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Big Month Continues for PASS North with Star and Montmagny On Tap

NAPLES, ME (May 11) – The next two weekends of action loom large for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Models with races in New England and Canada.  And perhaps more importantly, the chance for an international cast of drivers to get locked into August’s 44th Annual Oxford 250 and the chance to win over $25,000.

Following a rainy weekend off, attention focuses back on the rescheduled Support 50 Legs 150 at New Hampshire’s Star Speedway.  Saturday afternoon’s Support 50 Legs 150 will help raise awareness in providing amputees with the necessary care and prosthetics, that they could not otherwise afford, and to help them live a happier and healthier life.

Former Oxford 250 winner, Glen Luce, leads a pair of former series champions that are tied for second in points, Ben Rowe and DJ Shaw, by 25 points heading to this weekend’s 150 lapper at Star.  But, Dave Farrington, Jr., Garrett Hall, and Johnny Clark are all within striking distance of the leaders.  Saturday’s schedule of activities has been shifted slightly, with heat races now going green at 3:30 PM.

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Eckes Scores Another Podium Finish in Strong Run at Concord

GREENVILLE, NY — Christian Eckes has been nothing but consistent so far in 2017 as he scored another second-place finish Saturday at Concord Speedway (NC) in the Circle Track Warehouse 200. The strong run ties the 16 year-old driver’s career best CARS Racing Tour finish.

“I definitely think we had one of the best cars on the long run,” said Eckes, “But we just could not fire off well. We struggled a little bit in the beginning and a little at the end. Overall I’m really happy.”

The Greenville, NY driver qualified his No. 15 Fury Race Car in the fifth position in a new CARS Tour qualifying format. In its debut, the knockout qualifying format provided a lot of excitement. Eckes qualified fifth in round one, allowing him to move into the final round of qualifying. The young driver backed up his lap with another fifth-place qualifying effort to start from that position in the 100-lap race.

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Hirschman Looks to Continue Myrtle Beach Success

Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA discounts his experience at Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway ahead of Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour opener. He cited teams that privately tested or competed in a 50-lap Modified race last month, where he finished third. Hirschman has three consecutive podiums at Myrtle Beach.

“It’s not gonna be totally foreign to them,” Hirschman said. “But it’s a unique place and having raced there now a few times over the last year and a half certainly helps and we have won a race there which is always a boost of confidence.”

The tire wear at the half-mile oval is well known. Last month’s Modified race demonstrated conservation’s role with part of the field dropping back to preserve tires.

“There are abrasive tracks and then there’s Myrtle Beach. It’s hard to explain but it’s definitely the extreme on that end. It’s really unlike any other track I’ve run at.”

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Eckes Eager to Get Back in Car and Contend for Win at Concord

(GREENVILLE, NY) – It’s been close to a month since the last time Christian Eckes was behind the wheel of a race car. Fortunately for the 16-year-old Snowball Derby champion, that streak is coming to an end this weekend when he straps in at North Carolina’s Concord Speedway for the Circle Track Warehouse 200 season-opener for the CARS Racing Tour.

The last time Eckes raced at Concord Speedway in a CARS Tour event he finished third in the Late Model Stock Car and 10th in the Super Late Model.

This weekend Eckes will not be running double-duty as he focuses solely on his Fury Race Cars Super Late Model at the fast, tricky triangular half-mile of Concord Speedway.

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CARS Tour Event Preview March 11: Circle Trackhouse 200 – Concord Speedway

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3 PM – March 11, 2017

MOORESVILLE, NC (March 7, 2017): After a short offseason, the CARS Tour kicks off their third season this weekend March 11th at Concord Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. This marks the first time in the tour’s history that another track besides Southern National will host the season opening event. Plenty of offseason changes occurred for both the competitors and the fans watching above. Kids twelve and under are now free in the grandstands, discount advance ticket options and VIP upgrades will be available each race, and more fan fest opportunities to meet the CARS Tour drivers on track and in person headline the list of fan initiatives leading into the first race. On the competition side of things, traditional single car qualifying and traditional 100-150 lap green flag races will be the standard; while group qualifying and duel races will take place at times on the 2017 schedule. The most intriguing new formats will be knockout qualifying and live pit stops for position races that will be in place to kick things off this weekend at the ultra-fast triangular shaped Concord Speedway. With more opportunities to win than ever, pit stop strategy now a factor, and some of the tightest competition to date expected throughout the year; the 2017 season has something for everyone and all the potential to be the best season to date.  

