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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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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Announces 2017 Schedule

Thompson, CT (December 5, 2016) – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park today announced dates for the 2017 racing schedule, celebrating its 77th season on the high-banked oval.  The 2017 seven event NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) schedule is highlighted by the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the return of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

“This year’s schedule balances our commitment to tradition and innovation,” states Josh Vanada, General Manager of TSMP.  “The 2017 schedule preserves fan favorites while introducing unique and creative events and promotions.”

The speedway will continue to showcase Sunoco Modifieds, which will compete in eight points-counting races supported by the Late Models, Limited Sportsman, and Mini Stocks, who will all have seven points-counting races. The Lite Modified Division will race in five of the seven events, but will not race under the NWAAS sanction.

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PASS North Championships to Be Decided at Oxford Plains this Weekend

NAPLES, ME (October 12) – After the grind of another long season, the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Models and Modifieds will close out 2016 this Saturday afternoon at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway.  The PASS Modifieds have an outstanding points battle heading to Oxford Plains with Andy Shaw leading by a slight four points over Ryan Robbins and third place points man Ben Tinker just 19 points behind Shaw.

The battle for the PASS North Super Late Model crown comes down to two former champions, DJ Shaw and Johnny Clark.  Shaw leads Clark by 69 points as they come to Oxford Plains for Saturday afternoon’s 150-lap event.  Clark, the former six-time series champion, recently captured his first win of the season at White Mountain Motorsports Park.  While Shaw has not won since Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in April, his consistency has him on the threshold of a second PASS North title.

“As far as the season goes, I would consider the season successful, but we really wanted more wins,” says Shaw, driver of the Precision JLM/Mulkern Excavating #60.  “We race for wins and they just didn’t come this year.  We still have a shot at winning our second race this weekend, but you always want more.”

While Shaw has a fairly healthy advantage over Clark, he knows that Oxford Plains always has some of the best car counts on the circuit and that this weekend will be no different.  For the title hopefuls, an early problem could mean disaster when it comes to winning the championship.

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Battle for PASS North Championship Rolls to Star Speedway this Weekend

NAPLES, ME (September 29) – With the close of the 2016 season rapidly approaching, the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Models head to Star Speedway Saturday afternoon for the PASS Make-A-Wish 150.  The tough quarter-mile in Epping, NH always poses a tough test and this weekend’s PASS Make-A-Wish 150 should be no different.

 With just two races left in the battle for the 2016 PASS North Super Late Model championship, Star Speedway could play a very interesting role in the title chase.  Center Conway, NH’s DJ Shaw leads a strong group of fellow Granite State drivers to Star as he seeks his second series title in the last three years.  Ironically, when he last won at Star Speedway with PASS in 2014, Shaw went on to win the championship.  And, while Shaw enjoys a 60 point advantage over six-time PASS North champion, Johnny Clark, he still has to survive the tight confines of Star before he can start thinking about cashing the championship check.  Clark just captured his first win of the season last weekend at another New Hampshire track, White Mountain Motorsports Park.

While the PASS Make-A-Wish 150 will have the eyes of the New England racing scene on it, that will not be the only big event on Saturday afternoon at Star Speedway.  The action packed 350 Supermodified cars will compete in a 35 lapper, along with the Dwarf Cars, Roadrunners, Woody’s Strictly, and Six Shooters.

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New England 500 at Beech Ridge Up Next for PASS North Competitors

NAPLES, ME (September 8) – Although the 43rd Annual HP Hood Oxford 250 has come and gone, that does not mean there is a lack of major events left on the calendar for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Models and PASS Modifieds.  The upcoming New England 500 on September 15-18 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME, will once again bring together some of the best drivers from the Northeast and Canada.  The big weekend of racing will feature four days of short track action, culminating with the Valenti Modified Series next Saturday and the Fall Foliage 200 for the ACT Late Models and Southern Maine Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep 300 for the PASS North Super Late Models next Sunday afternoon.  The PASS Modifieds will race on both days.

