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Eckes Scores Runner-Up Finish in PASS Winter Meltdown

GREENVILLE, NY — Christian Eckes appeared to be the driver to beat Saturday afternoon at Dillon Motor Speedway (SC) during the Pro All-Star Series (PASS) season opener. The 16-year-old driver led much of the 200-lap Winter Meltdown event, but lost the lead on a late-race restart, bringing home a second-place finish.

“I’m definitely disappointed,” Eckes said. “I’m not really sure what happened there. The No. 28 [Jared Irvan] was the class of the field I guess. I don’t really know what happened there. I’m really proud of my Fury Race Car guys, we had a really good car and I’m just excited to be here.”

The Greenville, New York driver was the fast qualifier earlier in the day and had a strong No. 15 machine for the Winter Meltdown 200. Eckes jumped out to the early lead and held the top spot through the break at lap 125.

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Winter Meltdown and Rich SC History Meet in PASS Opener at Dillon

CHARLOTTE, NC (February 2) – While New England and Canada’s best dig out of the snow to make their way South, Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model racers from across the Southeast prepare to greet them for this weekend’s 4th Winter Meltdown at Dillon Motor Speedway. While Dillon has hosted PASS as part of the South Carolina Clash event since 2008, this year’s 200 lap Meltdown will be held there for the first time. The Winter Meltdown has been dominated by New Englanders with Brad Leighton taking the checkered flag at New Smyrna in 2010 and Maine’s Joey Doiron claiming the last two versions with wins at Auburndale and Greenville.

On Saturday afternoon, the Winter Meltdown and South Carolina Clash combine for a mega-event, which will feature over 300 laps of racing for the PASS Super Late Models, DMS Late Models, and Pro 4 Cylinders. The South Carolina Clash at the Winter Meltdown will be 200 green flag laps and will double as the first race of the PASS National Championship Series and PASS South Super Late Model season.

Ever since the first South Carolina Clash was held at nearby Florence Motor Speedway in 2006, the event has been one of the featured races annually on the PASS South schedule. In that race 11 years ago, the late Charlie Bradberry held off short track legends Mike Rowe and Freddie Query in a frantic battle to the checkered flag.

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Eckes Kicks Off 2017 Season with Successful Run at SpeedFest

(GREENVILLE, NY) – After finishing the 2016 season as the hottest short track racer in the country, Christian Eckes kicked off his 2017 season with another successful run Sunday afternoon at Crisp Motorsports Park in Cordele, Georgia. The 16-year-old driver from Greenville, New York recorded a sixth-place finish in the 200-lap ARCA/CRA Super Series race at SpeedFest 2017.

Although anything short of a win is disappointing for the rising star, Eckes felt good about his solid start to the new year.

“I thought the weekend could have gone better,” said Eckes, the 2016 Snowball Derby champion. “But overall it was a great weekend. We struggled really until race time.”

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McCumbee, Rowe, and Berry Head Next Round of Entries for Meltdown at Dillon

CHARLOTTE, NC (January 26) – Prominent names from the North and South head the ever growing list of drivers for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model season opener at Dillon Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon, February 4.  The “Original” Winter Meltdown will be headlined by the 200 green flag lap South Carolina Clash and will pit the best short track racers in North America against one another for the first race of the 2017 PASS National Championship series.  The 12th Annual Clash at the Winter Meltdown will also double as the first race for the PASS South Super Late Models.

Ocean Isles, NC’s Chad McCumbee has done nearly everything you can think of when it comes to auto racing.  From a successful career in Late Model Stocks at Myrtle Beach Speedway to nearly winning in the Camping World Truck Series, McCumbee even played Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in an ESPN production based on his father.  In recent years, McCumbee has honed his road racing skills driving the ModSpace Mazda and will compete this weekend in the preliminary events at Daytona International Speedway leading up to the Rolex 24.  But, with all that on his resume, the Winter Meltdown at Dillon will be his first start in a PASS Super Late Model.

“Super Late Models are somewhat of a step I skipped coming up through in the early 2000’s,” says McCumbee, who will pilot the Elliott Trucking #16 at Dillon.  “Last year we decided to try something different and got a Fury Super.  Dillon will be my second race in a Super Late Model and our test went pretty well a couple of weeks ago.  I am in Florida now so I was very limited with my time leading up to the race.  I don’t really have any expectations but feel confident we will be competitive.”

