PASS ADDS OXFORD RACES TO '05 SCHEDULE by Mike Twist
Series Returns To Track After Two Year Hiatus
The PASS Pro Stock (Super Late Model) schedule will have a different look to it in 2005 with the addition of two events at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME). The series will compete at the track on April 30th and June 11th.
PASS held two events at Oxford during its second year of existence (2002) with Gary drew and Mike Rowe taking the checkered flag. For 2003, PASS promoter Tom Mayberry also promoted the Wiscasset Speedway (ME) which competed with the Oxford track for fans and competitors. Mayberry’s tenure at Wiscasset only lasted for one season, but no Oxford events were scheduled for 2003 or 2004.
Having Oxford on the PASS schedule is a natural fit. The track has one of the healthiest fields of weekly Pro Stocks in the Northern New England region that is served by PASS primarily and their annual Oxford 250 has long been one of the most prestigious events for that style of cars in the Northeast.
Several PASS regulars, including Ben Rowe, Tracy Gordon and Sam Sessions got their starts in racing at Oxford and series regular Mike Rowe is a seven-time champion at the facility.
2005 will likely be a major year in the development of PASS as a series. Over the past few seasons, they have attracted several former
NASCAR Busch North competitors in Tracy Gordon, Travis Benjamin, Larry Gelinas and Mike Rowe. Next year, the Busch North Series will be moving further from its New England roots with rumored events at Myrtle Beach Speedway (SC), Rockingham Speedway (NC), Richmond International Raceway (VA) and Martinsville Speedway (VA). This sets up a scenario where teams priced out of that series and fans that do not elect to travel to far away tracks are looking for a new home. PASS stands ready to capitalize on that.
The full 2005 PASS schedule will be announced on November 13th at their annual awards banquet in Portland, Maine.
Ben Rowe got his career started at Oxford driving a Volkswagen mini stock. He has since won the Oxford 250 twice. He is no doubt happy to have two PASS races there in 2005.