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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