Saturday, June 13th
John Fleming, 3rd; Winner Ben
Rowe; and Adam Bates, 2nd.
Two Wins in a Row for Rowe
Naples ME (June 14) Ben Rowe hung out
in the top five for the majority of Saturday night's Pro All Stars
Series (PASS) 200 at Geary New Brunswick's Speedway 660 and took the
lead from Kirk Thibeau for good on lap 149 to claim his second PASS
North super late model win of 2009.
Adam Bates chased Rowe to the checkers and Nova Scotian John
Flemming returned to PASS competition with a third place finish.
Kirk Thibeau hung on to finish fourth with Travis Benjamin fifth.
Kelly Moore rebounded from a spectacular wreck at the touring
series' last outing at White Mountain Motorsports Park with a sixth
place run. Lonnie Sommerville dominated the first half of the 200
lap grind, but a flat shortly after the half way break set him back
to seventh Richie Dearborn, Shawn Tucker, and Greg Fahey completed
the top ten.
Problems beset a number of the PASS front runners. Johnny Clark lost
a right front wheel on lap 68, sending the point leader into the
sand banks. Clark returned many laps down to salvage a 14th place
finish. DJ Shaw started on the pole but suffered a flat tire and
lost several laps, eventually finishing fifteenth. An early race
wreck claimed Cassius Clark, local racer Brent Wiggins and Scott
Alexander. Local super late model favorite Dave O'Blenis was out at
the half-way mark.
Nine cars completed the 200 lap distance. The lead changed hands six
times amongst five drivers; eleven cautions slowed the race. DJ
Shaw, Kelly Moore and Adam Bates claimed the qualifying races.
Next weekend it's a doubleheader for the PASS super late models. The
PASS South warriors head for Georgia's New Senoia Raceway for the
Dixie 150 on Saturday night June 20th. The PASS North teams will
take on "Maine's Toughest Oval", Unity Raceway on Sunday afternoon
June 21st for the NAPA 150. The PASS
Mod and PASS Sportsman series complete that card, and
there are two-for-one admission coupons
available now at all northern New England NAPA stores.
Saturday, June 13th
1) 4 - Ben
Rowe - Turner, ME -200
2) 98 - Adam Bates - Warner, NH -200
3) 97 - John Fleming - Halifax, NS - 200
4) 28 - Kirk Thibeau - Fort Fairfield, ME - 200
5) 17 - Travis Benjamin - Stetson, ME - 200
47 - Kelly Moore - Scarborough, ME -200
7) 23 - Lonnie Sommerville - St. John, NB - 200
8) 33 - Richie Dearborn - Hollis, ME - 200
9) 52 - Shawn Tucker - Fredericton, NB - 200
10) 20F - Greg Fahey - St. Stephen, NN - 199
11) 87 - Matt Harris - Fredericton Junction, NB - 199
12) 85 - Nick Ribbe - Kingston, ME -199
13) 35 -
Derek Ramstrom - Worcester,
14) 54 - Johnny Clark - Hallowell, ME -178
15) 60 - DJ Shaw - Center Conway, NH -175
16) 20 - Steve Legendre - Danville, VT -137
17) 8 - Cassius Clark - Farmington, ME -135
18) 17W - Brent Wiggins - Fredericton, NB - 113
19) 17a - Scott Alexander - Orrington, ME - 103
20) 48 - Dave O'Benis - Boundary Creek, NB - 100
21) 12 - John Drabrowski - W. Bridgewater, MA - 92
22) 5 - Chris Staples - Brunswick, ME -78
Saturday, June 13th - 7 PM
|No Time to Waste for
Sommerville as PASS North Debut is Next
|Saint John, NB 5/9/09-
Speedway 660 to Riverside International Speedway and then back to
Speedway 660, that's been the schedule for Saint John native Lonnie
Sommerville so far this season and it doesn't get any easier in the
foreseeable future. Sommerville, coming off of an impressive third
place finish in race two of the Carquest Maritime Pro Stock Tour
this weekend will do a quick turn around as he will prepare for a
200 lap PASS North race at Speedway 660 this Saturday.
