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Southern National PASS South Event Cancelled Due to Excessive Heat and Thunderstorms

CHARLOTTE, NC (July 13) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced today that Saturday night’s Southern National 150 for the PASS South Super Late Models at Southern National Motorsports Park has been canceled due to extreme heat and expected strong thunderstorms.   With temperatures expected to be in the high 90s this weekend and a forecast predicting a 70 percent chance of strong thunderstorms on Saturday, the decision was made to cancel the Southern National event now to save teams and fans money that might be incurred for travel. PASS will evaluate schedules to see if the event can be made up at a later date.

The next PASS South Super Late Model event will be at South Boston Speedway on Saturday, August 12th.  Entry forms for PASS races at Star Speedway and Oxford Plains Speedway are currently posted at ProAllStarsSeries.com.

The Pro All Stars Series is recognized as North America’s premier sanctioning body for asphalt Super Late Models and boasts such marquee events as the Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway and PASS South’s Easter Bunny 150 and Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway.  For technical information concerning all PASS divisions please send questions topassracing@roadrunner.com.  For media or marketing questions, please contact Alan Dietz at 704-231-2039 oralandietzpass@live.com.  And, don’t forget to “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.

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PASS Releases Entry Form and Schedule for $15,000 to Win MegaMeltdown at Hickory

NAPLES, ME (May 9) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced today that Super Late Model entry forms and the complete weekend schedule for November’s Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300 at Hickory Motor Speedway are now available online at ProAllStarsSeries.com.  The MegaMeltdown will go green on Saturday afternoon, November 18 at 3 PM and will serve as the final race of 2017, crowning both the PASS National Champion and PASS South Super Late Model Champion.  Teams can save money towards their entry with an early entry discount available until August 1.

The Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300 will be bigger than ever in 2017, featuring more laps, more money, and the chance for teams to employ pit strategy.  The PASS Super Late Models will compete for 300 green flag laps, with $15,000 up for grabs for the winner and $1000 to start.  With additional lap leader bonus money, the winner could take home over $22,000. 

Teams will also have the opportunity to make live pit stops during the course of the event and will have the option to change up to six tires throughout the race.  And, similar to the Oxford 250, since caution laps will not count, teams can avoid the pressure of having to bring in “specialized” pit crews.  The Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300 continues to build on PASS’s rich history of racing Super Late Models in the south, which has seen this event, originally billed as the Meltdown starting in 2006, held at such tracks as South Boston Speedway, Concord Speedway, and Southern National Motorsports Park.  The more expanded MegaMeltdown joins another PASS-sanctioned event, the Oxford 250, as one of two of the highest paying short track races in the country, with combined purses of nearly $200,000.

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PASS South Super Lates Headline Full Slate Of Friday Night Action at Caraway

CHARLOTTE, NC (May 2) – Southeast race fans are in for a treat Friday night at Caraway Speedway as the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Models and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series compete in a full evening of racing action.  The Caraway 125 will see the South’s original Super Late Models return for race five of the 2017 season on Friday night at Caraway, along with the NASCAR Late Model Stocks, Limited Late Models, Chargers, and Mini Stocks.

Sanford, NC’s Jody Measamer is a driver that knows Caraway Speedway well.  Measamer grew up working on the cars of legendary short tracker racer, Tom Usry, at Caraway and other tracks throughout the Carolinas.  Eventually, Measamer took his place behind the wheel at Caraway Speedway and it has been very good to him throughout his racing career. 

“Caraway is a tough place,” says Measamer, driver of the Solid Rock Carriers/CRF Chassis Chevrolet #98.  “It’s where I won my first car race and championship in a 4-Cylinder Modified.  “It’s also the place where I won my first Supertruck race and I’ve been fortunate to win a lot of truck races at Caraway.”

Measamer has come to Caraway with PASS with equally high expectations the last two years.  In 2015, he was involved in an incident on lap one that saw him get into the wall.  Despite heavy damage, Measamer’s crew worked on the car throughout the race, making multiple pit stops, still soldiering home to a third place finish.  Last year, he ran up front all night long and finished fourth.  Needless to say, hopes are again high for Friday night as Measamer seeks his first career PASS South Super Late Model victory.

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PASS Statement Regarding Raphael Lessard Disqualification at Hickory  

CHARLOTTE, NC (April 19) – Following Saturday night’s Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway, driver of the #99, Raphael Lessard, was disqualified due to the inappropriate actions of his crew chief/spotter, Seth Smith, following the event.  The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) would like to further clarify what transpired leading to the disqualification.

