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Glen Luce Best in PASS North Action at Lee USA Speedway, 44th Oxford 250 Up Next

Lee, NH – Glen Luce of Turner, Maine pulled away from the field in the late stages of Friday night’s Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model 150-lapper at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, New Hampshire to post his second win on the touring series this season.

Luce started from 14th position, patiently making steady progress through the field as Scarborough, Maine’s Garrett Hall set the pace for the first sixty laps. Six-time PASS North champion Johnny Clark took over and looked like a possible winner before Luce and 12th-place starter Travis Benjamin moved into contention with about 30 laps to go.

Once Luce got to the front there was no stopping his Stevens Electric & Pump Service machine and he outran his chief rival atop the championship standings this season, Travis Benjamin of Morrill, Maine, to the checkered flag by 2.2 seconds.
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Oxford Plains Speedway Score is Second Straight PASS North Super Late Model Victory for Travis Benjamin

Oxford, Maine – Travis Benjamin nailed down his second consecutive Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model victory Sunday night at Oxford Plains Speedway.

Benjamin, in the Petit Motorsports 7, needed most of the race distance to mount a challenge to Cassius Clark of Farmington, who dominated most of the race driving the Nova Scotia-based King Racing entry.  Benjamin moved alongside Clark for a late-race restart and was able to prevail from the outside groove.

Glen Luce of Turner also got by Clark in the waning laps to earn a second-place finish after a couple of disappointing weeks saw him ousted from the series championship lead.  Clark ended up with a third-place finish and some optimism about returning with the car for the 44th Oxford 250 coming up on Sunday, August 27.

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Southern National PASS South Event Cancelled Due to Excessive Heat and Thunderstorms

CHARLOTTE, NC (July 13) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced today that Saturday night’s Southern National 150 for the PASS South Super Late Models at Southern National Motorsports Park has been canceled due to extreme heat and expected strong thunderstorms.   With temperatures expected to be in the high 90s this weekend and a forecast predicting a 70 percent chance of strong thunderstorms on Saturday, the decision was made to cancel the Southern National event now to save teams and fans money that might be incurred for travel. PASS will evaluate schedules to see if the event can be made up at a later date.

The next PASS South Super Late Model event will be at South Boston Speedway on Saturday, August 12th.  Entry forms for PASS races at Star Speedway and Oxford Plains Speedway are currently posted at ProAllStarsSeries.com.

The Pro All Stars Series is recognized as North America’s premier sanctioning body for asphalt Super Late Models and boasts such marquee events as the Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway and PASS South’s Easter Bunny 150 and Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway.  For technical information concerning all PASS divisions please send questions topassracing@roadrunner.com.  For media or marketing questions, please contact Alan Dietz at 704-231-2039 oralandietzpass@live.com.  And, don’t forget to “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.

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DJ Shaw Wins PASS Open at Oxford Plains Speedway

Oxford, Maine — Reigning Pro All Stars Series North Champion DJ Shaw of Center Conway, New Hampshire claimed victory, and a preferred starting position in the upcoming Oxford 250 National Championship event, in the 100-lap ‘Open’ Super Late Model main event Sunday night at Oxford Plains Speedway.

The Open, a non-points race awarding provisional starting spots to the rich annual Oxford 250 classic to five drivers in a final chance to conditionally lock into the field before the eve of the Super Late Model classic, and the boys were racing hard throughout the short, 100-lap sprint to the checkered flag.

Oxford’s Dennis Spencer, Jr. set the pace in the opening laps, but troubles sidelined him not long after he yielded the lead to Tracy Gordon of Strong.  Gordon led on a couple of occasions and actually led more laps than anyone in the race while swapping the top spot with reigning Oxford 250 champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover, New Hampshire.

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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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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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PASS Releases Entry Form and Schedule for $15,000 to Win MegaMeltdown at Hickory

NAPLES, ME (May 9) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced today that Super Late Model entry forms and the complete weekend schedule for November’s Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300 at Hickory Motor Speedway are now available online at ProAllStarsSeries.com.  The MegaMeltdown will go green on Saturday afternoon, November 18 at 3 PM and will serve as the final race of 2017, crowning both the PASS National Champion and PASS South Super Late Model Champion.  Teams can save money towards their entry with an early entry discount available until August 1.

The Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300 will be bigger than ever in 2017, featuring more laps, more money, and the chance for teams to employ pit strategy.  The PASS Super Late Models will compete for 300 green flag laps, with $15,000 up for grabs for the winner and $1000 to start.  With additional lap leader bonus money, the winner could take home over $22,000. 

