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Durham USAC Speed2 Eastern Midget Race Results

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS: March 25, 2016 – Durham, North Carolina – Orange County Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-14.226; 2. Mick McFarland, 27, McFarland-14.370; 3. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-14.381; 4. Kyle Resco, 56, Resco-14.482; 5. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-14.549; 6. Jake Trainor, 8T, Trainor-14.603; 7. Connor James Yonchuk, 99, Radical-14.603; 8. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-14.625; 9. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-14.815; 10. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-14.887; 11. Eric Lewis, 28, Radical-14.897; 12. Jake Smith, 93, Smith-15.146; 13. Jake Garcia, 35, Garcia-15.189; 14. Ben McFarland, 25, McFarland-15.421.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Jessica Bean, 2. George Kurtz, 3. Kyle Resco, 4. Mick McFarland, 5. Nolan Allison, 6. Sam Hatfield, 7. Jagger Parker, 8. Jake Trainor, 9. Connor James Yonchuk, 10. Jake Garcia, 11. Jake Smith, 12. Ben McFarland, 13. Chris Lamb, 14. Eric Lewis. NT
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Bloom Hopes to Repeat Past Hickory Success

HOLLY, Mich. — Former Hickory Motor Speedway winner and National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Jeff Bloom will head back south and try to duplicate his past success during the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series season-opening Southern Shootout on April 21-22.

The Southern Shootout will pit the new Must See South division against teams from the Must See North division and across the country, with the North taking on the South and the 410s doing battle against the 306s.

Must See Racing’s 2017 season opens at Anderson (S.C.) Motor Speedway on April 21 and moves to Hickory the following night.

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Northwest Qualifiers for Oxford and Hickory, Entry Forms, and Lap Boards Keep PASS Busy

CHARLOTTE, NC (February 15) – Although the 2017 Pro All Stars Series (PASS) season is barely under way, North America’s most prominent Super Late Model tour is already looking towards two of the biggest events of the year, the 44th Annual Oxford 250 in August and the recently announced Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300 in November.  Today officials from PASS, the Northwest Super Late Model Series, and Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval (WVSO) announced that two events at the Washington State speedway will serve as qualifiers for each of the premier events in PASS.

“I met Tom [Mayberry] at North Wilkesboro about five years ago and since then we have become good friends and shared a lot of late night talks while on the road traveling,” said Garrett Evans, a multi-time Super Late Model champion in the Northwest.  “It was a great honor to have the PASS Northwest Triple Crown at WVSO, my hometown track, a few years ago.  The timing wasn’t right for a series in our area then, but I feel things are getting closer for PASS to possibly return next year.”

As part of the agreement, the top two finishers in the Leonard Evans Memorial 150 at WVSO on April 29 will be on “The Road To The Oxford 250” and will have guaranteed starting spots in the prestigious race.  Additionally, the top two finishers of the Neal Newberry 125 at WVSO on September 23 will have guaranteed starting spots in the Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300 at Hickory Motor Speedway in November, which will pay $15,000 to win, plus additional lap leader money.
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CARS Tour Announces Road to Bristol Lock in Races at Dominion and Hickory

Mooresville, NC 1/23/17- The Road to Bristol for the CARS Tour will go through two tracks on the 2017 schedule leading up to the Inaugural U.S. Nationals of Short Track Racing at Bristol Motor Speedway on May 19-21, 2017. First, the event at Dominion Raceway on March 25th will give one Super Late Model driver a chance to leave the ultra-fast Virginia track with a top 29 starting position at Bristol in May. Following Dominion, Late Model Stock drivers will get their shot at a top 26 provisional starting spot in Thunder Valley when the tour visits Hickory Motor Speedway on May 6th.

Each of the lock-in events are comprised of the new Dual format races and will feature single-car qualifying at each event, with lap one of record-setting the starting field of race one, and lap two of qualifying setting the starting lineup for race two. The driver who has the highest average overall finishing position between the two races will be awarded the Bristol provisional. If a tie occurs with multiple drivers scoring the same average finish, a tie breaker will revert to qualifying results.

