PASS North Champions Give Thanks at Awards Banquet
Rowe, Rosenfield, Hammond, Staples and McKeage
Honored for Their '07 Titles
NAPLES, ME (November 10,
2007) � Thanksgiving won�t take place until later this month, but that fact
didn�t keep the Northern champions of the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) from
expressing their gratitude a little bit early.
All five Northern champions were honored on Friday night in
Westbrook, Maine, at the annual PASS Awards Banquet. That gave the chance
for the racers to thank everyone, and anyone, who helped to make them a
champion in 2007.
FULL STORY HERE
2007 PASS North Super Late Model
Champion Ben Rowe with team owners Josh (l)
and Richard Moody and his family - wife Melissa and sons Chase &
Ben Rowe is Named
as PASS North Champion
For the Fourth Time
Title is Decided
Between Father and Son At Dramatic
White Mountain Motorsports Park Season Finale
NAPLES, ME (October 17, 2007) - Ben Rowe has now won four Pro
All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Model championships and
each time, the job gets tougher and tougher.
For his first two titles in 2002 and 2003, Rowe beat Sam
Sessions and Johnny Clark by a comfortable margin. In 2005, Rowe
was part of a three-way dogfight going into the season finale at
[All] Star Speedway. But while Mike Rowe and Cassius Clark were
both mathematically able to topple Ben on that day, all that Ben
needed to do was to finish 17th or better to secure the crown.
He ended up eighth in the feature and the race was drama-free
On Sunday at White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH), there was
plenty of drama before the championship was decided. Ben Rowe
led his father Mike into the race by a margin of 13 points and
all day long, who would emerge as the championship was in
question - right up until the last lap, when Ben was able to
nurse a car with a tire going flat to a fifth-place finish and
collect enough points to win for the fourth time.
Now Rowe, who has started every PASS North race in the series' seven-year history, has more championships than anyone else
combined. But Rowe races for wins and not records, and didn't
even realize that until it was pointed out to him in the
championship celebration after the checkered flag waved at White
"Really?" said Ben, showing surprise at learning that fact. "That sounds good."
Entering the White Mountain race, it was actually possible that
any one of three men could emerge as the series champion. While
the Rowes were favored to win the title, Richie Dearborn could
have come out on top if he had a good day and his competition
had bad ones. Unfortunately for the Hollis, Maine driver though,
those tables were turned. Dearborn got caught behind an incident
at the start of the White Mountain feature and was in last place
just a few laps into the event. After that, he had a flat tire
and finished 23rd.
Meanwhile, the Rowes both won their heat races and collected
valuable points due to that feat. However, because of PASS rules
that do not allow a current season feature winner to start
inside the top 10 of a race, they started deep in the pack at
White Mountain. Ben lined up in the 11th position, and Mike
started 14th. At the start, they cautiously moved up. Soon, they
were in the top 10. Not much later, they were both in the top
Near the end of the race, the two drivers had their races go
into different directions and that could have changed the
outcome of the title fight. Mike Rowe got quicker at the end and
was able to dive past Trevor Sanborn to grab second place.
Meanwhile, Ben Rowe had a tire going down and even though he
nosed into the lead briefly with 52 laps to go, in the end he
was just lucky to hang on to finish fifth.
Mike Rowe, 3rd; Winner Ben
Rowe; & Trevor Sanborn, 2nd.
Ben Rowe Wins Thompson's Full Fendered Frenzy 75 |
Point Leader Races With Rick Martin Early and Trevor Sanborn
Late in Race
Connecticut Victory is a First in Three-Time Champion's Career
NAPLES, ME (July 16, 2007) - Ben Rowe owns three PASS North
championship trophies. He has won most of the biggest Super Late
Model races throughout the Northeastern United States and
Canadian Maritimes at least once. Anywhere that he goes
nationally, he is a threat to win the race. |
FULL STORY, RESULTS, & PHOTOS HERE
MIKE ROWE WINS
THE ALL-STAR 200
front of a record crowd at All-Star Speedway in Epping, New
Hampshire, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standout Kyle Busch and veteran
short track campaigner Mike Rowe put on a show for the
ages. Busch took the lead from Mike Rowe on lap 179 and
took the checkered flag first in the PASS North All-Star 200
event Saturday night, but after post-race evaluations the
win was given to Rowe due to an unapproved tire change by
Busch's number-51 team.
