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August Fundraiser Set for Lowinski-Loh

John Lowinski-Loh Jr. will be moving to North Carolina in November to further his racing career. Lowinski-Loh will be holding a fundraiser in August for a test with Team BCR Racing. Team BCR fields ARCA Racing Series cars for Grant Enfinger and Justin Allison. Enfinger is the points leader with victories at Daytona, Mobile, Salem and Elko.

“My crew and I were just talking,” Lowinski-Loh said. “One of my crew members was saying let’s make the leap, so I spent days researching what the next best move would be. I applied for a ARCA license and contacted BCR, who were looking for a driver in 2015.”

“That depends on how the test day goes and sponsor money,” Lowinski-Loh said. “If the test day goes well, they will help me find a sponsor and go from there. Depending on sponsors, would depend on either 10 races, more or less.”

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Seuss Leads Wire-to-Wire at Caraway

Holds Off Charge From Brunnhoelzl III For 10th Win At Track


SOPHIA, N.C. — Andy Seuss continues to roll in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour events at Caraway Speedway. 

The 27-year-old from Hampstead, New Hampshire, completed the sweep on the day’s on-track events at the .455-mile banked asphalt oval. Seuss was fastest in practice, won his eighth pole Coors Light Pole Award at the track and led every lap en route to winning the Daggett Shuler Attorneys At Law 150 at Caraway. It was his fourth consecutive victory at the track and 10th of his career.

Seuss’ 10 wins at Caraway tie him with runner-up finisher George Brunnhoelzl III for the most in series history. The two drivers were bumper to bumper in the second half of the 150-lap event, but after clearing traffic on Lap 144, Seuss used a clear track to pull away from the defending Tour champion and secure his third win of the season. 

[Photo Gallery] by Brad Newman

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QUALIFYING: Seuss Picks Up Eighth Pole at Caraway

Veteran Looks For Fourth Straight Win At Track

SOPHIA, N.C. – Andy Seuss is on a hot streak at Caraway Speedway.

The current NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour points leader scored his eighth career Coors Light Pole Award at the track during qualifying with a fast time of 15.902 seconds (103.006 mph). Seuss is going after his fourth consecutive win later tonight in the Daggett & Shuler Attorneys at Law 150 and he will have the best spot in the field when he takes the green flag.

Danny Bohn was second-quick at 15.934 seconds (102.799) with George Brunnhoelzl III right behind at 15.990 seconds (102.439). Bryan Dauzat scored a career-best starting spot in fourth with J.R. Bertuccio completing the top five.

Finishing sixth through 10th were Kyle Ebersole, Burt Myers, Joe Ryan Osborne, Luke Fleming, and Jason Myers.

[Photo Gallery] by Brad Newman

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PRACTICE: Seuss Sets Pace at Caraway

Looks To Keep Streak At Track Alive

SOPHIA, N.C. – NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour points leader Andy Seuss wants to keep his streak of wins at Caraway Speedway alive and he is off to a good start after practice.

Seuss paced the field during the lone practice session Friday afternoon topping out at 16.108 seconds (101.689 mph) to lead the field of 19 cars. Kyle Ebersole followed in second at 16.144 seconds (101.462), with George Brunnhoelzl III (101.380) , Gary Putnam (101.236) and Burt Myers (100.949) completing the top five.

Danny Bohn was sixth quickest in the practice session, with Luke Fleming, Brian Loftin, Joe Ryan Osborne and Spencer Davis rounding out the top 10.

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Whelen So. Mod Tour Stat Advance: Caraway

Analyzing The Daggett Shuler Attorneys At Law 150

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Daggett Shuler Attorneys at Law 150 will be the 50th running of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour at Caraway Speedway. The Independence Day special will run on Friday at the famed oval in rural Sophia, North Carolina. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers at the track:

Daggett Shuler Attorneys at Law 150 Setup:
• Andy Seuss has been victorious in the last three NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour races at Caraway Speedway, a streak exceeded at the track only by L.W. Miller’s five straight wins in 2006-07.
• George Brunnhoelzl III has won the July 4th weekend race at Caraway each of the last two years, and in 2009.
• Seuss and Brunnhoelzl have combined to win 11 of the last 14 Caraway races, and 19 of 27 since 2008.
• Brunnhoelzl and Seuss have finished 1-2 in six of the last eight NWSMT races overall, including three in a row at Caraway.
• When the green flag flies on Friday it will be 83 days between races, the second-longest break in the schedule in NWSMT history, exceeded only by a 112-day stretch in 2008.