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Diverse Entry List Continues to Grow for PASS Winter Meltdown at Dillon

CHARLOTTE, NC (January 18) – Diversity is the name of the game as drivers from far and wide continue to prepare for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model season opener at Dillon Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon, February 4.  The “Original” Winter Meltdown will again be on Super Bowl weekend and will pit the best short track racers in North America against one another for 200 laps in the first race of the 2017 PASS National Championship series.

Sarah Cornett-Ching comes into 2017 with realistic goals in PASS and something to prove to herself starting at Dillon.  For the 25-year-old driver from British Columbia, just being at the Meltdown will be a victory of sorts.  Following a season that saw her finish seventh in ARCA Racing Series points in 2015, Cornett-Ching ran a partial schedule last year.  In the ARCA season finale at Kentucky Speedway, she suffered a serious concussion after a devastating crash.  Experiencing symptoms similar to those of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Cornett-Ching was unsure of her racing future.

“I don’t really know the exact time when I felt like I was ‘coming back’,  but it’s more like the symptoms began to go away slowly and I would wake up one day and realize I didn’t feel nauseous anymore and then a few weeks later I would notice that I didn’t have a headache all the time,” says Cornett-Ching.  “My memory would slowly improve and I would feel like I could do anything I used to be able to and when I started exerting energy it just knocked me back down.  I am still working on getting my stamina back to where I was but thankfully the symptoms have totally gone away and the doctor has cleared me for all competition.” Continue reading ‘Diverse Entry List Continues to Grow for PASS Winter Meltdown at Dillon’

Early Entrants Abound for Expanded PASS Winter Meltdown at Dillon

CHARLOTTE, NC (January 13) – With just three weeks left to go until the “Original” Winter Meltdown goes green, Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model teams from across North America are beginning to make their final preparations.  This year’s fourth running of the early-season event looks to be the biggest yet as the Meltdown moves to its new home at Dillon Motor Speedway.   Northern drivers have dominated the three previous runnings of the PASS Winter Meltdown with New Hampshire’s Brad Leighton taking the checkered flag at New Smyrna Speedway in 2010 and Maine’s Joey Doiron claiming the victory at Auburndale Speedway in 2013 and backing that up with a victory at Greenville last year.

Once again being on Super Bowl weekend, the PASS Winter Meltdown will be short track racing’s first major points event of the year.  The “Original” Meltdown will feature the 12th Annual South Carolina Clash for the PASS Super Late Models and will be bigger than ever before.  The South Carolina Clash will now be 200 laps, paying $6,000 to win, and will give competitors the option to change two tires with 75 laps to go.  The Winter Meltdown will also feature a 75 lap event for the Late Model Stocks paying $1500 to win and an event for the Pro 4s.  The PASS Winter Meltdown will go green on Saturday afternoon, February 4 at 2 PM and will serve as the first race of 2017 for the PASS South Super Late Models and the PASS National Championship Series.  Saturday’s action will be preceded by an optional practice day for all divisions on Friday afternoon, February 3.

The first batch of PASS Super Late Models entries has been released and includes drivers from all over the United States.  Tate Fogleman, the 2015 PASS South Super Late Model champion, scored his first series win last year at Hickory and will be joined by former South Carolina Clash winner and 2014 PASS South titlist, Tyler Church.  Both North Carolina drivers will be seeking to become the first two-time series champion.  New York youngster Christian Eckes will make his second trip to Dillon Motor Speedway for the Winter Meltdown.  Eckes had several big, late season wins in 2016, including the Snowball Derby and Thanksgiving Classic at Southern National Motorsports Park in Super Late Models and the Myrtle Beach 400 in a Late Model Stock Car.

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Griffith has Busy PASS Slate

Derek Griffith of Hudson, NH will pursue a pair of Super Late Model championships in the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) this season.  Griffith will return for his sophomore PASS North season and the complete PASS National schedule.

“I’d love to win some races, redeem myself in the Oxford 250,” Griffith said.

Griffith will be making his first visit to Canadian and southern tracks Autodrome Montmagny, Dillon, Hickory, Orange County, and Speedway 660.

“We seem to excel at tracks we have not been too. I love running at new tracks! Super excited to run over the border and down south!”

