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“The Outlaw” prevails in PASS National Championship Series action at the “Magic Mile”

Eddie MacDonald wins again at NHMS in first-ever Super Late Model race at New England’s Superspeedway

Loudon, New Hampshire – Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Massachusetts added another page to his impressive New Hampshire Motor Speedway resume, scoring an impressive victory in the AIM 60 Pro All Stars Series race, the first-ever Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model race at the “Magic Mile.”

It was the seventh victory on the 1.058-mile oval for MacDonald, a three-time winner in NASCAR K&N East Series competition at NHMS, to go along with three race victories in ACT Invitational Late Model competition.

MacDonald was tested in the early stages of the race by fellow front row starter, and reigning PASS North Super Late Model champion, DJ Shaw of Center Conway, New Hampshire before Stonington, Connecticut competitor David Garbo, Jr. entered the picture.

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Spencer Davis Back Home in PASS SLM

LOUDON, NH — Spencer Davis of Dawsonville, GA has run many Super Late Models races in his young career. His second race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be Sunday’s AIM 60.

“We went out that first round, shook down the car, kind of got a feel for the track, and just came into make sure everything was good, Davis said. “… There’s one or two things that might shake or bump loose. We wound up first practice 14th, definitely left something on the table, but coming to a track this big for the first time in a Super is definitely, definitely something you need to take a little bit easier. But the car so far so good. Mr. Freddie Query’s given me an awesome car. We’re trying one or two new things and we got my old crew chief back here on the crew, Micky Cain, and some of the northern Modified crew is with us here this weekend too.”

The No. 129 car had a problem with a rear windshield brace after the first practice session on Saturday afternoon. “We’ve gotta brace the car up just a little bit more to accommodate the higher speeds, more downforce, more pressure on the body.”

Davis is enjoying his return to Super Late Models compared to his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour appearance last July.

“This thing is 100 times more fun than a Modified. I think we’ve run about the same times. It just feels a little bit slower, but man just the corner speeds here are unreal in these cars. Realistically I think if everything was turned right you could flat foot it around here.”

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Christopher Bell’s Superspeedway Debut Set for NHMS

LOUDON, NH — Christopher Bell of Norman, OK will make his debut on a mile track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Bell is driving the ToyotaCare No. 51 for Kyle Busch Motorsports, part of a 15 race Super Late Model schedule. Teammate Kaz Grala is driving the No. 52 in Sunday’s inaugural Pro All Stars Series (PASS) race at New Hampshire.

“The furthest east I’ve ever been is PA, so definitely a new part of the country for me and I’m looking forward to running on a mile for the first time,” Bell said.

It is his first visit to New England and just his second time on a mile, since running 15 laps at Milwaukee in his first pavement car run.

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Jerry Baxter Helping KBM Team at NHMS

Kyle Busch Motorsports has some extra help for this weekend’s race from Jerry Baxter. The Mooresville, NC team is fielding cars for Christopher Bell and Kaz Grala in Sunday’s AIM 60, the inaugural Pro All Stars Series (PASS) race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

“It’s still seat time for these young drivers, and that’s ultimately what we’re trying to do to move ’em up the ladder,” Baxter said. 

Baxter  grew up around Super Late Models and “figured now is as a good a time as any to get back at it.” 

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Doiron Hopes Speed Remains

Joey Doiron of Berwick, ME is entering his first race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway since the inaugural ACT Invitational. He led the first 20 laps  in 2009, but blistered tires caused a poor finish.

“It’s cool to come back and hopefully take off from where we left off the last time here,” Doiron said. “… It’s not going to hurt ya by any stretch, but the teams I’m going to be racing for the win also have a bunch of experience, so it is what it is.”

Doiron called the inaugural AIM 60 “a big deal” for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS), and drivers who get to race at New England’s largest oval.

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MacDonald to Drive Lemieux 66 at Loudon

MacDonald to Enter NH 301 at NHMS

Former ACT Invitational and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East winner Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, MA is back at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend for the inaugural Pro All Stars Series (PASS) AIM 60. MacDonald is driving the No. 66 D.R. Lemieux Builders/BCR Automotive/Neal Excavating Chevrolet for David Lemieux. 