FULL STORY, RESULTS, & PHOTOS HERE
The Forbes Chev-Olds 200 - Scotia Speedway - 6/23
Cassius Clark Scores
Convincing PASS North Victory at Scotia
Maine Driver Comes Back
After Pit Stop To Pull Away From Field
in Forbes Chevrolet-Olds 200
Results and Photos HERE
Clark and Team Stick Together For a Run at PASS North Title
< The Chapman car ran #3 at the
Hickory PASS South
event on April 7th, 2007
#8 Team Won Five Races Up
North in 2006, Could 2007 Bring a Championship?
NAPLES, ME (April 20, 2007) - As the off-season for the Pro All Star Series
Super Late Models wound down, last year's top winner on the tour was not
quite sure what 2007 held in store for him. Cassius Clark drove the Ed
Chapman-owned #8 to five PASS North victories last season and then backed
that up by taking the checkered flag in the inaugural Mason-Dixon Meltdown
at South Boston Speedway (VA).
To start out 2007, the team travelled to Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) where
they were contenders to win the Easter Bunny 150. Mechanical problems took
away a chance at that, however.
Upon returning to their home base in Maine, the team was unsure on their
plans for the season. Would Clark be driving for Chapman or for a new team
that he could start up with his father and crew chief, former NASCAR Busch
North Series winner, Bill Clark? Would it be a full schedule commitment or a
partial schedule deal? Would they chase a PASS North championship or just go
Those questions were answered this week when the team sat down and mapped
out their plans. After batting around different options, it was decided that
Clark would return to the #8 team and go after the 2007 PASS North
championship. The team plans a whole new approach to racing this season.
"We raced a lot of races last year and people got burned out," explained
Clark. "When you win races all of the time, things get pretty serious and
it's easy to lose track of why you're out there. The main goal is to have
fun with it, and that's easy to forget. So we're going to keep that in mind.
If we don't win, we're going to just say, better luck next time. It's all
about having fun going racing, and we're going to do that this year."
Chapman competed against Clark in the Legends car ranks and has owned his
racecars since the young Maine driver started Super Late Model / Pro Stock
"Ed has been a family friend of ours since I was really young," said Clark.
"We used to have boats together; I was friends with his son and he was the
reason that I got into Pro Stock racing. If it wasn't for him, we wouldn't
be here and we wouldn't have done everything that we've done."
Before everyone decided to race together again this year, Clark and his
father acquired another racecar that they could race on their own. It's a
car with a proven track record in Maine racing circles and it will now be
added as a second car to the Chapman team.
"We've got Jeff Taylor's car that he built for himself," said Clark. "He won
quite a few races and the championship last year at Oxford with it. That car
is very similar to the car that we've been running. We went back and made
some changes to my primary car for this year. We've done some different
stuff to the front end and have been impressed with that. It was running
well at Hickory when something happened. We learned a few things that went
wrong at the debut, and I'm exciting about running that again."
Now Clark feels that a championship could be in the cards for 2007.
"We've been at it for awhile. We've been in contention. Last year, we had
some motor troubles, a few DNFs and those points taken away from us [as a
penalty for rules infraction at Thompson]. The year before that we were
close. They threw out your worst finish and if it hadn't been for that, we
would have been three points behind [2005 PASS North champion] Benji [Rowe].
We've got the consistency there and we've got the wins, so if we can turn
the DNFs into decent finishes, we'll be there at the end."
The team might also run a few PASS South races together if things go well.
"I think so; we'll see how things go," said Clark. "We'll see if we can get some help with the money that it takes. If we start off with some good luck up here, we can do some of the southern races. We're definitely going back to the Mason-Dixon Meltdown, and we'd like to go back to Hickory. We feel like that place owes us a shot at the win."
The PASS North Super Late Model season will kick off with a doubleheader
weekend in early May. On Saturday, the tour will open their year at Beech
Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) on May 5th before heading to Speedway 95 for a
Sunday afternoon show on May 6th.
|Chris Kennison Sells 2006 Car to Kyle Busch, Preparing New
Distance-built Entry for 2007 PASS North Series Schedule
OXFORD, Maine (Feb. 5, 2007) - One of NASCAR's
hottest young stars has purchased a Maine-built Pro Stock car, and one of Maine's most
promising short track drivers is taking his program to the next level.
Kyle Busch, driver of the Kellogg's Chevrolet for respected NASCAR stalwart Hendrick
Motorsports, has recently purchased a 2006 Distance-built Pro Stock car from Oxford native
Chris Kennison. Busch has plans to compete in selected Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South
races in 2007 and a few races in Las Vegas when his schedule allows.
