Coyote's Country Lounge in Oakland (Me.)  is also hosting a benefit for Crawford on Sunday, June 4 from 2-8 p.m. In addition to live music, hamburgers, hot dogs and light snacks will be served with all net proceeds going to Crawford.

Anyone who wishes to donate items for the June 23 Elks dinner or purchase a "Get Well Soon John" sticker may contact Penny Shorette at (207) 873-0163 or

Lange can be reached at
Monetary donations may also be sent to:
John Crawford
C/O Virginia Metivier
152 County Woods Road
Newport, ME 04953


The ACT Tour’s Late Model teams head to New Hampshire’s 3/8ths mile Lee USA Speedway Sunday (post time 2:00 pm) for the Re/Max 100.  For the competitors who traveled to the 5/8ths mile Circuit Ste-Croix for last Saturday’s Banlien Ford 100 in Quebec, there will be some adjustments necessary to find the handle at the smaller track.
57% left side weight percentage allowed on restricted intake options.

PASS officials will reevaluate competition following the next few events and make any further changes that may be necessary to equalize competition.


Mike Rowe and the SP2 Motorsports team weren’t sure if they would make it back to North Carolina for round two of the PASS South Super Late Model season this Sunday at Southern National Speedway.
But since Rowe did win the season opener at Hickory, the draw of the event was too strong.  With a little bit of cooperation and help from their friends, the team will be racing at Southern National this weekend.

Travis Benjamin’s #17 team was in the same boat after running in the top five late at Hickory.  So the two teams will load one car each into the SP2 hauler and split their traveling expenses to both enter the race.

Florida’s Boot Hill Saloon will be the main sponsor on Rowe’s #24 this weekend.  The team met the proprietor
51's NORTHERN EXPOSURE Compiled by Mike Twist
Rainouts, Rules Adjustments, Teams Heading South and More

After Cassius Clark won the first two PASS North Super Late Model races of 2006 with a two-barrel engine package that took advantage of some generous weight breaks, the tour has made some rules adjustments starting for next week’s event at Canaan Fair Speedway (NH).

The adjustments are as follows:

2 barrel wet sump options modified:
GM #2101- 7101 restricted intake wet sump 2700 lbs
Ford #2181-2665-2750-2782 restricted intake wet sump 2725 lbs
Ford #7121 restricted intake wet sump 2750 lbs

All engine options will be based at 66” (inch) tread width. Each additional inch of tread width will be required to add 25lbs.


With rain and flooding the norm in most of New England over the past weekend, there weren’t very many racetracks that saw any action.  There was an exception to the far north though.  In Bangor, Maine, Speedway 95 hosted a Sunday show which saw Ryan Deane top Randy Turner and John Phippen in the Pro Stocks. 

This weekend is not starting off much better.  Rain on Friday has already led to Twin State Speedway (NH) to postpone their Friday night show until Sunday afternoon.

Weather permitting; will be at Lee USA Speedway this weekend for team coverage of the big ACT Late Model/True Value Modified Racing Series doubleheader on Sunday afternoon.
of the famous watering hole while racing at Lakeland’s Speedfest in January and they have kept in touch since then.

Joining Rowe and Benjamin on the entry list will be Scott Mulkern, who has been absent from PASS North so far this season, but plans to enter all of the PASS South races.


The Skowhegan-Madison (Me.) Elks Lodge will host a benefit supper on Friday, June 23 for John Crawford, the producer of a local motorsports television program who was injured at Unity (Me.) Raceway on opening day.
Mike Rowe's #24 will be at Southern National.  (Norm Marx Photo)
ends of the track.  Most were able to get one end figured out while the other caused a lot of head scratching.

Additionally, Lee USA features a retaining wall all the way around the perimeter of the track whereas Ste-Croix allows for a car to scrub-off speed before coming into contact with a concrete barrier.

