Archive for August, 2001

Mechalides Scores at Scotia

Sixth Race-August 11th at Scotia Speedworld

HARDWOOD LANDS, NS —  Louie Mechalides’ first Pro All Stars Series win was a big one as the Tyngsboro Massachusetts racer drove his Cushman Competition Ford Taurus to victory in the Atlantic Cat 250 at Scotia Speedworld in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Mechalides bested local favorites John Flemming and Dave Gorveatt for the $7, 000.00 payday. PASS points leader Sam Sessions came home in fourth while Larry Gelinas drove all the way to fifth from his 26th place starting spot. Mike MacKenzie, Gary Smith, Scott Alexander, Dan Eddy and Northern Race Tires Rookie of the Race Richie Dearborn rounded out the top ten. A Scotia Speedworld-record 5, 000 race fans witnessed Mechalides’ victory.

Ben Rowe’s shot at a fourth consecutive Pro All Stars victory was foiled by losing a cylinder while leading the race. Canadian favorite Scott Fraser succumbed to brake woes after leading early in the event, while pole starter Shawn Tucker watched the majority of the 250 laps from the sidelines after brushing the wall and damaging his suspension in the early stages.

Dave Gorveatt earned the Sunoco Race Fuels fast time award with a lap of 13.871 seconds, beating out Mike MacKenzie by just five- one thousandths of a second. Tucker earned the number one starting spot by winning the Pole Dash; Adam Friend and Sam Sessions copped heat race wins, while Eric Hudson and Nova Scotian Mike Riley topped the consolation rounds. Rookie contender Thomas Oliphant came home victorious in the Last Chance race. Thirty cars attempted to qualify for the richest PASS event of the season.

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Ben Rowe Tops PASS at Canaan

Fifth Race-August 5th at Canaan USA Speedway

CANAAN, NH — Ben Rowe combined patience, a fast racecar, and some racing luck to earn his third consecutive Pro All Stars Series victory Sunday 8/5 at Canaan USA Speedway.

The driver of the Mechanical Services/ Hi-Tech Insulation Chevrolet captured the Sunoco Pole Award with a lap of 14.115 seconds, with Steve Knowlton, PASS newcomer Bobby Dragon, Adam Friend and Kenny Wright rounding out the top five in time trials. Rowe’s luck continued on the re-draw, pulling the number one spot and wiring the 10-lap Pole Dash.

Rowe led the twenty six car field to the green with Dragon on the outside pole, Friend and Knowlton in row two and Andy Shaw and Racin’ Ralph Nason making up row three.

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