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Fogleman Takes Wild PASS South Win at Home Track in Orange Blossom Special
ROUGEMONT, NC (October 19) – 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.

At the drop of the green flag, Measamer sped out into the lead, but would be overtaken by Nemechek on lap 9. Nemecheck and defending PASS South champion Kyle Grissom entertained the crowd by swapping the lead at least four times over the next 20 laps. The first major incident of the night occurred on lap 40 when Brandon Ward was turned head on into the front stretch wall after contact with Randy Gentry. Tempers flared and Gentry was parked for the night by PASS officials for rough driving.

On the ensuing restart, race leader Grissom was slow to come up to speed and dropped back to 7th. In the chaos, Preston Peltier, driving the Hamke Racing house car, spun in front of the field exiting turn four after contact from Measamer while racing for third. Ryan Moore and Jared Irvan collided in the melee and stopped on track to bring out the fifth caution of the race.
Grissom and Nemecheck continued to be the class of the field through the first two-thirds of the race, but were joined in a furious battle for the lead with less than 50 laps to go by Tyler Church, Fogleman, Peltier, and Measamer. On lap 104, Peltier moved by Fogleman for fourth, but contact between the two in turn two sent Peltier spinning for the second time in the race. Peltier again did a complete 360 degree spin and kept going without bringing out the caution.

With 24 laps to go, Nemechek bobbled off of turn two while challenging Grissom for the lead and fell back to fourth. But, on the next lap, Nemechek and Fogleman would make slight contact again in turn two, this time resulting in Nemechek hitting the outside wall, ending his night and bringing out the race’s ninth caution.

Following the next restart, Church got into the back of the race leader Grissom entering turn three sending Grissom’s machine into the outside wall. Church was sent to the back of the field for rough driving by PASS officials, while Grissom went behind the wall seriously impacting his bid for a second straight PASS South championship.

Fogleman got the better of Measamer on the final restart of the race and led the final 22 laps for his second PASS South Super Late Model win of 2013. Peltier and Church rebounded to finish second and third respectively in front of John Batten and Measamer. Rounding out the top ten were Russell Fleeman, Trevor Noles, Irvan, Roger Lee Newton, and Cole Timm.

In the PASS Pro Late Model division, Trevor Noles passed Jeff Batten on lap 10 and led the rest of the way for his seventh win of the season. Kodie Conner finished second, in front of fast qualifier Erik Nash, Batten, and Fryar.
Zane Smith took the win in the 25 lap Legends feature.

The PASS South Super Late Models will be in action again on Saturday, November 9th at Caraway Speedway as part of the 11th Annual North-South Shootout.
150 Laps - ORANGE COUNTY - 10/19/13
1) 4 - Jay Fogleman - 150 Laps
2) 17 - Preston Peltier - 150
3) 7 -Tyler Church - 150
4) 48 - John Batten -150
5) 98 - Jody Measamer - 150
6) 198 - Russell Fleeman - 150
7) 2 - Trevor Noles - 150
8) 28 - Jared Irvan - 150
9) 33 - Roger Lee Newton - 150
10) 57 - Cole Timm - 150
11) 30 - Rodney Brooks - 147
12) 40 - Ryan Krachun -147
13) 8 - Joseph Mursuli -141
14) 22 - Tyler Audie - 129
15) 31 - Kyle Grissom - 127
16) 8n - John Hunter Nemechek - 125
17) 129 - Spencer Davis - 123
18) 15 - Tanner Rumburg - 116
19) 5 - Wes Burton - 80
20) 12 - Mark Reedy - 75
21) Q104 - Kevin Powell - 48
22) 74 - Ryan Moore - 48
23) 62 - Brandon Ward - 39
24) 13 - Joe Ryan Osborn - 28
25) 50 - Karl Webber - 25
26) 8f - Tate Fogleman - 6
27) 35 - Derek Ramstrom - DNS
28) 98h - Daniel Hemric - DNS
DQ - 09 - Randy Gentry