Kennison, who ran part-time in the now-absent Pro Stock division at Oxford Plains Speedway
in 2004, then full-time in 2005 and 2006, has purchased a 2007 car from well known and
respected car builder Jeff Taylor (Distance Racing), hired veteran crew chief Brian
Burgess and is planning a full-time assault on the 2007 PASS North series schedule.
The western Maine-based racer tested the waters of
PASS last fall with strong results, running as high as second place in the prestigious
PASS 300 at the famed Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.
Just before traveling to Fairfield to pick up his new car, Kennison sat down to talk about
his recent sale to such a high-profile racer and his plans for the 2007 PASS season. The
former motocross racer has also assembled a fine group of marketing partners for the
"The sale of the car came about through a friend of my new crew chief," says
Kennison. "Seth Holbrook, who is Mike Rowe's crew chief on the PASS tour, is friends
with Kyle and talks to him periodically. In one of Kyle's calls to Maine recently he asked
Seth if he thought Distance could possibly build him a new car.
"As everybody involved in this sport knows, Jeff (Taylor) is incredibly busy up there
at Distance and really couldn't set aside time to build him one in a timely fashion. So
Kyle asked Seth if there was a nearly-new one out there somewhere he could buy, and Seth
contacted Brian about the availability of my car. Seth called Kyle shortly after and gave
him my price, he agreed to it, and I had his check within two days."
For now, Kennison and Burgess have stripped the body off the car Busch purchased and will
take it to Taylor's shop where a new one will be mounted. The car will then be stored at
the Kennison race shop until Busch decides on exactly when he will have it delivered to
Busch has driven Distance-built Pro Stock cars on three separate occasions, twice for the
now-defunct SP2 team at Oxford and once last fall in Derek Ramstrom's car at South Boston,
Virginia, in the inaugural Mason Dixon Meltdown. Of particular interest is the fact that
Hamke cars are built not far from where Busch lives; in fact several other brands of
chassis were readily available to him in a moment's notice. Yet he specifically chose a
Maine-built Pro Stock from Distance Racing.
I thought a word from the chassis-building guru himself was in order. How did it feel to
know one of NASCARs hottest stars wanted one of HIS cars to race on the side? And
how many PASS North races will we see him (Taylor) compete in during 2007?
"It's pretty cool, I guess," says the forever-humble nine-time OPS
champion. "He (Busch) probably could have had any chassis he wanted, even a complete
car furnished for him. The fact he bought one of ours says a lot about our work and makes
me very proud. We've got a lot of great customers up here who have done well, Mike and Ben
Rowe, Cassius Clark, Corey Williams and many others. In fact, Ben almost won last month's
Speedfest 200 in Lakeland, Fla., then got hit from behind late in the show."
It goes without saying that Taylor's cars have won a ton of races, thanks in part to
quality workmanship, dedicated teamwork and skilled drivers.
As for his plans behind the wheel in 2007, you might be surprised.
"As of right now, we have no plans to race at all. I'm just so busy here at the shop
(20 new cars on order), plus things have changed within my family so there really isn't
the time to go race anymore. I'm going to stick with building cars for our great
customers, and hope they enjoy a successful season with them."
Customers like Kennison, for example, who talks about his 2007 plans with a great deal of
excitement yet also a sense of reality and cautious enthusiasm. A quick study, Kennison
has figured out the three keys to success in motorsports; good equipment, experienced
people and team chemistry.
"Right now, our plan is to run the full PASS North schedule," he explained.
"That is what Brain (Burgess) and I have discussed, and that's what we'll do unless
something really big comes up and bites us. We're excited about the opener at Beech Ridge
(April 21) after running so strong there last fall. I think Brian is a little nervous
about taking me to Speedway 95, only because I have no experience there. But we'll be
alright once I get the place figured out."
The 15-race 2007 PASS North schedule presents a challenge to every team, offering a
variety of tracks with different lengths and configurations to keep both drivers and crew
chiefs on their toes. For Kennison, that challenge means being prepared each and ever
week. The addition of Burgess to his team increases his chances for success in a big way.
"Brian has the knowledge and talents to take my program to new heights. He has his
own shock dyno, everybody is always after him to do their shocks - plus his overall
chassis knowledge is second-to-none here in the northeast. I'm thrilled to have him here,
and hope to utilize his skills throughout the season. With a little luck, that will
translate into some good finishes."
And no successful race team would be where they are without the help of marketing
partners/sponsors to make it all happen. Kennison Competition has enjoyed the support of
Thule trailers and accessories since it came into existence in 2004, as well as Kennison
Real Estate. Chris added Cole-Man's Concrete of Oxford, Maine, to his program last fall.