“These lock in races play perfectly into our new dual format races. The duel format races with the highest average finisher earning the Bristol provisional, without question opens the door to more competitors having an opportunity to win that golden ticket for the U.S. Nationals in May,” stated CARS Tour Series Director, Chris Ragle. “There’s very much an opportunity for a driver to finish fourth in both races, for example, and earn a starting spot for Bristol. The door is wide open to everyone this way and that’s something we really like and the competitors should too.”

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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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Griffith has Busy PASS Slate

Derek Griffith of Hudson, NH will pursue a pair of Super Late Model championships in the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) this season.  Griffith will return for his sophomore PASS North season and the complete PASS National schedule.

“I’d love to win some races, redeem myself in the Oxford 250,” Griffith said.

Griffith will be making his first visit to Canadian and southern tracks Autodrome Montmagny, Dillon, Hickory, Orange County, and Speedway 660.

“We seem to excel at tracks we have not been too. I love running at new tracks! Super excited to run over the border and down south!”

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McCaskill, Setzer Victorious in Ultra-Competitive CARS Tour Hickory Event

Deac McCaskill celebrates his first career win at Hickory Motor Speedway after Saturday's Cloer Construction 300 for the CARS Racing Tour. It was McCaskill's third career CARS Tour win and gives him a 13-point advantage going into the season finale on November 12th at Southern National Motorsports Park.

NEWTON, NC (Oct. 31, 2016) — Deac McCaskill and Brandon Setzer emerged victorious in an event that featured a combined 16 lead changes among 10 drivers during Saturday night’s CARS Tour Cloer Construction at Hickory Motor Speedway. It was McCaskill’s second win of the season, extending his point lead heading into the season finale, and Setzer’s first this season. For both, it was also their third career win in the series.

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Tommy Lemons, Jr., improved his odds in the CARS Tour championship chase by winning the Hedgecock Racing Pole Position in qualifying, a feat worth an extra point in his championship chase of Deac McCaskill. Craig Moore, a series interloper, started outside of Lemons in only his second career race. 

Lemons charged to the point on the drop of the green flag, but his stay there was short-lived as former NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year Stephen Leicht rocketed to the front in his Jani-King No. 5 car to lead from lap 5 until a caution on lap 15 for a multi-car incident on the frontstretch involving Layne Riggs, Chris Denny, and Thomas Beane. Riggs ultimately parked his ride due to damage from the accident.

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S Tour Event Preview: Cloer Construction 300 – Hickory Motor Speedway

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MOORESVILLE, NC (October 25, 2016): What was supposed to be the 2016 season finale for the CARS Tour; this weekend’s Cloer Construction 300 at Hickory Motor Speedway, will be race nine on the 2016 schedule setting up the season finale on November 12th at Southern National Motorsports Park. The twin 150 lap races will see an increase in purse due to lap sponsorship being paid in both divisions. Each sponsored lap will award $30 per lap to the leader and $20 to the tenth position respectively. The bonus money could see track favorites like Josh Berry, Stephen Leicht, Brandon Setzer, and Preston Peltier come to the front in a hurry and walk away with a bigger payday than normal. The battle for the tenth position should be just as intriguing. Meanwhile, championship contenders Deac McCaskill and Raphael Lessard must come away with solid finishes if they want to have some breathing room to clinch their first ever CARS Tour championship two weeks later.

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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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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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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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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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Countdown to the Carolinas: Johnny Bridges

HOLLY, Mich. — When the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series presented by Engine Pro (MSRSCS) announced their 2016 schedule would include four stops on the asphalt in North and South Carolina, few drivers were more excited about the shows than Cherryville, N.C. veteran Johnny Bridges.

After finishing second to National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Jeff Bloom in the series’ inaugural stop at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway in 2015, the long-time 360 sprint car racer was hungry for more and hoping there would be a repeat performance.

