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.