Five-Time PASS Champion Enjoys Perfect Day at Oxford

As a five-time champion of the series, it’s safe to say D.J. Shaw has figured out everything he needs to know about the Pro All Stars Series.  Everything, that is, except for the home of PASS – the Oxford Plains Speedway.  Despite all his success, Shaw had struggled on the 3/8-mile oval.  But on a boiling hot Sunday afternoon, Shaw blistered the field to score his third PASS Super Late Model win on the Maine bullring.

“This is special, this is huge for me and our business and our cars,” Shaw said after the race.  “We were so bad at Lee with this car, and just didn’t give up hope on it.  Brought it back the same way here, made a few tweaks, and led every lap.  That’s awesome, I can’t even believe it.

“We were just trying to be organized, and execute, and everything just went right into plan, like what a perfect day.  […] We weren’t coming to win, we were coming to learn, and this is way better than just learning.”

PASS veteran Curtis Gerry had a strong car all day, but lost the handle on his machine in the very last stages of the race, costing what he believed might have been a potential shot at the win.

“It was getting loose at the end, [I was] just fighting loose,” Gerry said.  “I thought I might be able to get D.J. on the outside, that was my one Hail Mary attempt, but it just was too free, so we had to tuck in and take what we got.”

Vermont native Nick Sweet was one of the only drivers to get the elusive third groove working for him, and he rode the outside line all the way to a strong third place finish.  Had it not been for a handful of cautions earlier in the race, Sweet might have found himself in better contention at the end.

“We definitely needed a caution,” Sweet said.  “Our car was better on the long run than the two leaders in front us, we were faster, just no track position.  Probably a little bit of my fault at the beginning, tiptoeing around.  We had some cautions we had to dodge, and just didn’t get the track position we needed early.  Still, all in all a really good day, I’m really pleased with it, and next time I hope we can come back and get two spots better.”

Roland Robinson and Kyle Desouza both had very solid runs as well, finishing fourth and fifth respectively.  Johnny Clark, Trevor Sanborn, Jake Johnson, Scott McDaniel, and Ryan Robbins rounded out the top ten.

Sunday also saw several Oxford favorites falter over the course of the afternoon.  Dave Farrington, Jr., who has been riding an incredible streak of victories at Oxford Plains, went a lap down just past the halfway point before retiring his car on Lap 118.  Travis Benjamin retired his car just six laps later, on Lap 124.  Ben Rowe, after suffering through troubles in his heat race, only made it to Lap 100 before he was forced to retire his car.  Joey Doiron, who already has a win at Lee USA this season, did not make the 50-lap mark, pulling his car in at Lap 47.

The next round for the Pro All Stars Series Super Late Models is Sunday, June 20, at the Hudson International Speedway in Hudson, New Hampshire.  Fans will be able to watch the entire feature live on Speed51.TV.

Honey Badger Bar & Grill 150 – Results (Unofficial)

  1. D.J. Shaw
  2. Curtis Gerry
  3. Nick Sweet
  4. Roland Robinson
  5. Kyle Desouza
  6. Johnny Clark
  7. Trevor Sanborn
  8. Jake Johnson
  9. Scott McDaniel
  10. Ryan Robbins
  11. Dan Winter
  12. Brian Whalley
  13. Anthony Constantino
  14. Isaac Bevin
  15. Kate Re
  16. Evan Beaulieu
  17. Garrett Hall
  18. Travis Benjamin
  19. Dave Farrington, Jr.
  20. Devin O’Connell
  21. Dennis Spencer
  22. Nick Jenkins
  23. Ben Rowe
  24. Calvin Rose, Jr.
  25. Adam Polvinen
  26. Joey Doiron
  27. John Salemi
  28. Jake Matheson
  29. Justin Larsen
  30. T.J. Brackett
  31. Tim Brackett
  32. Alan Wilson
  • Ian Pettigrew, Speed51 Contributor

Five-Time PASS Champion Enjoys Perfect Day at Oxford