Fresh Faces Look for Success in White Mountain PASS North Event by Mike Twist
The Rowes and The Clarks Not the Only Headliners on Northeastern Super Late Model Tour
There are two surnames that have made plenty of headlines in PASS North racing – Rowe and Clark. Ben Rowe has won three championships, his father Mike has won some of the tour’s biggest races. Johnny Clark is a two-time titlist. His unrelated friend Cassius Clark was last year’s winningest driver.
sophomore jinx at White Mountain. New England racing legend Dave Dion would like to score his first PASS North victory, in fact, he led laps in the last PASS race at White Mountain. Rick Martin would like to score his first victory of the season as well. The list goes on and on.
“Things have not quite gone our way yet. It’s going to one of these times and we’re going to pull a win off,” said Sanborn, who finished a close second in the most recent PASS North race at Speedway 95. “We struggled at Wiscasset a little bit. At Halifax, we were pretty good, but we didn’t end up finishing up front. Now we’ve got our game back together and we’re heading back to the front.”
Even the championship battle isn’t a lock for a Rowe or Clark. Currently, Ben Rowe leads his father Mike Rowe in the chase for the title, but Richie Dearborn is lurking in third and is now heading to three of his favorite tracks to close out the season. Dearborn has won at White Mountain before; he’s a former regular at Beech Ridge and he has led plenty of laps at All-Star Speedway before getting dealt the cards of bad luck there in the past.
Still, Dearborn isn’t worrying too much about collecting points. Actually, he really doesn’t care to hear much chatter about the championship.
“Everyone keeps talking about points, points, points, but we aren’t racing for the points,” said Dearborn. “We want to win. If we win, the points will take care of themselves. All that I want are some W’s.”
The PASS North race at White Mountain Motorsports Park is set for Saturday, September 15th. The track is located in picturesque North Woodstock, New Hampshire and is only about a one hour drive from New Hampshire International Speedway, which is the site of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events that weekend.
Richie Dearborn (#33) andTrevor Sanborn (#29) finished first and second last week at Speedway 95 and look to both be strong at White Mountain. (Norm Marx Photos)
But to do well in PASS North, you might need to bring your A-Game, but you don’t need one of those two last names. There has also been another diverse group who has visited victory lane – including rookie Joey Porciello at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Former NASCAR Busch North/Busch East regular Kelly Moore at Riverside Speedway (NH) and PASS Veteran Richie Dearborn last weekend at Speedway 95 (ME).
There’s another group in the series that is knocking on the door of victory this year as well, and they are ready to show the world what they’ve got as the PASS North tour heads to White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH) on Saturday, September 15th.
Who these racers? They have many different backgrounds. There is a four-pack of talented rookies – Trevor Sanborn, Derek Ramstrom, Adam Bates and Stephen Berry; they have been getting better each and every week. Travis Benjamin has two consecutive top five finishes and is ready to win. Alan Tardiff is hoping to end his
Travis Benjamin is ready to win.