Leftovers: PASS North at White Mountain by Mike Twist
A Few Extra Snippets From the PASS North Finale
“We won a lot of races with Jeff Stevens, but never a championship,” said Moody. “We finished second and third, but never won.”
Although the season is not over for the Richard Moody Racing team (the team plans to race in the PASS South events at Greenville-Pickens and Concord. Nobody would be shocked to see them go to the Snowball Derby either], the car owner is happy with what they have accomplished so far in 2007 at tracks from Florida to Nova Scotia.
“We’ve had a good season,” said Moody. “We won one race up here and one down at Lakeland. We have six seconds, including a second-place on the ACT Tour. I’ve just got a lot of really good people around me to make this happen, and without Benny, it wouldn’t happen.”
The #4 Richard Moody Racing entry. (Norm Marx Photo)
MOODY GETS HIS FIRST TITLE
One of the happiest guys in the pit area after the White Mountain race wasn’t race winner Cassius Clark or PASS North champion Ben Rowe. Both men had won races and titles respectively before. However, championship-winning car owner Richard Moody was wearing that hat for the first time in his long racing career.
RAMSTROM A ROOKIE NO MORE
Derek Ramstrom concluded his rookie season in PASS North at White Mountain by finishing a strong sixth.
DJ Shaw's #60 comin' at ya! (51 Photo)
“We started up front and waited for a few things to happen,” said the teen of his day. “The car was a little bit loose, but it turned out pretty good. It was hard to pass on the outside. I had to make things work in the low groove.”
Ramstrom finished seventh in PASS North points, with a best finish of third coming in the PASS 300 at Beech Ridge. All in all, it was a good year for the Massachusetts driver and his family’s team.
“Overall, it was definitely a pretty good year. I had a few big wrecks, but it’s hard to avoid that kind of stuff. Next year hopefully, we can get a few wins and hopefully a top three in the championship.”
SHAW’S HOMETRACK PASS RACE DOESN’T GO GREAT
DJ Shaw had high hopes for the PASS North race at White Mountain. The teen is the 2006 track champion at the quarter-mile New Hampshire oval and hoped that he could have another career day there. However, the rear end of his #60 came out from under him and left him with a finish of 24th.
Shaw won his track title in a Late Model at White Mountain and this event was the first time that he raced a more powerful Super Late Model at the track.
“It’s different, but it’s fun,” said Shaw. “It wasn’t going very good, but the rear end was wiggling back and forth for the whole race until it fell apart. So I guess that it wouldn’t go very good. The bolts fell out of the front of the pinion and the J-Bar fell out, then the pinion came out and blew the whole rear end up. I felt like the motor blowing up.”
JOHNNY CLARK PRESSES ON AT WHITE MOUNTAIN
Johnny Clark always seems to struggle with finding a good handling racecar at White Mountain. But more often than not, he somehow manages to press on and finish in the top five at the end of every race there.
This latest go-round was no different. Clark struggled early on, but had a contending car late in the event. This time, his final result was a fourth-place finish.
“Same old, same old here,” said Clark. “We were really good in our heat race. We knew that forward bite was going to be an issue. We over-adjusted and got it too tight in the center. At some place, you lose forward bite by making it tight in the center, it just kicks off. That is exactly what happened to us. We just over-adjusted. Typical White Mountain, everyone was looking for forward bite. We got fourth out of it, so all-in-all, it wasn’t a bad day.”
MIKE ROWE MAKES THE MOST OF HIS DAY
Mike Rowe appeared to have one of the best cars in practice for the PASS North race at White Mountain. Early in the race though, he struggled with his #2 machine before making some slick moves as the race wound down and moving into the second finishing position.
“The car was a little bit loose,” said Rowe. “We just didn’t have the bite that we did before. I don’t know if it was the rain or what. We just checked the sway bar and that was okay. I just didn’t have the grip up off the corner like the #8 (Cassius Clark) car and the #29 (Trevor Sanborn) did at the end.”
Derek Ramstrom's #35 (51 Photo)
Mike Rowe's #2 SLM. (Norm Marx Photo)