First, Lessard was warned and fined $500 for intentionally spinning the #89 car driven by Lee Hansard on lap 59.  Mr. Hansard is a veteran of short track racing in the southeast and has competed with PASS on a limited basis for over 10 years.  While Lessard was battling for the lead, Mr. Hansard was racing hard to stay on the lead lap when he was unnecessarily tagged from behind by the #99 car. (See Attached Video)

Second, on the ensuing restart, Preston Peltier passed Lessard on the track for the lead when the caution immediately waved for a crash by Dawson Cram on the front straightaway. The #99 team incorrectly assumed that PASS reverts to the last completed lap in scoring.  Lessard passed Peltier under caution, was told to give the position back, and was again warned and fined $500 for illegally passing under yellow.
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PASS: Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory

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Preston Peltier won the Easter Bunny 150 Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway in Newton, NC in PASS South/National action.

Peltier Edges Rowe for 4th Easter Bunny 150 Triumph at Hickory

HICKORY, NC (April 15) – Preston Peltier survived a three lap scramble to the checkered flag to edge out Ben Rowe for his fourth Easter Bunny 150 win Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway. Peltier’s seventh win at Hickory and 15th overall Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model win ended a two-year winless drought dating back to the 2015 Easter Bunny 150.

“Three to go when that last caution came out, I thought, oh man, here we go again,” said Peltier, driver of the Roger Newton Concrete Finishing Chevrolet #33. “My tires really weren’t the best there at the end, but I’ve got to thank Ben [Rowe] because he really could have used me up. It’s funny how life works out and right now, life’s pretty good.”

In qualifying, Peltier just beat out Kyle Busch with a lap of 14.752 seconds (88.584 MPH) for his 21st career quick qualifying time in PASS. After the top 10 qualifiers redraw, Peltier would move back to the sixth starting position, while Raphael Lessard and Derek Griffith would move up to the front row.

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Strongest Field in Years Set to Tackle Hickory’s Easter Bunny 150 this Weekend

CHARLOTTE, NC (April 11) – The best short track racers from across North America will once again be descending on Hickory Motor Speedway this weekend as they seek to claim the checkered flag in the 12th Annual Easter Bunny 150.  Super Late Model racers have flocked to the legendary speedway nestled in the North Carolina Piedmont since 2006.  The “Bunny” has become an Easter weekend tradition for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models and this year’s race has added importance.  In addition to being part of the PASS National Championship Series, the Easter Bunny 150 will serve as a major tune up for November’s Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300, which will pay $15,000 to the winner.   Likewise, fans of short track racing recognize the Easter Bunny 150 as one of the sport’s premier races, thanks in large part to the star-studded field of drivers the event attracts year after year.

Names like Rowe, Lawler, Williams, Naase, Grissom, and Shaw have all visited victory lane in the Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory.  And, only former national champions, Ben Rowe and Preston Peltier, have achieved victory in racing’s ultimate Easter egg hunt more than once.  But, even with the best the sport has to offer coming to duke it out against one another, it is a homegrown product of Hickory Motor Speedway that some have circled on their entry lists as an early favorite.

Former PASS South Super Late Model champion, Tyler Church, is actually from Hickory, NC.  He started as a fan attending races at Hickory Motor Speedway and, after becoming a racecar driver, became a top contender in the track’s Limited Late Model division.  Church became an immediate frontrunner with PASS, scoring an emotional win in the 2013 Over The Mountain 150 at Hickory.  A win made even more special in that it came in front of longtime fans, family, and friends that had supported his journey up the racing ladder.  And, by the fact, that his late mother is buried in the cemetery which overlooks the historic speedway.  Now, Church is hoping to get a rash of bad luck behind him with some home cooking this weekend.

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Cornett-Ching Set for PASS North Debut at Thompson

Sarah Cornett-Ching of Summerland, BC will make her PASS North Super Late Model debut at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park next weekend.

“I’ve been watching lots of videos on YouTube and trying to do some studying up,” Cornett-Ching said. “So, I hopefully have kind of a good idea before we get there. … It’s definitely gonna be a new experience but I’m really excited. That place looks wicked fun.”

She will visit Beech Ridge Motor Speedway and Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine ahead of the Oxford 250.

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Easter Bunny 150 Tradition Continues on Speed51.com’s Live Stream

Concord, N.C. — The Easter Bunny won’t be the only one hopping during Easter weekend at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC).  Super Late Models from the Pro All Stars Series will be hopping around the historic 3/8-mile North Carolina race track during the 12th annual Easter Bunny 150 on April 15.
 