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Expanded “Road to the Oxford 250” Returns for 4th Year in 2017

OXFORD, ME (December 24) – Oxford Plains Speedway owner and Pro All Stars Series (PASS) President Tom Mayberry announced today the continuation of the “Road To The Oxford 250” program in 2017.  Celebrating its fourth year in 2017, the groundbreaking “Road To The Oxford 250” concept will expand to give racers across the continent the chance to compete in short track asphalt racing’s biggest event.  As mentioned with the announcement of the Speedway 660 event over a month ago, competitors from Canada and the United States will have opportunity to race for guaranteed starting spots, while keeping the focus on the 250 throughout the season.

The 2016 Oxford 250 saw droves of race fans from across North America and over 60 Super Late Models make the annual August trek to Oxford Plains Speedway, making this one of the most successful editions of the venerable race in over a decade.  Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Pelham, NH, a winner of a “Road To The Oxford 250” qualifier in 2016, captured the checkered flag and took home nearly $30,000 for his winning efforts.

“This year’s race was a great event and once again proved that the Oxford 250 is one of the premier events in all of short track racing,” said Mayberry.  “The ‘Road To The Oxford 250’ has grown every year since we first started it in 2014 and this year’s will be the biggest yet.  We will be able to keep the 250 in focus throughout the year and, while there will be several spots offered through the program, many of these will not have to be used since most of those competitors will advance through the famed heat races.  The ‘Road’ will not reduce the number of starters that will be able to advance through qualifying.”

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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Announces 2017 Schedule

Thompson, CT (December 5, 2016) – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park today announced dates for the 2017 racing schedule, celebrating its 77th season on the high-banked oval.  The 2017 seven event NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) schedule is highlighted by the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the return of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

“This year’s schedule balances our commitment to tradition and innovation,” states Josh Vanada, General Manager of TSMP.  “The 2017 schedule preserves fan favorites while introducing unique and creative events and promotions.”

The speedway will continue to showcase Sunoco Modifieds, which will compete in eight points-counting races supported by the Late Models, Limited Sportsman, and Mini Stocks, who will all have seven points-counting races. The Lite Modified Division will race in five of the seven events, but will not race under the NWAAS sanction.

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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.

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PASS Championships to be Decided at Concord’s North-South Shootout Finale

CHARLOTTE, NC (October 31) – As the weather cools and the seasons change, another Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model season will go into the books this weekend at Concord Speedway.  This year two great events will come together as the PASS Super Late Models will compete for 125 laps in the Mason-Dixon Meltdown as part of the 14th Annual North-South Shootout.  In addition, both the PASS National Championship and PASS South Super Late Model titles will be decided on Saturday afternoon in the Meltdown.

Since 2008, the PASS National Championship has become Super Late Model racing’s only true undisputed national title.  Coming into this weekend’s action, Turner, ME’s Ben Rowe will be seeking an unprecedented fourth PASS National Championship crown.  In his first start at Concord Speedway in 2007, Rowe edged out Corey Williams to take the win in the second ever running of the Mason-Dixon Meltdown. While Rowe enjoys a fairly healthy 72-point advantage, New Hampshire’s Jeremy Davis will be making his first trip down to Concord Speedway in hopes of upsetting Rowe for the national championship.

The race for the PASS South Super Late Model title, however, is much closer.  Kodie Conner and Matt Craig are separated by only four points entering Saturday’s 125-lapper and there are plenty of ironies that surround the two drivers.  In addition to both being teenagers, each are from nearby Kannapolis and both started racing across the street from the Concord Speedway half-mile at the facility’s quarter-mile track; Conner in Bandoleros and Craig in Legends cars.  When either driver wins the championship this weekend, they will join Alex Haase, Ryan Blaney, and Tate Fogleman as teens that have been able to claim the South’s oldest Super Late Model title.

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Garrett Hall wins PASS Super Late Model race at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

First-ever touring series victory for young racer from Scarborough, Maine

Thompson, Connecticut — Garrett Hall of Scarborough, Maine nailed down his first-ever Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model victory in the 75-lap season opener for the PASS North Tour, also offering National Championship points, Sunday afternoon at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Hall, driving his Quinn’s Insulation car, numbered 94, outgunned early race leader Trevor Sanborn of East Parsonsfield, Maine midway through the race to claim the top spot after an extended, spirited battle.  He then held off a determined challenge from Hudson, New Hampshire’s Derek Griffith, aboard the LCM Racing 12, to post the win.

Hall, a 21-year-old competitor who prior to this season spent almost his entire racing career on relatively flat, third-mile ovals in his home state, credited a February trip to Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway with helping himself and the team to dial the car in on New England’s biggest and fastest oval short track.

