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Speed Central: Benjamin Covers PASS North Field at Star (NH)

PASS North 150 – Star Speedway (NH) – 7/15/17

Last updated: July 15, 2017 at 22:12 pm
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Winner Travis Benjamin flanked by runner-up Ben Rowe & third place Tracy Gordon. (Speed51.com photo)

Winner Travis Benjamin flanked by runner-up Ben Rowe & third place Tracy Gordon. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Won the Race: Travis Benjamin started on pole and never looked back over the 150 laps.

 

The Finish: 

1 7 Travis Benjamin
2 4 Ben Rowe
3 41 Tracy Gordon
4 54 Johnny Clark
5 27 Wayne Helliwell, Jr
6 73 Joey Doiron
7 15 Mike Hopkins -1
8 03 Joe Squeglia, Jr -1
9 12 Derek Griffith -1
10 23 Dave Farrington Jr. -2
11 18 Bobby Seger -2
12 32 Anthony Nocella -3
13 7L Glen Luce -3
14 60 DJ Shaw -4

 

 

The Skinny: Travis Benjamin had it all this night. Got the pole for his heat, won his heat putting him on pole for the race. After getting shadowed by Tracy Gordon and Johnny Clark in the first half of the race, Benjamin pulled ahead by almost a half lap to win his first PASS North race of 2017. It is also the first career PASS North win at Star Speedway for the 2012 PASS North champion.

 

Winning Quote: “This is the easiest car I’ve ever driven.” – Travis Benjamin

 

Winning Crew Chief: Mark Lyden

 

Winning Chassis: Distance Racing

 

Winning Engine: RPM Engines

 

On the Move: Ben Rowe started sixth, fought hard over the 150 laps, and finished second.

 

Biggest Loser: Johnny Clark started second, challenged for the lead, but faded to finish fourth.

 

Feature Notebook:

-Race distance 150 laps

 

Pre-Feature Notebook: 

-Anthony Nocella is making his debut in both PASS and Super Late Model racing, he is driving for Steven Murphy.

-Mike Hopkins was fastest in first practice, but the team found a break in the rear end during the second practice.

-DJ Shaw was fastest in the second practice, a rear brake issue cropped up before final practice.

-Travis Benjamin led the third and final practice, he experienced no troubles.

 

Starting Lineup:

1 7 Travis Benjamin
2 54 Johnny Clark
3 41 Tracy Gordon
4 18 Bobby Seger
5 03 Joe Squeglia, Jr
6 4 Ben Rowe
7 15 Mike Hopkins
8 23 Dave Farrington Jr.
9 27 Wayne Helliwell, Jr
10 32 Anthony Nocella
11 7L Glen Luce
12 12 Derek Griffith
13 73 Joey Doiron
14 60 DJ Shaw

 

 

 

Heat Race Results:

Heat One

1 7 Travis Benjamin
2 7L Glen Luce
3 12 Derek Griffith
4 18 Bobby Seger
5 03 Joe Squeglia, Jr
6 15 Mike Hopkins
7 27 Wayne Helliwell, Jr

 

Heat Two

1 54 Johnny Clark
2 41 Tracy Gordon
3 73 Joey Doiron
4 60 DJ Shaw
5 4 Ben Rowe
6 23 Dave Farrington Jr.
7 32 Anthony Nocella

 

 

Heat Race Lineups:

Heat One

1 7 Travis Benjamin
2 12 Derek Griffith
3 7L Glen Luce
4 27 Wayne Helliwell, Jr
5 15 Mike Hopkins
6 03 Joe Squeglia, Jr
7 18 Bobby Seger

 

Heat Two

1 32 Anthony Nocella
2 54 Johnny Clark
3 23 Dave Farrington Jr.
4 41 Tracy Gordon
5 4 Ben Rowe
6 73 Joey Doiron
7 60 DJ Shaw

 

 

 

Car Count: 14 PASS Super Late Models

 

Entry List: 

03 Joe Squeglia, Jr
4 Ben Rowe
7 Travis Benjamin
7L Glen Luce
12 Derek Griffith
15 Mike Hopkins
18 Bobby Seger
23 Dave Farrington Jr.
27 Wayne Helliwell, Jr
32 Anthony Nocella
41 Tracy Gordon
54 Johnny Clark
60 DJ Shaw
73 Joey Doiron

 

 

Qualifying Format: Two heat races set lineup heads up.

 

Event Schedule: 

Heats: 6:45

Feature: 8:00

 

Who to Watch For: Glen Luce, DJ Shaw, Travis Benjamin, Wayne Helliwell, Jr, Derek Griffith, Joey Doiron

 

Title Fight: Glen Luce leads Ben Rowe by 15 points and third place DJ Shaw by 19.

 

The Track: Star Speedway (1/4 mile) Epping, NH

 

Weather: Sunny 70’s

 

Next Series Race: Oxford Plains Speedway, ME – July 30