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Setzer Claims Meltdown Thriller at Hickory; Tate Fogleman Takes Championship

HICKORY, NC (November 21) – Brandon Setzer took the lead from Mike Hopkins for the final time with 60 laps to go and held on for a popular hometown win Saturday afternoon in the 10th Annual Mason-Dixon Meltdown 200 at Hickory Motor Speedway.  Setzer becomes the 7th different first-time winner in Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model competition for 2015.

“Man it’s so awesome to get this win in front of the hometown crowd, I’ve got so many sponsors and family and friends here, I’ve just got to thank everybody so much,” said Setzer in victory lane.  “Mike Hopkins drove a great race and his stuff stayed together way better than I thought it would in the first half.  He [Hopkins] pushed me really hard there, that’s all I had, and Tyler [Church] there at the end too, but you know this thing had enough.”

While Setzer was celebrating his first career win, third generation racer Tate Fogleman soldiered home to a tenth place finish to secure his first career PASS South Super Late Model championship.  At 15-years-old, Fogleman becomes the youngest driver to ever win a PASS Super Late Model championship.  By following his father, Jay, as a series champion, they join Mike and Ben Rowe as the only father-son combination to ever win a PASS title.  Zane Smith saw a big points lead evaporate late in the season due to late season penalties.  Smith was fined for jumping a late restart at South Boston Speedway in August.  That paled in comparison to a huge points and monetary penalty assessed after an event at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in October in which Smith intentionally spun race winner Joey Doiron after the checkered flag, destroying Doiron’s machine.  Smith’s collapse late in the year played into Fogleman’s hand and paved the way for him to win his first title.
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PASS South Title Fight Going Down to the Wire at Hickory’s Mason-Dixon Meltdown

CHARLOTTE, NC (November 13) – As a long 2015 season for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Models gets set to come to an end next weekend at Hickory Motor Speedway, race fans will be focused on a thrilling championship battle.  Four drivers will come to Hickory with a shot at the South’s most prestigious Super Late Model championship at the completion of 200 green flag laps in the 10th Annual Mason-Dixon Meltdown.  Since 2006, the Meltdown has seen some of the biggest names in Super Late Model racing go to victory lane including Cassius Clark, Ben Rowe, Johnny Clark, Justin Wakefield, and Preston Peltier.

The top four drivers in the PASS South Super Late Model points, Tate Fogleman, Zane Smith, Matt Craig, and Jody Measamer, are only separated by 23 points heading into the Mason-Dixon Meltdown.  Young Tate Fogleman finds himself in an enviable position as the PASS South points leader.  But at the same time, the third-generation racer will face the difficult decision of whether or not he should race hard or be conservative when gets to Hickory Motor Speedway next Saturday.

“Hickory is as good as anywhere for us to try and win a championship,” says Fogleman, driver of the family-owned Bull City Race Cars Ford #8.  “We are going to have to find a balance between taking risks and staying safe.  We definitely won’t be able to ride around because of the tight points battle, but we also don’t need to take a lot of chances and end up in an accident, completely ending our championship hopes.”   

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PASS South And “The Howler” Return to Greenville-Pickens This Weekend

CHARLOTTE, NC (October 21) – After two months off due to rainouts at Southern National Motorsports Park and Myrtle Beach Speedway, the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Models and Pro Late Models will be back on the track this weekend at the historic Greenville-Pickens Speedway.  And it is also fitting that as PASS celebrates 10 years of being the South’s longest running and most prestigious Super Late Model sanctioning body, that it would bring back one of the most popular events of the series early days.  From 2007-2009, “The Howler” at Greenville-Pickens Speedway saw some of the biggest names in short track racing compete for the win at the legendary South Carolina speedway.  Maine’s Cassius Clark took the win in the inaugural “Howler” and followed that up by capturing the first PASS National Championship at Greenville in 2008, a race won by Nevada driver Alex Haase.  6-time PASS North Super Late Model champion Johnny Clark won the most recent “Howler” in 2009.  This weekend, “The Howler” will be back at Greenville-Pickens Speedway as the PASS South Super Late Models get set to tackle the flat half-mile for 125 green flag laps.  Three drivers, Joey Doiron, Ben Rowe, and Tate Fogleman, are only separated by 22 points as they prepare to vie for the 2015 PASS National Championship at Greenville-Pickens Speedway.

While the battle for the national title will be settled this weekend at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, the PASS South Super Late Model championship still has three more races to go.  Following “The Howler,” the Southern title fight will go to Concord Speedway for the 13th Annual North-South Shootout on November 7 and will then come down to the 10th Annual Mason-Dixon Meltdown 200 at Hickory Motor Speedway on November 21.

