The PASS Outlaw Late Model Series was also represented with a number of teams stepping up to the big show from the late models including Jimmy Rosenfield, Mike Fowler, Derek Ramstrom, and Chris Staples. The field will swell to over 40 with the addition of Mike Rowe, Cassius Clark, Jeremie Whorff, and Bobby MacArthur who were at the PASS South Race in Hickory, NC last week. A number of other pro stock teams from local tracks are expected as well since their season will end next Saturday night, so you know that the qualifying heats will feature the hard and fast racing that PASS races are known to produce.
RENY GETS DEAL ON TIRES FOR MILK BOWL
American-Canadian Tour (ACT) competitor Steve Reny of Boothbay, ME was gifted Sunday (Sept 3), with four Goodyear Eagle racing tires for use in the season-ending New England Dodge Dealers Milk Bowl (Sept 30/Oct 1) at Barre, Vermont’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl. The third of three ACTion Super Series Goodyear Eagle tire drawings was held during the Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200’s Late Model driver meeting.
Travis Adams held off Dennis Spencer Jr. for the Agren Appliance Late Model title, joining Spencer as the only multi-time champions in the class. Don Wentworth led wire-to-wire in the 40-lap feature. The Late Models will move up to become the flagship division at OPS in 2007.
ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER PASS NORTH RAINOUT
The PASS North Super Late Model race scheduled for Sunday September 3rd at Autodrome Montmagny in St Pierre-Montmagny, Quebec was cancelled. With a forecast of rain on Sunday and even heavier rains forecast for Monday, it is in the best interest of the competitors and fans, many of whom were going to travel hundreds of miles from the States and the Maritimes to the race, to cancel now. The race will be rescheduled on a date that will be announced shortly.
All the big stars in the super fast PASS North Super Late Models will be back at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME next Sunday September 10th at 1:30 in the afternoon for the New England Dodge Dealers 150 in preparation for the biggest Super Late Model race in New England, the PASS 400 Weekend at Beech Ridge on September 23rd - 24th.
With 37 cars in the pits last Sunday when the rains came, including Dave Dion, Patrick Laperle, Kelly Moore, and Dale Shaw, along with Beech Ridge pro stock regulars Curtis Gerry, Bill Rodgers, David Oliver, and Trevor Sanborn, as well as several competitors from other area tracks such as Bill Whorff, Jr., Joey Porciello, Brad Hammond, Paul White, and Mike Maietta, it has the makings of another slugfest on the tough Scarborough oval.
51's NORTHERN EXPOSURECompiled by Mike Twist
Taylor Wins Last OPS Pro Stock Crown, Chew on a Roll and More
Jeff Taylor dominated the 50-lap Pro Stock finale. He won all three Weekly Racing Series events since OPS announced August 14 that the division would be combined with its Agren Appliance Late Models as a top class in 2006.
"It has been a lot of special years here. I wanted to win the last one," said Taylor, whose voice shook with emotion as he accepted congratulations from three-time champion Al Hammond. Saturday's race might have been Hammond's final ride at Oxford.
Taylor also dedicated the win to his mother, Carol, who passed away after the 2005 season.
Point leaders held serve on a historic night at OPS.
Carey Martin, like Taylor, dominated his division like no other driver. He put the finishing touch on the 30-year run of Limited Sportsman at Oxford by finishing third behind David Tripp and Terry Merrill and clinching his fifth track title. Only Taylor and Mike Rowe have won more championships among all divisions.
TAYLOR TAKES FINAL OXFORD PRO STOCK RACE AND TITLE
In a tearful celebration, the man who dominated the 17-year history of the Oxford Networks Pro Stock class as a driver and car builder claimed both his record ninth Oxford Plains Speedway championship and his 69th feature victory in the division's swan song Saturday night.
“Happy anniversary Steve and Amy,” ACT Tour director Tom Curley said as he pulled a chip by blind draw with Reny’s name and car number on it. As it turns out, Reny and wife Amy will celebrate their second wedding anniversary at the high-banked, quarter-mile speedplant on Milk Bowl weekend. “While I’d have preferred something else that was round, I guess four tires will have to do,” Amy stated with a grin. “Actually, not having to purchase those tires certainly helps the budget,” she added.
