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

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

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

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

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Watch the PASS Orange Blossom Special Saturday on Speed51.com

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

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

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

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

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

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USAC Speed2 Eastern Midgets Make Durham Debut Saturday; Western Dirt Returns Sunday to Chowchilla

USAC Speed2 Midgets compete on both the East and West coasts this weekend. The Eastern series debuts Saturday at Orange County Speedway in Durham, N.C., while the Western series returns to the dirt at Chowchilla (Calif.) Speedway Sunday.

Chris Lamb won the 2016 USAC Eastern title and Jesse Love IV is the 2017 USAC Western US Dirt leader after winning at Chowchilla on March 12.
Toni Breidinger, of Hillsborough, Calif., is now the all-time leader in terms of USAC feature victories by a female after leading all 30 laps of Saturday night’s race at Madera (Calif.) Speedway. The win was her 10th, breaking a tie with Ashley Hazelton. Jesse Love IV was second ahead of Adam Lemke, Tom Paterson and Annie Breidinger.

Farrington Poised to Continue PASS Title Run at Orange County

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

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

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

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PASS South Title Contenders Prepare for Orange County Return

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

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

After a tight battle throughout the season in 2016 with Kodie Conner, Craig was able to prevail and capture the championship.  But, he knows it will be no easy task to become the first two-time winner of the South’s oldest Super Late Model championship.
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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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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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CARS Tour Event Preview powered by KRC Power Steering: Summertime Showdown 250 – Orange County Speedway

CARS Tour Event Preview powered by KRC Power Steering: Summertime Showdown 250 – Orange County Speedway

7:30PMJuly 30, 2016

MOORESVILLE, NC (July 26, 2016): The CARS Tour returns to the thrilling Orange County Speedway after a midsummer break marking the mid-season point of the 2016 schedule. The major headline of the event in the Late Model Stock division is the absence of JR Motorsports driver Josh Berry, who will be competing in the Iowa Xfinity Series race Saturday night. Berry, who is the only LMSC repeat winner, is just seven points behind point leader Deac McCaskill. However, the JR Motorsports team can still win the series owner’s championship as they have tapped newcomer Scott Bishop to drive the #88B ride. The Super Late Model division will see several newcomers this weekend including Chandler Smith, Wade Day, and dirt ace Tanner Thorson in what looks to be a stacked field at Orange County. No driver has been able to repeat as a winner in the division, will this weekend make six different winners in six races, or will a driver double up for the first time this season making a serious bid toward winning the championship?

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CARS Tour Event Preview: April 16th Orange Blossom 300 at Orange County Speedway

CARS Tour Event Preview powered by KRC Power Steering: Orange Blossom 300 pres. by The Grilling Store – Orange County Speedway

7:30PMApril 16, 2016

MOORESVILLE, NC (April 12, 2016): Known as one of the fastest 3/8th-mile tracks, Orange County Speedway produces some of the best racing short track fans will see in the Carolinas. With that being said it’s also one of the most physical tracks on race equipment. The multi-groove racing surface often creates disagreements among drivers upon exiting the turns, which then turns into incidents and good runs gone bad. Racing at Orange County is just as much about racing the track as your fellow competitor. Super Late Model regulars like Cole Timm, Quin Houff, and Nicole Behar will have their work cut out for them this weekend as NASCAR Truck regulars John Hunter Nemechek and Christopher Bell return to the track they both enjoy competing at. On the Late Model Stock side of things, several drivers with home track advantage like Ronald Hill, Justin Johnson, and Chris Davis could all have good runs with their knowledge of racing around the lighting fast facility.

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CARS Tour Event Preview powered by KRC Power Steering: Summertime Showdown 250 pres. by The Grilling Store & CV Products –Orange County Speedway

7PM – August 1, 2015

MOORESVILLE, NC (July 28, 2015): A return to the lightning-fast Orange County Speedway falls on the calendar this Saturday night for all CARS Tour competitors. The seventh race of the ten race tour is when the championship point focus truly begins to set in for drivers and teams. A single point separates Late Model Stock championship leader Brayton Haws and second place Myatt Snider, while Cole Timm leads Kyle Grissom by only eight markers on the Super Late Model Tour. Those four drivers survived a wild Orange Blossom 300 race in April, each coming away with top five finishes in their respective divisions. They will need to duplicate those efforts in this weekend’s Summertime Showdown 250, a race which has all the ingredients of another “wild one at Orange County.” Hot, early August, summertime temperatures will make the high-banked .375-mile track slick and greasy, meaning grip will be at premium for all competitors. With less grip comes higher risk for trouble on the track. Those two elements – tire management and racing incident-free – are easier said than done at the North Carolina facility that labels itself as “America’s Fastest 3/8th Mile Track.”