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Whelen So. Modified News & Notes: Caraway

Southern Mods Return To Action On Independence Day

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will head to a familiar place to return to action Friday following the annual spring break period with the Daggett Shuler Attorneys at Law 150 in an Independence Day special at Caraway Speedway.

After nearly three months between events, the familiar grounds of the .455-mile oval provide the perfect setting to work out the cobwebs, especially for those drivers that have been inactive during the break. Caraway has played host to five times as many races as any other track in southern tour history.

One of those idle competitors has quite a history at Caraway as well. George Brunnhoelzl III has recorded 10 wins at the venerable oval in rural Sophia, North Carolina, the current Whelen Southern Modified Tour record. He’s also won the July 4th weekend event in each of the two previous seasons, as well as in 2009.

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Bassett Emerges Among Front Runners

Winston-Salem Driver And Family Team On The Rise

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Dillon Bassett made his debut among NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national point leaders this month, ranking as the No. 2 driver in the nation for the first three weeks of the season.

Bassett, 17, of Winston-Salem, N.C., didn’t plan to introduce his name to a national audience with such success.

“This is just the way it’s happening,” Bassett said. “Going into the season we had no intentions of being in championship point standings. We just wanted to focus on our equipment and try to win races.”

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Snider Building Solid Foundation

NBC Broadcaster’s Son Adds To Family Tradition

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Myatt Snider is building a solid foundation in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. The second-year driver completed 2013 with his first career win and began 2014 performing like a veteran in an all-star race.

Snider, 19, of Charlotte, N.C., is part of a longtime racing family. His cousin is noted race car chassis builder Jay Hedgecock and his dad is veteran television sports broadcaster Marty Snider, now of NBC and NBC Sports Network.

“It’s really all about learning,” the driver said. “I had a lot to learn last year just making the transition from legends cars to 200-lap late model races.”

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Whelen So. Modified News & Notes: Caraway

The Brunnhoelzl & Seuss Show Returns To Caraway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Once teammates, and longtime checkered flag contenders, the ties that bind George Brunnhoelzl III and Andy Seuss seem to become more entangled by the week.

Six of the last eight NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour races have finished with the pair atop the rundown – three of the last four to end 2013 and three of the first four to begin 2014. In all it has happened 14 times since 2009, including this past Saturday at Langley Speedway.

So who has the edge? In those 14 instances of 1-2 finishes, Seuss has the advantage 11-3. When you talk about overall wins, Brunnhoelzl maintains a 21-17 edge. Then there’s the matter of the four championships for Brunnhoelzl, a category Seuss has yet to register a tally, which is the ultimate tiebreaker.

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Whelen Southern Mod Race Postponed

Forecast Forces Caraway Speedway Event To Called Off

SOPHIA, N.C. — A very unfavorable forecast of continued rain throughout the day prompted NASCAR and Caraway Speedway officials to postpone Saturday’s Prestoria Farms 150.

A makeup date for the event will be determined at a later date.

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour is back on the track on Saturday, April 5 at South Boston (Va.) Speedway.

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Whelen So. Mod Tour Stat Advance: Caraway

Analyzing The Prestoria Farms 150 At Caraway Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 50th running of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour at Caraway Speedway is set for Saturday, March 29 with the Prestoria Farms 150 in Sophia, N.C. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers at the track:

Prestoria Farms 150 Setup:
• Andy Seuss has been victorious in the last three Caraway Speedway races, a streak exceeded at the track only by L.W. Miller’s five straight wins in 2006-07.
• After recording his first career win last time out at Southern National Motorsports Park, JR Bertuccio is also the championship points leader for the first time. He finished third in the opener at Caraway.
• The Prestoria Farms 150 entry list features six previous Caraway winners: George Brunnhoelzl III (10), Seuss (9), Brian Loftin (8), Danny Bohn, Burt Myers and Jason Myers (1).

