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Lee USA Speedway - The PASS Bastille 200 - Tuesday, July 14th
Louis Mechalides, 2nd; Winner Johnny Clark; and Cassius Clark, 3rd.
UnOfficial Finish - PASS Bastille 200 - 7-14-09
1) 54 - Johnny Clark, Hallowell, ME - 200
2) 1 - Louis Mechalides, Montville, MA - 200
3) 8 - Cassius Clark, Farmington, ME - 200
4) 14m - Matt Fraham, North Salem, NH - 200
5) 71 - Eddie MacDonald, Rowley, MA - 200
6) 97 - Joey Pole - Hudson, NH - 200
7 ) 7 - Donnie Whitten - Biddeford, ME - 200
8) 33 - Richie Dearborn, Hollis, ME - 200
9) 35 - Derek Ramstrom, W. Boylston, MA - 200
10) 85 - Nick Ribbe, Kingston, MA - 200
11) 77 - Scott Chubbuck, Dresden, ME - 199
12) 60 - D.J. Shaw - Center Conway, NH - 199
13) 98 - Adam Bates, Warner, NH - 199
14) 01jr - Wayne Helliwell, Pelham, NH - 197
15) 17 - Travis Benjamin, Morrill, ME - 197
16) 51 - Michael Pope, Concord, NC - 197
17) 17a - Scott Alexander - Glenburn, ME - 197
18) 6 - Steve Desmarais - Westport, MA - 191
19) 12 - John Dabrowski, W. Bridgewater, MA - 188
20) 4n -Ben Rowe, Turner, ME - 117
21) 22 - Harry Olson, Salisbury, MA - 111
22) 11 - Steve Johnson, Rochester, NH - 108
23) 20 - Steve Legendre, St Johnsbury, VT - 79
24) 23 - Dave Farrington Jr., Jay, ME - 78
25) 10 - Steve Knowlton, Ipswitch, MA - 29
26) 14h - Aric Almirola - Tampa, FL - 22
27) 47 - Kelly Moore, Scarborough, ME - 22
28) 73 - Joey Doiron, Berwick, ME - 8
Photos by Jamie Williams and Norm Marx
Johnny Clark PASS North King Pin at Lee USA Bastille 200;
Andy Shaw's the PASS Mod Winner
LEE NH (7/14/2009) Johnny Clark grabbed the race lead from Joey Pole on lap 123 of the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Bastille 200 and held off a green-white-checker challenge from Louis Mechalides to earn his third PASS North super late model win of 2009 at Lee USA Speedway Tuesday night. Mechalides settled for runner-up and Cassius Clark scored his first podium appearance since April, finishing third. Matt Frahm earned a career best fourth, and Eddie MacDonald completed the top five.

Clark's key to victory came when the front runners came down pit road for fuel and a two-tire change on lap 117. Mechalides won his heat race and started from the pole, and the infrequent PASS competitor was the class of the field In the Cat Scales 1C. Clark had worked his way to second from eleventh on the grid and his team got him out front of the pack that pitted, while Mechalides came out seventh. The quick stop resulted in Clark lining up fifth on the restart and Mechalides back in the pack, fifteenth.

Mechalides made a second stop during a quick caution and on the restart Clark quickly worked past Joey Pole to take over the top spot. Meanwhile Mechalides was weaving his way through the field, cracking the top five on lap 147 as the race stayed under green. It was Clark, Pole, Cassius Clark, Derek Ramstrom and Mechalides with fifty to go, and at lap 172 Mechalides took over second. Clark had built up a considerable lead but a skirmish that collected Travis Benjamin, Michael Pope and DJ Shaw on lap 198 gave Mechalides one last shot at the leader. Clark kept his cool and got a great restart, leaving Mechalides to settle for second.

While Clark was victorious, most of the PASS point title contenders didn't fare as well. Ben Rowe was in contention until he knocked the right front corner off his race car after contact with a spinning Harry Olson. Rowe retired at lap 117 and finished 20th. Adam Bates pounded the wall Saturday at Thompson International Speedway but the PASS racing community came through for the team in a big way. With a borrowed race car from Distance Racing and one of Kelly Moore's power plants under the hood, Bates kept his title hopes alive with a thirteenth place finish. Derek Ramstrom backed up his Thompson win with a ninth place run which will move him up the points ladder.

