Tenth Race-September 29th at Star Speedway
EPPING, NH — Racin’ Ralph Nason battled back from two spins to claim his first Pro All Stars Series victory Sept 30th at Star Speedway. The Maine racing legend took the lead from Kenny Wright on lap 128 and fended off Wright’s challenges over the final 22 laps to win the 2001 PASS season finale. Scott Chubbuck came home third in the nose–to-tail duel with Johnny Clark fourth and early leader Louis Mechalides fifth.
Sam Sessions’ sixth place finish locked up The Pro All Stars Series Championship, but his run to the crown was far from easy as title contenders Ben Rowe and Mechalides were both strong. Rowe earned the number one starting spot by virtue of his Pole Dash win, while Mechalides made his own statement in Sunoco Race Fuel time trials by beating out 42 other competitors to earn the fast time award with a lap of 13.149 seconds.
Rowe and PASS newcomer/Star veteran Babe Branscombe brought the field to the green and Rowe maintained the top spot until a lap 14 caution when his transmission gave up the ghost and sent the Mechanical Services/Hi-Tech Insulation Monte Carlo to the pit area for the night. Branscombe inherited the top spot but Mechalides was now up to second and ready to challenge. Mechalides made his move on lap 28 and was able to maintain the top spot for the next 76 circuits. Kenny Wright had been making steady progress through the field and challenged Mechalides on lap 104, taking away the lead.