Scarborough, Maine -- Johnny Clark of Farmingdale broke a season-long dry spell on the AIM Recycling USA Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model circuit on Sunday, powering his way to an impressive victory over a fast-closing Mike Rowe in the Southern Maine Chrysler Jeep Dodge 300 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough.

For Clark, a six-time PASS North series champion, it was a record-setting fourth triumph in the 300-lap annual September classic at Southern Maine's stock car racing showcase. Though he'd won a 50-lap Budweiser Championship Series race this summer at Oxford Plains Speedway, success on the tour that he was the all-time kingpin on had been non-existent.

While suffering through an exceptionally disappointing campaign in the PASS North SLM ranks, Clark's woes were further compounded by a work accident that saw him break a shoulder and foot just five weeks before the Beech Ridge score.

"I felt pretty good in the car," said Clark in victory lane. "We finished second to Cassius (Clark, no relation) in New Brunswick, and frankly he had us covered today and if he didn't have problems with the car we would have been second to him today."

The 50-lap victory at Oxford helped turn the season around for the six-time PASS North SLM king. It came during the first-ever voluntarily hiatus Clark took from the series since its inception. He did miss a few races due to a broken wrist back in 2001, but stepping back after performances he admits were embarrassing was painful.

But throwing cliches out like "it ain't over until it's over" wouldn't do this race justice.

Mike Rowe of Turner all but clinched the 2015 AIM Recycling USA Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model Championship with a second-place finish at Beech Ridge. Rowe, now 65 years-old and already enshrined in the Maine Racing Hall of Fame, extended his advantage atop the season-long rankings in his first season aboard the Petit Motorsports #7.

Rowe got a lap down during the 300 but, after a Lucky Dog free pass and a little fresh rubber, things were almost as good as they could be for the legendary racer from Turner.

Cassius Clark crossed the finish line in fourth position after circumstances seemingly conspired to keep the Rollie MacDonald-owned car from victory lane. Clark, of Farmington, dominated the early stages of the race, and though obviously weak on restarts, the King 13 usually reclaimed the lead a few laps later.

Clark and the #13 team were forced to pit as the laps wound down, due to what appeared to be a loose fueling hose issue, and Johnny Clark went on to claim victory over a fast-closing Mike Rowe. Joey Doiron of Berwick claimed third-place hardware, battling back into a trophy position after being a lap down at one point during the marathon grind.

It took a remarkable late charge from the back of the field for Cassius Clark to post a fourth-place finish. Kelly Moore of Scarborough raced from 15th staring position into trophy contention for most of the day before crossing under the checkered flag in fifth position.

Jeremy Davis of Tamworth, New Hampshire, Dave Farrington, Jr., of Jay; Mike Hopkins of Hermon; Glen Luce of Turner and Derek Ramstrom of West Boylston, Massachusetts rounded out the top ten.

Andy Shaw of Center Conway, New Hampshire drove the Sumner Sessions #0 to victory lane following the 40-lap race for PASS Modifieds. Shaw, the touring division's defending champion, closed to within three points of Buxton's Doug McClure, the leader in the championship standings entering the season finale set for Sunday, October 4 at Oxford Plains Speedway.

McClure's runner-up finish kept him atop the rankings entering the finale, with 2015 Oxford Plains Speedway Mods track champion Ryan Robbins of Dixfield rallying to claim third-place hardware. Newburgh's Scott Alexander was the fourth-place finisher, followed by Windham's Jimmy Emerson, who led the event's early stages.

Clyde Hennessey, Jr., of Windham, was the dominant force in a 50-lap open competition race for Limited Sportsman/Sport Series type cars. Scarborough's Frank Wear coasted to a second-place finish, never seriously challenged for runner-up honors.

Harpswell's Marc Lucas battled Hennessey quite successfully in the early laps before his mount failed him, and Hennessey easily maintained control of the race from that point on. Nate Leavitt of Buxton spent most of the 50-lapper with the hammer down and it paid off with a third-place finish in front of Lyman's Dalton Gagnon and Dave Charest of Westbrook.

In North East Mini Stock Tour action Matt Sonnhalter scored an upset victory in the 50-lap main event, outrunning the division's dominant driver, Toby Wells of Dublin, New Hampshire, to the checkered flag for his first win on that touring series.

Sonnhalter, of East Thetford, Vermont and Wells were chased under the checkered flag by Heywood Harriott of Gorham, New Hampshire. Jimmy Childs of Leeds and Skowhegan's Zach Audet rounded out the top five.

