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John Smith Dodges Late Race Tangle to Get Southern Modified Racing Series Opener

SOPHIA, N.C. – John Smith, of Mount Airy, scored the $3,000 top prize in Sunday’s 125-lap season opener for the Southern Modified Racing Series (SMRS) at Caraway Speedway. It was his fifth career SMRS victory, the most of any driver.

To get the win, Smith was in position in the final few laps when front runners Bobby Measmer Jr. and Jason Myers tangled racing for the lead. Myers spun and Smith was able to get the best of Measmer on the restart to get the lead and the win.

“It feels pretty good any time you can win, but especially winning the first one,” Smith told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “All of those cautions played into our favor and I think I had more tire left than the rest of them did.”

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NWMT: Rob Fuller Motorsports Adds Chase Dowling

Rob Fuller Motorsports of Shrewsbury, MA brings a new driver for next season. Chase Dowling of Roxbury, CT joins the team with 4 top fives and 15 top 10s in 32 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starts. He was the youngest Sunoco Rookie of the Year winner when he ran in 2015. Fuller and Dowling spoke at the World Series last year regarding 2017.

“Rob was one of the first people that approached me about driving a racecar for him,” Dowling said. “…I just want to win races and Rob Fuller’s going to give me the opportunity to provide me a car where I can be up front.”

Rob Fuller of Boylston, MA sees positives in his new driver. The No. 15 car is the house car for LFR Chassis, which won the last two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championships with Doug Coby. The adjustments on the car are different and Fuller wants a driver to provide the best feedback.

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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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Danny Bohn Set for Doubleheader

Danny Bohn of Freehold, NJ has a doubleheader weekend in front of him after the Southern Modified Racing Series (SMRS) season opener was postponed. Saturday is the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway and Sunday the SMRS runs at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, NC.

Bohn has never been to Myrtle Beach. He has heard of the need to “be conservative” to save tires. His only experience of the track came from the online broadcast last month. Bohn believes his seat time on dirt tracks will help make him a contender.

Bohn plans to run the SMRS full time after the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour ended last year. He also plans to run a partial NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule for Fleming Family Racing. It may include a couple of northern races and all of the southern races at Myrtle Beach, Langley, Bristol and a non-points event at Charlotte.

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Jonathan McKennedy Awarded “Premier Touring Series Driver of the Year” at Northeast Motorsports Expo

Augusta, Maine – At this past weekend’s 29th Annual Northeast Motorsports Expo, open wheel Modified standout Jonathan McKennedy was awarded the “Premier Touring Series Driver of the Year”.

Sponsored by Mainely Motorsports Television, (MainelymotorsportsTV.com) and its popular Host Steve Perry, the honor is a tell-tale of top-Series driver results from the past season.

Host Steve Perry explained, “The Premier Touring Series Driver of the Year” is a comparison of best season to best season of all our top New England drivers from ACT, MRS, NASCAR, and PASS competition.

“During the 2016 season,” continued Perry, “this driver stood out above all the rest.

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Pallai Returns to Modified Competition

Richie Pallai, Jr. of Yorktown Heights, NY will compete in Tour-Type Modifieds this season for New Jersey native Phil Stefanelli. Pallai will drive Stefanelli’s home-built car at Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway’s IceBreaker February 12 and the World Series of Asphalt Racing at New Smyrna (FL) Speedway. The home-built car will also compete in the Southern Modified Racing Series.

Stefanelli will also field a new Fury racecar for Pallai in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season opener at Myrtle Beach March 18 and possibly the May 13 event. Pallai may enter additional races up north. Pallai expects to run 10-12 races, including 3 nights of Speedweeks at New Smyrna.

“Me personally selfishly I’d like to run Loudon again,” Pallai said. “I love Loudon and deep down inside if I can run one more race anywhere I’d like to race Stafford just ’cause that’s my home and I do miss running Stafford.”

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John Smith Takes 4th SMRS Modified Win of Season at Hickory

HICKORY, NC (October 1) – Mt. Airy, NC’s John Smith played the pit strategy game correctly again to claim his fourthSouthern Modified Racing Series (SMRS) presented by PASS win Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway in the Hickory 125.  With his win, Smith and Burt Myers are unofficially tied for the series points lead heading to the season-ending Kenny Minter Memorial 125 on October 22 at Caraway Speedway.

“Yeah, we sat there and took care of our tires for the first 50 or 75 laps and my guys are good on pit road and I made a deal with them that if they got me out first that I thought we could win and luckily we did,” said Smith, driver of the Mumy Financial #25.  “Going to Caraway, we’ve just got to race our hearts out.  Burt [Myers] is a helluva racer and we’ve just got to go at it and let the chips fall where they may.”

For the fourth time this year, Brandon Ward was able to capture the Precision Built Spindles Pole Award with a lap of 14.371 seconds (90.933 MPH) around the 66-year-old facility.  But, after the top six qualifiers redraw, Bobby Measmer, Jr. and Burt Myers would move to the front row, while Ward would move back to the fifth starting position.

