Ben Rowe of Turner, Maine, joins the PASS North Series for its longest race of the season -- the PASS 300 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, on Sunday, September 12. Rowe won the event in 2006 and heads into this weekend 13 points behind leader Johnny Clark in the PASS North standings with two races remaining. A four-time PASS North champion and the defending PASS National Series champion, Rowe is third in this year's National standings heading into the 300 -- the fourth of five National Series events. Rowe won the most recent PASS National event -- the PASS 75 at Thompson International Speedway in July -- and has two wins, nine Top-5s and 10 Top-10 finishes in 11 PASS North races this year.
Rowe, of Turner, Maine, posted back-to-back Top-5 finishes at Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, Mass., and Spud Speedway in Caribou, Maine to position himself just 13 points out of the PASS North Series lead with two races remaining.
"Everybody's still working really hard," Rowe said of the No. 48 Community Pharmacies team. "We're getting close. And we're still in the hunt for the championship -- so we may not be quite where we want to be, but we're not that far off, either."
Rowe finished fourth at Seekonk Speedway on Aug. 14. Just one week later, he ran fifth in the series' inaugural visit to Spud Speedway.
Ben Rowe of Turner, Maine, is the PASS North Series' most recent winner as the series heads to the Summerfest 150 at Riverside Speedway in Groveton, N.H., on Saturday, July 31. Rowe took round three of the PASS National Championship Series by winning the PASS 75 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway last week for his second win of the season. He's never won at Riverside Speedway -- one of the few PASS tracks where he's never visitied victory lane -- but has closed to within 14 points of leader Johnny Clark atop the standings with five races to go. In eight starts this year, he's yet to miss the top-10 and has seven top-five finishes.
Ben Rowe of Turner, Maine, rides the hot hand as the PASS North Series heads back to Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, for the PASS 150 on Saturday, July 10. Rowe snapped a winless streak dating back more than a year to June of 2009 by finding victory lane at Canaan Fair Speedway last weekend. It was Rowe's first win for Mulkern Racing, and it also marked his fifth top-5 in as many races this season. Rowe, who finished third at Beech Ridge back in May and has a win on his resume at the track in 2006, sits second in the series standings -- just eight points behind Johnny Clark -- as he vies for a record fifth PASS North title.
Ben Rowe of Turner, Maine, won the PASS North Series Firecracker 150 at Canaan Fair Speedway in Canaan, N.H., on Saturday, July 3. The victory was the 33rd career PASS North win for the four-time series champion and his first in the Mulkern Racing No. 48 Community Pharmacies Chevrolet. Rowe led on two occasions, taking the lead for good from series points leader Johnny Clark shortly after a restart near the halfway point of the event. It was Rowe's fourth career Canaan Fair Speedway win.
WHO: Ben Rowe, Turner, Maine
TEAM: No. 48 Community Pharmacies Chevrolet
WHAT: PASS North Series Firecracker 150
WHERE: Canaan Fair Speedway, Canaan, N.H. (.333-mile oval)
NEXT: Saturday, July 10, PASS 150, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, Maine (.333-mile oval)
4-time PASS North Series champion Ben Rowe of Turner, Maine, heads to one of his favorite stops on the circuit this weekend with the running of the Firecracker 150 at Canaan Fair Speedway in Canaan, N.H., on Saturday, July 3. Rowe has 3 career victories at Canaan, including a sweep of the two PASS stops there in 2005. The all-time winningest driver in series history with 32 wins, Rowe is looking for his first win in the Mulkern Racing No. 48.
WHO:Ben Rowe, Turner, Maine
WHAT:PASS North Series Firecracker 150
Ben Rowe picked up his second consecutive top-5 to open the PASS North Series season, finishing 5th in Saturday night's PASS 150 at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, N.H. Here's some of what Rowe had to say after the race:
"Things have been kind of slow at work, and my father (inaugural PASS South Series champion Mike Rowe) decided we should go racing," Ben Rowe said. "I figured, 'Why not?' He kind of got the whole thing rolling."