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.
“We had those yellows there at the end and that helped me a
little bit,” said Mike Rowe. “The tires cooled off and I got to
“Ben had a tire going down. I pulled up alongside him and I
thought that it looked okay. I didn’t want to tell him to pit
and have to have him come through from the back with 20 to go
when we were running for a championship. He was limping around
with that. He did a good job to keep it going like that.”
“When we took the lead, I knew that [race leader] Cassius was
really good,” said Ben Rowe. “I was going to let him go back by
me. Then I started getting loose for some reason and I hadn’t
been that bad all night. Then my father ran into the back of me.
So did the #17 [Travis Benjamin]. It just seemed like I couldn’t
get going. [Crew Chief] Brian [Burgess] said that my left rear
was going flat. So I had my father look at it, the #17 look at
it and Johnny [Clark] look at it. I wanted to pit. I was
screaming that I couldn’t race on a flat tire. They said that I
had to make it to the end though and we did.”
The final result was, even with the late race drama, Ben was
able to beat his father by only seven points for the title.
“This kid can get it done,” said Ben’s car owner, Richard Moody.
“He knew exactly what he had to do. He had a tire going down and
we were worried about that with 20 laps to go, but Brian kept
him calm and we decided to have him stay out.”
The championship is Moody’s first as a car owner, but many of
the team members that were hand-picked for the #4 crew have been
at the head banquet table alongside Rowe before.
“This same bunch of guys have been with me for all of them,”
said Ben Rowe. “Rick came on as my car owner last year. He
wanted to run for the championship and he gave us everything
that we needed for that. It was just up to us to do it. All of
the equipment is here. It’s just a matter of getting the right
people around it and having fun. If you have fun, you’re going
to win races. That’s what we do. We come to the racetrack and
have a lot of fun.”
“I’m really happy,” said Moody. “I have a great bunch of guys.
It’s kind of like a family affair, as you can see with all of
the people here. My sons, my daughter and my wife when she can –
everyone comes around. We have fun with what we do and the guys
worked really hard for this to happen. That’s what it is all
Although the Moody team had plenty of fun this season, Ben
admits that racing his father for a championship is more about
nerves than enjoyment.
“Racing your father for the championship. Now that’s not much
fun,” laughed Ben.
All season long, the two Rowes raced hard and fair for every
position on the track.
“He races me hard,” said Ben of his father. “He’ll run me down,
he’ll knock me out of the way and he’ll do what he needs to do
to win. But he won’t turn me around and spin me out. It’s vice
versa too. We both race each other hard. It’s nerve-racking
sometimes, but when we came in here today we basically knew that
one of us would win the championship.”
And even though Mike Rowe was disappointed with not winning the
championship himself, he still had plenty of fatherly pride in
watching his son win the big prize.
“We’re happy with second and happy that Benji won,” said Mike.
“Congratulations to him. He is definitely good. He’s been good
for a few years now really. It’s fun racing with him and I enjoy
it. If I’m going bad, like I was at the beginning of the race,
I’ll let him go. I just wanted to survive. He did what he needed
The mutual respect between the two title fighters didn’t end
with just the drivers though. Both competitors hold a lot of
respect for the other’s teams as well.
“Those guys are on top of their game and we’re just bridesmaids
again here that’s all,” said Mike Rowe.
“There are a lot of good teams out here,” said Moody. “Mike has
run really well this year and so has Trevor [Sanborn], Johnny
[Clark] and Cassius [Clark]. The top five or six teams [in PASS
North] are great and we’re just glad to be able to run with
The 2008 PASS North season is scheduled to kick off at Beech
Ridge Motor Speedway is Scarborough, Maine on April 19th.
Even though the 2007 PASS North season is complete, that doesn’t
mean that all of the teams are done racing for the year. Several
competitors, including Cassius Clark, Ben Rowe, Mike Rowe,
Trevor Sanborn and Derek Ramstrom are expected to enter at least
one of the two PASS South events that are left on the 2007
Those final two races will be The Howler at Greenville-Pickens
Speedway (SC) on October 27th and the second annual Mason-Dixon
Meltdown, which will take place at Concord Motorsport Park (NC)
on November 16th-17th.
Cassius Clark “Howlin’” at
Northern Contingent Sweeps Podium at “The Howler,”
But Lawler Retains Point Lead
GREENVILLE, SC (October 29, 2007) – Under a sky that was dark as can be
and a moon that was nearly full, the Pro All Stars Series South Super
Late Model Tour has begun a new tradition on Halloween weekend. The
inaugural “Howler 150” was held Saturday at Greenville-Pickens Speedway
in South Carolina and in the end, it was Maine’s Cassius Clark who
tricked the competition and earned the treat of being the first to etch
his name into the history books as the winner of this event.
