Over 250 Pro All Stars Series team
members, officials, sponsors and fans celebrated the 2002 PASS season on Friday evening,
November 8th, at Verillo's Conference Center in Portland, Maine.
Pro All Stars President Tom Mayberry
opened the awards ceremony by recognizing sponsors D.N.K. Select Used Cars, Sunoco/ New
England Race Fuels, Northern Race Tires and American Racer, Route 202 Trailer Sales/Pace
American Trailers and True Value for their contributions to the success of the series in
Mayberry then presented his special
awards for the 2002 season. The Sullivan family received the Fan Loyalty Award, while
Wayne Helliwell and Carleton Robie were presented with the Hard Luck Award. Larry Gelinas
was honored with the Sportsmanship Award and PASS photographer/webmaster Norm Marx shared
the Commitment to Excellence Award with Northern Race Tires.
2002 championship car owners Tom and
Eileen Estes were recipients of the Pro Stock Achievement Award and Roland Mayberry
received the 2002 Promoter's Award.
2002 PASS/Northern Race Tires Rookie of
the Year Johnny Clark was presented with a plaque, a photo collage courtesy of Norm Marx,
a leather jacket and a certificate for four American Racer race tires from Northern Race
Tire in recognition of his achievement.
The top fourteen in the 2002 Pro All Stars Series points standings took their turn on the
stage to receive their trophy and check, culminating in the presentation of the Champions'
trophy to Ben Rowe, team owners Tom and Eileen Estes and the entire Mechanical
Services/Hi-Tech Racing/Superior Image Embroidery team. Each team member was presented
with a Champions' leather jacket courtesy of Superior Image Embroidery and Northern Race
The awards presentation concluded with a drawing for contingency
awards from a variety of PASS sponsors. The winners were drawn in ascending order,
based on their finish in the 2002 points standings:
Randy Turner, #1 Yankee
Communications Chevrolet: Aluminum Racing Products Body
Cassius Clark, #8 Chapman Trucking Ford: Hi Performance Race
Cards discount certificate, value $ 300.00
Wayne Helliwell (owner Carleton Robie) #24 S.A. Sting Chevrolet:
25% off discount certificate towards the purchase of a Five Star Body - courtesy
Richie Dearborn, #33 Chadwick BaRoss Chevrolet: $100.00 from
Russ Hersey, #2 Brickmill Marketing Chevrolet: $100.00 from True
Scott Mulkern, #84 Community Pharmacies Dodge: BRT Rack and
Pinion steering - courtesy Dale Shaw
Doug Averill, #85 VIP Auto Parts Chevrolet: Hi Performance Race
Cards discount certificate, value $300.00
Larry Gelinas, #37 MCR Real Estate Chevrolet: Fuel Safe
Sportsman Fuel Cell
Dave Gorveatt, #77 XR4 Lubricants Chevrolet: Five Star Stock Car
body - courtesy Distance Racing
Johnny Clark, #54 DNK Select Used Cars Chevrolet: $100.00 from
New England Race Fuel/Sunoco
Kenny Wright, #02 Newmarket Sand and Gravel Chevrolet: $100.00
from New England Race Fuel/Sunoco
Chuck LaChance, #38
Fuller Automall Ford: $100.00 from New England Race Fuel/Sunoco
Sam Sessions, #0 Typar House Wrap/AMF Custom Metal Fabrication
Chevrolet: Hi Performance Race Cards discount certificate, value $ 300.00
Ben Rowe, #00 Mechanical Services/Hi-Tech Racing/Superior Image
Chevrolet: $100.00 from True Value Hardware.
Be sure to visit the website often in the weeks to come as several exciting announcements
regarding the 2003 season will take place shortly including the 2003 Pro All Stars Series
2002 PASS Champions - Hi Tech
Left to Right: Ben Rowe, Eileen Estes, Melissa Rowe, & Tom Estes
with PASS announcer Jerry Majors
Wears 2002 PASS Crown
|Ben Rowe drove his Mechanical
Services/Superior Image/Hi Tech Insulation Chevrolet from provisional land to a fifth
place finish Sunday at Oxford Plains Speedway to secure the 2002 Pro All Stars Series
Championship. Rowe topped 2001 series champ Sam Sessions in a magnificent title run that
saw the Hi-Tech Racing Team earn five victories and fourteen top five finishes in the
fifteen 2002 Pro All Stars Series points events.
