Scarborough, ME – DJ Shaw of Center Conway, New Hampshire drove from 19th starting position to victory lane in Saturday’s Southern Maine Motors 150 for Pro All Stars Series Super Late Models at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine.
Shaw methodically worked his way through a stellar field of contenders aboard his Precision JLM Ford, taking the lead away from Berwick, Maine’s Joey Doiron with about 30 laps remaining, then cruising to the checkered flag with relative ease once in command.
“It’s a good day for Dale Shaw Race Cars. First and second place,” said the winner, who builds, maintains and sets up race cars at the family business for a living.
Doiron, who took over the top spot in the Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model championship points standings with his second straight runner-up finish, also led the most laps in race for the second consecutive time. After yielding the top spot to Shaw, Doiron held off certain Maine and New England Hall-of-Famer Mike Rowe of Turner, Maine to earn runner-up laurels.
Rowe, a recent NASCAR track champion at Beech Ridge, filled out the podium despite losing the power steering in his RJF Motorsports mount. He likely would have had more of a say in the outcome had mechanical demons not cropped up.
Cassius Clark of Farmington, Maine, the winner in the PASS opener at Oxford Plains Speedway two weeks previous, crossed the line in fourth position. Reigning series champion Travis Benjamin of Morrill, Maine rounded out the top five.
Scott Mulkern of Falmouth, Maine; Austin Theriault of Fort Kent, ME; David Oliver ofStandish, Maine six-time PASS Super Late Model champion Johnny Clark of Farmingdale, Maine and Windham, Maine’s Corey Bubar rounded out the top ten.
Doiron swapped the race lead in the early stages of the event with 14-year-old Reid Lanphear of Manchester, Maine, wheeling equipment prepared by Andy Santerre, a multi-time champion of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. After posting the fastest lap in the race, Lanphear’s impressive run was cut short by a backstretch altercation after a pit stop put him near the back of the running order.
Both Rowe and Bryan Kruczek of Newmarket, New Hampshire battled Doiron for the top spot through the early and middle stages of the event before Shaw had worked his way into contention with less than 50 laps to go.
Joe Pastore of Gorham, Maine led all 75 laps in the PASS Sportsman Series main event. It was the second straight win in that series for Pastore, who also led the entire distance in the season-opening race at Oxford Plains Speedway last month.
It wasn’t as easy as it appeared for Pastore, who raced side-by-side for the opening 20 laps with East Waterboro, Maine competitor Craig Smith before taking command.
A pair of former PASS Sportsman Series champions chased Pastore through the closing laps, with Gorham, Maine’s Dan McKeage – also a former NASCAR Pro Series track champion at Beech Ridge – claiming runner-up honors.
Former PASS Sportsman Series kingpin Carey Martin of North Bridgton crossed the line in third position. Early-race challenger Smith claimed a fourth-place finish, with the top-five filled out by Lunenburg, Vermont driver Jeff Marshall.
Former series champion Mark Lucas of Harpswell, Maine prevailed in the 40-lap main event for the lone Pro All Stars Series open-wheel class, the PASS Mods.
Eventual second-place finisher Mitch Miller looked strong at the front of the field, building healthy leads after a couple of mid-race restarts, but the youngster from West Boylston, Massachusetts couldn’t outgun Lucas on the final post-caution square-off.
Mark Lundblad, Jr. of Albany, New Hampshire led several laps early in the event, battling Miller and, eventually, Lucas for the trophy-earning spots . Lundblad crossed under the checkered flag in third position.
Lovell, Maine teenager Evan Armington, a former Beech Ridge Roadrunner division champion, made an impressive charge to a fourth-place finish from 15th position on the starting grid, the most positions gained in the 40-lapper. Travis Buzzell of Hollis, Maine raced in as high as third-place before claiming the final top-five slot in the rundown.
Ryan Hammer of Pembroke, New Hampshire aced the NELCAR Legends Cars finale, coasting to a comfortable victory in a caution-free 35-lapper. Concord, New Hampshire driver Tim Laro chased Hammer throughout, driving the winner’s back-up car.
The entertainer in the non-stop Legends Cars main event was Newport, Maine young gun Mathew Bourgoine’s, whose charge from dead last on the 20-car grid to claim third-place hardware without the benefit of a restart was impressive. Evan Beaulieu of Durham, Maine raced to a fouth-place finish, just in front of Westbrook, Maine youngster John Peters.
Pro All Stars Series Super Late Models race next in Quebec, at Autodrome Chaudiere on Saturday, May 14, with their next New England appearance set for Saturday, May 25 at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, New Hampshire.
The PASS Sportsman Series next sees action on Friday, May 31 at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway. OPS is also the site for the next PASS Mods race, set for Friday, May 7.