It was a shootout right to the very end, as Clark took the lead from
PASS North Series champion Ben Rowe with just 16-laps remaining to grab
the $5,000 to prize in the next-to-last event on the 2007 PASS South
“We were good for the long runs,” said Clark, who started the race from
inside the fifth row. “He (Ben Rowe) was awesome on the short runs. The
track is pretty worn out and we just saved our stuff in the beginning.
They jumped out to a pretty big lead there for 30 or 40 laps and I took
my time getting up through. I made all the right moves and got by the
guys I needed to get by at certain times.”
The Rowes, as usual, were pretty tough in PASS competition. Father, Mike
held the number-one spot in time trials, but his son Ben grabbed the top
spot (pole position) for the race by winning the Dash, which determines
the starting spots of the top-eight qualifiers.
Both Ben and Mike would share the lead throughout the first
three-quarters of the 150-lap distance with five-time NASCAR Elite
Series winner at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, Jeff Fultz. But, during a
long green flag run in the mid-portion of the event, both Mike Rowe and
Fultz began to fade and that’s when the white number-8 of Clark began to
pour it on.
With 50 laps to go in the event, Clark had worked his way up to the
bumper of Ben Rowe’s number-4. The two fought hard for the top spot for
more than 30-laps. Rowe tried to hold him off as long as he could, but
with 16 laps remaining, Clark made the move that got him the win.
“We had a shootout there at the end,” said Clark. “I didn’t want to lay
the bumper to him, but I was going to try like hell to get by him. I was
awesome getting into the center and pretty good off there, but with the
little motor, it was hard to get up off the corner. I have crate motors
and they have the big motors. I could get up to his rear wheel and door,
but at the tail end of the straightaway he could pull down and get back
in front of me. I knew if I kept putting the pressure on him he would
have to drive in too deep and that is what happened. We had a five or
six lap shootout there where I was on the bottom and he was on the top.
It was good clean racing and I am happy with the outcome.”
Ben Rowe did everything he could to keep the lead in the late portions
of the race, but had to concede to Clark’s car in the end.
“We had a good car there early on,” said Ben Rowe. “We knew we had to
save tires. The crate engine car is just 200 pounds lighter than we are,
which is huge on tires. I tried to save tires and I wanted a yellow
there at the end. I knew Cassius was coming and there was nothing I
could do. It is discouraging. I could hold him off down the
straightaways, but there isn’t much of an outside so when he got up
underneath me I just spun my tires. We were beating and banging and ran
side by side there for some laps. We had a good car. We were the best in
class with the big engine cars. He just had a different engine and
weight package, and that is what beat us today.”
Behind the leaders, a hardcore battle for the third position in the
closing laps had the fans keeping one eye on the leaders and another
behind them. Out of nowhere, with just a few laps to go, 16-year-old
Derek Ramstrom made his move up to the third position.
“Right about 50-laps (to go) we had a bleeder get stuck on the right
rear,” said Ramstrom. “It was constantly letting out air. We pulled in,
changed the tire and fixed the bleeder. It turned out to be pretty good
after that. I just hung back and let the crashes happen and some cars
get eliminated. I kept my car under me and it was there at the end.”
Championship leader Ryan Lawler had an up and down day, but when it
counted at the end of the race, he crossed the line in fourth, giving
him championship thoughts heading into the final race of the season at
Concord Motorsport Park (NC).
“Man, I knew from the get go, about five or 10 laps into it, it was
going to be slick,” said Lawler. “I was just hanging out saving my
stuff. We dropped back, and then people were getting bottled up so we
went to the high side and got our way back up. It is pretty unusual. I
like running the top side pretty well everywhere we go, but I have never
done it on a flat track.
“Me and Corey (Williams) had a pretty good battle there (at the end).
The 35-car (Derek Ramstrom) kind of came out of nowhere. I think he had
a tire issue though. I guess he came in and put on a right rear tire and
took some fuel.
“My guys told me on the radio afterwards that this is why we are going
to win championships. We just kept digging all weekend. I think we were
15th or 20th on the sheet the first day. We kept working on it and
working on it and got the thing pretty decent.”