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PASS Events At Southern National Cancelled Due To Rainy Forecast; Will Not Be Rescheduled

CHARLOTTE, NC (September 23) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced late Wednesday that this weekend’s events for the PASS South Super Late Models and PASS Pro Late Models at Southern National Motorsports Park have been cancelled due to weather.  Officials have been monitoring the forecasts for several days and it has continued to deteriorate, with a high probability of heavy rains in excess of 3 inches forecasted for eastern North Carolina.  The events scheduled for this weekend at Southern National Motorsports Park will not be rescheduled.

“In the best interest of our teams and with several different weather outlets predicting heavy rains this weekend, we felt like it was best to go ahead and cancel the events scheduled for Southern National,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry.  “Hopefully, this will allow our teams to cancel hotel reservations and will also give them the opportunity to race elsewhere if they so choose.”

The next PASS South Super Late Model event will be the “Bash At The Beach II” at Myrtle Beach Speedway on Saturday, October 10th.  Entry forms for Myrtle Beach Speedway are currently posted at ProAllStarsSeries.com.
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Jared Fryar Survives Wild Night For First Career PASS South Win At Caraway

SOPHIA, NC (July 25) – Jared Fryar took the lead from veteran Greg Marlowe with 13 laps to go and led the rest of the way to score his first career Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model win Saturday night at Caraway Speedway.  Fryar had to survive a wild event that saw the caution flag wave six times in the 125 lap event on PASS Fan Appreciation night at the races.

“I got a little nervous when we dropped back to seventh there, but luckily we were able to get back to third and cruise and then we got a late race caution and things fell our way,” said Fryar, who has finished no lower than fourth in just three PASS South starts in 2015.  “He [Marlowe] was hard to get by there, but it just feels awesome to finally get my first PASS Super Late Model win.  I just can’t thank all of the people who have stuck behind me and believed in what we’re doing.”

In qualifying, PASS South points leader Zane Smith paced the 20 car field in qualifying with a lap of 98.967 miles per hour around the tough .455 mile speedway.  Following the top 10 qualifiers redraw, Smith would slot into the seventh starting position while Joey Coulter and Joey Padgett would move to the front row to lead the field to green.

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PASS South Celebrates 10 Years Of Racing With Salute To Fans At Caraway Speedway

CHARLOTTE, NC (July 22) – After a well-deserved break from the heat, Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model and Pro Late Model competitors will hit the track once again this Saturday night at Caraway Speedway.  This weekend’s action at Caraway Speedway will also serve as PASS Fan Appreciation.  To celebrate 10 years of PASS racing in the Southeast, PASS fans will be honored with a $20 carload special or a $10 general admission ticket for those fans who might be traveling to the races solo.

“The fans are so important to this sport, but in particular, to short track racing,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry.  “This is a small way that we can say ‘Thank You’ to those folks who have spent their hard earned money to support PASS throughout the years.”

Jody Measamer hopes he can say thank you to his fans and supporters in victory lane following Saturday night’s events at Caraway Speedway.  Growing up in nearby Sanford, NC, Measamer first set sight on Caraway Speedway helping out his racing mentor, Tom Usry.  Eventually, Measamer began racing himself and was one of the most successful Late Model Supertruck drivers Caraway Speedway has ever seen.  That success at Caraway has translated over to the PASS South Super Late Model division where Measamer had one of his strongest outings of 2014, finishing third in the North-South Shootout behind race winner Ryan Moore and second place finisher Christopher Bell.

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PASS South Ready to Heat Up the Track in Return Trip to Anderson

CHARLOTTE, NC (June 16) – As temperatures soar with the approach of summer, the stars and cars of the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) are busily preparing for this Friday night’s Electric City 125 at Anderson Motor Speedway.  The PASS South Super Late Models will be joined in action by the PASS Pro Late Models, Legends, BM Modifieds and Front Wheel Drives on Friday night at Anderson.  As the South’s oldest and most prestigious Super Late Model championship heads to the upstate of South Carolina this weekend, drivers and teams are hoping they will have the right setup to deal with a very hot and very slick Anderson Motor Speedway.

In 2012, Winston-Salem, NC’s Brandon Ward led flag-to-flag to score a very memorable win at Anderson in similar conditions to what are expected for Friday evening.  Ward and the New Day Motorsports team dominated for their second win that season and briefly took over the PASS South Super Late Model points lead along the way.