“When they announced this race, I was anxious to try and put something together and these guys came and asked if I’d be interested in running and it’s a beautiful car,” MacDonald said. “We’ve been busting our butts getting it ready, so it’s brand new. It hasn’t made a lap around the racetrack yet, so sure we’re going to have to work the bugs out of it today and hopefully we can get it fast.”

MacDonald’s crew chief Rollie Lachance is at the track to help the team. “He knows what I need for a feel to get around here and hopefully we can find that today.”

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Diverse Group Set to Tackle Magic Mile in PASS Debut at New Hampshire

NAPLES, ME (July 2) – As the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) AIM Recycling Super Late Models Pres. By Kenny U-Pull prepare for their debut this weekend at Loudon’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway, a diverse group of drivers will be front and center in Sunday afternoon’s AIM 60.

While it will be the first time PASS has ever competed at the “Magic Mile”, several drivers hope to be in the starting lineup that have raced at New Hampshire in the past.  No one in Sunday’s field will have more experience at Loudon than home state favorite Eddie MacDonald and Plainville, CT’s Teddy Christopher.  MacDonald has raced everything at New Hampshire Motor Speedway from ACT Late Models to Cup cars and has been a multiple-time winner in the K&N Pro Series East.  Christopher is the leading Modified tour winner at New Hampshire with five wins and will be looking for his first PASS win since Stafford in 2012.

“The PASS Super Late Models are really getting around that place,” said Christopher after testing at New Hampshire in May.  “I ran a 29.2 second lap with the PASS car which is comparable to a Modified lap time there.”

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Loudon, Oxford Part of KBM Schedule

Kyle Busch Motorsports has a busy Late Model schedule this season. Norman, OK driver Christopher Bell is two-for-two at New Smyrna and South Alabama. Bell swept the POWRI Midget races at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, OK last weekend. He will be joined by the team’s newest driver Kaz Grala of Westborough, MA this weekend at Southern National.

Grala is in his sophomore season with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, driving the No. 3 Toyota for Ben Kennedy Racing. 

Both drivers will enter the inaugural Pro All Stars Series (PASS) National/North Super Late Model race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. Bell will also enter the storied 42nd Annual AIM Recycling Oxford 250 presented by Kenny U-Pull at Oxford Plains (ME) Speedway.

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2015 Oxford 250 Entry Forms, PASS Registrations Now Available Online

NAPLES, ME (December 10) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials have announced that entry forms for the 42nd Annual Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway are now available online at ProAllStarsSeries.com.  The 42nd Annual Oxford 250 is slated for August 28-30, 2015 and will once again continue its distinction as the richest single day motorsports event in the world with over $25,000 going to the winner of the PASS Super Late Model race.

PASS officials also announced that 2015 licenses are available online at ProAllStarsSeries.com for the Super Late Model, Pro Late Model, and Modified divisions.  Drivers purchasing licenses for the 2015 season will receive bonus points for each race they are pre-registered for and will also save money towards any events that they enter early.

“We know a lot of teams are currently making plans for next year and we wanted to make these forms available for them now,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry.  “The 42nd Annual Oxford 250 is already generating a lot of excitement amongst teams all over North America and we can’t wait to start seeing the entries come in.”

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A Fresh Look at North Wilkesboro

The description says it all: “Many NASCAR drivers did their thing here. Now time is doing her thing.”

 A “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle” video posted on Bob Asbury’s YouTube page shows the demise of  North Wilkesboro (NC) Speedway, the 5/8 mile oval in Wilkes County. The Sky Sprinter Aerial Photography video was shot on Saturday.

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NEAR Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class

Drivers Deke Astle, Jim Martel, Mike Rowe, Fred Schulz, Ron Wyckoff, drag racing icon Bob Tasca, historian R.A. Silvia and car builder/mechanic Dave Tourigny make up the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame’s class of 2014.

They, along with the still to be announced pioneer class, will be inducted at NEAR’s 16th Hall of Fame banquet  Sunday, Nov. 16th, at The Lodge at Maneeley’s  in South Windsor, CT.

Banquet ticket information will be announced shortly and will be posted on the New England’s Antique Racers’ website (NEAR1.org) in the near future.

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Austin Theriault to Drive Three races for JR Motorsports

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 22, 2014) – Austin Theriault will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut this season, as JR Motorsports has signed him to drive three races in the No. 5 Chevrolet.