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Super Cup Stock Car Series Traveling South in September

Officials with the Super Cup Stock Car Series and Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, North Carolina are excited to announce an added event to their schedules. Saturday, September 12 will mark the first time the series has visited the 3/8-mile located near the cities of Raleigh and Durham, although the facility has hosted similar cars in the past.

The national tour, now known as the NASCAR Xfinity Series, held races at OCS from 1983 through 1994 as well as the former Pro Cup series in recent years. SCSCS will bring a glimpse of the past with affordable full-bodied stock cars rubbing fenders in grassroots fashion, the way it used to be.

“We are looking forward to bringing the Super Cup Stock Car Series to OCS for 2015,” Orange County Speedway Director of Operations Terry Deal stated. “Our fans will be pleased to see the show that this touring series will put on.”

In the spring, SCSCS officials announced that former Pro Cup teams will be permitted to bring their existing machines to compete with only minor changes to be made. With SCSCS back in the Tar Heel State after a few year absence, racers in the area still with cars can compete in their own backyard. Paired with the existing supporters of the series, it will be a show that fans will not want to miss.
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Bell, Haws Dominate CARS Tour Orange Blossom 300

ROUGEMONT, NC (April 18, 2015) – Brayton Haws and Christopher Bell both put on clinics in their respective divisions and drove to victory in the Late Model Stock and Super Late Model portions of the CARS Racing Tour Orange Blossom 300, respectively, on Saturday night. For both drivers, the Orange County Speedway triumphs were their first wins of 2015 in the newly-formed tour.

Late Model Stock Recap:
Deac McCaskill proved once again he was the man to beat by winning the pole for the second straight race. Brayton Haws started alongside on the front row.

Much like the season opener at Southern National, McCaskill quickly got out to an early lead, but it would be much shorter-lived as Haws took command before the one-sixth mark. Shortly thereafter, Todd Gilliland, the winner of the season opener and series point leader, found himself involved in an incident with Stacy Puryear and numerous other contenders. The No. 98G of Gilliland was done for the night while others including Tyler Ankrum and Michael Fose were damaged significantly.

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CARS Tour Event Preview: Orange Blossom 300 pres. by The Grilling Store-Orange County Speedway

MOORESVILLE, NC (April 14, 2015): With the inaugural event of the CARS Tour in the books, the attention is now turned to this weekend’s Orange Blossom 300 at Orange County Speedway. A pair of teenagers in the form of Cole Timm, on the Super Late Model side, and Todd Gilliland, amongst the Late Model Stock crowd, surprised most by taking home the first ever victories in CARS Tour competition. The ultra-fast Orange County facility, known for multiple groove stellar racing, will quickly showcase which teams made gains from the data they collected after getting accustomed to CARS Tour competition. Knowledge gained of when to “go for it” and when to “ride”, in addition to knowing what kind of setup package works best for their ride, has all the ingredients of a must see event once again for both Super Late Model and Late Model Stock fans of central North Carolina.

Orange Blossom 300 pres. by The Grilling Store NOTES & QUOTES

NOTES:

Track/Location: Orange County Speedway-Rougemont, NC
Track Size: .375
Event Name: Orange Blossom 300 pres. by The Grilling Store

Laps/Distance: 150/56 miles (each)
Event Schedule: 10:45AM-1:30PM Practice, 4:30PM Qualifying, 6PM Last Chance Race, 7PM Green: LMSC-SLM
Twitter Handle/Event Hashtag: @CARSTour, @OCS_Track / #OrangeBlossom300

CARS SLM Tour Pre Entered Drivers: #00 Lucas Ransone, #2 Trevor Noles, #2L Robby Lyons, #2R Clay Rogers, #4 Brandon Lynn, #5V Dominique Van Wieringen, #6 Brandon Setzer, #8N John Hunter Nemechek, #12 Harrison Burton, #14D Chris Davidson, #16 Lucas Jones, #17 Quinn Houff, #18 Keil Spaulding, #24 Richard Gould, #29W Matthew Wragg, #31 Kyle Grissom, #33 Roger Lee Newton, #40 Grant Galloway, #47 Chris Fontaine, #51 Christopher Bell, #51N Stephen Nasse, #54 Matt Craig, #56 Gus Dean, #57 Cole Timm, #66 Steve Wallace, #67 Clay Jones, #71R Nick Robinson, #77 Zane Smith (28 total)