The season-ending championship points finale for the AIM Recycling USA PASS North Super Late Models and the PASS Modified class is set for Sunday, October 4 at Oxford Plains Speedway. For more information call (207) 539-8865.

Photo by
Jamie Williams
Photos by Norm Marx 
1) 54 - Johnny Clark - 300 Laps
2) 7 - Mike Rowe - 300
3) 73 - Joey Doiron - 300
4) 13 - Cassius Clark - 300
5) 47 - Kelly Moore - 300
6) (TIE) 09 - Jeremy Davis - 300
6) 23 - David Farrington Jr. - 300
8) 15 - Mike Hopkins - 300
9) 7L - Glen Luce - 300
10) 35 - Derek Ramstrom - 300
11) 77 - Trevor Sanborn - 299
12) 33 - Richie Dearborn - 299
13) 48 - Bobby Timmons - 299
14) 22 - Scott Farrington - 298
15) 59 - Reid Lanpher - 298
16) 61 - TJ Brackett - 297
17) 4 - Ben Rowe - 297
18) 14 - Scott McDaniel - 295
19) 75 - Gary Smith - 295
20) 12 - Robbie Harrison - 294
21) 42 - Corey Bubar - 293
22) 94 - Garrett Hall - 247
23) 05 - Jacob Dore - 234
24) 46 - Dennis Spencer - 175
25) 38 - Alan Tardiff - 173
26) 55vt - Brent Dragon - 154
27) 17 - Travis Benjamin - 153
28) 88 - Jeff Taylor - 85
29) 16me - Travis Stearns - 85
30) 00 - Bryan Kruczek - 38
31) 21 - David Oliver - 11
32) 2m - Matt Matheson - 11
PASS Mods (50 laps) 1 0 Andy Shaw, Center Conway, NH; 2 22 Doug McClure, Buxton; 3 36 Ryan Robbins, Dixfield; 4 17 Scott Alexander, Newburgh; 5 12 Jimmy Emerson, Windham; 6 21 Mike Carignan, Lebanon; 7 7 Steve Reno, West Bath; 8 33 Billy Dixon, East Waterboro; 9 2 Matty Sanborn, Westbrook; 10 14 Jon McCarron, Etna.
Limited Sportsman / Sportsman / Sport Series open (50 laps) 1 8 Clyde Hennessey, Windham; 2 20 Frank Wear, Scarborough; 3 36 Nate Leavitt, Buxton; 4 11 Dalton Gagnon, Lyman; 5 07 Dave Charest, Westbrook; 6 7 Grant Aither, Kingston, NH; 7 31j Nick Campbell, Arundel; 8 15 Mike St. Pierre, Buxton; 9 47 Charlie Buxton, Windham; 10 Natasha Dyer, Arrowsic; 11 5 Marc Lucas, Harpswell; DNS 03 Dave Langlais, Shapleigh.
NEMST (50 laps) 1 33 Matt Sonnhalter, East Thetford, VT; 2 2 Toby Wells, Dublin, NH; 3 17 Heywood Harriott, Gorham, NH; 4 5 Jimmy Childs, Leeds; 5 19 Zach Audet, Skowhegan; 6 88 Emerson Cayer, Contoocook, NH; 7 2 Rob Greenleaf, West Bath; 8 07 Pete Zakarite, Niantic, CT; 9 43 Dana Shepard, Putney, VT; 10 18 Jacob Rheaume, Rochester, NH; 11 24 Joe Baxter, Pascoag, RI; 12 18 Justin Larsen, Peru; 13 7 Eric Pelletier, Dayville, CT; 14 83 Brady Romano, Livermore Falls; 15 90 Desmond Skillings, Antrim, NH; 16 20 Pete McCollett, Readfield; 17 22 Shaun Waites, Jr., Raymond, NH; 18 84 William Schoeler, Warwick, RI; DNS 55 Nicholas Anderson, Oxford, MA; DNS 41 Loren Smith, Allenstown, NH.

Scarborough, Maine - Brian Caswell of Portland scored his second PASS weekend Wildcat open victory, Saturday afternoon at PASS 400 Weekend presented by Southern Maine Chrysler Jeep Dodge at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.

Caswell started on the front row and led every lap, but it was by no means easy as he first had to battle Lewis Anderson for the top spot before Hollis Center's Gary Babineau took a turn at providing a stiff challenge.

Anderson got spun around, while Babineau suffered from equipment failure, leaving newly-crowned Oxford Plains Speedway track champion Josh Childs of Oxford to take up the fight.