Theriault, a 20-year-old late model racer from Fort Kent, Maine, will make his debut on May 18 at Iowa Speedway, driving the No. 5 Chevrolet replete with primary branding from SPY, the eyewear brand behind Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Signature 88 Collection and innovative Happy Lens™ technology. The upper-rear quarter-panels of the car will carry the logo of Dirty Mo Radio, the internet home for Earnhardt Jr.-related podcasts throughout the NASCAR season.

“SPY is happy to offer continued support to the JR Motorsports team and be a part of the exciting Nationwide Series debut of Austin Theriault,” said Michael Marckx, SPY CEO and president. “On the heels of our commitment to Dirty Mo Radio, this is only the beginning of the excitement SPY looks to bring to NASCAR, and we’re happy to do it with JR Motorsports.”

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Fogleman Headlines Latest Group of Entrants for PASS Winter Meltdown

Fogleman Champ Photo 2013CHARLOTTE, NC — Two-time defending Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model national champion Jay Fogleman headlines another impressive group of drivers that have entered for the 3rd running of the Florida Winter Meltdown at New Smyrna Speedway on February 8. Fogleman’s entry comes as somewhat of a surprise after he announced last year that he would curtail racing to focus more on his 14-year-old son, Tate’s, budding career. And, while Fogleman has no plans to defend his PASS South Super Late Model championship of a year ago, he does plan on making a run at his third straight PASS National Series title. Fogleman, who finished 8th in the inaugural Winter Meltdown at New Smyrna back in 2010, will return to the seat of his famed #4 out of the family owned Bull City Race Cars shop.

“We’re definitely stepping back this year to focus on Tate and trying to help him win the PASS South championship,” said Fogleman. “I’m planning to run all the PASS National races this year. We came close to winning at Oxford last year and I sure would like to get that Oxford 250 trophy before my career’s all said and done.”

Tate Fogleman Car #8While the elder Fogleman, does not plan another full season run at both the PASS National and PASS South titles, the same cannot be said for Tate Fogleman. Tate will once again pilot the Speedco Truck Lube & Tire Ford in 2014 with plans to compete for both championships. The Florida Winter Meltdown will be young Tate’s first visit to New Smyrna Speedway. Following a successful rookie campaign in 2013 that saw Tate finish fifth in the PASS National Series and PASS South Super Late Model championship, he will be looking for even more consistency and his first win. Last season was highlighted by a 7th place finish in the Winter Meltdown, held last year at Florida’s Auburndale Speedway, and by qualifying for his first Oxford 250.

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New England Racing Legends Rob Fuller & Steve Leavitt Announce Formation of LFR Chassis

High-End Chassis and Components will be constructed for NASCAR Modified, Late Model and Pass North and South race teams

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — As the 2014 race season begins, Rob Fuller and Steve Leavitt have announced a partnership to create LFR Chassis, Inc. (Leavitt Fuller Racecars). The company will provide a cutting edge chassis that will be user friendly and provide high-end components and customer service to the top-tier modified and late model race teams.

The Leavitt name is synonymous with high quality fabrication and Fuller has competed at every level of racing at an equally high level so the product and customer service will be second to none in the industry. Fuller, the primary owner of LFR Chassis, will be responsible for running the day-to-day operations, including customer relations and overseeing chassis construction.

“I really want to design and build a chassis that is on the cutting edge of technology and I think the timing is right and the racers are ready for it,” said Fuller. “My focus will be the racers who want something different and a more custom part. I want a smaller clientele with higher customer service.”

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Unique Awards Going to 2013 PASS Super Late Model Champions

NAPLES, ME — The Pro All Stars Series (PASS), in association with series supporter Northern Race Tire, will be presenting a unique set of awards to the each of the division’s Super Late Model Champions. The 2013 PASS National, PASS North, and PASS South Super Late Model Champions will each be presented with diamond encrusted championship rings in recognition of their hard work during the racing season. In addition, the PASS Pro Late Model, PASS Modified, and PASS Sportsman champions will also receive championship rings, similar in design, but unique to honor their championship seasons.