For the third straight year, race fans worldwide will be to watch the race via a live pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51.com powered by JEGS.  (Click Here to Order)
 
Featuring Super Late Model racers from both the north and south, the Easter Bunny 150 has become one of the most prestigious annual PASS events. Each year, the race draws a talented field of drivers hoping to celebrate their Easter weekend with a victory at the “Birthplace of NASCAR stars.”

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Craig Prevails in Wild PASS Super Late Model Return to Orange County

ROUGEMONT, NC (March 25) – Matt Craig came out on top of a controversial last lap battle that saw both he and third finisher Preston Peltier slap the wall to win the 10th Running of the Orange Blossom Special on Saturday night at Orange County Speedway.  Craig’s second straight Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model win also guarantees him a starting spot in the 44th Annual Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine.

“Our car was really good, but we got really loose when it was time to go,” said Craig, driver of the C&C Boilers Sales & Service Chevrolet #54.  “I’ve raced with Preston [Peltier] for a long time and I knew if I would have stayed on the outside on the last lap, it wouldn’t have been any different than what I did.  I don’t feel bad about it.  He’s raced me dirty and I’ve raced him dirty, that’s how we get along.”

For Peltier, with the chance to end a nearly two-year winless drought in PASS dating back to the 2015 Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway, coming up short was a hard pill to swallow.

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Watch the PASS Orange Blossom Special Saturday on Speed51.com

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For the first time since the 2014 season, the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Models will be returning to Orange County Speedway (NC) on Saturday, March 25 for the original Orange Blossom Special.  
While there will be nothing like being at the track to watch the exciting racing on the 3/8-mile, high-banked oval, Speed51.com and PASS officials are pleased to announce that the race will be broadcast live on Speed51.com for those who can’t make it to the track.

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Fogleman, Armstrong, and Joey “Pole” Among Contenders for PASS Return to Orange County

CHARLOTTE, NC (March 22) – Any time the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) National Championship Super Late Models come to Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, NC, there is always excitement.  The high-banked, 3/8 mile speedway has hosted some of the series most competitive races since 2006 and returns to the schedule for the first time in nearly three years this Saturday night.  It is a favorite stop for both fans and drivers alike when the south’s original Super Late Model series comes to town.  But for 16-year-old PASS Super Late Model driver Tate Fogleman, there might just be a little extra incentive to perform well in the 10th Running of the Orange Blossom Special.

Being from nearby Durham, NC, Fogleman grew up in the shadows of Orange County Speedway.  Both his grandfather, Kent, and father, two-time PASS National Champion, Jay Fogleman, have raced and won at Orange County.  So naturally, anytime the Foglemans race there, it attracts a lot of family and friends.

“I’m very excited to get home to Orange County,” said Tate Fogleman, driver of the Solid Rock Carriers Ford #8.  “I love the atmosphere of the track when PASS goes there.  Orange County is also one of my favorite tracks to drive on, so I can’t wait to get back there.”

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Farrington Poised to Continue PASS Title Run at Orange County

CHARLOTTE, NC (March 15) – In his young career, Maine’s Dave Farrington, Jr. has found quite a bit of success racing locally in his home state. The 24-year-old is a race winner and champion at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Maine and has been a consistent front-runner competing in a limited schedule of ACT Late Model events in recent years. But now, thanks in part to an offseason shoulder surgery for former series champion, Jay Fogleman, and an unfortunate snowmobile accident for Trevor Sanborn, Farrington will team with the Woodman Racing team to compete for both the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) National and South Super Late Model championships. The duo’s next race together will be the upcoming Orange Blossom Special at Orange County Speedway on Saturday, March 25.

“We watched Dave race last year with PASS at Concord and again this season at Dillon in his own car and we were impressed with how he gets the most out of his equipment,” said car owner, Dick Woodman. “We contacted Dave and tested at Hickory a few weeks ago and that went real well. We have always been fortunate to have real good drivers in our cars, blue collar guys, who grew up racing and want to race until they are old and gray, and Dave fits that mold.”

For Farrington, it is the opportunity of a lifetime. A chance to still compete in his family-owned cars in New England, while joining the Woodmans and sponsors Energy Dynamics, Cribbs Creek Outfitters and Plants Seafood, for a chance at two of the biggest titles in Super Late Model racing.

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PASS South Title Contenders Prepare for Orange County Return

CHARLOTTE, NC (March 8) – As Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model racers from across the Carolinas prepare for the series long awaited return to Orange County Speedway on Saturday, March 25th, a great championship battle is heating up following the first two races of the season.  Heading into the upcoming “Original” Orange Blossom Special, points leader Bradley McCaskill and former PASS South champions, Matt Craig and Tate Fogleman, are only separated by two points.  As a matter of fact, the top 11 drivers in points only have 42 points between them.
Following his recent win in the Dogwood 150 at Southern National Motorsports Park, Matt Craig looks forward to the next stop for a number of reasons, including the opportunity to get a guaranteed starting spot in the 44th Annual Oxford 250 with a win and a shot at the $25,000 top prize come last weekend in August.

