NAPLES, ME – Following the grind of a season that began back in April, the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) AIM Recycling Super Late Models will conclude their 2015 campaign this Sunday afternoon at Oxford Plains Speedway. While veteran Mike Rowe is on the verge of capturing his first title since the 2006 PASS South Super Late Model championship, several drivers would like to end the season on a high note.
Fellow veteran and former 6-time series champion Johnny Clark has reason to be excited heading to this weekend’s 150 lapper. Clark recently ended a long dry spell by capturing his fourth checkered flag in the prestigious Southern Maine Chrysler Dodge Jeep 300 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. But, Clark credits his recent turn around with a decision to step back and compete in several local shows at Oxford Plains Speedway prior to the 42nd Running of the Oxford 250 in late August.
“We needed to get our baseline back,” says Clark, a winner of over 30 PASS Super Late Model races during his legendary career. “Running weekly at Oxford Plains Speedway allowed us to work on one setup. We were lucky enough to find ourselves in victory lane the week before the 250.”
With a strong run in the Oxford 250 behind them, Clark and his Clark’s Car Crushing #54 team shifted their focus to the 300 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. A strong car and the right pit strategy allowed Clark to flex his muscle and capture his first PASS win in over a year. A win that Clark hopes not only propels him to a strong finish to this season, but an even stronger and more competitive 2016.
“I feel like winning the 300 was huge for us,” said Clark. “We went from struggling in PASS races lately to backing up our strong run in the Oxford 250. I think it’s important for us to carry momentum into the offseason. I want to finish the season on a high note for our sponsors and crew.”
A strong group of contenders have already filed entries for this weekend’s PASS Championship Fall Foliage Festival at Oxford Plains Speedway including former Oxford 250 winners Travis Benjamin and Glen Luce and 2015 race winners Joey Doiron, Bryan Kruczek and Mike Rowe. Veterans Richie Dearborn, Tracy Gordon, Scott Mulkern, Gary Smith, Alan Tardiff, and Bobby Timmons will be joined by a strong group of Maine racers that includes Corey Bubar, Chris Coolidge, Dave Farrington, Jr., Reid Lanpher, Scott McDaniel, Adam Polvinen, Scott Robbins, Dennis Spencer, Jr., Kirk Thibeau and Alan Wilson. Bobby Therrien will be making the tow from Vermont, while Raphael Lessard will be making the trip from Quebec in the David Gilliland Racing entry.
A busy weekend of action begins this Saturday afternoon at Oxford Plains Speedway with optional practice going from 2 – 5 PM. On Sunday, pit gates open at 7:45 AM followed by rotating practice for the PASS AIM Recycling Super Late Models, PASS Modifieds, Mini Stocks, and Legends. Heat races will begin at 1:30 PM, followed by main events for all divisions.
Entry forms and the complete weekend schedule for the events at Oxford Plains Speedway and Myrtle Beach Speedway can be found at ProAllStarsSeries.com.
The Pro All Stars Series is recognized as North America’s premier sanctioning body for asphalt Super Late Models and boasts such marquee events as the legendary
Oxford 250 Presented By Kenny U-Pull at Oxford Plains Speedway and PASS South’s Easter Bunny 150 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway. For technical information concerning all PASS divisions please send questions to [email protected] For media or marketing questions, please contact Alan Dietz at 704-231-2039 or [email protected] And, don’t forget to “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.
-Pro All Stars Series Press Release. Photo credit: Norm Marx/PASS