With just a few events left in the race for the 2016 PASS North Super Late Model championship, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway could play a very interesting role in the title chase.  Center Conway, NH’s DJ Shaw comes to Beech Ridge with a 72-point advantage over Johnny Clark.  Shaw was the winner at Beech Ridge in the spring, while Clark captured the checkered flag in last year’s Southern Maine Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep 300.  After nearly winning his third HP Hood Oxford 250 in the last four years, Morrill, ME’s, Travis Benjamin, returns to Beech Ridge looking to make up ground in the championship fight and seeking his second straight win at the 1/3 mile speedway.

But there are a couple of wildcards to watch in this weekend’s race as well.  Mike Hopkins sits third in PASS North points and has shown speed throughout the 2016 season.  Veteran Mike Rowe has won in nearly every type of Late Model imaginable at Beech Ridge and captured the track championship just a few years ago.  And, Joey Doiron returns to Beech Ridge, where he raced locally during the summer, after breaking his ankle a few weeks ago and after capturing a big win in Canada last weekend.

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Lee USA Speedway 8/12/16 Race Report

Lee, NH – The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models invaded Lee USA Speedway for their second appearance of the 2016 season at “New Hampshire’s Center of Speed”, with Granite Stater Derek Griffith of Hudson collecting his first career series win in the 150-lap main event.

Griffith outdueled series veteran Derek Ramstrom of West Boylston, MA, after chasing the early-race leader over the first third of the event, then swapping the lead back and forth several times in the late stages of the race before finally moving ahead for good.

At the checkers, it was Griffith in for his first career PASS win, with all of the biggest names in Super Late Model racing following him across the stripe. Ramstrom finished second, with Johnny Clark, Travis Benjamin, Jeremy Davis, DJ Shaw, Ben Rowe, Mike Hopkins, Joey Pole, and ageless veteran Mike Rowe rounding out the top ten.

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Beech Ridge Next On Tap for PASS North Stars

NAPLES, ME (July 6) – After a weekend that saw three drivers punch their tickets to the 43rd Annual HP Hood Oxford 250, a full field of Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Models will be back on track this weekend for the Southern Maine Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.

Hermon, ME’s Mike Hopkins leads the championship standings by just five points over 2014 PASS North champion, DJ Shaw, who won the most recent series event at Beech Ridge earlier this year.  But, two drivers with a lot of experience at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway could be the favorites on Saturday night.  Hometown hero Garrett Hall is the only driver to win more than one PASS North Super Late Model event in 2016.  And, defending PASS National Champion, Joey Doiron, has gone to victory lane at Beech Ridge with the series in recent years.

After enduring a tough start to the 2016 season, which saw Doiron involved in crashes at Hickory Motor Speedway and Star Speedway, Doiron and the JBJ Machine Shop team decided to step back and concentrate their efforts on events at Beech Ridge and Oxford.  Since then, Doiron has won the last two weekly events at Beech Ridge and enters Saturday night’s Southern Maine Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep 150 as the track’s hottest driver.

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Eddie MacDonald Will Race Pass All Star Series Event at Lee USA Speedway on Friday

Eddie MacDonald will team up again with Super Late Model owner Dave Lemieux in the PASS 150 at Lee USA Speedway on Friday night, June 24. The pair joined forces to win the first ever SLM race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last year and hope to repeat that performance at the very familiar surroundings of Lee.

“I am very excited to race Dave’s car at my family’s track,” said Eddie Mac. “A win would be extra special since it would help celebrate my parent’s thirtieth year of operation at Lee. I have raced there since I was a kid in high school and my parents have been my greatest supporters in my racing career. We have been working hard in the shop so hopefully we will be very competitive even though this will be our first race in this car this season. Bobby Cabral built the car and will be our crew chief for the race and I am looking forward to working with him.”

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Lightning Fast PASS Super Late Models Return To Thunder Road This Weekend

NAPLES, ME (May 25) – After a thrilling debut last year, the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Models are set to return to Vermont’s Thunder Road International Speedbowl this Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM.  In addition to 150 laps for New England’s fastest racers, the 54th Annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic will feature 100 laps for Thunder Road’s ACT Late Models, plus the PASS Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Tigers.

