For the first time since 2011, “The Maine Racing Legend” Mike Rowe will be making his way south to compete with the Pro All Stars Series (PASS). In an interview with Speed51.com powered by JEGS on Tuesday, Rowe confirmed that he will be joining Petit Motorsports for the 2015 PASS North season and making his first start with the team this upcoming weekend at the Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway.
Rowe joins Petit Motorsports one year after recording a win at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) and finishing third in the PASS North championship standings driving for car owner Steve Perry, the host of Mainely Motorsports TV. The 65-year-old driver, who has 18 career PASS North wins and three Oxford 250 wins on his resume, said that the decision to change teams wasn’t entirely his, but he looks forward to seeing how it works out.
“One of my sponsors wanted to go that route, you know,” Rowe said. “We’ll see how the car goes first and then I’ll be excited. They (the sponsors) just wanted to make a change.”
Rowe, the 2006 winner of the Easter Bunny 150, said that the team was uncertain at first about whether or not they were going to travel to Hickory Motor Speedway for the April 4 race. But they looked at the race as a good opportunity for Rowe and his team to start gelling before the start of the PASS North season two weeks later at Oxford Plains Speedway.
“We were going to make it, but then we weren’t and now I guess we’re going to, so we should be alright I guess,” said the Turner, Maine driver. “Right now I am (looking forward to it). We’ll have to wait and see what happens. The more we race the better I feel.”
Since his win at the inaugural Easter Bunny 150 in 2006, the event has progressed into one of the toughest Super Late Model events in the country. Rowe recognizes that and hopes that he can put his new team in a position to win at the end of 150 laps on Saturday afternoon.
“I think there’s a lot more competition right now than there was back then,” said Rowe. “There are a lot of good cars going, so it’s going to be tough. I’ve got to be patient, that’s all.”
Patience is something that Rowe has developed a lot of during the course of his career which includes time competing with the NASCAR Busch North Series (now NASCAR K&N Pro Series East) and ACT Pro Stock Tour. But despite all that he has accomplished, he’s not going to be quick to hang up the fire suit. The tough veteran racer wants to be behind the wheel of a race car as long as he can.
“When I start finishing last,” Rowe said when asked about when he’ll know it’s time to call it quits. “I feel like we can still win right now.”
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-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
-Photo credit: Lindsay Ellison Photography