NAPLES, ME – With a dismal forecast calling for rain on Sunday, Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials and Beech Ridge Motor Speedway management made the decision earlier this week to reformat the New England 500 weekend into a condensed “Super Saturday” of action. The PASS North Super Late Models and ACT Late Models will each now race for 150 laps, along with Twin 50s for the Valenti Modified Series, and action for the PASS Modifieds and Sport Series all part of this “Super Saturday” of racing.
Hometown favorite Garrett Hall has seen a fair bit of success at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in the past and has years of experience there. And while he has been able to go to victory lane in PASS this year for the first time in his career, it is the race that got away that has him keenly focused for this weekend.
“My team and I are looking forward to “Super Saturday,” not only to be a three time winner in the PASS tour, but to redeem ourselves after running second and competing for the lead in the Oxford 250,” says Hall, who eventually finished seventh in the 250.
With his local experience at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Hall definitely has to be considered among the favorites this weekend. But, it is his PASS wins at Thompson and Speedway 95 earlier this year that has Hall confident he can compete with the best short trackers New England has to offer.
“The Spring race at Beech Ridge we started off great and finished on the podium in third,” says Hall. “In July, we finished second in the 150 lapper, so hopefully, with the race being shortened this weekend, the third time will be the charm.”
With just a few events left in the race for the 2016 PASS North Super Late Model championship, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway could play a very interesting role in the title chase. Center Conway, NH’s DJ Shaw comes to Beech Ridge with a 72-point advantage over Johnny Clark. Shaw was the winner at Beech Ridge in the spring, while Clark captured the checkered flag in last year’s Southern Maine Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep 300. After nearly winning his third HP Hood Oxford 250 in the last four years, Morill, ME’s, Travis Benjamin, returns to Beech Ridge looking to make up ground in the championship fight and seeking his second straight win at the 1/3 mile speedway. And you should not county out Mike Hopkins, Ben Rowe, and former track champion and defending PASS North champion, Mike Rowe.
Another strong field is expected Saturday for the first major event in New England to come following the success of the 43rd Annual Oxford 250 a couple of weeks ago. This year’s track champion, Curtis Gerry, will lead the drivers from Maine to Beech Ridge, including 2015 Oxford 250 winner, Glen Luce, JT Thurlow, Travis Stearns, David Oliver, Scott Farrington, Dave Farrington, Jr., Scott Robbins, Corey Bubar, Bobby Timmons, Alan Wilson, Reid Lanpher, Tim and TJ Brackett, Joey Doiron, and Adam Polvinen. Veterans Jeremy Davis, Derek Griffith, and Joey Polewarczyk from New Hampshire will also be among the top contenders on Saturday.
All the action gets continues on “Super Saturday” at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway with rotating practice beginning at 9:30 AM, heat races starting at 1 PM, followed by features for the PASS North Super Late Models, ACT Late Models, Valenti Modified Series, PASS Modifieds, and Sport Series. The complete and updated weekend schedule can be found at ProAllStarsSeries.com
Entry forms for upcoming PASS Super Late Model action at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, White Mountain Motorsports Park, and Hickory Motor Speedway can be found at ProAllStarsSeries.com.
–PASS Press Release. Photo Credit: Speed51.com photo