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by Norm Marx
nmarx-dtp@attbi.com

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Unity Raceway - 5/10/03

DNK Select Used Cars Presents
THE UNITY 150

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The Finish - Peter Taylor Photo

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Ben Rowe (center) makes it to the finish line by inches over Johnny Clark (right) and both cars
end up in the outside dirt banks.  Mike Rowe (left) comes home right behind in third.

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  Race Action:
 

Official Finish - Unity Raceway - 5/10/03

DNK Select Used Cars Presents
THE UNITY 150

1 00 - Ben Rowe
2 54 - Johnny Clark
3 24x - Mike Rowe
4 29 - Scot Chubbuck
5 85 - Doug Averill
6 77 - Dave Gorveat
7 75 - Gary Smith
8 60 - Dale Shaw
9 0 - Sammy Sessions
10 33 - Richie Dearborn
11 02 - Kenny Wright
12 17 - Travis Benjamin
13 38 - Chuck LaChance
14 37 - Larry Gelinas
15 34 - Joe Squeglia
16 24k - Travis Khiel
17 84 - Scott Mulkern
18 1 - Randy Turner
19 8 - Cassius Clark
20 47 - Louie Mechalides
21 43 - Matt Hughes
22 9 - Dean Fuller
23 96 - Doc Suske
24 24 - Wayne Helliwell

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Sunoco Race Fuels Time Trials

Order Car # Fastest Time
1 54 14.648
2 0 14.792
3 75 14.816
4 77 14.862
5 85 14.862
6 1 14.873
7 33 14.878
8 24X 14.884
9 34 14.895
10 47 14.940
11 00 14.945
12 29 14.945
13 24 14.955
14 8 14.978
15 02 14.987
16 37 15.015
17 38 15.026
18 84 15.036
19 60 15.077
20 9 15.129
21 43 15.142
22 24k 15.372
23 17 15.380
24 96 15.935

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RESULTS
Place Heat 1 Heat 2 Dash
1 00 29 54
2 24 84 77
3 38 37 0
4 60 8 47
5 02 24k 34
6 17 9 24x
7 43 96 1
8 - - 85
9 - - 33
10 - - 75

Rowe Steals Clark’s Thunder at Unity

Ben Rowe played the waiting game in Saturday night’s Pro All Stars Series150 lapper at Unity Raceway and his patience paid off. Rowe took advantage of an opening on the bottom on the final lap to steal away the lead from 2002 PASS Rookie of the Year Johnny Clark to earn the victory by a margin of less than six inches (.024 seconds) in the closest feature race finish in Pro All Stars Series racing history.

Clark had dominated the night, earning the fast time in Sunoco Race Fuels Time Trials with a lap of 14.648 seconds. Luck was on his side for the dash redraw when he pulled the number one spot and led wire to wire to put his DNK Select Used Cars Monte Carlo on the pole for the feature. Clark took the lead from the green and showed signs of dominance early on, building up a half-straightaway lead on his challengers. Dave Gorveatt kept the pressure on in the early going, and Louie Mechalides later took up the challenge, slipping under Gorveatt on the event’s first restart at lap 52. Mike Rowe was next to take on Clark, charging past both Gorveatt and Mechalides to run second and slowly peck away at Clark’s substantial lead.

Meanwhile, Ben Rowe had worked his Mechanical Services/Superior Image double zero up to third at lap 100 from an uncharacteristic 11th starting position. Rowe took advantage of a rare restart on lap 125 to put the move on his dad and take over the second spot, setting his sights on Clark. Clark was up to the challenge though as he controlled the pace and maintained his lead with Ben Rowe, Mike Rowe, Sam Sessions, Chubbuck, Dale Shaw and Doug Averill hot on his heels. On the event’s final restart Clark offered up an opening on the bottom and Rowe took advantage, powering up under Clark and edging forward ever so slowly.

On the final lap the pair battled door to door off of turn four rubbing fenders, tires, and body panels down to the stripe and sailing off the race track in turn one after both drivers gave it their all come home victorious. Rowe led the lap that counted for his first PASS victory of the young season. Clark led every lap but the last for second with Mike Rowe third, Scott Chubbuck fourth and Doug Averill fifth. Dave Gorveatt, Sam Sessions, Dale Shaw, Larry Gelinas and Gary Smith rounded out the top ten. Ben Rowe and Scott Chubbuck each captured heat race wins, and Joe Squeglia earned Northern Race Tires Rookie of the Race honors for his fifteenth place finish.

The Pro All Stars Series travels to Canaan Fair Speedway on Route 118 in Canaan New Hampshire next Sunday afternoon when Shaker Valley Auto Sales of Enfield presents the Pro All Stars Series 150. Sunoco Race Fuels Time Trials get underway at 1 PM. For more information, please visit www.CanaanFairSpeedway.com.

ORDER OF FINISH – 5/11/03 DNK Select Used Cars presents the UNITY 150 - Unity Raceway – Unity, ME
1) Ben Rowe, Mechanical Service/Superior Images Chevrolet
2) Johnny Clark, DNK Select Used Cars Chevrolet
3) 24x Mike Rowe, K&K Excavating Chevrolet
4) 29 Scott Chubbuck, Cushman Competition Ford
5) 85 Doug Averill VIP Chevrolet
6) Dave Gorveatt, Johnston’s Home Style Products Chevrolet
7) 75 Gary Smith, Sky Burrill/Uncle Henry’s Chevrolet
8) Dale Shaw G.O.D./American Air Systems Dodge
9) 0 Sam Sessions, Auburn Metal Fabrication/Typar House Wrap Chevrolet
10) 33 Richie Dearborn Chadwick Baross/Dayton Sand and Gravel Chevrolet
11) 02 Kenny Wright, Newmarket Sand and Gravel Chevrolet
12) Travis Benjamin, Belfast Variety Ford
13) 38 Chuck LaChance, Fuller AutoMall Ford,
14) 37 Larry Gelinas/Digby's Variety Chevrolet
15) 34 Joe Squeglia, Devito Companies/Northeast Recycling Chevrolet
16) 24K Travis Kheil, Kheil Logging/Beachcliff Sardines Chevrolet
17) 84 Scott Mulkern, Community Pharmacies Dodge
18) 1 Randy Turner, Watson Racing Heads Chevrolet
19) 8 Cassius Clark, Chapman Trucking Ford
20) 47 Louie Mechalides, MacLellan Metal Finishing Chevrolet
21) 43 Matt Hughes RE/Max-Hughes Construction Chevrolet
22) 9 Dean Fuller, Sonny's Trailer-B & K Embroidery Chevrolet
23) 96 Chet “Doc” Suske, Chevrolet
24) Wayne Helliwell, Carleton Robie Chevrolet

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