Naples, ME – After a well-earned week off, the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Models return to action this Saturday night at New Hampshire’s Star Speedway. The tight quarter-mile located in the Granite State made its name by hosting Super Modifieds, this weekend it will be PASS Super Late Models headlining in the Little Webb’s Tire & Fuel 150.
The start to the 2019 season has been one of the most competitive ever in PASS history. To start the season, five different drivers have taken checkered flags at tracks located from Maine to North Carolina. Of those five drivers, only the Thompson winner, DJ Shaw, has ever won a championship in PASS Super Late Model competition.
Hailing from nearby Center Conway, NH, Shaw’s early season win sees him leading the PASS North standings by 11 points over Oxford Plains winner, Garrett Hall. Two other New Hampshire drivers, Derek Griffith and Gabe Brown, are within 20 markers of the points leader. And with Star being a track that Shaw has referred to as one of his weakest, the opportunity to gain on the championship leader is there for his competitors.
With the exception of 2013, PASS has competed every year at Star Speedway since 2011, and actually started racing there with the series inception in 2001. Ralph Nason was the winner of that first PASS event at Star and since then, 11 different drivers have taken the checkered flag there. Making Star a wildcard this weekend based on its unpredictable past. Former champions, Mike & Ben Rowe, Shaw, Johnny Clark, and Travis Benjamin have all managed to win at Star in years past.
Several drivers will join some of those former champions at Star Speedway on Saturday afternoon, including Granite State residents, Derek Griffith, Gabe Brown, Joey Polewarcyzk, Bryan Kruzcek, Jimmy Renfrew, Jr., and Dan Winter. Former Star winner, Derek Ramstrom, will make the tow from Massachusetts, along with PASS National Championship contender, Jake Johnson. Joining Johnny Clark, Ben Rowe, and Garrett Hall from Maine will be Scott Chubbuck and Reid Lanpher. Cory Casagrande will be coming up from Connecticut, while Vermonters Nick Sweet and Bobby Therrien will also be seeking out the checkered flag.
All the action gets under way on Saturday at Star Speedway with rotating practice for all competing divisions beginning at 1 PM. Heat races are slated to begin at 4:30 PM, followed by Little Webb’s Tire & Fuel 150 for the PASS North Super Late Models, along with 350 Super Modifieds, Six Shooters, Street Stocks and Mini Stocks.
PASS Super Late Model entry forms for upcoming events at Star Speedway, Speedway 51, and Thunder Road International Speedbowl, along with the 46thAnnual Oxford 250, 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 Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway, the Easter Bunny 150 and PASS Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway. 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
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