Also on board is Old Port Press out of Portland, and new this winter is United Sports, a
snowmobile, clothing and trailer retailer/distributor in North Turner, Maine. United
Sports also has a large snowmobile museum as part of its complex that must be seen to be
And so, with his program in order and plans coming together, Kennison hovers a few feet
off the ground this winter, thinking about the possibilities in the months ahead.
"I try not to get too excited, but we do have a lot to look forward to this year.
Brian is ready for the challenge, and so am I. Our realistic goal is to finish somewhere
in the top 10 on a consistent basis, and I believe we can do that. It's going to be an
5 7, 2007
Friday: 5 PM to 10 PM
Saturday: 10 AM to 10 PM
Sunday: 10AM to 3 PM
Augusta Civic Center
Named Promoter of the Year
January 5, 2007) Tom Mayberry of Naples, ME, President of PASS Racing, Inc was named 2006
promoter of the year after balloting by the members of the New England motorsports press
corps at the Northeast Motorsports EXPO at the Augusta Civic Center on Friday night
January 5, 2007.
At the presentation, Tom was told that he was the overwhelming winner of the balloting
because he has done an exceptional job of promoting PASS racing including the PASS
North Super Late Model Series, the PASS Outlaw Late Model Series, the PASS South Super
Late Model Series, and the PASS Modified Series.
It was noted that from a meeting in the winter of 2001, Tom has built PASS into a premier
touring series for super late model cars in both the north and the south with races from
Nova Scotia to South Carolina with over 100 cars participating in the North Series and
over 70 in the first year of the South Series. The PASS Outlaw Late Model series was
started in 2006 and brought many pro stock cars out of the garage and back to New England
tracks as over 70 cars participated in the Outlaw Late Model Series in 2006. The PASS
Modified Series has a special place in Toms heart and will continue to be part of
PASS racing as more cars join the series.
Named Touring Series Driver of the Year
January 5, 2007) Cassius Clark of Farmington, ME was named Touring Series Driver of the
Year by the members of the New England Motorsports press corps at the Northeast
Motorsports EXPO in Augusta, ME tonight.
In PASS competition in the PASS North Super Late Model Series, Cassius was either hot or
not. He had five wins, four seconds, and three not so goods in twelve races. He was more
hot than not and he finished seventh in points for the 2006 season.
While waiting for the PASS North Series to get under way, Cassius and the E J Prescott
sponsored team made two trips down Route 95 to see how they stacked up against the best in
the South in the inaugural PASS South Super Late Model Series Season. In the first PASS
South race at legendary Hickory Motor Speedway in the Easter Bunny 150, Cassius put the #8
on the pole for the first pole award in PASS South history, and he won a heat race in his
second attempt down south, but the gremlins got him in both races.
The Chapman Racing team came back north and won the first three PASS North races of the
season and was off for 2006.
However, he was not through with trips south. On Thanksgiving weekend the entire crew went
south again. This time to the Mason-Dixon Meltdown at South Boston Speedway, South Boston,
VA to challenge 54 other super late model teams from Florida, Texas, Wisconsin and
everywhere in between for a chance at the $12,500 first-place check. And, as you may have
guessed, Cassius beat his buddy and fellow PASS competitor Johnny Clark to the checkers.
Cassius is the fourth PASS driver to chosen Touring
Series Driver of the Year, joining last years winner Mike Rowe, the previous
years winner Johnny Clark, and Ben Rowe who won in 2000.
|2007 PASS Schedules & Autograph Session
at NE Motorsports Expo
In addition to the license form, the 2007 schedules for a total of 46 PASS sanctioned
events including the PASS North Super Late Model Series, the PASS Outlaw Late Model
Series, and the PASS Modified Series are available at the PASS booth at the Northeast
Motorsports Expo. There was an announcement about the 2007 PASS
Sportsman Series on Friday night the 5th.
There was an autograph session on Friday night from 7 to 9pm with: Mike Rowe, Jeremie
Ben Rowe, Trevor Sanborn, Bill Whorff Jr., Johnny Clark, Cassius Clark, and Derek
Also stopping by the PASS booth were Chris Staples and Chris Kenneson.
Limited Sportsman/Super Sportsman
at Northeast Motorsports EXPO in Augusta, ME
(Naples, ME January 2, 2007) There was
an informational meeting for Limited Sportsman/Super Sportsman race teams at 1:30 pm on
Saturday January 6, 2007 in the Hancock Room at the Northeast Motorsports EXPO at the
Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, ME regarding a PASS sanctioned six-race series in 2007.
Scott Reed and other PASS officials were on hand to discuss the series in a
question-and-answer format. The
is now be available.