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2011
PASS North Banquet
Friday, November 4, 2011
At the PASS 2011 Banquet, Lonnie Sommerville received his trophy for second in the North SLM points standings and a plaque for Co-Rookie-of-
the-Year along with Kyle Desouza.
PASS Champions Day
Saturday, October 15th
Oxford 10-14-11 PASS SLM TOP THREE
DJ Shaw #60, 3rd; Winner Scott Mulkern #84;
and Travis Benjamin #17, 2nd.
Scott Collects Second Career
PASS North Series Win
Lonnie 7th for 2nd in PASS North Points
and 2011 PASS SLM Rookie of the Year

OXFORD, Maine – Scott Mulkern of Falmouth, Maine, led the final 15 laps en route to his second career PASS North Series win with a victory in the season-ending PASS Championship 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway on Saturday.

The race was called by rain after 118 laps. Two unsuccessful attempts were made by series officials to dry the track before the win was granted to Mulkern and the No. 84 Southern Maine Motors/Community Pharmacies Dodge.

“It means a lot. That's where you want to be,” said Mulkern, who dedicated the win to his father, Will Mulkern, who died in June after a battle with cancer. “I just had a great car. Gary (Crooks)'s preparation at the shop and Seth Holbrook at the track is unbelievable.”

Mulkern's only previous PASS North Series victory came in 2004 when he won at Thompson International Speedway. He has raced part-time in the series that last few years.

The win led a great day for Mulkern Racing. Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, finished seventh in the No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders Chevrolet to clinch second in the overall PASS North Series standings and win the 2011 Rookie of the Year award.

“Second in the points and Scott winning the race, it's a great day for Mulkern Racing,” Sommerville said. “Big picture, it's good for building on next year and what we're going to do in the future. At some point, this team is going to be unstoppable.”

Mulkern started 25th in the 33-car field after both he and Sommerville encountered problems in first-round qualifying. But the bad starting spot didn't slow Mulkern, who had cracked the Top-5 by the midpoint of the event with the aid of just two early caution flags

When the caution flew again on Lap 96, Mulkern was in second and just seven laps later he took the lead from Travis Benjamin. He lost the lead briefly on another restart before cruising to the win.

The only thing that slowed Mulkern was the rain, but even that came too late to stop him from securing the well-earned victory.

“I've always been pretty good here (at Oxford),” Mulkern said. “People might not know it because I always seemed to shoot myself in the foot, but I've had some really good cars at this track. It's hard to win here. I thought I could do it with the right people and the right effort.”

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Two-Car Team To Put Wraps
On PASS North Season
FALMOUTH, Maine – Mulkern Racing will field a two-car effort as the PASS North Series puts the final touches on the 2011 season with the rain-delayed PASS Championship 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine, on Saturday, October 15.

Lonnie Sommerville sits second in the overall PASS North standings heading into the final race of the year, while team owner Scott Mulkern will make his fifth start of the season. Sommerville, who will lock up the Rookie of the Year title with the start on Saturday, finished second to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch when the series last visited Oxford Plains in July, while Mulkern posted a season-best finish of second in his last outing – in the PASS 300 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway last month.

#48 Sommerville POINTS POSITION: 2nd


DID YOU KNOW?
- Lonnie Sommerville will be the highest finishing rookie in PASS North Series history with a second-place finish in the final overall standings.

- Mulkern Racing finished with two cars in the Top-11 when the series last visited Oxford Plains Speedway.

- Lonnie has a win and 10 Top-5 finishes in 13 series starts this season.

- Lonnie won a Sportsman race in Canada at Speedway 660 during the recent break in the PASS North Series schedule.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

LONNIE SOMMERVILLE, Driver of the No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/Community Pharmacies Chevrolet, On finishing second his last time out at Oxford Plains Speedway: “We probably saved (our car) a little too long. We talked about it before the race started, that we were going to try and run about 80 percent to try and save the tires and keep it under us. We probably didn't expect as many long green-flag runs as we had.

“I probably used a little bit of it at the end, but I still think we had more left in it. One or two more yellows would have been nice – it was pretty good on old tires. Once we'd get going, I'd get a little tight on the top and a little free on the bottom.”

On how his first full season in the PASS North Series has gone: “It's been pretty good. This race team is just awesome. Vickie and Scott (Mulkern) give us everything we need, and Andrew McKay from McKay Builders, too. It's exciting to finish on the podium with these guys as much as we have, but I think we can be even better. Going to a lot of new tracks for me this year has been a challenge, and I feel like we can't be satisfied – even with as good a year as we've probably had. I think it will just help motivate us for next season.

“Everybody on my race team... All my guys just work their butts off.”

SCOTT MULKERN, Driver of the No. 84 Southern Maine Motors Dodge, On racing as a part-time competitor in 2011: “In the big picture, if you look at my style and the way I sometimes shoot myself in the foot, I don't care about (points). Not at all. Guys like Ben (Rowe) – he likes that. Johnny (Clark) likes that. That's the challenge for those guys. They like that whole thing, their whole team does, of points racing.

“I don't think they drive much different than if they weren't racing for points – that's not necessarily the way they are. But I personally don't care about the championship. I want to win races more than that. If you told me I could race all year and not win a race but win the championship, or I could win four races and no championship, I'd want to win four races. We're trying to do that – but it just goes along with everything else you're doing.”

SETH HOLBROOK, Crew Chief on the No. 84 Southern Maine Motors Dodge, On racing at Oxford Plains Speedway: “We like going there. It's a a good place to race, and both of our cars ran well there last time. Hopefully, we can get a win this weekend.”
The PASS 150
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th
Lonnie 4th at White Mountain
After a bad draw for the heat resulted in a non-qualifying heat position, Lonnie raced in the consi to receive a back third of the grid starting spot.

At the green the began a steady move to the front. Showing top five speed, the #48 escaped involvement in a lap 126 restart mess that saw a car pull out of the pits right into the way of the leasers as the green flew and then saw a multi-car spin in turns 3 and 4.

The final laps saw the #48 challenging Babb in the #4x for third, but Lonnie just couldn't  get around. The 4th place finish stretched Lonnie's lead for second place in the PASS North points standings to 28 over Ben Rowe in the #4.

The Mulkern sponsored #60 of DJ Shaw took the win. See the right sidebar. >>>

PASS SLM Top Three - L to R:
Scott Mulkern, 2nd; Winner Johnny Clark; Trevor Sanborn, 3rd
2nd for SCOTT
SCARBOROUGH, Maine – Scott Mulkern of Falmouth, Maine, continued to find success in a part-time role, finishing second in the PASS North Series PASS 300 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, on Sunday, September 18. Mulkern overcame a flat tire early and a later penalty on pit road to post his best career PASS finish at Beech Ridge. He moved into second with under 50 laps remaining and dogged eventual winner Johnny Clark all the way to the finish. Mulkern, co-owner of Mulkern Racing, led a strong day from the team with full-time driver Lonnie Sommerville also finishing fourth in the event.

STARTED: 9th    FINISHED: 2nd

SCOTT, TALK ABOUT YOUR RUN.
“I couldn't be happier. Two great guys I raced with here, Johnny (Clark) and Trevor (Sanborn) – both are great racers. I was right in the middle of them at the end, and I'm happy as hell.”

DID YOU THINK YOU HAD A SHOT AT THE WIN LATE?
“If it went green for the whole time, then maybe. But there weren't enough laps left. (Clark) was good – he was real good – and I was good, too. Seth (Holbrook) and the guys did a great job all weekend adjusting on it. I don't ever do that in these races. We just don't usually have hands enough.

“We helped the car from the beginning. I feel fortunate, getting a flat at the beginning. I'm happy.”

4th for LONNIE
SCARBOROUGH, Maine– Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, continued his second-half surge in the PASS North Series with a fourth-place finish in the PASS 300 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, on Sunday, September 18. It marked Sommerville's fourth-straight Top-5 finish and catapulted him into second in the overall PASS North standings with two races remaining. After starting 17th in the 33-car field, Sommerville took the lead for a brief stint on Lap 131. He fought a tight handling race car, however, over the final third of the event but was able to hold on and give Mulkern Racing two cars in the Top-4 at the checkered flag. Teammate and team owner Scott Mulkern finished second in just his fourth start of the season.

STARTED: 17th   FINISHED: 4th   TIMES LED: 1

LONNIE, HOW WAS YOUR DAY?
“I'm a little disappointed didn't win this race today. At points, we had definitely the best car. But you've got to have the best car at the end on Lap 300. It is what it is, so we'll go on to White Mountain next week.”

WHAT CAUSED YOUR HANDLING PROBLEMS?
“Just before we pitted we started hitting the cross-member on the race track, and we thought we had a right front going down. It kept hitting and hitting, but when we pitted it ended up that we had like 26 pounds (of air pressure) in the tire, so it was fine. When we put tires on and went back out, it was still hitting.

“We probably had a spring collapse. That's what we're figuring. When we put (new) tires on, it was a bit better – but only because they were newer tires. But it was still getting down into the turn, hitting the race track and I was chasing it up the track.”

YOU ENDED UP HAVING A GREAT POINTS DAY, THOUGH.
“It's another fourth for us, so it's a good points day. Ben (Rowe) had some troubles, and (Alexandre Gingras) had some troubles, too. So we probably gained a little bit from behind and we gained a little bit ahead.

“Obviously, Johnny (Clark's) out of reach now, and rightfully so. They deserve it. They haven't had any trouble all year. But I'm excited about this race team.”

 Sommerville and  Mulkern
Ready To Tackle PASS 300
The weekend of 9/17-18, a pair of Mulkern Racing entries will try and win the most prestigious regular-season PASS North Series race on the schedule, when Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, and Scott Mulkern of Falmouth, Maine, head to the PASS 300 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine. Sommerville won the last time the series visited Beech Ridge, back in July, taking the No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/Community Pharmacies Chevrolet to Victory Lane for the first time this season. Mulkern, who has a both a track championship and a PASS Outlaw Late Model win at the track on his resume, competes in a PASS event for the fourth time this season.

