NAPLES, ME — New England race fans will be treated to a twin bill of feature racing action this weekend at Oxford Plains Speedway when the region’s top stock car sanctions hit the track. The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Models will make their first stop of the season in Maine in the Speedway Homes 150, while the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models will compete for the first time this year in the Dave’s Small Engine Repair/Husqvarna 100.
Defending PASS North Super Late Model champion, Mike Rowe, has seen success in both divisions, but will once again focus his efforts in 2016 on the PASS North title. Last year, in what turned out to be a single season effort with the Petit Motorsports team, Rowe turned a three-win season into his first PASS North championship after 15 years of competing in the series.
“We’ve finished second, third, fourth numerous times in the championship all over the years and we came to Hickory last spring and finished third and it looked real promising right from the start,” said Rowe. “To come out and win the championship last year was just great. You know Ben [Rowe] and Johnny Clark were real stout a few years ago and to come out and beat those guys was just awesome.”
Last season started out quickly for Rowe with a win in the Speedway Homes 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway. Now with the Richard Moody Racing team as a teammate to his son, 4-time PASS North Super Late Model champion, Ben Rowe, the former 3-time HP Hood Oxford 250 winner hopes to turn his season around. After a mechanical problem in the team’s first race together at Hickory Motor Speedway, they were sidelined early due to a crash in the PASS North opener at Thompson Speedway. With his past success there, Oxford Plains could be just what the doctor ordered for Mike Rowe to get his season back on the right track.
“I think the young kids today want to go out and win it on the first lap and me ,being a little older, I just sit back there and let them use their stuff up,” says Rowe. “I believe I can do that this weekend and we’ll see what happens at the end.”
The field will be stacked with champions for Sunday afternoon’s Speedway Homes 150, including former HP Hood Oxford 250 winners, Travis Benjamin and Glen Luce, along with former PASS champions, Johnny Clark, Joey Doiron, and DJ Shaw, and Thompson winner, Garrett Hall. Currently, over 30 drivers are entered with more expected this weekend.
All the action gets under way on Saturday at Oxford Plains Speedway with open practice for all competing divisions from 11 AM – 4 PM. On Sunday, practice will begin at 9:30 AM with racing slated to begin at 2 PM for the PASS North Super Late Models, ACT Late Models, PASS Modifieds, and Legends.
PASS North Super Late Model entry forms for Oxford Plains Speedway, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, and the 43rd Annual HP Hood Oxford 250 can be found at ProAllStarsSeries.com.
-Pro All Stars Series Press Release
-Photo Credit: Lindsay Ellison Photography