PASS POINTS RACE SHAPES UP
The season is only four races old but the Pro All Stars Series 2002 points chase is already taking shape. The top of the list features some familiar names, several newcomers and a few surprises as well.
Topping the PASS standings for the first time is Ben Rowe with 844 points. Rowe has one win under his belt and three top fives in the first four events. Racing luck has stuck with Rowe so far in 2002. A timely caution at New Brunswick International allowed him to change a flat tire and power back from the rear of the field for his first victory of the young season, and a spectacular pole dash wreck at Unity could easily have spelled disaster for the Turner Maine hot shoe. When a flat and a big wreck lead to first and second place finishes you know Lady Luck is riding with you. A talented race team, a skillful driver and a very fast race car have taken care of the rest. Rowe’s Mechanical Service/ Hi-Tech Insulation Chevy has been exceptionally fast at every event to date and with a little luck on their side they’re a definite threat for the title. Northern Race Tires rookie challenge contender Johnny Clark sits second, just eight points back from Rowe with 836. The young man from Hallowell has been consistent in his first four starts with four top ten runs, the stuff that championships are made of. Look for Clark and his DNK Select Used Cars team to make their first victory lane appearance soon. Dave Gorveatt might be considered a surprise as the tough Canadian competitor has really made his presence known early on. Scoring a break through win at Montmagny, Gorveatt sits third in the points with 824 and has a realistic shot at the title. Sam Sessions finds himself in an unaccustomed spot after race number four – someplace other than in the points lead! Brake problems led to a hard crash at Montmagny and Sessions posted his first-ever PASS DNF, ending his streak of thirteen consecutive top ten finishes. The DNF allowed the 2001 PASS champion to drop from the points lead to fourth in the standings with 806, 38 markers out of the top spot. Rookie Wayne Helliwell Jr. has come out of the gate strong under the tutelage of veteran car owner Carleton Robie. The New Hampshire youngster is fifth in the standings with 804 points. Helliwell is improving his results at every race and scored his first podium finish at Montmagny with a fine third place effort. Look for the team to continue to improve as they visit many PASS tracks for the second time as the season progresses. Kenny Wright currently rides sixth in the points, and is on a march to the top. Wright earned his first Pro All Stars win at Unity, taking Bill Chick’s Newmarket Sand and Gravel machine to victory lane in convincing style. Chuck LaChance ‘s consistency has placed the Rockland Ford pilot in 7th, while Scott Mulkern has his Dodge up to 8th after a great second place run at Montmagny. Larry Gelinas is having a sub-par season to date and looks to improve on his early season luck from the 9th spot. 2001 Rookie of the Year Richie Dearborn rounds out the top ten, and has shown steady improvement in the first four PASS race events. Dearborn’s 744 markers leave him an even 100 out of the top spot.
To date, seventy-six different drivers have attempted to qualify for one or more Pro All Stars Series events. The PASS gets back to action on Saturday June 22nd at Speedway 95 in Hermon Maine for the Clay GMC 150, followed by their first granite state appearance of 2002 on June 29th at Star Speedway in Epping NH. For more information, please log on to www.proallstarsseries.com
TOP TWENTY – PRO ALL STARS SERIES POINT STANDINGS – After Race #4 Autodrome-Montmagny – P.Q. Canada 1) Ben Rowe 844 2) Johnny Clark 836 3) Dave Gorveatt 806 4) Sam Sessions 806 5) Wayne Helliwell Jr. 804 6) Kenny Wright 798 7) Chuck LaChance 796 8) Scott Mulkern 772 9) Larry Gelinas 762 10) Richie Dearborn 744 11) Walt Hammond Jr. 732 12) Doug Averill 728 13) Bub Bilodeau 716 13) Louie Mechalides 716 15) Russ Hersey 688 16) Gary Smith 670 17) George Philbrick 664 18) Randy Turner 662 19) Cassius Clark 612 20) Garry Johnson 520