“The win in 2012 at Anderson was a big one for us,” says Ward, driver of the Foothill Ford/kpmoto.com/Miller Welders #62.  “We had just won at Wake County and then we were able to back that win up at Anderson.  It’s a unique race track with very little grip.”

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Zane Smith Takes 2nd Straight PASS South Win in Return to Concord

KINGSPORT, TN (May 8) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model points leader Zane Smith took the lead following contact between leaders Roger Lee Newton and Jeff Fultz with 11 laps to go and led the rest of the way to win Friday night’s Old Glory 125 at Concord Speedway.  Smith’s victory came in the first race back at the venerable half-mile speedway in nearly three years.

“I don’t know how I won this one, I told them on the radio ‘I don’t know how I’m going pass them, but I’m going to figure out a way to get by’,” said Smith in victory lane afterwards.  “To be honest, I kinda saw it coming because they [Newton and Fultz] were running so close.  We didn’t qualify great, but we were consistent and I knew we would be good in the race.  And, luckily we were.”

In qualifying, Jody Measamer scorched the half-mile triangular speedway with an average lap speed of over 116 miles per hour.  Following the top 10 qualifiers redraw, Measamer would start third behind Roger Lee Newton and Tate Fogleman.

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Fans And Racers Looking Forward to Easter Bunny 150 Welcome Party at Iron Thunder

CHARLOTTE, NC (March 31) – To celebrate 10 years of one short track racing’s great events, Pro All Stars Series (PASS) fans and racers will have the opportunity to gather together Thursday night at Iron Thunder Saloon & Grill in Hickory for the Easter Bunny 150 Welcome Party.  The event will be open to everyone starting at 6:30 PM and will give fans a chance to chat with some of their favorite racers and check out some of the cars that will be competing Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway.  PASS Super Late Model, PASS Pro Late Model, and Must See Racing Sprint Car drivers and machines will be at Iron Thunder Saloon & Grill Thursday night, along with a live band, to help kickoff the 10th Annual Easter Bunny 150.

“You know, the Easter Bunny 150 has really become one of the biggest races of the year and Iron Thunder is a place a lot of our fans and racers like to attend when they’re in town for the race,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry.  “The first PASS South event ever held was at Hickory and we felt like this was a great way to celebrate 10 years of the Easter Bunny 150.  With the Must See Sprints joining us and everything we’ve got going on at the track Friday and Saturday night, this was a great way to welcome everyone into town.”

Iron Thunder Saloon & Grill is a favorite destination for the PASS contingent when the series comes to town and is glad to welcome every into town with lots of good food, drinks, and fun.

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PASS Pro Late Model Racers Ready for Doubleheader Weekend at Hickory

CHARLOTTE, NC (March 26) – In just over three years, the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Pro Late Model division has produced some of the top talent in short track. Seen as a proving ground for racers looking to eventually make the move up to the PASS Super Late Models, drivers like Tate Fogleman, Jody Measamer, Trevor Noles, and Jeff Batten credit their time in PASS Pro Late Models with helping ease their transition to the much faster Supers.

For the first time in PASS Pro Late Model history, the division will have two complete 50 lap races on the same weekend as part of the 10th Annual Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway April 3-4. This will be a huge upside for PASS Pro Late Model racers who will get to compete for more prize money in a single weekend and get more track time as well, including being the feature division on Friday night, April 3 along with Legend car racing and heat races for the Must See Racing Sprint Cars. Kodie Conner, a 6-time PASS Pro Late Model winner, is looking forward to returning to his roots with the Easter Bunny doubleheader.

“It’s very exciting, I haven’t raced a doubleheader like that since the Bandolero days,” said Conner, driver of the Jerry Conner Insurance/Wheel Chill Toyota #45. “We’re very excited. We’ve got both cars ready to run just in case something does happen Friday night, but I’m pumped up…I can’t wait.”

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Ben Rowe Snaps Dry Spell with Peach Blossom Special Win at Anderson

WILLIAMSTON, SC (March 21) – 3-time Pro All Stars Series (PASS) National Champion Ben Rowe began his title defense in style with a thrilling win in Saturday night’s Peach Blossom Special for the PASS South Super Late Models at Anderson Motor Speedway. Rowe held off rookies Zane Smith and Jared Fryar to snap a winless streak dating back to November, 2013 when he won the North-South Shootout at Caraway Speedway.

