PASS LEFTOVERS: LEE USA SPEEDWAY by Mike Twist
MacDonald Pops Up in PASS car, Skaff and Gahan Tangle in Consi
BENJAMIN TEAM LOSES ONE OF THEIR OWN
Travis Benjamin raced with a heavy heart at Lee after one of his long-time crew members, Richard "Ricky" Gould, was killed in a car accident the weekend before.
"We grew up together and lived together for the last two years," Benjamin said. "He took a year off from work to help us with the racecar and this year he was catching up with his bills so he couldn't
get to the track as much. If he was only with us (last weekend), things would probably be different now. Maybe not. He was always happy. When we raced in the Busch North series a few years ago, we never ran great, but there was always a smile on his face. He never got down about
anything. Hopefully, he will still be riding along with us."
"I had an awesome car, Skaff said. "I was in third and Gahan slowed up a ton the last few laps. I should have just stayed away from him. We came up off the corner and he really slowed on the last lap. I tried to get out from behind him and not turn him, but it was too late. I got right into him. I had nothing to gain from passing him and I feel like a real idiot, but what can you do? The rules are the rules and you can't turn someone around in the last two laps. At least he got into the show."
The good-natured Skaff is afraid that the incident may have
SKAFF SCATS INTO GAHAN AND LOSES TRANSFER SPOT
Sparks flew in the consolation race when Bobby Gahan and Fred Skaff battled for the second position. Since the top three advanced, it should not have been a heated battle. Still, the two got together with one lap to go and Gahan spun around. He got a provisional start for the race, but Skaff went home early after receiving a rough driving penalty from the officials.
an effect on his job security in the #55 car, which he had hoped to race in a few events this season.
"My car owner Steve Webster isn't too happy right now," he said. "Maybe I'll get fired. We're really good friends and he's got to do what he's got to do; it won't make me mad. But I'd really like to drive this car again and hope that I can."
Eddie MacDonald (#87) races on the outside of the "zilch" of Sam Sessions. (Ken Spring Photo)
GAHAN GETS A GIG
The #24x owned by Carlton Robie had a different driver in the seat for Lee. Bobby Gahan, a regular in the track's Late Model division and the other driver involved in the Skaff altercation, finished 25th in the
A FEW OTHER DRIVERS DO NOT
There were a few drivers with PASS ties who did not suit up for Friday's main event. Louie Mechalides, who raced in the season opener at Bangor and Alan Tardiff, a Beech Ridge regular with a registered PASS number were both spectators at the Lee race.
MacDONALD MOONLIGHTS IN PASS
There was a local favorite entered in the PASS race. Eddie MacDonald, a track regular before graduating to the NASCAR Busch North Series, was behind the wheel of a Larry Gelinas car for the race. He was solidly in the top five for most of the night, but faded to a 10th-place finish.
"We used the tires up a lot at the end," MacDonald said. "I can't thank Larry enough for letting us run his car. It's a fun little car. I was hoping to have a better run, but we were just hanging on with our tires at the end. But it was still fun."
Fred Skaff (#55) ended up making contact with the #24x of Bobby Gahan in the heat race. This cost Skaff a starting spot. (51 Photo)
HOT HEAT RACE FOR WILLIAMS
Cory Williams hoped to make his second PASS start of the season, but saw his chances go up in smoke. literally. in the heat race. Williams' #47X machine caught fire in turn one before coasting to a stop on the backstretch.
Williams is making the switch to full-sized racecars after dominating the Legend car world in New England over the past few seasons. The 18-year-old Mainer finished 16th in last season's Legend Asphalt Nationals held at the Southern National Speedway in Kenly, North Carolina.
Cory WIlliams' machine had a smokey exit from its heat race. (51 Photo)
ROWE HAS ROUGH NIGHT TO FINISH IN TOP FIVE
Ben Rowe had a rough and tumble night in his #00 car. The two-time defending champ was caught up in three different wrecks, but still finished fifth at the conclusion of 150 laps.
"I don't know how we did it," said Rowe. "Everytime that someone spun, I was right there. Every corner got bumped into. I was getting spun around, I hit a guy and spun him around. It's unbelievable that we can have a bad night like this and come back to still finish fifth. That's why these guys are champions.
CABRAL GETS PASSing GRADE IN SERIES DEBUT
Bobby Cabral made his PASS debut Friday night with a 12th-place finish on the lead lap. The local driver had a fun night, despite being caught up in several multi-car wrecks during the evening.
"We were running a Saturday night car against these guys and were a bit underpowered," Cabral. "PASS treated us awesome and we had a lot of fun. We drove through some serious wrecking and shoved the rear end over. We also fought some ignition and handling problems all night, but still came away with a finish that we were happy with."
Cabral is working to put together a ride for an upcoming PASS event as well. We'll have more details Thursday in the weekly column, "Northern Exposure."