NAPLES Maine ( April 9 2008)The snow is melting fast and its full speed ahead for opening day 2008 for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on Saturday April 19th.
A slew of super later model teams are licensed and are expected to be on hand for the 150 lap lid lifter. Leading the way will be four time and defending super late model champion Ben Rowe and his Richard Moody Racing team; they’ve already declared their intentions to seek the 2008 PASS North super late model title and Ben’s “drive for five” will begin at the Scarborough Maine oval. There’s plenty of talent that will challenge for the 2008 crown as the new points format will keep more teams alive in the 2008 title chase. Teams will count their top twelve finishes in the fourteen scheduled point races toward the 2008 title, so a bad day at the track won’t necessarily eliminate any teams from the title chase.
The list of contenders ready to steal Rowe’s thunder is long and talented. Two time PASS super late model titlist Johnny Clark, Cassius Clark, Mike Rowe, Richie Dearborn, Nova Scotian John Fleming; they’re all expected to be in the hunt for both a Beech Ridge win and the 2008 championship. Derek Ramstrom is ready to challenge the series veterans for the top spot on the podium and PASS North rookie of the year contender D.J. Shaw knows his way around the Maine speedplant. Kelly Moore has to be considered the home town favorite and Steve Knowlton is expected to make his return to PASS competition after a hiatus of several years. Or, will a Beech Ridge Pro Series team step up and steal the thunder from the touring teams?
The popular PASS Mods and Pluffybilt Racing Tractors PASS Sportsman complete the opening day card. New teams abound in both divisions, and the racing promises to be non-stop and action packed.
In preparation for opening day, two practice sessions are scheduled for Thursday April 17th and Friday April 18th from 2:00 PM until 7:00 PM. All PASS and Beech Ridge divisions are invited to participate.
Pit gates open at 10:00 AM on race day with heat racing set for 3:00 PM sharp.
In case of foul weather, the show goes green on Sunday at 1:30 PM.