“It was cat-and-mouse the whole race and on the restart I got out in front, I was just trying to keep the 77 [Smith] 2-3 car lengths behind,” said Rowe, after his 9th career PASS South Super Late Model win. “We stayed here till 8:30 last night working on a skip we had in the engine and I can’t thank my guys enough. It took me by surprise when [Smith] got up on the outside, but it’s tough. These kids are pretty fun to race with and coming to the checkers like that was pretty cool. ”

Jared Irvan paced the field in qualifying with a lap of 88. 074 miles per hour to capture his third career quick qualifying time. After the top 10 qualifiers redraw, Irvan and second fasted qualifier Jody Measamer swapped spots to lead the field to green for the 125 lapper.

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Tyler Church Bets the House to Take PASS South Opener at Dillon

DILLON, SC (March 7) – Defending Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model Champion Tyler Church took the lead from Jody Measamer with 23 laps to go and withstood a late-race restart to win the 10th Annual South Carolina Clash 125Saturday night at Dillon Motor Speedway. Earlier in the day, Church revealed that anything less than a win could prove to be a premature ending to the 2015 season for the family financed team.

“That was a wild race, that was tough,” said an emotional Church in victory lane. “We borrowed money against the house just so we could be here to race…and I’m going racing again. On that last restart I didn’t want to let up until I got back up front and, dadgum, we’ve come this far and I was going to win this race.”

In qualifying, last year’s championship runner-up, Cole Timm, captured his first career PASS South quick qualifying time with a lap of 90.766 miles per hour around the egg-shaped, 4/10 mile speedway. After the top 10 qualifiers redraw, Tate Fogleman and Roger Lee Newton moved up to the front row, while Timm would slot back in the fourth starting position.
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PASS South Season Set to Roll Off Saturday At Dillon

CHARLOTTE, NC (March 3) – The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Models are prepped and ready to go as the series prepares to kick off its 10th anniversary season this Saturday afternoon at Dillon Motor Speedway.  For the fourth time in the last seven years, the South Carolina Clash at Dillon Motor Speedway will be the first race of 15 in a season that stretches through November for the PASS South Super Late Models and PASS Pro Late Models.

Dillon Motor Speedway’s 4/10 mile, egg-shaped layout always presents a tough challenge to PASS competitors, but has provided many memorable finishes.  In 2013, Austin Theriault used lapped traffic to his advantage to take the lead from Preston Peltier in the final corner and win in the closest finish in PASS South history.  And, last year, Daniel Hemric passed Cole Timm with a handful of laps to go to take his first ever South Carolina Clash win.

After a stellar season in 2014, Timm comes back to Dillon looking for redemption and, not only as a favorite for the win, but as a seasoned veteran seeking his first championship.  Likewise, last year’s PASS South Super Late Model champion, Tyler Church, who has always ran well at Dillon, hopes to capture his first series win since taking the checkered flag at Ace Speedway last May.

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PASS Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory to Air Live on 51 TV

Naples, ME (3/2/15) – The Easter Bunny 150 has been a marquee Pro All Stars Series (PASS) event since its inception in 2006. The event has brought the top short track talents from North, South and everywhere in between to the historic Hickory Motor Speedway. Fans and racers alike have relished the ability to race or take in the sights of a prestigious race at the historic facility in Hickory, NC .

Now, for the first time in the event’s 10-year history, fans everywhere will be able to witness the prestige and aura of the Easter Bunny 150 live on Saturday, April 4.

Officials from PASS and 51 TV, the online video streaming network by Speed51.com, announced today that the 10th Annual Easter Bunny 150 can be viewed live via a streaming broadcast provided by 51 TV.
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PASS Racer Spotlight: Matt Murphy Honors MLK’s Dream Through Racing

CHARLOTTE, NC (January 19) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Pro Late Model racer Matt Murphy draws inspiration, as do many others like him, through the words and example of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  But for many, the 14-year-old aspiring race car driver from Charlotte, NC is himself an inspiration.

Murphy started out racing Go Karts and Junior Dragsters when he was just 6 –years-old before eventually moving up in to the Bandolero division.  Now in his second year racing PASS Pro Late Models, Murphy showed great improvement in 2014, finishing third in overall points with six top 5 finishes, including a career best third place finish at Dillon Motor Speedway last March.  As the 2014 season wound down, Murphy was consistently challenging for top five finishes thanks, in large part, to a collaborative effort between Crew Chief Michael Rouse, Dean Clattenberg, and Bill Pink, along with New Day Motorsports’ Jeff Day and Brandon Ward.  Those results have Murphy firmly focused on a singular goal in 2015…winning.

“Our plan for this year is to win a championship,” said Murphy.  “Our performance really picked up at the end of last season.  I’m really looking forward to racing at Southern National again and can’t wait to hit one of the new tracks on the schedule for 2015, Concord Speedway.”

