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PASS North Back On Track Friday Night at Lee USA Speedway

NAPLES, ME (June 21) – After a thriller on Sunday afternoon at Speedway 95, the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Models will be back on track Friday night at Lee USA Speedway in New Hampshire.  Coming into this weekend’s New England Paving Presents The PASS 150, several drivers are in striking distance for the championship, including home state favorite, Derek Griffith.  With a second career PASS North victory under his belt, Griffith currently sits seventh in the standings, less than 100 points behind the leader, Glen Luce.  Griffith’s confidence at Lee USA Speedway has him believing he can make it two wins in-a-row on Friday night.

“Unfortunately, we’ve had terrible luck all season, but I think we turned the corner at Speedway 95,” says Griffith, driver of the LCM Motorsports #12 Chevrolet.  “We have always ran pretty well at Lee.  I got my first PASS win there last year.  It’s like a hometown track for me, I spend a lot of my off days there.  I like coming ‘home’ and seeing all my friends at the track.  It’s always fun.”

Among the contenders, Griffith will have to deal with this weekend is Joe Squeglia, Jr., from nearby Deery.  Squeglia is also the defending winner of the New England Paving Presents The PASS 150 at Lee.  Another strong field is expected for Friday night’s action at Lee USA Speedway including former Oxford 250 winners, Ben Rowe, Glen Luce, and former two-time winner, Travis Benjamin.  Former PASS champions, Johnny Clark and DJ Shaw are also entered, along with Steve Murphy, Todd Stone, Derek Ramstrom, Tracy Gordon, and Garrett Hall, plus Granite State favorite, Joey Polewarcyzk.

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Cassius Clark Hopes Reunion with Former Team Can Fuel Run at Speedway 95

NAPLES, ME (June 15) – As the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Models prepare for race number eight of the 2017 season, Farmington, ME’s Cassius Clark will be seeking his first series win since 2014.  While the former series champion has performed well in a limited number of PASS appearances over the last few years, the numbers have still not been up to par for Clark. This Sunday afternoon, Clark and his fellow PASS competitors will head to Bangor, ME’s Speedway 95 for the Hight Chevrolet/Buick/GMC 150.

Clark comes to “Maine’s Family Fun Track” with three PASS North wins under his belt at the event named for his longtime sponsor, but still seeking redemption at the same time.  His most recent PASS win came at Speedway 95 in 2014 after contact past the start/finish line with DJ Shaw sent Clark into a dirt berm in turn one and out for the remainder of that season.

Ultimately, team owner Corey Hight decided to cut back his racing schedule to spend more time with his family and Clark joined Canada’s King Racing team.  While Clark is still competing for King Racing on a partial schedule, he and Hight have reunited for 2017 looking to get back to victory lane.  Not only this weekend at Speedway 95, but also in August’s Oxford 250, short track racing’s biggest prize, a crown jewel that either Clark or Hight have yet been able to obtain.

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Joey Doiron Caps Off Fabulous Weekend with Sunday 150-Lap Pro All Stars Series Score at Oxford Plains Speedway

Oxford, Maine – Joey Doiron of Berwick outgunned Joey Polewarczyk of Hudson, New Hampshire Sunday afternoon in the 150-lap Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model race, topping the card at Oxford Plains Speedway.

Doiron, who also won a Super Late Model race the previous evening at his current home track, swapped the race lead with Polewarczyk on five occasions during the event.  Polewarczyk had looked dominant through most of the distance, leading all but 11 of the first 140 laps. 

Tire conservation by Doiron played a huge role in the victory, with the eventual winner aided by a late-race restart that erased a three-second advantage held by Polewarczyk.  Doiron led the final ten circuits to post the win, and earned a guaranteed starting spot in the rich, upcoming Oxford 250, scheduled for Sunday, August 27.

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44th Annual Oxford 250 To Be Broadcasted on MAVTV

NAPLES, ME – One of the nation’s most prestigious Super Late Model races will be making its way to a national television network in 2017. The 44th Annual Oxford 250 will air on a tape-delayed broadcast to race fans nationwide on the MAVTV network.

Officials from the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) and MAVTV made the announcement on Wednesday afternoon in advance of the August 27 race at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME).