The PASS Champions’ rings are manufactured and designed by Stylecraft. From Super Bowl rings to civic awards, Stylecraft has been making fine jewelry handcrafted in the United States for over six decades. The 2013 PASS Champions’ rings will be massive in size and will be emblazoned with the PASS logo and other jewels. Additionally, each member of the championship winning teams will also be presented with one-of-a-kind PASS Championship belt buckles to commemorate their accomplishments.

Durham, NC’s Jay Fogleman and Farmington, ME’s Cassius Clark will be the first recipients of racing’s newest annual award. In what he has said was his final season racing for a championship, Fogleman competed for multiple teams on the way to his second straight PASS National Championship and was also able to claim his first PASS South Super Late Model Championship. Like Fogleman, Clark was finally able to take his first PASS North Super Late Model title after years of trying.

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Meltdown This Weekend; PASS Releases Tentative Schedules for South Super Late Models and Pro Late Models

  • Marquee events to include 9th Annual Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway, 9th Annual Mason Dixon Meltdown at Southern National Motorsports Park and 12th Annual North-South Shootout at Caraway Speedway.
  • Season kicks off with return to New Smyrna Speedway in February for Winter Meltdown.
  • Series will return to Greenville-Pickens Speedway for the first time since 2010 for two events.

CHARLOTTE, NC — Excitement continues to build as one of the most anticipated short track events of the fall, the 8th Annual Mason Dixon Meltdown, gets set to run this weekend at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, NC. The Meltdown will feature a 200 lap event for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models that will determine both the PASS National and PASS South champions.

PASS National points leader Jay Fogleman leads southern frontrunners Kyle Grissom, Spencer Davis, Jody Measamer, Trevor Noles, John Batten, Tyler Church and others against a formidable group of challengers from New England led by Ben Rowe, Joey Doiron, Joey Polewarczyk, Kyle Desouza, Derek Ramstrom, and Steve Legendre.

An event creating nearly as much buzz as the PASS Super Late Model race will be a 30 lapper for the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Cars. It will be the first time winged sprints cars with 410 cubic inch engines have raced on asphalt in North Carolina since 1989. The Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Cars will make an all-out assault on the overall track record at Southern National Motorsports Park and will feature such open wheel stars as Jimmy McCune, Brian Gerster, Davey Hamilton, Jr., Troy Decaire, Kody Swanson and Brian Tyler.

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Big November Set as PASS South Racers Look Forward to Major Events

CHARLOTTE, NC — As the leaves begin to fall and temperatures become more brisk, Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model teams are making final preparations for two of the biggest events of the season. First, PASS South racers will head to Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, NC on November 9th to race as part of the 11th Annual North-South Shootout. Then, the 2013 season will come to a close on November 23rd with a big 200 lapper at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, NC as part of the 8th Annual Mason Dixon Meltdown. Both races carry a great deal of prestige in the short track racing community and will feature an array of unique divisions in addition to the PASS South Super Late Models, including the Tour-type Modifieds at Caraway and Must See Xtreme Racing Sprint Cars at Southern National.

The North-South Shootout will feature a 150 lap event for the PASS South Super Late Models on the tough .455 mile oval. The Shootout has become known as a “can’t miss” event for short track fans, particularly fans of the Modifieds. But, last year’s hard fought contest for the PASS South Super Late Models which saw current points leader Jay Fogleman hold off rising start Ross Kenseth in a thrilling finish, has fans clamoring to see more from the “Big Boys With The Bad, Fast Toys.”

Rookie Cole Timm heads to Caraway Speedway full of confidence for a good run in the North-South Shootout. Timm currently sits fifth in PASS South points with a best finish of fourth coming at Southern National back in June. With a strong run at Caraway last year in the PASS Pro Late Model division and another good run going in the Super back in May, Timm feels like the time is right to make his name in a high profile event like the Shootout.

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Ross Kenseth Claims Thunder Valley National 200 Victory at Autodrome Chaudiere

Vallée-Jonction, QC — It took an extra day to get the event in, but day two was a charm for the PASS Super Late Model National event at Autodrome Chaudiere as Ross Kenseth held off Jay Fogleman and Karl Allard to claim the third leg of the Autobus La Quebecoise Triple Crown Series this past Sunday afternoon.