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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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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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CARS Tour Unveils 2017 Season Schedule

Mooresville, NC 10/6/16- Next season the CARS Tour will see plenty of newness as the tour unveils its upcoming 2017 schedule. A return to the state of Virginia, three new tracks to the tour, and more than ten races in a single season for the first time ever in series history highlights the 2017 season. In addition to the above mentioned, the CARS Tour will kick off the season for the first time ever in the month of March, beating this year’s season opener date, which took place the first weekend in April.

“We wanted to get a little earlier start in the season than we have had in the past, “explained series owner Jack McNelly. “Starting in March lets us get a few races in before the racing season gets too hectic around here. We’ll host those races in March during the afternoon so our fans can still enjoy the show in the most pleasurable weather as possible. It should be a great way to start the year.”

The three new tracks hosting CARS Tour events next season will be the all new Dominion Raceway, Anderson Motor Speedway in Anderson, South Carolina, and South Boston Speedway, which will feature fresh new asphalt once repaving is complete over the off season.
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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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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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Ryan Moore Outduels Competition for Old Glory 125 Win at Concord

MIDLAND, NC (May 27) – Ryan Moore took advantage of a late race restart over Trevor Sanborn and led the rest of the way to win Friday night’s Old Glory 125 at Concord Speedway for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Models. Moore’s victory was his first since taking the checkered flag at Caraway Speedway nearly two years ago.

“I just tried to run a smart race, these things always some to come down to a couple of restarts at the end and I knew that, so I tried to play it smart and it worked out,” said Moore, driver of the RC Moore Transportation #74. “At Caraway we had a bad race and honestly I was kind of dejected and had enough of it, but my dad, he never gives up and we stuck with it and I guess it’s for times like these.”

In qualifying, Trevor Noles claimed the Precision Built Spindles Pole Award with a lap of 113.314 mile per hour around the fast half-mile. Noles would start on the outside pole position after the top 10 qualifiers redraw, while defending PASS South Super Late Model champion, Tate Fogleman, would move to the pole.

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PASS National Championship Series to be Highlighted by Major Events in North and South

43rd Annual Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway to pay PASS Super Late Model winner $25,000, plus $25,000 in guaranteed lap leader money
Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Continues Tradition as Spring’s Premier Super Late Model Event
Greenville-Pickens, Thompson, Beech Ridge, And Concord Fill Out Remainder Of Championship Schedule

NAPLES, ME (December 23) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials have released the six dates and locations that will make up the 2016 PASS National Championship Series.  The schedule is comprised of six premier Super Late Model events in both PASS North and PASS South that will determine an overall PASS National Champion.  The PASS National Series will be highlighted once again by the prestigious 43rd Annual Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway in August.  And, the PASS National Championship Series will return to Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the first time since 2010.  While awards are currently still being finalized, the champion will once again receive a unique championship ring, while team members will receive championship belt buckles, from longtime PASS supporter, Northern Race Tire.

“Thanks to a lot of time and effort by a group of really dedicated people, we are very pleased to announce our 2016 PASS National Series,”, said PASS President Tom Mayberry.  “These events exemplify what’s great about short track racing and we feel each of them will attract the best Super Late Model drivers from across the continent.  All of these events are unique and will prove to be a challenge for our competitors.  With events from Maine to South Carolina, a broad base of fans will get to see racers from all over North America come together to crown Super Late Model racing’s only true National Champion.”