LONNIE'S BEST CAREER BEECH RIDGE MOTOR SPEEDWAY FINISH: 1st (July 2011)

LONNIE'S LAST RACE AT BEECH RIDGE MOTOR SPEEDWAY: 1st (July 2011)

SCOTT'S BEST CAREER BEECH RIDGE MOTOR SPEEDWAY FINISH: 3rd (multiple times)

SCOTT'S LAST RACE AT BEECH RIDGE MOTOR SPEEDWAY: 27th (July 2011)


CURRENT POINTS POSITION: 3rd (Sommerville)

DID YOU KNOW?
- Lonnie Sommerville has eight Top-5 finishes in 11 starts this season, including three straight Top-5 runs entering the weekend, in his first full season in the PASS North Series.
- Lonnie Sommerville led 49 laps in the PASS 300 in 2010 while racing for his own team before finishing 17th.
- Scott Mulkern won a track championship at Beech Ridge in 1985 – the last year the track operated as a dirt track.
- Mulkern Racing crew chief Seth Holbrook has won the PASS 300 with driver Mike Rowe.
- Scott Mulkern won a PASS Outlaw Late Model event at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in 2007.
- Lonnie Sommerville is in 3rd in the PASS North standings, just 1 point out of 2nd place.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
LONNIE, Driver of the No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/Community Pharmacies Chevrolet, On how the PASS 300 differs from other races at Beech Ridge: “It's different mentally, and that's the biggest thing. Beech Ridge is hard on your body. It's demanding physically and mentally.

“I love the longer races. It gives you more time to strategize, more time to plan things out. I guess the best way to say it is, I'm not a heat race kind of guy. I used to be a Saturday night racer – 25-lap, 40-lap races -- but I haven't been like that in four or five years. I'm just not that driver anymore.”

On what teams have to worry about over the course of 300 laps: “This year, the big thing for us is keep up with the leaders. We know we have a good enough car that we can beat them without (weird) strategy, beat them tire for tire. We don't have to try and pit early for track position or try to stay out or anything like that. When they come in, we can come in and know that we'll be right there with them.”

SCOTT, Owner of Mulkern Racing and Driver of the No. 84 Southern Maine Motors /Community Pharmacies Chevrolet, On racing at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway: “You need to be smooth and keep the tires under you there. It's kind of my style. I kind of like that. I don't seem to be right there at the end like I want to be, but it's all about saving everything that you can for the end.

“The thing about the place is that whenever you go there, the minute you drop the green for the feature, you've got something different than you had in practice. You could be fighting a loose problem all day in practice, and then they start the feature and all of a sudden you're pushing. After five times of that, you realize that's kind of the way the place is. You just really have to work to have a neutral (handling) car. If you get tight, chances are it's the same for a lot of guys.”

GARY CROOKS, Team Manager For Mulkern Racing, On the changes Beech Ridge seems to undergo over the course of a race weekend: ““What's bitten us at Beech Ridge in the past is when we just don't trust what we had for the heat race. We were really good in practice for a couple of races there, but we over-adjusted for the heat race and we just didn't go forward.

“The biggest thing I've learned there is when you have a good car during the day, just to leave it alone.”

The PASS 150
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th
 
 
 
Lonnie Posts Third Straight Top-5
     
     
     
NORTH WOODSTOCK, N.H. – Lonnie finished fifth in the PASS North Series PASS 150 at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, N.H., on Sunday, September 11. It was Sommerville's third straight Top-5 finish and his eighth in 11 starts this season. Sommerville started 13th in his White Mountain debut and moved into the Top-5 and ran as high as third before the race was half over, but a loose condition over the final 100 laps of the event hindered his progress.

STARTED: 13th - FINISHED: 5th - POINTS POSITION: 3rd

LONNIE, HOW WOULD YOU SUM UP YOUR DAY?
“We just missed it a little bit on the setup. I kept it too freed up. I didn't want to tighten it up any (for the feature), but we got really free in, really free off. I had to change my lines, because I just couldn't get any drive off the corners. I killed them in middle of the turn, but I just couldn't get off. I couldn't even get wide open on the straightaways without spinning the tires.

“We got up to third early, and I really ran about 80 percent to get there. Then I had a long green flag run, and it just started getting too free. I had nothing at the end.

“I can't wait to go back in a couple weeks. The car was good in practice, good in the heat race. We just had a really good car.”

AND NOW YOU FINISH THE SEASON WITH THREE TRACKS YOU'VE BEEN TO ALREADY THIS SEASON.
“We know we'll be better when we go back in two weeks, and that's the good thing. Most of these places you go once, then you have to wait until next year to see what you learned. But places like White Mountain, Beech Ridge we get to go more than once. Same going back to Oxford. The next three races are at tracks where we've been good – we won at Beech Ridge, had a great car and just waited a little too long at Oxford, and the White Mountain.

“I can't wait.”
 
Timmons Earning His Racing Stripes
At Beech Ridge in the #48
FALMOUTH, Maine – Bobby Timmons is showing that he's a quick study.

Timmons, 19, had never driven anything more than go-karts and Legend cars before this month, but the up-and-coming talent on the New England stock-car circuit is quickly adapting to life in a Super Late Model. Timmons has just three career starts at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, but he's already opening eyes.

“We decided this was the time to do it. It's been a lot of fun,” said Timmons, of Windham. “It's going good. We've gotten two sixth-places in a row, so I definitely can't complain about that.”

In just his second time out in the Mulkern Racing No. 48 SouthernMaineMotors.com Chevrolet, Timmons rolled from 19th in a very competitive 25-car weekly field to finish sixth in a 40-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event at Beech Ridge. Last weekend at the track, he did the same thing again – moving from 15th to sixth at the checkered flag.

“He's a very talented young driver,” said Vickie Mulkern, who owns Mulkern Racing with her husband, Scott Mulkern. “It's really been a lot of fun for us seeing him in these cars and seeing how well he's taken to them. He and his father deserve a lot of credit for what he's doing (at Beech Ridge), and we're just happy we could help him out.”

Timmons' father, Bob Timmons Jr., is the crew chief on the car – the oldest Super Late Model chassis in the Mulkern Racing shop. Mulkern Racing's Tony Ricci has also spent a considerable amount of time on setups during race week.

After spending the last few seasons as a full-time fixture on the NELCAR Legends tour in the northeast – where he was a multi-time feature winner – Timmons was looking for something different this summer. Scott Mulkern had offered Timmons one of his cars on several occasions before Timmons finally accepted.

“For the most part, they're all race cars,” Timmons said. “But the biggest thing that got me was the comparative size of the race car. The Legends are obviously a lot smaller. The first night out (at Beech Ridge), I thought I was running in the groove and all my crew was asking, 'Where were you? What were you doing out there?' So it's been a learning curve, but Scott's been good help and Vickie's been awesome.

“We've gotten some good crew guys to help us out. My dad's been a huge help.”

Another big help has been running at Beech Ridge, a track where the Legends compete weekly on Thursday nights during the summer and where Timmons has plenty of experience himself.

“It does help. The driving styles are pretty similar,” Timmons said of the cars. “If I were to go somewhere else, it would probably take a little more learning to get used to it.”

Timmons will join the rest of the Super Late Model class this Saturday night at Beech Ridge for the final NASCAR-sanctioned event of the season.

He's hoping to continue his recent run of good luck while keeping an eye on next year.

“We'll probalby just run here and then we'll call it a season,” Timmons said. “I'm not sure if I'm quite up to where I need to be to run the (PASS 300 in September), but we'll probably come back here next year and run the full season. We'll see what we can get, maybe even try to contend for a championship. The way we've been running, maybe we can do that.”

So far, Timmons has been a perfect fit at Mulkern Racing, where the cars are kept and maintained by Timmons, his father and several members of Mulkern Racing.

“My dad always ran big-block Supermodifieds and Modifieds, which couldn't be any further from these cars. They've been great help to us,” Timmons said. “Me and my dad did most of the work, but anytime we've needed anything, they've been there. Without them, we'd be lost.”

The PASS 150
Saturday, August 6th
4th at Seekonk
SEEKONK, Mass. – Lonnie finished fourth in the PASS North Series PASS 150 at Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, Mass., on Saturday, August 6. It was Sommerville's second straight Top-5 finish, and came after he won his heat race in his debut at the unique .333-mile facility. Sommerville started 11th and moved into the Top-5 by Lap 61. Despite a tight handling race car, Sommerville capitalized on a restart with 12 laps remaining to grab fourth at the checkered flag.

STARTED: 11th - FINISHED: 4th

LONNIE, HOW WOULD YOU SUM UP YOUR RUN TONIGHT?
“The car seemed like it was going to be all right – it was a little snug – but the longer we ran, the more green flag laps, it just got tighter and tighter. I just had a hard time getting it to turn. I moved my line around, but it just got tight and got away from us a little bit.

“I'll be honest, it was probably the first race this year that we didn't have a handle on things when we were happy going into the race. That's nothing to cry about this late in the season, going to all these race tracks we've never been to before all year. We could come back here next week and we'd be a lot better, I guarantee that.”

DO YOU TAKE ANYTHING FROM THE FACT THAT YOU STRUGGLED BUT STILL FINISHED IN THE TOP-5?
“Absolutely. We got here and we were good right off the truck. We just made a few slight changes here and there...and we were pretty happy. We were good in practice, we were good in the heat race. The track rubbered up, and it had a lot more grip than we needed.

“We'll take a fourth and we'll head on to White Mountain. We had a pretty good test there (back in May), so we're pretty excited to go back there and see if we can get another win under our belt this year.”

DID YOUR ENGINE CHOICE THIS WEEKEND PLAY A ROLE?
“Our little crate motor probably hurt us a little tonight. Had we had a bigger motor – our 9-to-1 motor – more horsepower might have made the difference up. We thought the crate motor would be fine at a place like this, that's this round – but when it's this round and you're not turning, it makes it hard. You've got to turn and make straightaways out of it, and we couldn't.”

 Lonnie Sommerville Set
For Seekonk Debut
Lonnie looks to start the season's final stretch on a high note when the PASS North Series competes in the PASS 150 at Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, Mass., on Saturday, August 6. Sommerville has never competed at Seekonk Speedway, though the tight .333-mile layout is very similar to his home track in Speedway 660 where he is a multi-time race winner. The Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders Chevrolet is coming off a third-place finish at Oxford Plains Speedway in its most recent outing.