Who are among the favorites to win the Tour’s Re/Max 100?  In addition to the usual cast of characters including multi-time champion, Jean-Paul Cyr, Brent Dragon and Dave Pembroke, there are a host of young guns hoping to make their mark.

Leading the way is the “Rocketman” Roger Brown from Lancaster, NH.  Brown has turned in some impressive runs at Lee USA since his 2003 rookie season with ACT including several podium finished, but he’s yet to carry the checkers.  Sunday could be his breakthrough day.  Mike Collins of Strafford, NH, who plans to run the Tour in 2006, cut his racing teeth at the seacoast speedplant.  Just a few short weeks ago, Collins edged Brown out for a 100 lap win at the track.  There’s a grudge match in the making.

Other up and comers to watch out for include AJ Begin, Joey Polewarczyk, Bobby Baillargeon, Ryan Vanasse, Marc Curtis, Scott Payea and Ryan Nolin, among others.  Coupled with veterans Phil Scott, Joey Laquerre, Dave Whitcomb, Patrick Laperle, and Ben Rowe, the stage is set for a showdown on Sunday.


This weekend on the awesome asphalt at Canaan Fair Motorsports Complex, Canaan, NH  it’s Doubleheader Weekend. On Saturday night May 20th at 7pm it’s “Turn Back the Clock Night,” with a $5.00 Adult General Admission, that’s right just five bucks, featuring the first visit of 2006 of the TAT Link-Belt PASS Modifieds, plus the KIXX 100.5 Weekly Series Super Sportsman, Outlaw Minis, Pure Stocks, Mini Stocks, and the Kid’s Bandits. Juniors age 12 to 16 are only $3.00, kids six to 11 are $2.00, and five and under are FREE. A family of four for less than $20.00, that’s the way it used to be. Pits open at 3:30, practice at 4:30, general admission gates open at 5:30, and racing at 7pm sharp.
Crawford is in serious but stable condition at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor after being struck by a race car in a freak accident at the one-third mile racetrack.

"John helped the Skowhegan-Madison Elks Lodge tremendously by hosting two charity races - one for the Maine Children's Cancer Program and one for the Elks National Foundation - when he was the Unity Raceway promoter," said lodge secretary Mike Lange, a retired motorsports columnist. "He even let one of our members drive his Dodge Late Model Pro-4 in one of the races. We raised about $1,000 in each event. So this is just our way of saying thanks."

The event is being organized jointly by the Elks and Penny and Paul Shorette of Winslow. While plans are still in the early stages, the dinner is slated to be a pot-luck, family-style affair with door prizes.

The Shorettes also have "Get Well Soon John" stickers available for a $5 donation, and more than $2,500 has been raised from the sale of the mementos in the past two weeks.
The Ste-Croix speedplant is one of the more challenging on the 2006 12-race schedule.  The speed coming off both straight-aways and into the first and third corners required a tremendous amount of brake.  The speeds reached at the Lee oval, due to its size, are considerably less, although stout brakes are a benefit through the track’s tight corners.

The Granite State track’s corners are more symmetrical when compared to those at the Canadian race track, which are drastically different.  The fourth turn even does up hell before turning on to the front stretch!  The talk in the pits among the drivers competing at Ste-Croix for the first time centered on how to successfully negotiate both
are $5.00, and five and under are FREE.

Pits open at 10:00 am, practice at 11:30, general admission gates open at 12:30, and racing at 2pm sharp.

And, as a bonus to the Canaan fans, the discount coupons from Saturday night are also good for the May 27th at 6pm visit of the PASS Super Late Model Series. It’s the only time in 2006 at Canaan that you can see Cassius Clark, Ben Rowe, Mike Rowe, Scott Chubbuck, Travis Benjamin, Richie Dearborn, and a host of others in the fastest full-fendered cars in the northeast in 150 green-flag laps of action, plus the KIXX 100.5 Weekly Series Super Sportsman, Outlaw Minis, Pure Stocks, Mini Stocks, and the Kid’s Bandits. Adults are $20 - $17 with the coupon from the night before – Juniors 12 to 16 are $10, kids six to 11 are $5.00, and five and under are FREE. Pits open at noon, practice at 2:00, general admission gates open at 4:30. Racing at 6pm sharp.


