D.J. Shaw graduates to PASS North victory lane
Naples ME ( June 23,2008) A lap 39 caution gave Pro All Stars Series (PASS) super late model rookie D.J. Shaw the lead in Sunday’s Steel’s Real Rods and Custom 125 at Wiscasset Raceway and Shaw never looked back, earning his first PASS North feature win over Cassius Clark, Ben Rowe, Adam Bates and Travis Benjamin.
Shaw started fifth in the thirty-one car field and quickly worked his way up to third. Meanwhile, pole sitter Kelly Moore was out in front with Wiscasset master Scott Chubbuck in hot pursuit. Moore appeared to spin his tires on a restart, giving Chubbuck the opening he needed to take the lead. But one lap later Moore got into Chubbuck’s’ back bumper and the leader went for a spin in turn four. Both drivers went to the rear of the field and Shaw found himself in the lead.
18 year old Shaw, who’d graduated from high school the day before, took full advantage of his opportunity. His Precision JLM Ford was on a rail and the rookie kept the field in his rear view mirror. Shaw held a ten car length lead over Clark and Rowe before rain brought out the red flag and halted the race on lap 98. One hour later the feature was declared complete and the Center Conway New Hampshire teen had his first PASS feature win. He's now a guaranteed starter for the August 17 Toyota Tundra 250 at Wiscasset, joining Johnny Clark and Corey Williams on that list. The $30,000.00 to win tilt is the richest event on the 2008 PASS North super late model schedule.
Several drivers that had a shot at strong runs experienced problems that spoiled their day. Trevor Sanborn was back in the Moody Racing 44 and had a solid top five run going until a mechanical issue sent him to the pits just four laps before the rains came. Johnny Clark appeared to have a tire go down on lap 89 while running fourth and lost a lap in the subsequent spin. Clark finished the night 16th, one lap down. Mike Rowe received a penalty for jumping positions in a restart line-up; unofficially the penalty moved Rowe from 9th to 31st at the finish. The day was even tougher for Derek Ramstom who lost a motor in his qualifying race and was unable to start the feature.
Moore, Chubbuck and Bates were heat race winners; Travis Benjamin qualified via a consi win and raced his way into the top five after starting 25th.
PASS North is back on track next Saturday for a 200 lapper at All-Star Speedway in Epping NH. Sundays Sonoma Sprint Cup winner Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Incorporated Sprint Cup driver Regan Smith will be amongst the drivers challenging the PASS North super late model regulars at All-Star. Racing gets underway at 6:00 PM.
Unofficial Results – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Models-Steel’s Real Rods and Custom 125 -Wiscasset Raceway – Wiscasset ME-6/22/2008
(Race was declared complete at lap 98 due to rain)
1) 60-DJ Shaw (R), Center Conway NH Precision JLM Ford 2) 8-Cassius Clark, Farmington ME E.J. Prescott Ford 3) 4-Ben Rowe, Turner ME Hancock Lumber Ford 4) 98-Adam Bates, Warner NH Weaver Bros Construction Chev 5)17-Travis Benjamin, Morrill ME Irving/bluecanoe Ford 6) 75-Gary Smith, Bangor ME Uncle Henrys.com Chev 7) 33-Richie Dearborn, Hollis ME Chadwick BaRoss Chev 8) 77-Scott Chubbuck, Dresden ME Hight Chevrolet Chev 9) 15-Steve Berry, Gorham ME Gorham Sand and Gravel Chev 10) 53-Alan Wilson, Hebron ME Wilson Logging Chev 11) 47-Kelly Moore, Scarborough ME NAPA Auto Parts Chev 12) 10-Bill Whorff Jr., West Bath ME AAA Ford 13) 97H-Walt Hammond, Orange NH Enfield Plumbing and Heating Dodge 14) 55-Jesse Smith, Bangor ME Meineke Chev 15) 0-Matt Lee, Albion ME PEP Transportation Chev 16) 54-Johnny Clark, Hallowell ME Clark’s Cars Crushing Chev 17) 97-John Flemming, Dartmouth Nova Scotia Roofing Connection Dodge 18) 29M-Ricky Morse, St. Albans ME Combined Management Dodge 19) 22-Harry Olson(R), Salisbury MA Olson Heating and Cooling Ford 20) 7C – Jimmy Chambers(R),Atkinson NH Dieselland Chev 21) 40-Gary Bellfleur, Stetson ME Newport Industrial Fabrication Chev 22) 04-Jamie Swallow Jr,Stark NH IBEW Local 104 Dodge 23) 7W-Donnie Whitten, Wells ME Monster Energy Chev 24) 22H-Jeff Burgess, East Madison ME 25) 44 – Trevor Sanborn, Parsonsfield ME Richard Moody and Sons Ford 26) 00-Jeremy Whorff, W. Bath ME Coastal Glass Chev 27) 01-Joe Decker, Chesterfield ME Chev 28) 21-Donnie Lashua, Canaan NH Go Navy Chev 29) 88-Bobby Tripp, Westport MA D&R Enterprises Chev 30) 59-John Phippen, Bar Harbor ME Chev 31) 2- Mike Rowe, Turner ME P.T. Watts Chev