Now, Bridges will have his shot at redemption during the two season-opening MSRSCS shows on April 15-16, at Anderson (S.C.) Motor Speedway and Hickory, which returns to the Must See Racing calendar for the second consecutive year.

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Former Easter Bunny 150 Champions Looking For Another Trophy at Hickory

CHARLOTTE, NC (March 23) – Since it’s inception in 2006, the Easter Bunny 150 has grown to be one of the most sought after checkered flags in all of short track racing.  Just a glance at the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model entry list for this Saturday afternoon’s event at Hickory Motor Speedway shows the importance of this event for racers from across the continent.  And the stakes are even higher this year since the winner gets an automatic starting spot in the 43rd Annual Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway in August.

Mike Rowe has won nearly every major short track event in New England, including the Oxford 250, during his long and successful career.  And, although he was finally able to snare his first career PASS North Super Late Model championship last year, it was not actually his first PASS title.  Rowe made the trek down South in 2006 and won the inaugural Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory, before eventually going on to win the first PASS South Super Late Model championship.

“When Tom [Mayberry] said he was coming down, we all said we wanted to be a part of that first deal,” said Rowe.  “We had no idea that we would win, but we had a caution late in the race and I had a strong motor and I out hauled them on the line and we just came on back with a victory.  I always love coming back, it’s awesome.  I just love racing with the guys down here.”

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Christian Eckes Exceeds Goals in Rattler 250

GREENVILLE, NY — Fifteen-year-old Christian Eckes had never seen South Alabama Speedway’s pavement before the Rattler 250 weekend. There, he was going up against some of the nation’s top short track talents in the Southern Super Series, Super Late Model event. Those two factors combined led Eckes to a pre-race goal of a solid top-10 finish.

Armed with a fast race car, some good help on the radio and a gutsy pit call, Eckes left the track with results that far exceeded his initial goal.

Eckes used a four-tire pit stop following the lap-100 competition caution to gain momentum. With new rubber, he shot to second and challenged the leader ahead of him throughout most of the remaining laps before crossing beneath the checkered flag in the third position.

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Drivers Ready to Kickoff Inaugural Southern Modified Racing Series Season at Hickory

CHARLOTTE, NC (March 21) – Modified racers from all over the East Coast are busy preparing for this weekend’s inaugural event for the Southern Modified Racing Series Presented By PASS.  The South’s newest Tour-type Modified division will compete 10 times in 2016 beginning with Saturday’s Easter Bunny 125 at Hickory Motor Speedway.  Each Southern Modified Racing Series Presented By PASS event this year will be 125 laps and pay $3,000 to win and $500 to start, with the exception of the inaugural race at Hickory Motor Speedway.  The Easter Bunny 125 will pay $5,000 to the winner of the history making first race.

The Pasteryak family of Connecticut is synonymous with Tour-type Modified racing in the Northeast.  Both Chris and Charlie Pasteryak are entered for Saturday night’s inaugural Easter Bunny 125.  Chris Pasteryak is not only excited about the Easter Bunny 125, but also looking forward to competing full-time as he seeks the SMRS championship.

“As a fan, I have always been impressed with PASS and their ability to promote big races for the Super Late Models up and down the East Coast, so to see them apply this to Modified racing could be very good for the division,” says Pasteryak.  “Hickory Motor Speedway has played a huge role in short track racing so I can’t think of a better venue to start at.  For our team last year, we went to Hickory in the Spring and were able to use the weekend as a great way to get a jump on the New England racing season.  So when PASS announced this event, it immediately went right on our schedule.  Everyone is excited to get down there and get back to racing again.”

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JR Motorsports Back on Track at Hickory Motor Speedway with Another Josh Berry Win

March 12, 2016 Newton, NC: An unseasonably warm and pleasant March day greeted competitors and fans alike as the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series rolled back in to Hickory Motor Speedway for Round 2 of the Paramount Kia ‘Big 10’ Racing Challenge.