“The Oxford 250 is the biggest single day event in short track racing and we are glad even more people will be able to experience all the excitement and tremendous racing on MAVTV,” said  Tom Mayberry, President of the Pro All-Stars Series.  “This is a great opportunity to expose PASS and Oxford Plains Speedway to an even wider audience across the country and, as racers, we believe MAVTV provides us with the perfect platform to do just that.”

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Thunder Road Score is First this Season for Defending PASS North Super Late Model Champion DJ Shaw

Barre, VT – DJ Shaw of Center Conway, New Hampshire nailed down his first Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model victory of the season down in dominant fashion, leading all but two laps in Sunday’s Mekkelsen Memorial Day Classic at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vermont.

Shaw, the defending PASS North Super Late Model champion, won his heat race while turning in a lap of 11.571-seconds, unofficially the fastest lap recorded in competition at the newly-paved, 57-year-old, ¼-mile oval track.  Shaw’s Precision JLM 60 was also quickest in the main event, a couple of tenths off his heat race at the track temperatures rose.

Barre’s own Nick Sweet, a two-time Late Model ‘King of The Road’ at ‘The Nation’s Site of Excitement,’ provided Shaw’s best challenge, even leading a couple of laps racing side-by-side with Shaw from the outside groove.  Sweet’s race ended early with a trip into the Styrofoam-protected barrier off turns three and four.

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Therrien Stands Tall in Dominating Memorial Day Classic Win

Barre, Vt. –- Hinesburg’s Bobby Therrien took the lead early and never looked back en route to capturing the 55th Memorial Day Classic presented by Mekkelsen RV Sales & Rental at Barre’s Thunder Road on Sunday, May 28. It was the first Thunder Road Late Model victory for the multi-time American-Canadian Tour (ACT) winner.

After previously winning his heat, Therrien sliced through the field from the 10th starting position, grabbing the top spot from pole sitter Brooks Clark on a lap-16 restart. The former Flying Tiger champion held off a host of challengers during a series of yellows, then walked away from the field during an extended green flag run following a competition caution on lap 60.

However, second-place runner Phil Scott blew a tire and smacked the front stretch wall with three laps to go, setting up a sprint to the finish. Therrien held on for the final laps to take the win.

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Derek Ramstrom Prevails in PASS North Super Late Models at Star Speedway

Epping, NH  Leading early and often, Derek Ramstrom of West Boylston, Massachusetts earned his first Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model win this season in the Support 50 Legs 150 Saturday night at Star Speedway.

Ramstrom won his heat race to earn a front restarting position, then outdueled fellow heat race victor Joe Squeglia of Derry, New Hampshire over the first half of the event.  Berwick, Maine’s Joey Doiron moved into contention, mounting a serious challenge to Ramstrom’s lead with just over 50 laps remaining.

Doiron, racing hard in the outside groove, led a couple of laps while side-by-side with Ramstrom before the two got together a bit in turn four, opening the door for Travis Benjamin to make a three-wide move to the lead.  Benjamin, of Belfast, Maine managed to hang on to the top spot for over twenty laps, but with a car best set up for long runs, he was unable to fend off Ramstrom on late-race restarts. 

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Big Month Continues for PASS North with Star and Montmagny On Tap

NAPLES, ME (May 11) – The next two weekends of action loom large for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Models with races in New England and Canada.  And perhaps more importantly, the chance for an international cast of drivers to get locked into August’s 44th Annual Oxford 250 and the chance to win over $25,000.

Following a rainy weekend off, attention focuses back on the rescheduled Support 50 Legs 150 at New Hampshire’s Star Speedway.  Saturday afternoon’s Support 50 Legs 150 will help raise awareness in providing amputees with the necessary care and prosthetics, that they could not otherwise afford, and to help them live a happier and healthier life.

Former Oxford 250 winner, Glen Luce, leads a pair of former series champions that are tied for second in points, Ben Rowe and DJ Shaw, by 25 points heading to this weekend’s 150 lapper at Star.  But, Dave Farrington, Jr., Garrett Hall, and Johnny Clark are all within striking distance of the leaders.  Saturday’s schedule of activities has been shifted slightly, with heat races now going green at 3:30 PM.