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Burt Myers Takes 1st Career SMRS Modified Win at Caraway

SOPHIA, NC (September 5) – Southern Modified veteran Burt Myers took the lead from Brandon Ward late in the race and led the rest of the way to claim his first career Southern Modified Racing Series (SMRS) Presented By PASS win Saturday night at Caraway Speedway.

“Our win tonight was definitely a long time coming,” said Myers, driver of the Citrusafe BBQ Grill Cleaner #1 afterwards. “I guess it was only fitting that we would return to Caraway to finally get our first SMRS/PASS win. I hope we can finish the season out strong and get at least one more victory.”

In qualifying, Myers paced the field for the second time this season with a lap of 15.965 seconds (102.550 MPH).
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Southern Modified Racing Series Set for Labor Day Debut at Dillon

CHARLOTTE, NC (September 1) – From its beginnings over 50 years ago, Dillon Motor Speedway has had a close relationship to nearby Darlington Raceway.  From its egg-shape to the fact that it was carved out of the South Carolina dirt by Darlington Raceway founder Harold Brasington, even the seats in Dillon’s grandstands once occupied the old covered grandstands at Darlington.  This year, a new tradition begins at Dillon Motor Speedway, less than 24 hours after the checkered flag falls on the Southern 500 at Darlington.  The Tour-type Modifieds of the Southern Modified Racing Series Presented by PASS will make their first ever stop at Dillon Motor Speedway on Labor Day Monday with the green flag set to drop for racing at 5 PM.  The Labor Day Classic 300 will see stock car racing’s oldest division compete at Dillon Motor Speedway, along with a 60 lap event for the Supertrucks and 20 laps for the Bangers.

“We’re really excited to have the Southern Modifieds coming to Dillon on Labor Day,” said Dillon Motor Speedway owner, Ron Barfield.  “These are the fastest cars that will race at Dillon all year and we can’t wait to see them in action.  We’ve had a long relationship with Tom [Mayberry] and PASS and we’re glad to continue that with the Labor Day classic.”

“The Mayberry Bullett” John Smith comes to Dillon Motor Speedway as the SMRS points leader, riding a wave of momentum that saw him win three consecutive races during the summer.  Brandon Ward has been dominant in qualifying this year and heads to Dillon with years of experience racing there in the PASS South Super Late Models division.  Former Truck Series winner Cale Gale is planning to attend as he looks to make his second SMRS start of 2016.

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John Smith Claims Second Straight SMRS Modified Win at Wake County

RALEIGH, NC (July 2) – John Smith grabbed the lead from Brandon Ward with 29 laps to go and led the rest of the way for his second consecutive Southern Modified Racing Series (SMRS) Presented By PASS win in the Battle At The Bullring Saturday night at Wake County Speedway.

“I think the real deal was my boys put the left front on the left rear [during the pit stop] and that gave me a lot more drive off the corner than the rest of them, but I still didn’t think I could get passed them,” said Smith afterwards. “Brandon [Ward] was getting a little bit sideways off the corner and I knew Jason [Myers] was coming so I knew I needed to go. But my boys in the pits really won me this race.”

Walnut Cove, NC’s Burt Myers scorched the tight quarter-mile in qualifying with lap of 12.676 seconds to score his first Precision Built Spindles Pole Award. But, after the top six qualifies redraw, Ward would slot into the pole position, while B Myers would move to the outside of the front row.

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Newton and Smith Claim Electric City Twin 125 Wins at Anderson

WILLIAMSTON, SC (June 17) – Roger Lee Newton inherited the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model win after a wild finish, while John Smith played the right strategy for his first Southern Modified Racing Series (SMRS) win Friday night at Anderson Motor Speedway. For Newton, the Concord, NC veteran was in the right place when leaders Matt Craig and Dalton Sargeant made contact on the final lap to claim his third career PASS South Super Late Model victory.

“To be in this position after where we started today, we changed everything but the seat in this car,” said Newton afterwards. “Man, the crew worked their butts off today. I don’t give up on them and they don’t give up on me, it’s a team. The last four or five races has taken a lot of wind out of our sails and we were about to quit racing. I don’t like to win this way, but we will take them however we can get them.”

In qualifying, Jody Measamer paced the field with a lap of 87.447 miles per hour for his second quick time of the season. Measamer would start seventh after the top 10 qualifiers redraw, while Newton and current PASS South points leader, Kodie Conner, would move to the front row.
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Bobby Measmer, Jr. Outlasts Foes for Popular SMRS Mod Win at Concord

MIDLAND, NC (May 27) – Bobby Measmer, Jr. grabbed the lead from Ryan Preece with less than five laps to go and held on to claim his first career Southern Modified Racing Series (SMRS) Presented By PASS win in the Charles Kepley Memorial 125 Friday night at Concord Speedway. After being mired by bad luck, Measmer, a former track champion at Concord, took his first career Tour-type Modified win in front of an excited group of hometown fans.

“To finish second to Ryan Preece is an accomplishment, but I saw he was tight from the center off and I knew it was just a matter of time before I could get him,” said Measmer in victory lane. “We’ve worked really hard, but I tell you, it hasn’t sunk in yet.”

