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2012

Sat. Oct. 20
Timmons #48x Leads Oxford Charge
with Top-10 in Oxford Debut
OXFORD, Maine – Bobby Timmons of Windham, Maine, led the Mulkern Racing effort in the PASS North Series season-ending PASS 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway on Saturday, October 20, finishing eighth in his series debut. Timmons was part of a three-car effort that included full-time driver Lonnie Sommerville, who finished 14th, and team owner Scott Mulkern, who finished 18th in his seventh start of the season. Timmons recovered from an early spin on the backstretch to post the Top-10 finish in the No. 48x Timmons Machine/Southern Maine Motors Chevrolet, while both Sommerville and Mulkern fought ill-handling race cars throughout the day and made several pit stops under caution for adjustments.

WHO: Bobby Timmons III, Windham, Maine
TEAM: Mulkern Racing No. 48x Timmons Machine/Southern Maine Motors Chevrolet
CREW CHIEF: Bobby Timmons Jr., Windham, Maine
STARTED: 16th   FINISHED: 8th

BOBBY, HOW WAS YOUR NIGHT AT OXFORD?
My first PASS race, I didn't really have many expectations. To make the race was cool, and to finish the race was my goal – so to finish eighth was pretty cool. I feel like we could have been a little better. Travis Benjamin turned us around about 40-50 laps in, but it was just a mistake. No big deal.

The car was alright. It started to free up on me. One of the later cautions, I put a considerable amount of front brake in it, and that helped the car a lot. I gained three or four spots there at the end that I don't know if I would have been able to get, plus it helped that a lot of guys were just wrecking out in front of me.

WHO: Lonnie Sommerville, Saint John, New Brunswick
TEAM: Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/Southern Maine Motors Chevrolet
CREW CHIEF: Gary Crooks, Mooresville, N.C.
STARTED: 21st   FINISHED: 14th


LONNIE, IT LOOKED LIKE A STRUGGLE FROM THE BEGINNING FOR YOU GUYS ALL DAY.
We were way too tight (in qualifying), so we freed it back up, but we didn't have the sway bar we wanted in it. That was probably the start of it. We just missed it. We were wrecking-loose getting in, and it's pretty hard to get around the turns here at Oxford when you're that free getting in, because you can't get back in the gas at all. I was probably only a quarter-throttle for most of the race, because any more than that and it was just spinning the tires.

It was not, definitely, the way we wanted to end the 2012 season, but the way things have been going, I'm glad it's over.

WHO: Scott Mulkern, Falmouth, Maine
TEAM: Mulkern Racing No. 84 Southern Maine Motors/Community Pharmacies Chevrolet
CREW CHIEF: Seth Holbrook, Turner, Maine
STARTED: 17th   FINISHED: 18th

SETH, WHERE DID YOU GUYS MISS THE SETUP?
Too loose. We were just way too loose. We tried to change it as much as we could (on pit stops). We got it better at the end, but it was just never where it needed to be.

Mulkern Racing Heads Back To Oxford
FALMOUTH, Maine – When the PASS North Series makes a third attempt to defy Mother Nature and run its season finale this weekend at Oxford Plains Speedway, Mulkern Racing will be out in full force. Mulkern Racing will field three entries – one for regular PASS driver Lonnie Sommerville, one for team owner Scott Mulkern and one for NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bobby Timmons III – in the PASS 150 at Oxford this Saturday, October 20.

The event, which was originally scheduled for September 30, is slated to get underway with qualifying at 1:30 p.m. The rain date for PASS 150 is Sunday, October 21.

“We had really good cars at Oxford last year, and both races we were pretty quick,” Sommerville said of the Mulkern Racing stable, which won this event with Scott Mulkern in 2011. “After the last couple of weeks (with rain), I don't think anybody can wait to finally get there.”

The recent rains actually helped Timmons, who was in Toledo, Ohio, for the original date to help Mulkern run an Outlaw Super Late Model. Last week, he had planned on again serving as a crew member for Mulkern at Oxford, before the team owner told him that he should think about running the race himself in the car he ran weekly at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway this season.

“That was all I needed to hear,” said Timmons, who will drive the No. 48x Southern Maine Motors/Timmons Machine Chevrolet. “Right now, it's about experience. It's always good to go to different tracks and run some extra-distance races. The only try I've had at extra distance was the 100-lapper at Beech Ridge (in June), and we made it to Lap 50 of that before we were wrecked.”

In July, Timmons practiced Mulkern's car the night before the Dunkin' Donuts 150 at Oxford for his only Super Late Model experience away from his home track at Beech Ridge.

“I'm seeing entries pile up left and right for this weekend. Just to make the show, that would be cool and if I can run all the laps and stay on the lead lap, I'd be ecstatic,” Timmons said. “I got a little taste with Scott's car in July, and I can say that this PASS tour is the real deal. Not taking anything away from the guys I race with every week, but these teams have their stuff together. They're good.”

Mulkern snapped a seven-year winless drought – though most of those years were spent as a part-time competitor – when he won the season finale at Oxford last year in the No. 84 Southern Maine Motors/Community Pharmacies Chevrolet. It was only his second career PASS victory, and it came just a few weeks after finishing second in the SouthernMaineMotors.com 300 at Beech Ridge.

Both Mulkern and Sommerville will try and capture their first PASS win of the season this weekend. Timmons won a 45-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature at Beech Ridge this season.

“It would be huge,” said Sommerville, who drives the No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/Southern Maine Motors Chevrolet. “For me, this is my 15th season of racing and I've never had a season where I didn't win a race. To me, it would be a big deal. I hate to leave it to the last one, but it always gives you confidence when you can win. We all have egos as race car drivers, and it's hard on your ego when you don't accomplish all your goals.”

Timmons said he's confident that Mulkern Racing has all the tools in place to win races, as soon as this weekend.

“I am. Lonnie, I'm pretty sure will be strong and Scott will be strong, too. They always are at Oxford,” Timmons said. “I know neither has had the success they wanted this year, but I've never doubted the knowledge and equipment we have behind us. The car will be fast; the rest is all up to me.”

Sat. Oct. 20
Lonnie Sommerville:
Oxford Plains Race Preview
Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, heads to the PASS North Series season finale in the PASS 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine, on Sunday, September 30. Sommerville and the Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/Southern Maine Motors Chevrolet sits fifth in the overall PASS North Series standings with the final race of the season remaining, and the team is hoping to cap 2012 with its first win of the season. Sommerville – who enters the weekend off a seventh-place finish last weekend at White Mountain Motorsports Park – posted a pair of Top-10 finishes at Oxford in 2011, including a seventh-place effort in the 2011 season finale won by his car owner and teammate, Scott Mulkern.

THE FACTS

BEST CAREER OXFORD PLAINS SPEEDWAY FINISH: 3rd (July 2011)
MOST RECENT OXFORD PLAINS SPEEDWAY FINISH: 16th (July 2012)
WHAT: PASS North Series 150
WHERE: Oxford Plains Speedway, Oxford, Maine (.375-mile flat oval)
WHEN: Saturday, September 29 – Practice, 11:45 a.m.; Sunday, September 30 – Practice, 10:30 a.m.; Qualifying, 1:30 p.m.; Race, 6 p.m.

CURRENT POINTS POSITION: 5th

DID YOU KNOW?

Lonnie Sommerville is only 17 points out of third place in the overall PASS North Series standings heading into the final event of the 2012 season.

Mulkern Racing won this event in 2011, with Scott Mulkern scoring his second career PASS North Series victory.

Mulkern Racing will be competing in two events this weekend. Lonnie Sommerville is racing in the PASS 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway, while Scott Mulkern is entering the Glass City 200 at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway, an Outlaw Super Late Model race at Toledo Speedway on Saturday.

Lonnie Sommerville has 10 Top-10 finishes and two heat race wins in 14 starts this season on the PASS North Series.


WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

LONNIE SOMMERVILLE, On heading back to Oxford Plains Speedway this weekend: “We had really good cars at Oxford last year, and both races we were pretty quick. We got all the way up to third after a long green-flag run in the July race, and then we were rain-shortened in this race in October. In both races, we never really got to where the potential of the car was.

“I don't know what we have in store this year. We had a really good car in July, and we didn't get to race with the guys from where we started. Got into the Top-5 or six, but we were down a lap, so we backed off and let the leaders race. I know our car's going to be good there. We did a tire test two weeks ago. We shook it down, and it seemed pretty good then.”

On how important it would be for the team to close 2012 with a win at Oxford: “Huge. For me, this is my 15th season of racing and I've never had a season where I didn't win a race. To me, it would be a big deal. I hate to leave it to the last one, but it always gives you confidence when you can win. We all have egos as race car drivers, and it's hard on your ego when you don't accomplish all your goals. When you don't accomplish any, it's even harder.

“Our goal this year was to win races and win the championship. If we can have a good solid day at Oxford and win the race, we can still come out of it third in the points. With the way things have gone this year, you know it's got to change sooner or later. I don't see why it can't change this weekend.”

On racing at Oxford Plains Speedway: “Not a lot changes there. It's still a place that you don't have a lot of grip. In July, there's less when it's 100 degrees out, but it's still a place where you're not going to have a lot of grip whether it's this time of year or the middle of summer.. If your car's tight in July and you go back with the same setup, it's only going to get worse in the cool weather.

“I'm confident with (crew chief Gary Crooks), that he's going to be on top of that. Between the two of us, I know we'll have as good a car as anybody when we get there.”
Tony Ricci in the #84
Places 38th at the 400
With Scott too sick to compete, Tony Ricci took over the #84 for the Last Chance race to qualify for the 400. Starting at the back, Tony ran 41 laps in the race for a 38th place finish.

Great Lakes Helicopter Glass City 200
Late Model Invitational
Sat. Sept. 29th - Racing at 5 PM
Practice/Qualifying/Race Info at www.toledospeedway.com


Trackside Now: Glass City 200
Scott finished 22nd, completing 97 laps.

Mulkern Heads West
to Try His Hand at Toledo
Scott to Run Outlaw Late Model in Glass City 200
FALMOUTH, Maine – Scott Mulkern got in his head that he wanted to try something a little diferent, so he's going ahead and doing it.

Mulkern, of Falmouth, will make his first start in an Outlaw Late Model in the 24th annual Glass City 200 at Toledo Speedway in Toledo, Ohio, on Saturday, September 29. The ARCA-sanctioned high-banked half-mile track will offer a purse of more than $50,000 for the race.

Mulkern has been preparing the No. 84 SouthernMaineMotors.com Dodge throughout most of the 2012 season.

“I've always had an interest in running these cars. PASS had a class similar (Outlaw Late Models) with a crate engine in them,” said Mulkern, who won a PASS Outlaw Late Model race at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in 2005. “Junior (Hanley) built the thing, so I just had the urge to do it. I'll probably run it a couple of times a year. Next year, I'll try and do this race again and another one during the year.”

The Outlaw Late Model has a Ron Hutter engine in it that produces close to 800-horsepower. The track record for the division at Toledo is 14.815 seconds (121.498 mph).

Mulkern tested the Outlaw at Oxford Plains Speedway two weeks ago.

“It's fun,” Mulkern said. “It's a race car. It's a little different than a Super Late Model – there's a lot more grip in the back end, a lot more downforce because of the way the body is. The (PASS) car, it had a little bit different setup in it, too.”

A total of 31 Outlaw Late Models were pre-entered in the Glass City 200. Coverage of the race, which includes practice on Friday and qualifying and the main event on Saturday, will be provided on Speed51.com's Trackside Now.

Mulkern plans to spend Friday getting accustomed to the track and has set modest goals for himself this weekend.

“I don't know what the competition is – but I'm sure it will be stiff,” said the two-time PASS North Series race winner. “I don't run a lot of big tracks – I don't run a lot of races anywhere anymore – but we'll see how it goes. As long as I'm comfortable on the track, I'm going to try to win the race. Who knows? I'm not going to get worked up either way.

“I'm just going to go out and do what I can and try and have some fun doing it.”
Saturday
September 22nd
Racing at 5 PM
Lonnie 7th at WMMP

Mulkern Racing: PASS North Series
White Mountain Motorsports Park
September 22nd Race Preview
Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, will look to improve upon his runner-up finish the last time the PASS North Series visited White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, N.H. in the PASS 150 on Saturday, September 22. The race was originally scheduled for September 8 but was postponed by rain. Sommerville has turned in four straight Top-10 finishes to jump to fifth in the overall PASS North Series standings in the Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/Southern Maine Motors Chevrolet with two races remaining. He finished second at White Mountain in August in a rain-shortened event, and Sommerville has three Top-5 finishes in four career starts at the banked quarter-mile.

CURRENT POINTS POSITION: 5th

DID YOU KNOW?

Lonnie Sommerville has only one finish in his career outside the Top-10 – a 12th-place finish in May of 2012 – in five career starts at White Mountain Motorsports Park.

Mulkern Racing has five Top-5 finishes in the last six races at White Mountain Motorsports Park.

Lonnie Sommerville is on pace for his second Top-5 PASS North Series points finish in as many seasons in the series.

Lonnie Sommerville led 40 of 123 laps last time out at White Mountain Motorsports Park in a rain-shortened event.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

LONNIE SOMMERVILLE, Driver of the Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/Southern Maine Motors Chevrolet, On racing at White Mountain Motorsports Park: “White Mountain takes a little bit of finesse. You don't overdrive the car, manhandle it, run into guys like you do at a place like Star (Speedway). But it's still hard to pass because it's so fast. You can be running behind a guy and be quicker, but to find that way to get around him and find the line that will work makes it a pretty tough place.”

On his recent run of good finishes, including four straight Top-10 finishes, to move to fifth in the PASS North Series standings: “I don't really feel like our cars have been bad. We just haven't had the results. Wrong lines, flat tires, that kind of stuff. That's racing.

“The first part of the year, we led laps in every race. The first four or five races, we led laps and didn't close the deal. After that, I just decided I wasn't going to worry about leading the most laps or any of that stuff. There's no bragging rights for leading laps. At this stage, I only want to go lead the last one.”

