Pass Series Racing News
Peltier Wins Meltdown at Concord; Fogleman and Grissom Snare PASS Titles
Nov 26, 2012 - updated Nov 26th, 2012 4:47pm
Web posted by Alan Deitz
Concord, NC. --
For Immediate Release : November 25
Peltier took the lead from Landon Cling on a lap 136 restart and pulled away
for his first win in the Thanksgiving Classic/Mason Dixon Meltdown at Concord
Speedway. The win was Peltier’s third of
2012 and pushes his Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model win
total to a series best of nine. Peltier’s
first PASS South win at his home track propelled him to second in points, just
four points shy of capturing the series championship from Kyle Grissom who
“This car was just awesome right
there at the end, we just missed the championship there by a few points, but I
just really enjoy racing these guys and we’ll be back even better next year,”
said Peltier, after his fourth top 5 finish in five PASS South races at
Concord. “I was a little bit scared
because I thought we pitted a too early and I wasn’t sure we would have enough
tire left at the end. Luckily,
everything played in our favor and we were able to get the win.”
Earlier in the day, Texas driver
Trey Mitchell scorched the half-mile triangle in qualifying with a lap of
15.575 seconds for his first career PASS South pole. But, after the top 10 qualifiers re-drew for
their starting positions in the Thanksgiving Classic/Mason Dixon Meltdown,
Mitchell would start back in 10th.
PASS South championship contender Brandon Ward and Landon Cling led the field
down for the start with Ward jumping out to an early lead. The first caution flag flew on lap 14 as
Mitchell and Peltier were battling for sixth position and made contact. Mitchell went for a spin in turn one and was
narrowly missed by several drivers who had to take evasive action.
In the early going, PASS South
points leader Kyle Grissom struggled mightily with the handling on his Harrison’s
Workwear Chevrolet, falling out of the top ten just 34 laps into the 200 lap
race. While Grissom struggled, Landon
Cling appeared to be in a league of his own.
Cling took the lead from Ward on lap 48 and set sail, leading the field
by up to two seconds at times during the race.
By lap 94, Ward had fallen out of the top ten as he struggled with an
ill handling car.
Local Concord favorite and former
PASS South winner Roger Lee Newton ran as high as second, but stopped on the
track with a mechanical problem to bring out the fifth caution of the race with
82 laps to go. Under this caution period,
Cling led all but three of the lead lap cars onto pit road for four fresh
Hoosier tires and fuel. Nate Caruth,
Mark Reedy and Cole Timm pitted on a lap 78 caution and would inherit the lead
on the ensuing restart. It only took
Cling two laps to dispense of Caruth and retake the lead. But, as the field entered turn three on lap
121, Reedy slowed after contact from another car resulting in a melee behind
him. Ward and Ben Rowe spun collecting
Bill Catania, Timm, and Steve Laking in a cloud of smoke and fluid. With the track blocked, the red flag waved as
clean-up crews rolled to out clear the track of cars and debris.
On the next restart, the lead
pack encountered more problems with Caruth and Gray Gaulding going for a spin
in turn one resulting in major damage to the machines of PASS South
championship contender Jay Fogleman and Brandon Jones. Fogleman continued on although his car had
suffered significant body and suspension damage, while Jones went behind the wall
and finished 18th.
Cling continued to have the
dominant car, but gave up the lead to Peltier on a lap 135 caution to pit for
an engine problem. Despite the setback,
Cling’s Brad Keselowski Racing Dodge made its way back into the top five and appeared
to still have a shot at the win. With
less than 20 laps to go, Cling’s machine almost spun exiting turn three due to
a broken axle, ending his chances for victory.
Cling still managed to finish ninth though due to high attrition in the
second half of the event.
Peltier was able to stretch his
lead in the waning laps as a spirited battle for second waged between Grissom, defending
race winner Colt James, and Trey Mitchell.
Although he appeared to have a faster car, James showed great respect in
racing Grissom, who was on the verge of his first PASS South championship.
Peltier proved to have the
dominant car in the late going and cruised to the win finishing two seconds
ahead of Grissom. James finished third,
ahead of a spinning Mitchell, and Fogleman.
Although he came up short in his bid to win the PASS South championship,
Fogleman held on to win his first PASS National championship, the first touring
championship in the storied career of the North Carolina veteran.
“It’s great to win the PASS
National Championship, we really have worked hard the last few years to win it,”
said Fogleman, who ended the year with wins at Motor Mile Speedway and in the
North South Shootout at Caraway Speedway.
“We really, really, really were hunting that PASS South Championship
though and it’s just a bad disappointment to not get a chance to race for it.”
For Grissom, the PASS South
Championship was certainly a goal at the start of the 2012 season, but he and
his Greg Marlowe led team came into the year as unknowns. After all, both had made their names racing
in the heavier Late Model Stock cars that compete predominantly in the
Carolinas and Virginia. Prior to 2012, neither
Grissom nor Marlowe had raced in more than five Super Late Model contests in
total. But, after a dominating win in
the Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway, it was clear that Grissom and
his team had what it took to be a factor for the rest of the year. And, that they were, winning a record tying
five PASS South Series races in 2012.
Despite some late season problems, Grissom had built up enough of a
cushion to take his first championship.
“This Marlowe Racing Chassis has
just been flawless all year long and it’s been incredible that we’ve been able
to build a car and go out here in our first year and do all this…We’ve had a
lot of fun this year and it’s just been awesome,” said Grissom. “I had always heard how competitive the PASS
South Series was, there’s a lot of young guys and guys who’ve been doing it for
a while, it’s just unbelievable that we were able to get off to the start that
we did and even more amazing that we could hold on and win the championship.”
Although the 2012 season has
ended, there is a lot of excitement about the 2013 season. Schedules for the PASS South and PASS North
Super Late Models have been released and the schedules for the PASS National
Series, PASS Pro Late Models, PASS Modifieds, and PASS Sportsman will be coming
out soon. For complete schedules and all
the information you need to know about the upcoming season, please visit ProAllStarsSeries.com
and also be sure to “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook. For technical
information on any PASS division, please contact Scott Reed at
207-625-3230. For marketing or media
related questions, please contact Alan Dietz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-231-2039.
Thanksgiving Classic/Mason Dixon Meltdown Unofficial Results – 200
26 – Preston Peltier 200
31 – Kyle Grissom 200 laps
15 – Colt James 200 laps
47 – Trey Mitchell 200 laps
4 – Jay Fogleman 200
14 – Clete Caywood 200 laps
48 – John Batten 200 laps
50 – Karl Weber 196 laps
29 – Landon Cling 180 laps
2 – Gray Gaulding 178
2n – Matt Matheson 172
84 – Kyle Beattie 168
12 – Mark Reedy 166 laps
57 – Cole Timm 158
44 – Steve Laking 158 laps
64 – Garrett Evans 139 laps
19 – Nate Caruth 132 laps
33j – Brandon Jones 122 laps
4n – Ben Rowe 121 laps
62 – Brandon Ward 120 laps
18 – Bill Catania 120 laps
33 – Roger Lee Newton 118 laps
73 – Joey Doiron 92 laps
51 – Bobby Measmer, Jr. 37 laps