“It was good to win with the new style Hamke car and be the first one to win with it,” says Craig.  “We broke something at Dillon and we just nursed it to the finish, so we know we have good speed.”

After a tight battle throughout the season in 2016 with Kodie Conner, Craig was able to prevail and capture the championship.  But, he knows it will be no easy task to become the first two-time winner of the South’s oldest Super Late Model championship.
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Craig Dominates Southern National for 2nd Career PASS South Victory

LUCAMA, NC (March 4) – Defending Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model champion, Matt Craig captured the lead from Spencer Davis on lap 16 and never looked back en route to his second career series win in the Dogwood 150 Saturday afternoon at Southern National Motorsports Park.  Following his win, Craig laid down a challenge amidst a furious chassis builder battle going on in the South’s oldest Super Late Model tour.

“This was just an awesome car and I can’t thank my crew enough for all the hard work they put in to it,” said Craig, driver of the C&C Boilers Sales & Service Chevrolet.  “Everybody thinks the Furys are the best, but they just got waxed by a brand new Hamke.  We struggled a bit at Dillon, but we’ve got it figured out.  He [Noles] got us on a restart, but I laid the hammer down off two and cruised from there.”

In qualifying, Craig just missed out on the track record to claim his first career PASS quick qualifying time with a speed of 97.853miles per hour.  Following the top 10 qualifiers redraw, Craig would start third, while Davis and Tanner Thorson moved to the front row.

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Dogwood 300 Doubleheader On Tap for PASS Return to Southern National

CHARLOTTE, NC (March 2) – As the thermometer rises, so does the excitement level of eastern North Carolina race fans as the “Big Boys With The Bad Fast Toys” head back to Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, NC.  This Saturday afternoon’s Dogwood 300 will see the South’s original Super Late Model tour compete for 150 laps, along with a 150 lapper for the NASCAR Late Model Stock cars.  It also marks the return of the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Models to Southern National for the first time since 2014.  PASS will be the exclusive sanction for Super Late Models at Southern National with another event scheduled for July 15. 

To show how tough the high-banked, 4/10 mile speedway is, look no further than the record books and some of those who came away with checkered flags at Southern National in the past.  Freddie Query won the inaugural event in 2006 and Ben Rowe in 2009, two of the best to ever race Super Late Models.

In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, drivers like former PASS regular, John Batten, as well as John Jones, Shelton McNair, and others were the men to beat when it came to Super Late Model racing at Southern National.  But, as car counts in the region began to struggle, PASS President Tom Mayberry stepped up to create the South’s original Super Late Model tour with tracks like Southern National, Hickory Motor Speedway, and Orange County Speedway coming on board.

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Bradley McCaskill in Unexpected Position for PASS Return to Southern National

CHARLOTTE, NC (February 22) – In the early 2000s, the ranks of Super Late Model racing in the southeast were shrinking.  The few tracks that featured the division, which included Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, NC, were eliminating them and there was not a series for teams to follow.  By the winter of 2005, Pro All Stars Series (PASS) President Tom Mayberry decided to take a big risk in expanding his sanctioning body that was already finding success in New England.  When the inaugural PASS South Super Late Model season was announced in 2006, the second race that inaugural year was at Southern National and was won by the legendary Freddie Query.  Now, 11 years later, PASS South continues as the oldest and most successful Super Late Model sanction in the region, and fittingly, returns to Southern National for the first time in two years, along with the NASCAR Late Model Stocks, for the Dogwood 300 on Saturday afternoon, March 4.

One of the drivers who came on board to support PASS virtually from the beginning was Knightdale, NC’s Bradley McCaskill.  In 2008 and 2009, McCaskill competed for the championship, with a best point finish of 10th in 2009.  As he settled down to start a family, he stepped back to compete closer to home in the Limited Late Model and Late Model Stock divisions.  But, with his own graphics business that worked closely with many PASS teams, McCaskill was never too far from the series that he got his start.

“I love the series, it has a lot of great people involved and a lot of great teams, and PASS has always had really strong competition,” said McCaskill.

