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Brown Edges Shaw For Second PASS North Win At WMMP

Brown outdueled his car builder and mentor DJ Shaw in a close-quarters battle to win his second career PASS North race.

Gabe Brown shares the podium with third-place Ryan Kuhn and second-place DJ Shaw after his second career PASS North win on Saturday. (Photo courtesy ACT Media/John Raper)

UPDATE Sept. 20, 2022: After a manual scoring review and technical inspection, PASS officials awarded the victory to DJ Shaw, with Gabe Brown scored second. The results below have been updated in accordance with Monday’s announcement.

Gabe Brown spent a few years trying to earn his first Pro All Stars Series victory. It only took a couple months to earn his second.

Brown prevailed in a late battle with DJ Shaw to win Saturday’s PASS North Fall Foliage 150 at White Mountain Motorsports Park, his second career PASS win and his second of the season.

Saturday’s race was originally planned for Sunday afternoon, but a doubtful forecast prompted officials to move Sunday’s program to Saturday, cramming the day full of action as the PASS-anchored program warmed up the crowd for the evening’s American-Canadian Tour Fall Foliage 200.

Brown took the lead 20 laps into the feature when early leader Dillon Moltz lost a tire, but the young racer faced a challenge from seven-time PASS North champion Johnny Clark. Clark, a winner earlier in the season at WMMP, vaulted into the lead on a lap-50 restart, looking for back-to-back wins after late-race disappointment in the Oxford 250.

Shaw, a former WMMP track champion with both ACT and PASS wins at the track in 2022, slipped past Brown to take second on lap 65. While the five-time PASS champion could get close, he could not get around Clark, who was well on track for his fourth win on the season.

But with only a few laps remaining, a trailing arm broke on Clark’s car. The veteran struggled to keep his car under control, finally spinning in turn one, bringing out a caution. Clark was relegated to 15th, his first finish outside the top ten all year.

Shaw assumed the lead with Brown alongside him for the restart. Brown, the protégé, battled his mentor hard in the final three laps, with Shaw pinned to the inside groove but leaning on Brown to trip up the youngster. Unintimidated, Brown nosed ahead off turn four to nip Shaw by 0.003 seconds.

Points leader Ryan Kuhn finished third, a solid day for the East Bridgewater, Mass. driver. Wayne Helliwell, Jr. was fourth at the line, with points challenger Eddie MacDonald fifth.

Jeremy Davis was sixth in his third PASS start of the year, all at WMMP. Max Cookson was seventh, as the newly-crowned Oxford Plains Speedway Super Late Model champion prepares for a full-time PASS assault in 2023. Jake Matheson finished a stout eighth, with Bobby Therrien ninth in his season debut. Ben Rowe, in his third race in the Rowe Family Racing entry owned by father Mike, finished tenth.

Thirty-two cars showed up for Saturday’s race despite the rescheduling, with Mark Patten and Joey Polewarczyk unable to make the call for the green flag.

Brown’s victory, his fourth for car owner Dale Drew, comes a year to the day after the young Center Conway, N.H. racer made his debut for Drew in a Granite State Pro Stock Series race. Drew, one of Brown’s sponsors, decided to jump into car ownership late in 2021, then called on Brown to drive his car once it was complete. Brown nearly drove the car to victory on their first night together before a flat tire relegated him to seventh. Brown bounced back with a win at Lee USA Speedway a couple weeks later, then won the GSPSS season opener this April.

Keeping his own family car as an alternate, Brown has run most of the PASS North schedule this year for Drew, picking up his first PASS win in July in a close battle with Joey Doiron.

Often criticized for his aggressive style, Brown has worked to find a rhythm this year. Indeed, in thirteen starts, Brown has only finished outside the top ten once, picking up three third-place finishes and two more top fives in addition to his two wins. A heat race crash at New Hampshire Motor Speedway left Brown with minimum points for his appearance, but entering the weekend at WMMP, Brown was still well within reach of the championship lead with plenty of time to make up ground.

Brown may be grasping how to be a big-picture racer, but he still has the aggression necessary to go toe-to-toe with PASS’ top racers.

Brown proved that on Saturday.

REVISED Results, PASS North Fall Foliage 150 at White Mountain Motorsports Park:
1. (60) DJ Shaw
2. (50) Gabe Brown
3. (72) Ryan Kuhn
4. (27NH) Wayne Helliwell, Jr.
5. (17MA) Eddie MacDonald
6. (09) Jeremy Davis
7. (39) Max Cookson
8. (52) Jake Matheson
9. (5X) Bobby Therrien
10. (24) Ben Rowe
11. (10) Kate Re
12. (18) Michael Scorzelli
13. (12) Dennis Spencer, Jr.
14. (02) Brian Whalley
15. (54) Johnny Clark
16. (12X) Corey Bubar
17. (90) Craig Weinstein
18. (83) Tyler Cahoon
19. (7) Isaac Bevin
20. (00) Jimmy Renfrew, Jr.
21. (8) Calvin Rose, Jr.
22. (01) Sammy Gooden
23. (93) Ryan Green
24. (29S) Trevor Sanborn
25. (81) Dan Winter
26. (36) Ryan Robbins
27. (5M) Dillon Moltz
28. (84) Jamie Wright
29. (20P) Joe Pastore
30. (60M) Mike Mayberry
DNS (4) Joey Polewarczyk
DNS (07) Mark Patten

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Jeff Brown is a contributor to Short Track Scene. A native of New Hampshire and a long-time fan of New England racing, Brown provides a fan's perspective as he follows New England's regional Late Model touring series.

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