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Super Sweep: Seuss Aces Caraway for Third Consecutive Win

SOPHIA, NC – The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour opened its tenth anniversary season at Caraway Speedway on Sunday afternoon. Andy Seuss of Hampstead, NH scored his fourth win in the last five races after pacing all practices, taking the pole and leading all 150 laps. Defending champion George Brunnhoelzl, III finished second, while JR Bertuccio, Burt Myers, and Jason Myers rounded out the top five.

Seuss has reached his apogee in the last 19 races with five wins, 11 top fives and 16 top 10s. His third consecutive Caraway win placed him one shy of series record holder George Brunnhoelzl, III.

The Late Models were first out and did not disappoint with a photo finish between veteran Robert Tyler and youngster Dillon Bassett. However, the Modifieds were scheduled show everyone was waiting for was a little later in the afternoon.

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Seuss Opens Season in Dominating Form

Leads Wire To Wire In Winning Whelen Opener At Caraway

SOPHIA, N.C. — Andy Seuss mounted his challenge to dethrone George Brunnhoelzl III for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Sunday in dominating fashion.

The 26-year-old from Hampstead, N.H., was fastest in practice, won the Coors Light Pole Award and led every lap en route to winning the Whelen Season Opener 150 at Caraway Speedway. His No. 11 Ideal Finance/Phoenix Motors Chevrolet finished 1.465 seconds ahead of runner-up Brunnhoelzl.

JR Bertuccio, Burt Myers and Jason Myers rounded out the top five.

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PRACTICE: Seuss Off to Fast Early Start

Led The Way In Whelen Southern Modified Caraway Practice

SOPHIA, N.C. – Andy Seuss won the last two NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour events at Caraway Speedway last fall, and he’s picked up right where he left off.

Seuss, from Hampstead, N.H., posted a fast lap of 15.983 seconds (102.484 mph) during the 30-minute practice session in advance of Sunday’s Whelen Season Opener 150 at the venerable .455-mile oval.

Seuss has eight career victories at Caraway, tied for second with Brian Loftin and trailing only George Brunnhoelzl III’s 10.
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Whelen So. Mod Tour Stat Advance: Caraway

Analyzing The Whelen Season Opener 150 At Caraway Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour is set to take the green flag for its 10th season of competition with the Whelen Season Opener 150 on Sunday, March 9 at Caraway Speedway in Sophia, N.C. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers at the track:

Caraway Race Setup:
• With this week’s Whelen Season Opener 150, Caraway Speedway will have played host to the NWSMT’s first date on the calendar in eight of 10 seasons.
• George Brunnhoelzl III (10), Brian Loftin and Andy Seuss (8) top the list of six previous Caraway winners that are expected to enter this week’s race.
• Brunnhoelzl is a two-time (2011, `12) winner of the Whelen Season Opener 150. Those victories were the first step toward two of his four championship seasons.
• Seuss won the last two Caraway races. Only L.W. Miller (5) and Junior Miller (3) have previously won at least three races in a row at the track.

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Whelen So. Mod Tour News & Notes: Caraway

10th Season Of Competition For Whelen Southern Modifieds

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will have a milestone weekend when the 2014 season takes the green flag on Sunday, March 9 at Caraway Speedway.

The Whelen Season Opener 150 will launch the 10th season of competition for the Whelen Southern Modified Tour, which held its inaugural event at Caraway on March 26, 2005. Nine years and 48 races later, the track and tour have forged quite a history together. No other facility has welcomed the tour more than nine times through the first nine seasons.

This week’s Whelen Season Opener 150 will mark the eighth time in 10 years that the high-banked .455-mile oval has been the site of the Whelen Southern Modified Tour’s opening contest. The Sophia, N.C., oval has also hosted the finale five times, and traditionally holds a July 4 weekend event among its midseason dates.

