PASS LEFTOVERS: WHITE MOUNTAIN by Mike Twist
ACT Invader... Clack's Engine Problems... One Shaw In, One Out
American-Canadian Invader Visits White Mountain
Canadian Patrick Leparle came across the border to White Mountain to enter his #91 car in the PASS opener. The ACT regular was rewarded with a heat race win and was running in the fourth position of the feature when the rains came. Leparle ran the Oxford 250 and the Big Dawg Challenge with his Super Late Model last season and hopes to race more with the series in 2004.
“We’re going to try and do all of the races that we can when we’re not running the ACT car,” he said. “There’s a lot more
Johnny Clark’s #54 team had to overcome some adversity in the past week. Clark was shaking down his car at the Unity Speedway when it blew an engine. Not only did this problem wipe out their planned practice, it also required the team to scramble to get a new engine in their car before hauling to White Mountain.
“We’ve been behind since losing the motor last Sunday and after the first practice I didn’t know what to think,” Clark said. “But this team does real well under pressure and we picked up three-tenths for time trials. We picked up a little
Zilch for Sessions
The #0 car of Sam Sessions sported a headlight decal with the word “zilch” in place of his car number. Sessions might be an expert of sorts when it comes to lot of zeros, after winning the $100,000 Big Dawg Challenge at the Wiscasset (ME) Speedway in October.
One Shaw in, One Shaw Out
After only three PASS starts in 2003, Andy Shaw was back in full force at White Mountain. Shaw drove his #66x to a heat race victory. His uncle, Dale Shaw, was not in a car at the track but was an interested observer as a noted chassis builder . The former Busch North champion finished third in last season’s PASS point standings, but is not competing in the series in 2004.
bit more for the PASS Dash race, so hopefully we’ll bring her home in one piece. We’re a little down on horsepower, but have plenty of torque.”
Clark started fifth in the event and was running seventh at the time of the rain delay.
ACT's Patrick Leparle (#91) came to White Mountian to invade the PASS Series. (PASS)
Johnny Clark (#54) chases race leader Ben Rowe (#00) early in the race. (PASS Photo)
Rain, Rain Go Away, Come Again Some Other Day
A rain delay was called and eventually it was determined that there would be no more racing before the end of the day. Rowe was the leader at the time of the red flag, followed by Clark, Sessions, Patrick Laperle and Scott Mulke.
A make-up date for the remaining 133 laps has been set for May 8th. So Rowe will have the lead of this event for several more weeks. He knows, however, that keeping that position when racing resumes won’t be easy.
“Sammy and Cassius are fast,” he said. “I’m glad that I’ve got them behind me now, but it’s going to be tough to keep them there.”
power with this car - almost 600 horsepower with this car compared to 350 with the ACT car. You need to be on your pace here because the other guys will either pass you or push you. But if you make a mistake with the PASS car, you can take back your place with the extra power. In an ACT car, you lose a lot of positions because the cars are so equal.”
Fellows Tries Out the #24
Aaron Fellows was entered in Carlton Robie’s #24 car at White Mountain. The ride had most recently seen Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Mike Rowe and Ted Christopher behind the wheel.
In 2003, Fellows won ten races on the way to the Late Model championship at the Claremont (NH) Speedway. The Candia, New Hampshire driver also finished second in the New England division of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Short Track standings. In 2004, he is registered for the PASS Rookie program.
Engine Troubles Don’t Keep Clark Down
Sam Sessions' car carried the name "Zilch" on the front headlight. (51 Photo)