Center Conway, NH’s DJ Shaw has had a solid start to the 2016 PASS North season, currently sitting second in points on the strength of a win in the Southern Maine Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.  While Shaw is happy with his results so far, the 2014 PASS North champion believes he and his team can be even better.

I think we’ve gotten off to a decent start this season, we’ve had a little bit of inconsistency that we need to work on, but we got a win early and that’s always good,” says Shaw, driver of the HK Powersports/Mulkern Excavating #60.

In PASS North’s first ever trip to Thunder Road International Speedbowl last season, Shaw was a picture of consistency as he challenged eventual winner, Joey Doiron for the checkered flag.  Shaw hopes to turn the tables on Sunday afternoon as he looks to recapture the championship points lead from Mike Hopkins.

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Hopkins Leads All 150 Laps for First PASS SLM Victory

Epping, NH (May 21) – On a night that fulfilled the full moon superstition, Hermon, Maine driver Mike Hopkins dominated the 22 car field at Star Speedway to pick up his first career Pro All Stars Series super late model win in the Support 50 Legs PASS 150. By virtue of his win in heat race #1, Hopkins would start on the pole for the feature event and would lead all 150 laps.

In a race that saw the caution fly seven times (Laps 5, 60, 64, 82, 96, 142, and 148), Hopkins was able to take the lead on each and every re-start. Hopkins would be challenged on the green/white/checker finish by Jay, Maine driver Dave Farrington, Jr. The two drivers traded paint when the field went green, but Hopkins was able to hold off Farrington for the win.

At the finish, Hopkins and Farrington were followed across the stripe by Richie Dearborn, Derek Ramstrom and Derek Griffith to round out the top five. Mike Rowe, Tracy Gordon, Johnny Clark, DJ Shaw, and Joe Squeglia were the sixth through tenth-place finishers.

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PASS Super Late Models chase Garrett Hall at Speedway 95

Scarborough, Maine racer first repeat victor this year

Hermon, Maine – Garrett Hall of Scarborough charged into contention from his sixth row starting position, battling his way to victory lane Sunday in a rain-plagued 150-lap Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model race that went the scheduled distance at Speedway 95 in Hermon.

Hall, who said he was told the track “was flat and bumpy” had never seen the track prior to Sunday’s event. After several rain delays interrupted practice sessions and qualifying races, weather continued to threaten, so Hall – starting back in the field as a previous 2016 race winner on the series, wasted little time making his way through the field on the tight track.

Hall battled hometown racer Mike Hopkins midway through the 150-lap for the lead, and Hopkins appeared to be the man to beat until Hall emerged from the pack. Hudson, New Hampshire teenager Derek Griffith got by Hopkins late in the race to claim runner-up honors, and the second time he was closest to Hall under the checkered flag.
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DJ Shaw bests Joey Doiron on restart to score Southern Maine Chrysler Jeep Dodge PASS North Super Late Model 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway

DJ Shaw bests Joey Doiron on restart to score Southern Maine Chrysler Jeep Dodge PASS North Super Late Model 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway

Scarborough, Maine — DJ Shaw of Center Conway, New Hampshire drove from third position to first on a restart with four laps remaining in Saturday’s Southern Maine Chrysler Jeep Dodge 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway to nail down his first Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model win of the season.

Shaw, the 2014 PASS North Super Late Model champion, watched Doiron blast on by earlier in the race after the Berwick, Maine driver, and eventual runner-up, charged from his 14th starting position into a lead threatened only by hometown racer Garrett Hall – the opening day PASS Super Late Model winner at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway until the final pair of restarts took place, with six and four laps remaining, respectively.

Shaw had been a healthy distance behind Doiron aboard his Dale Shaw Race Cars / HK Powersports 60, but the once-dominant JBJ Machine 73 didn’t have the handles on cold tires. That opened the door for Shaw, who stepped through and into victory lane.

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Garrett Hall wins PASS Super Late Model race at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

First-ever touring series victory for young racer from Scarborough, Maine

Thompson, Connecticut — Garrett Hall of Scarborough, Maine nailed down his first-ever Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model victory in the 75-lap season opener for the PASS North Tour, also offering National Championship points, Sunday afternoon at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Hall, driving his Quinn’s Insulation car, numbered 94, outgunned early race leader Trevor Sanborn of East Parsonsfield, Maine midway through the race to claim the top spot after an extended, spirited battle.  He then held off a determined challenge from Hudson, New Hampshire’s Derek Griffith, aboard the LCM Racing 12, to post the win.