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Star Rained Out

The race at Star has been rescheduled due to weather to next Saturday.
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Thunder Road Announces Revised Early-Season Schedule

Barre, VT — Thunder Road officials have announced a series of schedule revisions for the 2017 season. The revisions include a make-up date for the weather-delayed Merchants Bank 150 along with a new season opener for the “Nation’s Site of Excitement”.

The Memorial Day Classic presented by Mekkelsen RV Sales & Rental will now open the 58th year of competition at Thunder Road on Sunday, May 28 at 1:00 pm. It will be the first racing event at the Barre high banks following completion of the recently announced track repaving project, as well as the first time since 1995 that the speedway has opened its season on Memorial Day weekend. The Harvest Equipment event originally scheduled for Sunday, May 21 has been moved to Sunday, June 4 with a special 3:00 pm post time.

Meanwhile, the Merchants Bank 150 has been rescheduled for Sunday, June 11. The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models will headline the 1:00 pm event with the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers and Allen Lumber Street Stocks also on the card.

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Thunder Road to Receive New Coat of Asphalt

Barre, VT – Thunder Road co-owners Cris Michaud and Pat Malone announced today that they have reached an agreement with New Hampshire– paving contractor Pike Industries to resurface the famed speedway. The project will commence on the Barre high banks during the week of May 8.

It will be the first time since 1994 that Thunder Road has received a new coat of asphalt. The track’s existing pavement will be partially ground and milled with new asphalt laid on top. Many members of the crew slated to work on the upcoming project were also part of the previous resurfacing.

“After lengthy discussions between Pat and myself, we have determined that this is the best course of action for our race teams and for our fans,” Michaud said. “Pike Industries has an outstanding record of success in the area, and we believe the new surface they lay down is going to make the racing action even better this year and for many years to come.”
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300-Lap Score at Beech Ridge is Second Straight PASS Super Late Model Win for Reid Lanpher

Scarborough, Maine – Reid Lanpher of Manchester backed up a career-first Pro All Stars Series victory the previous week at Oxford Plains Speedway with a dominant performance in Saturday’s 300-lap PASS National Championship Series Super Late Model race at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine.

Lanpher was chased across the finish line by the reigning Pro Series champion at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Curtis Gerry of Waterboro, who passed a fleet of racecars after a spin relegated him to the back of the pack midway through the marathon. Derek Ramstrom of West Boylston, Massachusetts claimed third-place honors, in front of Belfast racer Travis Benjamin and Turner’s Glen Luce.

Lanpher, a former NASCAR Pro Series track champion at Beech Ridge, started the race from 11th position and patiently worked his way into contention, occasionally challenging three-time 2016 PASS Super Late Model winner Garrett Hall of Scarborough, who led the first 109 laps before Lanpher made his move to the front during an extended green flag run that went well past the halfway point when a caution flag sent just about the entire field to pit road for tires.

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Kyle Hamilton to Do Double Duty for Bertrand Motorsports at Star Speedway NEMA Openernema

On the heels of the Northeastern Midget Association announcing that it had inked a deal with Star Speedway for the opening race for the NEMA division, Bertrand Motorsports has announced that 24-year-old Kyle Hamilton of Plainfield, Indiana will do double duty for the team on Saturday May 6th.  He will run the Bertrand Motorsports #45 in the Lite division and the famed #47 in the NEMA division.  Hamilton made two appearances for Frank Manafort & Bobby Seymour in 2016, finishing 2nd and 4th, respectively, in the NEMA Lite series.

Hamilton is no stranger to the cockpit of powerful open wheel cars.  The 2009 USAC Ford Focus National Champion and USAC National midget feature winner, also has experience racing Silver Crown cars and non-wing Sprint cars.  Hamilton has driven for famed car owners such as Bob East, Don & Mel Kenyon and Steve Lewis/9 Racing.

“I’m excited to team up with Bertrand Motorsports.  They have a top notch program that demands respect from the competition and I’m looking forward to joining forces at Star Speedway,” Hamilton said. 

