PASS NORTH PR - season goes green at Beech Ridge Saturday


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PASS NORTH season goes green at Beech Ridge Saturday


Naples ME (4/25) The 2011 Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North campaign goes green at Scarborough Maine's famed Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on Saturday April 30 with all three PASS touring series on track for the first time this season. Every team is tied for the points lead and a good start to the yearl builds momentum for the races to come.


The PASS North Super Late Models, Mods, and Sportsman highlight the season opener and its the perfect cure for those off season racing blues.


The early entry list includes a few surprises and a number of new names. Tracy Gordon returns to PASS competition in a second entry from the Frahm stables; he'll team up with Matt Frahm in his return to PASS North. Gordon's name appears twice in the PASS North win column. Kirk Thibeau is on the list, as are Ridge regulars David Oliver and Bill Rodgers, a guy that's already proven he can take on the PASS regulars and win.


Canada is well represented with Lonnie Sommerville, Shawn Turple and Matt Matheson all on board for the season opener.


Bryan Kruczek has stepped up to the super late model ranks and he'll make his PASS debut at Beech Ridge. Mike Landry is a familiar face in the PASS Sportsman series, but he will wheel a super late model Saturday.. Chris Thorne is making an infrequent PASS North appearance and . PASS North rookie Kyle DeSouza will attempt his first Beech Ridge PASS super late model start. .


There's several new combinations seeking success in the series. Mike Rowe will return to full time competition with a new combination. Peter Pettit and Steve Perry have partnered to field the full time PASS ride for the Maine legend. Lonnie Sommerville is a familiar name to PASS North fans but he will make his PASS North season debut with Scott and Vicki Mulkern's potent race team; Mulkern himself will take his best shot at a Beech Ridge win, too..


Five time series champion Johnny Clark ,Richie Dearborn, 2010 PASS North rookie of the year Joey Doiron, Travis Benjamin, Scott Alexander, Ben Rowe, Ricky Morse , Bill Penfold, Scott Chubbuck and Derek Ramstrom, are just a few of the names on the early entry list and you know that the season opener will attract an overflow field of the fastest full fender racers in the region.


Beech Ridge has two pre season practice sessions scheduled.. The track will offer up open test sessions on Thursday and Friday April 28 and 29 from 2:00 PM until 6:00 PM.


The PASS Mods, PASS Sportsman, the Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour,  NELCAR Legends, and the Pro Four Modifieds join the PASS North super late models on Saturday's schedule.The first heat race rolls off at 3:00 PM.


Watch the early entry list grow at www.proallstarsseries.com. Beech Ridge Motor Speedway is on line at www.beechridge.com . The speedway is located at 70 Holmes Road in Scarborough Maine.


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PRO ALL STAR SERIES SOUTH RESULTS - Stephen Nasse Wins PASS South Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway


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Stephen Nasse Wins PASS South Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway

PASS Rookie battles hard with Preston Peltier to earn his first PASS win


Hickory NC (4/24) The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South presented by JE Pistons and Roush Yates Performance Products headed to the famed Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) on Saturday, April 23rd, for the prestigious Easter Bunny super late model showdown, the first PASS National event of the 2011 race season. Florida native Stephen Nasse went to victory lane after a rough and tumble battle with defending PASS South Champion Preston Peltier.


44 of the nation's top Super Late Model drivers hit the track to earn their way into the field during qualifying and, it was Preston Peltier claiming the pole with a 14.734-second lap over Justin Wakefield, Bradley McCaskill, Andy Loden and Dean Clattenburg.


With the top-20 drivers locked into the field, the remainder of the racers were split into two last-chance races, where the top-three drivers from each race earned their spot in the starting field.


In the first last-chance race, yellow fever kept the cars bunched up while big names tried to race their way into the Easter Bunny. With Jody Lavender and Cassius Clark firmly in the first-two positions the battle on the track was for the third and final transfer spot Becca Kasten had it until the white-flag lap but contact with Dylan Kwasniewski sent Kasten went back to fourth and Kwasniewski went on to make the feature.