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PASS Returning to Ace Speedway in 2015 for Labor Day Classic

Madhouse Modifieds, PASS Pro Lates, And USAC Eastern Midgets Complete Labor Day Racing Card

2015AceSpeedwayLogoCHARLOTTE, NC (January 16) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials, along with representatives of Short Track Management, are pleased to announce the return of the PASS South Super Late Model and PASS Pro Late Model divisions to Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, NC in 2015. The 4th Running of the Labor Day Classic at Ace Speedway will take place on Labor Day afternoon, Monday, September 7, 2015. In addition to PASS, the Madhouse Modifieds, which are featured at the legendary Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC, will compete in Twin 25 lap features under Stadium rules and on Stadium tires. The USAC Eastern Midgets will complete the entertaining Labor Day afternoon festivities of racing at Ace Speedway.

309-PASS South Print Logo“We’re really glad to be returning to Ace Speedway in 2015 for this exciting card of racing on Labor Day,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry. “Ace always provides great fender-to-fender action and has some of the best fans in short track racing. We’re really glad to partner with Bill [Catania] and all the folks at Short Track Management as they begin their new venture at Ace Speedway.”

Short Track Management CEO Bill Catania recently acquired the lease to promote events at Ace Speedway in 2015 and has been a long-time competitor in the PASS South Super Late Model division. Catania finished 10th in PASS South Super Late Model points in 2012 and is excited to have PASS featured as the biggest event of the season at Ace Speedway.

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PASS Finalizes 2015 South Super Late Model and Pro Late Model Dates

CHARLOTTE, NC (November 24) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced today that the 2015 schedules have been finalized for both the PASS South Super Late Model and PASS Pro Late Model divisions.  With 15 dates confirmed, including a final event to be added in October, the PASS South Super Late Models will compete at 11 different venues in 4 states over the course of the 2015 season.

“Due to some circumstances out of our control, we had to move a couple of dates around and wanted to get our schedule finalized as quickly as possible so our teams can start planning for next year,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry.  “We believe this is one of the strongest schedules we have ever put together and are excited about the possibilities 2015 presents for the South’s top Super and Pro Late Models.”

The PASS South Super Late Models and PASS Pro Late Models will now compete at both Anderson Motor Speedway in South Carolina and the Caraway Speedway in North Carolina twice each in 2015.  Anderson Motor Speedway will host both PASS divisions on Saturday, March 21, featuring a 150 lap event for the PASS South Super Late Models.  This is in addition to the previously announced Electric City 125 that will be held at Anderson on Friday night, June 19.

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PASS Finalizes 2015 South Super Late Model & Pro Late Model Dates

CHARLOTTE, NC (November 24) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced today that the 2015 schedules have been finalized for both the PASS South Super Late Model and PASS Pro Late Model divisions.  With 15 dates confirmed, including a final event to be added in October, the PASS South Super Late Models will compete at 11 different venues in 4 states over the course of the 2015 season.

“Due to some circumstances out of our control, we had to move a couple of dates around and wanted to get our schedule finalized as quickly as possible so our teams can start planning for next year,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry.  “We believe this is one of the strongest schedules we have ever put together and are excited about the possibilities 2015 presents for the South’s top Super and Pro Late Models.”

The PASS South Super Late Models and PASS Pro Late Models will now compete at both Anderson Motor Speedway in South Carolina and the Caraway Speedway in North Carolina twice each in 2015. Anderson Motor Speedway will host both PASS divisions on Saturday, March 21, featuring a 150 lap event for the PASS South Super Late Models.  This is in addition to the previously announced Electric City 125 that will be held at Anderson on Friday night, June 19.

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Hickory Motor Speedway Releases 2015 Schedule

Nov. 7, 2014 – Newton, NC — Hickory Motor Speedway has just released their schedule for the 2015 race season, and it is packed full of excitement.  The Historic Race Track will open up their 65th season of racing on March 7, 2015 with the ZLOOP Spring Classic, and the track will once again be headlined each week with the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bojangles’ Late Models.

Paramount KIA has renewed their sponsorship of the popular Paramount KIA “Big 10” Racing Challenge, which provides 10 races with 100-lap feature events that provide additional purse money and a points championship of its own.

Hickory Motor Speedway will continue promoting events for the Limited Late Models, Street Stocks, Super Trucks, 4-Cylinders, Renegades and the Sportsman Racing Classics during their weekly events.

