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Shaw Awarded PASS Fall Foliage 150 Win After Scoring Review

A manual scoring dispute, plus a post-race discovery, prompted PASS to award Saturday’s victory to the runner-up.

DJ Shaw focuses before a race earlier this season. The five-time PASS North champ inherited his fourth series win on Monday, when Saturday's thrilling finish was reversed in his favor. (STS/Jeff Brown)

It seems that the mentor and the protégé from Saturday’s thrilling Pro All Stars Series Fall Foliage 150 will have to trade trophies, not just paint.

PASS officials announced Monday that, after further review of the photo finish, DJ Shaw will be credited with the Fall Foliage 150 victory, with original winner Gabe Brown moved back to the runner-up position.

The announcement adds another layer to a dramatic doubleheader at White Mountain Motorsports Park in which Shaw came up thousandths of a second from scoring two wins at his home track.

LOOKING BACK: Brown Edges Shaw For Second PASS North Win At WMMP

Shaw, a five-time PASS North champion, inherited the race lead with only a few laps to go when leader Johnny Clark suffered a suspension failure. Brown lined up to Shaw’s outside, looking for his second career PASS win. Shaw and Brown engaged in a door-to-door duel for the final three laps, with Brown edging out Shaw by a scant .003 seconds for the win.

However, a discrepancy between electronic scoring and the classic “eyeball test” merited additional review of the results.

PASS released a brief statement Monday regarding their review:

Gabe Brown’s Dale Drew Racing entry rests in the pits prior to August’s Oxford 250. The young racer accepted fault for an incorrectly-installed transponder in Saturday’s PASS Fall Foliage 150. (STS/Jeff Brown)

“Regarding the finish. At the end of the event, 2 manual scorers had the #60 [Shaw] ahead, but electronic scoring had the #50 car [Brown] ahead, winning by .003 [thousandths] of a second. The transponder on the #50 car was positioned 3.5 inches forward on the car from the regulated position. The #50 car has already been moved to second place and will have other penalties.”

What other penalties will be levied against Brown are unlikely to be publicly announced. Given that the team was not outright disqualified, a fine seems most likely.

Shaw, who earned a July win at WMMP, inherited his fourth win of 2022 and his second PASS win at the track where he cut his racing teeth. Shaw has another victory at WMMP this year in July’s American-Canadian Tour Midsummer Classic 250. In all, six of his eight touring wins this year have come at high-banked quarter-miles.

Brown, on the other hand, will have to wait two weeks to chase his second PASS victory.

The young racer posted his own statement on Facebook on Monday afternoon.

“Everyone has [their] own opinion and thought on the race,” Brown said, “but in the end it’s my own fault for not making sure the transponder was in the correct location. Feel terrible for my guys but that’s how she goes. Never planned on it coming down to this and that’s why they have rules on it, we will get it fixed up and win it the right way at Thunder Road!”

A hands-on racer, Brown’s Super Late Model career blossomed under the guidance of DJ and Dale Shaw, with the youngster working in the shop after school to gain familiarity with his rides. While Dale Drew is the owner of record on Brown’s #50 entry, Brown is directly engaged in the car’s construction and maintenance.

Shaw battles Brown, in his own #61, during a Granite State Pro Stock Series race earlier this year. The Dale Shaw Race Cars stablemates will have to trade trophies, not paint, after battling to the checkers this past weekend. (STS/Jeff Brown)

A results revision in PASS is uncommon, but this is not the first time the series has had to reevaluate a close finish. At Oxford Plains Speedway in 2016, Wayne Helliwell, Jr. was initially flagged the winner in a nail-biting battle with Joey Polewarczyk. Conflicting photo and video evidence were presented to PASS, which prompted a thorough review of the finish. After consideration, PASS declared the race a dead heat, with both Helliwell and Polewarczyk credited with victories.

Shaw, who missed a race earlier this season to pursue points toward his first career American-Canadian Tour Late Model title, is just out of the running for the PASS championship but sits fifth in points. Brown is in the thick of the action, sitting third in the standings with top tens in all but two of his fourteen races. A win in Saturday’s race would have helped Brown inch ever closer to the top of the standings.

Instead, Brown has to take his victory pursuit to Vermont’s Thunder Road International Speedbowl. In five PASS starts there, Brown has a best finish of fifth but no finish worse than 12th. And that was before Brown became a Super Late Model winner and a Granite State Pro Stock Series champion.

To back up his boast, Brown has quite the challenge ahead.

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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