CURRENT POINTS POSITION: 3rd

DID YOU KNOW?
- Lonnie has one win and six Top-5 finishes in nine starts this season, his first full season in the PASS North Series.
- Lonnie has moved up three spots in the PASS North Series standings to third over the last four races. In that span he's posted one win, two Top-3s and three Top-5s.
- Lonnie still has an outside shot at the series title in his first full season on tour, sitting 92 points out of first and just 28 points out of second with five races remaining.

LONNIE, On heading to Seekonk Speedway for the first time:
 “I'm excited about it. I'm assuming it's a hard place to get around, because there's not too many PASS (regulars) that win there. A lot of local racers win there when PASS shows up – so either the locals are really good, or the PASS teams haven't quite gotten a handle on the place

“Looking at it, it does remind me a bit of (Speedway) 660. It looks like there's not a lot of straightaway. You're always turning the car.”

On how tracks like Seekonk Speedway suit his driving style: “It's pretty much what I've grown up on. Everything in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia – other than (Riverside Speedway in Antigonish, N.S.) – are small little bullrings. You really have to get up on the wheel and really throw the car around. I can relate a little more to places like that, maybe give better feedback to Gary (Crooks) and Seth (Holbrook).

“I haven't been to that many big tracks, so maybe I'm just more comfortable on the smaller ones. You've got to dissect corners more at the bigger tracks – as opposed to just entry, middle, exit on the shorter ones. At the smaller tracks, you're either tight in or loose off. I think from that standpoint, the small tracks are a little bit easier to adjust on.”

On how he's approaching the final five races of the season: “There's five races left, so we're going to go every time and try and win five more races. At the start of the year, I had a goal that I wanted to win three races and win a championship. The championship is kind of out of reach a little bit right now – Johnny (Clark) needs to have some bad luck, but we can still go to try and win those two more races.”

UP NEXT
The PASS North Series takes a couple of weekends off before heading to White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, N.H., for the PASS 150 on Sunday, August 28... Lonnie Sommerville will be making his debut under race conditions at White Mountain, after this race was rained out in May. Sommerville and the Mulkern Racing team did test the No. 48 at White Mountain back in the spring.
Lonnie Finishes 3rd in
PASS Return to Oxford Plains
OXFORD, Maine – Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, finished third in the PASS North Series' return to Oxford Plains Speedway, the Brackett Mechanical 150 on Saturday, July 23. Sommerville started 11th and slowly worked his way to the front, cracking the Top-5 on Lap 113. He used a daring three-wide move on a late restart to put the Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/Community Pharmacies Chevrolet on the podium.

STARTED: 11th - FINISHED: 3rd

LONNIE, HOW WOULD YOU SUM UP YOUR RUN TONIGHT?
“We probably saved it a little too long. We talked about it before the race started, that we were going to try and run about 80 percent to try and save the tires and keep it under us. We probably didn't expect that many long green-flag runs.

“I probably used a little bit of it at the end, but I still think we had more left in it. One or two more yellows would have been nice – it was pretty good on old tires. Once we'd get going, I'd get a little tight on the top and a little free on the bottom.”

DOES IT FEEL GOOD TO WORK THAT HARD AND GET A RESULT TO
SHOW FOR IT?

“Definitely. This race team is just awesome. Vickie and Scott give us everything we need, and Andrew McKay from McKay Builders. It's exciting to finish on the podium with these guys.

“Everybody on my race team... All my guys just work their butts off. They deserved to be (better) than third tonight.”
 
Scott Returns to Action to
Finish 11th at Oxford
OXFORD, Maine – Scott Mulkern of Falmouth, Maine, finished 11th in the PASS North Series' return to Oxford Plains Speedway, the Brackett Mechanical 150 on Saturday, July 23. After needing to qualify through the consi to start 27th in the main event, Mulkern moved up a full 16 spots without the aid of a caution flag over the first half of the race. But Mulkern, making just his third start of the season, fought a tight-handling race car over the final 50 laps and settled for the solid 11th-place finish.

STARTED: 27th - FINISHED: 11th

SCOTT, WERE YOU SURPRISED HOW FAR YOU WERE ABLE TO MOVE TO THE FRONT EARLY?
“It was good right up until the first caution. But right from the get-go, I got a little tight. I just wore it out, I guess.

“I just had a little too much steering wheel in it. I didn't think with Kyle (Busch) on the pole, I'd have a chance to ride too much. I didn't feel like I was killing the car. I didn't think I killed it – just right from the get-go, it needed a little adjustment, that's all.”

CONSIDERING YOU'RE RUNNING A PART-TIME SCHEDULE, WAS THIS A GOOD NIGHT FOR YOU?
“Well, I had fun. Any time you pass cars, it's fun. I was pretty happy. I wished I'd finished in the Top-5, but I had fun.

“I'm still smiling, so that's a good thing.”
 

Mulkern Racing Tackles
Key Summer Stretch
FALMOUTH, Maine – The PASS North Series celebrates the halfway point of the season with two races in three days this week, and Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, plans to be right in the mix in both events.

Sommerville, third in the series standings, wants to use a Thursday night stop at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway and a Saturday night return to Oxford Plains Speedway to springboard his chances at the championship in the Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders Chevrolet.

“I think we do,” Sommerville said of the need to perform this week. “I think we have to be Top-4 or Top-5 every race from here on out, and still have (points leader Johnny Clark) have some trouble. Even if we win or finish on the podium, and he finishes a couple spots behind us, we're not gaining any points.”

Sommerville's teammate and car owner Scott Mulkern will run a third PASS race this season in the Brackett Mechanical 150 at Oxford on Saturday night.

Mulkern last ran his No. 84 Community Pharmacies Chevrolet at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, where Sommerville collected his first career PASS win earlier this month. Sommerville said the team's confidence is high in light of that trip to Victory Lane.

“I think it was a confidence booster for everybody,” Sommerville said. “We all thought we could do it. We all knew we could do it, and by doing it at Beech Ridge, it proved to all of us we could do the job as a team. I knew that everybody on that team could win races, because everybody has with other teams.

“It gives you something to build on, and it builds momentum. Confidence is everything in this sport. Look at Kyle Busch – he can go out and win two or three races a week all summer long, because he has that confidence that when he shows up he's going to win.”

Ironically, Busch is expected to be in the field for the Brackett Mechanical 150 at Oxford.

But before teams get to Oxford, they will compete in the PASS 100 at Thompson – the largest track the series competes on. The .625-mile, high-banked oval is a challenging horsepower track.

“It's a pretty awesome place, actually,” said Sommerville, who competed with his own team in this event a year ago. “It's fast, and it's a fun place to race.

“The big banked tracks, it's such a different way you drive them. Usually, they have a lot more grip than flat race tracks. Don't always have to save the tires so much, because there's grip naturally built in with the banking.”

Through the first seven races of the season, Sommerville has one win and five Top-5 finishes. He trails Clark by 62 points for the lead, and he's just 28 points out of second-place. After this weekend, only five races will remain in the season.

Sommerville said the grind of two events in a three-day span won't be as taxing as a similar Beech Ridge-Lee USA Speedway double was earlier this month, because the team plans on using two different cars this week.

Team manager Gary Crooks and crew chief Seth Holbrook will have a traditional setup and engine at Thompson, while they'll take their crate engine package to Oxford Plains.

“This week should be a lot of fun,” Sommerville said.

A Crash and a 16th
at Thompson
After making it through a lap one-turn one tangle, Lonnie was swept up into the third turn wall on lap 24 after the #2x came down on the #35 and started them spinning.

The Mulkern Racing team jumped on some pit road repairs to get the #48 back on track for two more laps at the end of the race in order to move up two spots to a 16th place finish.
 
THOMPSON, Conn. – Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, finished 16th in the PASS North Series PASS 100 at Thompson International Speedway in Thompson, Conn., on Thursday, July 21. Sommerville was racing in third place in the early going when the two leaders got together in front of him, giving him nowhere to go. He retired after completing just 26 laps. The series gets a short turnaround when it heads to Oxford Plains Speedway for the Brackett Mechanical 150 on Saturday, July 23.

STARTED: 13th - FINISHED: 16th

LONNIE, WHAT HAPPENED IN FRONT OF YOU?
“(Derek Ramstrom) was under (Mike Rowe), who pinched him down. They spun each other, and I got caught right up into it. I was a couple car lengths back, but not back far enough that I could have gotten on the brakes and gotten underneath them.”

HOW WAS THE CAR BEFORE THAT?
“It was good. We drove around with the 26 and the 17 and all those guys under green. We were actually underneat (Ramstrom) at one point, but we decided to back off and just ride behind them and let them battle it out. We wanted to see if they got worse, instead of using our stuff up, to see if we could pass them at the end of the race.

“I think we had a Top-3 car, for sure. It's just frustrating to know, once again, we had a good car but nothing to show for it.”

IT MUST BE NICE TO HAVE A QUICK TURNAROUND TO PUT THIS RACE BEHIND YOU?
“It is. It's nice to come back (to Oxford). We've got the exact same car we won with at Beech Ridge (on July 9), so hopefully it will run just like it did there.”
 
 Lonnie Finishes Fourth
at Lee USA Speedway
LEE, N.H. – Lonnie finished fourth in the PASS North Series Bastille 200 at Lee USA Speedway on Tuesday, July 12. Sommerville led the event with less than 60 laps remaining, but a flat right front tire over the closing stages kept him for contending for a second PASS victory in a span of four days. After a tough qualifying effort, Sommerville started 16th in the 20-car field and moved into the Top-5 by Lap 80. Despite the loss of air pressure in the right front tire, though, he was able to hold on for fourth and unofficially move to fourth in the overall PASS standings.

STARTED: 16th  -  FINISHED: 4th  -  LAPS LED: 2 times for 3 laps

LONNIE, WHAT DID YOU IN AT THE END?
“Flat right front. It only had 18 or 19 pounds (of air pressure) in it at the end. I knew on the second to last restart, either the bleeder bled down or I had rubber on (the tire). I went down in the turn and just slid the nose and lost Johnny (Clark). I was going to turn underneath him.

“I probably picked something up on the track... and then it was a slow leak. It started going down. Those (late) cautions didn't help us. It just didn't allow the pressure to build up and stay there.”

IS IT FRUSTRATING?
“I had an awesome race car. Even the first half, until we pitted, we were just playing with driving underneath Ben (Rowe). I was doing what I was trying to do last week (in a win at Beech Ridge) – just not abuse my stuff.