Hall, a 21-year-old competitor who prior to this season spent almost his entire racing career on relatively flat, third-mile ovals in his home state, credited a February trip to Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway with helping himself and the team to dial the car in on New England’s biggest and fastest oval short track.

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Wyatt Alexander Looking Forward To A Busy 2016 Season

Wyatt Alexander will have a busy 2016 season as he is planning to run his own family car in select events at Wiscasset Speedway, Oxford Plains Speedway, and on the Granite State Pro Stock Series. He will also be driving a car for Colby Motorsports in select PASS events.

An event that Alexander is looking forward to is the debut of the Granite State Pro Stock Series coming to Maine at Wiscasset on Labor Day weekend. “ Yes, I am definitely excited about Granite State coming to my home track. That is always an advantage to a driver. There aren’t too many tracks we will be running that I haven’t been on before but we are toying with the idea of running a race with PASS South and also there will be a couple new tracks we will hit with Granite State.” Alexander Said

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Shenette to Start 2016 Season with Slate of PASS National and Northern Races

THOMPSON, CT (December 28) – With the Mason-Dixon Meltdown in the history books, Dynasty Motorsports is solely focused on competing in 2016.

“Our only goal for this year is seat time,” said team owner and driver John-Michael Shenette. “With seat time come’s consistency, and with consistency comes success. We have the car and the resources to compete in the Pro All Stars Series, now it’s time to put our effort to good use and show results.”

In addition to the Karting 2 Conquer Cancer Go-Kart event in January, Dynasty Motorsports has also submitted an application for the Winter Meltdown at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina. The race is the first Pro All Stars Series National and South event of the year, and will be held on February 6th.

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PASS AIM Recycling Super Late Models Set For Season Finale This Weekend At Oxford

NAPLES, ME (September 30) – Following the grind of a season that began back in April, the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) AIM Recycling Super Late Models will conclude their 2015 campaign this Sunday afternoon at Oxford Plains Speedway.  While veteran Mike Rowe is on the verge of capturing his first title since the 2006 PASS South Super Late Model championship, several drivers would like to end the season on a high note.

Fellow veteran and former 6-time series champion Johnny Clark has reason to be excited heading to this weekend’s 150 lapper.  Clark recently ended a long dry spell by capturing his fourth checkered flag in the prestigious Southern Maine Chrysler Dodge Jeep 300 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.  But, Clark credits his recent turnaround with a decision to step back and compete in several local shows at Oxford Plains Speedway prior to the 42nd Running of the Oxford 250 in late August.

“We needed to get our baseline back,” says Clark, a winner of over 30 PASS Super Late Model races during his legendary career.  “Running weekly at Oxford Plains Speedway allowed us to work on one setup.  We were lucky enough to find ourselves in victory lane the week before the 250.”

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North-South Shootout And 2016 Easter Bunny 150 Winners to Receive Automatic Berths for 43rd Annual Oxford 250

CHARLOTTE, NC (September 16) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) President Tom Mayberry announced an exciting program today that will award automatic starting spots for the 43rd Annual Oxford 250 next August at Oxford Plains Speedway.  The “Road To The Oxford 250” will see the Super Late Model winners of this year’s North-South Shootout at Concord Speedway and the 2016 Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway awarded a starting position for one of the hardest races to qualify for in all of short track racing, the 2016 Oxford 250.  The positions will be guaranteed as long that driver exhausts every opportunity to make the race via heats races, last chances races, and/or consolation races for the Oxford 250.  Should that driver not qualify through one of those preliminary races, they will be awarded a provisional based on their win at Concord or Hickory.  This year, Glen Luce took home over $31,000 for his win in the Oxford 250, making it the richest Super Late Model event on asphalt.

