PHOTO: Johnny Clark and crew celebrated their sixth PASS North win of the year at White Mountain on Sunday. (Justin St. Louis/VMM photo)

NORTH WOODSTOCK, N.H. — Sunday’s White Mountain 150 looked like a battle between two Super Late Model underdogs in the Pro All Stars Series at White Mountain Motorsports Park. New Hampshire racers Bryan Kruczek and home track favorite D.J. Shaw were the class of the field for most of the race, dicing up front through the first half of the event.

But Johnny Clark, the five-time PASS North champion from Farmingdale, Me., stole the show.

Center Harbor, N.H., driver Shaw — the 2006 Late Model champion at White Mountain — led the opening nine circuits before giving way to Kruczek. A restart after a four-car crash that included Matt Frahm and title contender Ben Rowe allowed Kruczek, of Newmarket, N.H., to sneak in front of Shaw, and he led the next 55 laps.

Shaw drove around Kruczek on the outside to grab the lead back on lap 65 and pulled away from the field after restarts on laps 66 and 85. Meanwhile, Clark had begun his march from 14th starting position to second place, but was more than a full straightaway behind Shaw when race’s sixth caution flag flew. Another quick yellow on lap 130 gave Clark the outside lane for the final restart, and his high-horsepower “built” engine beat Shaw’s crate engine on the outside lane.

Clark then ran to the win, his sixth PASS North win of the year. He said he no chance to beat Shaw without the final two cautions.

“Oh God no. I tried and I was making very little headway,” Clark admitted. “I had made up my mind that there was no way I could catch him. My only prayer was to sit there and ride and save [tires] and pray for a caution and line up side-by-side with him.”

Clark got his wish.

“I’d already seen [Shaw] on some restarts coming off of [turn] four and he was sideways when he was pinched down on the bottom,” Clark said. “He did a good job getting up as high as he could but he just needed a little more room. He needed the whole track and then he was really good. I knew if I could get down in front of him and hold the bottom line and drag race him with the big motor I’d win, and it worked.”

Shaw skipped an event at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina on his regular NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule to race at home. Shaw has struggled badly on both the NASCAR and PASS tours this season, but was happy to have collected the runner-up finish — just his second top-five run of the year between the two series.

“It kind of sucks to give it up at the end like that, strictly on power, [but] I think we had the best handling car today and we just didn’t have the best engine option for the short run,” Shaw said. “The crate is a great option and it has a lot of pros, but we found the con today. If we didn’t have those last few yellows, we looked like heroes, but we just didn’t have quite enough drive down the straightaway to finish the deal today. All in all, it was a great recovery for our season, really, and a good momentum shift.”

Kruczek held off a last-lap challenge from Alexandre Gingras to take his best career PASS finish in third place. Lonnie Sommerville was fifth, followed by Frahm, Scott Dragon, Joey Doiron, Scott Alexander, and Gary Smith.

In earlier action, Dan McKeage of Gorham, Me., won a wild 75-lap PASS Sportsman race. McKeage held the lead for nearly the entire distance before Kevin Douglas challenged him in the final ten laps. Douglas put his nose under McKeage exiting Turn 2 on lap 69, but was hit from behind by third-place driver Carey Martin and spun.

McKeage restarted on the pole but was passed at lap 71 by Scott Dorr and Clyde Hennessey. A caution flag came out on lap 72 for a spun backmarker, however, and Dorr’s left-front tire went flat under the pace laps. McKeage got a jump on the inside at the restart and retook the lead, crossing the finish line the winner. PASS Sportsman point leader Shane Tatro of Holden, Me., and Donny Morse of Windham, Me., got by Hennssey to complete the podium. R.J. Austin was fifth on Hennessey’s bumper.