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Early Entrants Abound For Expanded PASS Winter Meltdown at Greenville-Pickens

 

CHARLOTTE, NC (January 20) – With the release today of the complete weekend schedule for the upcoming PASS Winter Meltdown 150 at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, Super Late Model teams from across North America are beginning to make their final preparations. This year’s third running of the early-season event looks to be the biggest yet as the Meltdown moves to its new home in the Palmetto State. Northern drivers have dominated the two previous runnings of the PASS Winter Meltdown in Florida with New Hampshire’s Brad Leighton taking the checkered flag at New Smyrna Speedway in 2010 and Maine’s Joey Doiron claiming the victory at Auburndale Speedway in 2013.

Being on Super Bowl weekend, the PASS Winter Meltdown will be short track racing’s first major points event of 2016 and will also feature a 100 lap event for the South East Limited Late Models (Non-Winners), a 75 lapper for the Southeast Supertrucks, both paying $3,000 to win, and a 40 lap event for the Mini Stocks paying $2,000 to the winner. Rookie Hayden Humphries recently tested at Greenville-Pickens Speedway and plans to do “double-duty,” competing in both the PASS Super Late Model and Southeast Limited Late Model races. The PASS Winter Meltdown 150 lapper will go green on Saturday afternoon, February 6 at 2 PM and will serve as the first race of 2016 for the PASS South Super Late Models and the PASS National Championship Series.

The first batch of PASS Super Late Models entries has been released and includes drivers from all over the United States. Northwest short track legend Garrett Evans will pilot the famous #64 in the PASS Winter Meltdown. The Washington state driver will compete in several PASS events throughout the season, with an eye towards possible competing for the PASS National Championship. Texas youngster Derek Scott, Jr. will make his first trip to Greenville-Pickens Speedway for the Winter Meltdown. Scott competed in three PASS South events last year, including the Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway, where he was the fastest qualifier and led the most laps. Michigan driver Vinnie Miller returns in 2016 after several impressive runs late last year. Miller has already announced his intention to compete on the full schedule as he races for the PASS South Super Late Model championship this year.

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Shenette to Start 2016 Season with Slate of PASS National and Northern Races

THOMPSON, CT (December 28) – With the Mason-Dixon Meltdown in the history books, Dynasty Motorsports is solely focused on competing in 2016.

“Our only goal for this year is seat time,” said team owner and driver John-Michael Shenette. “With seat time come’s consistency, and with consistency comes success. We have the car and the resources to compete in the Pro All Stars Series, now it’s time to put our effort to good use and show results.”

In addition to the Karting 2 Conquer Cancer Go-Kart event in January, Dynasty Motorsports has also submitted an application for the Winter Meltdown at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina. The race is the first Pro All Stars Series National and South event of the year, and will be held on February 6th.

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Winter Meltdown Entry Forms, 2016 PASS Registrations Now Available Online

NAPLES, ME (December 23) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced today that entry forms for the upcoming Winter Meltdown at Greenville-Pickens Speedway are now available online at ProAllStarsSeries.com.  The PASS Winter Meltdown will go green on Saturday afternoon, February 6 at 2 PM and will serve as the first race of 2016 for the PASS South Super Late Models and the PASS National Championship Series.  Being on Super Bowl weekend, the PASS Winter Meltdown will be the first major points event of 2016 and will also feature a 100 lap event for the South East Limited Late Models (Non-Winners) a 75 lapper for the Southeast Supertrucks, and a 40 lap event for the Mini Stocks.

PASS officials also announced that 2016 licenses are now available online at ProAllStarsSeries.com for the PASS division.  Licenses for the new Southern Modified Racing Series Presented By PASS, which will feature the popular Tour-type Modifieds, and the Northeast’s PASS Modified division, will be posted in the near future.  Drivers purchasing licenses for the 2016 season will receive bonus points for each race they are pre-registered for and will also save money towards any events that they enter early.

“We know a lot of teams are currently making plans for next year and we wanted to make these forms available for them now,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry.  “In 2016, we will get an early start at Greenville-Pickens with the PASS Winter Meltdown.  All of our competitors and fans are excited about next year and we can’t wait to get it underway in February.  It will be here before you know it, that’s for sure.”

