IBG-PASS Congratulations To Mike Rowe
|(Naples, ME August 1, 2005)
Everyone at PASS Racing, Inc., Series Title Sponsor Infinity Business Group, Northern Race
Tire, Sunoco, and all our race event and contingency sponsors extend congratulations to
Mike Rowe and the SP2 Team for their victory in the TD BankNorth 250 on Sunday July 31st ,
which was also Mikes 150th feature win at Oxford Plains Speedway. It took Mike a
total of 405 laps to get it done -- from a 20 lap heat, to a 20 lap consi, to the 50 lap
last chance race, to the 37th starting spot in the 250, and through nine cautions to lap
241 before Mike took the lead.
Johnny Clark, who ran out of tires as Mike closed
in on him in the final laps, took off this morning for the Roush Racing Gong
Show in North Carolina after finishing a disappointing second. As Johnny said,
With 10 laps to go its all so close, and then theres Mike Rowe with fresher
tires looming up behind you.
We all send Johnny our support in North Carolina and remind him not to forget were
going to Riverside Speedway in Groveton, NH Saturday night for the big Summerfest 2005
And a big nod to Nick Nichols for coming home third in a surprise to some folks who
havent seen him in action before. Wed love it if he could come and race with
the PASS teams all the time.
The racing luck gods may have started shining on Richie Dearborn for a change. From a 30th
place starting spot, Richie quietly made his way to the front, and there he was at the end
chasing the top three across the line for a well-earned fourth.
To put it all in perspective, seven out of the top ten and 15 out of the top 20 finishers
in the TD Banknorth 250 have raced in IBG-PASS races this year.
Out May Race at Speedway 95 Rescheduled to Aug. 21st
(Naples, ME July 7, 2005) Tom Mayberry, President of PASS Racing, Inc., announced
today that the Infinity Business Group sponsored PASS Racing Series COMMUNITY
PHARMACIES 150 that was rained out twice in May at Speedway 95 in Bangor, ME has
been rescheduled for the late afternoon of Sunday August 21st. Mayberry said, With
the cooperation of Del Merritt and the entire Speedway 95 staff, we will finally be able
to get this race in . . . we hope.
The action gets under at 4 p.m. on Sunday, with PASS time trials scheduled for 3:30. The
wicked fast IBG-PASS Super Late Model/Pro Stocks will be joined by the exciting new PASS
Modifieds and a full program of Weekly Racing Series action with the Limiteds in a special
Coca Cola 50 lap feature, Super Streets, Strickly Streets, Sport Fours, and a special
visit from the Allison Legacy Series.
The IBG-PASS Series Heat races, Consi, and the Dash will be sponsored by Freightliner of Maine. With locations in Auburn, Bangor, and
Westbrook, Freightliner of Maine sells and service quality new and used trucks. But that
is only the beginning, From Kittery to Allagash, its Maine's most complete truck,
trailer, parts, tire, and repair facility.
Adults are only $20, Seniors are $15, juniors 11 to 14 are $10, and kids 10 and under are
FREE. For information call 207-945-9595.
The race previously scheduled for Canaan Fair Speedway on August 20th has been
Broadcaster vs. PASS Champ in July 20th Sport Truck Battle
DILLNER AND JOHNNY CLARK FINISH IN DEAD HEAT AT OXFORD
Sport Truck Match Race Too Close to Call by MikeTwist-Speed51.com
In one of the least serious, but most fun, events
of the season, fans at the Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) got to see a little bit of racing
action between SPEED Channel personality and Speed51.com founder Bob Dillner and defending
PASS champion Johnny Clark Wednesday night. The two drivers piled into Sport Trucks at the
facility for a special match race. FULL
|Two Victories by Mother Nature Lead
(Naples, ME -- May 10, 2005) Tom Mayberry of PASS and Bill Ryan of Oxford Plains Speedway
announced today that they have had enough of the rain and took the hint that Mother Nature
wanted something different. So the two promoters put their heads together and came up with
a new date and an explosive show for the fans. The New England Dodge Dealers PASS 150 has
been rescheduled to Sunday July 3rd as the New England Dodge Dealers
Firecracker 150 as part of Oxfords July 4th Weekend
leading up to the Banknorth 250 at the end of the month.