The PASS National Championship Series gets underway in just over a month with the Winter Meltdown at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina on February 6.  In addition to a talented group of PASS regulars, former PASS National Champions Ben Rowe, Joey Doiron and Jay Fogleman, who returns in 2016 to race for the national title, hope to contain a strong contingent of drivers from the United States and Canada as they tackle the tough, flat half-mile speedway for 150 green flag laps.  Fittingly on Super Bowl weekend, fans will get to see drivers from across the spectrum of short track racing as big events for the South East Limited Late Models, Southeast Supertrucks, and Mini Stocks will also be taking place as part of the Winter Meltdown.

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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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Myers Wants Bragging Rights in “The Big One” at Concord

Southern Modified Driver Looking for Third North South Shootout Win

(Concord, North Carolina) – For 12 years now, the North-South Shootout has been the race that brings together the best in Modified racing from the two hotbeds of ground-pounding action. Only two of those 12 years has the winner of the race been a resident from the south, and both of those times the winner’s name was Burt Myers.

With the return of the race to Concord Speedway (NC), Myers is hoping to put the south back on top for the first time in five years when the checkered flag waves for the 13th Annual John Blewett III North-South Shootout for the Dunleavy Truck & Trailer Repair Tour-Type Modifieds on November 7.

“I was really excited to hear about it getting moved back to Concord,” said Myers. “Not only is that one of the best race tracks that Modifieds have ever been on, it’s a fun race track. I think it’s more exciting for the fans, it’s a unique race and of course we run well there so there’s a lot of positives going into it. Earlier this year we won the KOMA race there, too. So yeah, I’m really looking forward to it.”

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Bobby Santos to Drive for Rob Fuller Motorsports in North-South Shootout

Santos Returning to LFR Chassis Modified For Second Time This Year

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (October 29, 2015) – Rob Fuller Motorsports will have an experienced racing veteran behind the wheel of its No. 15 modified during the upcoming North-South Shootout event at Concord Speedway on November 6-7, as Bobby Santos is slated to make his return to an LFR Chassis machine. Santos, the 2010 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, previously competed in an LFR Chassis modified at Oswego Speedway back in April.

“I’m looking forward to working with Bobby again at Concord Speedway,” said Rob Fuller, team owner. “Oswego Speedway was a last minute deal at a track I’d never been to on a tire we had never run before, and we still wound up second in practice there, so to go to a track we are both familiar with should be fun. It’s a great weekend of modified racing with both north and south teams competing. We should have four LFR Chassis cars in the field, which is double what it normally is, so I’m looking forward to watching everyone work together and see how we stack up at the end of the day.”

Santos’ first run in an LFR Chassis at Oswego Speedway did not go as planned, as he got swept up in an accident during a heat-race early on in the racing weekend. The North-South Shootout entry now provides him with a chance at redemption.
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Recently Crowned NWMT Champ Heading South for a Shootout

Three-time Champion Coby Looking for North-South Shootout Win

Concord, North Carolina — It’s been nearly six years since Doug Coby has taken a shot at winning the North-South Shootout. The last time the Milford, Connecticut driver made the trip south to North Carolina for the end-of-year event was in 2009 when he finished third at Concord Speedway.

A lot of things have changed since Coby’s last visit to the North-South Shootout. The race itself was moved to Sophia, North Carolina’s Caraway Speedway in 2011. He won his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship in 2012. Then he won another in 2014. Now, Coby is now fresh off clinching his third NWMT title last weekend, the race is moving back to Concord and Coby is making the trip south once again to compete for the $10,000 payday in the Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair Modified event November 6-7.

“I’m very excited to get down there,” Coby said. “It’s my absolute favorite track to race on, and it’s my favorite end of year race. I’m very glad that we’re going with the 2 car. We’re taking the car that we just won Thompson with.”