This weekend's race at Riverside was a test in itself for the Lonnie
Sommerville Racing team. At the end of day practice and qualifying
sessions the #23 A. E. McKay Builders Chevy Impala stood just
twelfth on the speed charts. Fortunately enough for the team,
changes made to the car prior to the 100 lap feature event proved to
be a wise decision in the end. Lonnie crossed the line third for his
best finish of the 2009 season but more importantly the finish
should move him within the top three in series points.
"We came and tested on Friday and were terrible and then all the
rain came on Saturday and I was hoping it was going to rain so much
we wouldn't be able to race because we were just that bad. But my
crew guys stayed at it all day and made some changes to the car
before the heat races and the car actually raced pretty well. We
just needed a few more cautions to really have a shot at the top
spot, but to end up third after the way the car was all weekend
really made third place feel pretty good," stated Sommerville.
While most tour regulars will enjoy their off weekend Lonnie will
have no time to waste as he will defend both his home track and his
home turf as the American invaders that make up the PASS North tour
will do battle for 200 laps Saturday June 13th at Speedway 660 in
"The PASS series, whether you're racing in the north or south, is a
tough series with some talented drivers. Our team seems to be
getting better each week and with Speedway 660 being our home track
we're pretty confident that we should run pretty well. If we could
win that race it would mean so much to me and the racing community
in Canada all together," added Sommerville who lead the most laps in
PASS South competition early this season at Hickory (NC).
Stay tuned to
www.lonniesommerville.com for all the latest news and
information regarding Lonnie Sommerville Racing in 2009.
Saturday, June 13th - 7 PM
Johnny Clark Leads the Pro All Stars
to Speedway 660
Naples ME ( June 9, 2009) The super cars and stars of the Pro All
Stars Series (PASS) North return to Speedway 660 in the Geary Woods
of New Brunswick Canada on Saturday June 13th and the super late
model series regulars are looking forward to their only event in the
Maritimes for 2009.
PASS has two previous appearances at Speedway 660 (a 2007 event was
lost to rain) and some familiar faces were on the podium. The late
Scott Fraser topped the field in 2003, with Ben Rowe second and
Johnny Clark in third. Rowe came home first in the series' inaugural
appearance in 2002, with "Sud'n" Sam Sessions in the runner up spot
and Kirk Thibeau third.
While this will be the first extra distance PASS sanctioned event at
Speedway 660, PASS regulars have fared well in the tracks annual
open competition Peterbilt 250. Johnny Clark has a win in the 2007
edition, and Kirk Thibeau has visited victory lane in Speedway 660's
extra distance event as well.
Clark, Rowe and Thibeau will all be on hand for Saturday's showdown,
and entries have been filed for Travis Benjamin, Kelly Moore, Richie
Dearborn, Super Sophomore DJ Shaw, Adam Bates, Scott Alexander,
Rookie John Danbrowski and Nick Ribbe.
Cassius Clark, Chris Staples, Rookie Steve Legendre and Derek
Ramstrom are all expected to make the trip to take on the Maritime
racers on their home turf. Shawn Turple, Lonnie Somerville, John
Flemming and Marty Prevost have all competed successfully with the
PASS touring regulars this season.
After four of the fourteen event 2009 PASS North schedule, Johnny
Clark is on top of the points heap, leading a surprisingly strong
Chris Staples by sixteen points (875-858). Derek Ramstrom trails
Staples by just six points in third. Ben Rowe sits in fourth, two
points back from Ramstrom (852-850) and Adam Bates rounds out the
top five with 849. Clark has two feature wins (Unity Raceway,
Speedway 95) while Staples (Beech Ridge Motor Speedway) and a
resurgent Rowe (White Mountain Motorsports Park) each have a win a
Gates open at 1:00 PM for the Pro All Stars 200, with practice
slated from 3:00 until 6:00 PM. The racing goes green at 7:00 PM.
The Speedway is located at 588 Branch Road in Geary, New Brunswick,
Canada, just outside the city of Fredericton Rain Date is Sunday at
2:00 PM. For more information on Speedway 660, visit