Its going to be one of the most intense Fourth of July holiday
weekends ever at Oxford, starting with the Maine State Lottery Fireworks Night on Saturday
July 2nd at 6:30 p.m, considered to be the regions loudest and most brilliant
fireworks show. It will be a full night of Oxfords Weekly Racing Series, plus the
106.7 Bone Vertical Outlaws in a stuntbike exhibition with the fireworks shortly after
Mayberry commented, You can be sure that a number of the PASS teams will be making
it a doubleheader weekend of racing against the Oxford Pro Stocks Saturday night as a tune
up for Sunday. You know its getting close to 250 time, so the more track time you
have at Oxford the better you will be for the fireworks at the Banknorth 250.
Time trials begin at 4 p.m., followed by a full slate of PASS qualifying heats and
consi(s), a PASS Modified Series feature, and feature events for the OPS Lee Auto Mall
Late Model Stock, Limited Sportsman, Strictly Stock, and Mini Stock divisions. That makes
it an explosive doubleheader weekend at OPS.
"We felt this was a solution that fit our schedule and the PASS schedule, while
giving our fans an incredible weekend to start the exciting month of July at Oxford Plains
Speedway," Ryan said. "Maine State Lottery Fireworks Night is one of the most
anticipated events of our season. We'll follow it up the next afternoon with one of the
major Pro Stock events of the year, and the two events are scheduled in such a way that
our fans will be able to enjoy both while still following through with their plans for the
holiday on Monday."
"With Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch representing the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series at the
Banknorth 250, our local and regional competitors are going to want to take advantage of
opportunity to get a leg up and take some notes that might help them win more than $25,000
later in July," Ryan said. There will now be three major Pro Stock events at OPS
within a 50-day span.
The PASS teams will also be at Oxford for the Triple 50s on Saturday, June 11th.
To followup on Oxford's fantastic Fourth of July weekend or the Banknorth 250, please call
the Speedway office at (207) 539-8865 or log on to www.oxfordplains.com
PASS Teams at
The 2004 Pro All Stars Series Champion Johnny Clark led the PASS contingent to the Big E
in W. Springfield, MA for Racearama 2005 on Friday to Sunday March 4-6, 2005.
Johnny was joined by Mike Rowe and the Pullen Heavy Industries #24 Team who are fresh off
their great showing at Speedfest 2005 at USA Speedway in Lakeland, FL. The 2004 PASS
Rookie of the year Donnie Whitten and the #83 Richard Moody & Sons Construction Team
also made the trip from Maine.
Cassius Clark and the #8 E.J. Prescott-sponsored Chapman Racing Team Ford Taurus came with
their great looking car with an upbeat attitude and a lot of enthusiasm for the 2005
season after their breakthrough win last October.
All the PASS drivers were invited to take part in the big Saturday afternoon autograph
session at 2:00 PM, and they were there in force to meet the fans for autographs and
PASS Teams at Racin' Preview in Portland
February 21, 2005) The PASS Teams are out in force at the Racin
Preview 2005 show at the Portland EXPO on Friday February 25th and
Saturday the 26th.
2004 PASS champion
Johnny Clark and the #54 team was joined by 2003 champ Ben Rowe, Mike Rowe, Cassius
Clark, Rookie of Year Donnie Whitten, Gary Smith, and Corey Williams at the Portland EXPO
. The cars are in the PASS booth right at the show entrance, and the drivers will be at an
autograph session scheduled for 2 PM on Saturday afternoon.
The PASS Modifieds
are also represented at the show. The first-ever PASS Modified Division champion Mark
Lucas of Harpswell, ME and his 2004 championship # 9 car is joined by the beautifully
built #15 of Wayne Allard, and the #11 car of Hugh Ducette, one of
the many new PASS Modified competitors joining the series for the 2005 season.
Expo - Friday and Saturday, February 25-26. Saturday show hours are 9:00 AM
9:00 PM. The Portland Expo is located at 235 Park Avenue (US Route 1) in Portland, Maine,
next to the Portland Ice Arena and Hadlock Field. For more information call 603-447-4251.
Competitors Doing Well
|(Naples, ME February 16, 2005)
Long-time PASS competitor Jay Cushman and PASS winning driver Ted Christopher had a great
night at New Smyrna last night as they put the #29 Cushman Performance Ford in Victory
Lane for TCs first win in the Super Late Models during Speedweeks.
