0: Number of wins for Jeremy Davis, Mike Rowe, Bryan Kruczek and David Oliver. All these drivers won races a year ago and hope to be there by season’s end again.
4: There have been four first-time winners this year in the PASS North ranks. Garrett Hall, Mike Hopkins, Joe Squeglia scored points-counting wins, while Wayne Helliwell, Jr. won the non-points race at Oxford. There are still a few new faces that could end up in victory lane by seasons end like Derek Griffith, Dave Farrington, Jr. and Joey Pole.
7: It was lucky win number seven for Travis Benjamin in the seven car. The two-time Oxford 250 winner was the PASS North title in 2012 by only 19 points.
7: You don’t think points are important? Seven times since 2001 the PASS North title came down to 20 points or less. The way the scoring works, one position is worth two points, so we are talking 10 positions or less deciding the title. The closest was Cassius Clark’s title over Joey Doiron by four points in 2013. DJ Shaw was only one point behind Clark and Doiron, making it three guys within five points.
8: There have been eight different winners in eight races and the record is in jeopardy. Last year there were 11 different winners in the PASS series and already they have seven in the first eight races. There are still eight more races and several former winners who have yet to find victory lane this season.
25: Only 25 points separate upstart DJ Shaw and Mike Hopkins atop the points standings. Shaw is a former champion and Hopkins is new to running full time. There are no new surprise left for Hopkins who has seen all the remaining tracks on the schedule. Hopkins is only five points behind Ben Rowe in the PASS National standings.
31: PASS will run at White Mountain Motorsports Park this weekend for the 31st time in series history. That will tie them with Beech Ridge for the most at one track. The series will have another date at each venue after this weekends race so they should end the season tied with 32. Oxford should be third by season’s end with 26.
40: Earlier in the year Ben Rowe took home his 40th career PASS North win and first at the Oxford Plains Speedway. Rowe is a two-time Oxford 250 winner and could be a favorite come August.
54: Johnny Clark is seeking his first win of the season. His last win came in the Beech Ridge 300 last fall. Prior to that Clark has not won a 150-lap race in the United States since 2012 at Star.
60: DJ Shaw in the No. 60 car sits on top of the PASS Points looking for his second PASS crown. Shaw had to finish third in points twice, in 2012 and 2013, before he got his crown in 2014. Could it be number two in 2016? Strong runs and good finishes will be needed over the next eight races.
73: It’s hard to believe that Joey Dorion in the No. 73 car has not gone to victory lane this season. The Berwick, Maine driver started the year off with a big win at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina. He was second at Beech Ridge in April, but he struggled early on in the season. Now he’s sidelined until the Oxford 250 with a broken foot that he suffered in a work-related incident.
222: Ben Rowe will be making his 222nd PASS North start on Saturday at White Mountain Motorsports Park. Rowe has nine wins at the track and would love to add another.
250: The Oxford 250 will draw the most cars of any remaining PASS North race. The event could see some big names not make the show depending on how the heats and last chance races work out.
Streaks: It’s funny how the streaks come and go. From 2002 to 2011 the PASS North title went to Ben Rowe or Johnny Clark. Since that last title there have been four first-time champions in a row and a possibility for a fifth this year.
Stretch Run: What a bunch of races await the drivers in the second half. Two trips to White Mountain Motorsports Park, a trip to Star, Lee and a pair at Oxford are enough to make your head spin. On top of that you have the Oxford 250 and the Beech Ridge 300 with deep fields to fuel the points battle.
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ElginTraylor
-Photo Credit: Alan Ward