On his outlook for this weekend and going back to a track where he recorded his best finish of the season: “The car was good when the sun was out (last time). It's the first time we went there with the crate motor. The start of the race, the first 25, 30, 40 laps – whatever we ran there – I was 70 percent and I was driving off. I was pretty excited that we had a car that was that good and going to be dominant. It kind of reminded me of Beech Ridge last year.”

Jamie Williams

Jamie Williams
Mulkern Racing: PASS North Series
Beech Ridge Race Report -
Lonnie 7th & Scott 11th
SCARBOROUGH, Maine – Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, finished seventh while teammate and car owner Scott Mulkern of Falmouth, Maine, finished 11th in the PASS North Series SouthernMaineMotors.com 300 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on Sunday, September 16. Sommerville started 23 in the No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/Southern Maine Motors Chevrolet and led briefly in the second half of the event after gaining track position with a fast pit stop, while Mulkern started seventh after an impressive run in qualifying before battling a handling issue in the No. 84 Southern Maine Motors/Community Pharmacies Chevrolet throughout the afternoon. It marked the fourth straight Top-10 finish for Sommerville this season.

#48 - Lonnie Sommerville, Saint John, New Brunswick
STARTED: 23rd   FINISHED: 7th   LAPS LED: 2 times for 39 laps

LONNIE, TALK ABOUT YOUR RUN.
It went pretty good... We tried a couple of things in practice and picked up some speed, but it probably hurt us the longer the race went, just because of the rubber on the track it got us a little too tight. It's three years now (in this race), we've come from mid-pack to the front and led some laps – but out of the last three years, it's probably the third-best car we've had. Just too tight.

I think the track with these new tires, not knowing what they were going to do, we probably just need to come back with a different setup. All in all, it was a good day, but it wasn't what we wanted or what we expected.

HOW GOOD WAS YOUR PIT STOP?
Gary and the guys didn't really want to come in (on Lap 157), but at that point we were sixth and we weren't going to improve our position. We're not here to finish sixth. If we're not going ahead, we might as well come in and make a change.

It was an awesome pit stop. We came in and did four tires, two spring rubbers in the right rear and up on the track bar – and we beat everybody out of the pits. It was pretty neat. It was a bunch of guys that help me back in Canada, so it was a pretty good deal. In these races, it's not all driver – you need to pit, and the guys need to do a good job to get you out so you don't have to pass all those cars again out on the race track. They did a great job.

#84 - Scott Mulkern, Falmouth, Maine
STARTED: 7th   FINISHED: 11th

SCOTT, HOW WAS YOUR DAY?
We just kind of had the stagger off on the first set of tires, and we couldn't tell if we had too much to start with or if it grew. We guessed we had too much to start with, but it actually grew. We really just weren't very good. We were fighting it.

I don't know what you'd do. I don't know how you'd fix that. We'll figure it out.

Mulkern Racing Right
At Home At Beech Ridge
PASS 300 At Beech Ridge A Highlight
For Mulkern, Sommerville
FALMOUTH, Maine – If there's one win that Mulkern Racing would really like to have for themselves, it's a victory in the longest and most prestigious race on the PASS North Series schedule.

Team owner Scott Mulkern of Falmouth finished second in the SouthernMaineMotors.com 300 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway last season, and he and Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, will both take aim at the checkered flag in the event this time around on Sunday, September 16. Qualifying for the longest race on the schedule begins at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, with the main event slated for approximately 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Both Mulkern Racing entries have victories at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on their respective resumes, most recently Sommerville who took the PASS 150 at the track in July of 2011 with the No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/Southern Maine Motors Chevrolet.

“It’s kind of like a home track to me, being that it’s (team owners Scott and Vickie Mulkern)’s home track, and with Southern Maine Motors sponsoring the races there,” said Sommerville, who is currently fifth in the PASS North Series standings with three races remaining. “We definitely take some pride in going there with our stuff and trying to win a race there for them.”

Mulkern, the 1985 track champion at Beech Ridge in what was then known as the Limited Sportsman division, posted his best career PASS North Series finish at the track in this race a year ago. He won a PASS Outlaw Late Model race at the flat, .333-mile oval in 2005.

Over the years, the driver of the No. 84 Southern Maine Motors/Community Pharmacies Chevrolet has had to adapt to the ever-changing conditions at Beech Ridge.

“The slower you go, it seems the faster you go. You just can’t overdrive it there,” Mulkern said.

Mulkern's crew chief, Seth Holbrook of Turner, Maine, said that Beech Ridge can be complicated enough to figure out. Holbrook has won the SouthernMaineMotors.com 300 with other teams, and he believes a 300-lap race only compounds things if a team isn't careful.

“You have to do your best to keep up with the race track, because it changes all the time,” Holbrook said. “It’s tough to do that there, but if you can win at Beech Ridge or Oxford, you can win anywhere.”

Sommerville has finished in the Top-5 in three of his last four starts at Beech Ridge, including a second-place finish in the PASS North Series season opener at the track back in May. As he still looks for his first win of 2012 – he has eight Top-10 finishes in 12 starts this season – he has the SoutherMaineMotors.com 300 circled on his calendar.

“It's been an up and down year for us,” Sommerville said. “But we know how good our race team is, and we're still working as hard as we ever have to get a win for Mulkern Racing. Like all of the other 30 teams that will be there this weekend, we really believe we have a shot.

“We've always run well at Beech Ridge, and there's no reason to believe we won't again. I'm looking forward to Sunday.”
Rainout on the 8th
Rescheduled for Sat. Sept. 22nd.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th
Racing at 6 PM
Mulkern Racing: PASS North Series
White Mountain Motorsports Park
September 8th Race Preview
Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, will look to improve upon his runner-up finish the last time the PASS North Series visited White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, N.H. in the PASS 150 on Saturday, September 8. Sommerville has turned in three straight Top-10 finishes to jump to fifth in the overall PASS North Series standings in the Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/Southern Maine Motors Chevrolet, just 55 points out of the lead with three races still remaining. He finished second at White Mountain less than a month ago in a rain-shortened event, and Sommerville has three Top-5 finishes in four career starts at the banked quarter-mile.

THE FACTS

WHO: Lonnie Sommerville, Saint John, New Brunswick
TEAM: Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/Southern Maine Motors Chevrolet
CREW CHIEF: Gary Crooks, Mooresville, N.C.
BEST CAREER WMMP FINISH: 2nd (August 2012)
MOST RECENT WMMP FINISH: 2nd (August 2012)
WHAT: PASS North Series 150
WHERE: White Mountain Motorsports Park, N. Woodstock, N.H. (.25-mile high banked oval)

CURRENT POINTS POSITION: 5th

DID YOU KNOW?

Lonnie Sommerville has only one finish in his career outside the Top-10 – a 12th-place finish in May of 2012 – in five career starts at White Mountain Motorsports Park.

Mulkern Racing has five Top-5 finishes in the last six races at White Mountain Motorsports Park.

Lonnie Sommerville is on pace for his second Top-5 PASS North Series points finish in as many seasons in the series.

Lonnie Sommerville led 40 of 123 laps last time out at White Mountain Motorsports Park in a rain-shortened event.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

LONNIE SOMMERVILLE, Driver of the Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/Southern Maine Motors Chevrolet, On racing at White Mountain Motorsports Park: “White Mountain takes a little bit of finesse. You don't overdrive the car, manhandle it, run into guys like you do at a place like Star (Speedway). But it's still hard to pass because it's so fast. You can be running behind a guy and be quicker, but to find that way to get around him and find the line that will work makes it a pretty tough place.”

On his recent run of good finishes, including two Top-5s in the last three races, to move to fifth in the PASS North Series standings: “I don't really feel like our cars have been bad. We just haven't had the results. Wrong lines, flat tires, that kind of stuff. That's racing.

“The first part of the year, we led laps in every race. The first four or five races, we led laps and didn't close the deal. After that, I just decided I wasn't going to worry about leading the most laps or any of that stuff. There's no bragging rights for leading laps. At this stage, I only want to go lead the last one.”

On his outlook for this weekend and going back to a track where he recorded his best finish of the season: “The car was good when the sun was out (last time). It's the first time we went there with the crate motor. The start of the race, the first 25, 30, 40 laps – whatever we ran there – I was 70 percent and I was driving off. I was pretty excited that we had a car that was that good and going to be dominant. It kind of reminded me of Beech Ridge last year.

“All in all, it was a good day. The season we've had, we'll take it. We've had a good race car the last couple of races and just haven't quite been able to put it all together. But it just shows how good a race team we can be.”
Lonnie Sommerville
Ted Christopher Wins PASS 125 At Stafford
Veteran's Home Track Advantage
Pays Off For Mulkern Racing
STAFFORD, Conn. – Ted Christopher added to his eye-popping resume at Stafford Motor Speedway, leading every lap from the outside pole to win the inaugural PASS North Series 125 at his home track on Sunday afternoon.

The victory was the track-record 119th of Christopher's career at the half-mile Stafford Motor Speedway, where he has a grandstand section named after him. In addition to 98 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series wins at the track in Modified competition, Christopher also has victories in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and a half-dozen wins in weekly Pro Stock events there.

The event was shortened to 110 laps over a concern about excessive tire wear for the cars.

“The car was really good,” said Christopher, who was making his second start of 2012 in the Mulkern Racing No. 18 Southern Maine Motors Chevrolet. He finished 11th at Thompson International Speedway in July. “Thanks to (car owner Scott Mulkern) for letting me drive the car. The thing is fast.”

The win was the first of the season for Mulkern Racing in the PASS North Series. Full-time Mulkern Racing driver Lonnie Sommerville ran in second for most of the first half of Sunday's race, but the No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/Southern Maine Motors Chevrolet encountered handling issues after the halftime break and rallied to finish ninth.

It was the third straight Top-10 finish for Sommerville in the second half of the season.

Both Christopher and Sommerville were strong in qualifying earlier in the day, with Top-5 finishes in their qualifying races to earn Top-3 starting spots in the feature event.

“Everything went great all day,” said Christopher's crew chief, Seth Holbrook. “It was nice to get a win, and it was important to get a win for Mulkern Racing. They deserve it.”

The PASS North Series continues its 2012 season with the PASS 150 at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, N.H., on Saturday, September 8.
Mulkern Racing: PASS North Series
Stafford Motor Speedway
August 26th Race Preview
for #48 and #18
Mulkern Racing will bring a two-car effort back to the Nutmeg State when the PASS North Series holds the inaugural PASS 125 at Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford, Conn., on Sunday, August 26. Full-time driver Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, will pilot the No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/Southern Maine Motors Chevrolet, while multi-time Stafford champion Ted Christopher of Plainville, Conn., will make his second start of the season in the No. 18 Southern Maine Motors/Community Pharmacies Chevrolet. Christopher previously joined the team at Thompson International Speedway in Connecticut back in July, while Sommerville heads into the series' first-ever race at the half-mile in the heart of Modified country off a second-place finish last time out at White Mountain Motorsports Park.

THE FACTS

WHO: Lonnie Sommerville, Saint John, New Brunswick
TEAM: Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/Southern Maine Motors Chevrolet
CREW CHIEF: Gary Crooks, Mooresville, N.C.
BEST CAREER STAFFORD MOTOR SPEEDWAY FINISH: N/A
LAST RACE AT STAFFORD MOTOR SPEEDWAY: N/A
WHAT: PASS North Series 125
WHERE: Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, Conn. (.500-mile oval)
WHEN: Sunday, August 26 – Practice, 1:30 p.m.; Qualifying, 4 p.m.; Race, 6:30 p.m.

WHO: Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn.
TEAM: Mulkern Racing No. 18 Southern Maine Motors/Community Pharmacies Chevrolet
CREW CHIEF: Seth Holbrook, Turner, Maine
BEST CAREER STAFFORD MOTOR SPEEDWAY FINISH: 1st (multiple times – NASCAR Modifieds)
WHAT: PASS North Series 125
WHERE: Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, Conn. (.500-mile oval)
WHEN: Sunday, August 26 – Practice, 1:30 p.m.; Qualifying, 4 p.m.; Race, 6:30 p.m.

DID YOU KNOW?

Ted Christopher is the most accomplished driver in Stafford Motor Speedway history, with seven career NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified championships and 118 career feature victories at the track, including 98 SK Modified wins. Both are track records.

Lonnie Sommerville jumped to fifth in the PASS North Series standings with his runner-up finish at White Mountain Motorsports Park on August 12.

Ted Christopher finished 11 in the Mulkern Racing No. 18 at Thompson International Speedway on July 12, after qualifying third and running inside the Top-2 throughout the first half of the event.

Crew chief Seth Holbrook has won three NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races at Stafford in his career, two with Kelly Moore and one with Dale Shaw.

Lonnie Sommerville has four Top-5s and seven Top-10s in 11 races this season.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

LONNIE SOMMERVILLE, Driver of the Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/Southern Maine Motors Chevrolet, On how he approaches racing at a new track on the series: “For us, it's about trying to do our job and make sure we don't try and reinvent the wheel. You go and do what you know, and as a driver you don't overdrive the turns while you get it figured out. I'll ask around a little bit as far as what other guys know, and I'll watch YouTube a little bit to get an idea of where they're running, where they pass there. It looks like it's a place that's pretty hard to pass, but I try and familiarize myself with it that way and go in with a clean slate.

“Sometimes it's easier to go somewhere you've never been, because you don't have any bad habits.”

On having Ted Christopher as a teammate: “I don't think it gives us any setup information or anything like that, because he hasn't run these cars there. But it will be up to him as to whether he wants to give us some driving tips. To be honest, I'm not really sure how he is with that kind of stuff, because I haven't worked with him a lot. Certainly, if I'm struggling in practice, it will be good to have him there so I can ask him about how I can improve.”

On finishing second at White Mountain Motorsports Park: “My confidence in what Gary can do and what I can do has never changed. I feel like a win has been right around the corner since April or May. It goes to show how difficult this business is. If you look at Cassius (Clark), he's had a great year with three wins. If you compare our season to last year, we might have 100-point lead.

“It's unpredictable, it's difficult. Look at Oxford – it's a perfect example. There was a situation that was a fluke kind of thing. I never would have imagined after last year we'd be at this point and still be talking about getting our first win. It's frustrating, but it makes you dig a little harder.”

