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by Norm Marx
nmarx-dtp@comcast.net

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Lee USA Speedway - 5/21/04

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Gordon Takes the American Car Care Centers 150
at Lee USA Speedway - Fri. 5/21

Tracy Gordon recovered from a lap 21 wreck that left his CAP Trust Financial/SNF Crane Chevy battered but not broken to win Friday nights’ Pro All Stars Series American Car Care Centers 150 at Lee (NH) USA Speedway.

Gordon made the winning move on Johnny Clark with six laps to go and raced away for his second career PASS victory. Clark crossed the stripe in second and GeGe Gravel earned third after leading the most laps. Gary Smith put on a late race charge to come home in fourth and 2002-2003 series champ Ben Rowe raced back to fifth after being caught up in several of the night’s caution flags.

Scott Mulkern, Wayne Helliwell Jr., Rick Martin, Mike Rowe and Eddie MacDonald completed the top ten.

Forty of the Northeast’s top Pro Stocks were on hand for practice and thirty eight answered the call for Sunoco Race Fuel time trials. Ben Rowe turned the only sub-fifteen second lap to earn the fast time award with a 14.979 clocking.

Gordon was hot on his heels at 15.014; Cassius Clark, Larry Gelinas, Johnny Clark, Wayne Helliwell Jr., GeGe Gravel, Scott Mulkern, Joe Squelia and Sam Sessions completed the top ten, with a spread of less than two tenths separating Sessions’ 15.171 lap from Rowe’s fast time.

Gravel pulled the number one spot for the Dash race to set the top ten and came home on top to earn the pole for the American Car Care Centers 150, closely followed by Gordon, Ben Rowe, Cassius Clark, and Larry Gelinas. Mulkern, Helliwell, Johnny Clark Sessions and Squelia rounded out the field and would start the feature in the sixth through tenth positions.

Gravel and Gordon brought the thirty-two car field down to the green and Gravel prevailed with Gordon, Ben Rowe, Cassius Clark, Helliwell and Gelinas in tow.


The nights’ first caution changed the complexion of the whole race. As the leaders started to run down the back of the pack, Peter Oakes and Travis Benjamin got together on the backstretch and both Gordon and Rowe were caught up in the wreck, both with enough damage to send them to the pit area and to the rear of the field. Gravel managed to avoid the melee and continued on the point.

The restart brought problems for two more of the front runners when Cassius Clark slipped up in turn one with a deflating right front tire and sent Larry Gelinas hard into the turn one concrete. Gelinas’ night was over and Clark headed for the pits for repairs.

At the half-way mark it was still Gravel battling Johnny Clark and Mulkern with Eddie MacDonald up to fourth and Helliwell fifth. Sessions, Travis Kheil, Donnie Whitten, Gary Smith and Dale Shaw raced in sixth through tenth. Gravel maintained the lead for an extended green as Mulkern and Clark staging a see-saw battle for second Both Ben Rowe and Gordon had cracked the top ten once again. Rowe got caught up in a lap 113 yellow that didn’t eliminate any of the racers but sent them all to the back of the lineup.

Helliwell was the next to challenge Gravel, up to second but losing the battle for the lead into turn one on the restart. Clark got back by Helliwell and took away Gravel’s race long lead on lap 118, pulling away and looking like a winner.

But Tracy Gordon was coming. What looked like two roils of duct tape and a missing fender didn’t seem to slow the veteran from Strong at all. At lap 120 he stood third and on lap 130 he snatched second away from Gravel.

Clark had built up a substantial lead but when Gordon cleared Gravel he quickly ate away at Clark’s margin. Gordon made his trip from back to front complete on lap 144, making the pass on Clark and setting sail for an eight car length margin of victory.

PASS heat race wins went to Travis Kheil, Donnie Whitten and Gary Smith; Peter Oakes won the consolation round. Chris Ross earned the Northern Race Tires Rookie of the race award for his sixteenth place finish.

New England Allison Legacy Series

Kyle Coolidge was the winner in the New England Allison Legacy feature at Lee 
over Dave Sullivan and Ron Bryant.

