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Unlikely PASS South Championship Scenario To Be Decided At Hickory

CHARLOTTE, NC (November 7) – As the 2018 season gets set to conclude for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models this weekend at Hickory Motor Speedway, no one could have predicted how the contenders would fall for the PASS South championship.  It is no surprise that Kannapolis, NC’s Matt Craig leads the standings as he eyes an unprecedented third PASS South title.  But, coming into the season, few, if any, could have predicted Ennismore, Ontario’s, JP Josiasse would be second in the standings coming to the 13thAnnual Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 200 at Hickory.

Josiasse’s PASS journey began a few years ago in the PASS Pro Late Model division, a class that also brought Kodie Conner and Tate Fogleman to the PASS Super Late Model ranks.  When that division went away at the conclusion of the 2014 season, Josiasse made the decision to try out Super Late Models.  And, with the help of car builder Gary Crooks and a small group of fellow countrymen, Josiasse has parlayed those 20-hour trips from Canada into a chance at PASS South immortality.

“For us, we just enjoy racing with PASS and coming down South when we can,” says Josiasse, driver of the Stoneridge Insurance/The Olde Smokehouse Chevrolet #24.  “We never imagined that we would have a chance at the championship this year, but the races fell our way for us to compete in all of them and our performance improved, so I guess, here we are.”

As the owner and promotor of Ontario’s Peterbourough Speedway, Josiasse is limited to when he can actually race himself.  But, with consistent performances, including a career-best seventh place finish at South Boston in August, Josiasse finds himself 28 points behind Craig heading to Hickory this weekend.  And he is not alone, as both Kodie Conner and Roy Hayes still have a mathematical shot at the championship.  After being involved in an early accident in last year’s MegaMeltdown, Craig knows that everything will have to go to plan as he seeks to secure his third title.  

Saturday afternoon’s 200 lapper will also serve as the final event of the PASS National Championship Series to crown the country’s only true nationwide champion.  Derek Griffith, Ray Christian, III, Ben Rowe, and Conner will be locked in a tight battle in front of the MAVTV cameras as they duke it out for the national championship. Additionally, the MASS Street Stocks will race for $1,000 to win and will be joined by the Legends cars to complete this exciting afternoon of grassroots racing.

Joining the championship contenders will be defending MegaMeltdown winner, Brandon Setzer, 2015 PASS South champion, Tate Fogleman, and this year’s Oxford Plains Speedway track champion, Gabe Brown.  A strong group of New Englanders have already entered including, Cory Casagrande, Derek Ramstrom, John-Michael Shenette, TJ Brackett, and Wyatt Alexander.  And the south will be represented equally as well by Gracie Trotter, Lucas Jones, and Jody Measamer.

Entry forms and the complete weekend schedule for the 13thAnnual Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 200 are available at

The weekend will start on Friday at Hickory Motor Speedway with rotating practice for all divisions from 2-5 PM.  On Saturday, pit gates will open at 7:30 AM, with practice beginning at 9:30 AM, followed by qualifying at 11:45 AM, the on track pit party at 12:50 PM, and racing for the PASS Super Late Models, MASS Street Stocks, and Legends beginning at 1:30 PM.  

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 Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway, the legendary Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway, and the inaugural PASS Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway. For media or marketing questions, please contact Alan Dietz at 704-231-2039 or  Please visit for more information and don’t forget to “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.

Nick Sweet prevails in Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model thriller at Thunder Road

Barre, Vermont – Hometown stock car racer Nick Sweet nailed down his first Super Late Model race win on Friday night, holding off Quebec competitor and fellow former Milk Bowl winner Patrick Laperle in an outstanding 150-lap Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model main event, highlighting Northfield Savings Bank Night Before The Milk Bowl action at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vermont.

Sweet, a two-time track champion at the high-banked, ¼-mile oval, spent the opening portion of the race chasing Jeremy Davis of Tamworth, New Hampshire.  Sweet claimed the race lead on the 36th circuit, setting the pace until current PASS North Super Late Model points leader DJ Shaw of Center Conway, New Hampshire took control with 50 laps remaining.

Laperle, always at his best when the ante rises on the racetrack, moved in and battled Shaw, swapping the lead as Sweet regrouped for his final charge.  A late restart allowed Sweet to move by Shaw and back into contention, and after racing just about side by side for the final 20 laps Sweet got to the finish line just ahead of Laperle with Shaw, the reigning PASS North Super Late Model champion, third across the stripe.

Bobby Therien of Hineburg, Vermont bounced back from adversity and multiple pit stops to finish in fourth position.  Likewise, Derek Griffith was fast but didn’t see the breaks go his way, and the Hudson, New Hampshire competitor ended up in fifth spot.

Derek Ramstrom of Worcester, Massachusetts just missed out on a top-five run after racing with the leaders throughout the 150-lapper.   Garrett Hall of Scarborough, Maine was seventh, with early race leader Davis eighth, bouncing back after spinning off a lapped car while running in second position.

