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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.

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 & Braxton.

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 for him.

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 Mountain.

"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 five.

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.

Saturday, July 14th

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. 


In 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.  

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

Sat. May 26th - White Mountain
Super Late Models:

Ben Rowe (Left) - 2nd  
Mike Row - Winner

Dave Dion (Left) - 3rd  
Mike Row - Winner

WMMP Race Results and Photos HERE

Sun. May 6th - Speedway 95

Super Late Models: L to R - Ben Rowe #4, 2nd; Cassius Clark #8  DQ'd; and Johnny Clark #54, 1st.

Speedway 95 Race Results &
Photo Galleries HERE

Sat. May 5th - Beech Ridge

Super Late Models: L to R - Jeremie Whorff #00, 2nd; Winner Joey Porciello #04; and Mike Rowe #2, 3rd.

Beech Ridge Race Results
& Photo Galleries HERE

Cassius 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 after victories?

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 racing.

"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

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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 upcoming season.

"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 North Carolina.

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 NASCAR’s 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 appreciated.

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 interesting summer."

At the Big E in Springfield, Mass.

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January 5 – 7, 2007
Friday: 5 PM to 10 PM
Saturday: 10 AM to 10 PM
Sunday: 10AM to 3 PM

Augusta Civic Center
Augusta, ME


Tom Mayberry Named Promoter of the Year
300-tommy-DSC_1509.jpg (25755 bytes) (Augusta, ME – 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 Tom’s heart and will continue to be part of PASS racing as more cars join the series.
Cassius Clark Named Touring Series Driver of the Year

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(Augusta, ME – 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 year’s winner Mike Rowe, the previous year’s 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 Whorff,

Ben Rowe, Trevor Sanborn, Bill Whorff Jr., Johnny Clark, Cassius Clark, and Derek Ramstrom.
Also stopping by the PASS booth were Chris Staples and Chris Kenneson.

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PASS Informational Meeting for
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 2007 schedule is now be available.
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