Pass Series Racing News
PASS South Drivers Excited For Return To Southern National
Apr 11, 2013 - updated Apr 11th, 2013 2:36pm
Web posted by Alan Deitz
Charlotte, NC. --
For Immediate Release
CHARLOTTE, NC (April
10) – As the thermometer rises, so does the excitement level of Eastern North
Carolina race fans as the “Big Boys With The Bad Fast Toys” head back to
Southern National Raceway Park in Kenly, NC.
This weekend’s Dogwood Blossom 150 marks the return of the Pro All Stars
Series (PASS) South Super Late Models to Southern National for the first time
since 2009. It will only be the third time
PASS South has ever raced at Kenly. To
show how tough the high-banked, 4/10 mile speedway is look no further than the
record books and who came away with those checkered flags, Freddie Query in
2006 and Ben Rowe in 2009, two of the best to ever race Super Late Models.
In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s,
Nashville, NC’s John Batten was the man to beat when it came to Super Late
Model racing at Southern National. Race
wins were commonplace to the driver of the #48 Batten Ceramic Tile/Digital
Repair/Hutson Insurance Chevrolet, who also won back-to-back Southern National
titles in 2004 and 2005. Batten has been
a regular with PASS South since the series started in 2006, finishing in the
top 10 in points each of the last six seasons.
But, despite being one of PASS South’s most consistent drivers, Batten
has yet to go to victory lane. And, 2013
has not started the way the veteran had hoped, finishing no better than 14th
at Dillon and failing to make the Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory due to a blown
engine in practice. The veteran hopes his
luck can change this weekend at the site of much of his early racing success.
looking forward to going back to Southern National,” said Batten. “It’s a place where we have been successful
in the past and it’s a great place to hopefully turn our season around. We would really like to get a great finish in
front of the hometown fans.”
Southern National Raceway Park reopened in 2012 after being shuttered for
nearly four years, it was a priority to keep Super Late Model racing alive at
the track. A Super Late Model
“mini-series” was held with goal of once again snagging valuable PASS South
dates in 2013. Two drivers that competed
in Southern National’s “mini-series” were Karl Weber and Bobby Measmer, Jr.
competing in the PASS Pro Late Model division last year, Weber got his feet wet
racing in Super Late Models at Southern National. As a PASS South rookie this year, Weber is
seeing many tracks for the first time behind the wheel of the #50 Farm Logic/Silveus
Insurance Ford, a decided disadvantage compared to his competitors. But coming to Kenly, Weber feels he will be
on an even playing field, perhaps with an advantage.
really excited about Southern National coming up,” said Weber, nicknamed the ‘Flying
Farmer’ thanks to his family business.
“We ran the local series there last season and got Rookie-Of-The-Year. It definitely gives me an advantage knowing
what the car’s going to feel like which brings the whole team confidence for
the Dogwood Blossom 150.”
For Measmer, this weekend’s action
at Southern National gives him a sense of confidence. There is no other track on the circuit which
Measmer has more experience racing on.
And, he feels Southern National’s track configuration plays right in to
his team’s hands.
ran the series at Kenly last year and ended the season really well, so I’m
pumped to be going back,” said Measmer.
“I’m looking forward to going to a big motor track like Southern
Nationnal with nice high banks, a lot of room to race, a lot of speed. It’s a place I really enjoy running.”
full field of the South’s top Super Late Model drivers is expected led by PASS
South championship contenders Kyle Grissom, Jay Fogleman, and Brandon
Ward. Easter Bunny 150 winner Preston
Peltier circles Southern National as one of his favorite tracks and will be
returning along with teammate, Tyler Church.
PASS North veteran Derek Ramstrom will make the trip down I-95 from
Massachusetts to race at Kenly along with PASS South veterans Justin Allison,
Bill Catania, Jody Measamer and Kevin Powell, returning to the driver’s seat of
Dicky Woodman’s potent Q104 machine.
Rookie contenders Brandon Lynn, Tate Fogleman, Bobby Gower, and Cole
Timm will be joined at Southern National by a stellar group of talented
youngsters including Jared Irvan and Joe Ryan Osborne. Trevor Noles steps into the Coulter
Motorsports #2 as he and Tyler Audie make the move up from the PASS Pro Late
Model division. And, longtime Southern
National competitor Shelton McNair, Jr. hopes to take the M3 to victory lane
for the first time in PASS South competition.
gets under way on Friday, April 12th for the Dogwood Blossom 420
with rotating practice from 1 – 6:30 PM for the PASS South Super Late Models,
PASS Pro Late Models, Limited Late Models, Chargers, Mini Mod Mayhem and
Bandoleros. On Saturday, April 13th, pit
gates open at 10 AM, with rotating practice for all divisions from 12:45 PM – 4:20
PM, qualifying at 4:45 PM, the pit party at 6:30 PM and feature racing at 7 PM.
North Super Late Model entry forms for the season opener at Oxford Plains
Speedway on April 21st, plus entry forms the Apple Blossom 200 at
Wenatchee Valley Super Oval and the TD Bank 250 at Oxford can be found at
Pro All Stars Series is recognized as North America’s premier sanctioning body
for asphalt Super Late Models and boasts such marquee events as the PASS
Northwest Triple Crown at Wenatchee Valley Super Oval, PASS South’s Easter
Bunny 150 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway, the Autobus La Qubecoise
Triple Crown at Autodrome Chaudiere, and the legendary TD Bank 250 at Oxford
Plains Speedway. For technical
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