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New Date, Added Excitement for PASS Beech Ridge 300 this Weekend

NAPLES, ME (April 27) – Moving from the Fall to its new date now in April, one of New England’s biggest race weekends is in store for competitors and race fans alike.  The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models and PASS Modifieds head to Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME, once again this Saturday afternoon to bring together some of the best drivers from the Northeast and Canada.  Adding to the importance of this big day of racing, the Beech Ridge 300 will be the fifth race of the PASS National Championship season and the final chance to accrue important points prior to the next national event, the 44th Annual Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway in August.

For Jay, ME’s, Dave Farrington, Jr., Beech Ridge Motor Speedway holds a special place in his heart.  The Kulwicki Driver Development Program graduate captured the track championship at Beech Ridge in 2014.  Now, sitting fifth in the PASS National Championship race, Farrington believes he has his best chance yet to capture his first PASS win and make up ground in the title chase.

 “I love the track there, we’ve always had a good car at Beech Ridge, from 2013 up through last year,” says Farrington. “Obviously, we were the 2014 champion without winning a race and that means something for us, we won two races there last year and probably should have won the PASS 300 a couple of years ago.  We definitely feel every time we go there that we’ve got a chance to win.”

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Michaud, Malone Purchase Thunder Road Speedbowl

Barre, VT — Thunder Road officials have announced that the sale of Thunder Road Speedbowl to former racer Cris Michaud and local businessman Pat Malone has been completed. The duo has assumed day-to-day operations of the famed quarter-mile oval, which had been owned and operated since 1982 by Ken Squier and Tom Curley.

Michaud is a three-time “King of the Road” and has spent 22 years at and around the high banks as a driver and race director. Malone is the owner of Malone Properties, a Montpelier-based commercial real estate company that has sponsored a number of Thunder Road race teams in previous seasons.

Both had previously explored purchasing the race track separately before joining forces. The two will be equal partners in the track, with Michaud in charge of racing operations and Malone overseeing facility management.
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PASS Champion DJ Shaw Leads Super Late Models to Oxford Plains Speedway Saturday Afternoon

Oxford, ME — Reigning Pro All Stars Series North champion DJ Shaw leads a stellar field of Super Late Model competitors to Oxford Plains Speedway Saturday afternoon for the first major event of the 2017 Maine stock car racing season, The Speedway Homes 150.

Shaw, 27, and now a two-time champion of the premiere full-bodied touring series in eastern North America, joins multi-time series champions Johnny Clark of Farmingdale and Ben Rowe of Turner in an effort to show a growing group of talented youngsters the quick way around Oxford Plains Speedway in their powerful short track racecars.

Rowe and the Richard Moody Racing team prevailed in the Oxford PASS lidlifter last season. Glen Luce of Turner and Joey Polewarczyk of Hudson, New Hampshire also won points-paying 150-lap PASS Super Late Model races last season. All three are entered in Saturday’s Speedway Homes 150.
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Eddie MacDonald Wins PASS Icebreaker at Thompson

Eddie MacDonald powered to victory in the Pro All-Star Series (PASS) opener at Thompson Motorsports Park’s Icebreaker on Sunday. As a result of winning the second qualifying heat on Saturday, Eddie Mac started the 75 lap feature from the outside pole position in the EXIT Realty Beatrice Associates/Grimm Racing Chevy and quickly established his dominance.

When the green flag waved, the Rowley, Mass. veteran racer drove to the lead exiting turn two from pole sitter D.J. Shaw on the first lap holding the lead until a lap 10 caution. On the restart, Eddie Mac spun the tires giving Shaw the lead until the next caution on lap 20 when the Dave Lemieux Chevy regained the lead with Eddie Mac saying, “I made a mistake on the previous restart, so I made an adjustment on the next one and I was able to get lead back. The car was really fast and once I had the lead I was able to use the power down the straights and the car handled great in the turns.”

Eddie Mac passed only twice in the 75 lap twenty-two car field and both passes were over Shaw. From lap twenty on, the only serious contender was Eddie Fatscher, the fourteen-year-old from Long Island, New York with Eddie Mac saying, “Our car was really strong and the #51 gave us all we could handle. The kid drove a great race but I had enough power thanks to our engine builder Paul Rinaldi to hold off any challenges from him. The car got a little loose at the end but I guess everyone else did too. “
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Pennink Brings “Ole Blue” Back to Victory Lane with Thompson Win

The newly unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour took center stage during day two of Icebreaker weekend at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park with the Icebreaker 150 capping of the tracks annual opening weekend on Sunday, April 9.