SETH HOLBROOK, Crew Chief on the Mulkern Racing No. 18 Southern Maine Motors/Community Pharmacies Chevrolet, On working with Ted Christopher: “We should be good. He's got a lot of races there. He's won everything there is to win there. If we have any racer's luck, and everything holds together for a 125-lap race, we should be really good.

“It's easy to work with him. He doesn't drive (Super Late Models) enough to be looking for a certain feel out there. If the car's fast, he doesn't care. He drives everything known to man, and he's somewhat adaptable. You can't beat that experience. Experience is huge.”

On what it takes to win at Stafford Motor Speedway: “The place has such long corners, you have to be able to turn in the center and then have forward drive off. You've got to be able to turn in the center to get a good run off, because the straightaways are so long.”

Teddy Christopher
SUNDAY,
AUGUST 12th
Racing at 2 PM
Lonnie Sommerville Race Report:
2nd at White Mountain
NORTH WOODSTOCK, N.H. – Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, finished second in the PASS North Series 150 at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, N.H., on Sunday, August 12. The race was shortened to 123 laps by rain. After starting on the outside pole, Sommerville led a total of 40 laps in the event in the Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/Southern Maine Motors Chevrolet and never fell out of the Top-2 in the event. It was the second straight Top-5 finish for Sommerville, who finished fifth last weekend at Seekonk Speedway.

STARTED: 2nd - FINISHED: 2nd - LAPS LED: 2 times for 40 laps
CURRENT POINTS POSITION: 5th

LONNIE, YOU HAD A GREAT RUN TODAY.
The car was good when the sun was out. It's the first time we came here with the crate motor. The start of the race, the first 25, 30, 40 laps – whatever we ran there – I was 70 percent and I was driving off. I was pretty excited that we had a car that was that good and going to be dominant. It kind of reminded me of Beech Ridge last year.

Then it started clouding over, and it started getting a little tighter and a little tighter. It was still a good race car, but with a crate motor, once it gets a little snug, if you have to hold up getting back into the gas you just lose all that straightaway speed.

WERE YOU HOPING TO HAVE ANOTHER SHOT AT RACE WINNER
DJ SHAW LATE?

DJ got me there (on Lap 55), and I let him go so I didn't abuse my stuff. I'm not saying I would have gotten back by him if we did finish (the full distance), but I did think big picture when he did get by – wanted to try and ride a little more and then race him at the end. The last couple restarts, I was going to try and get by him and had nothing for him.

All in all, it was a good day. The season we've had, we'll take it. We've had a good race car the last couple of races and just haven't quite been able to put it all together. But it just shows how good a race team we can be.

DID YOU WANT TO SEE THE RACE RESTARTED AFTER THE RED FLAG
FOR RAIN?

In my opinion, in a situation like this, when you go back with 25 to go on a wet race track, and you go back to green after sitting, it's a recipe for disaster. For me, I've got a seven and a half hour drive home, so I'm happy to take my second place and go on to Stafford in two weeks.
Scott Mulkern Race Report:
13th at White Mountain in the #18
NORTH WOODSTOCK, N.H. – Scott Mulkern of Falmouth, Maine, finished 13th in the PASS North Series 150 at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, N.H., on Sunday, August 12. Mulkern was running inside the Top-3 when contact from another car sent him spinning into the Turn 1 wall on Lap 123 to end his day in the No. 18 Southern Maine Motors/Community Pharmacies Chevrolet. The race was never restarted after it started raining during the ensuing caution period. Mulkern started third and led the race for 15 laps in the early going in his first start at White Mountain Motorsports Park since a second-place finish there in 2005. He elected to drive the car after Austin Theriault – who was originally slated to make the start – was forced to remain in Quebec for a postponed ACT Late Model Tour race on Sunday.

STARTED: 3rd - FINISHED: 13th - LAPS LED: 1 time for 15 laps

SCOTT, WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE NO. 26 CAR?
He knocked me out of the way and took the spot, and I didn't like that so I knocked him back and took the spot back and was good to go. If he had passed me after that, I wasn't going to do anything. But he went down the next lap, turned me, hooked me in the right rear and sent me into the wall and wrecked the car.

The restart before that, he had my back tires off the ground. I thought I got in some oil or something. On the next restart, I rubbed him a little on the straightaway. We were racing pretty hard, because it was getting near the end. I didn't think I rubbed him bad, but that's what set him off.

HOW FRUSTRATING IS IT, GIVEN THAT YOU HAD SUCH A GOOD CAR
ALL DAY?

It (ticked) me off. The car was pretty good. I don't know if I was going to hang on or not (for third), but he didn't pass me.

I couldn't get going on the restarts. It just wouldn't go that great on cold tires. I don't know if I was going to hang onto third or not, but I'm not going to have it taken away from me like that.

Mulkern Racing: PASS North Series
White Mountain Motorsports Park
August 12th Race Preview
Mulkern Racing LLC of Falmouth, Maine, will bring a two-car effort when the PASS North Series heads to White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, N.H., for the PASS 150 on Sunday, August 12. Full-time driver Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, will join Brad Keselowski Racing devlopment driver Austin Theriault of Fort Kent, Maine, on the banked quarter-mile in the heart of the White Mountains. Sommerville and the No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/Southern Maine Motors Chevrolet team currently sit sixth in the overall PASS North Series standings and they're looking to bounce back from a disappointing visit to WMMP back in May. Theriault will be making his second consecutive start in the No. 18 Southern Maine Motors/Community Pharmacies Chevrolet after a stellar sixth-place debut with the team last weekend at Seekonk Speedway.

THE FACTS

WHO: Lonnie Sommerville, Saint John, New Brunswick
TEAM: Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/Southern Maine Motors Chevrolet
CREW CHIEF: Gary Crooks, Mooresville, N.C.
BEST CAREER WMMP FINISH: 4th (September 2011)
LAST RACE AT WMMP: 12th (May 2012)

WHO: Austin Theriault, Fort Kent, Maine
TEAM: Mulkern Racing No. 18 Southern Maine Motors/Community Pharmacies Chevrolet
CREW CHIEF: Seth Holbrook, Turner, Maine
BEST CAREER WMMP FINISH: 21st (May 2010)
LAST RACE AT WMMP: 21st (May 2010)

WHAT: PASS North Series 150
WHERE: White Mountain Motorsports Park, N. Woodstock, N.H. (.25-mile oval)
WHEN: Sunday, August 12 – Practice, 11 a.m.; Qualifying, 2 p.m.; Race, 4 p.m.
LAST RACE: August 4, PASS 150, Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, Mass.
NEXT RACE: August 26, PASS 125, Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, Conn.
(.500-mile oval)

DID YOU KNOW?

Lonnie Sommerville finished fifth last time out at Seekonk Speedway for his second Top-5 finish in as many career starts at the track.

Austin Theriault is currently second in the ACT Late Model Tour standings this season, and he will make the trip to White Mountain Motorsports Park after competing in a 100-lap event at Sanair Super Speedway in Ste-Pie, Quebec, on Saturday night.

Mulkern Racing has posted four Top-5 finishes in the last five races at White Mountain Motorsports Park dating back to the beginning of the 2010 season.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

LONNIE SOMMERVILLE, Driver of the No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders, Southern Maine Motors Chevrolet, On racing at White Mountain Motorsports Park: “White Mountain takes a little bit of finesse. You don't overdrive the car, manhandle it, run into guys like you do at a place like Star (Speedway). But it's still hard to pass because it's so fast. You can be running behind a guy and be quicker, but to find that way to get around him and find the line that will work makes it a pretty tough place.”

On building off of last week's momentum at Seekonk Speedway: “For us, it's just one of those years. It was nice to drive by guys and battle for lead (at Seekonk). I don't really feel like our cars have been bad. We just haven't had the results. Wrong lines, flat tires, that kind of stuff. That's racing.

“The first part of the year, we led laps in every race. The first four or five races, we led laps and didn't close the deal. After that, I just decided I wasn't going to worry about leading the most laps or any of that stuff. There's no bragging rights for leading laps. At this stage, I only want to go lead the last one.”

SETH HOLBROOK, Crew chief on the No. 18 Southern Maine Motors /Community Pharmacies Chevrolet, On what it takes to get around White Mountain Motorsports Park: “It's all about turning there. You have to be able to get down into those corners, get the car to turn, and then be able to get on the gas and come the hill.

“Austin has some experience at White Mountain already. He's pretty good at getting adjusted to tracks, so we should be able to run up front.”
SATURDAY,
AUGUST 4th
Lonnie Sommerville Race Report:
5th at Seekonk Speedway
SEEKONK, Mass. – Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, finished fifth in the PASS North Series 150 at Seekonk Speedway on Saturday, August 4. Sommerville ran as high as second before a late-race caution flag jumbled the field. The Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/Southern Maine Motors Chevrolet posted its third Top-5 finish of the season with the effort. Sommerville has now finished in the Top-5 in each of his two career starts at Seekonk Speedway.

STARTED: 18th - FINISHED: 5th

LONNIE, HOW NICE WAS IT TO GET A TOP-5 FINISH?
For us, it's just one of those years. It was nice to drive by guys and battle for lead. I don't really feel like our cars have been bad. We just haven't had the results. Wrong lines, flat tires, that kind of stuff. That's racing.

The first part of the year, we led laps in every race. The first four or five races, we led laps and didn't close the deal. After that, I just decided I wasn't going to worry about leading the most laps or any of that stuff. There's no bragging rights for leading laps. At this stage, I only want to go lead the last one.

DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOUR TEAM TURNED A CORNER AT SEEKONK?
We've had good race cars all year, except for maybe only a couple of races where we didn't. At Thompson, We had a great race car all day, but our strategies aren't playing out how they should be. It's not the doings of our own – it's cautions falling at the wrong time or cars wrecking in front of us that we have to slow up to avoid, so we lose a few spots.

This race was another good example. We got up to second on the outside of (eventual winner D.J. Shaw), and then the caution came out. We get put in line on the outside, right next to (Travis Benjamin). His line went when the green fell, and then the caution came out three laps later. Suddenly, he's third and I've lost a few spots. It's just how our year has been.

WITH YOUR TEAMMATE, AUSTIN THERIAULT, FINISHING 6th, IT WAS A GOOD NIGHT FOR MULKERN RACING.
It was definitely a good day for both cars and for the whole race team, for sure. They had a little bit of an issue with power steering, but they had a good race car, too. For (Theriault), it's one thing to get up on the wheel and be good without power steering, but it's just harder to race people side-by-side.

Still, in the end, it was good for the team to have a couple of good finishes.

Austin Theriault Race Report:
6th at Seekonk Speedway in the #18
SEEKONK, Mass. – Brad Keselowski Racing development driver Austin Theriault of Fort Kent, Maine, finished sixth in the PASS North Series 150 at Seekonk Speedway in his debut with Mulkern Racing on Saturday, August 4. Theriault was running in the Top-3 at Lap 100 when he lost power steering in the No. 18 Southern Maine Motors/Community Pharmacies Chevrolet for the final third of the event. Theriault, 18, rallied on the short, rough race track to finish in the Top-10 in his first PASS North Series event since 2010.

STARTED: 5th - FINISHED: 6th

AUSTIN, WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE POWER STEERING?
We ran in the Top-3 for first part of the race. I was just trying to save up my stuff for the end, which worked out pretty good. I thought we'd have a good shot at it.

On Lap 100, Seth (Holbrook) came on the radio and said he saw oil or something coming out of the car. Almost immediately, the wheel got really hard to turn on me. We lost power steering that lap. Total loss, completely. That really ruined our hopes for running for a win. I held in there and brought it home in the Top-10. We did the best we could. It's not something you look forward to, but you just do what you can with it.

OTHER THAN THE RESULT, WAS IT A POSITIVE DEBUT WITH MULKERN RACING?
It was. We had a great car, and Seth did a good job. I think (owners) Scott and Vickie (Mulkern) were pretty happy overall. We didn't quite get the results we expected, because we just didn't get to show how good we were at the end.

I was manhandling the car, and it wasn't very pretty. We got passed on a couple of restarts, and we managed to pass a couple of cars back. A sixth-place finish isn't that bad on a bumpy bullring without any power steering.

Lonnie Sommerville Race Preview:
8/4 at Seekonk Speedway
Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, joins the PASS North Series in its return to Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, Mass., for the PASS 150 on Saturday, August 4. Sommerville finished fourth in this event a year ago in the No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/Southern Maine Motors Chevrolet and is looking for a return to form on a track very similar to his home track. The tight, .333-mile Seekonk Speedway layout is akin to Speedway 660 in Geary, New Brunswick, where Sommerville is a two-time Auto Value 250 champion.

CURRENT POINTS POSITION: 7th

DID YOU KNOW?

Lonnie Sommerville has finished in the Top-10 in five of nine PASS North Series races this season.

Last week, Lonnie Sommerville served as crew chief and led Matt Harris to a fourth-place finish in the Best of the Best 150 at Speedway 660.

Mulkern Racing will have a two-car effort at Seekonk Speedway this weekend, with Austin Theriault as a teammate to Lonnie Sommerville.

Lonnie Sommerville won one of two qualifying races at Seekonk Speedway in 2011 and never ran outside the Top-5 in the event.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

LONNIE SOMMERVILLE,  On returning to Seekonk Speedway this weekend: “We ended up getting a little bit tight on the long runs there last year, so we changed the setup a little bit to free the car up for this weekend. We were good in practice (last year), and won a heat race.

“I didn't mind the place at all. It's a little rough, it's got some bumps and holes, but that only adds to its character.”

On the track's similarities to Speedway 660: “The size is about the same, and the rear gear we use is the same, and it's very close to the same setup. It's close to the same thing – the same characteristics – as opposed to a Beech Ridge, Oxford or a White Mountain (Motorsports Park). I went with an open mind to all these new tracks last year and I think that helped figure them out.

“To be honest, going to places first or second time, you don't have bad habits. Sometimes experience helps, but experience isn't always good experience, either.”

On his goals for the remainder of the season: “My goal never changes. It's to go and win races. If you look at the points, there are five or six guys in front of us that need to have bad luck, and they're not all going to have bad luck.