“We’re very excited to announce the “Road To The Oxford 250” program for our drivers and race fans throughout North America,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry.  “We began planning for next year’s Oxford 250 the day after Glen Luce took the checkered flag in this year’s race.  We believe the return of the North-South Shootout to Concord in November and next year’s Easter Bunny 150 are two of the most prestigious races in PASS South and we are glad to add just a little more incentive to these two great events.”

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Glen Luce Wins at Autodrome Chaudiere

Glen Luce of Turner, ME won his second consecutive PASS AIM Recycling Super Late Model Series presented by Kenny U-Pull race Saturday night at Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallée-Jonction, QC.

Donald Theetge finished second in the Chaudiere Twin 200 over Alexandre Gingras, Ben Rowe, and Joey Doiron. Jeremy Davis, Eric St. Gelais, David Michaud, Mike Rowe, and Travis Stearns rounded out the top 10.

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PASS AIM Recycling Super Late Models Looking to Chaudiere And Beech Ridge

NAPLES, ME (September 10) – Following the hoopla of the 42nd Annual AIM Recycling Oxford 250 Presented By Kenny U-Pull, Pro All Stars Series (PASS) AIM Recycling Super Late Model competitors now shift their focus to two more familiar events.  This weekend, PASS heads “North Of The Border” to join the American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models for Twin 200’s at Autodrome Chaudiere.  Then, PASS returns state side for the 9th Annual PASS 400 Weekend at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, featuring the Southern Maine Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep 300.

Despite struggling to a disappointing 25th place finish in the Oxford 250, current PASS AIM Recycling Super Late Model points leader Mike Rowe still maintains a healthy advantage in the standings.  Rowe sits just over 100 points on his nearest championship combatants Travis Benjamin and Joey Doiron.  Benjamin, a two-time Oxford 250 champion, and Doiron, a former PASS winner at Beech Ridge, were not able to capitalize on Rowe’s missteps at Oxford, both suffering their own poor finishes.

Sitting just behind the championship leaders are Turner, ME’s Ben Rowe and Newmarket, NH’s Bryan Kruczek.  Chaudiere and Beech Ridge will be pivotal for both drivers if they have any hopes of joining the title fight.  Ben Rowe ended a long winless drought in the North by taking the checkered flag at Autodrome Chaudiere, while Kruczek was able to score his first career PASS victory at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway back in May.

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ACT Tour Makes Regular Season Debut at Autodrome Chaudiere

Vallée-Jct., QC – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) U.S and Série ACT head to Vallée-Jct., QC’s Autodrome Chaudiere this Saturday, September 12 for the Chaudiere Twin 200s. The ACT Late Models and the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models will both run 200-lap main events in the doubleheader for the two series.

The ACT combination event is the inaugural point-counting race for the ACT U.S. Tour at Chaudiere. Select U.S. drivers previously visited the speedway for the “Showdown at Chaudiere” invitational event held from 2008-2012, but many Tour regulars will be making their debut at the 1/3-mile oval. Even drivers such as two-time ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell Jr. will have their work cut out for them to get up to speed.

“It will definitely be interesting, because we have no notes to go on to go back there,” Dover, NH’s Helliwell said. “From what I remember (at the Showdown), the track is an interesting combination between Thunder Road and White Mountain – it had a lot of banking and was really tight. Hopefully between those two tracks we can come up with a good setup.”

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2016 Date Announced For 43rd Annual Oxford 250

OXFORD, ME (September 3) – Following the huge success of this year’s Oxford 250, Oxford Plains Speedway owner Tom Mayberry announced today the date for the 2016 event.  The richest single day short track racing event in North America will continue once again on the same weekend and be held August 26 – 28, 2016.  The 43rd Annual Oxford 250 will again pay $25,000 to the winner and will be a Pro All Stars Series (PASS) sanctioned, “open” Super Late Model event, with qualifying heat races and feature racing for the PASS Super Late Models on August 28 and will continue the single day tradition that has made this race famous.

The 2015 AIM Recycling USA Oxford 250 Presented By Kenny U-Pull saw droves of race fans from the United States and Canada and over 70 Super Late Models, making this one of the most successful editions of the venerable race in over a decade.  Glen Luce of Turner, ME captured the checkered flag and took home $30,100 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.  “But despite that success, our team at Oxford Plains Speedway began planning and working for next year’s race the day after Glen Luce took the checkered flag in this year’s Oxford 250.  The race still has room to grow and we plan on it being even bigger and better next year.”