Ross Kenseth and Austin Theriault led the field to green with Theriault leading lap one before Kenseth dove underneath on lap two to take the point. The first caution of the day flew on lap 5 for a spinning Jean-Francoise Dery. Series point leader Johnny Clark limped to the pit area with a flat tire, returning just before the green flag flew again. Kenseth held his lead until caution flew on lap 26 for rain. The track dried quickly and action resumed after a fifteen minute delay. Caution would fly again for a hard crash as Curtis Gerry looped his mount in front of Travis Benjamin, and Benjamin climbed over the top front fender of Gerry and Chad Dow got involved in the tangle as well.

At this point the top runners were Kenseth, and Jay Fogleman. The pair ran nose to tail until lap 54 when Karl Allard and Danny Poulin got together in turn one bringing out another caution on. On the restart, Fogleman continued to dog Kenseth, until he had a tire go down and slapped the wall on lap 69. Fogleman would return and joined the field at the rear. This time Austin Theriault was Kenseth’s challenger with Johnny Clark now up to third. On a lap 84 restart Kenseth and Clark battled hard for the point, and Clark assumed the top spot, but Kenseth took it back as the teams took a fifteen minute half way break for pit stops and a two tire change.

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40th Annual TD Bank 250 Attracting Drivers from Across North America

NAPLES, ME — Ever since the first TD Bank 250 was held at Oxford Plains Speedway in 1974, it has attracted not only the best short track racers from New England, but from across North America. In that first event won by Joey Kourafas, the precedent was set that short track racing’s best would assemble at Oxford for the 250. In addition to the talented group of drivers from New England in the field that day, Southern aces Bosco Lowe and 1963 Daytona 500 winner Tiny Lund competed along with a strong group of Canadian drivers led by Jean Paul Cabana. In fact, the early years of the TD Bank 250 were dominated by Southern drivers such as Butch Lindley, Bob Pressley, and Tommy Ellis. The first Canadian to taste TD Bank 250 glory was Don Biederman in 1977.

This year, the tradition is back at the TD Bank 250 with a return to the days of drivers from outside the Northeast coming into challenge New England’s best on their “home” field. North Carolina’s father-son duo Jay and Tate Fogleman come to Oxford Plains for their first attempt at making the TD Bank 250. Both are in the thick of the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) National points battle heading to Oxford. Defending PASS National Champion Jay Fogleman is regarded as one of the best racers to come out of the South over the last 20 years and says the TD Bank 250 has been on his “bucket list” of races to compete in. Joining the Foglemans in making the trip from North Carolina will be “Krazy” Kevin Powell in the Woodman Racing 104 machine. Powell has been impressive in a limited PASS South Super Late Model schedule with a best finish of third at the series season opener at South Carolina’s Dillon Motor Speedway in March. To prepare for the 250, Powell and the Woodman team recently competed in the PASS North event at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway and finished 13th. Georgia teenager Spencer Davis enters the TD Bank 250 third in PASS National points and is seeking to become the first driver from the Peach State to win at Oxford.

Canadian drivers have long been a part of the history and tradition of the TD Bank 250, but none has gone to victory lane since Canada’s three year streak of winning came to an end with Dave Whitlock’s victory in 1995. New Brunswick’s Matt Matheson will attempt to make his first TD Bank 250 start after finishing third in last year’s PASS National standings. Quebec leads all Canadian provinces so far in pre-entries to the TD Bank 250 with drivers such as Martin Latulippe, Kevin Roberge, and Marc-Andre Cliché.

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Super Late Models Return to TD Bank 250

OXFORD, ME — Fans and competitors alike will have the chance to enjoy a special treat for the 40th running of the TD Bank 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine. For the first time in seven years, Super Late Models will be the car of choice for the famed short track classic.

The 2013 TD Bank 250 is part of the PASS National Super Late Model schedule. That will bring competitors from up and down the Eastern Seaboard to Western Maine for the event. Currently, drivers from New Hampshire, Maine, North Carolina and Georgia make up the top five in the PASS National Super Late Model standings.

Super Late Models compete throughout the United States and Canada – so drivers who are willing to travel can come for their shot at TD Bank 250 glory. In addition to a large number of weekly tracks throughout the United States where this style of racecar competes at, there are three regional Pro All Stars Series tours featuring the Super Late Models. The PASS North tour visits tracks throughout New England and Eastern Canada. The PASS South tour races in a hotbed of racing – the Carolinas and Virginia. The PASS Northwest Tour competes on tracks in the Pacific Northwest.

