Fraser Thompson PASS Victor
Shubenacdie Nova Scotia’s’ Scott Fraser powered by Larry Gelinas in the late stages of the PASS Octoberfest 200 to reclaim the lead and earn his first Pro All Stars-sanctioned victory Saturday night at Thompson International Speedway. Fraser and his Atlantic Cat sponsored Chevrolet held Rick Fuller and Gelinas at bay in the closing laps to record the $6,000.00 plus payday in the inaugural PASS event on the fast five-eights mile.
Gelinas earned the Sunoco Race Fuels fast time award earlier in the day, out running forty nine of the east coast’s fastest Pro Stocks to record a lap of 19.582 seconds and topping 2002 Pro All Stars Series Champion Ben Rowe for the honor. Rowe came back to win the Pole Dash and claim the number one starting spot for the 200. Gelinas grabbed the early lead from the outside of row one but Rowe took back the top spot on a lap six restart. Fraser took advantage of the outside line on a lap thirteen restart to take the lead away from Rowe. Louie Mechalides showed strength in the early going, putting his own Mid-City Paving 47into second on lap thirteen and into the lead from lap 28 to lap 53 when Fraser regained control. Mechalides later retired with engine woes, finishing 30th. Pit stops were the order of the day on lap 89 when Fraser, GeGe Gravel, Mechalides, Ben Rowe, Andy Shaw and a host of other taking on tires and fuel. Gelinas stayed on the speedway to take the lead and promptly opened up a substantial lead over Sam Sessions, Fraser, Mechalides and Kenny Wright at the halfway mark. Gelinas took advantage of a lap 120 caution to get fuel and tires, handing the lead to Fraser with Ben Rowe second, Andy Shaw third and Sam Sessions fourth. Rowe’s shot at the victory came to an end on lap 127 when he experienced a flat right side tire under green. Meanwhile another Rowe was charging to the front. Mike Rowe had the Lux Enterprises 24x up to second and looked like he might give Fraser a run for the money but Fraser slowly built his lead over the senior Rowe followed by Sessions, Gelinas, Rick Fuller and Todd Owen. Several restarts worked in Gelinas’ favor to bring the front pair back in his grasp. He took over the second spot on lap 154 and gave chase to Fraser, his fresher tires giving him the edge in the banking. Fraser was handling down the straightaways though and the pair staged an exciting duel for the appreciative Thompson crowd. Mike Rowe made a trip to the pits on lap 181, and the restart saw Gelinas grab the lead away from Fraser with Fuller now up to third. Fraser would not be denied this night and he returned the favor on the next restart, taking back the point and bringing Rick Fuller with him into second. The second-generation Nova Scotia racer drove his Atlantic Cat Chevrolet under the checkers for the victory with Fuller second, Gelinas third and GeGe Gravel in the S.A. Sting Chevy fourth. 2002 PASS Rookie of the Year Johnny Clark drove the DNK Select Used Cars Monte Carlo to fifth, with Kenny Wright coming from 34th in the 44-car field for sixth. Todd Owen had a solid run in seventh, with Andy Shaw eight, Mike Rowe ninth and reigning Thompson Pro Stock champion Mike O’Sullivan tenth.
Heat race wins went to Norm Wrenn, Russ Hersey and Rick Fuller; Kenny Wright won the consolation round. For more information and an extensive photo gallery from the event, please log on to www.proallstarsseries.com.
UNOFFICIAL ORDER OF FINISH - PASS Octoberfest 200 - Thompson International Speedway - Thompson CT. 1) 88 - Scott Fraser - Shubenacdie, NS 2) 31x - Rick Fuller - Auburn, MA 3) 37 - Larry Gelinas - Scarborough, ME 4) 54 - GeGe Gravel - Groton, MA 5) 54x - Johnny Clark - Farmingdale, ME 6) 02 - Kenny Wright - Woolwich, ME 7) 81 - Todd Owen - Somers, CT 8) 66 - Andy Shaw - Center Conway, NH 9) 24x - Mike Rowe - Turner, ME 10) 08 - Mike O'Sullivan - Springfield, MA 11) 33 - Richie Dearborn - Hollis, ME 12) 1x - Mike Brousseau - Claremont, NH 13) 48 - Chuck Docharty - Northbridge, MA 14) 62 - Roger Raymond - Bernardston, MA 15) 00 - Ben Rowe - Turner, ME 16) 18 - Jeff Zuidema - North Brookfield, MA 17) 71 - Shawn Dunning - Pavilion, NY 18) 80 - John Dabrowski - Dorchester, MA 19) 45 - Anthony Demonte - Commack, NY 20) 77 - Dave Gorveatt - Charlottetown, PEI 21) 13 - Jim Banfield - S. Glastonbury, CT 22) 0 - Sam Sessions - So. Paris, ME 23) 53 - Bill Rogers - Old Orchard Beach, ME 24) 94 - Rick Martin - Westport, MA 25) 3 - Dean Pettey - Assonet, MA 26) 22 - Chris Ross - Malta, NY 27) 8 - Cassius Clark - Farmington, ME 28) 8x - Joe Lemay - Blackstone, MA 29) 47 - Louie Mechalides - Tyngsboro, MA 30) 1 - Dick Houlihan - Berkley, MA 31) 34 - Joe Squelia - N. Salem, NH 32) 39 - George Bessette - Danbury, CT 33) 11 - Norm Wren - Nashua, NH 34) 72 - Scott Robbins - Dixfield, ME 35) 22x - Michael Lively - Auburn, MA 36) 15 - Chris Perley - Rowley, MA 37) 28 - Glen Tyler - Hampton Bays, NY 38) 10 - Dennis Maxfield - Fitchburg, MA 39) 24 - Wayne Helliwell - Pelham, NH 40) 59 - Michael Rivard - Slatersville, RI 41) 25 - Joe Daly - Lynbrook, NY 42) 84 - Scott Mulkern - Falmouth ME 43) 2 - Russ Hersey - Swanzey, NH 44) 31 - Tom Baldwin - Storr, CT 45) 93 - Glen Logan Jr. - N. Massapequa, NY