PASS Northern Champions Give Thanks at Awards Banquet
Rowe, Rosenfield, Hammond, Staples and McKeage Honored for Their ’07 Titles
Thanksgiving won’t take place until later this month, but that fact didn’t keep the Northern champions of the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) from expressing their gratitude a little bit early.
As for 2007, there were dozens of awards and contingency prizes given out to teams on all of the Northern tours thanks to a list of presenting sponsors that included Northern Race Tire, Sunoco Racing Fuels, SafetyFX, Five Star Race Car Bodies, The Joie of Seating, Butlerbilt, Bassett Wheels, 2nd Life Tools, AP Brakes, Performance Friction Brakes and Tiger Rear Ends.
The 2008 PASS North season is scheduled to kick off at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, on April 19th. Other PASS division schedules will be released shortly.
Even though the 2007 PASS North season is complete, that doesn’t mean that all of the teams are done racing for the year. Several PASS North competitors, including Ben Rowe, Mike Rowe, Richie Dearborn, Johnny Clark, Trevor Sanborn, Derek Ramstrom, Adam Bates, Cassius Clark, Joey Porciello, Alan Tardiff and DJ Shaw, as well as PASS Modified driver Troy Morse, are heading south for the second annual Mason-Dixon Meltdown, which will take place at Concord Motorsport Park (NC) on November 16th-17th.
“…I’ve got to thank my parents for paying the bills,” said PASS Modified champion Chris Staples. “I wouldn’t be racing without them…”
“…I’ve got to thank my wife for putting up with me all of these years...” continued Rosenfield.
“…Thanks to the officials,” continued Rowe. “I don’t think that anyone realizes just how much work they do. Four or five years ago, everyone was soaking tires and these guys cracked down and got a handle on that...”
“…and I really need to thank all of you, too,” ended Rosenfield, pointing out towards the assembled audience of PASS drivers, car owners, crew members, family, friends and fans.”
If you put together those snippets from each champion, you’ll get a feel for the dozens of people behind each winner that contributed to their titles. The speeches were similar and the thank-yous were heartfelt. There was also some humor and some news that was spoken about during the festivities.
Ben Rowe joked that racing his father Mike Rowe for the PASS North SLM championship “wasn’t the easiest thing to do.” He also expressed a little bit of surprise that even though he was hoping for a few days off from the family business of Rowe and Sons Trucking to celebrate his title, his boss, father and toughest competitor didn’t quite allow that to happen this year.
PASS president Tom Mayberry discussed the state of the PASS divisions after giving thanks of his own to those who have made the series successful. Mayberry told those in attendance that the PASS North schedule for 2008 looks to be either 14-15 races in length, with 14 of those dates announced already. He also spoke of a planned eight to nine PASS Sportsman races and indicated that the series is real close to putting together an end-of-season $10,000-to-win event at Wiscasset Speedway (ME).
There was some serious hardware handed out at the PASS banquet. Norm Marx Photos)
All five Northern champions were honored on Friday night in Westbrook, Maine, at the annual PASS Awards Banquet. That gave the chance for the racers to thank everyone, and anyone, who helped to make them a champion in 2007.
“I can’t thank my crew enough,” said PASS North Super Late Model Champion Ben Rowe. “These guys bust their tails and I just show up and drive…”
“…I’d like to thank [PASS President] Tom [Mayberry] and all of his officials,” said PASS Outlaw Central Division champion Walt Hammond. “It’s a real joy to go to all of these racetracks and get in and out so quickly…”
“…I’d like to thank [runner-up] Jerry Harrison and his crew,” said PASS Sportsman Champion Dan McKeage. “They proved us with some tough competition all year long…”
“…I’ve got to thank my crew – all two of them…” said PASS Outlaw Northern Division and overall champion Jimmy Rosenfield.
2007 PASS North champion Ben Rowe
2007 PASS Northern Awards:
PASS North SLM Champion – Ben Rowe
PASS North SLM Northern Race Tire Rookie of the Year – Trevor Sanborn
PASS North SLM Sportsmanship Award – Travis Benjamin
PASS North SLM Hard Luck Award – Adam Bates
PASS North SLM Most Improved Driver – Derek Ramstrom
PASS Outlaw LM Overall Champion – Jimmy Rosenfield
PASS Outlaw LM Northern Division Champion – Jimmy Rosenfield
PASS Outlaw LM Central Division Champion – Walt Hammond
PASS Outlaw Northern Race Tire Rookie of the Year – Gunnar Lee Joselyn
PASS Outlaw Sportsmanship Award – Jay Sands
PASS Outlaw Hard Luck Award – Alan Wilson
PASS Outlaw Most Improved Driver – Jeremy Davis
PASS Modified Champion – Chris Staples
PASS Modified Northern Race Tire Rookie of the Year – Chris Smith
PASS Modified Sportsmanship Award – Jason Taylor
PASS Modified Hard Luck Award – Richie Morse
PASS Modified Most Improved Driver – Greg Ellis
PASS Pullen Heavy Industries Sportsman Champion – Dan McKeage
PASS Pullen Heavy Industries Sportsman Sportsmanship Award – Robert Emery, Jr.
PASS Pullen Heavy Industries Sportsman Hard Luck Award – Nate Weston
PASS Appreciation Award – Bruce McMahon and Jack Gerbrands
PASS Commitment to Excellence Award – Norm Marx
Lifetime Achievement Award – Don Hoenig, Thompson International Speedway
SafetyFX Gift Certificate, PASS Sportsman – Dan McKeage
SafetyFX Gift Certificate, PASS Outlaws – Jay Sands
SafetyFX Gift Certificate, PASS Modifieds – Chris Smith
Joie of Seating Gift Certificate, PASS Sportsman – Mike Landry
Joie of Seating Gift Certificate, PASS Outlaws – Mike Thomas
Joie of Seating Certificate, PASS Modifieds – Richie Morse
PASS President Tom Mayberry
Mayberry went on to tell teams that the PASS Outlaw slate for 2008 will likely be eight to nine races in length and that the Central and Northern divisions will likely be merged into one series. He also predicted that the official schedule for the PASS Modifieds will have 12-14 events on it.
Super Late Model racing could get a boost in 2008, with a three to four event National SLM championship series in the works, according to Mayberry. Beech Ridge’s PASS 300, the Mason-Dixon Meltdown, an event at North Carolina’s Orange Country Speedway and possibly one other race could make up that mini-series.
Double PASS Outlaw Champion Jimmy Rosenfield and his two-man crew.
Cassius Clark really seemed to enjoy his trophy.
PASS Sportsman Champion Dan McKeage
PASS Outlaw Central Champ Walt Hammond
PASS Modified Champion Chris Staples