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Lee Pulliam’s Dream Comes True

NWA-AS National Champion Earns K&N East Ride

Lee Pulliam of Semora, NC will be moving up to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East this season, driving the #11 Toyota for Hattori Racing Enterprises. As a rookie in NASCAR’s top development series, Pulliam will have veterans working on his team in team manager Bruce Cook and crew chief Randy Goss. The team will also be fielding a second car for David Garbo, Jr. of Stonington, CT. Brett Moffitt drove the car for the past two seasons. He won twice and finished third in points in 2012. Despite a winless season, Moffitt finished second in points last year.

Pulliam won his second consecutive NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship season. He joined the late Larry Phillips and Philip Morris as the only drivers to win the championship more than once. He also captured track titles at Motor Mile and South Boston.

“I got a phone call from Bruce Cook … he said he had an opportunity and wanted to know if I’d be interested in driving a K&N car for Shigeaki Hattori Racing this year,” Pulliam said. “Of course, I was thrilled about it and I knew they had really good equipment and a nice operation down in Mooresville. And we got an appointment together and come down and talked with one another and his expectations and my expectations were on the same page and I met all of the guys at the shop, all of them are really good guys with a lot of experience. It just looked like the perfect situation to get a chance at it. It’s something I’m really extremely thankful for and extremely excited about.”

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Andy Seuss to Continue with Ideal Racing; Park in #09 Entry

Seuss Enters Fourth Season with Ideal Racing

Andy Seuss of Hampstead, NH confirmed on Sunday that he will return to Ideal Racing for the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season. A regular on the circuit since 2008, Seuss has never finished outside the top-five in points. He has won seven races since joining Eddie Harvey’s Ideal Racing team in 2011.

Seuss drove the #11 Tammie Davis/Phoenix Pre-Owned Chevrolet to third in points last season. Three consecutive wins at Caraway and Southern National last fall surged Seuss from fifth to third in the standings. Seuss’ most recent win at Southern National was his 15th series victory, placing him second on the all-time win list.

“I think we’re on top of our game,” Seuss said. “(We) need to keep the momentum going and need a little luck”

“We are ready to roll,” car owner Eddie Harvey said. “Everything is in place to take (the) title back to Ideal Racing.” Ideal Racing won back to back Whelen Southern Modified championships with George Brunnhoelzl, III in 2011 and 2012.

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Cole Powell to Test ARCA Car at Daytona

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Cole Powell of Mount Brydges, Ontario will test at Daytona International Speedway this week in advance of his ARCA Racing Series debut on February 15, 2014.

“(It) just happened though connections with people knowing people and we were guided towards Empire,” Powell said.

Empire Racing is based in Mooresville, NC and owned by John Corr. The car will be either #8 or #48. There are no additional ARCA races are planned at this time. Powell could not provide specifics regarding a potential ride in the NASCAR Nationwide or Camping World Truck Series.

“I’m really excited to get to the track this week for the test and finally get to feel what it’s like to drive Daytona Speedway,” Powell said. “It’s going to be a dream come true.”

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2014 Southern Modified Schedule Announced

Fifteen Race Schedule Covers Seven Traditional Tracks

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2014 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour schedule has a pair of special non-points events on the slate this season to go along with its traditional calendar and some notable additions.

The Whelen Southern Modified Tour’s 10th season of competition will see 15 championship points events scattered throughout the tour’s familiar southeastern footprint. Added to the season-opening non-points UNOH Battle At The Beach at Daytona International Speedway is another special event folded into the June Whelen Modified Tour visit to New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Also new this year is second dates added to Virginia short tracks – Langley Speedway and South Boston Speedway.

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Pulliam Collects 2nd National Championship

Top Whelen All-American Series Performers Honored

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Lee Pulliam capped off a perfect season Friday evening at the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards where he was crowned as the 2013 national champion.

Pulliam, 25, from Semora, N.C., won the title for the second straight season to join NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Larry Phillips, with five, and Philip Morris, with four, as multi-time champions in the series.

