Story By: STAR SPEEDWAY – EPPING, NH – Reigning Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model Champion DJ Shaw of Center Conway, New Hampshire drove to his second win of the season Saturday night in a wild Little Webb’s Tire & Fuel 150 at Star Speedway in Epping, New Hampshire.
Longtime Star Speedway competitor Joe Squeglia of Derry, New Hampshire, who led a healthy chunk of the 150-lap race, rebounded from a couple of mid-race skirmishes to earn runner-up honors. Nick Sweet of Barre, Vermont posted an impressive third-place finish after lining up for the race in 20th position.
Six-time PASS North Super Late Model champion Johnny Clark made a late charge into fourth spot after setting the race pace for several laps before misfortune struck. Reid Lanpher of Manchester, Maine started dead last in the 23-car field, got caught up in the wreck that took out Pole and Griffith, made what seemed like a dozen pit stops and then drove back into the top five as the checkered flag waved.
Race winner Shaw, who skipped practice to attend a wedding in Maine, got to the Speedway just minutes before qualifying got underway. Starting the 150-lap main event from 11th position, he avoided the early carnage that sidelined early race leader Joey Pole, Jr. and reigning PASS Super Late Model champion Derek Griffith, both from Hudson, New Hampshire.
Shaw took the lead away from Derek Ramstrom, but the battle went on for several laps of side-by-side action before Ramstrom spun from the inside groove, and out of contention for the victory. The Worcester, Masachusetts racer eventually crossed the finish line in seventh position.
Turner, Maine’s Ben Rowe led the early stages of the race and deserved a better fate than his eventual 14th-place finish, and the nine-time PASS SLM champ wasn’t the only racer bounced around in an uncharacteristically-rough main event. Garrett Hall of Scarborough, Maine, second in the championship standings entering the race, also deserved better than the sixth-place finish he was credited with after being harpooned by a part-time competitor late in the race.
Shaw and the Precision JLM Racing team extended their lead atop the PASS North Super Late Model championship standings with the victory. The next Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model race is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, May 19 at Speedway 51 in Groveton, New Hampshire. Post time is 1:00 p.m. For more information please visit proallstarsseries.com or call (207) 539-8865.
Unofficial results from the Little Webb’s Tire & Fuel 150 Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model race at Star Speedway; Epping, NH; Saturday, May 11, 2019 showing finishing position, car number, driver’s name, driver’s hometown:
1 60 DJ Shaw, Center Conway, NH; 2 03 Joe Squeglia, Jr., Derry, NH; 3 40 Nick Sweet, Barre, VT; 4 54 Johnny Clark, Farmingdale, ME; 5 59 Reid Lanpher, Manchester, ME; 6 94 Garrett Hall, Scarborough, ME; 7 35 Derek Ramstrom, Worcester. MA; 8 00 Jimmy Renfrew, Jr., Candia, NH; 9 00 Bryan Kruczek, Newmarket, NH; 10 47 Gabe Brown, Center Conway, NH; 11 7 Travis Benjamin, Belfast, ME; 12 5 Bobby Therrien, Hinesburg, VT; 13 39 Scott Chubbuck, Wiscasset, ME; 14 4 Ben Rowe, Turner, ME; 15 81 Dan Winter, Windham, NH; 16 09 Jeremy Davis, Tamworth, NH; 17 15 Jake Johnson, Rehoboth, MA; 18 8 Angelo Belsito, Auburn, MA; 19 9 Alan Tardiff, Lyman, ME; 20 7 Cory Casagrande, Stafford Springs, CT; 21 01 Mike Hopkins, Hermon, ME; 22 97 Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Hudson, NH; 23 Derek Griffith, Hudson, NH.