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PASS Announces 2016 Dates For East Carolina, Concord, And Caraway

CHARLOTTE, NC (October 9) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) President Tom Mayberry announced the addition of four more dates to the 2016 PASS South Super Late Model schedule today.  Caraway Speedway returns to the PASS South schedule and will host a major event there onSaturday, April 16, 2016.  The following week, East Carolina Motor Speedway in Robersonville, NC will host the series for the first time ever on Saturday night, April 23, 2016.  And, after ending a nearly 2 ½ year hiatus this year, Concord Speedway will once again kick off a huge Memorial Day weekend of action by hosting the PASS South Super Late Models on Friday night, May 27, 2016.   Additionally, North-South Shootout promoters Darren and Renee Hackett are pleased to announce that it will be back at Concord Speedway on Friday and Saturday, November 4-5, 2016 and that the PASS South Super Late Models will join the Tour-type Modifieds in headlining the event.

The dates at Caraway, East Carolina, and Concord will join previously announced PASS South events on the 2016 schedule, including the South Carolina Clash at Dillon Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 5, 2016 and the 11th Annual Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 26, 2016.

“We’re very excited to announce four more great events for 2016 at Caraway, East Carolina, and Concord,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry.  “We believe East Carolina will be a perfect addition to the PASS family of tracks for 2016 and can build on the momentum of a strong race at Caraway the week prior.  Our return to Concord this year for the Memorial Day race was a great success.  We are equally as excited to be a part of the North-South Shootout’s homecoming at Concord this November and beyond.  Our races there next year will ensure more great short racing action for the foreseeable future at the Concord Speedway half-mile.”

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Lia to Enter Tri-Track, North-South Shootout

Donny Lia of Jericho, NY will look to keep his recent consistency going. He has scored the second-most points (200 to Doug Coby’s 208) since the last visit to Thompson. For the fifth time in his career, he has five consecutive top tens with a 4.4 average finish. Lia has 3 wins, 12 top fives, and 17 top tens in 37 Thompson starts.

The two-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion is in his first season driving the No. 8 Sypher Construction / Bardahl LFR for Mark Sypher.Lia is eighth in points with 6 top fives and 8 top tens in 14 starts entering the season finale, the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson. It is his best standing since sixth after the Spring Sizzler at Stafford.

According to Crew Chief Danny Laferriere, Lia will enter the Northeast Race Cars and Parts Tri-Track Open Modified Series October 25 at New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl and the 13th Annual John Blewett, III Memorial North-South Shootout at Concord (NC) Speedway November 7.

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Brunnhoelzl Returning to Concord Seeking North-South Shootout Win

Four-Time NASCAR Southern Modified Champion Eager for Concord Return

Concord, North Carolina — The last time George Brunnhoelzl, III raced at North Carolina’s daunting Concord Speedway tri-oval was the last time the North-South Shootout was held there in 2010. He finished third that day and now he’s looking to go a couple spots better when he heads back to Concord for the 13th Annual John Blewett III North-South Shootout Tour-Type Modified event on November 7.

After the 2010 season, the North-South Shootout was moved to Sophia, North Carolina’s Caraway Speedway. Now that the race is back to its original home of Concord in 2015, Brunnhoelzl has his eyes solely focused on the $10,000 winner’s prize.

“I love Concord,” said Brunnhoelzl. “That’s my favorite track and the fact that they moved the race there is the reason we are going to run it. There’s no race track like it. It’s fast, it’s different, it’s fun, there’s multiple grooves and you can pass. It’s just an all-around awesome track.”
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North South Shootout Event Schedule

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Bonsignore Returning to SK Modifieds® at Stafford

LOUDON, NH — Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, NY will return to SK Modified® competition for NAPA Fall Final weekend at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway next weekend. 

“Spoke to Art yesterday and we’re going to come back and run the last race there,” Bonsignore said. “Probably do some other stuff before the end of the season with the SK as well, we’re just not 100 percent sure on what races yet.”

Bonsignore has two top fives and eight top tens in 12 starts this season. Bonsignore’s last race was the NAPA SK 5k where he finished ninth.