Billy Dixon was in the right place at the right time to win the 40-lap PASS Modified feature. The North Waterboro, Me., driver was running in third place on a lap 33 restart when leader Dana Reed jumped the start. When no restart flag was thrown, Reed and second-place runner Scott Reed, his cousin, tangled with Dixon, sending Scott Reed nearly head-on into the Turn 1 wall and out of the race. Dana Reed was penalized and was out of the event. Dixon inherited the lead and drove to the win ahead of New Gloucester, Me., driver Ron Henry and Travis Buzzell of Hollis, Maine.

Connor McDougal of Brookfield, N.H., won a 40-lap open competition race for eight-cylinder Wlidcat/Strictly Stock-type cars. McDougal, a regular competitor at Star (N.H.) Speedway, took the lead at lap 11 and cruised to the win. Former Oxford Plains (Me.) Speedway champion Skip Tripp of Poland, Me., was second and Alby Ovitt of Lee, N.H., finished third.

The Pro All Stars Series heads to Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Me., on Saturday and Sunday for the annual PASS 400 weekend which includes a 300-lap Super Late Model event that awards points for the both the PASS North and National Championship series.

Pro All Stars Series North — White Mountain Motorsports Park, North Woodstock, N.H.
Sunday, September 11, 2011

(# – denote rookie)

PASS North Super Late Models (150 laps)
1. (14) Johnny Clark, Farmingdale, Me.
2. (2) D.J. Shaw, Center Conway, N.H.
3. (1) # Bryan Kruczek, Newmarket, N.H.
4. (8) Alexandre Gingras, Quebec, Que.
5. (13) Lonnie Sommerville, St. Johns, N.B.
6. (15) Matt Frahm, Salem, N.H.
7. (3) Scott Dragon, Colchester, Vt.
8. (9) Joey Doiron, Berwick, Me.
9. (10) Scott Alexander, Orrington, Me.
10. (12) Gary Smith, Bangor, Me.
11. (5) Dustin Hubbard, Unity, Me.
12. (17) # Matt Matheson, Oromocto, N.B.
13. (22) Curtis Gerry, Waterboro, Me.
14. (6) Tom Scully, Jr., East Cranston, R.I.
15. (7) Travis Benjamin, Morrill, Me.
16. (18) John Dabrowski, West Bridgewater, Mass.
17. (11) Ben Rowe, Turner, Me.
18. (4) Kevin Roberge, Levis, Que.
19. (16) # Kyle DeSouza, East Providence, R.I.
20. (21) # Austin Brehio, Hopkinton, N.H.
21. (20) Billy Brady, Marstons Mills, Mass.
22. (19) Donnie Whitten, Wells, Me.

PASS Sportsman (75 laps)
1. Dan McKeage, Gorham, Me.
2. Shane Tatro, Holden, Me.
3. Donny Morse, Windham, Me.
4. Clyde Hennessey, Windham, Me.
5. R.J. Austin, Smithfield, Me.
6. Dave Langlais, Springvale, Me.
7. Mike Field, Buxton, Me.
8. Craig Smith, East Waterboro, Me.
9. Kenny Marier, Littleton, N.H.
10. Carey Martin, Denmark, Me.

PASS Modified (40 laps)
1. Billy Dixon, North Waterboro, Me.
2. Ron Henry, New Gloucester, Me.
3. Travis Buzzell, Hollis, Me.
4. Alan Wilson, Hebron, Me.
5. Scott McDaniel, Livermore, Me.
6. Sumner Sessions, Norway, Me.
7. Richie Ferreira, Raynham, Mass.
8. Mark Lundblad, Conway, N.H.
9. Andy Shaw, North Conway, N.H.
10. Scott Reed, East Parsonsfield, Me.

Wildcat (40 laps)
1. Connor McDougal, Brookfield, N.H.
2. Skip Tripp, Poland, Me.
3. Alby Ovitt, Lee, N.H.
4. Nate Leavitt, Buxton, Me.
5. David Vaughn, Naples, Me.
6. Billy Childs, Jr., Leeds, Me.
7. Dan Bean, Alfred, Me.
8. Brian Caswell, Buxton, Me.
9. Matt Dow, Hollis, Me.
10. Steve Benincasa, Buxton, Me.