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Grissom Charges For PASS South Battle At The Beach Win At Myrtle Beach
Mar 17, 2013 - updated Mar 17th, 2013 10:15pm
Web posted by Alan Deitz
Myrtle Beach, SC. --
PHOTO: Kyle Grissom (31) takes the White Flag during the PASS South Bash at the Beach.
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (March 16) – Defending PASS South Champion Kyle Grissom charged from 12th
after a lap 100 competition caution to the lead in just nine laps and
held on to win the the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late
Model Bash At The Beach 150 at Myrtle Beach Speedway. The win was
Grissom’s sixth in his PASS South Super Late Model career.
“That first half we tried to save our tires as best we could and the
left rear just wore out really bad. We made an adjustment at the break
and as soon as we got back going, I knew that saving the tires wasn’t
going to do anything for us,” said Grissom. “All I was trying to do was
get to the lead and fall back from there to conserve. To finally win a
race here at Myrtle Beach in a Super Late Model with PASS and beat all
of those guys…it’s a really good night.”
week’s winner at Dillon and current PASS South points leader Austin
Theriault employed a similar strategy to Grissom, falling back in the
early going to outside the top 15. But, by lap 100, Theriault brought
Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation Ford back up to 8th
and in sight of the leaders. Both he and Grissom stormed to the front
at the drop of the green flag and were mired in heavy lapped traffic in
the final five laps. Theriault closed to within five car lengths of
Grissom, but could not make an advance on the race leader and ultimately
came home in second.
rode around for a while kind of like last week [at Dillon] knowing that
those who had charged early on would come back to us,” said Theriault
after his second straight top five finish. “We made a couple of
adjustments during that lap 100 break and I think we went the wrong way.
I’m happy to come home second, second straight top three finish, the
cars in one piece and we’ll see you at Hickory.”
evening began with Johnny Sauter taking quick time in qualifying with a
lap of 97.547 miles per hour around the .538 mile, D-shaped speedway.
After the top ten qualifiers redrew for their starting positions,
Sauter and second fastest qualifier Jay Fogleman swapped positions on
the front row to lead the 27 car starting field to the green flag.
Although Fogleman would take the lead at the start, Sauter quickly
flexed his muscle and moved to the top spot on lap 4.
The early portions of the Bash At The Beach, were all about comers and goers. Mark Gibson started 17th,
moving by Jordan Anderson in turn one and into the top five by lap 16.
Gibson moved up as high as second position, but began falling back due
to a slowly leaking tire and was out of the top ten by lap 70. With a
night that began with such promise going by the wayside, Gibson’s
Glenwood Clinical Monitoring Chevrolet struggled through the remainder
of the race and finished 20th.
All-time PASS Super Late Model wins leader Ben Rowe took a more methodical approach from his 12th
place starting position. Rowe moved by Grissom into the top five on
lap 45. In less than 25 laps, Rowe made easy work of Sauter to take the
they were racing hard up front, Jay Fogleman began to chip away at the
advantage held by the leaders. On lap 81, Fogleman and Rowe made it
three wide as they lapped rookie Joseph Mursuli with Fogleman coming out
on top and assuming the lead. At lap 100, the competition caution flew
to allow teams to change two tires with Fogleman leading followed by
Rowe, Sauter, local standout Jamie Weatherford and Anderson.
the ensuing start, a frantic pace began over the next 20 laps that saw
the best racing of the night. Sauter reassumed the lead as Fogleman and
Rowe quickly dropped down the running order. Grissom, on the other
hand, was making an amazing charge which saw him go three wide through
the tri-oval and pass four cars entering turn one. With 41 laps to go,
Grissom made his way around Sauter to take the lead.
restarted eighth, but moved around Sauter with less than 30 laps to go
for second and set his sights on Grissom. Theriault closed to within a
couple of car lengths of the leader as they weaved through heavy lapped
traffic in the final five laps, but that was as close as he would get.
Grissom drove the Harrison’s Workwear Chevrolet to the checkered flag
for his first win of 2013 over Theriault, Sauter, Fogleman and Jordan
Anderson. Rounding out the top ten were Brandon Ward, Rowe, Gus Dean,
Weatherford, and rookie Zak Hausler.
the 75 lap PASS Pro Late Model race held earlier in the evening, Trevor
Noles was able to notch his third career victory. Georgia’s Spencer
Davis, who also competed in the PASS South Super Late Model event, took
the lead on the initial start. But, by lap 10, longtime Myrtle Beach
Speedway competitor Clay Thomas drove the Kerry Lawrence owned entry
into the lead. Thomas continued to lead until lap 33 when Tyler Dayton
appeared to lose an engine. Thomas slowed and fell back to sixth
handing the lead back to Davis. Just four laps later though, Noles sped
into the lead and never looked back to take the win. Davis finished
second, followed by Hayes Goodson, fast qualifier Austin Reed, and Tyler
was a busy night for the Pro All Stars Series with awards presentations
for the series’ 2012 competitors and a remembrance for Robert “Smoke”
Rodgers, a longtime supporter of PASS and several of its teams over the
years. Rodgers daughter, Kayla, was in attendance and was the honorary
starter for Bash At The Beach.
results and more from the Bash At The Beach can be found at
ProAllStarsSeries.com. For further information, contact Alan Dietz at email@example.com or “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook.
The next event for the Pro All Stars Series will be on March 30th at Hickory Motor Speedway. The 8th
Annual Easter Bunny 150 has grown into North America’s marquee event in
the Spring for Super Late Models and is expected to attract the best
drivers in the land. This year’s Easter Bunny 150 will be the second
PASS National Series race of the year and the final National event prior
to July’s TD Bank 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine. In addition
to the PASS Super Late Models, the PASS Pro Late Models and CCS
Modifieds will also be in action.
PASS South South Carolina Clash 150 – UNOFFICIAL RESULTS
- 31 – Kyle Grissom 150 15. 97 – Brandon Lynn 148
- 29 – Austin Theriault 150 16. 129 – Spencer Davis 147
- 5s – Johnny Sauter 150 17. 5 – Bobby Gower 147
- 104 – Jay Fogleman 150 18. 8f – Tate Fogleman 146
- 2 – Jordan Anderson 150 19. 50 – Karl Weber 146
- 62 – Brandon Ward 150 20. 11 – Mark Gibson 146
- 4n – Ben Rowe 150 21. 09 – Randy Gentry 145
- 56 – Gus Dean 150 22. 18 – Bill Catania 144
- 00 – Jamie Weatherford 149 23. 8 – Joseph Mursuli 139
- 19 – Zak Hausler 149 24. 1 – Justin Allison 108
- 51 – Bobby Measmer, Jr. 149 25. 7d – Jimmy Doyle 59
- 33 – Roger Lee Newton 149 26. 48 – John Batten 39
- 8n – John Hunter Nemechek 149 27. 80 – Shannon Mines 2
- 57 – Cole Timm 148
PASS Pro Late Models – 75 laps
- 16 – Trevor Noles
- 129 – Spencer Davis
- 16g – Hayes Goodson
- 14 – Austin Reed
- 22 – Tyler Audie
- 45 – Kodie Connor
- 03 – Clay Thomas
- 49 – Jeff Batten
- 02 – Walker Yates
- 71 – Nick Robinson
- 36 – Tyler Dayton