The #29 has been fast all week, but the problem was that there were never enough laps for
Teddy to make his way to the front. Last night they had a simple, but elegant, solution.
He qualified fifth but drew the pole in the redraw, and then he had to wait through two
red flags and a series of yellows before nailing down his first SLM victory at New Smyrna.
The celebration in Victory Lane was short because Teddy had to jump into the #00 Modified
for the feature. Just to show that he could do it either way, TC qualified on the pole but
had to start sixth after the redraw. However, the result was the same as he took the
modified feature as well for a sweep of the nights action.
|PASS Guys Win Speed51.com Awards
(Naples, ME February 12, 2005) Johnny Clark is moving to quarterback, Ted
Christopher to running back, and Norm Marx will take all the pictures.
We all know about John Maddens annual All-Madden Team for the toughest guys in the
NFL. Speed51.coms Bob Dillner makes his annual selection of the toughest racers,
especially in short track racing, for the All-Dillner Team.
Bobs choice for starting quarterback in the 2004
All-Dillner Team is Johnny Clark of Farmingdale, ME, the 2004 PASS Series champion.
According to Dillner, Johnny has a little Terry Bradshaw (Pittsburgh Steelers great
QB) in him because he shaved off the full-beard after he won the big money DNK 250
and now has a goatee. According to Dillner, Thats Bradshaw-esque.
Johnny is joined on the All-Dillner Team by starting running back Ted Christopher of
Plainville, CT who drives Clinton Teagues #34 PASS Monte Carlo. According to
Dillner, Teds strong like the Patriots Corey Dillon, yet hes got
the nasty demeanor of a linebacker when he puts his game face on and thats what
makes him so good.
Johnny and Ted were not the only recipients of awards from Speed51.com. In addition to the
All-Dillner Team, the annual 51s is a national contest voted on by all
the Speed51.com fans. Fans get to vote for everything from the best story of the year, to
the best short-track driver Ted Christopher, who beat WOO King Steve Kinser by
three votes, to the most improved, the best finish, etc.
By a very wide margin among the voters, The 51s Photo of the Year went
to our very own webmaster and motorsports photographer extraordinaire Norm Marx for his
picture of PASS regular Walt Hammonds wild ride up the fence at Unity last year that
just about took him out of the park during the DNK 250. Full 51
Awards article at Speed51.com
Lakeland, Florida - Jan 26th-29th.
Mike & Teddy in Top
at Speedfest 2005
|(Naples, ME January 30, 2005)
PASS competitors did well at Speedfest 2005 at USA Speedway in Lakeland, FL. in Saturday
nights 200 lap finale.
Rowe of Turner, ME in the Pullen Heavy Industries # 24p started 18th after the Friday
night qualifying race was rained out, Teddy Christopher started 21st in the 92p, and Ben
Rowe started 29th in the #2p K& K Excavating car.
Champ Johnny Clark Named Driver of the Year
|(Naples, ME - January 7,
The 2004 PASS champion Johnny Clark of Farmingdale, ME was named Touring Series
Driver of the Year at the Northeast Motorsports Expo in Augusta, ME tonight.
Johnny joins a distinguished roster of the best-of-the-best in the Northeast. He edged out
2002 and 2003 winner Andy Santerre, who almost made it a "three-peat" like he
did on the track. Johnny is now the second PASS champion to be chosen Touring Series
Driver of the Year, following 2000 winner Ben Rowe.
He joins some of the greatest names in racing in the Northeast, from Joe Bessey in 1992
and Ricky Craven in '93 to Dale Shaw, Dave Dion, Kelly Moore, two-time winner in '97 and
'98 Mike Stefanik, Brad Leighton, Mike Olsen, Rowe, as well as two-time winner Santerre.
Over 30 members of the motorsports press corp in the Northeast cast ballots for the Driver
of the Year Award.
that Johnny was surprised when presented with the trophy would be an understatement.
However, he quickly rose to the occasion and thanked his crew chief brother Bobby, the
entire #54 team, sponsors DNK Select Used Cars and Clark's Cars and Parts, the family
business that makes a lot of it happen, and all the other associate sponsors. Johnny said,
"I would like to thank the members of the media for this award, and I would like to
thank everyone from PASS, the other race teams, and especially the fans who make this the
best touring series in the Northeast."