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New Year Brings New Cars & New Opportunities For PASS Racers At Dillon

CHARLOTTE, NC (February 14) – Racers from across the country are busy counting down the days as the 2019 Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model season opener at Dillon Motor Speedway draws closer.  The 14th Annual Winter Meltdown 200 at Dillon on Saturday afternoon, February 23 will not only mark the beginning of the PASS National Championship Series, but the introduction of a new body to the Super Late Model racing landscape.

Wisconsin-based Five Star Race Car Bodies, a longtime supporter of PASS, has just introduced the new “Gen 6” body, which more closely resembles the production Ford Mustangs, Chevrolet Camaros, and Toyota Camrys.  PASS and Oxford Plains Speedway led the way in approving the new bodies for competition, which will compete alongside the existing bodies that are based on a 20-year-old design. 

The new bodies, which are set to make their East Coast debut at Dillon for the Winter Meltdown, have racers and fans excited for the new season.  One of those drivers is Turner, ME’s, Ben Rowe, who will be driving a “Gen 6” Toyota for the 2019 campaign.  Like many fellow racers around the country, the former 5-Time PASS National Champion agrees the time is right to spice things up a little on the grassroots level.

“I can’t wait to try it out, it’s a much needed change for us as a group to keep up with the times and it definitely looks pretty cool,” says Rowe.  “This year with the new body, nobody knows the balance on the car that we are going to need just yet.”

Along with Rowe, a stellar list of drivers have gone to victory lane at Dillon, including two-time Winter Meltdown winner, Ryan Blaney, as well as Justin Wakefield, Preston Peltier, Austin Theriault, Daniel Hemric, Tyler Church, and Jared Irvan.  In last year’s race, New Hampshire’s Derek Griffith started off his national championship season with a win at Dillon by holding off Ray Christian, III and Rowe.  Rowe hopes he can be just a little bit better this year and can join Blaney atop the Dillon Motor Speedway win column.

“Dillon has kinda grown into that big 200 lap race at the beginning of the year that we look forward to going to,” says Rowe.  “Plus, for us New Englanders, it gives us a chance to get out of the cold and snow and get a jumpstart on racing.”

Rowe will be joined by several of his New England counterparts, including Griffith, Christian, Travis Benjamin, and Mike Hopkins.  Former PASS South champion Tate Fogleman has also filed an entry, along with Wyatt Alexander, Kodie Conner, Jody Measamer, and Canadian, JP Josiasse.

All the action gets under way on Friday afternoon, February 22 at Dillon Motor Speedway with open practice for all competing divisions from 2 – 5 PM.  On Saturday, February 23, practice will begin at 10 AM with qualifying starting at 12:30 PM for the PASS Super Late Models, Challenger AR, and Mini Stocks, followed by main events starting at approximately 2 PM.  While the Challengers will be racing for $1000 to win, the Mini Stocks will go for $500 to win and a guaranteed starting position at Richmond Raceway in March.

  PASS Super Late Model entry forms for the events at Dillon, Richmond, Thompson Speedway, Oxford Plains Speedway, Hickory Motor Speedway and the 46th Annual Oxford 250 can be found 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 legendary Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway, Easter Bunny 150 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway, and the inaugural Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway.  For technical information concerning all PASS divisions please send questions to passracing@roadrunner.com.  For media or marketing questions, please contact Alan Dietz at 704-231-2039 or alandietzpass@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.

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 ProAllStarsSeries.com.

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 alandietzpass@live.com.  Please visit ProAllStarsSeries.com 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.

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 proallstarsseries.com 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.