“We went to Beech Ridge the first week with the intentions of winning – and we've done that every week since. Realistically, are we going to have same points finish we had last year? Probably not. But if you told me we wouldn't have had a win by August 1, I would have said there was no chance – but that's no different than 20 other guys out there trying to win every week, too.”

Austin Theriault Race Preview:
8/4 at Seekonk Speedway in the #18
Austin Theriault of Fort Kent, Maine, will make his Mulkern Racing debut when the PASS North Series holds the PASS 150 at Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, Mass., on Saturday, August 4. The 18-year-old Brad Keselowski Racing development driver, who has not appeared in a PASS North Series event since 2010, is coming off his first career ACT Late Model Tour victory last weekend at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. Theriault will drive the No. 18 Southern Maine Motors/Community Pharmacies Chevrolet this weekend in search of his first career Super Late Model win.

THE FACTS

WHO: Austin Theriault, Fort Kent, Maine
TEAM: Mulkern Racing No. 18 Southern Maine Motors/Community Pharmacies Chevrolet
CREW CHIEF: Seth Holbrook, Turner, Maine

DID YOU KNOW?

Austin Theriault finished a career-best fourth in a Super Late Model in the World Crown 300 at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Ga., last month.

Last week, Austin Theriault won his first career ACT Late Model Tour race at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.

Mulkern Racing will have a two-car effort at Seekonk Speedway this weekend, with Austin Theriault as a teammate to Lonnie Sommerville.

Austin Theriault currently sits second in the ACT Late Model Tour standings with four races remaining.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

AUSTIN THERIAULT, On making his Mulkern Racing debut at Seekonk Speedway this weekend: “I've been trying to find some time, and finally the opportunity came up to drive one of Mulkern's cars. It's been something I've wanted to do for a while, and I know they've been looking to get me in a car for a while, too. With Seth (Holbrook) crew chiefing, the Mulkerns' equipment, and (owners) Scott and Vickie behind us – I'm looking forward to a good run.”

On getting up to speed at a track he's never raced on: “From what I hear, it's pretty tight. I don't know much about it. I'm going to have to get used to it for the first couple of (practice) runs out there and be able to adapt quickly.

“You've got to get behind the guys that race there more often. There's a whole bunch of different lines at any track you go to, but some are way better than others, obviously. It comes down to maybe one or two lines that people are going to be racing at all night, and you've got to find the groove and work on your car to make it better for running in that groove.”

On his goals for the the race: “I think we're running in good enough equipment to run up front. Our ACT car, our BKR equipment and the Mulkern equipment – all of it is good. I think we're capable of having a really good run. I don't know what number that is – a win, a Top-5, a Top-10 – but I'm sure the car's going to be fast.

“I may not unload at the top of the charts, but we'll keep working on the car and I'll keep working on trying to drive a better line and trying to find the line that works before the day is over. Hopefully we can stay out of trouble, which is really important on a short track like that. There's no reason we can't run well.”

SETH HOLBROOK, Crew chief on the Mulkern Racing No. 18 Southern Maine Motors/Community Pharmacies Chevrolet, On working with Austin Theriault this weekend: “I don't have a doubt, we have the capability to run in the Top-3 and contend for a win. Austin's been to Pensacola, Milwaukee, Gresham already and this is going to seem like a little bullring to him at this point.

“You just need a really good handling race car, because you're constantly turning there. He adapts fairly well to new places. Usually after the first round of practice, he picks right up on things.”
Timmons Earns 1st
Career Win
SCARBOROUGH, Maine – A whirlwind month of ups and downs culminated with Bobby Timmons III earning his first career NASCAR victory last weekend at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.

The 19-year-old Timmons, of Windham, won the 45-lap Pro Series feature event at Beech Ridge on Saturday night for his first win in the track's NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Super Late Model division. Timmons started fifth, rolled to the lead early and then opened up a big advantage to win going away from the rest of the 23-car field.

“It's an unbelievable feeling,” said Timmons, who is ninth in the overall Pro Series standings, second among rookies. “Part of me was like, 'It's about time.' I knew we had a good enough car to do it. On the other hand, I never would have thought we could do this so soon. I remember being seven years old and sitting in the stands watching Larry Gelinas, Alan Tardiff, David Oliver and those guys win races and championships – and now I went out there and won against them.

“It's a really cool feeling.”

The victory came after a series of tribulations for the rookie in his first full season of full-bodied stock cars after three seasons running Legends cars in New England.

After a pair of Top-5 finishes and three straight Top-10s to open 2012, Timmons' season hit a small speed bump. He'd been collected in a couple of on-track incidents and had encountered some handling issues over the last month. The Mulkern Racing No. 48 Southern Maine Motors/Timmons Machine & Fabrication Chevrolet crew – led by Timmons' father, Bobby Timmons Jr. – had contemplated making changes to the setup under the car.

Timmons, though, feared making drastic changes and losing a handle on what worked.

“Honestly, it was me,” he said. “I was too scared of the big adjustments. This week, after the month we'd had, I was like, 'I'm done. Whatever you guys make for changes, I'm OK with it.' I didn't even want to know what they'd done – I just figured I would drive it no matter if it was good or bad. So, my dad did what he thought we needed, and it was a lot better.”

Turns out, change was exactly what the No. 48 needed.

“All the changes we made throughout the day were changes we talked about throughout the season but hadn't done,” Timmons said. “Finally, we did it and they all seemed to line up in the right direction. We nailed it. We hit it just right.”

The circumstances lined up for Timmons, too. He started fifth in the 45-lap feature last week, but he won't have it that easy in the future. Beech Ridge rules dictate he will start last this week as the most recent event winner, and as he continues to climb in the overall point standings, he'll start further and further back each week.

But he's not worried about that. With a great team behind him and a car that seems to have escaped the summer doldrums, Timmons is focused on what's ahead.

“There are so many variables in this,” he said. “Speed and setup-wise, I think we're capable of winning again. If you look at the lap times last week, we were probably the better car. We were fast, and the car was really good passing other people.

“Honestly, at this point, I pretty much just want to keep the nose clean – it's frustrating hanging body panels on it all the time. It's still our first full season at this, and I didn't have any expectations coming into the year. I just wanted to get seat time, and I never though we'd win so soon, especially as competitive as it is at Beech Ridge. But it's been unbelievable, too, driving for Mulkern Racing – with Scott and Vickie (Mulkern), you couldn't ask for two better people. We've known them for a long time, and they called Saturday night right after the race.

“Obviously, everybody's really happy right now.”
M Mulkern Racing - Race Report:
7/21 at Oxford Plains
OXFORD, Maine – Scott Mulkern of Falmouth, Maine, posted a season-high finish of sixth in the PASS North Series Dunkin Donuts 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine, on Saturday, July 21. Mulkern, making only his fourth start in 2012, was part of a two-car effort at Oxford as teammate Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, finished 16th. Sommerville started sixth in the 31-car field, but he brought out a caution just two laps into the event when a loose part inside of his race car inadvertently shut off the engine. Mulkern started deep on the grid in 20th and had moved into the Top-10 by the halfway mark of the race, but his forward progress stalled out after a long green flag run.

WHO: Scott Mulkern, Falmouth, Maine
CREW CHIEF: Seth Holbrook, Turner, Maine
STARTED: 20th - FINISHED: 6th

WHO: Lonnie Sommerville, Saint John, New Brunswick
CREW CHIEF: Gary Crooks, Mooresville, N.C.
STARTED: 6th - FINISHED: 16th

SCOTT, DID IT FEEL LIKE A STRUGGLE TO FINISH AS WELl AS YOU DID?
“We just missed it today a little bit. We've been struggling with that car to get it to feel the way it was last year.”

WHERE DID YOU NEED TO BE BETTER?
“We're struggling with consistency with these tires. I hate blaming anything on anything, but I knew it when I scuffed two sets of tires. I wouldn't normally by two (sets) here, but I figured we'd buy two sets and run the best set. They both ran about the same times (in practice), and these still felt a little loose in the heat of the day.

“I told (crew chief Seth Holbrook), 'I don't care which ones (we use).' We ran a little faster with these in practice, but I think we might have been a little faster with the other ones (in the race). I don't know. That's racing.”


LONNIE, WHAT HAPPENED AT THE START OF THE RACE?
“The water bottle holder came disconnected and it went back and hit the master switch that shut the ignition off. I just hit the gas on the start and it started to quit. I pulled up high, because I knew I was going to get run over. So I got up as fast as I could. I had no power, so I was just trying to get it going.

“I looked and went to reach for the master switch, and the bottle was laying on the master switch. I turned it on, the caution was out, I fired it up and drove off.

“I knew it was obviously battery (related), because all the lights went out on the gauges and everything. I knew it had to be the battery or something with the main power.

HOW GOOD A CAR DID YOU HAVE FOR THE RACE?
“The car was good. It was really good. We were just riding for the first 40 laps – we were rolling. You just can't pass 30 cars and expect to have everything left at the end with the caliber of cars that are here. It's tough. It's just the way our season is going.”

Lonnie Sommerville Race Preview:
7/21 at Oxford Plains

Lonnie returns to one of his favorite stops on the PASS North Series Circuit for the Dunkin' Donuts 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine, on Saturday, July 21. Sommerville finished in the Top-7 in both PASS events held at Oxford last season, including a third-place finish in this event a year ago. Teammate and car owner Scott Mulkern also found success at Oxford in 2011, winning the season finale on the flat, .375-mile oval. After a rough start to the season, Sommerville hasn't finished outside the Top-8 in the No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/Southern Maine Motors Chevrolet over the last three events on the schedule.

CURRENT POINTS POSITION: 6th

DID YOU KNOW?

Lonnie Sommerville has an average finishing position of 5.0 at Oxford Plains Speedway, second only to Beech Ridge Motor Speedway at tracks where he has made at least two PASS North Series starts.

Lonnie Sommerville passed a race-high 16 cars to finish eighth in the SouthernMaineMotors.com 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway earlier this month.

Mulkern Racing made four combined starts at Oxford Plains Speedway in 2011 with no finish worse than 11th.

Lonnie Sommerville has closed to within just 41 points – or fewer than 21 total finishing spots over the remainder of the year – of the PASS North Series points lead.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

LONNIE SOMMERVILLE, Driver of the Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/Southern Maine Motors Chevrolet, On heading back to Oxford Plains Speedway this weekend: “To be honest, I've been looking forward to going to Oxford all summer. I can't wait to get back. We were so good there last year – we just ran out of time in the first race and then it rained as we were coming to the front when we went back in October.

Years ago I stunk so bad when I went and tried to run the Oxford 250. But I've always loved the place, and going back the two times last year and having good cars, it's a place I'd love to have a trophy from.”

On what makes Oxford Plains Speedway so special in short track racing: “For one thing, it's a hard place to get around. It's probably one of the hardest race tracks we run at to be fast and to have a chance to win at. It's knowing what I know now and knowing what I know I didn't know then. Looking back at it when we tried to run our own stuff there, we were competitive here (in Canada), but down there we were in a different world and didn't even know it. How I drive the track now-- and Beech Ridge, too, – all our tracks were about being up on the wheel and getting back on the throttle as fast as you could. These tracks here are all finesse, and we didn't have that.

I went to Oxford every year to watch the Oxford 250 and watch Junior Hanley and Scott Fraser try and win that race. Even though this isn't the 250, it's still Oxford.”

On whether he feels like he's turned a corner the last couple of weeks and is back in the championship hunt:
“Yeah, I do. We had a good car last week (at Thompson). I thought we were good at Beech Ridge – we were just off a little bit, same as a lot of guys. I don't feel as though we've been that far off-track this year – and I don't blame what we're doing. The cause of it has been weird circumstances and bad luck that's hurt us. Flat tires in heat races, flat tires in practice at Thompson.

It's been unforeseen circumstances that are happening that's not really anyone's fault. At Fredericton it was tires, at Chaudiere it was the rear-end suspension. Hopefully all that stuff is behind us now.”


Scott Mulkern Race Preview:
7/21 at Oxford Plains

Scott returns to the site of his most recent PASS North Series win for the Dunkin' Donuts 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine, on Saturday, July 21. Mulkern won the season finale at Oxford in 2011 for his first PASS North Series victory in seven years, and the No. 84 Southern Maine Motors/Community Pharmacies Dodge also finished 11th at Oxford in this race a year ago. Mulkern will be part of a two-car effort at Oxford this weekend, with full-time Mulkern Racing driver Lonnie Sommerville also entered.

DID YOU KNOW?

In addition to Scott Mulkern's win at Oxford Plains Speedway last season, teammate Lonnie Sommerville has an average finishing position of 5.0 at Oxford Plains Speedway.

no finish worse than 11th.

Mulkern Racing driver Lonnie Sommerville has closed to within just 41 points – or fewer than 21 total finishing spots over the remainder of the year – of the PASS North Series points lead.

Mulkern Racing crew chief Seth Holbrook scored two wins at Oxford Plains Speedway in 2011 – with Kyle Busch in the TD Bank Oxford 250 and with Mulkern in the PASS race in October.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

SCOTT MULKERN, Driver of the Mulkern Racing No. 84 SouthernMaineMotors.com/Community Pharmacies Dodge, On winning at Oxford Plains Speedway last season: “I've always been pretty good here (at Oxford). 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.”

On what finally winning a race at Oxford Plains meant to him personally: “It means a lot. That's where you want to be. I just had a great car. Gary (Crooks)'s preparation at the shop and Seth Holbrook at the track is unbelievable.”

SETH HOLBROOK, Crew chief of the Mulkern Racing No. 84 SouthernMaineMotors.com/Community Pharmacies Dodge, On what it takes to be successful at Oxford Plains: “The biggest thing is that you've got to stay rolling (the car) through the middle of the corners once the tires get worn. It's hard to do, because you're constantly turning at Oxford. Once you've stopped turning in the middle of the corner, you've ruined your lap all the way through the turns and down the backstretch. One little bit off like that, you've ruined half a lap.”