To be eligible for the three Goodyear tire drawings, drivers had to enter all of the $10,000 to win ACTion Super Series races by a specific deadline. More than 40 competitors from all six New England states as well as New York, Quebec and Ontario took advantage of the opportunity.
Marc Curtis Jr, a 22 year-old racer from Worcester, MA won four tires for both the ACTion Super Series opener, July 9 at Quebec’s Sanair Super Speedway and last weekend’s 28th annual Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200. Ironically, Amy Reny drew the chip which awarded Curtis his Sanair tires during a June driver meeting at New Hampshire’s White Mountain Motorsports Park. Fellow young gun,17 year-old Joey Polewarczyk of Hudson, NH did the honors at the ACT Tour stop in Seekonk, MA on August 5.
Thunder Road’s 43rd annual New England Dodge Dealers Milk Bowl will, as have each of the previous ACTion Super Series events, pay $10,000 to the winner. Additionally, drivers leading each of the Milk Bowl’s 150 laps will earn bonus money ranging from $50 to $500 per lap.
The New England Dodge Dealers Milk Bowl kicks off on Saturday, September 30, with Booth Brothers/H.P. Hood Qualifying Day, which includes a $1,000 bonus for the driver who sets fast time of the day and earns the Milk Bowl pole starting position. The balance of the competitors will attempt to qualify through one of Saturday’s three 50-lap qualifiers. For those still looking for a starting spot, Sunday’s “B” Feature will be their last chance at making the 30-car starting field. Action begins at 1:00 pm both days.
CHEW LOOKS FOR GOOD THINGS AT NHIS
After his gritty performance in the Big Y World Class Market 150 at Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl, where he finished second despite a leg injury he sustained in a recreational boating incident, Bryon Chew (No. 99 Buzz Chew Chevrolet) is more than halfway on the road to recovery. He promises to be at 100 percent when the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series schedule resumes on Sept. 16 at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, N.H.
Steve Reny's #12 (Jamie Williams Photo)
Chew admits his Waterford performance surprised even him. "I wasn't really sure if I was going to be able to race when we got there. It hurt and we practiced slower than we should have," said Chew. But his fourth place qualifying effort gave him the resolve to go forward, and the adrenaline flow of competition took over from there.
"Once we got into the race I just tuned it out of my mind, except under caution when it started to throb a little bit. To finish second to Matt (Kobyluck) at Waterford, his home track, is pretty good."
Despite the physical cost, it has been a satisfying season for the “Chew Crew,” highlighted by Chew's first career Busch East Series victory at Holland (N.Y.)
International Speedway on June 24. Currently third in the Busch East Series point standings, Chew has been on a steady upward curve for the past two seasons. In 2002, his third with the series, he enjoyed a breakout year with four top-five finishes and 12th in points, but he became stuck on that level for the next two years. In 2005 he moved up to sixth and now is poised to duel for third with Brian Hoar (No. 45 Goss Dodge Intrepid) and Matt Kobyluck (No. 40 Mohegan Sun Chevrolet) over the final three races of the season.
"We hoped we would be here after all the work we did on the cars over the winter," said Chew. "We found some things on the short track car that have really helped us be more competitive." Ron "Spot" Ste. Marie, Chew's crew chief since his Busch East Series rookie season, maintains the cars at his shop in Inlet, N.Y.
The level of preparation for the rest of the season could hardly be higher. Bryon will use his dedicated NHIS car at the "Magic Mile", where overheating left him 32nd, his worst finish of the year, in July. There's also a car prepared specially for the high banks of Dover (Del.) International Speedway where the Busch East Series visits on Sept. 22 and a road race car for the regular season finale at Lime Rock Park, in Lakeville, Conn., on Sept. 30.
Chew’s highly successful short track car, meanwhile, has been set aside until the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway, October 20-21. At the end of the season, the top 15 drivers in the Busch East Series standings will be invited to compete in this special post-season event that also includes the top 15 drivers from the NASCAR Grand National Division, AutoZone West Series. Since the event’s inception in 2003, Chew is one of just 26 drivers who have made the cut for all three consecutive editions of the Toyota All-Star Showdown.