The second last-chance race was a bit calmer with only one yellow flag slowing the field. David O’Dell drove his way to the front and the win, taking the first of the three transfer spots. John Batten and Dillon Oliver, who started the second last-chance race on the front row, crossed the line second and third respectively, also earning their way into the big race.


The balance of the field was filled by provisionals to equal a 30-car field.


After the top-10 redraw Jay Fogleman (who qualified eighth) and Steve Legendre (who qualified tenth) started on the front row with Justin Wakefield and Blaney occupying row two. Legendre got a great start, taking the lead with Fogleman dropping in second. A few laps later, Wakefield used his bumper to get second from Fogleman with Blaney working his way to third, Nasse fourth and Fogleman back to fifth.


The first yellow flag flew at lap nine after contact sent Clattenburg and Roger Lee Newton around in turn two, stacking up the field. Most cars were able to drive off, but many including Gray Gaulding, Batten, Jimmy Weller and Kwasniewski had various levels of damage and had to pit for repairs.


Wakefield got a great restart, taking the lead from Legendre. But Nasse was on a mission, moving around Legendre for second and into the lead on lap 12. Legendre moved back up to the second position with Wakefield third, Blaney forth, and Loden up to fifth.


While Nasse and Legendre distanced themselves from the field, Loden worked his way up to the third position with Blaney running fourth and Wakefield running fifth at lap 50.


PASS fans were treated to side-by-side battles throughout the field as drivers were racing hard for every inch on the track. The hard racing slowed though on lap 68 as the second yellow flew when McCaskill and Colt James got together in turn two. Their contact collected Newton, who had significant damage and had to park it for the night. At the caution, Nasse, Legendre, Blaney, Loden and Peltier rounded out the top five.


Legendreclaimed the lead off the restart, sending Nasse back to second at lap 70. The top-five cars, which also included Loden, Peltier and Blaney, all ran nose to tail at the front.


The third yellow flew at lap 78 as Kyle Benjamin and Brandon Lynn went around in turn two. Both were able to drive off without any assistance.


On the restart Legendre almost had Nasse cleared for the lead but on lap 81 Nasse used the high side to take the lead back. Nasse and Legendre distanced themselves from the rest of the pack with the battle on the track for the next 20 laps happening between Loden, Blaney and Peltier for the third position. Just past lap 100 Peltier moved his way to fourth, then to third. At lap 110 he passed Legendre for second, looking to run down Nasse for the lead. Peltier went high while working around lapped traffic, losing a few spots on the track. That put Legendre back to second with Blaney in third and Peltier to fourth. All three cars battled hard for the second spot until they came up on the lapped car of Lynn. Contact between Blaney and Lynn sent Lynn’s car around on the front stretch, giving Blaney some body damage and costing him several positions on the track.


On the restart with less than 30 laps to go Peltier worked his way to second and then put the pressure on Nasse for the lead. The pair got together several times with Peltier prevailing for the top spot. Nasse tried to get back to the front but with 20 laps to go Peltier was able to drive away from the field with Nasse, Fogleman, Legendre and Blaney all giving chase.


With just two laps remaining a hard battle behind the leaders brought out the yellow flag as Ben Rowe and Weller made contact in turn four, sending Weller around. At the yellow, Peltier, Nasse, Fogleman, Ben Rowe and Clark were running in the top five.


Nasse had his opportunity on the final restart. Peltier and Nasse banged fenders and bumpers and Nasse got to the checkered flag first to earn his first PASS South Super Late Model win.


That was crazy,” said Nasse in victory lane. “I didn’t think there was going to be another caution in the race. I was planning on coming home second. He (Peltier) drove me clean and I really do appreciate that.”


Many veterans in the PASS series earn their victories with tire management throughout the race, but Nasse went all out every lap of the event.


I knew with this Crate (motor) car I wasn’t going to use up too much of the rear tires, so I kind of let the dog eat and tried to get as far ahead as I could just in case it went all green.It is amazing. I haven’t been to the winner’s circle in a while. This is a definite pick-me-up. All the crew worked so hard to get this win.”


