PASS at Star: Sessions Three-Peats
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Sam Sessions shadowed race leader Larry Gelinas for over sixty laps before taking the lead late in the Pro All Stars 150 at Star Speedway and recording his third consecutive PASS feature victory. Sessions drove his Typar/ASM Custom Metal Fabrication Monte Carlo to a half-straightaway victory over Chuck LaChance and series points leader Ben Rowe.
Rookie Wayne Helliwell earned his first PASS pole position of the season in Carleton Robies’ 24, edging out Larry Gelinas and thirty-five others for the number one spot with a 13.367 clocking on the Epping quarter mile. The pole dash draw juggled the lineup with Gelinas pulling the pole position and scoring the dash win with Kenny Wright second, Louie Mechalides third and Ben Rowe fourth. Sessions would start from the fifth spot with Helliwell sixth.
Gelinas got the jump on the features’ initial green flag and Louie Mechalides moved underneath Wright to challenge Gelinas’ MCR Real Estate Monte Carlo immediately. Gelinas and Mechalides were evenly matched and raced nose to tail for the first fifty laps. Mechalides snuck past Gelinas briefly but one of the nights’ numerous cautions had already flown and Mechalides went back to the second spot. The Cushman Competition Ford didn’t come up to speed on the restart, eventually retiring with engine problems. Next it was Sessions up to put the pressure on Gelinas and once again the Scarborough Maine veteran was up to the task, keeping Sessions in his mirror and taking command after every restart.
But a late restart saw Gelinas slip high in turn two and Sessions took advantage, snatching the lead away with a charging Chuck LaChance and Ben Rowe in hot pursuit. Problems eventually sent Gelinas to the pits and he retired for the night. LaChance was on a mission and the Rockland Ford looked quick enough to give Sessions a challenge over the closing laps but Sessions slowly edged away as the race wound down. At the checker the unofficial order of finish was Sessions, LaChance, Ben Rowe and Doug Averill a career best fourth. Richie Dearborn battled to a season high fifth place finish with Kenny Wright recovering from a pit stop to finish sixth. Wayne Helliwell crossed the stripe in seventh while home track hero Babe Branscombe came home in eighth. Joe Squelia and Gary Smith rounded out the top ten.
True Value heat race winners were Branscombe, Johnny Clark and Scott Mulkern. Dan Bezanson and Gary Smith scored in the consolation rounds and Jeff Crowley was the winner of the “B” feature.
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ORDER OF FINISH (unofficial) Pro All Stars Series Race #10 – Pro All Stars Series 150 - Star Speedway – Epping NH: 1) 0 Sam Sessions 2) 38 Chuck Lachance 3) 00 Ben Rowe 4) 85 Doug Averill 5) 33 Richie Dearborn 6) 02 Kenny Wright 7) 24 Wayne Hellwell 8) 87 Babe Branscombe 9) 34 Joe Squielia 10) 75 Gary Smith 11) 77 Dave Gorveatt 12) 2 Russ Hersey 13) 54 GeGe Gravel 14) 54C Johnny Clark 15) 37 Larry Gelinas 16) 2x Chip Keene 17) 29 Louie Mechalides 18) 84 Scott Mulkern 19) 36 Jay Sands 20) 22 Bruce Haley 21) 12 Jim Emerson 22) 7 JR Barill 23) 8 Cassius Clark 24) 24x Mike Rowe 25) 6 Jeff Crowley 26) Dan Bezanson