Leading off the evening’s events would be the Catawba Realty & Insurance Co. Classic Sportsman Racing Series hotrods and their 25 lap feature. Bill Webb in the #16 would lead the field to green after turning the hot lap in qualifying with the #95 of Eddie Gilbert lined up to his outside. Gilbert would grab the early lead but would face constant pressure by 2015 series co-champion Webb. The pair would set a torrid pace but in the end Gilbert would grab win #1 for the year with Webb finishing a close 2nd. Dennis Hinkle in the #90 would come home in 3rd, Bill Powell in the #71 would get 4th, and Tom Fenn in the #83 would round out the top 5.

The Limited Late Models would roar to life next as they would roll off for their 35 lap feature. Jeremy Pelfrey in the #51 would grab the pole and start from the point with Monty Cox in the #21 to his outside. Pelfrey would jump to an early lead as the green flag fell. The battle for 2nd would stay interesting throughout the event as it was contested by Cox, Evan Duggins in the #12, Evan Swilling in the #18, and Charlie Watson in the #9. Despite a late race caution Pelfrey would drive on for the win and celebrate in an emotional victory lane. A regular fixture at Hickory Motor Speedway, Pelfrey had missed the season opener with an unexpected hospitalization. A joyous celebration in victory lane with family and friends would help soothe any lingering effects and provide the story book ending that everyone wanted to see. Coming home 2nd for the second straight week would be Swilling. Rounding out the top 5 would be Watson in 3rd, Duggins in 4th, and Mitch Walker 5th in the #29.

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PIT BOX: K&N East Action Returns At Mobile

Whelen Southern Mods Open 2016 Season At Caraway

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

• The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will head to Alabama’s Mobile International Speedway for its second race of the season and its inaugural race at the half-mile oval. After an exciting season opener at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway, new and old faces will look to capture their first victory of the year. With New Smyrna race winner, Todd Gilliland, not scheduled to compete the Mobile 150 trophy and first place in the series standings is up for grabs. Some familiar faces will be entering the fray as former series race winners Jesse Little and Brandon Gdovic will be making their first starts of the season.

• The green flag at North Carolina’s Caraway Speedway on Saturday will usher in the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season. George Brunnhoelzl III and defending two-time tour champion Andy Seuss will enter as the early favorites as the two have won 14 of the last 20 races at the .455-mile track. Jason Myers set the track record during qualifying for this event last year and looks to continue his streak as the only driver to start every event held at Caraway since the tour began in 2005.

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Millington Tastes NWAAS Late Model Victory at 14 Years Old

Wins Paramount Kia ‘Big 10′ Challenge Round 1

Newton NC: March 5 th – Racing action returned this Saturday to Hickory Motor Speedway as it opened the doors for its 66th season with the Spring Classic Season Opener and the 1st Round of the Paramount Kia ‘Big 10’ Racing Challenge.

The first race on tap for the opening night would be the Super Trucks with Sheflon Clay in the #15 on the pole, with Dillon Faggart in the #09 to his outside, 2015 HMS Track Champion Tyler Dayton would start 3rd, and the #51 of Allen Huffman rounded out row 2. Clay would go to the point early and hold off repeated challenges from Dayton, Faggart, and Huffman to grab his 1st win on the young season. Dayton would finish 2nd, Faggart would grab 3rd, while Kerry Lawrence in the #03 and Jason Smith in the #25 would round out the top 5.

Next up would be the Limited Late Models hitting the historic 3/8 mile oval. Charlie Watson in the #9 would take up where he left off in the 2015 season by grabbing the pole, Mark Johnson in the #88 would start to his outside, Evan Swilling in the #18 and Baron Kuritzky in the #17 would round out the 2nd row starting positions. Watson and Swilling would swap the lead several times and there would be exciting door to door action throughout the field. Watson would eventually take the lead for good and pull to his 1st win of the season. Johnson would battle it out and grab the 2nd finishing position while Swilling would take a 3rd place podium finish. Baron Kuritzky in the #17 would get 4th place while Dylan Oliver in the #3 would bring home a top 5.
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Shenette to Start 2016 Season with Slate of PASS National and Northern Races

THOMPSON, CT (December 28) – With the Mason-Dixon Meltdown in the history books, Dynasty Motorsports is solely focused on competing in 2016.