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DJ Shaw Set to Debut “Eleanor” at Hickory

EleanorCenter Conway, NH – After a top ten run in the first PASS National race at Auburndale Speedway, DJ Shaw is looking for another strong performance to stay near the top of the points standings this weekend at Hickory Motor Speedway in the “Easter Bunny 150.” He will do so behind the wheel of the latest machine out of the Dale Shaw Race Cars shop, “Eleanor.” Eleanor is a 2010 Straightrail Chassis with a brand new Mustang ARP Body, a body style that PASS is currently pushing for teams to run and brings more brand identity to the race cars.

“The only thing that makes me nervous is that it’s different from what everyone else is running,” DJ Shaw explained, “We will try it out at Hickory and if it works well Eleanor will stick around, there are some advantages and disadvantages to this body style but we believe the good will outweigh the bad or else we wouldn’t of put the time in to build the new car.”

This weekend will be Shaw’s first race at the historic speedway that has hosted many of short track racing’s premier events in its 60 year history. With the first “Easter Bunny 150” taking place in 2006, it has quickly become one of the most prestigious events in the south. Shaw has been to the track before to spot for his father, Dale Shaw and is hoping that bit of experience will help him adapt to the track this weekend.

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PASS South Ready To Kick Off Season With Busy March Schedule

CHARLOTTE, NC — The start of the 2013 Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model season is quickly approaching. Not only for the high horsepowered Super Late Models though, but also for one of the most anticipated new divisions in the country, the PASS Pro Late Models.

Top teams from across the Southeast are busy in race shops and with on track testing in preparation for the March 9th running of the 8th Annual South Carolina Clash at Dillon Motor Speedway. And being prepared is the key, as teams will start the season with three races in four weekends. Following the South Carolina Clash at Dillon, PASS South and PASS Pro Late Model competitors will head an hour east the next week to Myrtle Beach Speedway and will then wind the month of March down with one of the season’s biggest races, the 8th Annual Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway.

The South Carolina Clash is one of PASS South’s most traditional races and has been held at Dillon Motor Speedway since 2008. This year’s race will be the fourth time in the last five years that the South Carolina Clash will begin the season for PASS South competitors. Dillon Motor Speedway is no easy track to conquer either with a unique egg shape to the 4/10 mile oval. In addition to the PASS South regulars, 2009 Clash winner Ben Rowe and Florida Winter Meltdown runner-up Joe Boyd have made their intentions known to compete in the Palmetto State. Dillon Motor Speedway promoter Ron Barfield has also announced that he will leave the speedway open on Sunday and Monday for any teams traveling from out of town that might need to make repairs to their cars prior to the next week’s race at Myrtle Beach.

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Joey Doiron Scores Biggest Career Win in PASS Florida Winter Meltdown 200

Joey Doiron nudged past Florida hotshoe Joe Boyd with eight laps to go to win the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model National season opener Saturday night at Auburndale Speedway. Doiron’s win in the Florida Winter Meltdown 200 and was his second straight season opening win after capturing the PASS North opener last year at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.

“This is such a big deal, last year’s win at Beech Ridge gave us a big boost and I can’t wait to get to Hickory and Oxford,” said an elated Doiron in victory lane. “We’ve always had a decent car when we come down South, but we’ve had terrible luck. I got into the 5 (Boyd) in turn two and he had a chance to get back to me, but we were just a little bit better there at the end.”

After qualifying fastest and leading the most laps, Boyd was happy with a strong effort and glad to come home in second.

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Doiron Ready to Get 2013 Season Started at Auburndale

Berwick, ME — While many of the drivers in the New England area are waiting until April to get their cars on the track, Joey Doiron and his team will head south to run the first Pro All Stars Series (PASS) race at Auburndale Speedway in Winter Haven, FL. The “Winter Meldown” is the first of six races that make up the 2013 PASS National Schedule.

After learning the ropes in his first two seasons on the PASS North Series, Doiron started last season with a win at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway and ran up front in many of the races on his way to a seventh place finish in the final points standings in his #73 JBJ Machine Super Late Model. Doiron is looking for the same start this year.