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Final Test For Oxford 250 Awaits PASS Stars At This Weekend’s HP Hood 150

NAPLES, ME (July 29) – With the 42nd Annual AIM Recycling Oxford 250 Presented By Kenny U-Pull just a month away, Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model teams will have one more opportunity to prepare at Oxford Plains Speedway with this weekend’s HP Hood 150.  Over 50 teams have pre-entered for the Oxford 250 to date and, with over 70 teams expected for the biggest and most prestigious Super Late Model race in the North America, track time at Oxford Plains will be at a premium.  6-time PASS North Super Late Model champion, Johnny Clark, is taking advantage of every opportunity available to race at Oxford.  Last weekend, Clark finished fifth in the track’s weekly Super Late Model division and will be among the favorites to take the checkered flagthis Sunday afternoon in the HP Hood 150.

“There will be a lot of heavy hitters and all the teams will be raring to go this weekend at Oxford,” says Clark, driver of the Clark’s Car Crushing #54.  “Everyone wants to make a statement that they are ready for the 250.”

In addition to giving teams valuable track time at Oxford Plains Speedway, this weekend’s HP Hood 150 will also give them a chance to compete in a longer event with similar conditions to those that are expected for the 42nd Annual AIM Recycling Oxford 250 Presented By Kenny U-Pull in late-August.

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Sweet Caps “Rollercoaster” Weekend with ACT International Win

Plattsburgh, NY – Nick Sweet showed why he’s one of the top American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model drivers in the Northeast on Sunday, July 19, capping a whirlwind two days by winning the ACT International at Plattsburgh, NY’s Airborne Park Speedway.

Barre, VT’s Sweet took the lead for the final time on lap 192 of the 200-lap event, beating out Alex Labbé on the final restart. The Thunder Road Late Model point leader will take home more than $10, 000 for the win after lap-leader money and contingencies. The victory was also a redemption for Sweet after finishing second in the event in 2014.

Sweet, whose wife is expecting their third child at any moment, didn’t decide to attend the event until midday on Saturday, July 18 but won the pole that evening with no practice time. His Eric Chase–owned #40VT team, which ran the same car that Jean-Paul Cyr drove at Thunder Road on Thursday, then had only one 20-minute session on Sunday morning after rain moved through the area.

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PASS And ACT Racers Ready To Battle For Big Money In International 500 Weekend At Airborne

NAPLES, ME (July 14) – A season of firsts continues this weekend as the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) AIM Recycling Super Late Models Presented By Kenny U-Pull head to New York state for the first time ever to compete as part of the International 500 weekend at Airborne Park Speedway.  For only the second time in history, PASS will co-headline the weekend along with the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models, with twin 200’s.  The PASS 200 lap portion of the International 500 weekend will pay $7500 to win plus additional lap leader money with a potential for the winner to take home up to $10,000.  The fourth race of the prestigious PASS National Championship Series will also pay $1000 to start.

One driver who will be very busy this weekend will be Hudson, NH’s, Joey Polewarczyk.  Joey Pole, as he is known by his fans, will be competing in both main events, driving his ACT Late Model as well as his PASS AIM Recycling Super Late Model.  While it will be the first time many of the PASS drivers have competed at Airborne Park Speedway, Polewarczyk hopes to have the upper hand based on his previous experiences racing there with ACT.

“Airborne is a D-shaped, half-mile, progressively banked racetrack that has a lot of grip and a lot of speed,” says Polewarczyk, driver of the Pole’s Automotive #97.  “It was repaved a few years ago, but it definitely has some bumps.  You really need to get your car rotating well to run a fast lap there.  Out of all the tracks the ACT tour goes to, it’s really one of my favorite tracks.  I think the PASS cars are really going to race well there.”

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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.

” I don’t really remember too much about it and that was a little bit of a long time ago.” Continue reading ‘Christopher Bell’s Superspeedway Debut Set for NHMS’




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