Archive for July, 2001

Two In a Row for Rowe

Fourth Race-July 21st at White Mountain Motorsports Park

N. WOODSTOCK, NH — The Pro All Stars Series made their fourth trip to White Mountain Motorsports Park Saturday night to complete the PASS 150 and a great crowd watched Turner Maine driver Ben Rowe earn his second consecutive series victory. Bangor’s Gary Smith started a streak of his own, earning his second runner-up spot in two races and Jim McCallum raced back from an early pit stop to claim third.

Wayne Helliwell Jr. and Adam Friend led the field to the green flag, with Smith and Rowe filling out the second row. Helliwell jumped out to the early lead with Rowe working the low groove to run second and Louis Mechalides moving up from his eighth place starting slot to grab third in the Cushman Competition Ford. Rowe powered around Helliwell Jr. on lap 33, the driver of the Mechanical Services /Hi-Tech Insulation Chevrolet battled door to door with Mechalides for 5 laps after a caution for spins involving Helliwell Jr., Larry Gelinas, and Dave Avery tightened the field. Gary Smith took advantage of a lap 53 restart to work his Uncle Henry’s Monte Carlo underneath Mechalides for second as Jim McCallum worked his way back to the top five after a trip to the pits 20 laps earlier. Mechalides gave up third during a lap 67 caution period to seek attention from his crew and rejoined the rear of the field.

Smith gave Rowe his best shot on the ensuing restart but Rowe was up to the challenge and led the pack for the final 83 circuits to claim the $4, 100.00 victory; Smith and McCallum rounded out the top three. Louis Mechalides charged back through the field to claim fourth, with Kenny Wright fifth in the Newmarket Sand and Gravel 02 and Helliwell Jr. sixth. Seventh through tenth were Gelinas, Sam Sessions, Northern Race Tires Rookie of the Race David Avery and Mike Parks.

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Rain on July 4th Forces Rescheduling of the Feature to July 21st

N. WOODSTOCK, NH — Rain forced postponement of the PASS 150 feature event at White Mountain Motorsports Park on Wednesday, July 4th.

All preliminary rounds were completed and Turner, Maine’s Ben Rowe earned the Sunoco Pole award with a lap of 12.170, edging out Adam Friend for the top spot. Wayne Helliwell Jr. re-drew the number one spot and wired the Pole Dash to earn the number one starting position, followed by Friend, Gary Smith, Rick Martin and Rowe.

Larry Gelinas and Dale Shaw earned heat race wins; Dick Houlihan won the consolation round.

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Rowe Wins PASS Thriller

Third Race-June 30th at Speedway 95, Bangor, ME

HERMON, ME — Ben Rowe topped a talent-laden Pro Stock field to win Saturday’s Pro All Stars Pine Tree 150 at Speedway 95 in Hermon, Maine. Rowe snatched the lead away from Chuck LaChance with ten to go and battled Gary Smith to the wire for the $4, 000.00 victory.

33 cars took their shot at the Sunoco Pole award and home track hero Aaron St. Peter topped them all with a lap of 14.732 seconds.

Louie Mechalides drew the number one flag for the PASS Pole Dash and led green to checker to earn the number one starting position.

Mechalides and St. Peter brought the 29-car field to the green and Mechalides jumped to the lead with St. Peter hot on his heels. The two swapped the point on several occasions, racing side by side and putting on a great display of racing for the fans. St. Peter eventually bested Mechalides before a flat tire sent him to the pit area.

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