Richie Dearborn Ends Season On High
Note as Johnny Clark Win Fifth PASS Title
End Result was Identical to 2009 Season Ending
By Elgin Traylor
Friday night’s PASS North season finale at White Mountain Motorsports Park had a lot of similarities to the 2009 season finale for the Super Late Model tour: Richie Dearborn dominated last year’s feature and went to victory lane, while Johnny Clark was crowned PASS champion. The difference this time around was that Dearborn took the lead on the final restart and Clark captured his record-breaking fifth series title.
Dearborn took the lead from Travis Benjamin, who dominated the first 130 circuits of the 150 lapper in North Woodstock, New Hampshire Friday night. However, the final restart saw the #33 of Dearborn sneak by on the high side on the restart and he eventually pulled away for the win. Benjamin was relegated to second and Cassius Clark rounded out the top three.
Johnny Clark had a strong car once again and was looking for second when the rear-end broke, leaving his #54 as nothing more than a smoky mess as he headed pit-side after 33 laps. Clark’s day was done, but he did his job by taking the green flag and that was enough to clinch his fifth-career PASS North title, pushing him past Ben Rowe for the record.
Clark will still look to win the overall PASS National Championship in October at Newport Speedway (TN). Clark is second in the national standings 11 points behind Preston Peltier.
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Ben Rowe knew his chance of winning a fifth PASS North title was shot after a disappointing performance in the previous series event at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME). In order to get back on track, even if it meant not being able to win a championship, Rowe and his Scott Mulkern racing team went to White Mountain Motorsports Park to test prior to the season finale. That left him starting on the rear for the feature as it was against PASS rules to test within certain date of a race at a particular venue.
Rowe charged to the front and cracked to the top seven before lap 50, but his run fizzled out and he was left to finish fifth in the season finale.
- Donnie Whitten had another strong showing with a sixth-place finish. It marks two straight weeks where Whitten was racing with the leaders in the late stages of a race.
- After a horrible weekend at his home track at Beech Ridge, Trevor Sanborn bounced back and made the most of the season finale with a fourth-place finish. It may be too early to tell, but chances are that Sanborn could be a title contender next year.
- White Mountain Motorsports Park is in the northern part of New Hampshire, but it sits only about 700 feet above sea level according to our GPS system.
- Tom Scully Jr. has spent the last few weeks away from his neck of the words and looks to be enjoying the PASS Series. Scully won his first PASS event at Seekonk last year and has made two starts away from his home track.
Richie Dearborn, crew, family, and fans celebrate their win after the race at White Mountain. (51 Photo)
Johnny Clark takes his fifth-career PASS North title despite a broken rear-end in the final race.
Richie Dearborn wins season finale at White Mt. Motorsports Park (NH). Travis Benjamin and Cassius Clark rounded out the top three.
Ben Rowe started shotgun on the field and finished fifth. (51 Photo)
Johnny Clark won the championship at White Mountain. (51 Photo)