Peltier did everything he could to win the race, but came up one position short, frustrating the series veteran. “This thing was just a little slow on restarts,” said Peltier. “It took a few laps for it to get going. I did everything but wreck him. To be honest with you, I am getting tired of finishing second. That is the third one this year. It is time for a win.”


Fogleman, who made the move to the series a few years back and has achieved success in PASS South competition since, crossed the line third. “I am glad everything went good for the fans,” said Fogleman. “I knew as soon as I talked to these guys and what they were doing with this series that I made the right decision (to race PASS), and I just hoped everyone else would get on board. It looks like all the real racers are coming this way.”


Blaney and Ben Rowe rounded out the top five.


PASS South presented by JE Pistons and Roush Yates Performance Products will be back in action at South Boston Speedway (VA) on Saturday, May 7th. The next PASS National event will be Saturday, May 28th, at Motor Mile Speedway (VA). For more information the Pro All Stars Series visit www.proallstarsseries.com.


Unofficial Results – PASS South presented by JE Pistons/Roush Yates Performance Products

The Easter Bunny – Round One, PASS National Championship Series – Hickory Motor Speedway -4/23


  1. 51n Stephen Nasse (150)
  2. 26 Preston Peltier (150)
  3.   4 Jay Fogleman (150)
  4. 10 Ryan Blaney (150)
  5. 4n Ben Rowe (150)
  6. 29 Andy Loden (150)
  7. 98 Justin Wakefield (150)
  8. 20 Steven Legendre (150)
  9. 91 Heath Hindman (150)
  10.   6 David Ragan (150)
  11.   2L Kevin Leicht (150)
  12.   8 Cassius Clark (149)
  13. 180 Dean Clattenburg (149)
  14.   15 Colt James (149)
  15.  00 Grant Davidson (148)
  16.  23 Jimmy Weller (148)
  17.  71 Kyle Benjamin (147)
  18.  76 Brandon Lynn (147)
  19.  75 David O’Dell (147)
  20.   2 Gray Gaulding (105)
  21.  80 Dillon Oliver (94)
  22.  18 Bradley McCaskill (77)
  23.  41 Wes Burton (67)
  24.  33 Roger Lee Newton (67)
  25.  29L Landon Cling (67)
  26.  3 Dylan Kwasniewski (66)
  27.  115 Jody Lavender (36)
  28.  07 Matt McCall (9)
  29.  48 John Batten (9)
  30.  30 Mike Rowe (8)


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Hodgson PR: Cody Hodgson Richmond International Raceway Race Preview


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Cody Hodgson: NASCAR K&N Pro Series East

Richmond International Raceway Race Preview






Cody Hodgson of Escalon, Calif., will compete alongside the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series when the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East heads to the Blue Ox 100 at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., on Thursday, April 28. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate sits 12th overall in the K&N Pro Series East standings as the series heads to its first standalone Richmond event in history – on the undercard of a Saturday night Cup race at the .75-mile track. Better yet, Hodgson is fifth in the standings among a field of 24 rookies who have made a start in the series already this season.




WHO: Cody Hodgson, Escalon, Calif.

TEAM: Dave Davis Motorsports No. 03 Ocala Gran Prix Chevrolet

CREW CHIEF: Lonnie Rush, Mooresville, N.C.





WHAT: NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Blue Ox 100

WHERE: Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Va. (.75-mile D-oval)

WHEN: Qualifying – 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 28; Race – 7 p.m., Thursday, April 28


NASCAR K&N Pro Series East

NEXT RACE: May 21, Goodyear Dealers of Iowa 175, Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa (.875-mile oval)







  • Richmond International Raceway represents the largest track Cody Hodgson has ever competed on.
  • Cody Hodgson has two Top-15 finishes in two career K&N Pro Series East starts, including a career-best 10th-place finish in his career debut at Greenville Pickens Speedway last month.
  • Following the series' last race at South Boston two weeks ago, Cody Hodgson returned home to California for the first time since early March.
  • Cody Hodgson lives with team owner Dave Davis during the week, working at the shop during the day and competing on the weekends.