He also collected his second Virginia state championship along the way while competing at South Boston Speedway, Radford’’s Motor Mile Speedway.

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Whelen All-American Changes Announced

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced several new initiatives for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Thursday at the annual Track Operators Meeting.

The competition changes, which go into effect in 2014, are designed to spotlight the sport’s young stars and reward the achievements of drivers at every level of the series. They were announced at the meeting, which was held in conjunction with the touring and weekly series awards ceremonies in Charlotte, N.C.

Starting next season, a national champion will be crowned in all five divisions of the series. In recent seasons, the Finalist Program honored top competitors in Div. II-V.

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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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Rowe Survives to End Drought with North-South Shootout Win at Caraway

SOHPIA, NC — Ben Rowe weaved his way through a multi-car accident with four laps to go while running sixth and led the remaining laps to win Saturday afternoon’s Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model North-South Shootout at Caraway Speedway. Rowe’s 8th career PASS South Super Late Model victory ended a winless streak dating back to September, 2012 when he won the PASS 400 at Maine’s Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.

“It was kind of our strategy to back off, but the leaders got out front and we couldn’t run with them,” said Rowe, the All-Time winningest driver in PASS Super Late Model competition. “I knew all hell was going to break loose with 10 or 15 laps to go and we just wanted to be in the right position. I’d rather be lucky than good any day and lo and behold we got through the wreck and were leading with just a few laps to go.”

In Friday night’s qualifying session, veteran Lee Tissot turned the quick time around the .455 mile speedway with a lap of 99.969 miles per hour. Following the customary PASS South redraw for the top 10 qualifiers, Tissot would line up fifth for the 150 lap feature while Justin Allison and Rowe would move up front to pace the field. But all eyes would be on the back of the field where Kyle Grissom and Daniel Hemric would start 21st and 22nd respectively. Grissom struggled with an engine issue in qualifying, while Hemric had to start at the rear after missing qualifying due to his racing in Phoenix Friday night in the Truck Series event.

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Lee Tissot Takes PASS 150 Pole at Caraway-Modified Heat Results

SOPHIA, NC — Lee Tissot bested the field of 23 PASS Super Late Model teams during Friday qualifying for their portion of the John Blewett Memorial North-South Shootout event, which begins at 2:00 PM with the PASS 150 on Saturday at the Caraway, N.C. Speedway.

Tissot turned the half-mile oval in central North Carolina at 16.385 seconds. Maine native and second generation driver Ryan Moore will start alongside Tissot on Saturday afternoon after he timed in at 16.403 seconds.

Daniel Hemric missed qualifying to compete in the NASCAR Truck Series event on Friday night at Phoenix, Az. He will start scratch in the PASS event on Saturday.

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Matt Hirschman Takes John Blewett North-South Shootout Pole Friday

SOPHIA, NC— Four-time John Blewett North-South Shootout winner Matt Hirschman, from Northhampton, Pa., served notice that he will be the one to beat in Saturday’s 125-lap tour-type Modified Open, as he turned a lap at 15.595 seconds at the half-mile Caraway Speedway on Friday evening.

NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Champion George Brunnhoelzl III will start on the outside of the front row. He turned a lap at 15.692 seconds. Brian Loftin, Andy Seuss and Tommy Barrett rounded out the top five.

Burt Myers, Chris Pasteryak, Jason Myers, Chuck Hossfeld, Gary Putnam, Tommy Cloce and Ron Silk rounded out the top 12, who will not have to run a qualifying heat race tonight.

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Cole Powell Looking to End Season with Victory

Rides in ARCA, Nationwide Possible for NASCAR WMT ROY

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Cole Powell of Mount Brydges, Ontario will be competing in two major races starting this weekend at Caraway. Powell is racing at Caraway Speedway in Sophia, NC for the North-South Shootout. Powell reported on his Twitter account that his #73 Copps BuildAll / Tricar Developments Modified was quick in practice on Thursday. “The 73 machine was pretty good today. (The) car showed a lot of speed and rolled the corners great. Looking forward to qualifying tomorrow.”

