CANAAN, N.H. – Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, rallied for a hard-fought fifth-place finish in the PASS North Series Firecracker 150 at Canaan Fair Speedway in Canaan, N.H., on Saturday, July 2. Sommerville took the lead briefly in the event's early going after starting fourth, but a broken control arm before the halfway mark significantly hindered the handling on the No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/Community Pharmacies Chevrolet. Sommerville, who posted his third Top-5 in five races this season in the Mulkern Racing entry, led a total of nine laps on the night. He never dropped lower than sixth in the running order and used a couple of late restarts to crack the Top-5 in his first-ever visit to Canaan.
Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, looks to turn his bad luck around when the PASS North Series heads to the Firecracker 150 at Canaan Fair Speedway in Canaan, N.H., on Saturday, July 2. Sommerville, who is coming off back-to-back finishes outside of the Top-10 thanks to mechanical woes, has never competed at the facility – but his Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/Community Pharmacies Chevrolet team is the defending champion of this event. The event kicks off a busy stretch for the PASS North Series, with the race serving as the first of three events in an 11-day stretch.
VALLEE JONCTION, Que. – Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, finished 19th in the PASS North Series Habitations Dany Lagace 150 at Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallee Jonction, Que., on Sunday, June 26. Sommerville broke the rear end transmission on Lap 58 in the Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/Community Pharmacies Chevrolet not long after working his way into the Top-10.
Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, joins the PASS North Series for its debut at Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallee Jonction, Que., with the Habitations Dany Lagace 150 on Saturday, June 25. Sommerville hopes to rebound from a tough effort last time out at Speedway 660, when a mechanical failure took him out of contention shortly after leading the 200-lap event. He has never raced at Autodrome Chaudiere, though he and the Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders Chevrolet team did get the opportunity to test at the track earlier this month. Sommerville enters the weekend third in the PASS North standings, just 26 points off the lead through three races.
GEARY, N.B. – Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, fought back at his home track Saturday night to finish 12th in the PASS North Series PASS 200 at Speedway 660 in Geary, N.B. Sommerville broke a wheel on Lap 47 of the event, not long after leading for several laps. The failure ended the chances of winning for the speedway's two-time Peterbilt 250 champion, but hard work from the Mulkern Racing crew pit-side had Sommerville racing with the leaders as he tried to get back one of the three laps he lost.
Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, heads home with the PASS North Series for the PASS 200 at Speedway 660 in Geary, N.B., on Saturday, June 11. Sommerville is from nearby Saint John, and he's the only Canadian-born two-time winner of the track's marquee event – the Peterbilt 250 – held each September. After finishing fourth in each of the first two races to open the season, Sommerville has his sights set on visiting PASS North Series victory lane with Mulkern Racing for the first time in his career this weekend at his home track.
Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, looks to keep his momentum rolling when the PASS North Series competes in the PASS 150 at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, N.H., on Saturday, May 21. Sommerville is coming off a fourth-place finish at Star Speedway in Epping, N.H, and the Mulkern Racing driver sits third in the series points after the first two races of the season. Sommerville has never competed at White Mountain, though the team did test there last week.
Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, looks for a second straight Top-5 finish to open the PASS North Series season in the Star 150 at Star Speedway in Epping, N.H., on Saturday, May 14. Sommerville, who has joined Mulkern Racing to compete full-time in the series for the first time, comes off a strong fourth-place effort in his debut at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway two weeks ago. Sommerville has never competed at Star Speedway, though his home track of Speedway 660 in Geary, N.B., is very similar in size and layout.
SCARBOROUGH, Maine – Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, opened the 2011 PASS North Series season with a 4th-place finish in the PASS 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, on Saturday, April 30. The Mulkern Racing driver started mid-pack in the 31-car field but spent the final 30 laps of the event battling hard for third, fourth and fifth spots in a tight pack of five cars. Sommerville's fourth-place run marked his best career PASS North Series finish in his first series race with Mulkern Racing.
“Obviously, in my mind I want to win the championship,” said the latest addition to the Mulkern Racing lineup, Canadian driver Lonnie Sommerville. “But I'm not going to finish sixth when I could have won the race because I'm worrying just about points. If you win races, points will take care of themselves.
“But at the same time, you have to be smart about it – but that's what makes good race car drivers.”
Sommerville, from St. John, New Brunswick, will run the entire 2011 PASS North Series season in the Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders Chevrolet – marking his first full-time foray into PASS North competition after several seasons of part-time efforts coupled with a full-time run at the CARQUEST Tour north of the border.