Thompson served as the second stop of the Whelen Modified Tour season and after finding early success in Myrtle Beach, reigning Icebreaking winner Timmy Solomito looked to continue his strong early run in the 2017 campaign with a possible win at the Big-T. While Solomito got off to a good start on the day, capturing the pole for the 150-lap feature, it was another driver who shined with a dominating performance as Rowan Pennink took the checkered flag in the weekend’s main event.

The win didn’t come easy for Pennink, despite a dominating performance during the mid-portion of the race and leading the most laps. Pennink, who started fourth, wrestled the lead away from Timmy Solomito after an early caution and opened up a significant lead, but had to recover following a late race pit stop that put him in seventh after a caution with 28 laps to go. Pennink made a daring three-wide pass for the lead against Bobby Santos, but lost the top spot when a caution came out before he could complete the pass. When the green flag finally came back out Pennink left it all on the track, passing Santos for good and taking the checkered flag, his second at Thompson and his first since the World Series in October of 2013.
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Eddie Macdonald Prevails in Pro All Stars Series Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Thompson, CT – Eddie MacDonald, New England’s full-bodied “outlaw” race driving star, nailed down his second career Pro All Stars Series victory Sunday afternoon, outrunning 14-year-old PASS newcomer Eddie Fatscher of East Northport, New York in the 75-lap Icebreaker for Super Late Models at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

MacDonald earned a front row starting spot with a heat race win on Saturday and swapped the race lead early in the event with two-time and defending PASS North Super Late Model champion DJ Shaw of Center Conway, New Hampshire.  Soon Fatscher, the 2016 INEX Legends Cars Young Guns National Champion, made his presence felt, duking it out with MacDonald’s Exit Realty-sponsored 17, owned by Dave Lemieux, and the Precision JLM 60 of reigning series champion Shaw.

Late in the race MacDonald seemed to have things under control, though Fatscher raced close behind.  Shaw managed to prevail in a late-race battle for the final podium position versus multi-time Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Super Late Model champion Derek Ramstrom of West Boylston, Massachusetts.

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Waterman Leads List of Winners on Icebreaker Saturday at Thompson

The ice is breaking and racing is back at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. The 43rd Annual Icebreaker got underway on Saturday with six feature races at the historic motorsports facility.

The Lite Modifieds, Street Stocks, NEMA Lites, Mr. Rooter Pro Truck Series and Vintage Outlaws all ran feature races on Saturday, and for the first time a “Race of Champions” event was held featuring all four Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park track champions from 2016 in equally-prepared race cars.

The Vintage Outlaws was the first feature of the day. Jim Lowrey walked away with the win repeating his success from the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing in 2016.
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Cornett-Ching Set to Make Icebreaker Debut at Thompson Speedway

April 5, 2017, Denver NC – The opening race of the Pro All-Star Series North was set to take place last weekend, but instead the race track was blasted with 8″ of snow. Appropriately named, the annual Icebreaker race was rescheduled for this weekend at Thompson Speedway in Connecticut. Race 101 will field a car for Sarah to compete in the National Championship race this Sunday.

The team had to change a few things about their car to meet the rules for the Icebreaker said Sarah.

“We had to change around the exhaust and run it out underneath the car instead of out the side along with installing a muffler. The track also mandates a 2 barrel carburetor instead of the 4 barrel we usually use.”

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PASS North Stars Ready for Thaw to Begin at Thompson’s Icebreaker

NAPLES, ME (April 5) – After a long winter break, one that got extended a week due to nearly a foot of snow, Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Model drivers from across New England and Canada are ready to tackle Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park this weekend for the first race of 2017. 

In addition to being the first action of the season for New England’s top short trackers, The 43rd Annual Icebreaker also serves as part of the PASS National Championship Series.  Following the first two events held in the south at Dillon in February and Orange County in March, 4-Time PASS National Champion, Ben Rowe, finds himself out in front of the standings, but one driver believes Thompson could be his chance to cut into that advantage.  Hudson, NH’s Joey Polewarcyzk currently sits sixth in the PASS National Championship and feels optimistic for his opportunity at The Icebreaker.