Powell plans to race a Super Late Model in the prestigious 46th-annual Snowball Derby for Brad Keselowski Racing. The “development car” will be a teammate to regular driver Austin Theriault of Fort Kent, ME. The $22,500 to win event is December 8th at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. Inside Track Motorsport News first reported the story.

“(I) was looking for a ride and through connections it kind of came together,” Powell said.

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PASS South Points Leaders Come to North-South Shootout with Different Objectives

CHARLOTTE, NC — Heading into this weekend’s 11th Annual North-South Shootout, Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model points leaders Jay Fogleman and Kyle Grissom both come to Caraway Speedway with lots of optimism, but differing goals. Fogleman’s win in last year’s North-South Shootout helped propel him to the 2012 PASS National Championship and Grissom has two wins in his last three PASS South starts at Caraway.

This year has seen the PASS South championship fight once again come down to Fogleman and Grissom with two races left, but unlike last year, Grissom is the one pursuing Fogleman. After a strong start to the season that saw Grissom win at Myrtle Beach Speedway and Caraway, the defending PASS South Super Late Model champion has struggled and has fallen 76 points behind Fogleman. He’s finished no higher than 9th in the last three races. And, Grissom failed to finish at Southern National in August due to a mechanical problem and most recently at Orange County due to a crash while racing for the lead with less than 15 laps to go. With more PASS South wins at Caraway Speedway than any other driver, Grissom knows any chance to repeat as champion relies on nothing less than a win in the North-South Shootout.

“We’ve taken the whole car apart to try and figure out what’s going on and haven’t found anything major yet, so hopefully we can get it figured out for Caraway,” said Grissom. “Caraway is a track that you’ve really got to hit your marks every lap and be consistent. It fits my driving style and we’re looking forward to hopefully getting things turned around there.”

[Overall Event Schedule – CARAWAY – 11/9]

[Detailed Event Schedule – CARAWAY – 11/9]

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North-South Shootout Favorites Hirschman & Barrett Ready for the Challenge

SOPHIA, NC — The 11th annual John Blewett Memorial North-South Shootout 125 for tour-type Modifieds this upcoming weekend, November 7-9 at the Caraway (N.C.) Speedway will finish off the 2013 auto racing season for many. Prerace favorites Matt Hirschman and Tommy Barrett hope to turn opportunity into a $6,000 plus winners payday.

Both drivers are very familiar with winning races, having won multiple events on the Race of Champions and Valenti Modified Racing Series they compete with. One thing that separates Hirschman (Northampton, Pa.) from college freshman Barrett (Millis, Ma.) is open show success. Hirschman has won numerous events just this year, while Barrett is still searching for his first victory lane experience in an open show.

This one is 125 laps of all out green flag racing. Both drivers are as good as anyone at conserving tire wear for the end of tour events, but this is a different kind of race, and Hirschman knows that all too well, as a four time winner of the event, although three came at Concord (N.C.) and he doesn’t consider himself to be a favorite in this race.

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PASS SLM 150 A Big Part of Next Weekend’s North-South Shootout

SOPHIA, NC — When race fans think of the 11th annual John Blewett Memorial North-South Shootout, it’s the tour-type Modifieds that come to mind first. However, with the PASS South Super Late Model Tour also at NC’s Caraway Speedway for the November 7-9 event, racing enthusiasts will be treated to a second major event next Saturday afternoon.

The PASS event will be 150 laps, and with close to 30 race teams expected to compete, this event will be every bit as competitive as the headlining Modified race. PASS National Champion Jay Fogelman (Durham, NC) is on the verge of a first career PASS South Championship, and obviously the veteran of three decades of success will be among the favorites.

Though not yet confirmed, north driver Ben Rowe is expected to travel from Maine to compete, as he did last season. Rowe, along with northern natives Rodney Brooks and Bill Catania bring a northern presence to this event for the PASS event at well. Midwest native Ross Kenseth (Mooresville, NC) is another potential entrant as well.

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