Two of the most successful Super Late Model racers from the state of Maine will be teaming up to tackle the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North schedule in 2016. Defending series champion Mike Rowe recently announced that he will be joining his son Ben at Richard Moody Racing for the upcoming campaign. The elder Rowe will pilot a yellow No. 24 as a teammate to his son for the first time in his career.
“I think it’s going to be fun,” Mike Rowe told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “It’s really neat to work together and we get along good. I think this year is going to be even more fun than it was last year because I’m more possessed this year. This deal right here is going to be good.”
“I guess if you can’t beat him then you might as well bring him on your team,” he joked. “We’ve always kind of helped each other out as much as we can, but now we’re both there for one goal and that is to get (car owner) Richard (Moody) a win.”
Veteran crew chief Brian Burgess, who worked with the Ben in the past, will rejoin the team as the full-time crew chief for Mike. He will work with Crazy Horse Racing’s Mickey Green (Ben’s crew chief) to get both of the Richard Moody Racing cars going fast next season.
“We just want to win,” said Mike Rowe. “We have Brian Burgess as crew chief for me this year and he’s good. He won a lot of races with Cassius (Clark). I think we’re going to have a good car and a good team.”
Ben, a three-time PASS National champion, looks at the opportunity as a good way to refresh after struggling to contend for a championship in recent years. With new people and a new outlook in place, Rowe feels as though this is a good chance for him to get back to the top of his game.
“At the end of last year, the last two races, we got hooked up with Crazy Horse Racing and they helped us get pointed in the right direction,” the younger Rowe explained. “Now bringing Brian in and adding him to this whole group I’m totally looking forward to it.
“There’s no reason we can’t go out and win championships. It’s just a matter of lining people up. Rick Moody gives us everything we need; it’s just a matter of getting the right people in the right circumstances and heading in the right direction. I think we’re finally getting that way.”
Throughout their careers, the father-son combination has raced against each other just as they would race against any other driver on the race track. They both agreed that they may race each other differently now that there teammates, as long as one of them can make it to victory lane.
“We will cut each other breaks and it will kind of be the two of us going against everybody else,” Ben said. “This is one big team with two drivers trying to get the wins. If it comes down to it at some of the big races or something like that, we’re not going to back down. We’re going to race each other for the win just as hard as we would before, but of course we’d never take each other out.”
“Rather than blocking him I can let him go, as long as one of us win we’ll be fine,” Mike said. “I probably won’t be blocking him for 75 laps.”
Before kicking off the season in the Northeast, the Rowes plan to make their way to Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) for the PASS Easter Bunny 150.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
-Photo credit: Richard Moody Racing