One thing is for certain though, if the team fields one car, both drivers will be going with one in the racecar and the other lending a helping hand. That is what this team is all about.
“Whether it is Ben or I [racing], we’ll all be going [and helping out],” said Khiel. “This is a full team effort.”
…AND WHO’S NOT GOING
One PASS star who won’t be going to Hickory is Johnny Clark. The young Mainer is busy building a car for Ricky Craven to race in this summer’s TD Banknorth 250 [click here for more] as well as getting his own entry squared away for the Oxford opener next month. He’d love to go South and race, but made the decision to stay home instead.
“I really wish that I was going, but we can’t,” said Clark. “Especially with doing the car for Ricky, we just don’t have the time. We’re working on his car immediately. I’m waiting for the chassis to show up and we’re building a new car for him by the end of June to go and test.
“I made a schedule for myself over the next few months and I need to stick to that,” said Clark. “My biggest thing right now is to fight for the 2006 championship in PASS North. If I started to try and concentrate on those Southern races, it might take away from what I already have going.”
That doesn’t mean that Clark won’t enter some of the PASS South shows later this season though.
51's NORTHERN EXPOSUREby Mike Twist
Who Is In or Out For Hickory, Testing and More
Another question mark is the Richard Moody Racing team of Ben Rowe and Travis Khiel. The team has plenty to do already to get prepared for the PASS Northern season opener on April 22nd at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME). They’ve got a new shop that they are moving into and a new hauler that they are outfitting, but don’t rule out the #4 of Rowe or the #44 of Khiel being at Hickory either.
“People have been asking us if we are going to Hickory or if we are going to wait for Oxford to race,” said Khiel. “That’s still up in the air right now. We would like to, but our main goal is to have both teams be ready for Oxford. If we know that is attainable, then we will go to Hickory.”
Will zero, one or two be the number of Richard Moody Racing cars headed to Hickory? We'll soon find out. (51 Photo)
PASS SOUTH: WHO’S COMING….
The PASS South era is about to begin. The April 15th Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway will attract some of the best Super Late Model drivers in the South with Freddie Query, Jason Hogan, Travis Kittleson and Jay Middleton all entered for the event.
There will be a Northern invasion of sorts too. Mike Rowe, Scott Mulkern and Corey Williams have also confirmed that they will be headed South for the event. Travis Benjamin is a strong possibility to attend and word on the street is that Cassius Clark and may be going as well.
“After the 250, I’m going to really look hard at making some of those Southern races. I know that I’ll make at least one or two of them at the very end of the year and I’m going to try and make more of them during breaks in the Northern schedule.”
appearance as the driver for King Racing and Matt Hirschman getting a jump start on his campaign for the Rookie of the Year crown in the #59 machine. Also on hand was the True Value Modified Racing Series teams of Bobby Grigas.
The only major incident of the day came when fluid dropped by the #36 car of Mike Andrews, Jr. led to Dennis Charette getting into the wall hard with his #03 car. Charette was not injured, but his car suffered extensive damage.
Johnny Clark won't be racing at Hickory, but don't rule him out for PASS South races later this season. (Justin St. Louis / 51 Photo)
TESTING IS IN FULL SWING
The 2006 racing season in New England is just around the corner and teams are getting ready for it with various test sessions throughout the region.
Over 20 NASCAR Whelen Modified teams signed into Thompson International Speedway last Saturday for an open test session in preparation for The Icebreaker on April 8th-9th. Those teams included Todd Szegedy in his new #2 ride, Donny Lia with new colors on his #18 car, Danny Samons in his new #0 ride, Robbie Summers in the T&G Racing #1 entry, James Civali in his first
Donny Lia has a new look for 2006. (Howie Hodge Photo)
Modifieds weren’t the only cars to test at Thompson. Corey Williams was at the track with his #47 PASS Super Late Model to prepare for both the season opener at Oxford on April 22nd and July’s PASS race at the Big T. Williams’ team was reportedly very happy with the way that his car took to the track.
Meanwhile, over at Waterford Speedbowl, TVMRS driver Jimmy Kuhn, Jr. shook down his #72 ride in preparation for his season opener.
Thompson will host another test and tune session this
weekend. However, it will be closed to any team entering the Modified Tour portion of The Icebreaker because of a NASCAR rule that forbids testing at a track within a week of a scheduled race there.
SILK PICKS UP A RIDE
Ronnie Silk will drive the #19 George Bierce-owned entry on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2006.
ACT MAKES AN ADJUSTMENT
The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) have announced a change to the 2006 ACT Late Model Tour schedule. The race at Quebec’s 5/8ths mile Circuit Ste-Croix (Ste-Croix, Qc) has been moved to Saturday, May 13 from its original June 17 date.
“The change at Ste-Croix was made in the interest of balancing the 2006 schedule and preparing for the $10,000 to win “Mega Classique” at Sanair on July 8-9,” stated Tom Curley, ACT president. “The ACT teams will now have a little breathing room during the month of June,” the 2004 Racing Promoter of the year added.
“I like the change,” commented Brent Dragon, winner of the last ACT Tour race held at Ste-Croix. “I had been a little nervous about running three weeks in a row before having a week off to prepare for ACT’s return to Sanair. We would have gotten all of the maintenance done but having a week off will allow the team to pace themselves,” he finished.
ACT was last at the picturesque track in 2003. Other active competitors who’ve carried the checkers at the fast, high banked oval include five-time ACT Tour Champion Jean-Paul Cyr (1996) and Quebec’s Sylvain Lacombe.
The Saturday, May 13 Ste-Croix 100, will have a post time of 5:00 pm. (ACT PR)
Corey Williams on track at Thompson. (Williams Team Photo)
Brent Dragon's #55 recently appeared in the ACT Mall show. (Leif Tillotson Photo)