Childs put Caswell to the test, but the Portland driver was up to the challenge, and defended the honor of Beech Ridge racers by defeating all invaders from several other Maine racetracks.

Caswell and Childs were joined on the podium by David Whittier of West Poland. Anderson, of Hollis, charged back through the field to a fourth-place finish, with Chaz Briggs of Westbrook rounding out the top five. Anderson and Caswell won heat races.

Scott Alexander of Newburgh closed up an already-tight championship battle in the PASS Mods, outrunning reigning series champion Andy Shaw of Center Conway to the finish line.

PASS Mods points leader Doug McClure of Buxton crossed the finish line in third position. Dixfield's Ryan Robbins charged to a fourth-place finish, with early race leader Jimmy Emerson of Windham rounding out the top five.

Alexander and McClure won heat races. With two events left on the schedule, McClure has a three-point advantage over race winner Alexander with Shaw only five points from the top of the rankings.

Dan Wade of New Gloucester prevailed in the 25-lap main event for four-cylinder Bandits division competitors. Wade's Dodge Neon was chased under the checkered flag by Troy Smith of Bridgton, who led the early portion of the race. Lewiston's Adam O'Neal was the third-place finisher, ahead of New Gloucester's Caleb Emerson-Mains and Curtis Fanjoy of Auburn. Smith won the heat race.

Qualifying for the 300-lap PASS North Super Late Model main event was also contested on Saturday, with 15-lap heat race wins earned by Robbie Harrison #12 of Gorham, Cassius Clark #13 of Farmington, Glen Luce #7L of Turner and Brent Dragon #55vt of Milton, Vermont. Dennis Spencer #46 of Turner and Alan Tardiff #38 of Lyman scored consolation race victories.

Marc Lucas of Brunswick and Scarborough's Clyde Hennessey won heat races setting up Sunday's 75-lap Sport Series/Super Street open race.

PASS 400 Weekend presented by Southern Maine Motors of Saco resumes Sunday, September 20, at noon, at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, with a 300-lap AIM Recycling USA PASS North Super Late Model race highlighting an action-packed racing card.

Results from Saturday, September 19, 2015
Beech Ridge Motor Speedway; Scarborough, Maine;
presented by Southern Maine Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge
(finishing position, car number, driver's name, driver's hometown)

Wildcat/Strictly Stock (75 laps)
1 47 Brian Caswell, Arundel; 2 3 Josh Childs, Oxford; 3 58 David Whittier, West Poland; 4 81 Lewis Anderson, Hollis; 5 82 Chaz Briggs, Westbrook; 6 4 Curtis Gleason, South Portland; 7 36 Rick Spaulding, Lisbon; 8 4x Jordan Russell, Norway; 9 35 Kristina Nadeau, Buxton; 10 7 Mark Lundblad, Jr., Albany, NH; 11 1 Ed Connolly, Scarborough; 12 60 Richard Wentworth, Center Conway, NH; 13 8 Calvin Rose, Jr., Turner; 14 33 Andrew Breton, Sabattus; 15 63 Bryce Mains, Naples; 16 14 Dave Brannon, Lisbon; 17 6 Dave Cameron, Alfred; 18 40 Mac Hannan, Jr., Union; 19 36x Nathan Leavitt, Buxton; 20 04 Zach Bowie, Greene; 21 2 Travis Lovejoy, Sanford; 22 3x Jordan Pearson, Glenburn; 23 09 Gary Babineau, Hollis Center; 24 99 Matt Dufault, Turner; 25 56 Mike Short, Auburn.

PASS Mods (40 laps)
Scott Alexander, Newburgh; 2 0 Andy Shaw, Center Conway, NH; 3 22 Doug McClure, Buxton; 4 36 Ryan Robbins, Dixfield; 5 12 Jimmy Emerson, Windham; 6 33 Billy Dixon, East Waterboro; 7 2 Randy Sanborn, West Baldwin; 8 7 Steve Reno, West Bath; 9 64 Matty Sanborn, Westbrook; 10 9 Evan Armington, Lovell; 11 14 Jon McCarron, Etna; 12 21 Mike Carigan Lebanon.