Andy Shaw continued his PASS Mod dominance at Lee, coming from twelfth on the grid to lead on lap 19 of their feature to capture his second straight Lee win and third Mod win of 2009. Sumner Sessions earned his best PASS Mod finish to date with a second and Gary Norris took the checkers in third.

PASS North teams take a week off before getting back on track at Groveton New Hampshire's Riverside Speedway on Saturday July 25. Both the super late models and mods are on the card, part of the speedways' annual Summerfest that includes plenty of racing and monster trucks too. Post time is 5:00 PM. PASS South is off to the Volunteer State on Saturday July 18th for the Daniel Boone Classic at Newport (TN) Speedway.
UnOfficial Finish - PASS MODS - Lee USA Speedway - 7/14/09
1) 66 - Andy Shaw, Center Conway NH  
2) 50 - Sumner Sessions, Norway ME  
3) 03 - Gary Norris Jr., West Gardiner ME  
4) 56 - Dan Somes, Belgrade ME  
5) 85 - Glen Bradbury, Hollis Center ME
6) 12  - Steve Bennett Jr., Buckfield ME
7) 27  - Scott Grant, Waterboro ME
8) 29 - Greg Ellis, Hermon ME
9) 33 - Bill Dixon, North Waterboro ME
10) 4 - Wayne Whitten Jr., Arundel ME
11) 14 - Scott McDaniel, Livermore ME
12) 31 - Glen Boss , Danielson CT
13) 26 - Bobby Studley Jr., Sidney ME
14) 21 - Sulo Burbank , Gorham ME
New Names Stepping Up to Challenge the PASS Regulars at LEE USA Speedway
Naples ME (July 6) The fastest full fendered race cars in the east are back! Lee USA Speedway will host the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North super late models for a special Tuesday night July 14 appearance at the Route 125 oval, and the series competitor's couldn't be more pleased with their return to the immaculate speedway that hosted the first ever PASS race nine seasons ago.

Dale Shaw was the victor that time around, and DJ Shaw will look to follow in his father's footsteps He's already visited Lee USA victory lane in a late model and has to be considered one of the favorites on Tuesday night. His dad will be behind the wheel of a second Dennis Ciotti super late model for the Bastille PASS 200 in a rare on track appearance for the veteran racer and car builder. Steve Knowlton will be behind the wheel of Ciotti's primary car, and he's well capable of putting it up front at Lee.

The Bastille PASS 200 will have a little southern flavor added. Michael Pope will attempt his first PASS North race behind the wheel of SPEED TV personality Bob Dillner's potent machine, and Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing Sprint Cup Series driver Aric Almirola will travel to New Hampshire to pilot his friend D.J. Howards' car.
The Howards are well known to Lee USA fans and D.J.'s home track experience makes this pairing an immediate threat. Wayne Helliwell Jr. will be taking his family super late model out of mothballs for his first PASS start in several seasons, and if anyone has the home track advantage it's Helliwell.

In addition to Shaw's 2001 PASS win, the travelling pros visited Lee USA on two occasions in 2004. Richie Dearborn and Tracy Gordon each went home with a victory and Dearborn will be back to try and get his first win of 2009.

Two names noticeably absent from the victory column at LEE USA are Johnny Clark and Ben Rowe. The pair has seven PASS titles between them and they both have to be hungry for a Lee win. It's one of only a handful of tracks that neither has conquered, and one that has to be on top of both drivers must win lists.

The 200 lap distance will add pit strategy to the mix and guarantee a cliff hanger of a finish. Expect all the usual front runners to be on hand; Adam Bates, Derek Ramstrom, Kelly Moore, Travis Benjamin, Scott Chubbuck, Chris Staples and many , many more. It's likely that the Bastille 200 will see several surprise entrants from the southern tier due to the special Tuesday night schedule.

The PASS Mods will share the bill along with Lee's own small block supermodifieds and Iron Man series. The action gets underway at a special start time of 6:00 PM, so make plans now to be at Lee USA for the only PASS super late model stop in Southern New Hampshire this season.

Lee USA Speedway can be found at www.leeusaspeedway.com.  


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