Williams, who ran in the top five all race, had a blast racing at
Greenville-Pickens Speedway, and was satisfied with his fifth-place
“We ended up fifth, but that is probably the most fun I have had in a
while,” explained Williams. “Ryan and I raced real hard. We both raced
clean and it seemed like we were both just as out of control as the
other. We didn’t quite have the handle on the car that we needed. We
were just too loose off. We tried to save it and when it was go time we
didn’t have anymore. We just couldn’t keep up with that crate motor
The race was slowed a couple times throughout the race, including a
stoppage of the race on lap 15 when Shannon Mines slowed on the front
stretch and was hit in the rear by Kory Blevins. The #10k car of Blevins
took a nasty ride down the track on his side and turned over, coming to
a rest on his wheels in turn one against the wall. While both cars
appeared to be destroyed, both drivers were able to walk away from the
incident due to the safety regulation for PASS South cars.
The podium at “The Howler” belonged to drivers who hail from north of
the Mason-Dixon line, but now the southern drivers will regroup for the
biggest race of the PASS South season, the “Mason-Dixon Meltdown” at
Concord Motorsport Park on November 16th - 17th.
“We like to race,” said Clark, who won the inaugural Mason-Dixon
Meltdown, held last year at South Boston Speedway (VA). “Our race season
is over up there and it is not much fun waiting for the snow to come. We
came down here to race with the big guys and sometimes we are lucky
enough to beat them.”
The final event of the 2007 PASS South Super Late Model tour, the
second-annual Mason-Dixon Meltdown, comes November 16th and 17th to
Concord Motorsport Park.
Official Finish - “The Howler” - PASS South Super Late
Greenville-Pickens Speedway - Greenville, SC - Sat. Oct.
|1) Cassius Clark
2) Ben Rowe
3) Derek Ramstrom
4) Ryan Lawler
5) Corey Williams
6) Preston Peltier
7) Jeff Fultz
8) Gary Greenwood, Jr.
9) Mike Rowe
10) Randy Gentry
11) Perry Brown
12) Tim Nooner
13) Ralph Carnes
14) Heath Hindman
15) Strom Altman
|16) Zach Stroupe
17) Brad Bischoff
18) Justin Wakefield
19) Dean Clattenburg
20) Tim Pinion
21) Allen Karnes
22) Clete Caywood
23) Randy Porter
24) Mark Gibson
25) Lee Tissot
26) Ed Surrett
27) Jimmy Doyle
28) Brian Payne
29) Kory Blevins
30) Shannon Mines
12 among four drivers
Ben Rowe 1-2, Jeff Fultz 3-4, Mike Rowe 5-15, Jeff
Fultz 16, Mike Rowe 17-24, Jeff Fultz 25, Mike Rowe 26-27,
Jeff Fultz 28-32, Mike Rowe 33-35, Ben Rowe 36-81, Mike Rowe
82, Ben Rowe 83-133, Cassius Clark 134-150
Mike Rowe (19.768)
Derek Ramstrom, Lee Tissot,
Last-Chance Race Winner:
- Aug. 4th
Corey Williams Wins PASS South “Saturday of Speed"
Youngster Beats Peltier For Third-Straight PASS South SLM Win
Corey Williams is having one of those seasons most drivers would
love to taste just once in their career. On June 9th,
Williams scored his first Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South win at
Orange County Speedway (NC). Then he followed it up with a victory
in the PASS South event at Peachstate Speedway (GA) on July 3rd,
serving notice to the competition he is on top of his game on the
Heading into the PASS South Super Late Model “Saturday of Speed” at
Lanier National Speedway (GA), Williams had momentum on his side.
After winning the Dash, Williams started from the pole position and
drove on to victory for his third-straight win of the season.
It wasn’t an easy win for Williams, as many players factored into
the race throughout the 150 laps. After only leading for two laps,
Williams was passed by Preston Peltier and Heath Hindman, forcing
him to settle in third on the field. This, however, was part of his
“We kind of had the same strategy that we have been running,” said
Williams. “We wanted to hang back and save the tires. When we went
to the back to save the tires, I started second guessing myself,
wondering if that was the right move because we didn’t seem to have
the car to win.”
Full Story at PASS South HERE
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
Tuesday - July 3rd
PASS SOUTH Site
Williams Wins “Firecracker 125” at Peachstate
Young Maine Native Scores Back-to-Back
PASS South Victories
JEFFERSON, GA (July 3, 2007) – Grand finales are a common treat
around the Independence Day holiday. As fireworks shows in town
centers and backyards throughout the country come to a close, a
gigantic display of sight and sound fills the night air to
celebrate the country’s freedom.
