PASS NorthTed Christopher Wins PASS 125 At Stafford
Veteran’s Home Track Advantage Pays Off For Mulkern Racing

STAFFORD, Conn. – Ted Christopher added to his eye-popping resume at Stafford Motor Speedway, leading every lap from the outside pole to win the inaugural PASS North Series 125 at his home track on Sunday afternoon.

The victory was the track-record 119th of Christopher’s career at the half-mile Stafford Motor Speedway, where he has a grandstand section named after him. In addition to 98 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series wins at the track in Modified competition, Christopher also has victories in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and a half-dozen wins in weekly Pro Stock events there.

The event was shortened to 110 laps over a concern about excessive tire wear for the cars.

“The car was really good,” said Christopher, who was making his second start of 2012 in the Mulkern Racing No. 18 Southern Maine Motors Chevrolet. He finished 11th at Thompson International Speedway in July. “Thanks to (car owner Scott Mulkern) for letting me drive the car. The thing is fast.”

The win was the first of the season for Mulkern Racing in the PASS North Series. Full-time Mulkern Racing driver Lonnie Sommerville ran in second for most of the first half of Sunday’s race, but the No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/Southern Maine Motors Chevrolet encountered handling issues after the halftime break and rallied to finish ninth.

It was the third straight Top-10 finish for Sommerville in the second half of the season.

Both Christopher and Sommerville were strong in qualifying earlier in the day, with Top-5 finishes in their qualifying races to earn Top-3 starting spots in the feature event.

“Everything went great all day,” said Christopher’s crew chief, Seth Holbrook. “It was nice to get a win, and it was important to get a win for Mulkern Racing. They deserve it.”

The PASS North Series continues its 2012 season with the PASS 150 at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, N.H., on Saturday, September 8.