Winston-Salem, NC’s Brandon Ward scorched the treacherous speedway in qualifying with lap of 117.417 miles per hour to claim the C&C Race Souvenirs Pole Award. But, after the top six qualifiers redraw, Ward would move back to the sixth starting position, while Cale Gale and James Civali would move up to the front row.

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Jonathan McKennedy Holds Off John Smith to Win the Ace Of Diamonds Presented by North South Shootout SMRS Event at Ace Motor Speedway

Sophia, NC (April 25, 2016) – The Southern Modified Racing Series Presented By PASS made their second stop of a ten race schedule at Ace Motor Speedway located on the outskirts of Burlington, N.C. The event started with Walnut Cove’s Burt Myers capturing the Pole Award. After a mandatory re-draw of the top six qualifiers Myers would remain in the top starting position alongside of Concord’s Josh Nichols.

Myers would keep the top position for the first 85 laps and lead the way to the pit stops as the caution was displayed. As the pit stops un-folded Jonathan McKennedy of Chelmsford, MA came out first after lagging back in the rear for the first portion of the feature. He would continue to keep the top position fending off multiple attempts by Winston-Salem’s John Smith, capturing his second consecutive win of the season. B. Myers, Jason Myers and Brandon Ward rounded out the top five finishers.

“Car ran well all day it had pretty good speed in it. I elected to save a little at start of the race knowing it was a long race and could only change one tire. I came in the pits 7th and came out with the lead. For the last 40 laps I had a lot of pressure from behind. Most the laps there was a car only a few feet away from my rear bumper. Great to win at another track for the first time being there. Car count was down but majority of the cars that attended had top notch equipment with good drivers from the south. Like to thank my pit crew, my spotter, Pettit Engines, Race Work Exit Realty, JTK Engine Repair,” stated McKennedy.

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Southern Modified Racing Series Inaugural Season Schedule Complete

CHARLOTTE, NC (January 15) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials and Renee Hackett announced today the final dates on the inaugural Southern Modified Racing Series Presented by PASS schedule. The South’s newest Tour-type Modified division will compete 11 times during the 2016 season at eight different speedways. In addition to the previously announced events at Hickory Motor Speedway, Concord Speedway, Anderson Motor Speedway, and Caraway Speedway, the Southern Modified Racing Series Presented by PASS schedule will be filled out by dates at Ace Motor Speedway, Tri-County Motor Speedway, and Dillon Motor Speedway. Additionally, four of those events will be “mega-shows,” pairing the Southern Modified Racing Series with the PASS South Super Late Models.

“We are extremely pleased with the schedule we have been able to put together for the debut season of the Southern Modified Racing Series,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry. “We’ve got a great slate of events which will see the Modifieds race on the same card as the PASS South Super Late Models several times in 2016. But, we’re very proud to have the Southern Modified Racing Series Presented by PASS schedule filled with a group of tracks that have a strong fan base for the Modifieds.”

The inaugural Southern Modified Racing Series Presented By PASS event is scheduled for Saturday, March 26 at Hickory Motor Speedway as part of the 11th Annual Easter Bunny 150 weekend. Along with a PASS National Championship race for the Super Late Models and the first race for the new South East Mini Stock Tour, the prestigious Easter Bunny 150 weekend will only continue to grow in prominence with the addition of the Southern Modified Racing Series.

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Southern Modified Racing Series Presented by PASS Ready to Launch in 2016

CHARLOTTE, NC (December 2) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) President Tom Mayberry and event promoter Renee Hackett are pleased to announce an exciting partnership that will see the creation of a new series featuring the popular Tour-type Modifieds.  The Southern Modified Racing Series Presented By PASS will launch it’s inaugural season in 2016 and will feature the Tour-type Modifieds racing on some of the South’s most historic speedways.  The inaugural season will see the Southern Modified Racing Series Presented By PASS competing tentatively in 10 events, several of which will pair the new Modified division with the PASS South Super Late Models in an unprecedented series of races. 

The first Southern Modified Racing Series Presented By PASS is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, March 26, 2016, at Hickory Motor Speedway as part of the 11th Annual Easter Bunny 150 weekend.  The Southern Modified Racing Series Presented By PASS will also race with the PASS South Super Late Models and the NASCAR Late Model Stocks at Anderson Motor Speedway on Friday night, June 17, 2016.  The inaugural Southern Modified Racing Series Presented By PASS champion will be crowned on Friday night, November 4, 2016, at Concord Speedway, the night prior to the 14th Annual North-South Shootout.  The PASS Super Late Model National and PASS South Super Late Model champions will be crowned the following day at Concord as part of the North-South Shootout.

“After a lot of inquiries from teams and drivers over the last several weeks, the Pro All Stars Series is happy to team up with Renee [Hackett] and her staff in the creation of the South’s most exciting new series,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry.  “We believe the Southern Modified Racing Series Presented By PASS, coupled with the PASS South Super Late Models at a number of venues, will give fans the opportunity to see the two most powerful divisions in short track racing competing together in some definite ‘can’t miss’ action.”

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