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.