-- SUNDAY, JAN. 31ST --
Winner: Brad Leighton in the RMR #55
Sam Watts #73, 3rd; Winner Brad Leighton #55, & Johnny Clark #54, 2nd

Winner Brad Leighton celebrates with the Richard Moody Racing team.

Samsula FL ( 1/31/10) Brad Leighton took advantage of a late race restart to power around Johnny Clark for the win in the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) super late model Winterfest 150 at New Smyrna Speedway Sunday afternoon. Sam Watts, Jeff Choquette and Lonnie Sommerville chased the top two to the checkers.

The race was Leighton’s’ first with Richard Moody Racing, the team that earned the 2009 PASS National title with Ben Rowe at the wheel.

Johnny Clark set fast time with a lap of 17.505 seconds, followed by Sam Watts (17.534), Jeff Choquette (17.535), Brad Leighton (17.601) and Preston Peltier (17.629).

Eight cars completed all 150 green flag laps in a race slowed by twelve caution periods. Leighton, Clark, Peltier, Choquette, Watts and Ben Rowe each took one or more turns at the front of the field. Rowe’s day ended in a turn one wreck, relegating the defending PASS South and National Champion to a 14th place finish.

1 - 55 - Brad Leighton - Center Harbor, NH
2 - 54 - Johnny Clark - Hallowel, ME
3 - 73 - Sam Watts - Winter Springs, FL
4 - 33 - Jeff Choquette - Luxahatchee, FL
5 - 23 - Lonnie Sommerville - St. John, NB, CN
6 - 20 - Steve Legendre - St. Johnsbury, VT
7 - 26 - Preston Peltier - Harrisburg, NC
8 - 4s - Jay Fogleman - Durham, NC
9 - 04 - Jared Foley - Williamsburg, KY
10 - 127 - Kyle Maynard - Weirsdale, FL
11 - 5 - Kevin Ingram - Auburndale, FL
12 - 6- Dale Brackett - Strong, ME
13 - 88 - Justin Larson - Clearwater, FL
14 - 48 - Ben Rowe - Turner, ME
15 - 36 - Tim Russell - Apopka, FL
16 - 35 - Devin Jones - Mooresville, NC
17 - 08 - Joey Gase - Cedar Rapids, IA
18 - 51 - Steve Nasse - Pinellas Park, FL
19 - 62 - Brandon Ward - Winston-Salem, NC
20 - 8 - Eddie Gainey - Fort White, FL
21 - 61 - Mario Gosselin - Lake Wales, FL
22 - 15 - Clay Jones - Goldsboro, NC
NEW SMYRNA, FL - 1/31/10
NEW SMYRNA, FL - 1/29/10
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Ben Rowe, Johnny Clark, and Jay Fogleman at the Augusta EXPO
Multi-Time Champs Team Up For PASS National Race

FARMINGDALE, Maine -- With 10 championships between them, Maine racers Ben Rowe and Johnny Clark are teaming up for a winter road trip.

A long winter road trip -- to Florida.

Rowe, who has four PASS North Series championships as well as PASS South and PASS National championships on his resume, and Clark will field a joint effort for the inaugural PASS Winterfest 150 at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway on Jan. 29-30. The event is the first of five PASS National Championship races scheduled for the
2010 season.
"We wanted to go down and support this race, because we think it could grow into something really big in the future," said Clark, a four-time PASS North champion, including the last two series titles. "If everything goes well, we should both have a chance to win this one."

Clark's race hauler will carry both his familiar Clark's Car Crushing No. 54 and Rowe's new Community Pharmacies No. 48. The deal to pool the resources of Johnny Clark Motorsports and Mulkern Racing was finalized at last weekend's Northeast Motorsports Expo held at the Augusta Civic Center.

Rowe was named Touring Series Driver of the Year at the Expo.

"I think it's going to be a lot of fun," said Rowe, who will debut with his new team and new crew chief, Seth Holbrook, at New Smyrna. "Me and Johnny have never teamed up before, so it's going to be a blast."

Of the two drivers, only Clark has New Smyrna experience, having competed on multiple occasions in the annual New Smyrna World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing held each February. He compared New Smyrna's high-banked half-mile layout to Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway, a track familiar to PASS North Series competitors.

"It's a lot like Thompson," Clark said. "It's big and fast, and it's definitely a fun and challenging track. It's extremely hard on brakes, and you need one of the biggest motors you can find there."

Rowe said he'll take Clark's word for it, having never raced at New Smyrna himself. He has, however, watched a number of races there from the pit area.

"It does race a lot like Thompson -- at least that's what Johnny tells me," Rowe said. "Hopefully he'll help me out when we get there and we can go from there.

"We're going to take a bunch of guys from the north down there and see what we can do together."
Naples ME – Race teams from all over the eastern Seaboard will be hitting the road this week, on route to the Sunshine State for the inaugural PASS Winterfest 150 at New Smyrna (FL) Speedway on Saturday January 30th.

The long haulers from the Northeast will hit the highway first. PASS North young gun Steve Legendre has a long trip from the Green Mountain state of Vermont, as do four- time PASS North Champions Ben Rowe and, Johnny Clark. PASS super late model newcomer Dale Brackett will make a run at the five- race PASS National Championship Series that kicks off with round one on Saturday at New Smyrna.