Race Report: 7/12 at Thompson
Lonnie 6th - Teddy Christopher 11th
Lonnie 6th
THOMPSON, Conn. – Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, finished sixth in the PASS North Series California Paints 75 at Thompson International Speedway in Thompson, Conn., on Thursday, July 12. Sommerville started inside the Top-10 and started moving toward the front in the second half of the race, at one point getting involved in a spirited four-car battle for the lead. The Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders Chevrolet was up to fourth-place on the race's final restart with eight laps remaining when the car in front of him missed a shift coming to the green flag, dropping Sommerville back to sixth.

WHO: Lonnie Sommerville, Saint John, New Brunswick
STARTED: 8th - FINISHED: 6th

LONNIE, WHAT HAPPENED ON THE FINAL RESTART OF THE RACE?
“The 77 car missed a shift and stacked us up. I don't know if we could have gotten Cassius (Clark), but I knew I could reel him in because we'd been racing with DJ (Shaw). I figured we were probably pretty equal, and I figured at worst the finish was going to be 77-48. Cassius missed that shift – which is probably the first time in five years it's happened to him – and it just sums up our season.

“We finally get our head above water, and we're digging and we're working, and we've finally got a good race car, and then...”

THE CAR SEEMED TO BE REALLY GOOD OVER THE LONG RUNS TONIGHT.
“It was full intentions of not doing what we did last year. We weren't going to race anybody early. I was just going to ride for 45 or 50 laps and then go. That was our game plan, and we did that. And it was going to be very effective – until that last restart.”

DO YOU FEEL BETTER ABOUT THE FACT THAT YOU AT LEAST SALVAGED A GOOD FINISH DESPITE WHAT HAPPENED AT THE END?
“It could have been worse. I could have turned him trying to get off (the No. 77), or somebody could have turned me. Somebody got into the back of me, obviously. It very easily could have been turned sideways in front of the field. It is what it is.

“We'll take what we can get out of it.”
Teddy Christopher 11th in the #18
THOMPSON, Conn. – Ted Christopher of Plainville, Conn., finished 11th in the PASS North Series California Paints 75 at Thompson International Speedway in Thompson, Conn., on Thursday, July 12. Christopher, the all-time winningest driver in track history who was making his debut in the Mulkern Racing No. 18 Southern Maine Motors Dodge, was battling for the lead midway through the race before being forced to restart at the rear of the field with 14 laps remaining. Christopher climbed back up as high as seventh before being involved in a Turn 4 accident on the final lap.

WHO: Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn.
STARTED: 3rd - FINISHED: 11th

TED, WHAT HAPPENED WHEN YOU WERE RACING FOR THE LEAD ON LAP 61? “I don't even think I touched (the No. 48). It's like we came off the turn, and I definitely didn't hit him. I nudged him – I maybe nudged him. But he's all over. He's pushing, he's loose. He's really blocking – he wasn't going to win the race with 15 laps to go. And I had to go, because (Derek Ramstrom) was coming.

“I had a really good car. It's just unfortunate, and it's not like I drove into the guy.”

WERE YOU THINKING THAT YOU WERE GOING TO GET BACK INTO THE TOP-5 ON THE FINAL RESTART WITH EIGHT LAPS REMAINING?
“The guy mis-shifted, I guess. I was on the outside lane, and I thought, 'Good, I'm on the outside here. I can get a couple more (spots),' and then I went backwards. But the car will be really good for Stafford (in August).”

DID YOU THINK THAT YOU HAD THE CAR TO BEAT MIDWAY THROUGH THE RACE?
“Yeah, I did.”
Race Report: 7/7 at Beech Ridge
Lonnie 8th - Scott 24th
SCARBOROUGH, Maine – Lonnie  finished eighth in the PASS North Series SouthernMaineMotors.com 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 7. Sommerville recovered from a flat right rear tire in qualifying and handling woes late in the race to post the Top-10 finish. Sommerville led a two-car effort for Mulkern Racing in his No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders Chevrolet, while teammate and team owner Scott Mulkern finished 24th in the No. 84 Southern Maine Motors Dodge. Mulkern retired early from the event with handling issues in just his third start of the season.

Lonnie Sommerville, Saint John, New Brunswick - STARTED: 24th - FINISHED: 8th

Scott Mulkern, Falmouth, Maine - STARTED: 18th - FINISHED: 24th

LONNIE, HOW WOULD YOU SUM UP YOUR NIGHT?
It was pretty much our season. Things turned around last week (at Canaan), and it just went back to (where we were before). Had a flat tire in the heat race, and we came in and changed that. Then we had a left rear that looked like it was blistering and coming apart, and we finally got them convinced to let us change it during driver intros. One of the cautions we came in and made an adjustment and dropped the track bar a little bit, but the stagger was just off.

It just wasn't the race car we normally have here. It wasn't far off, but it just wasn't what we normally have.

DO YOU TAKE ANY SATISFACTION FROM REBOUNDING TO POST A TOP-10 FINISH?
It wasn't a horrible points night for us, and that's probably the big picture, but we want to win races, too. We had big expectations after last season. Every race last year when we had issues, we were still a Top-5 car. This year, we all go into the season thinking it's going to be the same way and it's not.

There's a little more competition this year and there's guys who are a little more competitive than they were last year, so things change. I won't say our stuff isn't as fast as it was, because it is. But we're having strange things happen. Flat tires in heat races and stuff that doesn't normally happen to us is happening. We're a strong race team, and we'll bounce back from all of it.
Lonnie Sommerville Race Preview:
7/7 at Beech Ridge
FALMOUTH, Maine – Lonnie, will try and build off of last week's momentum when the PASS North Series heads to its hub for the SouthernMaineMotors.com 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, on Saturday, July 7. Sommerville won this event last year for his first career PASS victory, and he's hoping that a strong second-place effort in the season opener at Beech Ridge back in May will carry-over into this weekend's race. The driver of the Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/SouthernMaineMotors.com Chevrolet finished fourth at Canaan Fair Speedway last weekend for his first Top-5 finish since May – jumping him two spots in the point standings to fifth – and he's hoping to rekindle his championship aspirations with the return to Beech Ridge.

BEST CAREER BEECH RIDGE MOTOR SPEEDWAY FINISH: 1st (July 2011)
MOST RECENT BEECH RIDGE MOTOR SPEEDWAY FINISH: 2nd (May 2012)

WHERE: Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, Maine (.333-mile oval)
WHEN: 6 p.m., Saturday, July 7

CURRENT POINTS POSITION: 5th

DID YOU KNOW?

Lonnie Sommerville has not finished outside the Top-5 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway since joining Mulkern Racing for the 2011 season, posting an average finishing position of 2.7 in four races at the track.

Lonnie Sommerville has spent only two weeks outside of the Top-5 in the PASS North Series standings since the start of the 2011 season.

Mulkern Racing has three podium finishes in the last three races at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, including a win by Lonnie Sommerville in this event a year ago and a runner-up finish from Scott Mulkern in the SouthernMaineMotors.com 300 last September.

Lonnie Sommerville has closed to within 50 points of the PASS North Series championship leader with eight races remaining in the season.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

LONNIE SOMMERVILLE On returning to the site of his first career PASS North Series win this weekend: “It's a race we go to with all intentions of winning – as do 25 other teams. We finished second there (in May), and we didn't get any practice other than scuffing tires after some transmission trouble in the first practice with a new car. We'll take the new car back there, and see if we can't win it.

“It's kind of like a home track to me, being that it's (team owners Scott and Vickie Mulkern)'s home track, and with Southern Maine Motors sponsoring the races there. We definitely take some pride in going there with our stuff and trying to win a race there for them.”

On what he's learned about racing at Beech Ridge over the last two seasons: “Probably just momentum. Most of the tracks I've raced on in Canada are not momentum tracks – but Beech Ridge, Oxford, those kind of places, it's all about momentum and picking a pace and running it. It's not about getting wide open and how fast you get down the straightaway. I think that's probably the biggest thing.

In saying that, I'm pretty excited to get back to Oxford (on July 21), too. We had a really good car there in the summer, and then we were rain-shortened with a good car in the fall. So, I'm excited for the next bunch of races. We had a car that was capable of winning at Thompson last year, too.”

On how important the Top-5 finish at Canaan Fair Speedway last weekend was for the team: “We never put a tire mark on the car, we came home with a fourth-place finish, and we needed it to hopefully get some momentum going. Now we're going to Beech Ridge. We're the defending winner of that race, so hopefully we can get something going and get on a roll here with some Top-5, Top-3 finishes.”
Scott Mulkern Race Preview:
7/7 at Beech Ridge
FALMOUTH, Maine – Scott Mulkern of Falmouth, Maine, will make his third start of the PASS North Series season in the SouthernMaineMotors.com 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 7. Mulkern's No. 84 SouthernMaineMotors.com/ Community Pharmacies Dodge will be part of a two-car effort at the organization's home track, with full-time driver Lonnie Sommerville also entered in the No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders Chevrolet. Mulkern finished eighth in his most recent outing at Autodrome Chaudiere in Quebec on June 23, just over a month after an accident ended his day early in the PASS season opener at Beech Ridge in May.

LAST RACE AT BEECH RIDGE MOTOR SPEEDWAY: 30th (May 2012)

CURRENT POINTS POSITION: 24th

DID YOU KNOW?

Scott Mulkern has two career PASS North Series victories, including the 2011 season finale at Oxford Plains Speedway.

Mulkern Racing crew chief Seth Holbrook has several Beech Ridge Motor Speedway wins to his credit, including multiple 300-lap event wins with Mike Rowe and a 150-lap event with Chris Staples.

Scott Mulkern won the 1985 Limited Sportsman track championship at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, the last year the facility operated as a dirt track.

Mulkern Racing driver Lonnie Sommerville finished second last time out at Beech Ridge in May and currently sits fifth in the overall PASS North Series standings with eight of 14 races remaining in the season.

Scott Mulkern has a PASS Outlaw Late Model win at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in 2005 on his resume, and he finished second in the SouthernMaineMotors.com 300 at the track last September.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

SCOTT MULKERN, On racing at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway: “I don't race too many different tracks anymore, but it's always been kind of like Oxford to me. The slower you go, it seems the faster you go. You just can't overdrive it there.

“I raced the first ACT (Pro Stock) race they ever had there, and guys came in and had never raced on a track like that. Usually, you get in a race car and you want to put it to the floor and hold it there, but you just can't do that at Beech Ridge. Once tires go away, you're just trying to save your stuff, keep your momentum and get a real rhythm going. A lot of guys will overdrive there. Some guys never figure that out 100 percent, but it's just about being smooth every lap.”

On the changing track conditions at Beech Ridge: “You need to race the track a lot there. That's almost true everywhere, but there you really have to be able to do that. It's easy to say. When you get up beside guys and you're almost clear, but guy comes back a half-car length, you can't get frustrated with that. You have to stay focused, get the same (corner) entry and exit as you've had all along. If you're faster car, you'll get that spot.

“It's really easy when you get racing beside a guy to change what you did to get to him in the first place.”

SETH HOLBROOK, Crew chief on the No. 84 SouthernMaineMotors.com/ Community Pharmacies Dodge, On racing at Beech Ridge: “It's a really tough place on teams. You have to do your best to keep up with the race track, because it changes all the time. It's tough to do that there, but if you can win at Beech Ridge or Oxford, you can win anywhere.”
Lonnie 4th at Canaan
CANAAN, N.H. – Lonnie finished fourth in the PASS North Series Firecracker 150 at Canaan Fair Speedway in Canaan, N.H., on Saturday, June 30. It marked the second Top-5 finish in as many starts at Canaan for Sommerville, who started from the pole position and ran with the leaders throughout the event. Sommerville led a handful of laps in the middle stages of the event in the No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders Chevrolet before settling in for the fourth-place finish – his second Top-5 finish of the season and first since a runner-up finish in the season opener at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in May.

WHERE: Canaan Fair Speedway, Canaan, N.H. (.333-mile oval)
STARTED: 1st    FINISHED: 4th    LAPS LED: 1 time for 7 laps

LONNIE, WAS THIS THE KIND OF PERFORMANCE THE TEAM NEEDED?
We've been up front in every race, but we just closed the deal tonight.

It was a good night. We never put a tire mark on the car, we came home with a fourth place finish, and we needed this to hopefully get some momentum going. Now we're going to Beech Ridge next week. We're the defending winner of that race, so hopefully we can get something going and get on a roll here with some Top-5, Top-3 finishes.

HOW MUCH DID THE HANDLING OF THE RACE CAR CHANGE IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE RACE?
It started off a little free, which was good, because we could rotate the middle a little bit better than Ben (Rowe). Obviously, as the fuel burned off and tires started to wear a little bit, it definitely got a little freer. At the end, it was just a handful.

Obviously, the 77, the 4 and the 17, weren't perfect race cars, either. They were free, too. The last 10 laps, I just drove defensively. I was happy to get fourth out of it.
Lonnie Sommerville Race Preview:
6/30 at Canaan Fair Speedway
FALMOUTH, Maine – Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, joins the PASS North Series for the Firecracker 150 at Canaan Fair Speedway in Canaan, N.H., on Saturday, June 30. Sommerville is looking to rebound from a mechanical failure while running in the Top-5 last time out at Autodrome Chaudiere, and he's hoping to do so at Canaan where he finished fifth in his first visit to the .333-mile track a year ago in the No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders Chevrolet. With three races in a 12-day span starting this weekend, Sommerville thinks now is the time to turn his 2012 season in the right direction.

BEST CAREER CANAAN FAIR SPEEDWAY FINISH: 5th
LAST RACE AT CANAAN FAIR SPEEDWAY: 5th

WHAT: PASS North Series Firecracker 150
WHERE: Canaan Fair Speedway, Canaan, N.H. (.333-mile oval)
WHEN: Practice, 1 p.m.; Qualifying 4:30 p.m.; Race, 8 p.m., Saturday June 23

CURRENT POINTS POSITION: 7th

DID YOU KNOW?


Lonnie Sommerville had never raced at Canaan Fair Speedway prior to the 2011 season, when he posted a Top-5 finish with a fifth-place effort.

Lonnie Sommerville won the 2011 PASS North Series Rookie of the Year Award.

