.


As far as excitement goes, there is no more competitive racing than when the PASS Tour comes to town. The PASS Tour is known for its photo finishes and side by side racing throughout the field. The competition is so keen that in 2008, the top six Super Late Models were separated by just seventy-two points in the final standings in which Johnny Clark edged out Ben Rowe by a mere ten points, 2593 to 2583. Just sixteen points back was Travis Benjamin with 2577. Benjamin sat atop the standings for a good part of the season before slipping back to third in the final rundown. Hard charging youngster, Adam Bates came on strong in 2008 and secured the fourth position with 2571 points. Rounding out the top six in points contention were DJ Shaw, 2539 points, and Cassius Clark with 2521 points.


Three time, and defending Series champion, Hallowell, Maine's, Johnny Clark, is all set to defend his title against one of the most talented field of racers in the Northeast. Clark, whom collected four big wins in 2008, is prepared to take on all challengers in 2009, including the likes of four time PASS Super Late Model Series champion, Ben Rowe. Clark was a dominant car at many of the races in 2008, as he led 469 laps, which was more than double the amount of his nearest competitor, Cassius Clark. Johnny Clark, who is noted for his consistency, and bonsai charges to the front of the pack, managed eleven top ten finishes, and eight top five finishes to go along with his four wins in the fourteen events in route to his third Series title. Four time Series champion, Turner, Maine's, Ben Rowe, will likely be searching out one for the thumb this year, as he will look to improve on a season which saw him win a pair of races in 2008. Rowe led but 76 laps in 2008, but his consistency led him to the runner-up spot in the final standings. He garnered 11 top tens, and nine top fives along the way. Morrill, Maine's, Travis Benjamin is also set to challenge Clark for the title in 2009. Benjamin grabbed a big win last season at Scotia Speedworld, and almost pulled off the upset, falling just sixteen points short of a championship. Benjamin ran off nine consecutive top ten finishes to start the season, and ended up with twelve for the year.


There is a new generation of drivers all set to challenge for the championship in 2009. The young guns are poised and confident that they can now run at the front of the pack, pick up some wins, and pull of a championship. The big three, Adam Bates, DJ Shaw and Derek Ramstrom all showed the veterans that they have what it takes to be competitive at every event. Leading the way in 2009 will be Warner, New Hampshire's, Adam Bates, the 2008 PASS North most improved driver. Bates got stronger and stronger as the season progressed in 2008, winning a pair of events and claimed eleven top ten finishes and eight top five runs. Look for Bates to be a contender for the championship. Center Conway, New Hampshire speedster, DJ Shaw claimed the 2008 PASS Rookie of the Year award, plus the youngster captured two Super Late Model wins. The talented driver is following in the footsteps of his dad, noted car builder Dale Shaw, and he too has aspirations of unseating Clark for the championship. The third of the young lions is Derek Ranstrom, from West Boylston, Mass. Derek also picked up a win, and was competitive all season long. Keep your eye on this group as one of these drivers could end up being crowned the 2009 PASS Super Late Model champion.


Other notable drivers that certainly will create waves on the PASS tour in 2009 include Kelly Moore, Gary Smith, Richie Dearborn, Donnie Whitten and Scott Chubbuck. These names and a whole lot more will once again make the PASS Super Late Model Tour one of the premiere traveling organizations in the Northeast. Last season, one hundred-ten different drivers competed at the various venues. With this year's events including a first ever run at the "Cement Palace", Seekonk Speedway, Speedway 660 in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada and the return to Lee USA Speedway and Canaan Fair Speedway, you can rest assured that those numbers should easily be surpassed.


PASS North News In the Archives HERE

Series Contact:  Tommy Mayberry - (207) 693-6497

email: passracing@roadrunner.com

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