CODY HODGSON, Driver of the No. 03 Ocala Gran Prix Chevrolet, On racing at Richmond International Raceway for the first time: “I'm definitely excited about it. I've never been to one of these big events like this. I'm sure there will be a lot more people, a lot more fans. Every driver out there will be trying to show that they're the next greatest thing. It should be a lot of fun.


I really need to focus on qualifying better, but with a big track like this it's not going to be as much about where you start at the beginning of the race. The Richmond track is obviously bigger and will be faster, but the actual racing will be 'slower.' I think you'll have more time to work around other cars if you have to.”


On preparing to race at a track you've never raced on before: It's a whole new game for me. I'm excited about it. Everything in the pits, I'm sure, will feel bigger and more exciting. The racing will be a lot different from what we've seen already, too, (at Greenville and South Boston). There's just one day of practice, with the two one-hour sessons, so I'm going to need to be a little cautious with the speeds and everything at first. That first session, it will be all about going out and getting a good feel for the speed.


On the importance of better qualifying efforts: “As far as the racing and everything, I've been feeling really good. I've been able to pass guys. But I feel like right now I really need to focus on qualifying better. A couple of guys in the series are really good at that, and it's helping them every week.


I feel like I've passed a ton of cars, and I've learned a lot about how to race with people around me in this series. What I really need to learn now is how to get more out of the car in qualifying, even if maybe there's not a lot there to get. We've been able to make our car really good on the long runs, but I just haven't been able to be up in the top spots (after qualifying) to ride around with those top guys and show them what we've got at the end. We've had to race so hard just to get there, that we haven't had a lot left at the end of races to be able to really race with the leaders.”






The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East heads to Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa for a combination race with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West on Saturday, May 21 – the Goodyear Dealers of Iowa 175... The Dave Davis Motorsports entry of Kevin Swindell finished ninth in the event last year as K&N Pro Series East teams took seven of the top nine spots at the track owned by former Sprint Cup Series driver Rusty Wallace.






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ACT PR - Bassett, Five-Star, Racing Electronics and Race Basics Continue ACT Contingency Programs in 2011

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Waterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour will continue contingency programs from Bassett Race Wheels, Five-Star Race Car Bodies, Racing Electronics and Race Basics Chassis for the 2011 season. These four companies provide product certificates for each event on the ACT Late Model Tour and the Série Castrol Edge, as well as contribute to the yearly point funds.


Five-Star Race Car Bodies of Twin Lakes, Wisconsin has been working with ACT the longest of the four companies. They started their program with ACT in 1991 and they’ve signed on through the 2013 season. Along with certificates for body parts for each ACT event they also raffle off a certificate for a full body at the annual Banquet of Champions held each January.

Concord, North Carolina’s Racing Electronics has been a part of the ACT contingency program since 1992. Not only do they supply certificates at each ACT event, they are also the official radio supplier for the ACT Tour, Série Castrol Edge, and Thunder Road. They supply many of the ACT Late Model teams with their radio needs and attend several events each season with technical support

Bassett Race Wheels of Burlington, Wisconsin has signed on for their 13th season with ACT. For over 40 years the company has been building the strongest, lightest, and truest steel racing wheels. Drivers finishing in the runner-up position at each event in 2011 will receive certificates for Bassett wheels.

“The American Canadian Tour and Série Castrol Edge are outstanding showcases for our products and we wish to thank ACT racers for making Bassett the most popular wheel in the series,” said Brian Gill, Director of Marketing for Bassett Racing Wheel.

Race Basics Chassis and Crazy Horse Racing of South Paris, Maine supply chassis to many ACT teams as well as local racers around the region. As a way of paying back the over 40 Late Model teams they support, they have formed a program with ACT for certificates for any Race Basic Chassis that finishes in the top three for an ACT event and also any chassis finishing in the tenth position for 2011.

“Crazy Horse Racing/Race Basics Chassis is excited to participate with the ACT US and Série ACT Castrol 2011 contingency program. This is a great way for us to promote our business and the love of the sport,” said co-owner of Crazy Horse Racing/Race Basics Chassis Judy Green.

The American Canadian Tour will be back in action with their second event of the 2011 season on Sunday, May 1 for the 13th Annual Merchants Bank 150 at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vermont. Post time is 1:00pm.



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