Over the last three seasons, Mulkern Racing has never been outside the Top-10 in the PASS North Series standings.

Lonnie Sommerville spends his weeks building race cars for his Canadian-based Lonnie Sommerville Racing customers, many of whom compete at Speedway 660 in both the Pro Stock and Sportsman divisions.


WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

LONNIE SOMMERVILLE, On heading to Canaan Fair Speedway this weekend: “It's a fun little race track, and it's a nice facility. It's a nice place to go and race, but to be honest, I look forward to going to any track.

“It may be a third-mile, but it's definitely not like a Beech Ridge or Oxford. It's more of a driver's race track. What stands out to me is that (turns) one and two are different than three and four, so you have to drive them a little differently.”

On whether he sees Canaan as a place where he can turn his luck around: “Definitely. For us, I thought it was going to be last weekend (at Autodrome Chaudiere), seeing guys like Ben (Rowe) and Cassius (Clark) have some trouble. Travis (Benjamin) definitely has the upper hand on everybody right now, but there's still 10 races to go. There's a lot of time left.

“I'm at the point now where I'm focused on winning as many races as we can and letting the points take care of themselves. We're at that point where we might start taking a little bit bigger swing at things. Whoever gets most points from here on out is going to win the championship. I know that sounds obvious, but things are so close that it's the truth. We need to maximize our points, in heat races and everywhere else, do our jobs and win some races.”

On whether or not the team has started to panic because of the slow start to the season: “I think we're confident enough with what we did last year that we're not panicking. I don't know that we're going to go exactly by the notebook from last year whenever we get to the track – we may not stick to that exact game plan. Maybe now we'll make an adjustment to try and get better because it's a different year or because the tires are a little bit different or whatever.

“When you start second-guessing your capabilities, whether it's me or (crew chief Gary Crooks), that's when you find trouble. That's what I've been adamant telling Gary the last few weeks. Our race cars are good. We know that. Sometimes we're missing something, but it's nobody's fault. It's bad luck, like last week, and that's nothing that can be controlled by us or that can be caught at the shop before you get to the track.”
Saturday, June 23rd
Mulkern Racing: PASS North Series
Autodrome Chaudiere Race Report
Scott 8th  -  Lonnie 16th
VALLEE-JONCTION, Quebec – It was a day of mixed results for Mulkern Racing's two-car effort in the PASS North Series Habitations Dany Lagace 150 at Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallee-Jonction, Quebec, on Saturday, June 23. Scott Mulkern of Falmouth, Maine, made a late decision to enter the event and finished eighth in the No. 18 SouthernMaineMotors.com Dodge, while full-time driver Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, finished 16th in the No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders Chevrolet after a mechanical failure midway through the event. Mulkern, the team owner, was making just his second PASS North Series start of the season and opted to run Sommerville's backup car. Sommerville was running inside the Top-5 on Lap 84 when the rear-end chassis mount broke and forced him to retire early.

WHO: Lonnie Sommerville, Saint John, New Brunswick
STARTED: 5th - FINISHED: 16th

WHO: Scott Mulkern, Falmouth, Maine -- #18
STARTED: 8th - FINISHED: 8th

LONNIE, WHAT ENDED YOUR NIGHT?
The top link in the rear end, there are two inch-and-a-half pipes that connect (the rear suspension to the chassis), and we tore those pipes right out of the chassis. I've never seen it, ever. I guess it tells you how good we were – that takes a lot of horsepower to have that much torque on those parts. That's how good the car was. It had that much traction that it tore those pipes right off.

I had chased (race winner Travis Benjamin) and the 54 down by half a straightaway, and right when I caught them it happened. I thought something was coming loose in the trailing arm or the panhard bar. It kept getting worse and worse, and I could feel it.
Lonnie Sommerville Race Preview:
6/23 at Autodrome Chaudiere
Lonnie travels west across Canada to join the PASS North Series in the Habitations Dany Lagace 150 at Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallee-Jonction, Quebec, on Saturday, June 23. The driver of the Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders Chevrolet will be looking to rebound after back-to-back disappointing outings, including an 11th-place finish last time out at his home track of Speedway 660 in Geary, New Brunswick. Despite the rough patch, Sommerville sits only 16 points out of the PASS North Series championship lead with 11 races remaining on the schedule.

BEST CAREER AUTODROME CHAUDIERE FINISH: 19th (June 2011)
LAST RACE AT AUTODROME CHAUDIERE: 19th (June 2011)

CURRENT POINTS POSITION: 6th

DID YOU KNOW?

Lonnie Sommerville had never raced at Autodrome Chaudiere prior to the 2011 season, when an accident in a heat race and a subsequent mechanical failure ended his night early.

Lonnie Sommerville spends his weeks building race cars for his Canadian-based Lonnie Sommerville Racing customers, many of whom compete at Speedway 660 in both the Pro Stock and Sportsman divisions.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

LONNIE SOMMERVILLE, On rebounding from the last couple of races on the PASS North Series: “Right now, we are still legitimate championship contenders, as long as we get back to where we were last year. No one is threatening to run away with it – those guys out front haven't had a lot of bad luck. Nobody's gone and taken charge, so that's a good thing. For us, if we can go back to our Top-5 every week ways, maximize heat race points and all of those things, we're definitely not out of it by any means.

“My train of thought is to go and win races. We need to go and win races, and the points will take care of themselves. Last year, we went for consistency and Top-5s and that didn't win a championship – the guy who went out and won seven races won the championship. To me, that's what we have to do now is go out and try to win as many as we can.”

On heading to Autodrome Chaudiere this weekend: “It's a fun little racy track. It's not the easiest place to pass. It's pretty quick for the size of it.

“As far as (crew chief Gary Crooks') setups, I feel confident going to any style race track – a Lee USA or a Thompson or a Beech Ridge or any of those places. Anywhere we go, I feel confident that we can unload and have a Top-3 race car.”

On how hard it has been having off weeks sprinkled between the last three races: “Painful. Very painful. That whole saying 'You are only as good as your last race' – as far as I'm concerned, that's really true. When things don't go well, you get to really dwelling on what happened, why it happened, how you can fix it. You run all of those scenarios through your head, but you can't apply those scenarios until you get back to the race track.

“To have a rainout, a week off, then go racing, then have another week off – a six- or seven-race stretch for us would be better. More so, because that's when the cream starts rising to the top. Everybody's good for the first five or six races. Everybody's confident, their stuff's fresh. But once you go racing, you start tearing some stuff up or having broken parts here and there, the summer stretch is where the better teams really stay on top of things and start to show how good they really are.”
Timmons Rebounds for
Best Career Finish

Mulkern Racing Driver Finishes 3rd In NASCAR Race At Beech Ridge
SCARBOROUGH, Maine – After late nights, long hours in the shop and a lengthy list of unknowns heading into the weekend, Bobby Timmons turned in a career-best effort on Saturday night June 16th at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.

Timmons, of Windham, finished third in the 40-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Pro Series feature at the track for his best career finish in a Super Late Model. The 19-year-old Pro Series rookie was all smiles just one week after retiring early from a 100-lap event due to an off-track excursion that left the Mulkern Racing No. 48 Southern Maine Motors/Timmons Machine & Fabrication Chevrolet with extensive suspension damage.

“It's awesome,” Timmons said of his podium finish. “I have to kind of remind myself that one of these weeks, I know I'm going to have a bad run. Last week was kind of bad – but I felt like we had a Top-5 car. One of these weeks we're going to miss it, but it's absolutely amazing right now.

“I only have seven races in one of these cars, so it feels really good to show up here and be one of the faster cars every week.”

Following practice on Saturday, Timmons said he'd have been happy just to finish the 40-lap main event. But a small adjustment to the car's handling following a 12-lap qualifying race paid big dividends in the feature.

“We were so bad in the heat race, but we found a problem that Greg Peters pointed out for us,” said Timmons, who started 15th in the 20-car field. “We just took a stab in the dark. It started out really tight, but it got better and better and came to us at the end. I could pass on the bottom, pass on the top – Beech Ridge is starting to come back to a two-groove race track.”

Timmons was especially effective in the outside groove on his march to the podium finish. He joined 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state champion Bill Rodgers in a patient march to the front after starting deep on the grid.

The key for Timmons came when he avoided a multi-car wreck on the backstretch in the middle stages of the race, one which collected a number of early contenders.

All of this after wondering if he'd even have a race car ready in time to get back to the track after a destructive bounce over the Turn 1 rumble strips a week earlier. The crew worked late hours every night during the week to put the car back in working order.

“Can I say it was hell? Because that's exactly what it was,” Timmons said. “It was just absolutely exhausting this week. It was such a long week, and I can't thank my guys enough. They're sacrificing their time to help me.

“I can't thank (Mulkern Racing owners Scott and Vickie Mulkern) enough. Vickie said, 'Whatever it takes, get this car back to the race track.' And Tony Ricci's been such a great help. I'm really kind of speechless almost.”
Sunday, June 10th
14th at 660
Lonnie Sommerville Speedway 660
Race Report
GEARY, New Brunswick – Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, lost the handling on his race car over the second half of the event and finished 11th in the PASS North Series PASS 200 at Speedway 660 in Geary, New Brunswick, on Sunday, June 10. The race was postponed one day by rain on Sommerville's home track, and the delay did nothing to aid the Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders Chevrolet's fortunes. Sommerville led for nearly 40 laps in the first half of the race, but after pitting for fresh right side tires at the halftime break the car never handled as well. The car progressively got looser and looser, relegating Sommerville to the finish outside the Top-10.

STARTED: 3rd     FINISHED: 11th

LONNIE, WHAT HAPPENED OVER THE FINAL 100 LAPS?

“Not to make excuses, but I would say the right side tires (we put on) were bad. There's really no other explanation. The car was so good, and then it was like a light switch from good to bad.

“We only made a couple small changes on the pit stop – and that would have been opposite way, to tighten the car up. It wouldn't have gone the other way and freed up like it did.”

CAN YOU QUICKLY PUT THIS RACE BEHIND YOU?

“I'd guess so. You can't dwell on it. You have to move on and go to the next race. It's not going to do anyone any good to be mad about it. You've got to go on.

“We know our stuff is good. We just have go to the next race and do what we thought we were going to do (on Sunday).”
Lonnie Sommerville Race Preview:
6/10 at Speedway 660
Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, heads home when the PASS North Series turns to the PASS 200 at Speedway 660 in Geary, New Brunswick, on Saturday, June 9. Sommerville is a two-time winner of the the premier Super Late Model race in the Maritime provinces – the Auto Zone 250 – held at Speedway 660 each Labor Day Weekend. Sommerville took a turn in the lead in the first half of this race a year ago before a broken wheel took him out of contention, but he's anxious to get his season on track in the Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/PUB's Bottle Exchange Chevrolet on the .333-mile, multi-groove race track.

WHAT: PASS North Series PASS 200
WHERE: Speedway 660, Geary, New Brunswick (.333-mile oval)
WHEN: 7 p.m., Saturday, June 9

CURRENT POINTS POSITION: 3rd

DID YOU KNOW?

Lonnie Sommerville is part of a parade of new faces atop the PASS North Series standings. 2010 Rookie of the Year Joey Doiron leads DJ Shaw (2008 ROY) and Sommerville (2011 ROY) in the points after three races. Sommerville trails Doiron by just 13 points.

Lonnie Sommerville hasn't been outside the Top-5 in the PASS North Series standings at any point in his two seasons on the tour.

Lonnie Sommerville finished second in the standings in each of the two seasons he chased a track championship at Speedway 660.

Lonnie Sommerville spent the last two off weeks building race cars for his Canadian-based Lonnie Sommerville Racing customers, many of whom compete at Speedway 660 in both the Pro Stock and Sportsman divisions.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

LONNIE SOMMERVILLE, On how he feels heading home to Speedway 660 this weekend: “I don't know that I'm any more comfortable there than anywhere else,at least as far as being on the track itself, but it is nice that you know you have the crowd on your side and you know most of the people at the race track. Everybody's there to root for you. Well, maybe not all of them, but most of them, so it gives you a little more motivation to do well.

“I think most people (in New Brunswick) look forward to it. It's maybe not as big as the (Auto Value) 250 on Labor Day weekend, but it's a big show with some different guys coming in that they don't usually get to see. I think a lot of people will go this weekend, because they may only get one chance to see some of the drivers we race with every week.”

On what he likes about Speedway 660: “It's pretty much multi-groove. You can run the top or the bottom. It's a little similar to a Beech Ridge, but it's also more of a driver's track. You can really hustle the car, move your line around and get a little more out of it, as opposed to being a finesse track where you have to be careful not to burn your stuff. You can go really go after it here from the start. That's not necessarily the way you drive it, because you don't have to over a long race, but that's the way it races.

“With this being a pit stop race, you do want to make sure before the halfway break that you really hustle the car and really see what's in it and what you have to adjust. After you put tires on it, you're going to make some adjustments and see what you can get.”

On how a team bounces back from disappointing outings at the start of the season: “You've got to be confident in what you've done in the past, in the success you've had and how good our stuff is. If you're confident in that, you'll be OK. The last thing you want is to show up at the track and be second-guessing things you're doing or decisions you're making.

“We just need to regroup. We know we're good enough. Everybody has an off-day. For our 17 or 18 races together we've been pretty good, so we just missed it this one time (at White Mountain). To be as bad as we were at White Mountain was unacceptable, but we're going to bounce back. Nothing's changed with our race team.”
Sunday, June 3rd
RAINOUT
Lonnie Sommerville Race Preview:
6/3 at Riverside Speedway
FALMOUTH, Maine – Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, will try and bounce back from a long day last time out when the PASS North Series holds the PASS 150 at Riverside Speedway in Groveton, N.H., on Sunday, June 3. Sommerville finished 12th at White Mountain Motorsports Park last weekend, plagued by both tire pressure and carburetor issues during the feature event, and the Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders Chevrolet will try and rebound this Sunday at Riverside. Sommerville has never competed at Riverside Speedway, which was off the PASS schedule in 2011. Despite the bad luck of the last two weeks, Sommerville still sits third in the PASS North standings, just 13 points out of the lead.

