Nick Sweet might be struggling to find speed in his American-Canadian Tour Late Model at the Vermont Milk Bowl, but that didn’t stop him from putting on a clinic during the PASS North Super Late Model feature at Thunder Road on Saturday. Sweet dominated the race, leading 132 of 150 laps en route to notching his second PASS victory of the season.
I knew when we unloaded [the Super Late Model] that it was fast,” Sweet said. “It drove really well as it showed during the race, I think we led most of the race, capped out on a good finish there so that was really good.”
Sweet is also running his ACT car this weekend but thus far has not been able to find the speed he wants to capture a fourth Milk Bowl victory.
Following his PASS victory, Sweet finished fifth in his 50-lap qualifier to earn himself a 12th-place starting spot in Sunday’s Milk Bowl.
“Now we can hopefully carry a little bit of that momentum and bring it into the Milk Bowl here because we have a lot of work to do on the Late Model,” he said. “It was fun to lead laps, hopefully we can lead more laps, we’ll see. I’m trying to be optimistic with the Late Model but we have a long way to go.”
Series points leader D.J. Shaw rebounded from a tough outing at White Mountain Motorsports Park one week ago, bringing his No. 60 Ford Mustang home in second place.
“It’s a good rebound for us,” Shaw said. “It couldn’t have really gone any worse [at White Mountain] but we recovered as a team last week and salvaged what we could and bounced back into form today. I wish we didn’t get whooped by Nick so bad, but second is always good, so we’ll move forward with that.”
Young gun Evan Hallstrom used his local knowledge of the track to come home third, a result that he knows is hard to achieve against the stars of the series.
“I have a ton of laps around here, I’ve run a full season here in an ACT car so that helps,” Hallstrom said. “Obviously one of the big ones would be the Oxford 250, any PASS event really, I mean you have guys like Ben Rowe. Derek Griffith, he’s a five-time winner, to get underneath him and drive by him with ease, I mean it’s just a great run. I can’t thank my guys enough.”
Championship contender Derek Griffith brought his No. 12G home in fourth, but will lose a bit of ground to Shaw in the points chase entering the final two events. Gabe Brown had a strong run in his No. 47 Super Late Model and came home fifth.
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Full results, interviews, video recaps, and more can be found on our Race Day Now coverage.
-Story by: Ian Pettigrew, Speed51.com Northeast Correspondent - Twitter: @ian_pettigrew
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PASS North 150 – Full Results (Unofficial)
1 40 Nick Sweet 150
2 60 DJ Shaw 150
3 1VT Evan Hallstrom 150
4 12G Derek Griffith 150
5 47 Gabe Brown 150
6 09 Jeremy Davis 149
7 4 Ben Rowe 149
8 5X Bobby Therrien 148
9 24J J.P. Josiasse 146
10 5B Brandon Barker 69
11 14 Phil Scott 41