“I ended up doing the same thing with Johnny after we pitted. I'm pretty sure we had a car that was capable of getting by Johnny and driving off. We were awesome on the bottom, but that's part of it, I guess.”

ARE YOU AT LEAST HAPPY THAT YOU WERE ABLE TO SALVAGE A TOP-5?
“It's frustrating. We won last week – finally – and thought we got the monkey off our back. It's the if's, and's and but's kind of thing in racing – we had a flat tire, but it could have happened on Lap 125, gone down on the rim and then we'd have had to come in and pit and go down a lap.

“At least we were able to salvage a fourth out of it.”
Sommerville Wins First Career
PASS North Race at Beech Ridge
 
Scott 27th at Beech Ridge YouTube Video Link
Lonnie the Winner at Beech Ridge
SCARBOROUGH, Maine – Lonnie Sommerville broke through for his first career PASS North Series victory on Saturday night.

The Saint John, New Brunswick, driver led the final 34 laps at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway en route to winning the Southern Maine Motors.com 150. The victory was the first for Mulkern Racing this season.

“It's just so huge,” Sommerville said. “I've wanted it so bad – and at times too much. I've tried too hard, and sometimes when you do that, you end up over-driving the car. It's exciting. This is the next level for me.”

Sommerville started third in the 28-car field and initially took the lead on Lap 37 before the caution came out. On the restart, he settled into second behind Ben Rowe, hounding him for the next 75 laps before finally making a move in lapped traffic.

Once Sommerville got by, it was smooth sailing until the end of the race. He won by nearly a full straightaway after leading twice for a total of 35 laps.

“These guys at Mulkern Racing, they give us everything we need. We've had it every week, but we've just had a little bit of bad luck,” Sommerville said. “We all knew we could do it – and what a way to get the monkey off our back.”

“That was awesome. That was a really dominant performance,” team owner Scott Mulkern said. “The whole crew – Gary (Crooks) and Seth (Holbrook) – they just did a great job.That was just a dominant performance, really, so I'm happy for the whole team.”

Sommerville's victory came in his 24th career start in PASS-sanctioned races. Now his team has the momentum as the series heads to the Bastille 200 at Lee USA Speedway on Tuesday night.

“I'm excited about going to Lee,” Sommerville said. “I can't wait to get there.”

Mulkern finished 27th after being caught up in a multi-car accident on a Lap 38 restart.

“We wrecked,” Mulkern said. “I don't know what happened. Somebody drove underneath me, got into me, and we broke the transmission.”

Two-Car Effort Ready for PASS Event at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway
Mulkern Racing will field a two-car effort as the PASS North Series heads back to its hub for the Southern Maine Motors 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, on Saturday, July 9. Full-time driver Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, will pilot his usual No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders Chevrolet, while team owner Scott Mulkern will make his second start of the season in the No. 84 Southern Maine Motors Chevrolet. Sommerville is coming off a Top-5 finish at Canaan Fair Speedway last weekend and hopes to improve on his fourth-place run in the season opener at Beech Ridge back in April. The race marks the beginning of a trying stretch for PASS North teams – it's the first of two races in four days and four races in two weeks.

LONNIE'S BEST CAREER BEECH RIDGE MOTOR SPEEDWAY FINISH: 4th
(April 2011)

LONNIE'S LAST RACE AT BEECH RIDGE MOTOR SPEEDWAY: 4th (April 2011)

SCOTT'S BEST CAREER BEECH RIDGE MOTOR SPEEDWAY FINISH: 3rd
(multiple times)

SCOTT'S LAST RACE AT BEECH RIDGE MOTOR SPEEDWAY: 15th (April 2011)

LONNIE'S CURRENT POINTS POSITION: 6th

DID YOU KNOW?
- Lonnie Sommerville has three Top-5 finishes in five starts this season, his first full season in the PASS North Series.
- Scott Mulkern won a track championship at Beech Ridge in 1985 – the last year the track operated as a dirt track.
- Mulkern Racing crew chief Seth Holbrook has won PASS races at Beech Ridge with drivers Mike Rowe and Chris Staples.
- Lonnie Sommerville is in a logjam near the top of the PASS North standings, just 11 points out of third place.

LONNIE On the busy stretch of racing in July facing PASS North Series teams: “We were talking about it in the hauler, and our team has a lot of depth. Even though we have all these races coming up in the month of July, we have times to turn cars around, cars that need to be can be fixed, and everything we need is accessible to us to keep things rolling.

“This whole race team is 12-18 hour-a-day guys, and it's not going to bother us any. It's just work, and we're going to do what we're going to do. Hopefully, we can start it off on a good note. I'm really looking forward to going back to Beech Ridge. We learned some things the last time we were there, and we'll be ready.”

SCOTT On racing at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway: “You need to be smooth and keep the tires under you there. It's kind of my style. I kind of like that. I don't seem to be right there at the end like I want to be, but it's all about saving everything that you can for the end.

“The thing about the place is that whenever you go there, the minute you drop the green for the feature, you've got something different than you had in practice. You could be fighting a loose problem all day in practice, and then they start the feature and all of a sudden you're pushing. After five times of that, you realize that's kind of the way the place is. You just really have to work to have a neutral (handling) car. If you get tight, chances are it's the same for a lot of guys.”

GARY CROOKS, Team Manager For Mulkern Racing, On having two teams competing this weekend: “It takes a lot of prep in the shop before you ever go so you can minimize the chaos at the track. It takes more people, obviously. Scott (Mulkern) has some people coming in to help him, and Tony (Ricci) will work with him on Saturday. We'll keep the whole 48 program intact. Other than the finishes, our program is good and the team's working really good together.

“We're all there, and we're basically available for consultations or whatever. For the most part, we'll run it like two separate teams.”

On what the teams learned at Beech Ridge in the season opener: “What bit us at Beech Ridge both times – the (PASS) 300 last year and the first race this year – is that we just didn't trust what we had for the heat race. We were really good in practice the past two races, but we over-adjusted for the heat race and we just didn't go forward. I think we started 16th and 15th – and it just takes too long to get track position back in the feature at that place.

“The biggest thing I've learned there is when you have a good car during the day, just to leave it alone.”

Sat., July 2nd
 
5th at Canaan Fair Speedway
CANAAN, N.H. – Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, rallied for a hard-fought fifth-place finish in the PASS North Series Firecracker 150 at Canaan Fair Speedway in Canaan, N.H., on Saturday, July 2. Sommerville took the lead briefly in the event's early going after starting fourth, but a broken control arm before the halfway mark significantly hindered the handling on the No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/Community Pharmacies Chevrolet. Sommerville, who posted his third Top-5 in five races this season in the Mulkern Racing entry, led a total of nine laps on the night. He never dropped lower than sixth in the running order and used a couple of late restarts to crack the Top-5 in his first-ever visit to Canaan.

STARTED: 4th - FINISHED: 5th - LAPS LED: 1 time for 9 laps

LONNIE, WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CAR?
“We had a great car, but we just found out the left front upper control arm came loose and all the camber shims came out. That explained our bottoming out. As soon as I'd get out of the gas, it would hit the race track. I was just hanging on – it was even hitting the race track getting off the turn.

“I thought I had a flat (tire); then I thought I had a (brake) caliper sticking. The whole time – the last 100 laps – we were just trying to figure out what the heck it was. That's what it was, but we salvaged a fifth out of it.”

DO YOU KNOW WHAT CAUSED IT?
“No, it just started getting tight. There was no reason for it – it was good all day, and it never showed any signs of being tight. It just started getting tighter and tighter, and then it started getting loose as it was falling out.

“At one point, I thought I had a flat, but it never got any worse... When we pushed it through the tech line, you could hardly roll it because it was binding up on the caliper.”

DO YOU FIND A POSITIVE IN TONIGHT'S FINISH?
“We're still having bad luck, but at least we got a Top-5 out of it. It's frustrating. We had a good car. We were pretty sure we were pretty good on the speed charts (in practice).

“I'm happy with the way we ran, happy with all the teamwork. I'm pretty excited about going back to Beech Ridge (next weekend).”

Lonnie : Canaan Fair Speedway Preview
Lonnie looks to turn his bad luck around when the PASS North Series heads to the Firecracker 150 at Canaan Fair Speedway in Canaan, N.H., on Saturday, July 2 at 5 PM. Sommerville, who is coming off back-to-back finishes outside of the Top-10 thanks to mechanical woes, has never competed at the facility – but his Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/Community Pharmacies Chevrolet team is the defending champion of this event. The event kicks off a busy stretch for the PASS North Series, with the race serving as the first of three events in an 11-day stretch.

CURRENT POINTS POSITION: 6th

DID YOU KNOW?
- Lonnie Sommerville will race for the second straight week on a track he has never competed at. He has also never tested at Canaan Fair Speedway.
- Mulkern Racing won the Firecracker 150 last season with driver Ben Rowe.
- Lonnie has set the fast practice time in two of the four PASS events this season.

LONNIE on what he knows about Canaan Fair Speedway: “Nothing. We're going to run lots of horsepower – I know that – and the guys on the team said it might be kind of similar to the track in Quebec (Chaudiere). They said it was like that, as far as the setup they used last year.

“To be honest, I haven't even looked at it. I usually go on YouTube or the internet and try and look at places before we go there, but I haven't even done that yet. I'll probably go on YouTube in the next couple of days just to get some idea of what to expect. I'm looking forward to it. They won there with Ben (Rowe), and I think our cars are better this year than they were last year.”

On whether or not there's a silver lining in the team's recent struggles: “Oh yeah. Right now, I think to be honest – even though I know it doesn't mean anything – I think we've been better than Johnny (Clark) every week. Practice doesn't mean anything or pay anything, but we've been better. I know it doesn't mean anything if you can't back it up – but I'm confident we have the best race team in the PASS series.

“It's just a little bit of a rough stretch.”

On how the team plans to approach the next several races: “From here on out, we're going to race for wins and if at the end of the year it works, it works. But we're going to see how many wins we can get. Now, to win the championship, it's a long shot.

“There's no lack of funding or effort on (team owners) Vickie and Scott (Mulkern's) part. Our guys communicate well. Seth (Holbrook) and Gary (Crooks) are working great together. We're having fun, and it's a hard game to have fun at the race track and be fast – but we've got that right now. Every time we unload, I'm guessing we're damn near the Top-5 in every practice this year.

“It's a helluva race team Scott and Vickie have put together... Now it's up to us.”

