Kate Re, who made history last August by becoming the first female driver to race into the prestigious Oxford 250, made more history Sunday afternoon at Lee USA Speedway
Since moving up to full-size, V8 racecars in 2018, Re has caught the attention of the racing community in her home state of Maine and beyond. First, it was two seasons of winning performances with the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Modifieds. Now, since the start of the 2020 season, her rising ambitions have come with the PASS Super Late Models.
On Sunday afternoon, she added another checkmark on the career goals sheet, recording her first podium finish in PASS Super Late Model competition at Lee USA Speedway in New Hampshire. Her third-place finish is the highest finish for a female driver in PASS Super Late Model history, breaking a three-way tie between Kenzie Ruston, Becca Kaston and Sarah Cornett-Ching who all earned career-best finishes of sixth.
After winning her heat race and leading half of the 150-lap feature race, Re’s No. 10 began to suffer from tire-wear, eventually surrendering the lead to race winner Joey Doiron.
She managed to hang tough, battling hard against Derek Griffith and Ryan Green in particular. After Griffith’s late engine failure eliminated both he and Derek Ramstrom, Re found herself back in third position, managing to hold off former multi-time PASS champion Ben Rowe for the spot.
“We had a pretty good car, but I wasn’t quite sure coming into today. Definitely a huge learning experience compared to the Modified here. But I had a lot of fun, we had a great car,” Re told Speed51.
After two winning seasons in PASS Modifieds and getting her footing in PASS Super Late Models in 2020, expectations were high in 2021. However, a practice wreck before the first green flag of the season nearly derailed the effort before it began. Now, most of that turmoil is behind with Re continuing an ongoing success story.
“It’s a huge confidence booster; after breaking my thumb at Thompson, totaling our brand new car, and bringing the backup car here. I’m super thankful for our great group of guys.”
With momentum in hand, Re has her sights set on more of the same for the rest of the year, including the top goal of a feature win.
“I definitely hope so, after coming from 26th to finish 11th at Oxford and getting our first podium today, I’m very excited to see what this season holds.”
We will have much more on Kate Re coming later this week on Speed51.TV, as she will join ‘The Bullring’ this coming Thursday at 5 p.m. ET to talk about the season ahead, as well as her future aspirations.
Re and the PASS Super Late Models will be in action again this Sunday, May 23 at White Mountain Motorsports Park. Fans unable to make it to the race track will be able to watch the race live on Speed51.TV with a monthly or yearly subscription.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo credit: Will Sweatt/Speed51