Fittingly, a double-file restart with just two laps remaining on
July 3rd at Peachstate Speedway (GA) set up for a grand finale
of a different kind in the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South
“Firecracker 125.” Corey Williams took the lead on lap 122 of
the 125-lap race and held off a determined Preston Peltier on a
final green-white-checkered restart for his second-straight PASS
South victory after winning on June 9th at Orange County
Williams took the lead late from Peltier, who dominated after
taking the lead on lap 95 before Williams, took the lead for the
final time on lap 122. Williams had set fast time in qualifying
for the race, but started eighth after suffering mechanical
problems in the Dash race that were fixed in time for the
Peltier pulled even with Williams on the white flag lap of the
feature, but was unable to clear the Boothbay, Maine native for
the victory and settled for second. Ryan Crane dominated the
middle portion of the event and finished third. Kevin Perry and
Jason Hogan rounded out the top-five.
The PASS South Super Late Models will return to action on
Saturday August 4th for the “Saturday of Speed” event at Lanier
National Speedway in Braselton, GA.
Corey Williams Wins PASS South “Orange
Let Mother Nature Or PASS South Points Leader Ryan Lawler Stop
(June 9, 2007) – Corey Williams outlasted Mother Nature and PASS
South points leader Ryan Lawler to earn his first-career PASS
South win on Saturday night, winning the several-hour
rain-delayed Orange Blossom Special at Orange County Speedway.
Williams was the dominant car all day long at Orange County,
winning the pole and leading the most laps. However, it was
Preston Peltier that looked like he was going to be the man to
beat, grabbing the lead with just over 35 laps to go and pulling
away from the field. However, a cut tire and a meeting with the
outside wall cut short Peltier’s night and handed the lead back
Lawler, who won the first two PASS South races of the season,
made a hard charge through the field after cutting a tire late
in the race and used timely caution flags to finish second and
battle for the lead late in the race.
Dean Clattenburg, Grant Enfinger and Tim Nooner rounded out the
FULL STORY on SPEED51
“Ironman” Ben Rowe Gets Ready for Another Season
Family is Key
to Success for This Three-Time PASS North Champion
NAPLES, ME (April 27, 2007) – On May 20, 2001, Ben Rowe was part of the
first-ever Pro All Stars Series event. The race took place at Lee USA
Speedway in Southern New Hampshire. Rowe won his heat race that day, but ran
into trouble during the feature and finished 23rd.
Since than, the Maine driver has more than made up for that 23rd-place
finish. He won the PASS North Super Late Model title in 2002, 2003 and 2005.
He has also won numerous races during that timeframe. Most impressive,
though, might be Rowe’s “Ironman” status with the tour. Rowe has been in the
starting field for every PASS North race in the tour’s history.
Rowe will return to the PASS North series in 2007, driving the #4 Richard
Moody Racing entry. In addition to his PASS North duties, Rowe plans a very
busy year at the racetrack. He is even eyeing a run at the PASS South
championship and is off to a good start there, finishing second in the
season-opening Easter Bunny 150.
“We’ve got a bunch of different cars,” said Rowe. “Who knows? We might run
both series – PASS North and PASS South. We’ve talked about it. It’s a neat
deal to be able to have options. We really enjoy going to new tracks and
towing around. Rick has really given us that opportunity. If he wants to go
and the crew wants to go, so be it, we’ll be there.”
During the PASS North off-season, Rowe and his team visited a number of
tracks down South to fill their time off. They raced everywhere from
Virginia to Florida to Alabama and were contenders in each event.
“I really, really enjoy going down South and running with those guys,” said
Rowe. “That’s what we’ve been doing since we stopped racing up here last
year. I respect those guys that you see on TV. Those are the names that you
hear week in and week out. For us to go to Florida or Alabama to race with
them means quite a bit to me.”
Rowe is proud to represent New England in those races. He’s also proud of
the growth that he has witnessed in PASS North.
“We’re going to some really good tracks up here and it’s continuing to grow.
We get more and more cars. It should be a good year.”
Racing is a family affair for Ben Rowe. He grew up watching his father, 2006
PASS South champion Mike Rowe, at tracks around the Northeast. He also raced
alongside his brother Tommy for many years. Now, he gets to head to the
track with the support of his wife and his two young sons, who rarely miss a
“My wife is a big part of this,” said Rowe. “She drags the kids everywhere.
