"Road to the Oxford 250"

The 57th Mekkelsen RV 
Memorial Day Classic
1) 12g - Derek Griffith - 150 Laps
2) 60 - DJ Shaw - 150
3) 97 - Joey Polewarczyk Jr. - 150
4) 7 - Travis Benjamin - 150
5) 94 - Garrett Hall - 150
6) 47 - Gabe Brown - 149
7) 40vt - Nick Sweet - 148
8) 4 - Ben Rowe - 148
9) 59 - Reid Lanpher - 148
10) 35 - Derek Ramstrom - 148
11) 1vt - Evan Hallstrom - 145
12) 5x - Bobby Therrien - 145
Photos by
Norm Marx
Photos by
Norm Marx
Photos by
Lindsay Ellison
Derek Griffith prevails in PASS
SLM 150 race at Thunder Road
Barre, VT - Reigning Pro All Stars Series National Champion Derek Griffith of Hudson, New Hampshire nailed down his first PASS Super Late Model victory of the season in impressive fashion Sunday afternoon in the Mekklesen's RV 150 at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vermont.

Griffith's Louie Mechalides-prepared Super Late Model was the class of the field in the second half of the competitive event on the historic, high-banked quarter-mile oval. He is the sixth different winner in six Pro All Stars Series events contested at Thunder Road.

Griffith took the lead away from defending PASS North Super Late Model champion DJ Shaw of Center Conway, New Hampshire. Shaw, who started 11th, looked like a good bet to prevail until Griffith put the hammer down in the outside groove and took command of the race in the closing laps.

Shaw, who had prevailed in an epic battle versus Griffith at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park last month, stayed atop the PASS North Super Late Model championship standings with his runner-up performance. Mekklesen 150 defending champion Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., of Hudson, New Hampshire, finished third in the race after restarting from the back of the field at the race's halfway point.

Travis Benjamin of Belfast, Maine battled adversity effectively enough to record a fourth-place finish, with Scarborough, Maine's Garrett Hall making a lot of late progress to score the final top-five finishing position.

Derek Ramstrom of Worcester, Massachusetts was credited with a 10th-place finish after dominating the first half of the race. Northfield, Vermont's Evan Hallstrom appeared to have a career-best third-place finish locked up when his car appeared to quit running while under caution prior to the last restart. Eighth-place finisher Ben Rowe was strong early on and the Moody team appears poised to snap an extended dry spell.

The next Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model race is scheduled for this Sunday afternoon, June 2 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine. Post time is 2:00 p.m. For more information please visit proallstarsseries.com or call (207) 539-8865.

Official results from the Mekklesen's RV Memorial Day 150 Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model race at Thunder Road Speedbowl; Barre, VT; Sunday, May 26, 2019 showing finishing position, car number, driver's name, driver's hometown:

1 12 Derek Griffith, Hudson, NH; 2 60 DJ Shaw, Center Conway, NH; 3 97 Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Hudson, NH; 4 7 Travis Benjamin, Belfast, ME; 5 94 Garrett Hall, Scarborough, ME; 6 47 Gabe Brown, Center Conway, NH;7 40 Nick Sweet, Barre, VT; 8 4 Ben Rowe, Turner, ME; 9 59 Reid Lanpher, Manchester, ME; 10 35 Derek Ramstrom, Worcester, MA; 11 1 Evan Hallstrom, Northfield, VT; 12 5 Bobby Therrien, Hinesburg, VT.
Big Opportunity On The Line For PASS
Stars At Thunder Road This Weekend
NAPLES, ME (May 22) - A busy Memorial Day weekend for racing fans across the United States is on tap and the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Models will again be a big part of it. New Englanders will get to see the Northeast's best Super Late Models tackle the high banks of the newly revamped Thunder Road International Speedbowl on Sunday afternoon as part of the 57th Annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic. And, a lot will be on the line for PASS racers. Sunday's 150 lapper at Thunder Road will be part of the "Road To The Oxford 250" programs, rewarding the top finishers with guaranteed spots for the biggest Super Late Model race in the country.

In Vermont on Sunday afternoon, PASS North competitors will tackle one of the most unique racetracks in the country. Thunder Road International Speedbowl is almost literally a bowl, a tight quarter-mile, with some of the highest banks in the region. And with recent improvements, including a wall around the legendary speedway, the tricky Thunder Road layout could present an even bigger challenge to New Engalnd's best short track trackers. This outstanding afternoon of racing will not only include the PASS North Super Late Models, but also the local ACT-style Late Models, competing for 100 laps.

While defending PASS North champion and former Thunder Bowl winner, DJ Shaw, has opened up to a 25 points advantage over Oxford Plains winner, Garrett Hall, the top six drivers in the standings are only separated by 60 points. Adding to the drama, former 3-time Milk Bowl winner, Nick Sweet, will try to close ground in the standings with a strong run at Thunder Road. And, local favorite, Bobby Therrien will attempt to take advantage of his track knowledge to steal a win from the PASS regulars.

The weekend begins at Thunder Road on Sunday, with rotating practice from 10:00 AM - 1:15 PM. On Sunday afternoon, heat races will begin at 1:30 PM, followed by features for the PASS North Super Late Models, Late Models, Flying Tigers, Street Stocks, and Road Warriors.

PASS Super Late Model entry forms for Thunder Road International Speedbowl and Oxford Plains Speedway, along with the 46th Annual Oxford 250, can be found at ProAllStarsSeries.com.

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 Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway, Easter Bunny 150 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway, and the PASS Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway.

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