WHAT: PASS North Series PASS 150
WHERE: Riverside Speedway, Groveton, N.H. (.25-mile oval)
WHEN: 1:30 p.m., Sunday, June 3

CURRENT POINTS POSITION: 3rd

DID YOU KNOW?

Lonnie Sommerville has never competed at Riverside Speedway.

Mulkern Racing finished fourth at Riverside Speedway in 2010 with driver Ben Rowe.

Lonnie Sommerville is part of a parade of new faces atop the PASS North Series standings. 2010 Rookie of the Year Joey Doiron leads DJ Shaw (2008 ROY) and Sommerville (2011 ROY) in the points after three races. Sommerville trails Doiron by just 13 points.

Lonnie Sommerville hasn't been outside the Top-5 in the PASS North Series standings at any point in his two seasons on the tour.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

LONNIE SOMMERVILLE on the bad luck the team has fought in the early part of the 2012 season: “To be honest, I don't consider it bad luck. It's self-inflicted. Star (Speedway) was definitely not doing of our own doing, but we didn't have the best car there. There's no question to me that the setup was off last week, and the carburetor issues, that just put the nail in the coffin. But I'm confident our team will show up with a fast car this week, tune on it in practice and get a little more speed, and then we'll be able to run with anybody.

“To be honest, as bad as the season has started, we're still salvaging (finishes) and not behind too far in the points. But we've got to get going and get a string of good races going and get back to where we were last year, that's for sure.”

On how a team bounces back from disappointing outings: “You've got to be confident in what you've done in the past, in the success you've had and how good our stuff is. If you're confident in that, you'll be OK. The last thing you want is to show up at the track and be second-guessing things you're doing or decisions you're making.

“We just need to regroup. We know we're good enough. Everybody has an off-day. For our 17 or 18 races together we've been pretty good, so we just missed it this one time (at White Mountain). To be as bad as we were at White Mountain was unacceptable, but we're going to bounce back. Nothing's changed with our race team.”

On heading to a new track this weekend: “Normally, I'm the guy that wants to go to new tracks. I enjoy going to new facilities. Last year, all but three or four of the tracks we went to were new to us, and we were competitive and fast at all of them.

“You don't have any bad habits as a driver. To go to a new track right now – probably we'd rather be going to a place we know well, where we are confident in what we have there (for a setup) – but we'll do what we always do. I'm looking forward to it.”

UP NEXT

The PASS North Series takes a break from a stretch of three consecutive races on quarter-mile tracks in New Hampshire to head north of the border for the PASS 200 at Speedway 660 in Geary, N.B., on Saturday, June 9. The .333-mile speedway is the home track of Lonnie Sommerville, and the hometown favorite has won a pair of prestigious Peterbilt 250 events at the facility in his career.

Saturday, May 26tH
12th for Lonnie at WMMP
Carb and tire bleeder issues slow the #48 at White Mountain.
Lonnie Sommerville Race Preview:
5/26 at White Mntn. Motorsports Park
FALMOUTH, Maine – Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, tries to rebound from a rough night last time out when the PASS North Series holds the PASS 150 at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, N.H., on Saturday, May 26. Sommerville salvaged an eighth-place finish two weeks ago at Star Speedway in an ill-handling No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders Chevrolet, but he believes he can get his season back on track at White Mountain. Last year, in his first two career visits to the track, Sommerville posted a pair of Top-5 finishes.

BEST CAREER WMMP FINISH: 4th (September 2011)
LAST RACE AT WMMP: 4th (September 2011)

WHAT: PASS North Series PASS 150
WHERE: White Mountain Motorsports Park, North Woodstock, N.H. (.25-mile banked oval)
WHEN: Practice, 12 noon, Saturday, May 26; Qualifying, 4 p.m., Saturday, May 26; Race, 7 p.m., Saturday, May 26

CURRENT POINTS POSITION: 2nd

DID YOU KNOW?

Lonnie Sommerville finished fifth and fourth, respectively, in two races held at White Mountain Motorsports Park over a 13-day span last September.

Lonnie Sommerville is part of a parade of new faces atop the PASS North Series standings. 2010 Rookie of the Year Joey Doiron leads Sommerville, Kyle DeSouza (co-2011 ROYs) and DJ Shaw (2008 ROY) in the points after two races. Sommerville trails Doiron by just seven points.

Lonnie Sommerville hasn't been outside the Top-5 in the PASS North Series standings at any point in his two seasons on the tour.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

LONNIE SOMMERVILLE, Driver of the Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders Chevrolet, On looking to rebound this weekend at White Mountain Motorsports Park: “Most definitely. We really want to find a way to get back into the Top-3, that's for sure, and make some points up while we have an opportunity to gain on the guys that are a little bit back (in the standings).”

On racing at White Mountain Motorsports Park this weekend: “White Mountain takes a little bit of finesse. You don't overdrive the car, manhandle it, run into guys like you do at a place like Star. But it's still hard to pass because it's so fast. You can be running behind a guy and be quicker, but to find that way to get around him and find the line that will work makes it a pretty tough place.

“The atmosphere gets you back in the right mood, too, where Star is probably one of the least favorite tracks on the schedule – unless you win there – of the guys that race on the tour.”

On whether he feels the team is better than it's run in the first two races this season: “I can actually say that the first two races this year could have been better for us. At Beech Ridge we missed it a little bit, and that's uncharacteristic of us a bit. Missing most of practice on Saturday (with a broken transmission) didn't help with that, certainly. At Star, we had a decent car, but we definitely weren't as good as Travis (Benjamin), but we had a Top-3, Top-5 car. We got shuffled back and found a spot in line to ride and then got turned – knocking the fender in, knocking the toe out, it just got worse for us, for sure.

“I'd like to go back to Star this weekend, because I think we learned some things that would help us. But saying that, you lick your wounds and go forward. Our average finish is off a little bit from where it was after the first two races last year, but saying that, we won a heat race at Star and that's where Johnny (Clark) made a lot of points last year was in heat racing. If you capitalize on every opportunity to get points, it makes it easier on yourself.”

UP NEXT

The PASS North Series heads to its third consecutive race on a quarter-mile track with the PASS 150 at Riverside Speedway in Groveton, N.H., on Sunday, June 3... Lonnie Sommerville has never raced at Riverside Speedway, though Mulkern Racing finished fourth when the series last visited in July of 2010.
Timmons To Tackle Full Season
at Beech Ridge

Mulkern Racing Fields Pro Series Entry For Windham Driver
“It's all new to us, so we're just learning.”

Timmons' father, Bobby Timmons Jr., cut his own racing teeth in the ultra-specialized Supermodified ranks in the northeast. He's also spent many years on the crew for Mulkern Racing owner Scott Mulkern.

Still, both Timmons have relied heavily on the support of Mulkern Racing to get themselves up to speed.

“Like I've said, this is nothing like me or my father have ever worked with. My father is an old-school guy,” Timmons said. “They've been a huge help, especially Tony (Ricci). Tony has been babysitting us the whole time. Last year, we started racing right as he had his baby, and he'd put off doing family things to come and help us and make sure we got to the racetrack, so I can't thank him enough.”

Last season, Timmons posted a pair of sixth-place finishes in his four Pro Series starts at Beech Ridge, each time after starting deep in a competitive starting field. He started 25th in one of those events before knocking on the door of the Top-5 at the checkered flag.

Without that experience, he said, he'd be at a loss for where to start this year.

“I feel like if we hadn't done that, we'd have been so far behind the eight-ball that we'd have been halfway through this year before we got things figured out and straightened out,” said Timmons, who hopped in a Legend at Beech Ridge earlier this month and finished second in a one-off start. “We ran a million laps here at Beech Ridge in the past, and we know we're able to get around it smoothly.

“You learn really good car control in the Legend. They're so snappy and twitchy, that you learn great car control. I've had this thing snap loose on me a couple of times, and it's been a lot easier to save.

“The thing that's really killed me in this (Super Late Model) is my sense of awareness. It's two or three times the race car, so what I think is the bottom is six feet away from where I need to be or what I think is a car on my inside is a car length back. That's been the biggest adjustment.”

But with plenty of experience in support divisions at Beech Ridge to call upon, Timmons hopes the learning curve will be accelerated this season.

“I was thinking about that the other day,” he said. “I'd really rather kind of do this weekly deal and get used to one thing versus going track to track to track. It helps later on down the road – we might go PASS racing at some point, I don't know what the future holds for us – but I'm pretty content running here at Beech Ridge now. I grew up racing here.”
SATURDAY,  MAY 12th
9th for Lonnie at Star
EPPING, N.H. – Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, finished ninth in a caution-filled PASS North Series Star 150 at Star Speedway in Epping, N.H., on Saturday, May 12. Sommerville, who started on the pole and led on two different occasions in the No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders Chevrolet, was involved in three separate incidents over the course of the night. He was able to make several repairs and adjustments on pit road during the race to fix the handling on his car and salvage a Top-10 finish for the night on the quarter-mile bullring.

STARTED: 1st - FINISHED: 9th - LAPS LED: 2 times for 16 laps

NEXT RACE: May 26, PASS 150, White Mountain Motorsports Park, N. Woodstock, N.H. (.25-mile oval)

LONNIE, HOW WOULD YOU SUM UP TONIGHT?

“Star. That sums it up. It's just kind of a replay of how our night went last year here. We had a good race car, and guys were just being impatient 50 laps into a race.

“I got on the outside (on an early restart), and (crew chief Gary Crooks) said to roll out of it and let those guys go and fall in line. We had all kinds of race car, and I probably should have raced them a little harder, because I got back there with those guys you don't want to be back there with.”

WHAT HAPPENED?

“We were in a couple of altercations. Fifty laps into a race, and I just don't get when a guy gets six inches on you where he thinks he's going. But a good race team rebounds from that, and we did.

“We looked like we were going to get back into the Top-5 fairly quickly, and it was just a racing deal when the 35 and the 60 got together. Everybody stacked up, and I got into the back of the 60. I broke the fender, the nose, and probably bent the left front spindle, too. It was just a handful after that.

“We came in and made some adjustments, and got back out. Then it was the same deal again. We got dumped by a guy that I'm pretty sure was five laps down.”

IT WAS OBVIOUSLY A VERY FRUSTRATING NIGHT.

“It seems to be for us, Star was the same way last year and we ended up coming out with a fourth-place finish. This week wasn't so good, but we'll make the best of it and go forward.”
Lonnie Sommerville: PASS North Series
Star Speedway Race Preview
THE STORY
FALMOUTH, Maine – Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, will try and keep momentum rolling when the PASS North Series heads to the Star 150 at Star Speedway in Epping, N.H., on Saturday, May 12. Sommerville is locked in a tie for the PASS North Series points lead after one event, and he finished fourth in this event last season in the Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders Chevrolet. Sommerville heads into the race after finishing second in the season opener at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway last weekend.

BEST CAREER STAR SPEEDWAY FINISH: 4th (May 2011)
LAST RACE AT STAR SPEEDWAY: 4th (May 2011)

CURRENT POINTS POSITION: T-1st

DID YOU KNOW?

This is the first time Lonnie Sommerville has had even a share of the PASS North Series points lead.

After finishing second last weekend, Lonnie Sommerville hast posted an average finishing position of 2.7 in his last four starts at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.

Lonnie Sommerville had one win and 10 Top-5 finishes in 14 starts last season, en route to a second-place finish in the final PASS North Series standings and co-Rookie of the Year honors.

Mulkern Racing will return to a one-car effort this weekend, after entering both Lonnie Sommerville and Scott Mulkern in the season opener at Beech Ridge.

Lonnie Sommerville finished fourth in the Star 150 last season, his first career visit to the track.

Lonnie Sommerville builds race cars for his own Lonnie Sommerville Racing organization in New Brunswick.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

LONNIE SOMMERVILLE, Driver of the Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders Chevrolet, On his solid start to the season with a runner-up finish last weekend at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway: “The first six, seven, eight races you've just got to keep par and try and not lose ground (in the standings). The first eight races aren't as important as the last eight or so – but it is important to come out of there not digging yourself out of a hole.

“We still have 15 races to go, so it is what it is – but I am disappointed in (second last week). It's neat we can be disappointed we finished second in a race, but it's disappointing in a way because we know we were unhappy with how our car was. That's a good thing.”

On what his impressions of Star Speedway: “Every race track is unique and has its unique characteristics. At Star, there's a bump going into turn one, and it's bumpy down the backstretch. We can't do what we'd do at some other tracks with bump stops and that stuff.

“Every track has things you have to work around. I try to play all these tracks back in my head now that I've been to all of them, and for me, when I think of Star it's how rough the surface is. We can't do some of the things we do at other places because of that.”

On how Star Speedway compares to other quarter-mile tracks, including his home track of Speedway 660 in Geary, New Brunswick: “It's a little faster than what 660 would be, but you still drive it the same way. You can move around a little bit and try different places. It's not like a Beech Ridge or Oxford, where you have to be really careful not to burn your tires off it.

“You can get up on the wheel and get after it. Even as well as I did at Beech Ridge, I'd rather run the way you have to run at a place like this. I would rather run hard. It's not like you want to go as hard as you can every single lap, but I feel like driver can make a difference at a place like this.”
Lonnie 2nd at BRMS
SCARBOROUGH, Maine - Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, started the 2012 PASS North Series season off on the right foot by finishing second in the SouthernMaineMotors.com 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, on Saturday, May 5. The result marked Sommerville's fourth straight Top-5 finish at Beech Ridge in the Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders Chevrolet dating back to this event last season. Sommerville led on two different occasions early in the race after starting fourth in the 32-car field, but a long green-flag run to the checkered flag kept him just short of the top spot at the finish line.

WHAT: PASS North Series SouthernMaineMotors.com 150
WHERE: Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, Maine (.375-mile oval)
STARTED: 4th
FINISHED: 2nd
CURRENT POINTS POSITION: 2nd


LONNIE, HOW WOULD YOU SUM UP YOUR DAY?

“It's definitely a solid run. Obviously not the car we wanted, but (winner Joey Doiron) just had an awesome race car. Watching him go was pretty much how I felt last year when we rolled into Beech Ridge.”