"The way we've been able to get that car running, we're going out there thinking we've got a chance to win it," said Chew. He finished fifth in the inaugural Toyota All-Star Showdown in 2003.
Summing up his 2006 season to date, he added. "You really have to be on your game to win because it's so competitive. But we put the work and the resources into it."
CARQUEST TOUR HEADS TO SCOTIA
The CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour At Scotia Speedworld for the running of the Parts For Trucks 200 this Saturday, September 9th.
It's been raining a lot wherever the PASS North tour has scheduled a race lately. (51 Photo)
Jeff Taylor drives his Pro Stock to victory lane at Oxford for the final time. (Trudy Marshall/ Jarracing Photography Photos)
This is race 10 in the 11 event CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour, which sees action at five Maritime Tracks during May to September. John Flemming, Halifax, NS the current points leader, holds a 21-point lead over second year Tour driver Brad Mann, Glen Livet, NB. Wayne Smith, Timberlea, NS, the Oval Outlaw is 63-points back. Gordie Ryan, Wellington, NS and Shawn Tucker, Fredericton, NB round out the top five in points.
The Parts For Trucks 200 is an extended lap race and as such will see a mandatory caution at the completion of lap 100. Teams will be given 12 minutes to stop and make whatever changes they feel their car needs. If they complete these changes in the 12 minutes, they will start lap 101 in the same position as they finished lap 100. If they take longer than the allotted 12 minutes, they will start at the rear of the field. This introduces a new element to the teams and causes them to formulate a new strategy for this event.
The EIT Race Radios Rookie of the Year race, Russell Smith, Lakeside, NS holds a 66-point lead over Bobby Neilsen, Vernon River, PE. All five of the full time rookies sit in 17th to 23rd place in the point standings. A slip by any could quickly change the order in the standings.
The Parts For Trucks 200 is also the last round of the four race Plasti-Kote Challenge, a series within the CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour. The top point getter in the four Parts For Trucks races will win the Plasti-Kote Challenge and its cash award. Ryan takes a 5-point lead over Flemming into Saturday’s event. Smith, Tucker and Mann round out the top five in Plasti-Kote Challenge point standings.
The grandstands open at 3 PM for the Parts For Trucks 200. Time Trials to set the field start at 5:10 PM, with racing slated for 6 PM.
Grandstand admission is just $25 for adults, $5 for youth (8-15), while those under seven are admitted free. Access to the pits is $30 and restricted to those 16 and older. HST is included in all admission prices.
PASS 400 ENTRIES PILE UP
The mail box in Naples, ME is filling up with early entries for the 2nd Annual PASS 400 Weekend at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME on September 23 – 24, 2006. Over 50 cars, from Super Late Models to Wildcats, have filed early entries and it looks like it’s on pace for another 200+ car field.
In the PASS North Super Late Models, Travis Benjamin of Morrill, ME in the #17 Belfast Variety Ford was the first, followed by Stan Meserve in the P. T. Watts #2, Richie Dearborn of Hollis, ME in the Chadwick-BaRoss #33, Garry Johnson of Hollis, ME in the Johnson Trucking #35, and Chris Kennison of Oxford, ME in the Thule sponsored #10. In the next batch, it was Bill Penfold of Yarmouth, ME in the #0 VIP Charter Coaches sponsored car, with Dale Shaw of Center Conway, NH in the familiar #60, Corey Williams of Boothbay, ME in the Aegis Investigations #47, Bill Whorff, Jr of Topsham, ME in the AAA-sponsored #0X, and the 2006 Oxford 250 winner Jeremie Whorff in the AAA-sponsored #00.
In the PASS Outlaw Late Models, veteran Dave Davis of White River Junction, VT in the PCCW #28 filed early along with Dave Bitondo of Ashby, MA in the #87, Ken Haley of Nashua, NH in the #48, Mike Thomas of Lewiston, ME in the #25, and young guns Mike Fowler of Scarborough, ME in the #66X and Derek Ramstrom of W. Boylston, MA in the Charter Communications #35.
The Limiteds/Sport Series/Street Stocks and the Wildcat/Stricklys already have over 40 teams entered for the big show. In the Wildcats, the 2005 winner Brian Caswell from Buxton, ME in the #47 was among the first to file an entry.