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Super Late Model Racing’s Best Prepare for Mason Dixon Meltdown at Southern National

CHARLOTTE, NC (November 7) – As has been customary for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model division, the season will once again conclude with the running of the 9th Annual Mason Dixon Meltdown on Saturday, November 15 at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, NC.  Some of the best short trackers from Canada to Florida are busily preparing their machines for what will be, for many of them, the final race of a long campaign.  One driver looking to cap off a pretty stellar 2014 season is Worcester, Massachusetts’s native Derek Ramstrom.  During the late summer and early fall, Ramstrom went to victory lane in two of New England’s most prestigious events, the PASS 300 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway and the World Series of Stock Car Racing at Thompson Speedway in Connecticut.  Following a successful 5th place outing with the Petit Motorsports team last weekend at Caraway Speedway’s North-South Shootout, Ramstrom is encouraged to return to his family owned team for another outing at Southern National.

“I love running the tracks down South,” said Ramstrom.  “There a lot different from the tracks in the Northeast.  They’ve got more banking, they’re a lot faster.  I definitely love to come down here.”

It would seem that the bigger events on the short track calendar have played in Ramstrom’s favor in recent years.  This year’s Mason Dixon Meltdown at Southern National Raceway Park is expected to have one of the biggest car counts of the season and to attract some of North America’s best racers.  And, at 200 green flag laps and with the option to change two tires at lap 125, Ramstrom is hoping his past experiences in big events will play out with a win in the Meltdown.

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PASS Releases 2015 Pro Late Model Schedule

 CHARLOTTE, NC (October 21) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced today a schedule of at least 12 PASS Pro Late Model events for the upcoming 2015 season. Each PASS Pro Late Model event in 2015 will be in conjunction with the PASS South Super Late Model division. Most events will be 50 laps in length and will continue under the same format that was utilized this season.

“The PASS Pro Late Model division has proven to be a great stepping stone for drivers looking to eventually make the move up to PASS South,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry. “Having the PASS Pro Late Models as a companion event to most of our PASS South Super Late Model races sets up a great weekend of action for our fans. We have several new teams planning to join the series next year and are excited about the potential growth of the PASS Pro Late Model division in 2015.”

The PASS Pro Late Model season will begin on Saturday, March 7 at Dillon Motor Speedway and conclude with the final of two events at Hickory Motor Speedway as part of the Mason Dixon Meltdown weekend of action on Saturday, November 21. Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, NC will host the PASS Pro Late Model division the most of any track in 2015 with three events. Additional PASS Pro Late Model events will be held at Myrtle Beach Speedway, Concord Speedway, Anderson Motor Speedway, Greenville-Pickens Speedway, and tentatively at Orange County Speedway.

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Christopher Bell Makes Impressive Debut With PASS South Win At Orange County

ROUGEMONT, NC (October 18) – Making only his second start in an asphalt stock car, Oklahoma’s Christopher Bell dominated the second half of the Orange County 150 presented by CV Products Saturday night at Orange County Speedway for his first career Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model win.  The victory was the second of the 2014 PASS season for the Kyle Busch Motorsports team to go along with a win by Busch at Canada’s Autodrome Chaudière in August.

 “This is just unbelievable to come out here and run with John Hunter Nemechek and all of these guys and come out on top,” said Bell after scoring the win in his PASS South Super Late Model debut.  “I can’t thank all of my guys enough.  They took me racing for the first time a few weeks ago and I really struggled.  But, they believed in me and stuck with me and now here we are.”

 In qualifying, Preston Peltier took his fourth straight quick qualifying time with a lap of 97.248 miles per hour around the high banked, 3/8 mile speedway.  In the top 10 qualifiers redraw, Jared Irvan moved to the pole position with Bell flanked alongside and Peltier moving back to start fourth.

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Peltier Makes It Three-In-A-Row with PASS South Win at Hickory

HICKORY, NC (August 16) — Preston Peltier took the lead with five laps to go from race long dominator Tyler Dippel and held on for his third straight Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model win in the Over The Mountain 150 Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway. The win increases Peltier’s All-Time series wins total to 13, the most in PASS South history.

“Tyler [Dippel] just kept pushing me higher and higher into the loose stuff on that last restart, but I finally got a good enough run coming off turn two that I was able to clear him and get the win,” said Peltier after his fifth PASS South Super Late Model win at Hickory since 2010. “I don’t know what it is about this place, but we’ve got a really good setup and the breaks just seem to fall our way in the end.”