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Practice & Time Trials

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Order of Finish – American Car Care Centers 150
1) 14G Tracy Gordon, Strong ME - CAP Trust Financial/SNF Crane Chevy
2) 54 Johnny Clark Farmingdale ME - DNK Select 250/Clark’s Cars and Parts Chev
3) 54G GeGe Gravel, Groton MA - Eliminator Inc./Downeast Drilling Chev
4) 75 Gary Smith , Bangor ME - UncleHenrys.com Chev
5) 00 Ben Rowe, Turner ME - Mechanical Services Chev
6) 84 Scott Mulkern, Falmouth ME - Community Pharmacies Dodge
7) 01 Wayne Helliwell Jr., Pelham NH - Zelonis Excavating/Eliminator Inc. Chev
8) 14 Rick Martin, Westport MA - G Lopes Construction Chev
9) 24X Mike Rowe, Turner ME - K&K Excavating/Emerson Chevrolet Chev
10) 87 Eddie MacDonald Newburyport MA - Digby’s Variety Chev
11) 0 Sam Sessions, So. Paris ME - Auburn Metal Fab Chev
12) 66C Bobby Cabral, E. Kingston NH - MacArthur Oil Co. Pontiac
13) 34 Joe Squelia N. Salem NH - North East Recycling Chev
14) 02 Eric Hudson, Manchester NH - Newmarket Sand and Gravel Chev
15) 8 Cassius Clark, Farmington ME - E.J. Prescott/DNK Ford

16) 73 Chris Ross, Malta NY - Archibee Construction Chev
17) 83 Donnie Whitten,Biddeford ME - Richard Moody and Sons Construction Chev
18} 77 Dave Gorveatt Charlottetown PEI - Canada Interstate Batteries/XR4 Ford
19) 38 Chuck Lachance, Cushing ME - Fuller Automall Ford
20) 24K Travis Kheil, Denmark ME - Frechette Tire/K&W Timberlands Chev
21) 29 Scott Chubbuck, Wiscasset ME - Cushman Competition Ford
22) 97 Walt Hammond, Canaan NH - Dartmouth Moving & Storage Chev
23) 60 Dale Shaw Center Conway NH - Plum Potter Automotive/American Air Systems Chev

24) 1M Norm Wrenn Nashua NH - Advance Gas Chev
25) 24 Bobby Gahan, Barrington NH - Chev
26) 35 Garry Johnson, Hollis ME - Johnson Trucking/Watson Racing Heads Chev
27) 33 Richie Dearborn, Hollis ME - Chadwick BaRoss/Dayton Sand and Gravel Chev
28) 7 Todd Patnode, Swanzey NH - Patnode Oil Chev
29) 66 Andy Shaw Center Conway NH - Currier Auto Group Chev
30) 37 Larry Gelinas Scarborough ME - Watts Race Cars Chev
31) 11 Peter Oakes Boothbay ME - Mill Cove Lobster /Ace Well Chev
32) 17 Travis Benjamin, Morrill ME - Belfast Variety Ford

View reports from the PASS AMB Transponder Scoring System at www.MyLaps.com
See Practice, Tie Trials, Heats, Conci, & Feature, Best Times, Differentials, and Lap Charts.
On home page enter "PASS"  into the Find Results search box on the right to start with a listing of stored PASS Events.  Important: Uncheck the "Sort by Class Box" so that the
unlicensed drivers aren't displayed separately from the PASS licensed drivers.

Time Trials

1 00    B. Rowe 14.979
2 14g Gordon 15.014
3 8      C. Clark 15.036
4 37   Gelinas 15.038
5 54   J. Clark 15.064
6 01sr Helliwell 15.066
7 54g  Gravel 15.164
8 84   Mulkern 15.164
9 34   Squeglia 15.167
10 0     Sessions 15.171
11 24k Khiel 15.177
12 83  Whitten 15.185
13 33  Dearborn 15.185
14 7    Patnode 15.186
15 29  Chubbuck 15.205
16 24x M. Rowe 15.216
17 87   MacDonald 15.251
18 38  Lachance 15.253
19 75  Smith 15.279
20 11   Oakes 15.304
21 97  Hammond 15.312
22 02   Hudson 15.324
23 M80 Watts 15.333
24 24  Gahan 15.925
25 73  Ross 15.338
26 42  Wheeler 15.340
27 55  Skaff 15.355
28 1m  Wrenn 15.365
29 14  Martin 15.370
30 60  Shaw 15.380
31 66c Cabral 15.405
32 66 A. Shaw 15.445
33 77  Gorveatt 15.477
34 2   McCallum 15.481
35 47x Williams 15.525
36 17  Benjamin 15.557
37 35  Johnson 15.799
38 95  O'Brien 15.961
Heat 1
Results

24k 87
7 14
66 11
42 m80
95 47
Heat 2
Results

83 29
97 60
38 24
55 77
17  
Heat 3 Results

75 02
73 1m
66c 35
33 24x
2

Feature Lineup

54g 14g
00 8
37 84
01 54
0 34
24k 83
75 87
29 02
7 97
73 14
60 1m
66 38
66c 11
77 35
24x 24
33 17
Dash Results

54g 14g
00 8
34 84
01sr 54
0 34
Conci Results

11 77
35 24x
33 95
24 55
17 42
12 24

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