How Low Can Rowe Go?
When you have more than twenty great pro stocks and twenty great drivers the results are long green flag runs, few cautions, exciting lead changes and great racing through the entire field! That’s what we got last week when the Pro All Star Series pulled off one of those “Remember When” nights at Speedway 660.
The question of the night for me was: How low can Rowe go? Most of the other drivers wanted the high side but from the outset Ben Rowe was committed to the low groove. And man did he ever make it work down there. The four time PASS champ hung around in the top ten in the first hundred laps, moving up to the top five late in that run. Then in the second half, Ben continued to use the inside to move to the front.
Lonnie Sommerville and Kirk Thibeau were the cars to beat for much of the night. It was a battle for the ages between two former Peterbilt 250 winners. Lonnie had a tire go down, went to the back after a caution but battled back like a true warrior and settled for seventh. Thibeau faded a little late in the race, but still came home fourth.
Shawn Tucker struggled for much of the night and finished ninth. Defending Speedway 660 Pro Stock Camp Greg Fahey brought his St. Stephen Gaurdian Pharmacy/Rexall machine home in tenth. Johnny Clark, the winner of two PASS races this year, mounted a challenge but broke and ended up in the rhubarb. Clark’s crew repaired his machine and he salvaged 14th position points.
All of these Saturday Night Heroes put on an awesome display of racing. Before the event, PASS points leader Johnny Clark had some very nice things to say to our fans about Speedway 660. “There is no other track like this in the northeast and the combination of fast straight stretches and tight, high banked turns makes for great racing and that’s what you will see tonight” said Clark.
The PASS boys put on a big time show, but our own street stocks and sportsman were not to be denied. Heidi Cooper won the Coast Tire Street Stock feature to the delight of the big crowd. Rocket Rodney Ness was also on the podium and that’s the first time this daughter and father team both had top three finishes on the same night. Our fans roared with approval when Heidi told her dad “the best driver won”.
The only minor blemish on the evening, from my vantage point, was the finish of the Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman feature. After going door to door for the lead for much of the race Randy Moore and Cal Hatfield got together on the last lap. Regardless of who would have won, this incident ruined what should have been a great night for both of them. Myles Harris was “Johnny-on-the Spot” and took the trip to the Auto Pride Victory Lane when the leaders made an early exit to the beach.
It was truly was a “Remember When” night of racing at Speedway 660, the home of your “Saturday Night Heroes”.