Naples, ME – As the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models prepare to return to Loudon’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the first time since 2015, a diverse group of drivers will be front and center in Sunday afternoon’s 3rd Annual New England Short Track Showdown. This weekend’s event will also serve as race #4 of the 2019 PASS National Championship Series.
With speeds equaling the Tour-Type Modifieds and faster than the Cup cars at Loudon, experience could be key in getting to victory lane on Sunday. No one in Sunday’s field will have more experience than Rowley, Massachusetts driver Eddie MacDonald. MacDonald has raced everything at New Hampshire Motor Speedway from ACT Late Models to Cup cars and has been a multiple-time winner in the K&N Pro Series East. As a matter of fact, MacDonald was the winner when PASS made their first visit to New Hampshire in 2015.
But, for home state favorite, Derek Griffith, Sunday’s 50-lap dash has even more meaning. With his recent win at Speedway 95, Griffith has moved into the PASS North title fight, sitting just 50 markers behind points leader, Garrett Hall. And, after a 29th-place finish at Hickory Motor Speedway in the Easter Bunny 150, Griffith knows a good run at New Hampshire could prove pivotal in him contending for a second straight PASS National Championship.
“With the new Fury car and the momentum we have rolling, we are pretty excited to get out there,” says Griffith, driver of the LCM Motorsports Chevrolet No. 12. “New Hampshire is a track that makes us all excited. I have been there as a spectator to watch the big guys and it is just such an event to be a part of. We are going to try and focus on each race, one by one, instead of the points. You can hurt yourself worrying about them.”
A full field of PASS North Super Late Models is expected this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the 3rd Annual New England Short Track Showdown. Joining Griffith will be PASS National Championship contenders Jake Johnson and Ray Christian, III. Defending PASS North champion, DJ Shaw, will be joined by Mike and Ben Rowe, Eddie MacDonald and Derek Ramstrom, all of whom have raced at Loudon in the past with PASS and in other divisions.
Former PASS North Super Late Model champion Johnny Clark will lead the Maine contingent along with North points leader, Garrett Hall and Reid Lanpher. New Hampshire natives Gabe Brown and Bryan Kruczek will attempt to make Sunday’s race along with Connecticut’s Cory Casagrande, John Lowinski, and Dillon Moltz. Massachusetts will be represented by Ryan Kuhn and Nick Lascoula, while Bobby Therrien will be coming from Vermont and Michael Scorzelli will be towing in from New York.
Action begins on Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with rotating practice starting at 9 AM, heats for the Super Streets and Weekly Mods will begin around 3:30 PM, followed by their features. On Sunday, practice starts at 9 AM, followed by heat races at 12:30 PM and main events will follow featuring the North East Mini Stock Tour, PASS Super Late Models, Street Stock Showdown, and Valenti Modified Racing Series.
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 at Oxford Plains Speedway, the Easter Bunny 150 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway, and the PASS Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway. 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.
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