“It’s exciting, I’ve never raced a Super Late Model there before,” said Polewarcyzk, returning to the seat of the family-owned Pole’s Automotive Ford #97 this weekend.  “It’s fast, there’s a lot of history there, and I’m excited to run one of these Super Late Models there.  It should be a lot of fun and it’s always good to get the season going.”

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Cornett-Ching Set for PASS North Debut at Thompson

Sarah Cornett-Ching of Summerland, BC will make her PASS North Super Late Model debut at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park next weekend.

“I’ve been watching lots of videos on YouTube and trying to do some studying up,” Cornett-Ching said. “So, I hopefully have kind of a good idea before we get there. … It’s definitely gonna be a new experience but I’m really excited. That place looks wicked fun.”

She will visit Beech Ridge Motor Speedway and Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine ahead of the Oxford 250.

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Early Entries Already Pouring In for 44th Annual Oxford 250

NAPLES, ME (March 23) – Entries have already started coming in for the 44th Annual Oxford 250, slated for August 25-27 at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway.  Even though the race is still five months away, nearly 30 drivers have already announced their intentions for the event with drivers from across the spectrum making up those entries. 

Early entries include 6-time PASS North Super Late Model champion, Johnny Clark, who filed the first entry for the 2017 Oxford 250. Georgia’s Spencer Davis will be joined by transplanted southerner Kyle Desouza and 2016 PASS South Super Late Model champion Matt Craig of North Carolina, who will be making his first attempt in the 250.  Craig recently secured his starting spot in the Oxford 250 by winning a qualifier race at Orange County Speedway this past weekend.

Female racer Sarah Cornett-Ching, fresh off a sixth-place finish at Southern National Motorsports Park, will trek from British Columbia seeking her first Oxford 250 start.  In addition to the complete PASS South schedule, Cornett-Ching has also filed entries for the first three PASS North races at Thompson, Oxford, and Beech Ridge.

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Eddie MacDonald Prepares for April Season Openers

Eddie MacDonald will take the green flag in the Pro All-Star Series opener in the Icebreaker PASS race at Thompson Motorsports Park onSunday, April 2 in the first of three races scheduled in the month in three different series.  Eddie Mac will also compete in the American Canadian Tour’s Governor’s Cup at his home track Lee USA Speedway on April 9, then head to Bristol Motor Speedway for the K&N Pro Series East event on April 22.

“As you can imagine, we have been extremely busy preparing the cars for three different series but we are looking forward to getting things going and improving on our performance from last season,” said the veteran Rowley, Mass. racer. “We are going to pick and choose the races we run in this season and we hope the flexibility will allow us to better prepare for the races we run. Last year was very hectic trying to run as many races as we did. We were not pleased with our performance in the K&N series and we are re-doubling our efforts to be more successful.”

Currently, Eddie Mac and the Grimm Racing Team is scheduled to compete in four K&N events with the first on the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile” in Bristol, Tennessee with Eddie Mac saying, “We absolutely love racing at Bristol and have enjoyed some success there. We won there in 2014, finished sixth in 2015, and eighth there last year. The competition in this series is incredible and we really have to be prepared to run and finish well against those teams. Our team owner Rob Grimm gives us everything we need for the Grimm Construction Chevy to be competitive, so it will be fun to kick off our season with a solid showing at Bristol. We plan to run at Thompson, Loudon, and Dover this season in the K&N so our focus will be on preparing the best cars for each race. The entire team is excited and ready to go.”

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Hall Seeks Icebreaker Repeat

Garrett Hall of Scarborough, ME is the defending PASS North winner at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park. The series returned last year to the 5/8 mile oval after a four-year absence.

“It’s high speed compared to a lot of the tracks around here and you really need to focus to make sure you hit the right groove,” Hall said.

He will start his season running the PASS North events at Oxford Plains (ME) Speedway and Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine. He may focus his efforts on the Pro Series championship at Beech Ridge.

