2001 Pro All Stars Series Champion earned his first PASS
feature victory on Saturday night, taking down the win in the D-J Equipment 150
. Sessions took the low road around a lap 86 spin to take the point away from
race leader Ben Rowe and held off the current points leader for the remaining
laps to score a popular victory.
Rowe once again showed that he would be tough to beat,
earning the top spot in the Sunoco Race Fuels time trials with a 12.279 second
pass under the clocks. Northern Race Tires Rookie Challenge contender Wayne
Helliwell Jr. was a tick off of Rowe’s fast time with a lap of 12.326 seconds.
The luck of the dash draw saw Sessions claim the pole and take down the pole
dash win, with Johnny Clark second, Jim McCallum third, and Rowe lining up
fourth. Larry Gelinas, Louie Mechalides, Helliwell, JR Baril, Bill Rodgers and
Scott Mulkern rounded out the top ten starters.
At the green
made a great move from his outside starting spot to grab the lead with
Sessions, McCallum, Rowe and Gelinas in tow. A rash of yellows marred the early
going, ending the night for several teams including Bub Bilodeau, Randy Turner,
JR Baril and Louie Mechalides.
maintained the point through it all and looked to be a contender for the win.
McCallum was now second with Helliwell third and Sessions fourth. On the restart
McCallum made contact with
’s rear bumper, sending the rookie leader spinning. McCallum was penalized for
the contact and joined
on the tail end of the field. Helliwell was now in command and showed his
strength, keeping Sessions and Rowe at bay. Rowe worked his way past Sessions to
challenge for the lead but Helliwell was up to the task. Helliwell brought the
field down to the green on a lap 36 restart and his race car quit, coasting to a
stop in the infield and ending his strong run. Rowe was now on the point and
looked to be in control; Sessions was maintaining in second, while Kenny Wright
and Larry Gelinas were doing battle for the third spot. Wright had one of the
fastest cars on the track at this point, recovering from an early off track
excursion to race his way up to the third place battle with Gelinas. The race
took on a new complexion on lap 86 when two cars spun just ahead of the leaders;
Sessions ducked under the melee while Rowe went high and Sessions came away with
the lead as no caution flew for the spin. Rowe challenged Sessions high and low
but could not find his way around. Sessions race car performed flawlessly and
veteran built up a ten car-length lead over Rowe who faded with a loose race
car. At the stripe it was Sessions’ Typar/Auburn Metal Fabrication Monte Carlo
earning the victory over Rowe with Gelinas winning the war for third withKenny Wright. Scott Mukern came home fifth in the Community Pharmacy
Dodge with Bill Rodgers a career best sixth. Johnny Clark raced his D.N.K.
Chevrolet back to seventh to earn the Northern Race Tires Rookie Challenge
award. Chuck LaChance, Joe Squelia and Russ Hersey rounded out the unofficial
top ten. The final 112 laps of the event ran caution-free.
Wright earned the first True Value heat race win in his
Newmarket Sand and Gravel Chevrolet, while David Avery topped the second in The
Kawasaki-Yamaha of Laconia Monte Carlo. Richie Dearborn won the consolation
round in the Chadwick-BaRoss Monte Carlo.
The next stop on the 2002 PASS championship trail is Unity
Raceway on Saturday June 27th. Sunoco Race Fuel time trials get
; the racing action gets the green at
. For more information, please visit www.proallstarsseries.com
UNOFFICIAL ORDER OF FINISH – Pro All Stars Series Race #8
– D-J Equipment 150 – White Mountain Motorsports Park – North Woodstock NH
1) 0 Sam Sessions 2) 00 Ben Rowe 3) 37 Larry Gelinas 4) 02 Kenny Wright 5) 84
Scott Mulkern 6) 53 Bill Rogers 7) 54c Johhny Clark 8)38 Chuck LaChance 9) 34
Joe Squelia 10) 2 Russ Hersey 11) 8 Cassius Clark 12) 85 Doug Averill 13) 33
Richie Dearborn 14) 11m Norm Wrenn 15) 77 Dave Gorveatt 16) 54 GeGe Gravel 17)
10 Dave Avery 18) 15 Scott Chubbuck 19) 18 Dennis Phelps 20) 97 Walt Hammond 21)
24 Wayne Helliwell22) 12 Jim
McCallum 23) 71 Glenn Luce 24) 31 Rick Fuller 25) 29 Louie Mechalides 26) 7xJR Baril 27) 1 Randy Turner 28) 7 Bub Bilodeau