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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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Cornett-Ching to Run the Winter Meltdown Feb 4th with PASS Super Late Models

Barber’s Seasoning Salt Joins Forces with Sarah and Race 101 for First Race Back from Concussion

Sarah Cornett-Ching and RACE 101
Sarah and Race 101 Team up with Barber’s Seasoning Salt for the Upcoming Winter Meltdown at Dillon Motor Speedway
After four months of sitting out due to a concussion from a vicious wreck in the ARCA Racing Series at Kentucky Speedway Sept 23 2016, Sarah has announced she will be back in the race car for competition for the first time Feb 4th 2017 at the PASS Winter Meltdown at Dillon Motor Speedway.

Sarah is also excited to be teaming up with Barber’s Seasoning Salt for her first race back in competition. “It’s important to be able to represent products that you use and love, that has always been my philosophy and I LOVE Barber’s on my french fries!”

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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’

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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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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Driver Talent Search – STAR Tryouts to Decide a Potent Ride

Concord, N.C. — Each year football teams around America hold try-outs to search for that hidden talent that nobody else has found. Football players showcase their skills in high-school and college tryouts with the hopes of one day making it to the big leagues. In racing, those try-outs are rare or non-existent, until now.

A new program, Short Track Auto Racing Tryouts, or STAR Tryouts for short, is being conducted by Crooks Racing as they analyze short track racing talent in an effort to put a driver in the team’s Super Late Model program in 2017.

Crooks Racing is asking for drivers to send in their applications to possibly be selected for their program. However, this isn’t any ordinary application process. Crooks Racing will host a “gong-show” style of event to determine who will race for the team for in 2017.

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2017 PASS South Super Late Model Schedule Released as Series Readies for 12th Season

– Dillon Motor Speedway To Host Winter Meltdown Featuring The South Carolina Clash In February
– Southern National Motorsports Park And Orange County Speedway Return To Schedule
– Hickory Motor Speedway To Host Easter Bunny 150 For 12th Straight Season

CHARLOTTE, NC (September 15) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced today the release of the 2017 schedule for the PASS South Super Late Models.  The South’s original and longest running Super Late Model series will be highlighted in 2017 by the return to two of the series original tracks with events at Southern National Motorsports Park and Orange County Speedway.  With 10 dates confirmed, the PASS South Super Late Models will compete on at least six different venues over the course of the 2017 season.

“As always we work very hard for our fans and competitors to get the southern schedule out as early as possible,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry.  “We realize everyone is busy and have again worked very hard to avoid any conflicts with other series or track schedules.  We believe this schedule should work well for our racers next year.  We’re also very appreciative for all of our enthusiastic track owners and operators for their cooperation to help make this happen.  All in all, we’ve got a great group of tracks returning to the schedule next year and are excited for the possibilities.”

The 2017 season will start once again on Super Bowl weekend, February 3-4, at Dillon Motor Speedway with the return of the Winter Meltdown and an expansion of the annual South Carolina Clash.  The Winter Meltdown will also be the first event of the 2017 PASS National Championship Series. 

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‘50 Is Nifty’ for Jeff Fultz in PASS South Action at South Boston

SOUTH BOSTON, VA (August 13) – Veteran Jeff Fultz outlasted a strong field of Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Models Saturday night at South Boston Speedway to take his long awaited first career victory in the series.  The win by Fultz was made even more meaningful by the fact that he becomes the 50th different winner in the series dating back to its beginnings in 2006.

“I just love South Boston and I don’t get to race much anymore, plus the guys worked all day in 100 degree heat to get this car right,” said Fultz of his milestone win.  “I’ve never won a PASS race, three white flags and we’re leading and the caution comes out and we end up losing.  It’s a tough series and they race everywhere.  I’ve finally got something to put on my resume that I have been waiting a long time to get.”

Former PASS National Champion, Preston Peltier captured his series leading 20th career quick qualifying time with a lap of 15.607 seconds (92.266 mph) and by luck of the top 10 qualifiers redraw would start on the pole alongside PASS South rookie, Kodie Conner.

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Dominant Dilbeck Takes 1st Career PASS South Win at Hickory

HICKORY, NC (June 18) – Chris Dilbeck led over 120 laps in a dominating performance to win Saturday night’s Over The Mountain 150 for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Models at Hickory Motor Speedway.   The victory marks the first career PASS South Super Late Model win for the Georgia native.

“This is just unbelievable to win at a place like Hickory,” said an emotional Dilbeck afterwards. “We’re just a part-time team and this is just amazing to do this against this type of competition. Me and two other guys work on this car and it was just perfect all night long. I just really can’t believe this.”

Defending PASS South champion, Tate Fogleman, set the standard in qualifying, bettering the competition with a lap of 87.447 miles per hour. After the top 10 qualifiers redraw, Fogleman would slot into the sixth starting position, while Dilbeck and Jared Irvan would move up to the front row to lead the field to green.

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