Sunday, August 24th

Reigning Champion Cassius Clark Claims
First PASS Super Late Model Win This Year
in Hight 150 at Speedway 95
Hermon, Maine -- Cassius Clark of Farmington survived a rough-and-tumble finish to wrestle victory away from DJ Shaw in Sunday’s Hight Chevrolet 150 Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model race at Speedway 95 in Hermon, Maine.

Clark and Shaw, rubbing doors and fenders while trading paint in the closing laps, suffered mostly minor cosmetic damage until after the checkered flag, when contact from behind left the winner with a wrecked #77 Hight Chevrolet that never made a victory lane appearance with its triumphant driver.

Clark, looking as unhappy as any winner could in victory lane, expressed his displeasure at Shaw’s drive, even predicting “I don’t know who will be getting the big trophy in November, but I know it won’t be (Shaw).”

The winner, the reigning PASS Super Late Model champion, entered the afternoon ranked fifth in the championship standings, and winless on the season after ten events. Ben Rowe, suffering through an even worse run than race winner Clark entering the afternoon, led the first dozen laps before his car quit, handing the lead to Gary Smith of Bangor, who went on to suffer a multitude of troubles.

Cassius Clark, after starting fourth, led for awhile as Mike Rowe, Johnny Clark, Joey Doiron, Benjamin and Shaw climbed into contention from much farther back in the starting lineup. Positions changed frequently, especially following restarts, as the contenders formed an entertaining pack of frontrunners.

Shaw and Cassius Clark were the final combatants for top honors, and as the checkered flag waved over Clark he was on his way around and into the earthen barrier off turn one, emerging unscathed physically, but visibly angry with Shaw, who was ordered to appear at the proverbial “trailer” for a post-race discussion with series officials.

Shaw, who started the event from 14th position, led over 40 laps before settling for runner-up honors, unofficially, in the Precision JLM #60. Travis Benjamin of Morrill also led a fair amount of the event’s middle stages, and earned the final podium finish with his Belfast Variety #17.

Mike Rowe and Glen Luce, both from Turner, rounded out the top-five in the Super Late Model rundown. Berwick’s Joey Doiron was the sixth-place finisher, with Curtis Gerry of Waterboro seventh across the finish line. Multi-time series champion Johnny Clark of Farmingdale ended up in eighth position, with Adam Polvinen of Auburn and Winterport’s Ryan Deane rounding out the top-ten.

Joey Pastore led a podium sweep for Gorham, Maine racers, extending his lead in the championship standings with a win in the 50-lap feature race for Pro All Stars Sportsman Series competitors.

Pastore took the lead away from multi-time series champion Dan McKeage and cruised to victory lane for the third time this season. McKeage managed to hang on to second position by a comfortable margin over his father, Lyman McKeage.

Scott Dorr of Portland earned a fourth-place finish, with Kris Matchett leading a healthy portion on the event before crossing the finish line in fifth position.

JR Baril of Haverhill, Massachusetts held off a valiant charge by championship contender Scott Alexander of Newburgh to post the victory in the 40-lap main event for PASS Modifieds, driving the Bill Lake #00.

Alexander, locked in a close title battle with Mark Lucas of Harpswell, nailed down the runner-up finish but didn’t help his title hopes out much with Lucas in third-place under the checkered flag.

Andy Shaw ended up fourth in the Sumner Sessions #0, followed by Poland’s Tyson Jordan. Ron Henry of New Gloucester led the early stages of the event before troubles later on relegated him to a 10th-place finish.

Three events remain on the 2014 PASS North Super Late Model Series schedule. Saturday, September 6 the Autobus La Quebecoise Thunder Valley National 200 National Championship Series event at Autodrome Chaudiere, in Chaudiere Quebec goes off.

The annual PASS 400 weekend at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, also a PASS National Championship Series race, is scheduled for Friday-Sunday,
September 12-14.