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2016 Date Announced For 43rd Annual Oxford 250

OXFORD, ME (September 3) – Following the huge success of this year’s Oxford 250, Oxford Plains Speedway owner Tom Mayberry announced today the date for the 2016 event.  The richest single day short track racing event in North America will continue once again on the same weekend and be held August 26 – 28, 2016.  The 43rd Annual Oxford 250 will again pay $25,000 to the winner and will be a Pro All Stars Series (PASS) sanctioned, “open” Super Late Model event, with qualifying heat races and feature racing for the PASS Super Late Models on August 28 and will continue the single day tradition that has made this race famous.

The 2015 AIM Recycling USA Oxford 250 Presented By Kenny U-Pull saw droves of race fans from the United States and Canada and over 70 Super Late Models, making this one of the most successful editions of the venerable race in over a decade.  Glen Luce of Turner, ME captured the checkered flag and took home $30,100 for his winning efforts/

“This year’s race was a great event and once again proved that the Oxford 250 is one of the premier events in all of short track racing,” said Mayberry.  “But despite that success, our team at Oxford Plains Speedway began planning and working for next year’s race the day after Glen Luce took the checkered flag in this year’s Oxford 250.  The race still has room to grow and we plan on it being even bigger and better next year.”

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“The Outlaw” prevails in PASS National Championship Series action at the “Magic Mile”

Eddie MacDonald wins again at NHMS in first-ever Super Late Model race at New England’s Superspeedway

Loudon, New Hampshire – Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Massachusetts added another page to his impressive New Hampshire Motor Speedway resume, scoring an impressive victory in the AIM 60 Pro All Stars Series race, the first-ever Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model race at the “Magic Mile.”

It was the seventh victory on the 1.058-mile oval for MacDonald, a three-time winner in NASCAR K&N East Series competition at NHMS, to go along with three race victories in ACT Invitational Late Model competition.

MacDonald was tested in the early stages of the race by fellow front row starter, and reigning PASS North Super Late Model champion, DJ Shaw of Center Conway, New Hampshire before Stonington, Connecticut competitor David Garbo, Jr. entered the picture.

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Spencer Davis Back Home in PASS SLM

LOUDON, NH — Spencer Davis of Dawsonville, GA has run many Super Late Models races in his young career. His second race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be Sunday’s AIM 60.

“We went out that first round, shook down the car, kind of got a feel for the track, and just came into make sure everything was good, Davis said. “… There’s one or two things that might shake or bump loose. We wound up first practice 14th, definitely left something on the table, but coming to a track this big for the first time in a Super is definitely, definitely something you need to take a little bit easier. But the car so far so good. Mr. Freddie Query’s given me an awesome car. We’re trying one or two new things and we got my old crew chief back here on the crew, Micky Cain, and some of the northern Modified crew is with us here this weekend too.”

The No. 129 car had a problem with a rear windshield brace after the first practice session on Saturday afternoon. “We’ve gotta brace the car up just a little bit more to accommodate the higher speeds, more downforce, more pressure on the body.”

Davis is enjoying his return to Super Late Models compared to his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour appearance last July.

“This thing is 100 times more fun than a Modified. I think we’ve run about the same times. It just feels a little bit slower, but man just the corner speeds here are unreal in these cars. Realistically I think if everything was turned right you could flat foot it around here.”

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Christopher Bell’s Superspeedway Debut Set for NHMS

LOUDON, NH — Christopher Bell of Norman, OK will make his debut on a mile track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Bell is driving the ToyotaCare No. 51 for Kyle Busch Motorsports, part of a 15 race Super Late Model schedule. Teammate Kaz Grala is driving the No. 52 in Sunday’s inaugural Pro All Stars Series (PASS) race at New Hampshire.

“The furthest east I’ve ever been is PA, so definitely a new part of the country for me and I’m looking forward to running on a mile for the first time,” Bell said.

It is his first visit to New England and just his second time on a mile, since running 15 laps at Milwaukee in his first pavement car run.

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Jerry Baxter Helping KBM Team at NHMS

Kyle Busch Motorsports has some extra help for this weekend’s race from Jerry Baxter. The Mooresville, NC team is fielding cars for Christopher Bell and Kaz Grala in Sunday’s AIM 60, the inaugural Pro All Stars Series (PASS) race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

“It’s still seat time for these young drivers, and that’s ultimately what we’re trying to do to move ’em up the ladder,” Baxter said. 

Baxter  grew up around Super Late Models and “figured now is as a good a time as any to get back at it.” 

