McDaniel nabs first PASS Mod win; Tatro repeats in PASS Sportsman

Naples ME ( 8/3/2009) Scott McDaniel looked high and low for a way around race leader Gary Norris in Sundays’ 40 lap Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Mod feature at Unity (ME) Raceway, and when the white flag unfurled the young racer from Livermore Falls Maine found a way by Norris to capture his first PASS Mod series feature win. McDaniel looked like he had the car to beat from the get go and gave the fans plenty to watch as he tried the outside and inside lines on Norris. It was tight clean racing at its best for the full 40 laps as the pair battled for the win.

Norris hung on to second and Bill Dixon raced home third. Point leader Andy Shaw suffered damage on the first lap when the front of the field checked up and retired, finishing last.
McDaniel is the second new PASS Mod winner in as many races. Sulo Burbank captured his first victory at Riverside Speedway on July 25th.Burbank recorded a fourth place finish at Unity, followed by Scott Grant in fifth.  Heat races went to Dan Somes and Andy Shaw.

Shane Tatro has to have taken a liking to Unity Raceway.  The Levant Maine PASS Sportsman regular has two wins in the series; his first coming in a shoot out with Dan McKeage in the series’ May appearance at the speedway, and the second came Sunday  when he beat  Lyman McKeage and his son Dan McKeage to the line in the 75 lap PASS Sportsman portion of the NAPA 150 card. Carey Martin stayed alive in the point race by finishing fourth and Duane Seekins rounded out the top five.

Mike Landry looked like a winner with less than ten laps to go.  Landry and Tatro dueled all race long, with Tatro out front until Landry used the high line to take over on lap 53. Landry appeared to have the measure of Tatro, but the lead was never more than a car length or two. During that lap 53 caution period the telltale smell of gear oil was in evidence, and it proved to be coming from the rear end of the leader’s ride. Landry dropped into the infield with seven to go, and Tatro cruised to another PASS victory lane visit at Unity. Landry and Tatro each won a qualifying round.

The PASS Mods and Sportsman share the limelight at Groveton New Hampshire’s Riverside Speedway on Saturday August 16th. For more information on the speedway visit  . The Pro All Stars are on line at or  .

Unofficial Results – PASS Mod 40 Lap Feature – Unity Raceway – Unity ME – 8/2/09
1) 14 Scott McDaniel Livermore ME 2) 03 Gary Norris West Gardiner ME 3) 33 Bill Dixon North Waterboro ME 4) 21 Sulo Burbank Gorham ME 5) 27 Scott Grant  Waterboro ME 6) 56 Dan Somes Belgrade ME 7) 12 Steve Bennett Jr. Buckfield ME 8) 85 Glen Bradbury Hollis Center ME  9)  50 Sumner Sessions Norway ME  10) 29 Greg Ellis Hermon ME 11)  66 Andy Shaw Center Conway NH
Unofficial Results – PASS Sportsman 75 lap feature – Unity Raceway – Unity ME – 8/2/09
1) 7 Shane Tatro Levant ME 2) 58 Lyman McKeage Gorham ME 3) 38 Dan McKeage Gorham ME 4) 18 Carey Martin Denmark ME 5) 19 Duane Seekins Stockton Springs ME  6) 8 Clyde Hennessey  Windham  ME 7)  5 John Kalel ll Orrington ME 8) 56 Mike Short Auburn ME 9) 04 Nate Swallow Stark NH 10) 40  Mike Landry  Oakland ME 11) 54 Donnie York Thorndike ME 12)  48L Mike Lynch Winterport ME 13) 60  Kyle Hart  Fryeburg ME 14) 48A Megan Allen Winterport ME 15) 47 Nate Weston  Madison ME DNS Steve Bennett Sr. Buckfield ME DNS  80 Dana Reed Buckfield ME