“Our only goal for this year is seat time,” said team owner and driver John-Michael Shenette. “With seat time come’s consistency, and with consistency comes success. We have the car and the resources to compete in the Pro All Stars Series, now it’s time to put our effort to good use and show results.”

In addition to the Karting 2 Conquer Cancer Go-Kart event in January, Dynasty Motorsports has also submitted an application for the Winter Meltdown at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina. The race is the first Pro All Stars Series National and South event of the year, and will be held on February 6th.

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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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Setzer Claims Meltdown Thriller at Hickory; Tate Fogleman Takes Championship

HICKORY, NC (November 21) – Brandon Setzer took the lead from Mike Hopkins for the final time with 60 laps to go and held on for a popular hometown win Saturday afternoon in the 10th Annual Mason-Dixon Meltdown 200 at Hickory Motor Speedway.  Setzer becomes the 7th different first-time winner in Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model competition for 2015.

“Man it’s so awesome to get this win in front of the hometown crowd, I’ve got so many sponsors and family and friends here, I’ve just got to thank everybody so much,” said Setzer in victory lane.  “Mike Hopkins drove a great race and his stuff stayed together way better than I thought it would in the first half.  He [Hopkins] pushed me really hard there, that’s all I had, and Tyler [Church] there at the end too, but you know this thing had enough.”

While Setzer was celebrating his first career win, third generation racer Tate Fogleman soldiered home to a tenth place finish to secure his first career PASS South Super Late Model championship.  At 15-years-old, Fogleman becomes the youngest driver to ever win a PASS Super Late Model championship.  By following his father, Jay, as a series champion, they join Mike and Ben Rowe as the only father-son combination to ever win a PASS title.  Zane Smith saw a big points lead evaporate late in the season due to late season penalties.  Smith was fined for jumping a late restart at South Boston Speedway in August.  That paled in comparison to a huge points and monetary penalty assessed after an event at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in October in which Smith intentionally spun race winner Joey Doiron after the checkered flag, destroying Doiron’s machine.  Smith’s collapse late in the year played into Fogleman’s hand and paved the way for him to win his first title.
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PASS South Title Fight Going Down to the Wire at Hickory’s Mason-Dixon Meltdown

CHARLOTTE, NC (November 13) – As a long 2015 season for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Models gets set to come to an end next weekend at Hickory Motor Speedway, race fans will be focused on a thrilling championship battle.  Four drivers will come to Hickory with a shot at the South’s most prestigious Super Late Model championship at the completion of 200 green flag laps in the 10th Annual Mason-Dixon Meltdown.  Since 2006, the Meltdown has seen some of the biggest names in Super Late Model racing go to victory lane including Cassius Clark, Ben Rowe, Johnny Clark, Justin Wakefield, and Preston Peltier.

The top four drivers in the PASS South Super Late Model points, Tate Fogleman, Zane Smith, Matt Craig, and Jody Measamer, are only separated by 23 points heading into the Mason-Dixon Meltdown.  Young Tate Fogleman finds himself in an enviable position as the PASS South points leader.  But at the same time, the third-generation racer will face the difficult decision of whether or not he should race hard or be conservative when gets to Hickory Motor Speedway next Saturday.

“Hickory is as good as anywhere for us to try and win a championship,” says Fogleman, driver of the family-owned Bull City Race Cars Ford #8.  “We are going to have to find a balance between taking risks and staying safe.  We definitely won’t be able to ride around because of the tight points battle, but we also don’t need to take a lot of chances and end up in an accident, completely ending our championship hopes.”   

