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Ben Rowe Wins PASS at Oxford, Completes Family Sweep of Weekend

One day after father Mike Rowe won at Oxford Plains Speedway in Super Late Model competition, son Ben Rowe won the PASS Super Late Model Series event at the Maine facility.


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Like father, like son? That was certainly the case in Super Late Model competition this weekend at Oxford Plains Speedway.

On Saturday, Mike Rowe scored his 153rd career feature win at Oxford Plains Speedway in the track’s Oxford Championship Series. When many of those same racers battled with the touring stars of the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models on Sunday, it was Mike’s son, Ben, taking the checkered flag.

Ben Rowe took the lead with 50 laps to go in the 150-lap race, then held off challenges from D.J. Shaw and Max Cookson to pick up the win in the last PASS race at Oxford before the Oxford 250 on August 25-27.

Naturally, the younger Rowe had plenty of motivation going into Sunday’s race after his father’s win on Saturday.

“First of all, this is his car,” said Ben Rowe in victory lane. “He went out and did it last night, and I said, ‘Jesus Christ, he’s still got it. He’s showing me up.”

With the victory, Ben Rowe now has 42 career PASS North victories. However, the win ended a five-year drought in PASS competition for the four-time series champion, dating back to September 15, 2018 at White Mountain Motorsports Park.

While it was a weekend for the veterans at Oxford Plains, Max Cookson represented the young guard well with a second-place finish on Sunday. The 20-year-old capitalized on a late restart to work his way up to second, but could not find his way around Rowe and settled for the runner-up spot.

“We knew the name of the game today was going to be to conserve,” said Cookson. “I feel like we did a really good job in the earlier portion of the race. We settled about fifth there, and that’s what it was good for with the track position we had.

“We got a late race yellow, got clear in line to fifth and managed to drive around all of them but one. Congrats to Benjie, and I can’t thank my guys enough.”

D.J. Shaw completed the podium, content with a strong showing as teams turn their focus to the Oxford 250 at the end of August.

“I think we have a good foundation,” said Shaw. “We tried a lot of different stuff today and worked with Joey [Doiron] today. I know he didn’t have the day he wanted, but he’s helped me a lot and I’m excited moving forward here to see what we can do at the end of the month.”

Super Late Models will have one more chance to race at Oxford Plains Speedway between now and the Oxford 250, as the Oxford Championship Series will race next Saturday, August 12.

-Photo credit: Will Bellamy, Racing America

Unofficial Results

15Ben Rowe150---
239Max Cookson1500.520
360SD.J. Shaw1501.794
47BTravis Benjamin1502.825
594Garrett Hall1502.946
67GCurtis Gerry1503.123
750Andy Shaw1504.064
817MAEddie Macdonald1504.383
914SJosh St. Clair1506.038
1024Mike Rowe1507.018
1112XCorey Bubar1507.283
1229TAustin Teras1508.440
1314Scott McDaniel15010.456
1447Gabe Brown15012.928
158Angelo Belsito1491 Lap
1623Dave Farrington1491 Lap
1772Xryan Kuhn1491 Lap
1860BTim Brackett1491 Lap
1936Ryan Robbins1491 Lap
2015Travis Stearns1491 Lap
2144Trevor Sanborn1491 Lap
2288Brandon Barker1491 Lap
2354Johnny Clark1491 Lap
2473DJoey Doiron1482 Laps
2584Matt Dow1482 Laps
2618SMichael Scorzelli1464 Laps
2741Logan Melcher11535 Laps
289TAlan Tardif11535 Laps
2912Dennis Spencer11436 Laps
3032Nick Jenkins7575 Laps