WHERE DID THE CAR NEED TO BE BETTER?

“It was way too tight. We just missed it.

“We changed it after the heat race. We freed it up a little bit more, but we just should have went more. We second-guessed ourselves. We were so good in the heat race, we didn't want to go too much. We definitely didn't go too much. We didn't go enough. Most of the race, I just tried to save my stuff.”

STILL, IT'S A GOOD START TO YOUR CHAMPIONSHIP HOPES.

“It is what it is. We're chasing a big picture, and second-place to start the season off is a good run for the big picture. It's a good night for Southern Maine Motors and everyone at Mulkern Racing for their home track and the sponsor of the race.

“It's a good night for all of us.”
Photos by
Norm Marx
Scott Posts a DNF for 30th
SCARBOROUGH, Maine - Scott Mulkern of Falmouth, Maine, finished 30th in the season-opening PASS North Series SouthernMaineMotors.com 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, on Saturday, May 5. Mulkern absorbed a hard it into the frontstretch wall just past the halfway mark of the event to end his day early. He qualified the Mulkern Racing No. 84 SouthernMaineMotors.com/Community Pharmacies Chevrolet in the 14th position and had climbed as high as sixth at the time of his accident.

WHAT: PASS North Series SouthernMaineMotors.com 150
WHERE: Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, Maine (.375-mile oval)
STARTED: 14th
FINISHED: 30th
CURRENT POINTS POSITION: 30th


SCOTT, WHAT HAPPENED TO TAKE YOU OUT OF THE RACE?

“I looped it, and it went into the wall.

“It just flipped around on me. I don't know. Something felt weird. I asked (Mulkern Racing crew chief Gary Crooks), 'Do I always have that much caster?' Something felt funky. I might just be getting old – I don't know.”

DID YOU HAVE ANY INDICATION SOMETHING WAS WRONG?

“No, and it wasn't too bad, actually. It was pretty good. But I got loose twice today in practice, and once I almost crashed and another time I just spun off the turn in the dirt.”
Photos by
Norm Marx
Lonnie Sommerville: PASS North Series
Beech Ridge Motor Speedway Race Preview
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THE STORY

Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, kicks off a second full season of PASS North Series competition when the series opens 2012 with the SouthernMaineMotors.com 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, on Saturday, May 5. Sommerville, who finished fourth in this race a year ago in the Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders Chevrolet, earned his first career PASS North Series victory at Beech Ridge in July of 2011. Sommerville has never finished worse than fourth at Beech Ridge since joining Mulkern Racing.

WHO: Lonnie Sommerville, Saint John, New Brunswick
TEAM: Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders Chevrolet
CREW CHIEF: Gary Crooks, Mooresville, North Carolina

BEST CAREER BEECH RIDGE MOTOR SPEEDWAY FINISH: 1st (July 2011)
LAST RACE AT BEECH RIDGE MOTOR SPEEDWAY: 4th (September 2011)


WHAT: PASS North Series SouthernMaineMotors.com 150
WHERE: Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, Maine (.375-mile flat oval)
WHEN: Practice, Thursday, May 3 and Friday, May 4, 2-6 p.m.; Qualifying, Saturday, May 5, 3 p.m.; Race, Saturday, May 5, 5 p.m.

PASS North Series
NEXT RACE: Saturday, May 12, PASS 150, Star Speedway, Epping, N.H. (.25-mile oval)
FINAL 2011 POINTS POSITION: 2nd

DID YOU KNOW?

Lonnie Sommerville posted an average finishing position of 3.0 in three starts at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway last season.

Lonnie Sommerville had one win and 10 Top-5 finishes in 14 starts last season, en route to a second-place finish in the final PASS North Series standings and co-Rookie of the Year honors.

Mulkern Racing will bring a two-car effort to Beech Ridge this weekend, with both Lonnie Sommerville and Scott Mulkern competing in the event.

Mulkern Racing won the 2011 season finale at Oxford Plains Speedway with Scott Mulkern driving as a teammate to Lonnie Sommerville.

Lonnie Sommerville builds race cars for his own Lonnie Sommerville Racing organization in New Brunswick.

Scott Mulkern finished second in the PASS 300 at Beech Ridge last September.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

LONNIE SOMMERVILLE, Driver of the Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders Chevrolet, On the key to winning at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway: “It's a place where you're never really comfortable there. You really have to drive the race car there. Mine and Scott (Mulkern's) driving styles, a place like that is more suited to our driving styles.

“Most people don't realize that your'e always free there, but you burn the right front tire off. You don't just go out there and run 90 percent as hard as you can all the time. You run maybe 70 percent at the start, and you'll have 70 percent left at the end when other guys have fallen off to 40 or 50 percent. In these longer races, you have to save your stuff at any track. But Beech Ridge is so hard on tires and the groove changes all the time, so it's even more so there. It's such a racy place, you have to be smart about it all the time.”

On Mulkern Racing's success at Beech Ridge in 2011: “I think it was just about us understanding what we needed for our race cars, And with (Mulkern Racing crew chiefs Gary Crooks and Seth Holbrook) being able to give Scott and I what we needed as drivers, the preparation at the shop turned into basically fine-tuning at the track on race day. We'd unload and try and make the cars better, but we'd end up going back to what we unloaded with because it was so good.

“Scott has a lot of laps there, and he had better race cars last year. I had some success with my own team there before, too. It's a place I really like, and it took me a while, but I've figured it out.”

On his goals for this weekend at Beech Ridge: “Obviously, I want to win the race. For us, it's about going to the race track, having everything go smoothly and doing our jobs. If we all do our jobs to the best of our capabilities, and we end up finishing second, third or fourth, then we'll go back and we'll work on our program. You never know what other guys have done to their cars over the winter.

“But for us, if everybody goes and gives 110 pct and we win, we did our job.”

GARY CROOKS, Crew chief on the Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders Chevrolet, On having a two-car effort at Beech Ridge this weekend: “We run the exact same setup in both cars, and we did that at Beech Ridge and Oxford last year. There's no negative in that aspect. If Seth tries something different with Scott and it works, then we find out about it; if we try something with Lonnie and it works, they find out about it. That part of it is all good.”

UP NEXT

The PASS North Series continues with the PASS 150 at Star Speedway in Epping, N.H., on Saturday, May 12... Lonnie Sommerville finished fourth in the caution-filled event a year ago. It was his first career visit to the tight quarter-mile track.
Scott Mulkern: PASS North Series
Beech Ridge Motor Speedway Race Preview
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THE STORY

Scott Mulkern of Falmouth, Maine, will try to win his first career PASS North Series race on his home track when the series heads to the SouthernMaineMotors.com 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, on Saturday, May 5. Mulkern won the PASS North Series finale at Oxford Plains Speedway last October for his second career PASS North victory, but he came up one spot short of winning at Beech Ridge when he ran second in the PASS 300 there last September. The Mulkern Racing No. 84 SouthernMaineMotors.com/Community Pharmacies Chevrolet plans to compete in at least five PASS North Series events in 2012, including all three at Beech Ridge and two at Oxford.

WHO: Scott Mulkern, Falmouth, Maine
TEAM: Mulkern Racing No. 84 SouthernMaineMotors.com/Community Pharmacies Chevrolet
CREW CHIEF: Seth Holbrook, Turner, Maine

BEST CAREER BEECH RIDGE MOTOR SPEEDWAY FINISH: 1st (PASS Outlaw division)
LAST RACE AT BEECH RIDGE MOTOR SPEEDWAY: 2nd (September 2011)


WHAT: PASS North Series SouthernMaineMotors.com 150
WHERE: Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, Maine (.375-mile flat oval)
WHEN: Practice, Thursday, May 3 and Friday, May 4, 2-6 p.m.; Qualifying, Saturday, May 5, 3 p.m.; Race, Saturday, May 5, 5 p.m.

PASS North Series
NEXT RACE: Saturday, May 12, PASS 150, Star Speedway, Epping, N.H. (.25-mile oval)
FINAL 2011 POINTS POSITION: 23rd (started 5 of 14 races)

DID YOU KNOW?

Scott Mulkern won the track championship at Beech Ridge in 1985 – the last year the facility was a dirt track.

Mulkern Racing driver Lonnie Sommerville had one win and 10 Top-5 finishes in 14 starts last season, en route to a second-place finish in the final PASS North Series standings and co-Rookie of the Year honors. It was the second straight runner-up finish for Mulkern Racing in the final PASS North standings.

Mulkern Racing will bring a two-car effort to Beech Ridge this weekend, with both Lonnie Sommerville and Scott Mulkern competing in the event.

Scott Mulkern finished second in the PASS 300 at Beech Ridge last September.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

SCOTT MULKERN, Driver of the Mulkern Racing No. 84 SouthernMaineMotors.com/Community Pharmacies Chevrolet, On Super Late Model racing Beech Ridge Motor Speedway: “I don't race too many different tracks anymore, but it's always been kind of like Oxford to me. The slower you go, it seems the faster you go. You just can't overdrive it there.

“I raced the first ACT (Pro Stock) race they ever had there, and guys came in and had never raced on a track like that. Usually, you get in a race car and you want to put it to the floor and hold it there, but you just can't do that at Beech Ridge. Once tires go away, you're just trying to save your stuff, keep your momentum and get a real rhythm going. A lot of guys will overdrive there. Some guys never figure that out 100 percent, but it's just about being smooth every lap.”

On keeping up with the changing track conditions at Beech Ridge: “You need to race the track a lot there. That's almost true everywhere, but there you really have to be able to do that. It's easy to say. When you get up beside guys and you're almost clear, but guy comes back a half-car length, you can't get frustrated with that. You have to stay focused, get the same (corner) entry and exit as you've had all along. If you're faster car, you'll get that spot.

“It's really easy when you get racing beside a guy to change what you did to get to him in the first place.”

SETH HOLBROOK, Crew chief on the Mulkern Racing No. 84 SouthernMaineMotors.com/Community Pharmacies Chevrolet, On the key to running well at Beech Ridge: “It's a really tough place on teams. You have to do your best to keep up with the race track, because it changes all the time. It's tough to do that there, but if you can win at Beech Ridge or Oxford, you can win anywhere.”

UP NEXT

The PASS North Series continues with the PASS 150 at Star Speedway in Epping, N.H., on Saturday, May 12... Mulkern Racing driver Lonnie Sommerville finished fourth in the caution-filled event a year ago. It was his first career visit to the tight quarter-mile track.
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Two-Car PASS Super Late Model Effort Ready To Take Next Step
FALMOUTH, Maine – After a pair of wins last season and a runner-up finish in the PASS North Series championship standings, Mulkern Racing heads into 2012 eager to build on the success it forged in the second half of 2011.

New Brunswick driver Lonnie Sommerville is back with crew chief Gary Crooks to run the full PASS North schedule, while team owner Scott Mulkern will run a partial schedule with Seth Holbrook calling his shots atop the pit box. Sommerville won at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in July and finished second in the final standings as a PASS rookie – garnering co-Rookie of the Year honors for his efforts, while Mulkern won the season finale in October at Oxford Plains Speedway.

Both drivers feel all the parts are in place to improve on their strong finish a year ago.

“We can keep things going. We're going to just get better and better, I really believe that,” Mulkern said. “Time is everything, really. It takes time to build all the stuff you need to get it where you want it. If you're working on setting everything up, it just takes time.”

Sommerville believes that the team jelled in 2011, once it got to know both Sommerville and Crooks.

“I think Gary and I knew what our potential was having worked together so much in the past, but the other guys on the team probably needed to see it for themselves,” Sommerville said. “I think once we went out and finished fourth (in the season opener at Beech Ridge), everybody started believing in what we had.

“We've all worked together now, and we all have a little more fire in our bellies to get this done. I think we're all on the same page.”

The PASS North Series season begins next Saturday, May 5, with the SouthernMaineMotors.com 150 at Beech Ridge – the first of three scheduled events at the track in 2012. Sommerville's No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders Chevrolet posted an average finish of 3.0 in the three starts at Beech Ridge in 2011, while Mulkern's No. 84 Southern Maine Motors/Community Pharmacies Chevrolet finished second in the PASS 300 at the track in September.

Mulkern plans on competing in the three races at Beech Ridge this season, the two dates at Oxford, the All-American 400 at Nashville in October, and the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., in December. He will also turn over his seat to Ted Christopher when PASS makes its inaugural visit to Stafford Motor Speedway in August and field a third car for Alan Wilson at Oxford in July.

Mulkern Racing will also back the effort of Bobby Timmons, a 19-year-old driver from Windham who will compete as a rookie in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Beech Ridge on Saturday nights this season.

Crooks thinks last year's second half is the perfect springboard to this season.

“Last year, we knew our potential going in,” said Crooks, of Crooks Racing Inc. in Denver, N.C. “What we didn't have was confidence we could hit the ground running. We felt pretty good after Beech Ridge, running fourth, and then we strung together a few more finishes like that. It was funny, because we went from knowing what we could do to almost being frustrated because we weren't achieving it.”

With two cars running most race weekends this year and Tony Ricci working in the shop during the week, Crooks said the organization will benefit as a whole.

“We run the exact same setup in both cars, so there's no negative in that aspect,” Crooks said. “If Seth tries something different with Scott and it works, then we find out about it; if we try something with Lonnie and it works, they find out about it. That part of it is all good.”

Confidence is the buzzword around the Mulkern Racing shop with just days remaining before the first green flag of the season.

“We all communicate well, we all do our job at the race track,” Sommerville said. “In that sense, I'm confident we can compete for the championship. You can always improve, and going back to some of these tracks for a second and third time, we have notes now we can work from.

“When that car leaves the shop, I am 100 percent confident in saying the preparation was 100 percent.”

A lot of the credit, Sommerville says, goes to Mulkern Racing owners Scott and Vickie Mulkern.

“Last year, we really were competitive every week and fast every week with both race cars,” Sommerville said. “Any success we have is about their contribution to the sport, and any failure is never going to be on their shoulders. There's nothing we want for. If we need it to go faster, it's at our fingertips. I can't imagine there's another team out there that has something we don't have to make them better than us.

“(Scott and Vickie) have the same passion for the sport that we do.”
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