Teams will also have the opportunity to make live pit stops during the course of the event and will have the option to change up to six tires throughout the race.  And, similar to the Oxford 250, since caution laps will not count, teams can avoid the pressure of having to bring in “specialized” pit crews.  The Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300 continues to build on PASS’s rich history of racing Super Late Models in the south, which has seen this event, originally billed as the Meltdown starting in 2006, held at such tracks as South Boston Speedway, Concord Speedway, and Southern National Motorsports Park.  The more expanded MegaMeltdown joins another PASS-sanctioned event, the Oxford 250, as one of two of the highest paying short track races in the country, with combined purses of nearly $200,000.

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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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PASS Statement Regarding Raphael Lessard Disqualification at Hickory  

CHARLOTTE, NC (April 19) – Following Saturday night’s Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway, driver of the #99, Raphael Lessard, was disqualified due to the inappropriate actions of his crew chief/spotter, Seth Smith, following the event.  The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) would like to further clarify what transpired leading to the disqualification.

First, Lessard was warned and fined $500 for intentionally spinning the #89 car driven by Lee Hansard on lap 59.  Mr. Hansard is a veteran of short track racing in the southeast and has competed with PASS on a limited basis for over 10 years.  While Lessard was battling for the lead, Mr. Hansard was racing hard to stay on the lead lap when he was unnecessarily tagged from behind by the #99 car. (See Attached Video)

Second, on the ensuing restart, Preston Peltier passed Lessard on the track for the lead when the caution immediately waved for a crash by Dawson Cram on the front straightaway. The #99 team incorrectly assumed that PASS reverts to the last completed lap in scoring.  Lessard passed Peltier under caution, was told to give the position back, and was again warned and fined $500 for illegally passing under yellow.
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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: Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory

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Preston Peltier won the Easter Bunny 150 Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway in Newton, NC in PASS South/National action.

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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Peltier Edges Rowe for 4th Easter Bunny 150 Triumph at Hickory

HICKORY, NC (April 15) – Preston Peltier survived a three lap scramble to the checkered flag to edge out Ben Rowe for his fourth Easter Bunny 150 win Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway. Peltier’s seventh win at Hickory and 15th overall Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model win ended a two-year winless drought dating back to the 2015 Easter Bunny 150.

“Three to go when that last caution came out, I thought, oh man, here we go again,” said Peltier, driver of the Roger Newton Concrete Finishing Chevrolet #33. “My tires really weren’t the best there at the end, but I’ve got to thank Ben [Rowe] because he really could have used me up. It’s funny how life works out and right now, life’s pretty good.”

In qualifying, Peltier just beat out Kyle Busch with a lap of 14.752 seconds (88.584 MPH) for his 21st career quick qualifying time in PASS. After the top 10 qualifiers redraw, Peltier would move back to the sixth starting position, while Raphael Lessard and Derek Griffith would move up to the front row.

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Strongest Field in Years Set to Tackle Hickory’s Easter Bunny 150 this Weekend

CHARLOTTE, NC (April 11) – The best short track racers from across North America will once again be descending on Hickory Motor Speedway this weekend as they seek to claim the checkered flag in the 12th Annual Easter Bunny 150.  Super Late Model racers have flocked to the legendary speedway nestled in the North Carolina Piedmont since 2006.  The “Bunny” has become an Easter weekend tradition for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models and this year’s race has added importance.  In addition to being part of the PASS National Championship Series, the Easter Bunny 150 will serve as a major tune up for November’s Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300, which will pay $15,000 to the winner.   Likewise, fans of short track racing recognize the Easter Bunny 150 as one of the sport’s premier races, thanks in large part to the star-studded field of drivers the event attracts year after year.

Names like Rowe, Lawler, Williams, Naase, Grissom, and Shaw have all visited victory lane in the Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory.  And, only former national champions, Ben Rowe and Preston Peltier, have achieved victory in racing’s ultimate Easter egg hunt more than once.  But, even with the best the sport has to offer coming to duke it out against one another, it is a homegrown product of Hickory Motor Speedway that some have circled on their entry lists as an early favorite.

Former PASS South Super Late Model champion, Tyler Church, is actually from Hickory, NC.  He started as a fan attending races at Hickory Motor Speedway and, after becoming a racecar driver, became a top contender in the track’s Limited Late Model division.  Church became an immediate frontrunner with PASS, scoring an emotional win in the 2013 Over The Mountain 150 at Hickory.  A win made even more special in that it came in front of longtime fans, family, and friends that had supported his journey up the racing ladder.  And, by the fact, that his late mother is buried in the cemetery which overlooks the historic speedway.  Now, Church is hoping to get a rash of bad luck behind him with some home cooking this weekend.

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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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