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Heavy Rains Force Southern Mod Cancellation

MTP Tire 150 At Hickory Will Not Be Rescheduled

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Due to substantial rainfall in Hickory and additional precipitation forecast through Sunday, NASCAR and officials at Hickory Motor Speedway have cancelled the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour MTP Tire 150.

The race was originally scheduled for the North Carolina track on Saturday and pre-emptively moved to Sunday when heavy rain began at week’s end. NASCAR officials visited the track today and determined the surface will not be suitable for racing tomorrow. 

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Weather Causes NWSMT Postponement

MTP Tire 150 At Hickory Moved To Sunday

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Due to impending severe weather expected to hit North Carolina later this week, NASCAR and officials at Hickory Motor Speedway have preemptively moved the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race to Sunday, Oct. 4.

The MTP Tire 150 was originally scheduled for the North Carolina track on Saturday. The schedule for Sunday is still being finalized; NASCAR and track officials will continue to monitor the weather situation and make updates accordingly.

The race is the 10th in an 11-race schedule, and defending series champion Andy Suess leads brothers Burt and Jason Myers by 10 points apiece. Four-time champion George Brunnhoelzl III is just 13 points out of the lead and won the race at Hickory in 2011, the last time the tour visited the .363-mile oval.

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Southern Mod Tour Stat Advance: Hickory

Analyzing The MTP Tire 150 At Hickory Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour heads to Hickory Motor Speedway for the first time since 2011 for Saturday’s MTP Tire 150. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers at the track:

Hickory 150 Setup:
• George Brunnhoelzl III is the only driver entered in this weekend’s NWSMT race at Hickory Motor Speedway to win there. He won in 2011 in his lone start at the track.  
• Burt Myers, Jason

Myers

and Frank Fleming are the only drivers entered in this weekend’s race to start both previous races at Hickory.
• Two-time NWSMT champion Junior Miller won the inaugural NWSMT event at Hickory in 2006.

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Southern Mod Tour Stat Advance: Hickory

Analyzing The MTP Tire 150 At Hickory Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour heads to Hickory Motor Speedway for the first time since 2011 for Saturday’s MTP Tire 150. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers at the track:

Hickory 150 Setup:
• George Brunnhoelzl III is the only driver entered in this weekend’s NWSMT race at Hickory Motor Speedway to win there. He won in 2011 in his lone start at the track.  
• Burt Myers, Jason Myers, and Frank Fleming are the only drivers entered in this weekend’s race to start both previous races at Hickory.
• Two-time NWSMT champion Junior Miller won the inaugural NWSMT event at Hickory in 2006.

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Southern Modified News & Notes: Hickory

Tour Returns To Track For First Time Since 2011

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The penultimate event on the 2015 schedule will be held this Saturday as the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour returns to Hickory Motor Speedway for the first time since 2011 for the MTP Tire 150.

One driver who is looking forward to returning to the track is four-time Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion George Brunnhoelzl III. Brunnhoelzl has rebounded from a tough start to the season with three straight podium finishes to get back in contention for a potential fifth championship.

Brunnhoelzl won at Hickory in 2011 when he took the lead from Zach Brewer with two laps to go in the race. The West Babylon, New York, native will be the only driver in the field this weekend that has won a NASCAR-sanctioned modified race at the historic track.

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Southern Modified News & Notes: Hickory

Tour Returns To Track For First Time Since 2011

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The penultimate event on the 2015 schedule will be held this Saturday as the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour returns to Hickory Motor Speedway for the first time since 2011 for the MTP Tire 150.

One driver who is looking forward to returning to the track is four-time Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion George Brunnhoelzl III. Brunnhoelzl has rebounded from a tough start to the season with three straight podium finishes to get back in contention for a potential fifth championship.

Brunnhoelzl won at Hickory in 2011 when he took the lead from Zach Brewer with two laps to go in the race. The West Babylon, New York, native will be the only driver in the field this weekend that has won a NASCAR-sanctioned modified race at the historic track.

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