Richard Moody’s RMR team earned the 2009 PASS South and National titles with Ben Rowe behind the wheel. They will travel south from the Maine coast and New Smyrna will mark the first appearance of multi time touring series champ Brad Leighton in Moody’s immaculate racer. Ditto for Ben Rowe and Scott Mulkern; it’s the first race for this new driver/owner combine and PASS Winterfest is the perfect opportunity for the new team to get acquainted. Look for both teams to be immediate threats for the win right out of the box.

Lonnie Sommerville should get the Long haul award with a 1,700 mile tow down from the Canadian maritimes, and Daytona area resident Mike Skinner’s team with driver Shane Snipes could claim the shortest.

Tim Russell, Mario Gosselin, Jeff Choquette, Jay Fogleman, Preston Peltier, Clay Jones, Devin Jones, Brandon Ward and Justin Lawson are but a few of the names expected to fill a talented field at New Smyrna on January 30.

150 green flag laps with double-file restarts guarantee fans of the fastest full fendered short track racers in the country an exciting show from green to checker.

Race teams will have the opportunity to practice on Friday January 29 from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Pit gates will open at 12:00 Noon. On race day January 30 the pit area opens at 10:00 AM, practice runs from 12:00 to 2:30 PM and Super Late Model time trials get underway at 3:30 P.M.

New Smyrna Speedway is on line at  Address media and marketing questions to Norm Desjardins at
(603) 539-3368. For technical information please contact PASS
Technical Director Scott Reed at (207) 625-3230.
Florida Racing Season Heats Up with
at New Smyrna Speedway
NAPLES ME (1/13) Super Late Model racers from all over the eastern seaboard are ready to shake off the winter doldrums and take on the high banks of New Smyrna Speedway when the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models invade the sunshine state on January 30th for The PASS WINTERFEST 150.

The entry list is growing daily and all indications point to a battle royal between Florida’s fastest, the PASS super late model touring pros and a host of outlaws that seek out the biggest races and the toughest competition.

Tim Russell was first to file his entry for Winterfest and the Apopka driver has to be considered one of the favorites. He’s got plenty of extra distance event wins at the legendary short track, and it will be tough to beat the home track boys at their own game. Still, there’s a bunch of tough customers that are going to give it their best shot, including four time PASS North Super Late Model Champion Johnny Clark, who will make the trip from Maine to tackle New Smyrna. Lonnie Sommerville is a journeyman racer from the Canadian Maritimes, and he can’t wait to take on the challenge. Brandon Ward has taken over the wheel of Jeff and Jane Day’s potent New Day Motorsports entry, and you can expect this combination from Winston-Salem North Carolina to make some noise right out of the box.

Dale Brackett is making a run at the PASS National Championship in 2010, and he will tow all the way from Strong, Maine for round one of the five race PASS National Championship schedule.

Local racer Shane Snipes will be behind the wheel of a Mike Skinner owned super late model, and two of the best from the Carolinas, Jay Fogleman and Preston Peltier, have both committed to the January 30 race. Heath Hindman will make the trip from Tennessee and North Carolina’s Clay Jones has his race car prepared for the 150 green flag laps that are one of the signatures of the Pro All Stars. Since the series’ inception in 2001, all feature events race the advertised distance under green; all restarts are double file, so the action is guaranteed to be fast and furious for all 150 laps round the tough oval.

For the hardcore race fan it will be a double header weekend of diverse motorsport. Just up the road at Daytona International Speedway the Rolex 24 at Daytona gets the green at 3:30 on January 30 and the checkered won’t drop until 3:30 PM on Sunday January 31th. It’s one of the most grueling endurance racing around and short track and road racing fans alike have a rare and unique opportunity to see the best of two motorsport worlds on the weekend of January 30 and 31.
Tim Russell Files First Entry
for PASS Florida Winterfest
CHARLOTTE, NC (DECEMBER 8) – Ever since it was announced in late October, few races have generated more buzz than the Pro All Stars Series first ever trip to Florida. PASS Florida Winterfest will be held at New Smyrna Speedway on January 29-30, 2010, and will bring together some of Super Late Model racing’s top drivers from across the country to do battle in the season’s first major event. Adding to the importance of this event will be the fact that Florida Winterfest will also be the first PASS National points race of 2010.

Lake Mary, FL driver Tim Russell has been hard to beat in the state of Florida in recent years winning championships in both the Sunbelt Super Late Model Series and the Bright House Challenge Series. In 2009, Russell won his second Florida Triple Crown Championship and, just recently, won the prestigious Governor’s Cup 200 at New Smyrna Speedway for the first time in his career. And now, Russell becomes the first driver to file an entry for PASS Florida Winterfest.

“I think Florida Winterfest is gonna be huge,” said Russell. “PASS has a great following and is a great series. Hopefully we can run good and get a few more PASS races in Florida. We wanted to run some PASS South events last year, but the funding wasn’t there. We’re hoping to run well at Winterfest and maybe run a few more PASS South events in 2010.”

Despite numerous wins in Florida and a wealth of knowledge at New Smyrna Speedway specifically, Russell knows he will have his work cut out for him beating the PASS regulars and other Super Late Model drivers heading to Florida from around the country.

“Based on the following PASS has and with all the cars we have here in Florida, I think we can get at least 30 or 40 cars for Winterfest,” said Russell. “With our past success at New Smyrna, I think we have a good chance at winning, but we know the cars from the Carolinas along with the Rowes and Clarks will be tough to beat.”

And, with Florida Winterfest being the first PASS National event, Russell has not ruled out a run for the championship .“Basically we would have to take a look at everything, weigh it all out, and see what we might be able to do,” said Russell.


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