NAPLES, ME – As the temperatures continue to fall outside, action is about to heat up this weekend as the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) AIM Recycling Super Late Models Presented By Kenny U-Pull hit the track at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. The stars and cars of PASS are preparing for one of the biggest races of the season as they get set to compete in the Southern Maine Chrysler Jeep Dodge 300 as the featured event of the 9th Annual PASS 400 Weekend.
A PASS win at Beech Ridge can go a long ways towards making a successful season. Championship contenders Mike Rowe and Joey Doiron have both gone to victory lane there throughout the years. In the two previous PASS events held at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway this season, both Bryan Kruczek and David Oliver managed to score their first career series wins.
“It meant a lot to me and my team to pick up a win so early on in the season and in only our second race in our Dale Shaw chassis,” says Kruczek. “It took a week or so before it really set in that I had won at that level and at Beech Ridge of all places for it to happen. We had struggled there and were plagued with misfortune, more than any other track than we run at. So it gave me an unbelievable amount of confidence for the rest of the season.”
Measuring in at just 1/3 mile in length, Beech Ridge has long provided some of the best racing action of the year for the PASS AIM Recycling Super Late Models. With multiple grooves at their disposal, the track will provide an interesting challenge to the racers as they look to end Glen Luce’s two-race win streak, a streak that includes the 42nd Annual AIM Recycling Oxford 250.
“Beech Ridge has some character, bumps getting into the corners, that make the car move around a bit if you’re being too aggressive,” says Kruczek, who will enter Sunday’s Southern Maine Chrysler Jeep Dodge 300 ninth in points. “The backstretch wall makes it feel almost like Lee Speedway in New Hampshire to me, where you can run up against the wall, but then it’s like Oxford down the front straight. It’s very demanding to run lap-after-lap and be as smooth as can be without burning up the tires.”
Perhaps other than the Oxford 250, no race on the PASS AIM Recycling Super Late Model schedule is as hard to win as the 300 at Beech Ridge. Last year, Massachusetts driver Derek Ramstrom stood in victory lane and, this year, Kruczek hopes he has the right setup to get the Ouellette Associates machine to victory lane.
“I think the 300 race strategy is pretty tough compared to the 150 lappers because in a 150 lap race you have to save tires at some point in the race to make a run at the end,” said Kruczek. “I think you need to run the first half of the 300 as hard as needed to keep good track position to be able to change tires and race hard at the end.”
A strong group of challengers have already filed entries for this weekend’s PASS 400 action at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway including former PASS champions Ben Travis Benjamin, Ben Rowe, Cassius Clark, and Johnny Clark. 2015 race winners Jeremy Davis and David Oliver have filed entries, along with veterans Richie Dearborn, Kelly Moore, Trevor Sanborn, Alan Tardiff, and Bobby Timmons. A strong group of Maine racers will also be represented by Travis Fadden, Dave Farrington, Jr., Scott Farrington, Garrett Hall, Robbie Harrison, Reid Lanpher, Scott McDaniel, Dennis Spencer, Jr., and JT Thurlow. Brent Dragon will be making the tow from Vermont, while Derrick Griffith will be joining the fun from New Hampshire.
A busy weekend of action begins this Friday afternoon at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway with practice starting at Noon followed later in the day by heat races and features for the 305-Bomber, Trucks, 350/305 Varsity, and Beetle Bug/Rebels. On Saturday, practice begins at 10 AM followed by heats for the PASS AIM Recycling Super Late Models, and features for the PASS Modifieds, Strictlys, and Bandits. Then on Sunday, practice begins at 10 AM, with racing starting at 12:05 PM, including the Southern Maine Chrysler Jeep Dodge 300 for the PASS Super Late Models and features for the PASS Modifieds, Limiteds, and North East Mini Stock Tour.
Entry forms, the complete weekend schedule, and more detailed information for the events at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway can be found at ProAllStarsSeries.com.
The Pro All Stars Series is recognized as North America’s premier sanctioning body for asphalt Super Late Models and boasts such marquee events as the legendary AIM Recycling Oxford 250 Presented By Kenny U-Pull at Oxford Plains Speedway and PASS South’s Easter Bunny 150 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway. For technical information concerning all PASS divisions please send questions to [email protected] For media or marketing questions, please contact Alan Dietz at 704-231-2039 or [email protected] And, don’t forget to “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.
-Pro All Stars Series Press Release. Photo credit:Lindsay Ellison