Mulkern Wins Octoberfest 100
by Norm Desjardins - PASS PR
Falmouth Maines Scott Mulkern powered his Community Pharmacies Dodge past Ben Rowe
to take the lead on lap 36 of Saturdays Pro All Stars Octoberfest 100 at Thompson
(CT) International Speedway and kept Rowe in the rear view mirror to score his first Pro
All Stars Series feature win.
Rowe gave the Kernel all he could handle in the final two-thirds of the race
but Mulkern was up to the challenge, beating Rowe to the line by just .209 seconds.
Mulkern is the tenth different PASS feature winner of 2004 and joins Richie Dearborn and
Ted Christopher on the list of first time PASS race winners this season.
Defending Octoberfest winner Mike Rowe crossed the line in third on his sons
back bumper and Cassius Clark raced home fourth for his 3rd top five finish in his last
four starts. Tracy Gordon rounded out the top five, with Larry Gelinas sixth, Travis
Benjamin seventh, Gege Gravel eighth and 2004 Pro All Stars Series Champion Johnny Clark
ninth. Travis Kheil completed the top ten.
Mulkern was fastest in Sunoco Race Fuel Time Trials, recording a lap of 19.509 seconds
around Thompsons high banks to beat out Ben Rowe (19.642) seconds for the honors.
Ted Christopher (19.644), Gordon (19.695), Gelinas (19.741) Richie Dearborn (19.747), Rick
Martin (19.760), Johnny Clark (19.763) Cassius Clark (19.802) and Benjamin (19.816) were
the fast ten that advanced to the Pole Dash. It was Martin over Christopher in the dash,
setting up a rare all southern New England front row for the feature with Ben Rowe third,
Cassius Clark lining up fourth, Mulkern inside row three and Richie Dearborn to his
outside. Gelinas, Johnny Clark, Gordon and Benjamin completed the first five rows for the
At the green Christopher won a drag race with Rick Martin to grab the race lead and Ben
Rowe quickly dispatched Martin to claim second spot. Early on it looked like Christopher
might repeat his winning July performance, but Rowe made a move on the bottom stick and
took over the point on lap nineteen. Meanwhile, Mulkern had worked his way up to third and
was chasing down the front pair. Mulkern took second away from Chrsitopher on lap twenty
six and was eating away at Rowes ten car length lead. One of the evenings three
cautions flew on lap thirty-five for Gary Smiths day-ending spin, setting up the
deciding restart for Rowe and Mulkern. When the green flew Mulkern made what was to be the
race winning move on Rowe to claim the victory. Christopher fell victim to a flat right
rear tire while running third and came home twenty-sixth at the finish.