If I didn’t have a wife like her, I couldn’t do this. That goes for the guys
on the team and Rick’s wife, too. In order for us to do this week in and
week out and spend four or five days a week at the shop, the families really
have to put up with a lot. We have a good time going out of state. That
makes it a fun deal to have everyone there.
“It’s all one big family. My Dad and I work together during the week [at
Rowe and Sons Trucking] and race against each other on the weekends.”
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.
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.
51's Northern Exposure
Mike Twist and Denise DuPont
See What Some Northeastern Drivers Are Up to in 2007
MIKE PARKS GOES TO PASS NORTH SLM
Mike Parks is the latest driver to announce his intentions to chase the PASS
North schedule this season. The driver of the #66 Super Late Model ran a
limited schedule of races this past season and now is looking to go after
the Rookie of the Year honors in 2007.
“We’ll run the first six and before the
first Halifax race, we’ll regroup and see how the season has been going,”
said Parks. So then we’ll see where to go from there. We plan on trying to
do them all though.”
The schedule is a challenge for Parks, since he is also the race director at
New Hampshire’s Twin State Speedway. However, Twin State races on Friday
nights, so with a little bit of creative traveling, Parks should be able to
accomplish the next best thing to being in two places at once.
“There will be some flights between Boston and Halifax in my future,” said
Parks. “I’m doing the race director job at Twin State and that takes up my
Friday nights. So the guys will go up a little early with the car and I'll
fly up on Saturday morning. We've checked it out though and it will work."
|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
Sunoco Returns as
Official Fuel of PASS
and Fuel Supplier
Continue Long-Term Relationship
CONCORD, NC (March 6, 2007) – Sunoco has a national advertising
campaign promoting their involvement with NASCAR that tells
motorists how they can use the same brand of fuel that stars
like Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne use. Short track fans can take
that one step further, with the announcement that Sunoco Race
Fuel will return as the official fuel of the Pro All Stars
Series in 2007, fans can also use the same fuel found in cars
driven by racers like PASS champs Johnny Clark and Mike Rowe,
plus former champ Ben Rowe and up-and-coming stars such as Ryan
Lawler and Cassius Clark.
|The PASS North
and South Super Late Model tours, as well as the PASS Outlaw
series, will mandate the use of a Sunoco spec fuel this year.
Teams can choose from Sunoco standard or premium racing fuels,
which are both distributed by New England Racing Fuels, owned by
owned by NASCAR on FOX television broadcaster Mike Joy and John
“Sunoco and New England Racing Fuels have been with PASS since
the very beginning,” said PASS founder Tom Mayberry. “We
appreciate their involvement and look forward to continuing our
relationship with them. I feel strongly that selecting a “spec”
fuel for the Pro All Stars Series is an important step in
controlling costs and maintaining a level playing field for our
competitors. John and Mike have supported racers and racing in
the Northeast for many years, and they share our concerns
regarding cost control. We really appreciate their support.”
“It’s been a good relationship between Sunoco and PASS since day
one,” said Holland. “I can remember the day that I met Tom
Mayberry. We were at Lee (Speedway, NH) during a Busch North
practice session. We sat down, and Tom told me what he planned
to do. He seemed honest and realistic right away, so we came to
an agreement. I don’t even remember what our first deal was now.
PASS has grown from there, and we’ve enjoyed a good
“We’re excited to be back, and Sunoco is excited about it too.
They have a long history in motorsports and are the leaders in
the race fuel market.”
Calling Sunoco a leader in motorsports is not an exaggeration.
In fact, it is almost more of an understatement. Sunoco is the
official fuel of NASCAR, the SCCA and more than 40 other
sanctioning bodies throughout the United States. They are also
the fuel supplier for more than 400 racetracks in the U.S.,
including all but two short tracks in New England.
As the spec fuel of PASS, all competitors will be required to
practice and compete with either the Sunoco Race Fuel Standard
or Supreme products at all PASS Super Late Model and Outlaw
events. Competitors in the PASS Modified and Sportsman ranks
have the options of either using Sunoco Race Fuels or pump gas.
No exotic and expensive blends of fuels are allowed.
The PASS South season will get started on April 7th with the
running of the Second Annual Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor
Speedway (NC). The PASS North and PASS Outlaw divisions spring
into action two weekends later on April 21st at Beech Ridge
Motor Speedway (ME).
For more information on the PASS South Series, contact Jeremy
Troiano at (704) 455–2051 and for technical and rules
information on all of the PASS tours, please contact Scott Reed
at (207) 625-3230.
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.