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Doiron Hopes Speed Remains

Joey Doiron of Berwick, ME is entering his first race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway since the inaugural ACT Invitational. He led the first 20 laps  in 2009, but blistered tires caused a poor finish.

“It’s cool to come back and hopefully take off from where we left off the last time here,” Doiron said. “… It’s not going to hurt ya by any stretch, but the teams I’m going to be racing for the win also have a bunch of experience, so it is what it is.”

Doiron called the inaugural AIM 60 “a big deal” for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS), and drivers who get to race at New England’s largest oval.

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MacDonald to Drive Lemieux 66 at Loudon

MacDonald to Enter NH 301 at NHMS

Former ACT Invitational and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East winner Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, MA is back at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend for the inaugural Pro All Stars Series (PASS) AIM 60. MacDonald is driving the No. 66 D.R. Lemieux Builders/BCR Automotive/Neal Excavating Chevrolet for David Lemieux. 

“When they announced this race, I was anxious to try and put something together and these guys came and asked if I’d be interested in running and it’s a beautiful car,” MacDonald said. “We’ve been busting our butts getting it ready, so it’s brand new. It hasn’t made a lap around the racetrack yet, so sure we’re going to have to work the bugs out of it today and hopefully we can get it fast.”

MacDonald’s crew chief Rollie Lachance is at the track to help the team. “He knows what I need for a feel to get around here and hopefully we can find that today.”

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Diverse Group Set to Tackle Magic Mile in PASS Debut at New Hampshire

NAPLES, ME (July 2) – As the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) AIM Recycling Super Late Models Pres. By Kenny U-Pull prepare for their debut this weekend at Loudon’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway, a diverse group of drivers will be front and center in Sunday afternoon’s AIM 60.

While it will be the first time PASS has ever competed at the “Magic Mile”, several drivers hope to be in the starting lineup that have raced at New Hampshire in the past.  No one in Sunday’s field will have more experience at Loudon than home state favorite Eddie MacDonald and Plainville, CT’s Teddy Christopher.  MacDonald has raced everything at New Hampshire Motor Speedway from ACT Late Models to Cup cars and has been a multiple-time winner in the K&N Pro Series East.  Christopher is the leading Modified tour winner at New Hampshire with five wins and will be looking for his first PASS win since Stafford in 2012.

“The PASS Super Late Models are really getting around that place,” said Christopher after testing at New Hampshire in May.  “I ran a 29.2 second lap with the PASS car which is comparable to a Modified lap time there.”

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Loudon, Oxford Part of KBM Schedule

Kyle Busch Motorsports has a busy Late Model schedule this season. Norman, OK driver Christopher Bell is two-for-two at New Smyrna and South Alabama. Bell swept the POWRI Midget races at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, OK last weekend. He will be joined by the team’s newest driver Kaz Grala of Westborough, MA this weekend at Southern National.

Grala is in his sophomore season with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, driving the No. 3 Toyota for Ben Kennedy Racing. 

Both drivers will enter the inaugural Pro All Stars Series (PASS) National/North Super Late Model race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. Bell will also enter the storied 42nd Annual AIM Recycling Oxford 250 presented by Kenny U-Pull at Oxford Plains (ME) Speedway.

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2015 Oxford 250 Entry Forms, PASS Registrations Now Available Online

NAPLES, ME (December 10) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials have announced that entry forms for the 42nd Annual Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway are now available online at ProAllStarsSeries.com.  The 42nd Annual Oxford 250 is slated for August 28-30, 2015 and will once again continue its distinction as the richest single day motorsports event in the world with over $25,000 going to the winner of the PASS Super Late Model race.

PASS officials also announced that 2015 licenses are available online at ProAllStarsSeries.com for the Super Late Model, Pro Late Model, and Modified divisions.  Drivers purchasing licenses for the 2015 season will receive bonus points for each race they are pre-registered for and will also save money towards any events that they enter early.

“We know a lot of teams are currently making plans for next year and we wanted to make these forms available for them now,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry.  “The 42nd Annual Oxford 250 is already generating a lot of excitement amongst teams all over North America and we can’t wait to start seeing the entries come in.”

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A Fresh Look at North Wilkesboro

The description says it all: “Many NASCAR drivers did their thing here. Now time is doing her thing.”

 A “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle” video posted on Bob Asbury’s YouTube page shows the demise of  North Wilkesboro (NC) Speedway, the 5/8 mile oval in Wilkes County. The Sky Sprinter Aerial Photography video was shot on Saturday.