UP NEXT
The PASS North Series races next weekend in The Southern Maine Motors 150
at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 9. The track was where the 2011 season started, and where Lonnie Sommerville finished fourth back in April.

www.southernmainemotors.com

Sun., June 26th
Feature >
19th at Autodrome Chaudiere
after Rear End Failure
VALLEE JONCTION, Que. – Lonnie finished 19th in the PASS North Series Habitations Dany Lagace 150 at Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallee Jonction, Que., on Sunday, June 26. Sommerville broke the rear end on Lap 58 in the Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/Community Pharmacies Chevrolet not long after working his way into the Top-10.

STARTED: 20th   FINISHED: 19th

LONNIE, WHAT ENDED YOUR NIGHT?
“We broke a rear end. No warning. Just coming off the turn, it just went. I thought I broke a driveshaft, actually. It made lot of noise, and I didn't have any power. I just pulled down and stopped. When we went to take it out and look at it, it wasn't the driveshaft.

“It's another week with a fast car and nothing to show for it.”

HOW FRUSTRATING IS IT?
“Obviously, we've been going to every track as a team and getting better. Every time we make a change now, we're getting quicker. Everything's a positive as far as communication – everyone's having fun, everyone's positive at the track. But this kind of stuff is disheartening.

“We're going to the track every week and 'winning' practices, winning heat races. And then stuff like this happens.”

WHERE DO YOU GO FROM HERE?
“From here on out we're going to race for wins and if at the end of the year it works, it works. But we're going to see how many wins we can get. Now, to win the championship, it's a long shot.”

Lonnie : Autodrome Chaudiere Preview
Lonnie joins the PASS North Series for its debut at Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallee Jonction, Que., with the Habitations Dany Lagace 150 on Saturday, June 25. Sommerville hopes to rebound from a tough effort last time out at Speedway 660, when a mechanical failure took him out of contention shortly after leading the 200-lap event. He has never raced at Autodrome Chaudiere, though he and the Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders Chevrolet team did get the opportunity to test at the track earlier this month. Sommerville enters the weekend third in the PASS North standings, just 26 points off the lead through three races.

WHERE: Autodrome Chaudiere, Vallee Jonction, Que. (.25-mile banked oval)

CURRENT POINTS POSITION: 3rd

DID YOU KNOW?
- Despite the fact that the race this weekend is being held in Canada, Lonnie Sommerville is still a six and a half hour drive from Vallee Jonction, Que. – meaning he's closer to Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Maine than to Autodrome Chaudiere.
- Mulkern Racing has never competed at Autodrome Chaudiere.
- Lonnie Sommerville is one of only three drivers in the entire PASS North Series with two Top-5 finishes this season.
- Mulkern Racing will take the same car to Autodrome Chaudiere that it took to Star Speedway and finished fourth with earlier this season.

LONNIE on his impressions of Autodrome Chaudiere: “It was a nice little place. The surface is very smooth, with a lot of banking. Reminded me of a White Mountain (Motorsports Park) kind of deal. It's short, a little bullring. My guess is there's probably going to be some tearing of some fenders off the cars.

“We were in the low 12-second lap range (during testing), so with 25 cars out there all going in the low 12-seconds, it's not going to be that easy to pass there. We didn't have anything to compare to for what the times were, but we know that the ACT (Late Model Tour) cars were around 12.9 (seconds). We're assuming we were pretty good and the car felt good. I'm thinking we've got something we can unload there with and be pretty good with.”

On rebounding from a 12th-place run at Speedway 660: “I kind of expect, in talking to Joey Doiron and testing there, I expect it to be the type of deal where if you've got third place car and you're thinking about whether to take that risk and go for second, you might want to just take third. You've got to be very careful now not to finish outside of Top-5. That's going to be tough to do, but you can't expect other guys to finish outside the Top-20. We've got to go there trying to win the race here, but we've also got to go and try and get the most points we can and not take any chances.

“The key is to unload with a race car that's going to be fast right off the trailer. (Points leader Johnny Clark's) team has been the best at that the last few years, and I think we've done that this year everywhere we've been. When you have the resources and top people that some of these teams have, when you go to a track it's almost always similar to other places and you work from that.”

On what it will take to get the team a win: “A little luck. Realistically, we contended and could have won the first few races. We didn't. But if we go this weekend and we all do our jobs and work together as a team – and I do my job as a driver – I don't see any reason why we can't win. I'm sure 25 other guys all say the same thing, so its not that easy. But we're on the verge of winning some races, and hopefully once it starts, we'll get on a roll.”

Sat., June 11 - 7 PM
Lonnie 12th at 660
GEARY, N.B. – Lonnie fought back at his home track Saturday night to finish 12th in the PASS North Series PASS 200 at Speedway 660 in Geary, N.B. Sommerville lost a front wheel on Lap 47 of the event, not long after leading for several laps. The failure ended the chances of winning for the speedway's two-time Peterbilt 250 champion, but hard work from the Mulkern Racing crew pit-side had Sommerville racing with the leaders as he tried to get back one of the three laps he lost.

FINISHED: 12th - LAPS LED: 1 time

NEXT RACE: June 25, Danny Lagace 150, Autodrome Chaudiere, Vallee Jonction, Que. (.25-mile oval)

LONNIE, WHAT HAPPENED TO THE WHEEL?
“We were leading and the caution came out. Coming to green (Alex Gingras) was getting into me a little bit, so I let him go and then I let Scott Chubbuck go. That early in the night, I just wasn't going to take a chance. I told the guys that the brake pedal was a little spongy, and we figured we'd just ride it out and try and get to halfway and get that fixed.

“But then I came down the to turn, and I had no brakes. The wheel bearing ended up burning up and melted the aluminum hub. I lost the wheel, and that was it. I limped into the pits, and the guys did a hell of a job changing it and getting back out there.”

IT'S A TOUGH NIGHT SO EARLY IN THE SEASON, ISN'T IT?
“It is what it is. I said to the guys right after the race, 'This was our mulligan.' Everybody's going to have a bad race at some point. This is it. This is our bad race. It's just tough to have that good of a car and end up like we did.

“At the end of the race, we came across the line on (winner Johnny Clark's) back bumper. Either way, we would have had second at worst. I still feel we had a car capable of winning the race, but it's not like we lost all those points with one race to go and can't get it back now.

“The spindle, the hub, the wheel – the guys changed that whole thing under one caution. Hats off to them.”.

Lonnie Sommerville: 660 Preview
Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, heads home with the PASS North Series for the PASS 200 at Speedway 660 in Geary, N.B., on Saturday, June 11. Sommerville is from nearby Saint John, and he's the only Canadian-born two-time winner of the track's marquee event – the Peterbilt 250 – held each September. After finishing fourth in each of the first two races to open the season, Sommerville has his sights set on visiting PASS North Series victory lane with Mulkern Racing for the first time in his career this weekend at his home track.

BEST CAREER SPEEDWAY 660 FINISH: 1st
(2 times in Peterbilt 250, a non-PASS event)

LAST RACE AT SPEEDWAY 660: 3rd (June 2010)

CURRENT PASS NORTH POINTS POSITION: 3rd

DID YOU KNOW?
- Lonnie Sommerville is one of only two drivers to finish in the Top-5 in each of the first two PASS North Series races of the season.
- Mulkern Racing finished fifth in this event during the 2010 season.
- Lonnie finished second in the standings in each of the two seasons he chased a track championship at Speedway 660.
- Lonnie spent the last two off weeks building race cars for his Canadian-based Lonnie Sommerville Racing customers.

LONNIE, on racing at his home track this weekend: “I've talked to a couple people this week about it. It's a little bittersweet. If I go and win, everyone's going to say I should have won there. It would be neat to win in front of that hometown crowd, though. But it will be bittersweet either way, because if we win the naysayers say we should win there and if we don't they wonder why we didn't.

“It's awesome, though. To go there, it's where I started racing pretty much. It's great people that own the track, great fans there. It will be neat to go there.”

On whether or not he has any kind of home track advantage at Speedway 660:
“I don't think so. We went to Star (Speedway) having never been there before and we still ran up front. To be able to go to a track you've never been, or go somewhere that you've been before – it's still about going and doing your job. You take guys like Johnny (Clark) and Ben (Rowe) – they're guys that have good equipment and have their stuff together. Guys like that are good wherever we go.

“It is good for your confidence. You maybe have momentum going there thinking, 'I've got a hometown crowd behind me' and maybe you get up on the wheel a little more, have that extra drive, top try and win in front of them. It gets you a little more pumped and gives a little extra motivation.”

On a timeline for how close this team is to winning: “I think two races ago. I honestly don't think that there's a race track we go to this year that we're not capable of winning at. We weren't the best car at Star, but we were as good as anybody. We all know in racing, you don't have to be the fastest car, you just have to put yourself in position. Some weeks we're the best car, some weeks we're not. But we definitely can go anywhere and be in contention for the win.

“We were just a little free at this race last year (in the second half). Two years ago, I dominated the race and had a flat while we were leading. We can do that again (dominate) at home.”

On racing at Speedway 660: “It's just a driver's race track. You can really manhandle the car and not get yourself in trouble. Star kind of reminded me of 660. It's a two-groove race track. The race could be won by the guy running the top. It's definitely a two-groove race track in that way.

“You can really get up on the wheel. The harder you drive it the faster you're going to go, where as a lot of places, it's a lot more finesse. That's how I grew up driving.”

The PASS 150

Sat., May 21 - 4 PM
RAINED OUT!
No new date announced
Lonnie Sommerville: WMMP Preview
Lonnie looks to keep his momentum rolling when the PASS North Series competes in the PASS 150 at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, N.H., on Saturday, May 21. Sommerville is coming off a fourth-place finish at Star Speedway in Epping, N.H, and the Mulkern Racing driver sits third in the series points after the first two races of the season. Sommerville has never competed at White Mountain, though the team did test there last week..

CURRENT POINTS POSITION: 3rd

DID YOU KNOW?
- Lonnie Sommerville is one of only two drivers to finish in the Top-5 in each of the first two PASS North Series races of the season.
- Mulkern Racing finished fifth in each of the two PASS races at White Mountain Motorsports Park in 2010 with driver Ben Rowe.
- During the week, Lonnie Sommerville spends countless hours operating Lonnie Sommerville Racing, a chassis-building company that prepares race cars for roughly a dozen Canada-based clients.

