“I’m Canadian,” said 2005 PASS North Most Popular Driver Travis Benjamin. “My Mom’s from Prince Edward Island, so I enjoy going there to see some of my family that I don’t get to see much. It’s good to race in front of the family.”
As the PASS North season starts to wind down, there are a few teams who are hoping to use the Scotia race to turn a corner. One of those drivers is Benjamin, who is gunning for his first career PASS victory. Scotia could be where that happens.
“Our average finish there is third in two races, so I’m excited to go back there,” said Benjamin. “A couple years ago, I said that I would never go there between the distance and the cost to go there, but now I love the place. The facility is awesome and the people treat you great. We’ve always had a good car there, so I’m excited.”
PASS NORTH READY FOR SOME CANADIAN HOSPITALITY AT HALIFAX by MikeTwist
Super Late Model Drivers from Two Countries Set to Compete in Atlantic CAT 250
When the Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Models head North of the Border to Scotia Speedworld in Halifax, Nova Scotia, it is always a big deal. Canadian teams show up to race with their American counterparts, hospitality events are held where fans and racers can interact and the stands are always full.
Having such loyal fans at the track is something that the competitors really look forward too.
“We like it up there and we go well too,” said last year’s Atlantic CAT 250 winner Mike Rowe. “It’s an awesome place where the people are great and the fans are great. It’s good to see the Canadian fans. We had a kid last year who was the Grand Marshall and I ended up giving him my trophy. It was great; we gave him a ride in the racecar there and it was an awesome thing. We all loved it.”
And sometimes there are some family ties that make going North fun as well.
When Mike Rowe won at Scotia Speedworld last season, a young fan got to bring home the trophy.
Usually, the PASS teams get to enjoy this brand of Nova Scotia hospitality twice a year, but with June’s race at Scotia rained out, the upcoming Atlanta CAT 250 is going to be the only time in 2006 when the tour visits one of its best attended tracks.
“Hopefully, we can race this time,” said Travis Khiel, one of the young guns of the series. “It’s a fun track to race at. The fans are great up there. They pack the place and they love when we go up there, so we try to put on a good race for them.”
The fans get right into the mix at Scotia Speedworld. (Norm Marx Photos)
Mike Rowe (#24) and Travis Benjamin (#17) battle for victory in last year's Atlantic CAT 250.
On the other hand, Ben Rowe is a three-time PASS champion, but his Richard Moody Racing team has not visited victory lane. They’ve been running strong in the past few PASS events, but have encountered some bad luck. A breakthrough might be right around the corner for his #4 team and this race could bring exactly that.
“I think that we have turned a corner and we’re heading in the right direction,” said Rowe. “At Thompson, we were leading the race and blew a tire. At White Mountain, we lost a cylinder and still finished second. It’s been stuff that we can’t control. What we can control, we’ve gotten together.”
The PASS North Atlantic CAT 250 at Scotia Speedworld is set for Saturday, August 12th. Team will start out with practice on Friday, August 11th and take to the track for competition starting at 6pm on Saturday night.