“Art was in the hospital with some complications, but he’s doing a lot better now. He’s been getting the car ready. He’s the hardest working 81 or 82-year-old man that you’ll ever meet. He does it all, so it means a lot and we didn’t really want to go to the racetrack without him anyways. And Kenny had a lot going on with the business and it just kind of everything kind of fell into place there that week to take some time off. So, but looking forward to getting back with them.”

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It’s “Showtime” for “Ole Blue” at the North-South Shootout

Concord, North Carolina — When the green flag falls to start this year’s John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout at North Carolina’s Concord Speedway, the Boehler Racing Enterprises team will be able to tell their driver, “It’s Showtime.”

Jimmy “Showtime” Blewett and Michael Boehler are partnering together to have Blewett drive the famous “Ole Blue” No. 3 machine in this year’s $10,000-to-win Tour-Type Modified main event on November 7.

The North-South Shootout is Blewett’s first event planned in his return to asphalt racing. Blewett had been running dirt Modifieds in the Northeast for the last two years after a successful pavement career that included a North-South Shootout SK Modified victory in 2007.

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North-South Shootout And 2016 Easter Bunny 150 Winners to Receive Automatic Berths for 43rd Annual Oxford 250

CHARLOTTE, NC (September 16) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) President Tom Mayberry announced an exciting program today that will award automatic starting spots for the 43rd Annual Oxford 250 next August at Oxford Plains Speedway.  The “Road To The Oxford 250” will see the Super Late Model winners of this year’s North-South Shootout at Concord Speedway and the 2016 Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway awarded a starting position for one of the hardest races to qualify for in all of short track racing, the 2016 Oxford 250.  The positions will be guaranteed as long that driver exhausts every opportunity to make the race via heats races, last chances races, and/or consolation races for the Oxford 250.  Should that driver not qualify through one of those preliminary races, they will be awarded a provisional based on their win at Concord or Hickory.  This year, Glen Luce took home over $31,000 for his win in the Oxford 250, making it the richest Super Late Model event on asphalt.

“We’re very excited to announce the “Road To The Oxford 250” program for our drivers and race fans throughout North America,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry.  “We began planning for next year’s Oxford 250 the day after Glen Luce took the checkered flag in this year’s race.  We believe the return of the North-South Shootout to Concord in November and next year’s Easter Bunny 150 are two of the most prestigious races in PASS South and we are glad to add just a little more incentive to these two great events.”

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Mr. Rooter Backing SK Modifieds’ Return to North-South Shootout

SK Modified Teams to Compete for $5,000 Winner’s Price November 7

Concord, North Carolina — A tradition is returning to Concord Speedway this November when the ground-pounding Modifieds hit the North Carolina tri-oval in the North-South Shootout for the first time since 2011.

Another tradition that was a staple of North-South Shootouts of old at Concord, the SK Modified division, will be returning as well.  Thanks to the support from Mr. Rooter and its Connecticut-based franchise owner Vin Beedle, the SK’s will join their big-brother Tour-Type Modifieds for a $5,000-to-win North-South Shootout feature on November 7.

Beedle, who owns an SK Modified piloted by former NASCAR National Champion Keith Rocco as well as other cars for racers that compete at tracks in Connecticut and beyond, has pledged his support to ensure the return of the SK Modifieds to the most prolific late-season open Modified event of them all.
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NEMST Bound for Concord

Promoter Bob Guptill confirmed tonight that the Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour presented by Twisted Tea will be supporting the North-South Shootout at Concord (NC) Speedway November 6-7.

“It’s great,” Guptill said of the opportunity to race at Concord. “We traveled to Caraway (NC Speedway in Asheboro) back in March and ran one car with Darren there and had a great time. Being there to,showcase the best the NEMST has to offer against the best in the south holds a special meaning. It’s such a legendary weekend and being back, at Concord is that much better.”

“We have a great reputation with the southern crowd and it will be great to go to their turf for this round of the battle,” Continue reading ‘NEMST Bound for Concord’

Zane Smith Takes 2nd Straight PASS South Win in Return to Concord

KINGSPORT, TN (May 8) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model points leader Zane Smith took the lead following contact between leaders Roger Lee Newton and Jeff Fultz with 11 laps to go and led the rest of the way to win Friday night’s Old Glory 125 at Concord Speedway.  Smith’s victory came in the first race back at the venerable half-mile speedway in nearly three years.