Travis Benjamin of Belfast, Maine lost a bit of ground in his championship battle versus Shaw, posting a ninth-place finish.  Newly-crowned Oxford Plains Speedway Super Late Model champion Gabe Brown of Center Conway, New Hampshire rounded out the top ten.

The next Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model event is scheduled for Saturday, October 13 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine.  Post time is 2:00 p.m.  For more information please visit or call (207) 539-8865.

Results from the September 28 Northfield Savings Bank Night Before The Milk Bowl Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model 150 at Thunder Road International Speedbowl, Barre, Vermont, showing finishing position, car number, driver’s name, driver’s hometown:

Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model (150 laps) 1 40 Nick Sweet, Barre, VT; 2 91 Patrick Laperle, St. Denis, QC; 3 60 DJ Shaw, Center Conway, NH; 4 5 Bobby Therrien, Hinesburg, VT; 5 12 Derek Griffith, Hudson, NH; 6 35 Derek Ramstrom, Worcester, MA; 7 94 Garrett Hall, Scarborough, ME; 8 09 Jeremy Davis, Tamworth, NH; 9 7 Travis Benjamin, Belfast, ME; 10 47 Gabe Brown, Center Conway, NH; 11 37 Scott Payea, Milton, VT; 12 97 Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Hudson, NH; 13 4 Ben Rowe, Turner, ME; 14 8 Calvin Rose, Jr., Turner, ME; 15 24 JP Josaisse, Ennismore, ON; 16 24 Scott MacMichael, New London, NH; 17 27 Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Dover, NH; 18 66 Jason Corliss, Barre, VT; 19 42 Matt White, Northfield, VT; 20 7 Glen Luce, Turner, ME; 21 1 Evan Hallstrom, Northfield, VT; 22 4 Brad Babb, Windham, ME; DNS 43 Devin O’Connell, Madison, CT.

Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model racers chase Gary Smith at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway

Scarborough, Maine — Gary Smith of Bangor claimed his second career Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model win, and his first-ever Beech Ridge Motor Speedway victory, in the 150-lap main event at the historic Scarborough, Maine racetrack on Sunday afternoon.

Smith, 62, was ecstatic after outrunning his chassis builder, nine-time Oxford Plains Speedway champion Jeff Taylor of Farmington, to the checkered flag.  The victory knocked an important entry off his bucket list.  Smith joins a small list of Maine racers who have won premiere division events at all six modern-era asphalt racetracks in their home state.

Smith chased Westbrook’s John Peters in the early stages of the race, and once in front he was never seriously challenged, although it looked for a short while like former Beech Ridge champion Reid Lanpher of Manchester might provide a test, but a spin after some contact took Lanpher out of contention for the victory while battling Taylor for second spot.

Taylor managed to hang on to second position in just his second appearance this year behind the wheel.  Curtis Gerry of Waterboro, Maine rebounded from a bad heat race and almost going a lap down to Smith in the middle stages of the race to claim a third-place finish.  Scarborough’s Garrett Hall arced among the contenders throughout the 150-lapper to end up in fourth place.

Travis Benjamin of Belfast, Maine made up a lot of ground in the 2018 PASS North Super Late Model championship contest, posting a fifth-place finish while the points leader, DJ Shaw of Center Conway, New Hampshire, was relegated to a 22nd-place finish after being sent into the backstretch wall.  Donnie Colpritt, Jr. of Scarborough, Trevor Sanborn of East Parsonsfield, Alan Tardiff of Goodwins Mills, Lanpher, of Manchester, and Windham’s Brandon Barker rounded out the top ten.

Wayne Whitten, Jr. of Arundel made his PASS Mods debut a memorable one, driving from dead last on the starting grid to win the 40-lap race after a seven-year absence from the cockpit of a racecar.  Whitten took the lead away from Bruce Helmuth of wales, who looked to be headed to victory lane for the second time this season when he gave Whitten enough room to get by, and the rusty veteran took advantage of the opportunity.

Waterford’s Spencer Morse, in just his fourth appearance in the class, came up one spot short of scoring his second victory, racing right on Whitten’s rear bumper as they flashed under the checkered flag.  Helmuth ended up in third position, with Gary Shackford of Center Conway, New Hampshire and Stetson’s Wayne Allard filling out the top-five rundown.

Terry Merrill of Saco came out on top in a highly-competitive, wildly-entertaining 50-lap race for the Beech Ridge Sport Series regulars.  Merrill stalked an intense battle in front of his machine for most of the race, as first Scarborough’s Charlie Sanborn III and then Devin Curit of Saco waged intense battles for the lead with newly-crowned Sport Series champion Joe Pastore of Gorham.

Those battled helped open the door for Merrill, who found room to race underneath his rivals as they swapped paint and caved in sheet metal.  Alex Lacognata made a late charge into second place as the checkered flag, with Pastore recovering to post an impressive third-place finish when all was said and done.