LONNIE - On heading from one quarter-mile at Star Speedway last week to another this week at White Mountain Motorsports Park: “I don't think they're going to race the same. I think it's going to be harder to pass (at White Mountain) because it's just so fast for a tight little place. It's smoother, but with a little more banking you're carrying more speed.

“It's good, though, to be able to have some momentum and keep things going. That's huge, especially with a new team. The better we run every week, the better we're going to jell and get along and all that stuff.”

On starting the season with a pair of fourth-place finishes: “Unless you win every week, then you should always think you can do better – otherwise, you're never going to be better. We have the two fourths and we have some momentum on our side. We've got to keep this going.

The worst thing that can happen is two or three bad runs in a row and then having to dig yourselves out of a hole. Sixteen races sounds like a long time, but three bad races, it's pretty hard to get that back. You just don't have enough time. We're running fourth and as good as some of the other cars out there, and if we can improve then we're going to be that much better.”

On the first two races with Mulkern Racing: “In my opinion, I feel like with these guys it's like we're 10 races in, not two. Everyone does get along well, everyone's having fun. (Crew chief Seth Holbrook) said this is the most fun he's had in North racing in a long time. That means a lot to me.

“It's tough when you do this... We all have pressure on us to succeed and to win, and your emotions run high sometimes and you might say things you don't mean or get hot with one another. The thing is being able to not let those things affect you. I don't think we have any issues on this team at all, and I don't think we will.”

SETH HOLBROOK, Crew Chief of the No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/Community Pharmacies Chevrolet, On racing at White Mountain Motorsports Park: “It's probably one of the raciest tracks we go to, for the fans and for the racers to have fun racing on. It's all about turning in the center (of the corners) and having good forward drive off.

“You run pretty close to the same setup (as you do at Star Speedway), but you have compensate for bumps more at Star. White Mountain is really smooth, where Star is way rougher.”

On how the team has performed through the first two races of the season: “We're on the verge of winning. I feel we're as good as anybody right now. Between Gary (Crooks), myself, Tony (Ricci) and the guys we have on this team, I wouldn't trade them for anything.

“We'll be good at The Mountain. We were really happy with the test there, it was really productive. The biggest thing for us as a team is that once we get Lonnie some laps in practice and get him comfortable on the track, we'll be right there with anybody.”

The PASS 150

Sat., May 14 - 4 PM
 
       
       
 Lonnie Sommerville: Star Race Report
EPPING, N.H. – Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, finished fourth in the PASS North Series Star 150 at Star Speedway in Epping, N.H., on Saturday, May 14. It was Sommerville's second fourth-place finish in as many starts this season. Sommerville started eighth in the 22-car field, but an early domino-effect spin set him back to shotgun on the field. He rallied back to the Top-10 by Lap 100 and was sitting on the outside pole on the first of several green-white-checkered restarts. After a couple of leaders got together, he was forced to settle for the fourth-place finish.

STARTED: 8th   FINISHED: 4th   LAPS LED: 0 times for 0 laps

LONNIE, CAN YOU SUM UP A STRANGE NIGHT?
“It was just a wild night. We went from thinking we were going to have a good night...and then when it was time to go, on a restart we got bunched up, we got spun, and we lost a lot of track position. It was just one of those nights where nothing went right for us.

“You just scratch your head. Once again, like Beech Ridge, we had a car that could have won the race. I tried to save my tires so we had something left at the end, and we did have something... Obviously, circumstances at the end put us in position to win and we couldn't take advantage of it.”

DO YOU TAKE ANY SOLACE AT ALL FROM FINISHING IN THE TOP-5 FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT RACE?
“You've got to finish Top-5 every week (to compete for the championship). It's frustrating doing it this way, but it is what it is. If these are our bad nights finishing fourth, that's a good sign of things to come. If you have a bad night finishing fourth, fifth, or wherever we finished, then really that's not so bad.”

Lonnie Sommerville: Star Speedway Preview
Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, looks for a second straight Top-5 finish to open the PASS North Series season in the Star 150 at Star Speedway in Epping, N.H., on Saturday, May 14. Sommerville, who has joined Mulkern Racing to compete full-time in the series for the first time, comes off a strong fourth-place effort in his debut at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway two weeks ago. Sommerville has never competed at Star Speedway, though his home track of Speedway 660 in Geary, N.B., is very similar in size and layout.

TEAM: Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/Community Pharmacies Chevrolet

CREW CHIEF: Gary Crooks, Mooresville, N.C

BEST CAREER STAR SPEEDWAY FINISH: N/A

LAST RACE AT STAR SPEEDWAY: N/A

CURRENT POINTS POSITION: 4th

DID YOU KNOW?
- Lonnie Sommerville is a two-time champion of the Peterbilt 250 at Speedway 660 in Geary, New Brunswick – the only driver in history to win the lucrative Labor Day weekend race twice.
- Lonnie Sommerville and crew chief Gary Crooks have worked together almost exclusively over the last two seasons in Canada and for select Super Late Model races in the United States.
- Mulkern Racing finished second in the final 2010 PASS North Series standings with driver Ben Rowe.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

LONNIE - On heading to Star Speedway for the first time in his career: “Star is a little bit of an unknown because I haven't been there. But the first time I went to Hickory, it was a place obviously I'd never been, and I battled with Ben (Rowe) for the win. We went to Gresham (Motorsports Park) last year for the first time and finished third. I'm not scared of going to places I've never been to, it's just having the unknown of it.

“From what the guys have said, it's a lot like like (Speedway) 660 up here, which is my home track. I'm pretty anxious to go there. I'm glad we'll get to have some practice on Friday. I'm looking forward to it.”

On starting the season on the right foot at Beech Ridge: “We all know if we're going to try and win a championship, we've got to finish Top-5 every week. The alternative to not winning, obviously, is to get a Top-5. So from that standpoint, it was a good day, we had a good car, and I'm pretty sure everyone we raced with knows we had a good car. I think people seriously see us as a contender.

“Not to sound arrogant, but everytime we've raced PASS we've run up front. If you put that ingredient with Mulkern Racing, it is a recipe for championships. I've raced with Johnny (Clark) and Ben (Rowe) a bunch of times, and they've beaten us and we've beaten them. I think they're all taking us seriously, but the only issue is going to tracks we've never been to now. Having guys on the team like Tony (Ricci) and Seth (Holbrook) who have been to these places and been good is big for us.”

GARY - On the outlook for this weekend: “Obviously, it's a race track Lonnie and I haven't even seen before. Fortunately for us, (crew members Seth Holbrook and Tony Ricci) both had some success there. I don't really look at it like it's going to be a challenge, but more like this is a tremendous opportunity that Scott and Vickie Mulkern have given us.”

On what the team learned in the season opener at Beech Ridge: “I don't know if we really 'learned' anything, but we definitely confirmed some of our thoughts about the goals and expectations we set for ourselves this season. We confirmed our belief in what we have and what we're capable of as a team.”

On Lonnie Sommerville as a driver: “Lonnie doesn't get the credit he deserves as a race car driver. His commitment to win is amazing. I've seen him do things in race cars that some people in the same situation wouldn't do. I've just never seen him quit.”
PASS North Season Opener
The PASS 150 at Beech Ridge
Saturday - April 30th


Lonnie Sommerville: BRMS Race Report
SCARBOROUGH, Maine – Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, opened the 2011 PASS North Series season with a 4th-place finish in the PASS 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, on Saturday, April 30. The Mulkern Racing driver started mid-pack in the 31-car field but spent the final 30 laps of the event battling hard for third, fourth and fifth spots in a tight pack of five cars. Sommerville's fourth-place run marked his best career PASS North Series finish in his first series race with Mulkern Racing.

 

STARTED: 16th - FINISHED: 4th - CURRENT POINTS POSITION: 4th

LONNIE, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT FINISHING FOURTH?
It's sad to say I'm disappointed in finishing fourth. All in all I'm going for a points championship, so that's what we have to look at. It was a good points day for us. The guys we're probably going to be racing are (Johnny Clark) and (Ben Rowe) and they were right there in front of us, so it was obviously a good points day.

IT SEEMED LIKE TRAFFIC HELD YOU UP TOWARD THE END OF THE RACE.
We had a stout car. I thought we had something for (race winner Johnny Clark) but the 29 car and the 4 car just held me up long enough to get the tires hot. We were really good on the long runs, but we just didn't have enough at the end.

We'll take fourth place and go on to next week.

AFTER NOT QUALIFYING AT NORTH WILKESBORO, IT MUST FEEL GOOD TO HAVE A SOLID DEBUT HERE ON THE PASS NORTH SERIES.
It's a brand new team, and obviously our first day wasn't so good (after failing to qualify at North Wilkesboro). So to come back with a fourth place and build from that, it builds some momentum for the rest of the season.

Now we just have to keep working on it.

TEAM OWNER SCOTT MULKERN FINISHED 15th.SCOTT, WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE DAY FOR MULKERN RACING?
I'm happy for Lonnie. That was a great run for him. He had a good car. (Crew chief Gary Crooks) set that all up for him. He wanted to do it for me – next time we will.
Scott Mulkern: BRMS Race Report
SCARBOROUGH, Maine – Scott Mulkern of Falmouth, Maine, finished 15th in the PASS North Series season-opening PASS 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, on Saturday, April 30. In less than 20 laps, Mulkern had gone from 15th starting spot all the way up to ninth. The car started to show signs of ill-handling in the second half of the race, though, and contact with another car in the late stages of the event broke something in the car's steering as he held on for his final finishing position. The other Mulkern Racing entry, the No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders Chevrolet for Lonnie Sommerville, finished fourth in its PASS North Series debut.

 

STARTED: 15th - FINISHED: 15th

SCOTT, TALK ABOUT YOUR DAY.
Oh boy. Where did we finish? 15Th? Yeah, that's about right.

The car wasn't very good. It wasn't very good at all the whole race, really. We've got to do something different. I've tried this (setup) for I don't know how many races here, and it just never seems to give me what I want. We'll have to do something different next time.

I think I've just got to go to putting a completely different setup in the car.

WHAT HAPPENED WHEN YOU MADE CONTACT WITH RICHIE DEARBORN?
I got tagged there and knocked sideways, and then I was fighting to keep control all the way down the frontstretch. I was doing everything I could. I had the wheel cut all the way down, and then when it finally hooked up I shot right into (Richie Dearborn). I nailed him, and then I was fighting it again.