“Winning on opening day last year was definitely huge for us,” said Doiron. “As long as you don’t have a bad race in the second or third event, you can carry the momentum through the rest of the year and hopefully be in contention for the championship throughout.”

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PASS North to be Well Represented by Young New Englanders at Florida Winter Meltdown

NAPLES, ME — There’s something about Florida in February that’s been attracting the best drivers in racing for the better part of a century. From the “North Turn” at Daytona’s world famous beach to short tracks stretching from the Panhandle to Miami, racers have flocked to the Sunshine State every winter. And 2013 will be no different. Florida’s “big race” season is set to begin in just over a week as some of the best of the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) make the trek down to Auburndale Speedway for the Winter Meltdown. The first PASS National Series race of the year is attracting Super Late Model drivers from all over North America in the hopes of wrestling the checkered flag away from the top short track hot shoes in Florida.

PASS North will be represented well by a trio of young drivers joining two-time PASS National Series Champion Ben Rowe in making the long trip down South. D.J. Shaw, Kyle Desousza, and Joey Doiron have all found success racing in New England’s top short track series. Shaw is coming off a successful return to the PASS North Series in 2012 that saw him score two wins and finish third in points. Evidence that the Precision JLM/Mulkern Excavating team could be poised for a PASS National Championship this year.

“We’re really looking forward to getting the season started in Florida,” said Shaw. “Auburndale looks like a driver’s track and I’m really anxious to see if we can continue the momentum we ended with last year.”

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PASS Wins Leader Rowe Ready to Heat Things Up at Florida’s Winter Meltdown

NAPLES, ME — When it comes to racing in the Pro All Stars Series (PASS), there’s not much Ben Rowe hasn’t done. He learned his trade while following his legendary dad, Mike Rowe, around the bullrings of New England and Canada and has been with the series since its inception in 2001. Since then, Ben has gone on to race in every single PASS North race that has ever been contested. He’s won more PASS Super Late Model races than any other driver, over 40 victories between PASS North and PASS South. He has taken a total of seven PASS championships…four in PASS North, two PASS National Championships, and even a PASS South Championship in 2009. Again, a feat that surpasses all drivers. And, if that isn’t enough, he’s a back-to-back winner of short track racing’s biggest single day event, the TD Bank 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway, with wins in 2003 and 2004.

But, 2012 was very atypical for Ben Rowe. He only managed to finish sixth in the final PASS North standings, his lowest points finish ever. And, only had a single win, albeit one of the series biggest races, the PASS 400 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. With a career full of checkered flags and trophies behind him, Rowe and his team knew something had to give heading into the 2013 season.

“Last year didn’t go like we hoped it would, so we’ve brought some new guys in and changed some stuff around from last year,” said Rowe. “We’re definitely excited and looking forward to getting started.”

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PASS to Award 2013 National Champ with Championship Ring at Season’s End

NAPLES, ME — Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced today that the 2013 PASS National Series Champion will be awarded a one-of-a-kind championship ring. PASS, in association with series supporter Northern Race Tire, will present the newly crowned PASS National Champion with the championship ring following the final race of the season as part of the Mason-Dixon Meltdown at Southern National Raceway Park in Kenly, NC. The PASS National Champion’s ring is currently being manufactured by Stylecraft. From Super Bowl rings to civic awards, Stylecraft has been making finely crafted jewelry in the United States for over six decades. The 2013 PASS National Champion’s ring will be massive in size and will be emblazoned with the PASS logo and other jewels. This year’s championship ring is meticulously being designed now and will be unveiled on the PASS website in the coming weeks. It joins an impressive list of awards for the PASS National Champion which includes a chassis from Bull City Race Cars and a custom helmet made by Bell Helmets.

“We are very excited to be giving this opportunity to North America’s best Super Late Model racer,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry. “For whoever wins the 2013 PASS National title, no matter where they go, this championship ring will stand as a symbol of the hard work and dedication it took to achieve one of short track racing’s ultimate goals.”

The PASS National Series is comprised of six elite Super Late Model events throughout North America and gets underway in less than three weeks with the Inaugural Florida Winter Meltdown at Auburndale Speedway on February 8-9. In addition to a talented group of PASS regulars, former PASS National Champions Ben Rowe and Jay Fogleman hope to contain a strong contingent of Florida Super Late Model standouts on the tricky quarter mile oval.

