PASS North 150 – Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) – 9/23/18

Last updated: September 24, 2018 at 10:09 am
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Gary Smith and his very excited race team celebrate their win Sunday afternoon. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Won the Race: Gary Smith took the lead from John Peters on Lap 37 and dominated the final 113 laps to win the PASS North 150.

 

The Finish: 

1 75 Gary Smith
2 88T Jeff Taylor
3 7g Curtis Gerry
4 94 Garrett Hall
5 7 Travis Benjamin
6 16 Donnie Colpritt, Jr.
7 29 Trevor Sanborn
8 9T Alan Tardiff
9 59 Reid Lanpher
10 88 Brandon Barker
11 81 Dan Winter
12 27NH Wayne Helliwell, Jr.
13 51 John Peters
14 40 Nick Sweet
15 12 Corey Bubar
16 12G Derek Griffith
17 4 Ben Rowe
18 44 Rusty Poland
19 61 TJ Brackett
20 60B Tim Brackett
21 24 Mike Rowe
22 60 DJ Shaw
23 90 Craig Weinstein
24 47 Kelly Moore
25 9 JT Thurlow
26 90x Derek Kneeland
27 8 Calvin Rose, Jr.
28 53 Bill Rodgers
29 46 Dennis Spencer Jr.

 

The Skinny: TJ Brackett jumped out to the early lead after starting on the outside of the front row before surrendering the lead to John Peters on Lap 4.  Gary Smith, who started third, closed in on Peters and took command for good on Lap 37.  He was never challenged from that point forward despite a few restarts during the second half of the race.

 

Winning Quote: “It really means so much because we’ve never won at Beech Ridge.  To do it in a PASS race is just icing on the cake.” – Gary Smith

 

Winning Crew Chief: Jesse Smith

 

Winning Chassis: Distance Racing

 

Winning Shocks: Penske

 

Winning Engine: 604 Crate

 

On the Move: Curtis Gerry started 27th and charged to a third-place finish, a gain of 24 positions.

 

Biggest Loser: TJ Brackett started on the outside of the front row and led the first four laps, but he faded to 19th after a mid-race spin.

 

Pre-Feature Notebook: 

  • Reid Lanpher, Calvin Rose, Jr. and Brandon Barker were fastest in today’s practice sessions.

 

Starting Lineup:

1 40 Nick Sweet
2 61 TJ Brackett
3 75 Gary Smith
4 51 John Peters
5 81 Dan Winter
6 94 Garrett Hall
7 16 Donnie Colpritt
8 88 Brandon Barker
9 9 JT Thurlow
10 88T Jeff Taylor
11 59 Reid Lanpher
12 12G Derek Griffith
13 9T Alan Tardiff
14 60 DJ Shaw
15 27NH Wayne Helliwell, Jr.
16 7 Travis Benjamin
17 53 Bill Rodgers
18 47 Kelly Moore
19 90 Craig Weinstein
20 46 Dennis Spencer Jr.
21 29 Trevor Sanborn
22 4 Ben Rowe
23 12 Corey Bubar
24 24 Mike Rowe
25 44 Rusty Poland
26 60B Tim Brackett
27 7G Curtis Gerry
28 90x Derek Kneeland
29 8 Calvin Rose, Jr.


Heat Race Results
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Heat 1 Unofficial Results

1 59 Reid Lanpher
2 75 Gary Smith
3 81 Dan Winter
4 88 Brandon Barker
5 7 Travis Benjamin
6 9T Alan Tardiff
7 90 Craig Weinstein
8 4 Ben Rowe
9 44 Rusty Poland
10 90X Derek Kneeland

 

Heat 2 Unofficial Results

1 40 Nick Sweet
2 12G Derek Griffith
3 94 Garrett Hall
4 9 JT Thurlow
5 60 DJ Shaw
6 53 Bill Rodgers
7 46 Dennis Spencer Jr.
8 12 Corey Bubar
9 60B Tim Brackett
10 8 Calvin Rose, Jr.

 

Heat 3 Unofficial Results

1 61 TJ Brackett
2 51 John Peters
3 16 Donnie Colpritt, Jr.
4 88T Jeff Taylor
5 27NH Wayne Helliwell, Jr.
6 47 Kelly Moore
7 29 Trevor Sanborn
8 24 Mike Rowe
9 7G Curtis Gerry

 

Heat Race Lineups:

Heat 1

1 81 Dan Winter
2 90 Craig Weinstein
3 90x Derek Kneeland
4 4 Ben Rowe
5 59 Reid Lanpher
6 7 Travis Benjamin
7 75 Gary Smith
8 88 Brandon Barker
9 44 Rusty Poland
10 9T Alan Tardiff

 

Heat 2

1 40 Nick Sweet
2 12G Derek Griffith
3 9 JT Thurlow
4 46 Dennis Spencer Jr.
5 53 Bill Rodgers
6 94 Garrett Hall
7 60 DJ Shaw
8 12 Corey Bubar
9 60B Tim Brackett
10 8 Calvin Rose, Jr.

 

Heat 3

1 16 Donnie Colpritt, Jr.
2 51 John Peters
3 7G Curtis Gerry
4 24 Mike Rowe
5 88T Jeff Taylor
6 61 TJ Brackett
7 29 Trevor Sanborn
8 27NH Wayne Helliwell, Jr.
9 47 Kelly Moore

 

Car Count: 29 PASS North Super Late Models are in the pit area for today’s race.

 

Entry List: 

4 Ben Rowe
7 Travis Benjamin
7G Curtis Gerry
8 Calvin Rose, Jr.
9 JT Thurlow
9T Alan Tardiff
12 Corey Bubar
12G Derek Griffith
16 Donnie Colpritt, Jr.
24 Mike Rowe
27NH Wayne Helliwell, Jr.
29 Trevor Sanborn
40 Nick Sweet
44 Rusty Poland
46 Dennis Spencer Jr.
47 Kelly Moore
51 John Peters
53 Bill Rodgers
59 Reid Lanpher
60 DJ Shaw
60B Tim Brackett
61 TJ Brackett
75 Gary Smith
81 Dan Winter
88 Brandon Barker
88T Jeff Taylor
90 Craig Weinstein
90x Derek Kneeland
94 Garrett Hall

 

Qualifying Format: There will be three PASS North qualifying heats to set the field for today’s 150-lap main event.

 

Event Schedule: Racing is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. ET.  The PASS North Super Late Models (150 laps), PASS Modifieds (40 laps), Sport Series (50 laps) and Wildcats/Street Stocks (50 laps) will all be in competition.

 

Who to Watch For: There are always a handful of drivers to keep an eye on when the Pro All Stars Series visits Beech Ridge.  At the top of that list is Curtis Gerry, the 2018 track champion who has won two of three PASS North races at the track this year.  Reid Lanpher, the only other driver to visit PASS victory lane at Beech Ridge this season, will also be a driver to watch.  Many eyes will also be on championship contenders DJ Shaw and Travis Benjamin as they hit the home stretch.

 

Title Fight: DJ Shaw leads Travis Benjamin by 51 points at the top of the PASS North standings.

 

The Track: Beech Ridge Motor Speedway is a 1/3-mile semi-banked oval located in Scarborough, Maine.

 

Weather: It’s shaping up to be a great fall day for racing with temperatures forecasted in the high 60s for the first green flag at 3 p.m.

 

Next Series Race: Next up for the Pro All Stars Series North will be a visit to Thunder Road (VT) next Friday, September 28.

 

Speed Central: PASS North 150 at Beech Ridge (ME)