It doesn't look too bad – the tires are all up – but it was pushing really bad after that. Maybe it knocked something loose under there, I don't know. We'll see, but it wasn't any good anyway.
Scott Mulkern: PASS North BRMS Preview
Scott Mulkern of Falmouth, Maine, heads to his home track for the PASS North Series season-opening PASS 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, on Saturday, April 30. Mulkern, races the three PASS races at Beech Ridge each season as part of his part-time schedule and he has a best career finish of third on several occasions at the facility in PASS North competition. This season marks the 30th anniversary of Mulkern Racing, as Mulkern began his racing career at Beech Ridge in 1981 in the the Limited Sportsman class.

TEAM: No. 84 Community Pharmacies/Southern Maine Motors Chevrolet

CREW CHIEF: Tony Ricci, Westbrook, Maine

BEST CAREER BEECH RIDGE MOTOR SPEEDWAY FINISH: 3rd (multiple times)

LAST RACE AT BEECH RIDGE MOTOR SPEEDWAY: 5th (September 2010)

DID YOU KNOW?

- Scott Mulkern will pull double-duty of sorts this weekend, as a driver for his own No. 84 Community Pharmacies/Southern Maine Motors Chevrolet and also as owner and teammate to Lonnie Sommerville in the No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders Chevrolet.

- Scott Mulkern won a track championship at Beech Ridge in 1985 – the last year the track operated as a dirt track.

- The next race Scott Mulkern is scheduled to compete in is the PASS North Series race at Beech Ridge on July 9.

- Mulkern Racing finished second in the final PASS North Series standings in 2010 with driver Ben Rowe in the No. 48 entry.

On racing at Beech Ridge: “You need to be smooth and keep the tires under you there. It's kind of my style. I kind of like that. I don't seem to be right there at the end like I want to be, but it's all about saving everything that you can for the end.

“The thing about the place is that whenever you go there, the minute you drop the green for the feature, you've got something different than you had in practice. You could be fighting a loose problem all day in practice, and then they start the feature and all of a sudden you're pushing. After five times of that, you realize that's kind othe way the place is. You just really have to work to have a neutral (handling) car. If you get tight, chances are it's the same for a lot of guys.”

On the competing part-time now: “In the big picture, if you look at my style and the way I sometimes shoot myself in the foot, I don't care about (points). Not at all. Guys like Ben (Rowe) – he likes that. Johnny (Clark) likes that. That's the challenge for those guys. They like that whole thing, their whole team does, of points racing.

“I don't think they drive much different than if they weren't racing for points – that's not necessarily the way they are. But I personally don't care about the championship. I want to win races more than that. If you told me I could race all year and not win a race but win the championship, or I could win four races and no championship, I'd want to win four races. We're trying to do that – but it just goes along with everything else you're doing.”

On having Lonnie Sommerville in the No. 48 this season: “He's got a great personality. (Crew chief Gary Crooks) has a lot of confidence in Lonnie. Obviously, I've seen him race, and as far as the Canadian drivers, he's one of the top dogs. He's in that league – Scott Fraser, Patrick Laperle, those guys – and I'd put Lonnie right there.”
Lonnie Sommerville: PASS North BRMS Preview
ILonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, kicks off his first full-time season of PASS North Series competition with the PASS 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, on Saturday, April 30. Sommerville has competed several times as a part-time fixture in PASS North with his own team, but this season marks his move to Mulkern Racing to run the entire slate. Sommerville has some experience at Beech Ridge, most notably having led the PASS 300 at the track for several laps last September.

TEAM: No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders Chevrolet

CREW CHIEF: Gary Crooks, Mooresville, N.C.

BEST CAREER BEECH RIDGE MOTOR SPEEDWAY FINISH: 17th (September 2010)

LAST RACE AT BEECH RIDGE MOTOR SPEEDWAY: 17th (September 2010)

DID YOU KNOW?

- Lonnie Sommerville will be reunited with Gary Crooks. Crooks is a New Brunswick native who now operates Crooks Racing in Mooresville, N.C.

-Crew chief Gary Crooks is running the development team for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Brad Keselowski.

- It's a five-hour drive for Lonnie Sommerville just to make it to the Mulkern Racing race shop each week before even heading to the race track.

- Mulkern Racing finished second in the final PASS North Series standings in 2010 with driver Ben Rowe in the No. 48 entry.

Lonnie's outlook for the 2011 season with Mulkern Racing: “The team they've put together, as far as I'm concerned, is as good or better than any as we're going to run against. I don't feel a lot of pressure, but having been given this opportnity, I'm confident I can go and beat (five-time PASS champion) Johnny Clark and those guys. Maybe not every week, but as much as they're going to beat us – and that's really exciting.

“This is the next level, the next step in my career. There are racing goals you want to accomplish in life, and in the the northeast, the PASS Tour has the best teams and best drivers on it. Aside from winning a CARQUEST championship, I've done everything I've wanted to do so far. This is where I wanted to take my career.”

On racing at Beech Ridge: “The biggest thing is just to keep grip in the car and to keep car turning. You realize that you have to sacrifice a little forward drive to get underneath people in the corners and drive up under them.

“It's a lot like an Oxford (Plains Speedway) or some of those tracks – you leave loving it one time and the next time you leave hating it. It's definitely a chassis track, not a horsepower track by any means. It's just a beautiful facility.”

On his goals for the 2011 PASS North Series season: “Obviously, in my mind I want to win the championship. But I'm not going to finish sixth when I could have won the race because I'm worrying just about points. If you win races, points will take care of themselves.

“But at the same time, you have to be smart about it – but that's what makes good race car drivers.”

SCOTT MULKERN, Team owner and Driver of the No. 84 Community Pharmacies /Southern Maine Motors Chevrolet, on adding Lonnie Sommerville to the team:
“When we had the open ride (last fall), we were talking with Gary about working with us even before we were talking to Lonnie. Gary has a lot of confidence in Lonnie. Obviously, I've seen him race, and as far as the Canadian drivers, he's one of the top dogs. He's in that league – Scott Fraser, Patrick Laperle, those guys – and I'd put Lonnie right there.”
Mulkern, Sommerville
Ready To Join Forces In 2011
FALMOUTH, Maine – They take two different approaches to their racing, but in the end they have a common goal. Mulkern Racing's drivers just want to win.

“Obviously, in my mind I want to win the championship,” said the latest addition to the Mulkern Racing lineup, Canadian driver Lonnie Sommerville. “But I'm not going to finish sixth when I could have won the race because I'm worrying just about points. If you win races, points will take care of themselves.

“But at the same time, you have to be smart about it – but that's what makes good race car drivers.”

Sommerville, from St. John, New Brunswick, will run the entire 2011 PASS North Series season in the Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders Chevrolet – marking his first full-time foray into PASS North competition after several seasons of part-time efforts coupled with a full-time run at the CARQUEST Tour north of the border.

The team finished second in the final PASS North standings last season with Ben Rowe behind the wheel of the No. 48. This season, they've brough Sommerville into the mix and added crew chief Gary Crooks of Crooks Racing in Mooresville, N.C.

“When we had the open ride (last fall), we were talking with Gary about working with us even before we were talking to Lonnie,” said Scott Mulkern, team owner and driver of the No. 84 Community Pharmacies/Southern Maine Motors Chevrolet. “Gary has a lot of confidence in Lonnie. Obviously, I've seen him race, and as far as the Canadian drivers, he's one of the top dogs. He's in that league – Scott Fraser, Patrick Laperle, those guys – and I'd put Lonnie right there.”

Despite competing right down until the final event of the 2010 season for the PASS championship, Mulkern said that the team won't base success this season around the title hunt.

“Lonnie and Gary – the whole team – I know they do want to win it,” Mulkern said. “That's what they're shooting for, and more power to them. But as far as any pressure from me to win the championship, that's not going to come from me. They're racers, and that's what it's about to a lot of them, I know that. But for me, I just want to show up every week and be right there trying to win.

“If you look at my style and the way I sometimes shoot myself in the foot (in the race car), I don't care about that championship stuff. Not at all. That's just the way I am. But we also have seen what Lonnie can do. We know what he can do. If he's got a good car, and things are going his way, he can win any race.”

Sommerville said the opportunity to drive for Mulkern Racing, and no longer have to maintain his own equipment, made it the right time to make the jump to PASS.

“This is the next level, the next step in my career,” Sommerville said. “There are racing goals you want to accomplish in life, and the the northeast, the PASS Tour has the best teams and best drivers onit. Aside from winning a CARQUEST championship, I've done everything I've wanted to do so far. This is where I wanted to take my career.”

And Sommerville believes that the pieces are in place to accomplish both of the team's goals – winning races and winning the PASS North Series title in 2011.

“The team they've put together, as far as I'm concerned, is as good or better than any as we're going to run against,” he said. “I don't feel a lot of pressure, but having been given this opportnity, I'm confident I can go and beat (five-time PASS champion) Johnny Clark and those guys. Maybe not every week, but as much as they're going to beat us – and that's really exciting.”

APRIL 10, 2011
Full starting and finishing listings at www.ProAllStarsSeries.com
31st Place Finish & 294 Laps for Scott
A lap down at the mid point of the first 100 lap
section, a tangle on the back straight with a car going into the water barrels at the pit entrance, general lack of
grip - a tough race for the #84.

Scott time trialed 25th with a 19.192. He finished
third in his heat and started the feature from 30th.
Lonnie time trialed 55th with a 19.374. He finished
fourth in his heat right behind Scott in the #84 and did not transfer to the feature. Lonnie did not win his
"Last Chance" race and does not have a provisional.
He did not start "THE RACE"
17th Place Finish & 299 Laps for Mike
Mike survived a couple of incidents and had moved up
to 13th at the 200 lap mark. For the final caution-free
100 lap section, the #24 lost some speed and
faded back to 17th, one lap down.

Mike time trialed 48th with a 19.331. He finished
third in his heat and started the feature from 28th.

Scott Mulkern
Mulkern Racing Taking 3 Cars to “The Race”
Sommerville, Rowe join owner Scott Mulkern at North Wilkesboro
FALMOUTH, Maine – There's really only one reason that Mulkern Racing will field three cars in this week's inaugural PASS-sanctioned “The Race” at North Wilkesboro Speedway.