“I don’t know how I won this one, I told them on the radio ‘I don’t know how I’m going pass them, but I’m going to figure out a way to get by’,” said Smith in victory lane afterwards.  “To be honest, I kinda saw it coming because they [Newton and Fultz] were running so close.  We didn’t qualify great, but we were consistent and I knew we would be good in the race.  And, luckily we were.”

In qualifying, Jody Measamer scorched the half-mile triangular speedway with an average lap speed of over 116 miles per hour.  Following the top 10 qualifiers redraw, Measamer would start third behind Roger Lee Newton and Tate Fogleman.

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2 Brunnhoelzls at Riverhead Opening Day

IMG_8917Bill Park stepped out of the driver’s seat of his always beautiful No. 20 NASCAR Modified, he has filled that seat with several talented drivers. Park will have a trio of drivers this year. Last year’s regular driver Ryan Preece will be back for 8 races and Ron Silk will be in the car for about 5 races plus the 2 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races.

A familiar face will drive the car on opening night at Riverhead (NY) Raceway. Former Long Islander George Brunnhoelzl, III will venture north from North Carolina to pilot the East West Marine/Elite Towing and Transport/Meade’s Welding & Fabricating car. He will be returning to Riverhead for the first time since 2011, when he drove a NASCAR WMT race.

I talked to George Monday about coming back to Riverhead, coming back to Long Island to drive for Bill Park and his season in general.

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PASS Finalizes 2015 South Super Late Model & Pro Late Model Dates

CHARLOTTE, NC (November 24) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced today that the 2015 schedules have been finalized for both the PASS South Super Late Model and PASS Pro Late Model divisions.  With 15 dates confirmed, including a final event to be added in October, the PASS South Super Late Models will compete at 11 different venues in 4 states over the course of the 2015 season.

“Due to some circumstances out of our control, we had to move a couple of dates around and wanted to get our schedule finalized as quickly as possible so our teams can start planning for next year,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry.  “We believe this is one of the strongest schedules we have ever put together and are excited about the possibilities 2015 presents for the South’s top Super and Pro Late Models.”

The PASS South Super Late Models and PASS Pro Late Models will now compete at both Anderson Motor Speedway in South Carolina and the Caraway Speedway in North Carolina twice each in 2015. Anderson Motor Speedway will host both PASS divisions on Saturday, March 21, featuring a 150 lap event for the PASS South Super Late Models.  This is in addition to the previously announced Electric City 125 that will be held at Anderson on Friday night, June 19.

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PASS Releases 2015 Pro Late Model Schedule

 CHARLOTTE, NC (October 21) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced today a schedule of at least 12 PASS Pro Late Model events for the upcoming 2015 season. Each PASS Pro Late Model event in 2015 will be in conjunction with the PASS South Super Late Model division. Most events will be 50 laps in length and will continue under the same format that was utilized this season.

“The PASS Pro Late Model division has proven to be a great stepping stone for drivers looking to eventually make the move up to PASS South,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry. “Having the PASS Pro Late Models as a companion event to most of our PASS South Super Late Model races sets up a great weekend of action for our fans. We have several new teams planning to join the series next year and are excited about the potential growth of the PASS Pro Late Model division in 2015.”

The PASS Pro Late Model season will begin on Saturday, March 7 at Dillon Motor Speedway and conclude with the final of two events at Hickory Motor Speedway as part of the Mason Dixon Meltdown weekend of action on Saturday, November 21. Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, NC will host the PASS Pro Late Model division the most of any track in 2015 with three events. Additional PASS Pro Late Model events will be held at Myrtle Beach Speedway, Concord Speedway, Anderson Motor Speedway, Greenville-Pickens Speedway, and tentatively at Orange County Speedway.

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