Photos by Norm Marx 
Ramstrom Rumbles
to PASS Thompson Win
Thompson CT (7/12) Derek Ramstrom inherited the race lead on lap 62 of Thursday night's Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North California Paints 75 at Thompson (CT.) International Speedway and the home track hero kept DJ Shaw and Travis Benjamin in his mirror to the checkers. Thompson regular Mike O'Sullivan raced home fourth and Cassius Clark completed the top five.

Ramstrom put himself in position to win early on, racing in the top five at the fastest track that PASS North visits. At the green it looked like Ben Rowe would finally toss that Gorilla off his back, racing past the all Thompson front row of Larry Gelinas and O'Sullivan. The RMR 4 was flying and the three time Thompson PASS winner was able to keep both Gelinas and Ted Christopher at bay. But on lap 47 the dreaded off song sound of a cylinder going south suddenly appeared, drop kicking Rowe through the field until his engine finally gave up the ghost on lap 67.

Rowe's misfortune handed Larry Gelinas the lead and the former PASS regular who's found a home at Thompson in Rollie Lindblad's 48 led a ton of Thompson experience in the form of Christopher and Ramstrom. The top three staged a battle royal until it all went sour on lap 62. Contact from Christopher sent the leader sliding through the infield grass. Gelinas didn't hit a thing and continued, while race control sent Christopher to the back of the pack for his role in the skirmish.

That left Ramstrom on the point and he made the best of it. Despite Shaw's best efforts it was the two time Thompson super late model champ on top at the checkers. The victory was Ramstrom's fourth in a PASS super late model and his second at Thompson.

Ramstrom crossed the stripe 2.096 seconds in front of Shaw. Three caution flags slowed the pace to an average speed of 69.433 miles an hour and eleven cars completed all 75 green flag laps. Heat race wins went to Johnny Clark and Gelinas.

PASS North takes a weekend off before the racing road show moves on to Oxford Plains Speedway on Saturday July 21 for 150 laps.
Thompson Int'l Speedway - 7/12/12
1) 35 - Derek Ramstrom
2) 60 - DJ Shaw
3) 17 - Travis Benjamin
4) 08 - Mike O'Sullivan
5) 77 - Cassius Clark
6) 48 - Lonnie Sommerville
7) 54 - Johnny Clark
8) 73 - Joey Doiron
9) 44 - Austin Brehio
10) 48g - Larry Gelinas
11) 18 - Teddy Christopher
12) 87 - Matt Harris
13) 88 - Kyle DeSouza
14) 4 - Ben Rowe
15) 2 - Matt Metheson
16) 13 - Jim Banfield
17) 46 - Jake Vandana
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