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NEAR Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class

Drivers Deke Astle, Jim Martel, Mike Rowe, Fred Schulz, Ron Wyckoff, drag racing icon Bob Tasca, historian R.A. Silvia and car builder/mechanic Dave Tourigny make up the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame’s class of 2014.

They, along with the still to be announced pioneer class, will be inducted at NEAR’s 16th Hall of Fame banquet  Sunday, Nov. 16th, at The Lodge at Maneeley’s  in South Windsor, CT.

Banquet ticket information will be announced shortly and will be posted on the New England’s Antique Racers’ website (NEAR1.org) in the near future.

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Austin Theriault to Drive Three races for JR Motorsports

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 22, 2014) – Austin Theriault will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut this season, as JR Motorsports has signed him to drive three races in the No. 5 Chevrolet.

Theriault, a 20-year-old late model racer from Fort Kent, Maine, will make his debut on May 18 at Iowa Speedway, driving the No. 5 Chevrolet replete with primary branding from SPY, the eyewear brand behind Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Signature 88 Collection and innovative Happy Lens™ technology. The upper-rear quarter-panels of the car will carry the logo of Dirty Mo Radio, the internet home for Earnhardt Jr.-related podcasts throughout the NASCAR season.

“SPY is happy to offer continued support to the JR Motorsports team and be a part of the exciting Nationwide Series debut of Austin Theriault,” said Michael Marckx, SPY CEO and president. “On the heels of our commitment to Dirty Mo Radio, this is only the beginning of the excitement SPY looks to bring to NASCAR, and we’re happy to do it with JR Motorsports.”

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Fogleman Headlines Latest Group of Entrants for PASS Winter Meltdown

Fogleman Champ Photo 2013CHARLOTTE, NC — Two-time defending Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model national champion Jay Fogleman headlines another impressive group of drivers that have entered for the 3rd running of the Florida Winter Meltdown at New Smyrna Speedway on February 8. Fogleman’s entry comes as somewhat of a surprise after he announced last year that he would curtail racing to focus more on his 14-year-old son, Tate’s, budding career. And, while Fogleman has no plans to defend his PASS South Super Late Model championship of a year ago, he does plan on making a run at his third straight PASS National Series title. Fogleman, who finished 8th in the inaugural Winter Meltdown at New Smyrna back in 2010, will return to the seat of his famed #4 out of the family owned Bull City Race Cars shop.

“We’re definitely stepping back this year to focus on Tate and trying to help him win the PASS South championship,” said Fogleman. “I’m planning to run all the PASS National races this year. We came close to winning at Oxford last year and I sure would like to get that Oxford 250 trophy before my career’s all said and done.”

Tate Fogleman Car #8While the elder Fogleman, does not plan another full season run at both the PASS National and PASS South titles, the same cannot be said for Tate Fogleman. Tate will once again pilot the Speedco Truck Lube & Tire Ford in 2014 with plans to compete for both championships. The Florida Winter Meltdown will be young Tate’s first visit to New Smyrna Speedway. Following a successful rookie campaign in 2013 that saw Tate finish fifth in the PASS National Series and PASS South Super Late Model championship, he will be looking for even more consistency and his first win. Last season was highlighted by a 7th place finish in the Winter Meltdown, held last year at Florida’s Auburndale Speedway, and by qualifying for his first Oxford 250.

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New England Racing Legends Rob Fuller & Steve Leavitt Announce Formation of LFR Chassis

High-End Chassis and Components will be constructed for NASCAR Modified, Late Model and Pass North and South race teams

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — As the 2014 race season begins, Rob Fuller and Steve Leavitt have announced a partnership to create LFR Chassis, Inc. (Leavitt Fuller Racecars). The company will provide a cutting edge chassis that will be user friendly and provide high-end components and customer service to the top-tier modified and late model race teams.

The Leavitt name is synonymous with high quality fabrication and Fuller has competed at every level of racing at an equally high level so the product and customer service will be second to none in the industry. Fuller, the primary owner of LFR Chassis, will be responsible for running the day-to-day operations, including customer relations and overseeing chassis construction.

“I really want to design and build a chassis that is on the cutting edge of technology and I think the timing is right and the racers are ready for it,” said Fuller. “My focus will be the racers who want something different and a more custom part. I want a smaller clientele with higher customer service.”

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