Durham’s Kenny Harrison and Sanborn rounded out the top five.  Sanborn and Pastore were the heat race winners and they waged a side-by-side battle for nearly 15 laps to open the main event.

Billy Childs, Jr. of Leeds outran the competition in a special 50-lap open race for Oxford Plains Speedway Street Stocks, Beech Ridge Wildcats and other similar racing divisions.  Childs chased Buckfield’s Kyle Treadwell for almost half the race before outrunning Gray’s Tyler King to the checkered flag.

Treadwell’s third-place finish finished off a podium sweep for the invaders, with Adam Lovejoy of Sanford best among Beech Ridge weekly racers in fourth place.  Greene’s Zach Bowie rounded out the top five.  Lovejoy and Treadwell won 10-lap heat races.

The next Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model event is scheduled for this Friday night, September 28, at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vermont.  Post time is 6:00 p.m.  For more information please visit or call (207) 539-8865.

Results from the September 23 Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway; Scarborough, Maine, showing finishing position, car number, driver’s name, driver’s hometown:

Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model (150 laps) 1 75 Gary Smith, Bangor, ME; 2 88 Jeff Taylor, Farmington, ME; 3 7 Curtis Gerry, Waterboro, ME; 4 94 Garrett Hall, Scarborough, ME; 5 7 Travis Benjamin, Belfast, ME; 6 16 Donnie Colpritt, Jr., Scarborough, ME; 7 29 Trevor Sanborn, East Parsonsfield, ME; 8 9 Alan Tardiff, Goodwins Mills, ME; 9 59 Reid Lanpher, Manchester, ME; 10 88 Brandon Barker, Windham, ME; 11 81 Dan Winter, Windham, NH; 12 27 Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Dover, NH; 13 51 John Peters, Westbrook, ME; 14 40 Nick Sweet, Barre, VT; 15 12 Corey Bubar, Windham, ME; 16 12 Derek Griffith, Hudson, NH; 17 4 Ben Rowe, Turner, ME; 18 44 Rusty Poland, Windham, ME; 19 61 TJ Brackett, Buckfield, ME; 20 60 Tim Brackett, Buckfield, ME; 21 24 Mike Rowe, Turner, ME; 22 60 DJ Shaw, Center Conway, NH; 23 90 Craig Weinstein, East Walpole, MA; 24 47 Kelly Moore, Scarborough, ME; 25 9 JT Thurlow, Windham, ME; 26 90 Derek Kneeland, Sebago, ME; 27 8 Calvin Rose, Jr., Turner, ME; 28 53 Billy Rodgers, Old Orchard Beach, ME; 29 46 Dennis Spencer, Jr., Oxford, ME.

PASS Mods (40 laps) 1 12 Wayne Whitten, Jr., Arundel; 2 34 Spencer Morse, Waterford; 3 25 Bruce Helmuth, Wales; 4 60 Gary Shackford, Center Conway, NH; 5 15 Wayne Allard, Stetson; 6 10 Derek Kneeland, Sebago; 7 14 Mark Napolitano, North Yarmouth; 8 2 Randy Sanborn, West Baldwin; 9 33 Billy Dixon, Waterboro; 10 19 Ben Tinker, New Gloucester; 11 85 jariet Harrison, Freeport; 12 16 Patrick Sullivan, Poland; 13 35 Kristina Nadeau, Buxton.

Sport Series (50 laps) 1 12 Terry Merrill, Saco; 2 14 Alex Lacognata, Scarborough; 3 20 Joe Pastore, Gorham; 4 85 Kenny Harrison, Durham; 5 1 Charlie Sanborn III, Scarborough; 6 4 Curtis Gleason, South Portland; 7 8 Clyde Hennessey, Windham; 8 5 Devin Curit, Saco; 9 20 Frankie Wear, Scarborough; 10 27 Richard Pelton, Scarborough; 11 15 Mike St.Pierre, Buxton; 12 28 Nate Leavitt, Buxton; 13 07 David Charest, Westbrook; 14 84 Matt Dow, Hollis; 15 2 Travis Lovejoy, Waterboro; 16 54 Nick Campbell, Arundel; 17 31 Shawn Brackett, Scarborough.

Wildcat/Street Stock Open (50 laps) 1 1 Billy Childs, Jr., Leeds; 2 11 Tyler King, Gray; 3 44 Kyle Treadwell, Buckfield; 4 9 Adam Lovejoy, Sanford; 5 21 Zach Bowie, Greene; 6 61 Matt Dufault, Turner; 7 12 Skip Tripp, Norway; 8 62 Nick Stanley, Oxford; 9 36 Nathan Leavitt, Buxton; 10 1 Ed Connolly, Scarborough; 11 75 Tucker Cole, Saco; 12 27 Patrick Thorne, Standish; 13 81 Lewis Anderson, Buxton; 14 84 Troy Morse, Bridgton; 15 64 Matty Sanborn, Windham; 16 8 Michael Roe, West Paris; 17 99 George Haskell, Casco; 18 47 Brian Caswell, Hollis.