CARS LMSC Tour Pre Entered Drivers: #08 Deac McCaskill, #07 Clint King, #1 Trent Barnes, #2 Myatt Snider, #7 Justin Crider, #12 Ryan Wilson, #12M Austin McDaniel, #16 Jeff Oakley, #16S RD Smith, #17 Stacy Puryear, #23 Donnie Puryear Jr., #27 Tommy Lemons Jr., #28 Chris Hudspeth, #31 Thomas Beane, #34 Matt Waltz, #41 Brayton Haws, #42 Craig Stallard, #44 Justin Johnson, #50 Jamey Caudill, #54 Michael Fose, #58 Tyler Ankrum, #59 Roddey Sterling, #63 Christian PaHud, #77 Blake Stallings, #82 Christian Eckes, #88 Chris Davis, #88D Doug Barnes Jr., #88T Robert Tyler, #98 Stefan Parsons, #98G Todd Gilliland, #99 Mike Darne (31 total)

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Sargeant’s Next Step

Dalton Sargeant will compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2015 for HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks. A newcomer to stock cars, Sargeant made 21 Late Model starts in North Carolina and Virginia this season.

“We’ve actually been talking to everyone at HScott Motorsports for a few months now,” Sargeant said. “They were aware of when we were racing Late Model stock cars and kept an eye out. From there, we had a few conversations, but it wasn’t until we started racing Super Late Models that they were really interested.

“After the Snowball Derby, and with some help from partners that we will be able to announce at a later date, we were able to put together a package for the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. It’s really exciting to be able to compete with such a great race team and the people they have are second to none, six months ago I would’ve thought this opportunity was well out of reach, but very thankful they’re taking a chance and a gamble on me in 2015.”

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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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Christopher Bell Makes Impressive Debut With PASS South Win At Orange County

ROUGEMONT, NC (October 18) – Making only his second start in an asphalt stock car, Oklahoma’s Christopher Bell dominated the second half of the Orange County 150 presented by CV Products Saturday night at Orange County Speedway for his first career Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model win.  The victory was the second of the 2014 PASS season for the Kyle Busch Motorsports team to go along with a win by Busch at Canada’s Autodrome Chaudière in August.

 “This is just unbelievable to come out here and run with John Hunter Nemechek and all of these guys and come out on top,” said Bell after scoring the win in his PASS South Super Late Model debut.  “I can’t thank all of my guys enough.  They took me racing for the first time a few weeks ago and I really struggled.  But, they believed in me and stuck with me and now here we are.”

 In qualifying, Preston Peltier took his fourth straight quick qualifying time with a lap of 97.248 miles per hour around the high banked, 3/8 mile speedway.  In the top 10 qualifiers redraw, Jared Irvan moved to the pole position with Bell flanked alongside and Peltier moving back to start fourth.

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Orange County Postponed to October 25

ROUGEMONT, NC — The Fall Brawl 125 at Orange County Speedway has been postponed due to inclement weather. The KOMA Unwind Modified Madness Series will return on October 25. The season finale is at Bronson (FL) Motor Speedway.

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Orange County Up Next for KOMA Unwind Modified Madness Series

Fast 3/8 Mile Promises Great Action and Excitement

There only two events left on the Southern Modified Race Tour’s KOMA Unwind Modified Madness Series schedule and things have tightened up at the top in the chase for the right to wear the first crown as the series Champion.

Tim Brown’s win at Ace Speedway coupled with Burt Myers bad night moved the Rural hall, NC driver to within 10 points of Myers. Jason Myers ranks third in series standings, 63 points behind his brother. Those three drivers will decide the title between themselves. Bobby Sheffield ranks fourth in standings on the strength of several top five finishes. Spencer Davis and Jeremy Mayfield are locked in a tight battle for the 5th spot in standings with Davis only 10 markers ahead of former NASCAR Sprint Cup driver, Mayfield.

The Orange County Speedway event this weekend is a “statement” race for the new series. Car counts have been strong in this inaugural season but this is the final Modified race in the area this season. “Fans shouldn’t miss this last chance to see their local favorites duel close to home”, said SMRT Series Director Randy Myers. “These guys have put on some great racing this season and every one of them should be proud of their accomplishments. For a “new” series to come out of the box this strong is a testament to all the teams and the series sponsor, KOMA Unwind Relaxation Drink” Myers said.