PASS North Super Late Models, Sportsman Series and Modified racers conclude their championship seasons on Saturday, September 27 at Oxford Plains Speedway.
Photos by Norm Marx
1) 77 - Cassius Clark - 150 Laps
2) 60 - DJ Shaw - 150
3) 17 - Travis Benjamin - 150
4) 24 - Mike Rowe - 150
5) 7L - Glen Luce - 150
6) 73 - Joey Doiron - 150
7) 7 - Curtis Geary - 150
8) 54 - Johnny Clark - 150
9) 73me - Adam Polvinen - 150
10) 54x - Ryan Deane - 148
11) 28 - Mark Lundblad Jr. - 103
12) 15 - Mike Hopkins - 102
13) 00 - Brian Kruczek - 101
14) 90 - Craig Weinstein - 101
15) 33 - Richie Dearborn - 81
16) 75 - Gary Smith - 74
17) 01 - Andy Saunders - 42
18) 96 - Wyatt Alexander - 38
19) 4n - Ben Rowe - 13
20) 61 - TJ Bracket - 11

1) 00 - JR Baril
2) 17a - Scott Alexander
3) 5 - Mark Lucas
4) 0 - Andy Shaw
5) 86J - Tyson Jordan
6) 14 - Scott McDaniel
7) 36 - Ryan Robbins
8) 22 - Doug McClure
9) 33 - Billy Dixon
10) 05 - Ron Henry
11) 9 - Evan Armington
12) 27 - Henry Sirignano Jr.

1) 20 - Joe Pastore
2) 43 - Dan McKeage
3) 58 - Lyman McKeage
4) 60 - Scott Dorr
5) 17 - Kris Matchett
6) 53x - Andy Turbovsky,
7) 1 - Brad Hammond
8) 01 - Rob Drew
9) 7a - D.C. Alexander
10) 66x - Alex Locagnata
PASS North Returns To Speedway 95
This Weekend After Long Hiatus
NAPLES, ME (August 20) – After a 5 year absence, North America’s best short trackers will return to Speedway 95 this Sunday afternoon when the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Models take to the track for the Hight Chevrolet-Buick-GMC 150. The 1/3 mile track located in Hermon, ME will see a great slate of action in addition to the PASS North Super Late Models, including the PASS Modifieds and PASS Sportsman divisions.

Despite not being on the schedule in recent years, Speedway 95 has a long history with PASS dating back to the series inception in 2001. With the exception of the 2008 season, Speedway 95 hosted at least one PASS event every year from 2001-2009. And, the list of winners at Speedway 95 reads like a “who’s who” in New England short track racing history. All-time PASS wins leader Ben Rowe leads all drivers at Speedway 95 with three victories, while Sam Sessions, Scott Chubbuck, Cassius Clark, and Johnny Clark have each won there twice. Other drivers to claim PASS triumphs at Speedway 95 include Tracy Gordon, Mike Rowe, and Richie Dearborn.

As the PASS North stars prepare to compete in the Hight Chevrolet-Buick-GMC 150 Sunday afternoon at Speedway 95, the battle for the championship continues to be a good one. 6-Time PASS North champion Johnny Clark has reclaimed the top spot in the standings over New Hampshire’s DJ Shaw by just seven points, while Mike Rowe, Joey Doiron, and defending series champion Cassius Clark remain within striking distance. C. Clark believes knowledge of Speedway 95’s tricky layout could play into the hands of the veterans this Sunday afternoon.

“Speedway 95 has 2 distinct grooves with the top side being preferred,” said Clark. “It’s been a few years since we’ve been there, but we’re really looking forward to getting back and putting on a good show.”

And, while all eyes will be on the championship battle, one cannot lose sight of several other strong contenders in the field including leading Speedway 95 winner Ben Rowe and 2-Time defending Oxford 250 winner Travis Benjamin. C. Clark hopes his motivation to win the Hight Chevrolet-Buick-GMC 150, which is also the sponsor of his Hight Motorsports #77, will prove to be greater than that of his competition.

“Speedway 95 has always been a track I’ve enjoyed going to,” said Clark. “Hight’s is sponsoring the race and we are looking to put our #77 Chevrolet in victory lane Sunday afternoon.”

A big weekend of action at Speedway 95 kicks off on Saturday, August 23 with optional practice for all divisions from 4 – 7 PM. On Sunday, August 24, pit gates open at 9 AM, with rotating practice 11 AM – 1:30 PM, followed by heat races at 2 PM, and the main events for the PASS Sportsman, PASS Modifieds, and PASS North Super Late Models in the Hight Chevrolet-Buick-GMC 150.

The Pro All Stars Series is recognized as North America’s premier sanctioning body for asphalt Super Late Models and boasts such marquee events as PASS South’s Easter Bunny 150 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway, the Triple Crown at Autodrome Chaudiere, and the legendary Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway.

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