When it comes to racing in the Northeast, Mike Rowe has nearly seen and done it all. In a career that spans over 40 years, Rowe has become a living legend to those who have watched him race all over the Atlantic seaboard.

Whether it was in the now defunct Busch North Series or touring with the Pro All Stars Series Super Late Models or racing weekly at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Rowe has won everywhere he has raced. And his accomplishments are as varied as any short track driver in America.

In 2006, Rowe traveled down from his home in Turner, Me. and won the inaugural PASS South Super Late Model race, the Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway, and even capped that season off by winning the series championship that year.

Back closer to home, Rowe is the winningest driver in Oxford Plains Speedway with over 150 checkered flags captured through the years. So it should be no surprise that Rowe is once again considered a favorite to win this year’s TD Bank 250 at Oxford, an event he has already won three times.

“The big thing as far as the 250 goes is that you’re hoping to draw a good number to start in the heat race,” said Rowe. “But, if you don’t have a good draw and you have to start in the rear, you’ve still got to be patient. I remember in 2005 I had to run in every race up there just to make the race. You’ve got to get into the show, you’ve got to be patient, and then you’ve got to survive and that’s what we’re hoping to do with this brand new Stevie Leavitt car.”

Rowe definitely should know the keys to success when it comes to the TD Bank 250 having scored wins in three different decades (1984, 1997, 2005). In each of his wins, Rowe has started no better than 10th. In 2005, he barely made the race, starting 37th, the farthest back of any driver to ever win the TD Bank 250. But it was that first win in 1984 that Rowe still holds above all of his other triumphs.

“We were the only ones running a V-6 in 1984 and they gave us a 200-pound weight break compared to the V-8s,” said Rowe. “We didn’t have much power on the restarts, but once it got going, it helped us out a lot on tire wear and that’s what helped us win that race. Nobody thought we could get it done so it was kinda neat to do it with the V-6.”

Another thing that has Rowe and many others excited about the 2013 TD Bank 250, is the return of Super Late Models to North America’s biggest asphalt short track race for the first time since 2006.

This year, the TD Bank 250 will be sanctioned by PASS and will award points toward both the PASS National Championship and the PASS North Super Late Model Championship. New England short track fans will get to see a field stacked with the best 600-horsepowered Super Late Models from across North America.

Traditionally, the TD Bank 250 has always been about the best drivers competing in high-speed stock cars on one of the country’s toughest short tracks. All those elements return this year as Rowe seeks to become the first four-time winner of the TD Bank 250.

“Everybody I’ve talked to is so happy Tom [Mayberry] has got the Super Late Models back at Oxford where they belong,” said Rowe. “It’s just a great, great series that Tom has and we’re looking forward to seeing the boys come up from the South and all of the Canadians that are coming down. It’s going to be a real good race and I think we’ve got as good a shot as anybody to win and make some history.”


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