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Early Entrants Abound for Expanded PASS Winter Meltdown at Dillon

CHARLOTTE, NC (January 13) – With just three weeks left to go until the “Original” Winter Meltdown goes green, Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model teams from across North America are beginning to make their final preparations.  This year’s fourth running of the early-season event looks to be the biggest yet as the Meltdown moves to its new home at Dillon Motor Speedway.   Northern drivers have dominated the three previous runnings of the PASS Winter Meltdown with New Hampshire’s Brad Leighton taking the checkered flag at New Smyrna Speedway in 2010 and Maine’s Joey Doiron claiming the victory at Auburndale Speedway in 2013 and backing that up with a victory at Greenville last year.

Once again being on Super Bowl weekend, the PASS Winter Meltdown will be short track racing’s first major points event of the year.  The “Original” Meltdown will feature the 12th Annual South Carolina Clash for the PASS Super Late Models and will be bigger than ever before.  The South Carolina Clash will now be 200 laps, paying $6,000 to win, and will give competitors the option to change two tires with 75 laps to go.  The Winter Meltdown will also feature a 75 lap event for the Late Model Stocks paying $1500 to win and an event for the Pro 4s.  The PASS Winter Meltdown will go green on Saturday afternoon, February 4 at 2 PM and will serve as the first race of 2017 for the PASS South Super Late Models and the PASS National Championship Series.  Saturday’s action will be preceded by an optional practice day for all divisions on Friday afternoon, February 3.

The first batch of PASS Super Late Models entries has been released and includes drivers from all over the United States.  Tate Fogleman, the 2015 PASS South Super Late Model champion, scored his first series win last year at Hickory and will be joined by former South Carolina Clash winner and 2014 PASS South titlist, Tyler Church.  Both North Carolina drivers will be seeking to become the first two-time series champion.  New York youngster Christian Eckes will make his second trip to Dillon Motor Speedway for the Winter Meltdown.  Eckes had several big, late season wins in 2016, including the Snowball Derby and Thanksgiving Classic at Southern National Motorsports Park in Super Late Models and the Myrtle Beach 400 in a Late Model Stock Car.

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Griffith has Busy PASS Slate

Derek Griffith of Hudson, NH will pursue a pair of Super Late Model championships in the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) this season.  Griffith will return for his sophomore PASS North season and the complete PASS National schedule.

“I’d love to win some races, redeem myself in the Oxford 250,” Griffith said.

Griffith will be making his first visit to Canadian and southern tracks Autodrome Montmagny, Dillon, Hickory, Orange County, and Speedway 660.

“We seem to excel at tracks we have not been too. I love running at new tracks! Super excited to run over the border and down south!”

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Lee USA Schedule Announced

Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH released its schedule for this season. Division special races are to be announced.

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Expanded “Road to the Oxford 250” Returns for 4th Year in 2017

OXFORD, ME (December 24) – Oxford Plains Speedway owner and Pro All Stars Series (PASS) President Tom Mayberry announced today the continuation of the “Road To The Oxford 250” program in 2017.  Celebrating its fourth year in 2017, the groundbreaking “Road To The Oxford 250” concept will expand to give racers across the continent the chance to compete in short track asphalt racing’s biggest event.  As mentioned with the announcement of the Speedway 660 event over a month ago, competitors from Canada and the United States will have opportunity to race for guaranteed starting spots, while keeping the focus on the 250 throughout the season.

The 2016 Oxford 250 saw droves of race fans from across North America and over 60 Super Late Models make the annual August trek to Oxford Plains Speedway, making this one of the most successful editions of the venerable race in over a decade.  Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Pelham, NH, a winner of a “Road To The Oxford 250” qualifier in 2016, captured the checkered flag and took home nearly $30,000 for his winning efforts.

“This year’s race was a great event and once again proved that the Oxford 250 is one of the premier events in all of short track racing,” said Mayberry.  “The ‘Road To The Oxford 250’ has grown every year since we first started it in 2014 and this year’s will be the biggest yet.  We will be able to keep the 250 in focus throughout the year and, while there will be several spots offered through the program, many of these will not have to be used since most of those competitors will advance through the famed heat races.  The ‘Road’ will not reduce the number of starters that will be able to advance through qualifying.”

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