Rowe's wins came in two states and three Canadian provinces with victories at
Autodrome-Montmagny in Quebec, New Brunswick International Speedway and the Atlantic Cat
250 at Nova Scotia's Scotia Speedworld. Stateside wins were scored at White Mountain
Motorsports Park and Star Speedway.
Rowe's immaculate Chevrolets are owned by Tom and Eileen Estes and prepared by the
capable championship crew of Bill Hill, Rick White, Eddie Verrill, Ken Lawrence and Dave
Willette work under the guidance of crew chief Brian Burgess.
2001 PASS Champion Sam Sessions gave chase for much of the season and earned four
victories on his way to second in the final 2002 standings. Sessions broke though to
victory lane with a vengeance in 2002 with a three race win streak at mid season. The
Typar House Wrap/ AMF Custom Metal Fabrication team experienced several finishes outside
of the top twenty that would end their chances for a second consecutive crown.
Chuck LaChance was the picture of consistency throughout the season and while victory lane
eluded the veteran from Cushing Maine, consistent finishes earned the Fuller AutoMall Ford
driver a fine third place in the final standings. Kenny Wright earned race wins at
Wiscasset Raceway and Unity Raceway for Bill Chicks' Newmarket Sand and Gravel team and
unofficially ties with Northern Race Tires Rookie Challenge winner Johnny Clark for the
fourth spot in the standings. Clark had a strong rookie campaign in his D.N. K. Select
Used Cars Monte Carlo, running as high as second in the standings for much of the season.
Prince Edward Islands' Dave Gorveatt earned the long haul award almost every week and was
rewarded with a victory at Autodrome-Montmagny and sixth place in the final championship
tally. Larry Gelinas ended strong to come home seventh with Rookie runner-up Doug Averill
eigth, Scott Mulkern ninth and Russ Hersey tenth.
Over 130 drivers attempted to qualify for one or more of the fifteen PASS championship
series events in 2002.
Drivers & Friends At Portland Pirates
Standing from the left: Robbie Harrison, Johnny Clark, Tracy
Gordon, Mike Rowe, Jarod Robie,
Ricky Craven,Joe Bessey, Kip Stockwell, Carey Heath, Andy Santerre, and Jerry Babb.
Seated from left: Drew Sprague, Ben Rowe, and Travis Benjamin.
Portland, ME - November 30, 2002)
A group of PASS and Busch North drivers got a jump on the 2003 racing season with an
appearance at the VIP Auto Parts/Wright Express sponsored Portland Pirates AHL hockey
The evening started with a two-hour autographs session on the concourse level of the
Cumberland County Civic Center with Carey Heath, Kip Stockwell, Tracy Gordon, Mike Rowe,
Andy Santerre, Joe Bessey, Travis Benjamin, Jarod Robie, Robbie Harrison, Jerry Babb, Ben
Rowe, Johnny Clark, and Drew Sprague.
The drivers were introduced on the ice to the big motosports night crowd before the
national anthem, and Ricky Craven, the driver of the #32 Tide Winston Cup car, dropped the
ceremonial first puck. During the first intermission, Craven answered the challenge of a
remote-controlled car race with a lucky fan.
PASS CARS AND STARS AT RACIN PREVIEW 2002
An exceptional contingent of Pro All Stars Series
drivers were on hand to meet and greet race fans at this years edition of
Racin Preview, presented by D.N.K. Select Used Cars, at the Portland (ME) Expo on
February 22nd and 23rd. In addition, fans got an up close look at
Ben Rowes Hi Tech Insulation/Mechanical Services Monte Carlo, the sharp Ford Taurus
of Mike Maietta Jr., 2001 Northern Race Tires Rookie of the Year Richie Dearbornss
Chadwick- BaRoss Monte Carlo, Andy Shaws new Matco Tools Monte Carlo and Henry
Hudsons Action Racing/Henrys Concrete 1x.. Johnny Clark had his D.N.K. Select Used Cars Monte Carlo on display,
along with the Pro All Stars/D.N.K. Camaro pace car. Gary Smith made the trip from Bangor
to display his Uncle Henrys Chevrolet.
Drivers at the
Northeast Motorsports Show
Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, ME
Motorsports Expo at the Augusta Civic Center is the traditional pre-season kick off for
motorsports in Maine, and a host of Pro All Stars Series drivers were on hand throughout
the show to meet and greet race fans. The Pro All Stars Series new pace car,
courtesy of D.N.K. Select Used Cars, wase on display along with Ben Rowes Hi-Tech
Insulation double zero and Johnny Clarks potent #54.