announcement of a 150-lap feature on that date at Unity Raceway (ME).  The central Maine facility hosted the DNK 250 last season, a big money marquee event for the series that was well received by racers and fans.  But future growth of the event may have been limited by the fact that Unity is in a rural area and the track has somewhat limited facilities.  It’s a great place to watch a race, but maybe not the right location for a major regional event and all of the people that come along with it.

So enter the Pullen Heavy Industries 400 (300 laps for Pro Stock with other support races making up the 400 figure).  The race is scheduled for September 23rd at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, just down the road two hours south of Unity in suburban Scarborough, Maine.  This modern facility in on the outskirts of Portland sits smack in the middle of the coastal Maine tourist row of several beach and waterfront communities.  A large purse and lap leader money will be posted for the event and a healthy draw of Pro Stocks from throughout New England is expected.  Plus, because of its venue, the race has the potential to grow more quickly than the DNK 250 or the Big Dawg 400 that took place at Wiscasset Speedway (ME) in 2003. 
TBA Date Announced, a Ride for Rowe and Teams Head South
The 2005 PASS Pro Stock (Super Late Model) schedule was released last week and that was pretty big news.  After all, teams want to know where they are towing to next year, fans want to know where they can catch a race and sponsors want to know what markets they will be exposed to.  The schedule includes four new tracks from 2004 and was pretty significant.
But the news doesn’t stop there.  The young tour is entering its fifth season and it is growing strong.  So strong that even in the dead of winter, bits of pieces of news have been filtering into Speed51’s Northern bureau over the holidays.  There are already schedule adjustments, a possible new powerhouse team coming together and competitors getting ready to head down south next month to race in Florida.

When the schedule was released last week, the date of July 9th was listed as TBA.  The question of what race would fit into that slot was answered this week with the
One of the threats in the race will likely be three-time Oxford 250 winner Mike Rowe, who has a new deal for the upcoming year.

The “new” ride actually goes back to the middle of 2004.  Rowe joined forces with the SP2 Motorsports group owned by Stephen Perry and Scott Pullen.  What had been the #9 car driven by Jarod Robie at the beginning of the year was renumbered with Rowe’s familiar #24 and they were fast out of the box.  Rowe finished a strong second to Johnny Clark in the Atlantic Cat 250 at Scotia Speedworld in Canada and backed that up with five top ten finishes in the final six events after that.

For 2005, SP2 and Rowe have stepped up their game and will chase the full PASS schedule with a stable of three cars and Seth Holbrook as their crew chief.  There are a few big shows planned as well.  The team enter the annual Banknorth 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) in July and the 2005 Speedfest at USA International Speedway (FL) on January 29th.

The Florida race will showcase Super Late Models from across the country with entries from the CRA Super Series, Southern All Stars, Sunbelt Series, USRA (formerly known as ROMCO) and PASS.  The PASS teams expected to make the trip include
Rowe, Scott Mulkern and Johnny Clark.  Event organizers have invited PASS to bring between six to eight teams for the race, so more entries might be made known as the date gets closer.

Before going to Florida though, PASS competitors will get the chance to assemble for a 2005 rules meeting next on January 8th at the Augusta Civic Center in Maine.  The venue will host the annual Northeast Motorsports Expo that weekend with several PASS machines likely to be on hand for fans to see already.  Meeting times are Saturday at 2:00pm for the PASS Modifieds and 3:00pm for the Pro Stock racers.

PASS will be racing at Unity again this season after all.  (51 Photos)
Mike Rowe will be back with SP2 Motorsports in 2005 for a whole season.