The team wants a win.

“I don't really look at it any different from any other race,” said team owner and driver of the No. 84 Community Pharmacies Dodge, Scott Mulkern. “Once you're in the car, I'm in there to win whether it's for a million dollars or one dollar. Don't get me wrong, I certainly appreciate the purse, but we're going to try to win.”

“The Race” – a PASS South Series 300-lap main event with $75,000 promised to the winner – boasted more than 90 Super Late Models from around the nation entered earlier this week. With the exception of a PASS South race there last fall, North Wilkesboro Speedway has been largely dormant since Jeff Gordon won the final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race there in 1995. Qualifying is slated for Friday afternoon, April 8, with race night set for 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 9.

Joining Mulkern in his efforts are Lonnie Sommerville, the New Brunswick, Canada, native who will drive Mulkern's No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders Chevrolet full-time in the PASS North Series in 2011, and Mike Rowe, a three-time Oxford 250 winner and three-time PASS 300 champion at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. Rowe, of Turner, Maine, will drive the No. 24 Southern Maine Motors Chevrolet.

Rowe said the chance to race at North Wilkesboro was a deciding factor for him.

“Actually, it does mean something,” Rowe said. “It's why I really wanted to go down. (Mulkern) had an extra car, so we just hope we can get all three of them in the show and try to win the thing.

“We tested two or three weeks ago. We've got to pick up a little bit somewhere, but we definitely have good stuff (with Mulkern Racing).”

“We're committed to Lonnie for the year and Mike was looking for something to do, and he's helped me use his stuff in the past when I needed a ride,” Mulkern said. “So I felt like, 'Let's do it.' And who are you going to get that's better than Mike Rowe to drive one of these things?”

Mulkern has made a point not just of supporting teams that have helped him in his racing career in the past, but he's also made it a priority to support PASS and its president, Tom Mayberry. It's one of the reasons he's making sure he has three competitive cars on hand at North Wilkesboro.

“If I sent one car, that probably would have been enough,” Mulkern said with a laugh. “(Mayberry), he's really got a good thing going down south. There's quite a bit of chatter about the (PASS South Series) down there... The cars seem to be making a comeback.

“These are the cars I like, so I want to support Tom. To me, this is as far as you're going to go in a fiberglass body car.”

Tony Ricci will serve as Mulkern's crew chief on the No. 84, while Seth Holbrook will lead Rowe's effort with the No. 24 team. Gary Crooks, who is stationed out of his own North Carolina race shop, will team with Sommerville and the No. 48 – the first effort for the crew chief and driver who will be paired together this season in the PASS North Series.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of a race car and driving for Mulkern Racing here in 2011,” Sommerville said. “It would have been nice to run a race beforehand, but we did some testing together so it’s not like we are all meeting each other for the first time.

“The fact that myself and Gary have worked together great for years now, we should be just fine.”

With so many cars expected to be on hand, the Mulkern racing stable has been careful not to put the proverbial cart before the horse. Qualifying – not racing – are first and foremost on everyone's minds.

“If we can get into the show, I think we'll have just a good as shot as anybody else,” Rowe said. “ The longer the race, the better I like it. But with 90 cars, if you have a bad time trial run and have to start at the rear of your heat, you're going to have a long day.”

Long day or not, the team will have plenty of help on hand in crew members Buster Bean, Kevin Sears, Steve and Stephen Holbrook, Shawn Plowman and Scott MacMaster. Some of the Crooks Racing staff out of Mooresville, N.C., will also be at North Wilkesboro.

“We worked hard all winter gearing up for this race,” Mulkern said. “I can't thank the guys enough for everything they've done to get us to this point.”

New Beginnings Set to Kick Off for Lonnie Sommerville At North Wilkesboro

Saint John, NB, Canada 4/5/11- After a long and cold Canadian off season Lonnie Sommerville is ready to get back racing. While every calendar year brings new beginnings to a race car driver, the 2011 season will be by far the biggest season of change in Sommerville’s successful racing career. For his entire racing career Sommerville has raced under his self owned moniker, but starting in 2011 Sommerville will pilot the #48 A. E. McKay Builders/Community Pharmacies entry for Mulkern Racing based in Falmouth , Maine . The tango will start their relationship off with a bang as final preparations are under way for “The Race” at North Wilkesboro set to roll off Saturday night.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of a race car and driving for the Mulkern Racing here in 2011. Obviously all of this wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for A. E. McKay Builders along with all my other sponsors who have supported me over the years,” stated Sommerville. “I know with this weekend’s race being our first race together and it being such a big event.”

The biggest challenge for the duo may not be the ever changing 5/8 mile facility nor the eighty plus expected competitors to be on hand attempting to make the $75,000 to win show this weekend. The real test may come in the form of team chemistry as the three day event will be the first time the new owner-driver combination will be put to the test. However, according to Sommerville, while the team as a whole may be new a lot of familiar faces are in place to make the transition to the #48 machine as smooth as possible.

“I don’t think there will be any issues about it being our first race together as a team. It would have been nice to run a race before hand, but we did some testing together so it’s not like we are all meeting each other for the first time. Plus there are guys from my team in Canada that will be helping us out this weekend, and then the fact that myself and Gary (Crooks) have worked together great for years now we should be just fine.” said Sommerville.

The 300 lap event deemed as “The Race” at North Wilkesboro Speedway is set to kick off Thursday April 7th with practice beginning at 4pm. Action will heat up in a hurry as time trials and heat races will set the field starting at 5pm on Friday April 8th. The following night, Saturday April 9th; the richest super late model event in PASS history will take the green flag at 6pm.

For fans not able to make the event Tex Motorsports Marketing will provide live updates via the “Lonnie Sommerville Racing Fan Page” on Facebook each and every day of the event. To like the page and get the updates visit: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Lonnie-Sommerville-Racing-Fan-Page/109912122425529.
Crooks Racing Inc. Sets 2011 Duties
Mooresville, NC 3/25/11- Over the years Crooks Racing Incorporated, owned and operated by short track icon Gary Crooks, has developed into one of the go to companies in the industry to get short track racers the edge over their competitors. Having worked with up and coming drivers to NASCAR super stars, Crooks Racing has excelled in both on and off track performance.

The 2011 season kicks off for Crooks April 7-9th at the “THE RACE” held at North Wilkesboro (NC) Speedway as he will look to guide Mulkern Racing and driver Lonnie Sommerville in to victory lane to take home the $75,000 check. In addition to his role as crew chief for Sommerville, Crooks will act as a consultant for fellow Mulkern Racing teammates Mike Rowe and Scott Mulkern. “THE RACE” at North Wilkesboro will act as a warm up event for the Crooks and Sommerville tandem as they will compete for the sixteen race PASS North championship this season.

“I know this year I’ll be a busy guy but I know that between myself and my employees at Crooks Racing we are setting ourselves up for a successful year I do believe,” stated Crooks. “Chasing the PASS North championship with Lonnie should be fun because it will be some of the best competition to race against every time you show up to the track. Anytime you can beat the Rowe’s and Clark’s of the PASS North series you’re beating the best.”

Lonnie Sommerville
 
   
Lonnie Sommerville will be signing autographs
in the PASS booth at the EXPO on
Friday night from 6 to 8 PM and
Sunday mid-day from 11 AM to 1 PM.
PASS Autograph Schedule:

Friday Jan. 7 - 6 PM to 8 PM - Johnny Clark, Ben Rowe, Joey Doiron,
Scott McDaniel, and Lonnie Sommerville

Saturday Jan. 8 - 1 PM to 3 PM - Jay Fogleman, and
           6 PM to 8 PM - Johnny Clark, Andy Shaw, Ben Rowe, Joey Doiron

Sunday Jan. 9 - 11 AM to 1 PM - Johnny Clark, Dan McKeage,
and Lonnie Sommerville
Lonnie Sommerville in the Mulkern #48
Three Mulkern Entries for the "THE RACE"
Mulkern Racing, LLC is pleased to announce that Canadian Lonnie Sommerville will drive the #48 SLM in Pro All Stars Series North competition for the 2011 season. The team will be lead by Gary Crooks and Seth Holbrook who will join forces as we challenge for the PASS North Championship.

We had close to 15 drivers inquire about our plans for the 2011 season and thank everyone for their interest in our program! We found this process both flattering and overwhelming!

Lonnie brings talent, sportsmanship, and a thirst for competition to the #48 team. He has enjoyed much success in his homeland Canada and looks to add to his resume. Owning his own race team, Lonnie has a respect for his equipment and works hard. He has technical race knowledge and understands what it takes to win. Competitors will appreciate his friendly personality and competitive desire. We are excited to welcome Lonnie to Mulkern Racing!

Seth remains with Mulkern Racing as Crew Chief after leading the #48 Team to two PASS North victories and a second place in the points standings for the 2010 season. Seth loves to race! His hard work, determination and expertise will be greatly complimented by the addition of Gary Crooks.

Gary's unparalleled work ethic, expertise and leadership will be contagious and bring Teamwork to a new level for the #48! Gary will function as Team Consultant/Co-Crew Chief. Both Seth and Gary know what it takes to win and Lonnie will be in good hands!

We couldn't do this deal without the dedication or our crew. Tony Ricci, Stephen Holbrook, Shawn Plowman, Kevin Sears, and Steve Holbrook will be back with us for the 2011 season.

Scott Mulkern intends to enter 4 or 5 races for the 2011 season. He will be in the familiar #84 when "the mood strikes him" and his schedule permits. Expect to see Scott entered at his home track Beechridge, where he is always competitive, and maybe a few other events throughout the season.

We will begin our season at THE RACE in North Wilkesboro, NC on April 9, 2011. Mulkern Racing, LLC has THREE entires for THE RACE! Scott is entered in the #84, Lonnie Sommerville in the #48 and Veteran Mike Rowe will be in an additional Mulkern Racing entry #24. Wow! What are we thinking? We are excited about our chances and look forward to this debut.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors. Without their support, this wouldn't be possible! BIG THANKS- Community Pharmacies, A.E. McKay Builders, Southern Maine Motors - Chrysler*Dodge* Jeep, and Portland Detailing!

Please stay tuned for additional releases in the coming weeks and, as always, thank you for your support and interest!

For more on the new team members go to:

www.lonniesommerville.com     www.crooksracinginc.com
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