PASS: Prestige, Big Payday at Atlantic Cat 250 



Pro All Stars Series competitors make the long haul to Halifax Nova Scotia next weekend for their annual stop at Scotia Speedworld and the Atlantic Cat 250, their seasons’ longest (and richest) race event. The 250 traditionally pits the top teams from eastern Canada against the United States’ finest, and the competition for the $7,000.00 winners share of the $31,000.00 plus purse will be fearsome.


2002 PASS points leader Ben Rowe leads a strong U.S. contingent to the tough 3/10-mile oval. Rowe was leading the 2001 version of the event before dropping a cylinder and eventually finishing 22nd. Look for the Brian Burgess led Mechanical Services/Hi Tech Insulation team to be tough this time around. 2001 Pro All Stars Series champion Sam Sessions has a remarkable winning streak of his own on the line. Sessions earned his 2001 series championship with consistency, posting ten top ten finishes on his way to the title. Sessions didn’t visit victory lane in 2001 but he now finds himself with three consecutive wins, a streak that began at White Mountain Motorsports Park and continued at Unity Raceway and Star Speedway. The Typar House Wrap/ AMF Custom Metal Products team under the leadership of crew chief Ray Straiton holds the hot hand at the seasons’ 2/3 mark, and they’d like nothing better than to add the Atlantic Cat 250 win to their hot streak. Louie Mechalides is the events’ defending champion, and the Tyngsboro Massachusetts racer is hoping to turn his 2002 season around at Scotia. The Cushman Competition team has suffered through flat tires, broken motors and even broken bones on the part of crew chief and car owner Jay Cushman. Back-to-back trips to Scotia’s victory lane would certainly add a highlight to a difficult season for this team.


In reality, the victor could come from almost anywhere in the PASS entry list. Chuck LaChance, Johnny Clark, Kenny Wright, PASS regular and Prince Edward Island resident Dave Gorveatt – any one of them are capable of pulling off the win. Larry Gelinas certainly knows what it feels like to lead after 250 laps, as does Mike Rowe. And the “new guard”, drivers like Wayne Helliwell, Scott Mulkern, Doug Averill, Cassius Clark and Russ Hersey are all hungry for their first Pro All Stars Series win.  


 The PASS regulars will face some serious competition from their Canadian Pro Stock counter parts. John Flemming has a 250 win to his credit, and names like Scott Fraser, Scott Alexander, Mike MacKenzie, Wayne Smith and Rollie MacDonald will take on the best PASS has to offer for bragging rights in this international Pro Stock showdown.


The PASS cars and stars will take to the track Friday August 16th for practice, Sunoco Race Fuel time trial and heat races. Practice gets underway at 2 PM with the run under the clocks scheduled for 7 PM. The PASS consolation rounds and “B” main go green at six on Saturday August 17th, followed shortly thereafter by the Atlantic Cat 250.


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