The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models and Mods wrap up their 2008 campaigns At Wiscasset Raceway on Saturday October 4th, and the battle for their division championships couldn’t be much tighter.
The PASS North Super Late Models head for the coastal Maine oval for the Fall Brawl Weekend presented by Ray Haskell Ford with a new but familiar name on top of the standings. After dropping one event from the point standings, Johnny Clark takes the overall point lead to the Fall Brawl by five points with 2,666 over Ben Rowe and Travis Benjamin who are deadlocked at 2,661 points each. DJ Shaw is fourth with 2,629 and Adam Bates trails him by one point in fifth at 2,628.
But wait, there’s more – much more, in fact. PASS adopted a “best twelve” points format for the North and South Super Late Models in 2008, and that formula tightens the standings even further. If you eliminate the top five’s worst two finishes, the title chase looks like this: Eliminate Clark’s two drops (show points from Speedway 95 on 5/3 and an 18th from Wiscasset on 6/22) and Rowe’s two (show and heat points from Speedway 95 5/3 and a 22nd at Beech Ridge on 7/5), and Rowe comes out on top heading to the Fall Brawl – by three points! That’s 2379 for Rowe and 2376 for Clark. Travis Benjamin at, 2,356, drops his Speedway 95 show and heat points and a twelfth place run at Wiscasset on 8/17 and trails Rowe and Clark by 23 and 20, respectively. Adam Bates is fourth with drops at Speedway 95 and a 23rd at All-Star. He’s nine back from Benjamin with 2,347. D.J. Shaw rounds out the top five, with Bangor show points and an 11th place finish at several events to drop, 23 markers behind Bates at 2324.
To gain Championship points at Wiscasset, these drivers will have to better their “drop race” finish. Rowe has a slight edge in that department with a 22nd to throw away, versus an 18th for Clark. That’s a difference of eight points, but odds are good that the pair won’t be racing back in the pack; they’ll be charging for the win and the points will take care of themselves.
The PASS Mod point battle is a little easier to follow, but just as close at the top. Andy Shaw fought his way back to victory lane at Beech Ridge on PASS 400 Weekend, and the win couldn’t have come at a better time. Shaw’s win put him on top of the standings by one point over Mark Lucas, and Tom Oliver is just three back from Shaw. The trio will go for broke in a 40 lap shootout at the Fall Brawl.
350’s, 305’s and Stock Fours will complete Saturday’s card; PASS 400 weekend rules apply for these divisions, contact Scott Reed at 207-625-3230 with tech questions. The action goes green at 4:00 PM on Saturday October 4th. The PASS 150 is scheduled to start at approximately 6:15 PM. Then on Sunday the Fall Brawl presented by Ray Haskell Ford continues with “Nationals Day”; the 100 lap , $10,000.00 to win Super Street/Sportsman Nationals, 100 lap $3,000.00 to win Street Stock Nationals, $1,000.00 to win 50 lap “Real Stock” Mini Stock Nationals and a $500.00 to win, 50 lap Mini Truck Nationals. Sunday’s racing kicks off at 2:00 PM. Get all the details for Sunday’s activities at www.wiscassetraceway.info .
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