THE PASS North Super Late Models and the American Canadian Tour (ACT) have a doubleheader scheduled at Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday.
Defending PASS North champion DJ Shaw of Center Conway, winner of the Thompson Icebreaker, will try to make it two in a row in the Honey Badger Bar & Grill 150.
Shaw’s No. 60 is sponsored by Precision JLM of Laval, Quebec, which specializes in precision parts for the aerospace industry, and HK Powersports, an ATV and UTV dealer with locations in Laconia and Hooksett.
Sixteen-year-old Kennett High Schooler Gabe Brown, who also races out of the Dale Shaw Race Cars stable, was busy in the shop this week during school vacation preparing for the Oxford event.
Several PASS cars are featuring the new Five Star Gen 6 bodies that are deemed controversial in various circles because they have been approved by some sanctioning bodies but not by others, in part because Five Star is currently the lone manufacturer.
“I think it’s time for a change of appearance,” Dale Shaw said. “PASS has had the same look for a long time. The new look is more like a street car and somewhat more square than the older bodies.”
“I wouldn’t say there’s a competitive advantage with the Gen 6,” Shaw offered. “At Thompson, we won with the new body, Derek Griffith was second in the older model, Ray Christian (third) had a new body and Johnny Clark (fourth) ran the older one.”
A second straight win for Shaw on Sunday would boost his bid to repeat as the PASS champion leading up to the Saturday, May 11, race at Star Speedway.
Regarding Five Star’s Gen 6 body, the decision, so far, by key competitor AR Bodies not to go into production and the disapproval of some sanctioning groups is described by Speedway Illustrated’s Karl Fredrickson as “a pot that’s been simmering for years without any resolution.”
One obstacle to consensus over use of Gen 6 bodies is the cost. The price of a “Complete Economy” package approaches three grand.
Last weekend, PASS held a National Championship points event at Hickory (N.C.) Speedway and Derek Ramstrom of West Boylston, Mass., came out on top in a 33-car field.
There’s a PASS National Championship event scheduled Sunday, June 23, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as part of the Third Annual New England Short Track Showdown.
Star opens with its annual Bunny Brawl event Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Multiple Enduros, Six-Shooters and Street Stocks are on the card.
At Stafford Motor Speedway on Sunday, it’s the 48th NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler, the fourth of 16 events on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. So far, the Tour winners have been Doug Coby, Ron Silk and Justin Bonsignore.
Bob Polverari of West Springfield, Mass., a five-time Riverside Park champion, New England Hall-of-Famer and the winner of the 10th annual Spring Sizzler, is the Grand Marshal of this year’s event.
Polverari had to hold off the late, great Richie Evans to win the 1981 Sizzler before a crowd estimated at 13,000. Evans had set a track record in qualifying, but had to come from the back of the pack because of a flat tire. A late yellow created a four-lap shootout at the end and Polverari outlasted the “Rapid Roman” by a foot.
Joey Polewarczyk Jr. of Hudson, driver of the Pole’s Automotive No. 97 – with sponsor support from Cigar Perforator of Tewksbury, Mass., and Hedman Headers – will compete in the ACT 150 at Oxford. Joey Pole is in pick and choose mode presently regarding his overall schedule, but he expects to join the Super Late Model fray May 11 at Star.
“At Oxford, we’ll be in the car we won with at Richmond, the car we rented out last year,” Polewarczyk said. “It was awesome down there.”
Hudson Speedway has released its 2019 schedule. The May 5 opener includes Street Stocks, Six-Shooters, PASS Modifieds and Street Stocks.
Claremont has a test and tune session this Saturday in preparation for its season opener Friday, May 3. The headliner opening night is the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS), which recently announced that greybeard Tommy Rosati of Agawam, Mass., is getting back into the game with car owner Wright Pearson.
Rosati was a force years ago on the Busch North circuit and won multiple track championships at Riverside Park and Stafford as well as the 1979 Oxford 250.
Pearson has close ties with 2017 GSPSS champion Mike O’Sullivan‘s team and Rosati may get some additional manpower help as a result.
Monadnock opens Saturday, May 4, with a Modified Racing Series event. Woody Pitkat of Stafford Conn., is the defending champion.
On Track This Weekend
Star Speedway: Saturday, 4:30 p.m.
Oxford Plains (Maine): Sunday, 2 p.m.
Stafford Motor Speedway (Conn.): Sunday, 2 p.m.