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PASS National Series To Be Highlighted By Major Events and Big Money

– National Champion’s awards to include chassis and helmet
– 40th Annual TD Bank 250 at Oxford to pay PASS Super Late Model winner $25,000, plus $25,000 in guaranteed lap leader money
– 3rd Leg of Autobus La Quebecois Triple Crown at Chaudiere Will Pay Winner $10,000 to win, plus $20,000 in guaranteed lap leader money
– Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Continues Tradition as Spring’s Premier Super Late Model Event

NAPLES, ME — Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials have released the six races that will make up the 2013 PASS National Championship Series. The schedule is comprised of six premier Super Late Model events in both PASS North and PASS South that will determine an overall PASS National Champion. The PASS National Series will be highlighted by the return of Super Late Model action to the 40th Annual TD Bank 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway in July. And, for the first time, the PASS National Series will take on a more international flavor with an event scheduled in Canada later this year. While awards are currently still being finalized with sponsors, Bull City Race Cars has announced it will award the 2013 PASS National Champion with a chassis and Bell Helmets will provide a helmet to the new title holder.

“Thanks to a lot of time and effort by a group of really dedicated people, we are very pleased to announce our 2013 PASS National Series,’” said PASS President Tom Mayberry. “These events exemplify what’s great about short track racing and we feel each of them will attract the best Super Late Model drivers competing today. All of these events are unique and will prove to be a challenge for our competitors. And, with the addition of races in Florida and Canada, a broad base of fans will get to see racers from all over North America come together and compete to see who truly is the best of the best.”
The PASS National Series gets underway in less than a month with the Inaugural Florida Winter Meltdown at Auburndale Speedway on February 8-9. In addition to a talented group of PASS regulars, former PASS National Champions Ben Rowe and Jay Fogleman hope to contain a strong contingent of Florida Super Late Model standouts on the tricky quarter mile oval.

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PASS Announces Ambitious Schedules For North and South Super Late Models in 2013

PASS To Sanction $25,000-to-win Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway
PASS South Returns To Southern National Raceway Park

NAPLES, ME — Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials released the 2013 schedules today for both the PASS North Super Late Models and PASS South Super Late Models. In its 13th year of operation, PASS will sanction over 30 Super Late Model races across North America in 2013, including the previously announced PASS Northwest races at Wenatchee Valley Super Oval in Washington and the PASS National opener at Florida’s Auburndale Speedway on February 9th.

The PASS North schedule consists of 13 confirmed dates with races in Maine, New Hampshire, and the Canadian province of Quebec. PASS South has 14 confirmed dates with races in the Carolinas and Virginia. Both schedules could see up to two more additional dates to be added by January.

“We are very pleased to have our 2013 schedules out for the PASS North and PASS South Super Late Models at such an early date,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry. “It is my hope that our teams of talented racers and mechanics around the country can start making plans for next year and hopefully this schedule release will help out in their search for sponsors. I think the PASS fans will enjoy the tracks we are going to in 2013 and will have the chance to see some really great racing at some outstanding venues.”

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2013 PASS National Series to Kickoff with Florida Winter Meltdown at Auburndale Speedway

CHARLOTTE, NC — Pro All Stars Series (PASS) President Tom Mayberry announced today that North America’s top Super Late Models will kick off the 2013 PASS National Series at Auburndale Speedway in Florida. The Inaugural Florida Winter Meltdown scheduled for February 9, 2013 will be a 200 lap PASS National points race, paying $6,000 to the winner. It will mark the first ever trip for the PASS Super Late Models to the tight quarter-mile oval located in Winter Haven.

“I can’t think of a better way to start 2013 than in Florida at Auburndale,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry. “The weather should be really nice in February and I know our PASS North competitors in New England and Canada, along with our PASS South competitors in the Southeast are excited to get the season started with the Florida Winter Meltdown. Super Late Model racing has a great heritage in Florida and we’re really looking forward to a great battle between the Sunshine State’s best racers and the PASS regulars.”

Auburndale Speedway owner Rex Guy has been at the forefront in helping to get the PASS Super Late Models back to Florida. Guy is excited to bring major Super Late Model racing back to his home state.

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