CHARLOTTE, NC - The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Models are prepped and ready to go as the series prepares to kick off its 10th anniversary season this Saturday afternoon at Dillon Motor Speedway.
For the fourth time in the last seven years, the South Carolina Clash at Dillon Motor Speedway will be the first race of 15 in a season that stretches through November for the PASS South Super Late Models and PASS Pro Late Models.
Dillon Motor Speedway’s 4/10 mile, egg-shaped layout always presents a tough challenge to PASS competitors, but has provided many memorable finishes. In 2013, Austin Theriault used lapped traffic to his advantage to take the lead from Preston Peltier in the final corner and win in the closest finish in PASS South history. And, last year, Daniel Hemric passed Cole Timm with a handful of laps to go to take his first ever South Carolina Clash win.
After a stellar season in 2014, Timm comes back to Dillon looking for redemption and, not only as a favorite for the win, but as a seasoned veteran seeking his first championship. Likewise, last year’s PASS South Super Late Model champion, Tyler Church, who has always ran well at Dillon, hopes to capture his first series win since taking the checkered flag at Ace Speedway last May.
But, a new crop of championship contenders have emerged in 2015 hopiing to start their seasons off with a win in the South Carolina Clash. Trevor Noles returns for his second season driving Super Late Models for Coulter Motorsports. Noles closed out 2014 with his first career PASS South win in the Mason Dixon Meltdown at Southern National Motorsports Park. Jody Measamer’s Aquavapor-sponsored #98 also returns looking to build on several strong runs over the last two seasons. However, Measamer would like to avoid last year’s exciting start at Dillon which saw him tumble several times down the frontstretch in a grinding multi-car crash. And, Californian Zane Smith, will be back in 2015, but with a new team, driving for Gary Crooks Racing out of Mooresville, NC. Smith has already had a strong start to the year, capturing the Speedweeks title at New Smyrna Speedway in February.
Woodman Racing will be back with another dual threat, but will be competing for a championship for the first time since 2013. Tate Fogleman joins Woodman Racing in 2015 hoping to better his best career finish of 3rd from a year ago at Southern National Motorsports Park. Woodman’s second entry will once again have a number of drivers behind the wheel, with PASS North standout Joey Doiron piloting the car at Dillon as well as the next two PASS South races at Anderson Motor Speedway and Hickory Motor Speedway.
But, with Dillon Motor Speedway’s challenging layout a veteran might have the best opportunity for a win. Two-time All Pro Series champion and multi-time Dillon Motor Speedway track champion, Hal Goodson, makes his return to PASS for the first time in a number of years. In 2010, Goodson scored his best career PASS South Super Late Model finish, coming home second to Ryan Blaney at Dillon in the South Carolina Clash. And, western North Carolina veteran Jimmy Doyle looks to start off strong at Dillon as he prepares to make a full out assault on the championship in 2015.
The PASS Pro Late Models will also kickoff their season Saturday at Dillon. Last year’s champion Walker Yates, along with Nick Robinson, are making the move up to Super Late Models, which opens up this year’s race for the championship. Zachary Dabbs returns to defend his win last year at Dillon, as well as the leading winner from a year ago, Kodie Conner. Newcomers this year include Wesley Noles, who will be driving as a teammate to his brother, Trevor, with Coulter Motorsports and Georgia’s Chandler Smith. Smith makes the move to the PASS Pro Late Model division from the Bandolero ranks and will be racing in a close partnership with Cole Timm and his dad, Murray.
The 2015 season is just around the corner and will begin on Saturday, March 7 with the 10th Annual South Carolina Clash at Dillon Motor Speedway with rotating practice starting at Noon, followed by qualifying at 3:30 PM, and feature racing at 5 PM for the PASS South Super Late Models, PASS Pro Late Models, Challengers/Chargers, and Legends. Please go to ProAllStarsSeries.com for entry forms and the complete weekend schedule.
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