In qualifying, Peltier edged out PASS South Super Late Model points leader Tyler Church for his 17th career quick qualifying time and third straight at Hickory in the Over The Mountain 150. Peltier’s good fortune continued in the top 10 qualifiers redraw when he drew pill number one to start from the pole position in the Robert Hamke-owned Dodge Challenger.

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Setzer Seeking Hometown Glory in PASS South Start at Hickory

CHARLOTTE, NC (September 17) – Entering the 2014 Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model campaign, Brandon Setzer had high hopes for success. But the season did not start out the way he had hoped. Motor problems at Greenville-Pickens and Hickory, coupled with an accident at Dillon, had Setzer mired far back in the standings. But a mid-season switch from his family owned team to the potent Dick Woodman Racing entry saw Setzer score back-to-back podium finishes at Ace and Southern National. Since then, Setzer has returned to the family team and the good runs have continued. He now sits seventh in PASS South Super Late Model points, just 34 points out of the top five as the series prepares for this weekend’s Over The Mountain 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway.

Hickory Motor Speedway means a lot to the Setzer family. Brandon’s dad, Dennis, parlayed Late Model Stock track championships there in 1983 and 1992 into a successful tenure in the Busch and Truck Series. Likewise, Brandon got his start at Hickory Motor Speedway, learning his craft in the track’s Late Model Supertruck and Limited Late Model divisions. Making his third PASS South Super Late Model start at the track this weekend, Setzer feels the ingredients are right for the team to score its first victory.

“To get a win at Hickory would be huge and that’s what we’re working towards,” said Setzer, driver of the Romeo Guest Construction/The Jewelry Exchange Ford #6. “We’re putting extra effort into Hickory. We want to run good everywhere, but we really want to run well at there. We were disappointed with our last race at Hickory and we’re looking forward to going back there again.”
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PASS Finalizes Dates for South Super Late Models and Pro Late Models

 CHARLOTTE, NC — Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced today that 2014 dates have been finalized for the PASS South Super Late Models and PASS Pro Late Models. Both divisions will return to Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, NC on Friday night, May 9. It will mark the first time PASS has raced at Ace since 2011. Both divisions will also return for a second trip in 2014 to Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, NC on Saturday night, October 18.

Additionally, the November dates have been set as the PASS South Super Late Models will return to Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, NC for the 12th Annual North-South Shootout October 31-November 1. And, both the PASS South Super Late Models and PASS Pro Late Models will conclude their seasons at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, NC on Saturday, November 15, one week earlier than previously announced.

With the finalization of these dates, the PASS South Super Late Models will race 17 times for the first time in series history. The PASS Pro Late Models will race a total of 13 times in 2014, all of which will be companion events to the PASS South Super Late Model division.

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Church Dominates for Mason-Dixon Meltdown Win in PASS South Finale

LUCAMA, NC — Tyler Church led 120 of the 200 laps that made up the 8th Annual Mason Dixon Meltdown for a dominant win Saturday afternoon at Southern National Motorsports Park in the 2013 season finale for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Models. The win marked a strong final third of the season that saw Church also claim his first career PASS South Super Late Model win back in September at Hickory Motor Speedway.

“I’ve always wanted to win somewhere other than Hickory and Tri-County, we’ve won up there quite a bit in the Limiteds, but finally we were able to win somewhere else,” said Church in victory lane. “It’s really not sunk in yet. This place is really cool and I can’t believe we were able to win the Meltdown.”

The afternoon began with Church just missing out on the track record as he claimed his first quick time in a PASS South Super Late Model with a lap of 97.337 miles per hour. It was obvious after the PASS South redraw that Church not only had speed, but he also had luck on his side, drawing pill number one to start from the pole for the Mason Dixon Meltdown.

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Meltdown This Weekend; PASS Releases Tentative Schedules for South Super Late Models and Pro Late Models

  • Marquee events to include 9th Annual Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway, 9th Annual Mason Dixon Meltdown at Southern National Motorsports Park and 12th Annual North-South Shootout at Caraway Speedway.
  • Season kicks off with return to New Smyrna Speedway in February for Winter Meltdown.
  • Series will return to Greenville-Pickens Speedway for the first time since 2010 for two events.

CHARLOTTE, NC — Excitement continues to build as one of the most anticipated short track events of the fall, the 8th Annual Mason Dixon Meltdown, gets set to run this weekend at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, NC. The Meltdown will feature a 200 lap event for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models that will determine both the PASS National and PASS South champions.

PASS National points leader Jay Fogleman leads southern frontrunners Kyle Grissom, Spencer Davis, Jody Measamer, Trevor Noles, John Batten, Tyler Church and others against a formidable group of challengers from New England led by Ben Rowe, Joey Doiron, Joey Polewarczyk, Kyle Desouza, Derek Ramstrom, and Steve Legendre.