Bandits (25 laps)
1 17 Dan Wade, New Gloucester; 2 32 Troy Smith, Bridgton; 3 14 Adam O'Neal, Lewiston; 4 23 Calen Emerson-Mains, New Gloucester; 6 40 Curtis Fanjoy, Auburn; 7 121 Jeremy Farr, Auburn; 8 33 Matt Hiscock, Turner; 9 13 Bill Grover, Waterford; 10 91 Jamie Heath, Waterford; DNS 69 T. James Devlin, West Paris.
PASS AIM Recycling Super Late Models Ready For 300 Lap Test At Beech Ridge
NAPLES, ME (September 15) - As the temperatures continue to fall outside, action is about to heat up this weekend as the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) AIM Recycling Super Late Models Presented By Kenny U-Pull hit the track at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. The stars and cars of PASS are preparing for one of the biggest races of the season as they get set to compete in the Southern Maine Chrysler Jeep Dodge 300 as the featured event of the 9th Annual PASS 400 Weekend.

A PASS win at Beech Ridge can go a long ways towards making a successful season. Championship contenders Mike Rowe and Joey Doiron have both gone to victory lane there throughout the years. In the two previous PASS events held at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway this season, both Bryan Kruczek and David Oliver managed to score their first career series wins.

"It meant a lot to me and my team to pick up a win so early on in the season and in only our second race in our Dale Shaw chassis," says Kruczek. "It took a week or so before it really set in that I had won at that level and at Beech Ridge of all places for it to happen. We had struggled there and were plagued with misfortune, more than any other track than we run at. So it gave me an unbelievable amount of confidence for the rest of the season."

Measuring in at just 1/3 mile in length, Beech Ridge has long provided some of the best racing action of the year for the PASS AIM Recycling Super Late Models. With multiple grooves at their disposal, the track will provide an interesting challenge to the racers as they look to end Glen Luce's two-race win streak, a streak that includes the 42nd Annual AIM Recycling Oxford 250.

"Beech Ridge has some character, bumps getting into the corners, that make the car move around a bit if you're being too aggressive," says Kruczek, who will enter Sunday's Southern Maine Chrysler Jeep Dodge 300 ninth in points. "The backstretch wall makes it feel almost like Lee Speedway in New Hampshire to me, where you can run up against the wall, but then it's like Oxford down the front straight. It's very demanding to run lap-after-lap and be as smooth as can be without burning up the tires."

Perhaps other than the Oxford 250, no race on the PASS AIM Recycling Super Late Model schedule is as hard to win as the 300 at Beech Ridge. Last year, Massachusetts driver Derek Ramstrom stood in victory lane and, this year, Kruczek hopes he has the right setup to get the Ouellette Associates machine to victory lane.

"I think the 300 race strategy is pretty tough compared to the 150 lappers because in a 150 lap race you have to save tires at some point in the race to make a run at the end," said Kruczek. "I think you need to run the first half of the 300 as hard as needed to keep good track position to be able to change tires and race hard at the end."

A strong group of challengers have already filed entries for this weekend's PASS 400 action at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway including former PASS champions Ben Travis Benjamin, Ben Rowe, Cassius Clark, and Johnny Clark. 2015 race winners Jeremy Davis and David Oliver have filed entries, along with veterans Richie Dearborn, Kelly Moore, Trevor Sanborn, Alan Tardiff, and Bobby Timmons. A strong group of Maine racers will also be represented by Travis Fadden, Dave Farrington, Jr., Scott Farrington, Garrett Hall, Robbie Harrison, Reid Lanpher, Scott McDaniel, Dennis Spencer, Jr., and JT Thurlow. Brent Dragon will be making the tow from Vermont, while Derrick Griffith will be joining the fun from New Hampshire.

A busy weekend of action begins this Friday afternoon at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway with practice starting at Noon followed later in the day by heat races and features for the 305-Bomber, Trucks, 350/305 Varsity, and Beetle Bug/Rebels. On Saturday, practice begins at 10 AM followed by heats for the PASS AIM Recycling Super Late Models, and features for the PASS Modifieds, Strictlys, and Bandits. Then on Sunday, practice begins at 10 AM, with racing starting at 12:05 PM, including the Southern Maine Chrysler Jeep Dodge 300 for the PASS Super Late Models and features for the PASS Modifieds, Limiteds, and North East Mini Stock Tour.

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 the legendary AIM Recycling Oxford 250 Presented By Kenny U-Pull at Oxford Plains Speedway and PASS South's Easter Bunny 150 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway.

For technical information concerning all PASS divisions please send questions to passracing@roadrunner.com. For media or marketing questions, please contact Alan Dietz at 704-231-2039 or alandietzpass@live.com.

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Bryan Kruczek


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