May 3, 2013

Local Motorsports: Interest in PASS North keeps adding up

By Paul Betit pbetit@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

As of Thursday morning, a total of 32 drivers had signed up to race in Saturday night's Southern Maine Chrysler Dodge Jeep 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough.

It is the second PASS North race of the season for Super Late Models.

"We have 32 cars signed up, and we know there are five or six more cars coming," said Tom Mayberry, president of the Pro All Star Series.

"Car counts everywhere are really, really good."

Mayberry also operates the PASS South tour for Super Late Models.

Two weeks ago, 43 cars were on the starting grid for the regional tour's season opener at Oxford Plains Speedway, which was won by Cassius Clark of Farmington.

Racing will start at 3 p.m. Saturday.

The race card also includes features in PASS North's Sportsmen and opened-wheeled Mods divisions as well as a 30-lap feature for the NELCAR Legends tour.

Racing in the Scarborough speedway's top four divisions -- Pro Series, Sports Series, Wildcats and Roadrunners -- will start May 25.

Racing in the Thursday Thunder Series -- the 8-cylinder Mad Bombers, the 4-cylinder Beetle Bugs, the NELCAR Legends and the Ladies Division -- will start June 13.

A total of 69 cars spread out over four divisions showed up last Sunday afternoon for the first day of weekly racing at Oxford Plains Speedway.

Only 14 cars ran in Pro Stocks, the track's top racing division, but Mayberry, who purchased the race track from Bill Ryan Jr. during the offseason, wasn't discouraged.

"We know that we have five or six more Pro cars coming, so we're pretty happy with the car count," Mayberry said.

Weekly racing will continue for the next two Sunday afternoons at Oxford Plains before switching to Friday nights on May 17.

COREY MORGAN, a veteran racer from Lewiston, doubled up last weekend, winning features at both Wiscasset Speedway and Oxford Plains Speedway.

Last Saturday afternoon, Morgan won the Strictly Stocks feature at Wiscasset and followed it up by winning the 30-lap Outlaw Sportsman feature the next afternoon at Oxford Plains while driving the same car.

Morgan also finished sixth among 26 cars in the Street Stock division at Oxford Plains last Sunday.

MAYBERRY RETURNED earlier this week from the first leg of his new PASS Northwest racing series, which began last Saturday night with the Pepsi Apple Blossom 200 for Super Late Models at Wenactchee Valley Super Oval in Washington state.

The last two legs of the triple-crown racing series are scheduled for June 15 and Aug. 10.

Staff Writer Paul Betit can be contacted at 791-6424 or at:

pbetit@pressherald.com

Twitter: PaulBetitPPH

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