An event creating nearly as much buzz as the PASS Super Late Model race will be a 30 lapper for the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Cars. It will be the first time winged sprints cars with 410 cubic inch engines have raced on asphalt in North Carolina since 1989. The Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Cars will make an all-out assault on the overall track record at Southern National Motorsports Park and will feature such open wheel stars as Jimmy McCune, Brian Gerster, Davey Hamilton, Jr., Troy Decaire, Kody Swanson and Brian Tyler.

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Revitalized Mason Dixon Meltdown has Racers Excited Heading to Southern National

CHARLOTTE, NC  — Since 2006, Pro All Stars Series (PASS) competitors have been excited to cap off their racing season with the traditional fall running of the Mason Dixon Meltdown. Though the venue has shifted throughout the years, the one thing that has remained constant is the thrilling short track action that has gone on year in and year out.

This year’s 8th Annual Mason Dixon Meltdown will give the event a slight reboot as it moves to the Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, NC.
The high-banked 4/10 mile oval has long been a favorite of Super Late Model competitors from all over the country and the 200 lap contest should provide quite a challenge for the Nation’s top short track stars. Both the PASS National and PASS South Super Late Model champions will be crowned at Southern National as will be the PASS Pro Late Model division’s top driver.

John Batten is a two-time Super Late Model track champion at Southern National and is enjoying his best season since starting with PASS in 2006. The Nashville, NC veteran currently sits fourth in points on the strength of fourth place finishes at Caraway Speedway in May and Orange County Speedway in October. With momentum clearly on his side, Batten would love nothing better than to score his first PASS South win at his home track in one of the biggest races of the season.

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Fogleman Takes Wild PASS South Win at Home Track in Orange Blossom Special

ROUGEMONT, NC — Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model points leader Jay Fogleman took one step closer to the championship by winning a wild 8th Annual Orange Blossom Special at Orange County Speedway Saturday night. The win was Fogleman’s 9th career PASS South Super Late Model win, but his first at Orange County Speedway, the track he began his racing career at over 30 years ago.

“The pace was all over the place tonight, it was real hard to back up and ride because everybody was going so hard around us,” said Fogleman in victory lane. “Just glad to get a win here for all the people that have supported us over the years at this place. It’s really nice to finally win one here, we’ve lost a couple.”

Throughout the afternoon, eyes were focused on the heavy overcast skies above Orange County Speedway as there was some doubt if the race would even get started. But, after a very slight delay which saw practice start about 10 minutes late, focus quickly shifted to qualifying and race preparation. In qualifying, John Hunter Nemecheck sped to his first career PASS South quick time with a lap of 97.157 miles per hour. After the customary top 10 qualifiers redraw, Nemechek would slide back to the fifth starting position while Jody Measamer and Derek Ramstrom moved to the front row for the start. However, Ramstrom and seventh place starter Daniel Hemric would have problems on the pace laps and neither driver would be able to make a single lap in the 150 lap feature.

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$20 a Carload Offer to Greet PASS Fans at Orange County

CHARLOTTE, NC — After a long season for fans and competitors that began back in March, the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) will be giving back to their fans at Orange County Speedway. PASS Fan Appreciation will offer $20 a car load admission for up to four adults per car at the upcoming 8th Annual Orange Blossom Special on Saturday, October 19th featuring 150 laps of intense action for the PASS South Super Late Models. Any additional adults in a vehicle with more than four adults will only be charged $5 more per person. Always innovative, PASS was the first short track racing sanctioning body in the country to make this opportunity available back in 2010 at Orange County Speedway.

“We felt like Orange County Speedway was the perfect place to make this offer available to our fans who have supported us all season long,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry. “Orange County has proven to be an ideal facility for the PASS South Super Late Models and we expect this year’s Orange Blossom Special to be one of the biggest yet.”

One driver particularly looking forward to the Orange Blossom Special is third generation racer, Tate Fogleman. His grandfather, Kent, and father, current PASS South points leader Jay Fogleman, both started their careers in racing at Orange County Speedway. Living in nearby Durham, NC, Tate Fogleman has accumulated more laps of testing and racing Bandoleros and PASS Pro Late Models at Orange County than any other track on the PASS South schedule. However, this year’s Orange Blossom Special will be the 13-year-old driver’s first opportunity to race the much faster PASS South Super Late Models at his home track. PASS Fan Appreciation will give Tate the chance to compete in front of a great crowd of friends and family.

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