WATCH LIVE: PASS Super Late Models at Oxford
While he is not expecting to set the world on fire, like Farrington and Gerry have done in Oxford PASS races, DeSouza is quietly confident that he and his team have made strides on the No. 1 Super Late Model. Already it has showed with a third-place finish in last Saturday’s OCS 50-lapper.
“I think so, we tested on Saturday before that race, and got it pretty well dialed in on four tires. Saturdays, you only get two every week, which is a challenge. But I feel pretty good about Sunday for the first time in a while honestly for a PASS race, I’m looking forward to seeing what it does on four tires, its been a long time since we’ve run a race on four tires,” DeSouza told Speed51.
DeSouza has had an interesting racing career, even competing in PASS South for a brief time, but the road of life has led him back to Oxford. Like most everyone else in Maine with a Super Late Model, he also has an eye ahead to the end of August, when the Oxford 250 takes place.
“I used to live in Massachusetts, then lived down South for a few years, then I moved back to Maine. Oxford is 30 minutes away, so it’s just easiest to go there. Plus, the 250 is on everybody’s bucket list, so we’re focused there to build up for that. Next year, we’re looking to get back into the PASS schedule, which was kind of the goal this year, but after the first weekly races we got caught up in the points, so we’re down the rabbit hole, but again it’s convenient.”
Crediting Oxford’s sturdy Saturday night roster to providing a great proving ground for Maine’s racers, DeSouza feels it has helped build him into a better driver as well.
Travis Benjamin, who’s a three-time champion, just won, then you got Curtis and Dave who have won I think it’s about five of the last six PASS races at Oxford. It’s amazing because you race those guys every week who, if you put odds on them, are two of the favorites to win every week as well as every Sunday PASS race at Oxford. It’s a great challenge.
Though he is focused primarily on just being able to mix it up among the Top 5 on Sunday, DeSouza would very much go after a win should the chance present itself. Naturally, it would be a major career mark should he take his first PASS win.
“I’d say so, we’d like to get a win on Saturday too because we’ve been so close a couple of times, and it just hasn’t settled in the right place. Sunday, I just want to be able to see the Top 5 and run up there consistently to show long run speed. We know we got the short run down from the 50 laps, but it would be a good moral boost to go 150 with speed. There’s no way to know for sure if we have it or not until then.”
The Pro All Stars Series Super Late Models are live on Speed51.TV this Sunday, June 6 at 1:30pm ET at Oxford Plains Speedway. See heat race qualifying along with the 150-lap PASS SLM feature, plus PASS Modifieds and Limited Late Models.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Correspondent – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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