Thompson Speedway’s annual Eve of Destruction on Sunday, May 28th, is the area’s ‘must see” event of the Memorial Day weekend. Thousands of fans turn out each year for this fun-filled night of mayhem that is designed to provide enjoyment for youngsters of all ages.

Highlights of this incredible evening of fun include the traditional “Trailer Trash” race, full-size and four cylinder car and school bus demolition derbies, the Extreme Warriors Super Quads, Wild Child Off-Road Truck Buggies and the Wheels of Hell Action Expo. Add to this the Crash Moreau Thrills Impact show, Jet Powered Mania, a huge fireworks display and a “just for kids” midway loaded with fun filled activities for kids and you’ve got an event that provides thrills, spills, fun and laughter for the entire family.

Area high schools also join in by painting the school busses, destined for destruction, with their very own paint schemes and themes. Fans select the best of the best when the bus parade is brought out for judging. Each participating school will receive a cash donation for their painting and decorating efforts and will have an opportunity to gain even more money should their bus end up in the top three in the school bus demo. Kids love to cheer for their school’s bus in both the parade competition and in the school bus demo.

The Extreme Warriors Super Quads and the Wheels of Hell Action Expo were huge hits last year and are being brought back by popular demand. Wheelies, burnouts, quads flying thirty feet through the air are just a sample of what these shows bring to the Eve of Destruction. A specially built track is prepared for these events and the competition is filled with thrills, spills and surprises.

Gates to the speedway will open at 1:30 in the afternoon so that youngsters may take advantage of all of the free attractions on the midway. All attractions will be provided by Bruce Smick Amusements, Inc. Last year, thousands of kids played for hours in these amazing, fun-filled attractions. This year should be even better. Parents love the idea that once they have purchased tickets of the Eve of Destruction, all of these midway attractions are absolutely free. Families have a great time during the afternoon with all of the midway activities, but they are also looking forward to the 6 PM start time for the Eve of Destruction show. Admission has been kept very much in line with the family in mind. Adult admission is just $18.00, juniors (ages 6-14) are admitted for only $.10.00 and those five years of age and under are free. Parking is also free and easy.  There simply is not a better entertainment value anywhere.

In the event of inclement weather, the entire show will be held on Monday, May 29th at the same times. Holiday programs may come and go, but the Memorial Day Weekend Eve of Destruction has become a southern New England tradition that gets bigger and better each year. “Everyone comes to have a good time and it is the goal of the Speedway to see to it that everyone in attendance leaves with a smile on their face after a day of fun and excitement,” said track owner Don Hoenig.

“We look forward to this event each year because it is so much fun for us to see thousands of people having such a great time. We work very hard to provide a wide variety of entertainment. We believe we have something for everyone.” he concluded.

Jean-Paul Cyr leads the ACT march into Lee.  (Alan Ward Photo)
John Crawford (L) interviews Ben Rowe at Oxford last season.  (51 Photo)
Donny Lashua had a top three finish at the Canaan Outlaw opener.
All adult ticket holders on Saturday night will receive $3.00 OFF discount coupons to the second part of the Doubleheader Weekend. Sunday afternoon May 21st at 2pm it’s the PASS Outlaw Late Model 100. This is the first race of the new PASS Outlaw Late Model Central Division Series, and it looks like we’re going to have well over 30 cars from NH, ME, MA, CT, and VT to challenge the local hotshoes. In addition to the 100 green-flag laps of Outlaw Action, fans will see the KIXX 100.5 Weekly Series Outlaw Minis, Mini Stocks, and the Kid’s Bandits. Adults are $15 - $12 with the coupon from the night before – Juniors 12 to 16 are $10, kids six to 11
Cassius Clark looks under the hood of his PASS Super Late Model. (51 Photo)