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2015 PASS South Super Late Model Schedule Released for 10th Anniversary Season

Hickory Motor Speedway to host season-ending Mason Dixon Meltdown for the first time, in addition to the traditional running of the Easter Bunny 150 in the Spring
Series will host first racing event of any kind since 2012 at Concord Speedway on Memorial Day weekend
Myrtle Beach Speedway and Anderson Motor Speedway return to PASS South Super Late Model schedule in 2015 

CHARLOTTE, NC (October 5) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced today the release of the 2015 schedule for the PASS South Super Late Models. The 10th Anniversary season for the South’s top short track series will be highlighted by the return of stock car racing to the triangular shaped, half-mile Concord Speedway on Memorial Day weekend and by the move of the Mason Dixon Meltdown to the legendary Hickory Motor Speedway for the first time in series history. With 15 dates confirmed and an additional date to possibly be added in September, the PASS South Super Late Models will compete at 11 different venues over the course of the 2015 season.

“We are very pleased to be able to release our 2015 PASS South Super Late Model schedule at such an early date and hope that will help our fans and competitors as they prepare for next season,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry. “We’re very excited and honored that the PASS South Super Late Models will be bringing new life to Concord Speedway on Memorial Day weekend. Additionally, Hickory Motor Speedway has been at the heart of the series since it started in 2006 and we look forward to capping off our 10th Anniversary season there in November. All in all, we’ve got a great group of tracks returning to the schedule next year and are excited for the possibilities.”

For the fifth time in the last seven years, the 2015 PASS South Super Late Model season will kick off on Saturday, March 7th with the 10th Annual South Carolina Clash at Dillon Motor Speedway. The series will then travel north on Interstate 95 for the first of three PASS South Super Late Model events to be hosted by Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, NC on Saturday, March 21. The series will return to Southern National again on Saturday, July 18, while the Fall race at the 4/10 mile speedway will move up to Saturday, September 27.

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Krachun Set for Busy Weekend at Ace, Hickory

NEMA Lites Rookie on Verge of Championship

Ryan Krachun of Neshanic Station, NJ, went NEMA Lites racing this season due to car count and a new challenge. The desire to race against 20-22 cars weekly compared to 8-12 at some USAC events brought the 16-year-old driver to race across New England this season for his father Mike Krachun.

“Our experience with NEMA has been great,” Krachun said. “They welcomed us with open arms. I was lucky enough to meet some great people. … The cars are a lot of fun and the racing is really good too. In NEMA we can go three, even four wide at some tracks where in other sanctions you really can’t do that and that’s what makes the NEMA Midget so much fun.

“And what’s also been great was how the full NEMA Midget drivers have mentored me like Randy Cabral. He’s taken me under his wing and he’s helped me a lot at some of the different tracks and he’s just been a great guy to me.”

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The Racing Scholar: The Next Opportunity Awaits Staropoli

Patrick Staropoli, 24, of Plantation, FL is hunting for a new ride. The inaugural Peak Stock Car Dream Challenge winner finished fifth in his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West debut at Spokane for Bill McAnally Racing. The attention and the feel-good story should have ended there.

“It kind of eats at you, but at the same time I got a lot of confirmation this year that I belong there and that I can run there,” Staropoli said. “…  I know that if I get that right opportunity again that I can go out there and get it done.”

A third generation driver, Staropoli’s grandfather drove midgets in the 1940s and 50s at places like Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, NY and Wall Stadium in Belmar, NJ. The family relocated to Florida, where Staropoli’s father Nick raced Street Stocks and Late Models. His father raced “religiously” at Hialeah in the 1980s and 90s, before touring in the 90s for a few years. Patrick was at his first race at six months old, watching his dad.

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NEAR Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class

Drivers Deke Astle, Jim Martel, Mike Rowe, Fred Schulz, Ron Wyckoff, drag racing icon Bob Tasca, historian R.A. Silvia and car builder/mechanic Dave Tourigny make up the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame’s class of 2014.

They, along with the still to be announced pioneer class, will be inducted at NEAR’s 16th Hall of Fame banquet  Sunday, Nov. 16th, at The Lodge at Maneeley’s  in South Windsor, CT.

Banquet ticket information will be announced shortly and will be posted on the New England’s Antique Racers’ website (NEAR1.org) in the near future.

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KOMA Unwind Modified Madness Series Adds Coastal Plains & Bronson

TENTATIVE 2014 KOMA UNWIND MODIFIED MADNESS TOUR SCHEDULE

SOUTHERN MODIFIED RACE TOUR
DATE DAY TRACK LOCATION
3/22/14 SATURDAY HICKORY MOTOR SPEEDWAY HICKORY, NC
5/25/14 SUNDAY COASTAL PLAINS Speedway JACKSONVILLE ,NC
6/13/14 FRIDAY ACE SPEEDWAY ALTAMAHAW, NC
6/20 or 6/28 FRIDAY TBA
7/5/14 SATURDAY HICKORY MOTOR SPEEDWAY HICKORY, NC
7/25/14 FRIDAY TBA
8/15/14 FRIDAY ANDERSON MOTOR SPEEDWAY ANDERSON, SC
9/1/14 MONDAY ACE SPEEDWAY ALTAMAHAW, NC
10/11/14 SATURDAY ORANGE COUNTY SPEEDWAY ROUGEMONT, NC
10/25/14 SATURDAY BRONSON SPEEDWAY Archer, Florida
11/22 SATURDAY TBA

UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED ALL RACES ARE 125 GREEN FLAG LAPS
SCHEDULE IS TENTATIVE AND MAY CHANGE

Sources: KOMA Unwind Modified Madness Series PR

Dual Threat: Bonsignore Takes on NASCAR WMT & VMRS Competition

High Expectations for Icebreaker Winner

Change is good for Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, NY, who began the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season in victory lane. The Icebreaker was his second victory at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for Ken Massa’s M3 Technology team. Bonsignore led three times for 14 laps, including the final eight circuits. He bested Coors Light Pole Award winner Woody Pitkat and former champion Doug Coby for the victory. Long Islanders Timmy Solomito and Eric Goodale rounded out the top five.

“That was wild,” Bonsignore said. “I hope everybody enjoyed it. If they didn’t enjoy that I don’t know what they’re going to post on Facebook but great car. Oh my God. I was hoping I wasn’t going to be the guy to mess it up the last 25 laps. I knew I had a little bit better car.”

“He’s (Pitkat) going to win his fair share of them,” Bonsignore said. “Hopefully we go back and forth this year … He had a great car. I knew he was going to be the guy we had to beat. They tested here last week. Everybody said they were real quick. They showed it all weekend that they were real quick. They were a tick off on their pit stop and we were just a tick better and that’s all it took. The competition is so close you guys can see it. Just drove my butt off and was able to get it done.”

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PASS to Begin Airing Events on Pay-Per-View Online in 2014

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NAPLES, ME — Pro All Stars Series (PASS) President Tom Mayberry announced today that the series will begin airing pay-per-view events online this season. PASS TV will allow race fans around the world to watch North America’s premier short track series from the comfort of their own homes. TM Racing Videos will partner with PASS and utilize a multi-camera format to provide a first-of-its kind experience online for short track asphalt racers and fans. Fans will be able to access PASS TV through a link on ProAllStarsSeries.com and can enjoy the racing action from qualifying through the checkered flag. Through PASS TV, racers will be able to get those ever important sponsors the increased exposure that they deserve.

The first event that will be available for purchase beginning later this week will be the 3
rd Running of the Florida Winter Meltdown from New Smyrna Speedway on February 8. Other early season races planned to be broadcast on PASS TV include PASS South events from Greenville-Pickens Speedway, Dillon Motor Speedway, and the Easter Bunny 150 from Hickory Motor Speedway. Events that will be available for purchase will be announced throughout the season on the PASS website as well as the PASS Facebook and Twitter pages.

“We’re really happy to announce the launch of PASS TV for the 2014 racing season and we believe that this will revolutionize short track racing coverage for the future,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry. “Sanctioning a variety of different series throughout the United States and Canada offers us a great platform of racing entertainment for our fans. Now, when the best from New England and Canada head down South or conversely when our Southern stars head North, their fans will be able to follow them without leaving their homes. We also believe that when fans see the great action being presented on PASS TV it will encourage them to get out and experience the excitement at the races in person.”

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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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Fogleman Takes Wild PASS South Win at Home Track in Orange Blossom Special

ROUGEMONT, NC — Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model points leader Jay Fogleman took one step closer to the championship by winning a wild 8th Annual Orange Blossom Special at Orange County Speedway Saturday night. The win was Fogleman’s 9th career PASS South Super Late Model win, but his first at Orange County Speedway, the track he began his racing career at over 30 years ago.

“The pace was all over the place tonight, it was real hard to back up and ride because everybody was going so hard around us,” said Fogleman in victory lane. “Just glad to get a win here for all the people that have supported us over the years at this place. It’s really nice to finally win one here, we’ve lost a couple.”

Throughout the afternoon, eyes were focused on the heavy overcast skies above Orange County Speedway as there was some doubt if the race would even get started. But, after a very slight delay which saw practice start about 10 minutes late, focus quickly shifted to qualifying and race preparation. In qualifying, John Hunter Nemecheck sped to his first career PASS South quick time with a lap of 97.157 miles per hour. After the customary top 10 qualifiers redraw, Nemechek would slide back to the fifth starting position while Jody Measamer and Derek Ramstrom moved to the front row for the start. However, Ramstrom and seventh place starter Daniel Hemric would have problems on the pace laps and neither driver would be able to make a single lap in the 150 lap feature.

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