Sargeant Claims Meltdown at Concord; Rowe, Craig Win PASS Titles

MIDLAND, NC (November 5) – Dalton Sargeant held off Preston Peltier in a near photo finish to claim his first career Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model win Saturday afternoon in the Mason-Dixon Meltdown as part of the North-South Shootout at Concord Speedway.  Maine’s Ben Rowe also celebrated his fourth career PASS National Championship, while Matt Craig edged out Kodie Conner for the PASS South Super Late Model title.

“First off, I really want to thank Preston [Peltier] for driving me as clean as he did, I really respect that,” said Sargeant in victory lane.  “I think we had a little bit better drive off the corner than he did, but it’s just amazing to get this win as part of the PASS North-South Shootout.  I’ve got to thank my guys for all the hard work they’ve put in all year long.”

In qualifying, Jared Irvan blistered the half-mile triangle for his fourth career PASS South quick qualifying lap with a time of 15.822 seconds (113.766MPH).  After the top 10 qualifiers redraw, Irvan would slot into the third starting position, while Clay Rogers and Sargeant would move up to the front row. PASS South points leader Kodie Conner would have an uphill slog racing for the championship as he would start 21st and second place points driver Matt Craig would start fifth.  For Ben Rowe, he secured the PASS National Championship by merely starting the race.

Rogers led the field at the drop of the green flag, but was quickly overtaken by Irvan on lap five as they raced through the dogleg.  The big mover early on was the winner at Concord in May, Ryan Moore.  After starting 12th, Moore moved by Tate Fogleman for 10th on lap 15 and was making his way up towards the leaders.

The first caution of the afternoon waved on lap 34 for a solo spin by Terry Horak in turn three.  Just two laps later, Horak would again spin, along with Ontario’s JP Josiasse, in turn three.  Irvan continued to lead, now over Sargeant, who moved by Rogers for second.  The caution would wave again on lap 50 for the third time during the race as Wes Burton spun down the frontstretch.

After struggling on several restarts due to a broken shifter, Peltier made his way up to third as Sargeant began closing in on Irvan for the lead.  The final caution of the afternoon would wave with 45 laps to go when former Meltdown winner Trevor Noles spun in turn three.

On the restart, Sargeant got a slightly better start than Irvan and was able to use the advantage to take the lead.  As Irvan continued to struggle with the handling on his Chevrolet, Peltier moved by to take second and set his sights on Sargeant for the lead with 30 laps to go.  Both drivers masterfully worked through slower traffic, but Sargeant was able to maintain just a one car length advantage over Peltier.

Peltier made one final run at Sargeant on the last lap, but the Boca Raton, FL driver held the advantage at the finish for his first career PASS South Super Late Model win.  Irvan finished third, with Moore in fourth and Rogers in fifth.  Rounding out the top 10 were Craig, Josh Berry, Christian Eckes, Jake Crum, and Trey Jarrell.

With his sixth place finish, Craig was able to overtake Conner to become the PASS South Super Late Model titlist by just 12 points.

“All week I just put in my mind that it wasn’t a big deal, but every day I got more and more nervous and this morning was pretty rough,” said a relieved Craig afterward.  “A lot of good guys have come through this series and a lot of the tracks are tough and prove yourself as a racer and I’m very proud to be the PASS South champion.”

For Rowe having only to start the race, his championship run might have been a bit anti-climactic.  But for him and his team, a chance to call himself the nation’s only true national champion is an honor he truly relishes.

“You know we all start off the beginning of the year with the goal to be the PASS National Champion and luckily we were able to do it again this year,” said Rowe.  “We really enjoy coming down to race with the southern guys, but we were just a little bit off today.  My guys did a great job all year long and we’re looking forward to celebrating some more when we get back to Maine.”

While the 2016 season is in the books, next year is just around the corner.  The first race for both the PASS National Championship and PASS South will be on Saturday, February 4, 2017, with return of the Winter Meltdown featuring the South Carolina Clash at Dillon Motor Speedway.

For the complete 2017 PASS South schedule and more information on any PASS division, please go to ProAllStarsSeries.com, follow us on Twitter at @PASSSLM14, or “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook.

PASS Super Late Model – Mason-Dixon Meltdown 125 – Unofficial Results

  1.  55 – Dalton Sargeant 125
  2.  33 – Preston Peltier 125
  3. 28x – Jared Irvan 125
  4. 74 – Ryan Moore 125
  5. 15x – Clay Rogers 125
  6. 54 – Matt Craig 125
  7. 25 – Josh Berry 125
  8. 15 – Christian Eckes 125
  9. 01 – Jake Crum 125
  10. 12 – Trey Jarrell 125
  11. 7 – Dave Farrington, Jr. 125
  12. 83 – Joey Padgett 125
  13. 09 – Jeremy Davis 125
  14. 45 – Kodie Conner 125
  15. 4n – Ben Rowe 125
  16. 4s – Trevor Sanborn 124
  17. 27 – Lee Tissott 124
  18. 8f – Tate Fogleman 124
  19. 16m – Vinnie Miller 124
  20. 28 – Terry Horak 121
  21. 13 – Wes Burton 113
  22. 29 – Spencer Davis 110
  23. 76 – Jake Spillers 102
  24. 22 – Trevor Noles 78
  25. 53 – Jerry White 77
  26. 24j – JP Josiasse 53
  27. 59 – Dustin Dunn 5

Sources: Alan Dietz/PASS PR


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