50 Laps - ORANGE COUNTY - 10/19/13
1) 16 – Trevor Noles
2) 45 – Kodie Conner
3) 1x – Erik Nash
4) 49 – Jeff Batten
5) 5 – Jared Fryar
6) 7 – Matt Murphy
7) 14 – Austin Reed
8) 18 – Kiel Spaulding
9) 21 – Collin Vernal
10) 71 – Nick Robinson
11) 6 – Evan Horne
12) 87 – Ben Petersen
$20 A Carload Offer To Greet
PASS Fans At Orange County
CHARLOTTE, NC (October 8) – After a long season for fans and competitors that began back in March, the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) will be giving back to their fans at Orange County Speedway. PASS Fan Appreciation will offer $20 a car load admission for up to four adults per car at the upcoming 8th Annual Orange Blossom Special on Saturday, October 19th featuring 150 laps of intense action for the PASS South Super Late Models. Any additional adults in a vehicle with more than four adults will only be charged $5 more per person. Always innovative, PASS was the first short track racing sanctioning body in the country to make this opportunity available back in 2010 at Orange County Speedway.

“We felt like Orange County Speedway was the perfect place to make this offer available to our fans who have supported us all season long,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry. “Orange County has proven to be an ideal facility for the PASS South Super Late Models and we expect this year’s Orange Blossom Special to be one of the biggest yet.”

One driver particularly looking forward to the Orange Blossom Special is third generation racer, Tate Fogleman. His grandfather, Kent, and father, current PASS South points leader Jay Fogleman, both started their careers in racing at Orange County Speedway. Living in nearby Durham, NC, Tate Fogleman has accumulated more laps of testing and racing Bandoleros and PASS Pro Late Models at Orange County than any other track on the PASS South schedule. However, this year’s Orange Blossom Special will be the 13-year-old driver’s first opportunity to race the much faster PASS South Super Late Models at his home track. PASS Fan Appreciation will give Tate the chance to compete in front of a great crowd of friends and family.

“We only live about 20 minutes away from Orange County and we have a lot of people coming to the race since it’s so close,” said Fogleman. “We’d like to be able to finish in the top three and, if we can, get my first PASS South win.”

After a promising start to the season which saw Tate finish 7th at Florida’s Auburndale Speedway in the PASS National opener, the Foglemans decided to forego their plan of racing for the PASS Pro Late Model championship and tackle the much tougher PASS South circuit. Steady improvement has seen Tate match his 7th place finish in Florida with another at Southern National Motorsports Park in June. The younger Fogleman currently sits sixth in PASS South points and, with his experience at Orange County, has him feeling like a win could be just around the corner.

“We’ve been there a lot testing since it’s so close and we’ve kind of found a line that’s pretty fast,” said the driver of the #8 Speedco Truck Lube & Tire Ford. “Every time we go there we seem to be pretty good and I think we’re pretty comfortable so far.”

Action gets under way on Friday, October 18th at Orange County Speedway with rotating practice for the PASS South Super Late Models, PASS Pro Late Models, and CCS Modifieds from 3 PM – 6:00 PM. On Saturday, October 19th, practice for the Orange Blossom Special rolls from 2 PM – 3:50 PM, qualifying begins at 4:30 PM, followed by main event racing at 6 PM.

Anticipation continues to build for a huge month of November which kicks off with the North-South Shootout at Caraway Speedway on November 9th. Two weeks later on November 23rd, the PASS South and PASS National Champions will be crowned at Southern National Motorsports Park as part of the 8th Annual Mason Dixon Meltdown, which will also feature the Must See Xtreme Racing Winged Sprint Cars.

The 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 information concerning all PASS divisions please send questions to passracing@roadrunner.com. For media or marketing questions, please contact Alan Dietz at 704-231-2039 or alandietzpass@live.com.  Don’t forget to “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to keep up with breaking news as it happens.
Action Packed Night Awaits PASS South Racers In Return To Orange County
CHARLOTTE, NC (October 16) – Since the first Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model took to the Orange County Speedway, fans and racers could tell that something special was happening. The PASS South Super Late Models quickly adapted to the high banked 3/8 mile track in Rougemont, NC and have staged some of the most memorable races there in series history. This weekend’s 8th Annual Orange Blossom Special will mark the 12th time the PASS South Super Late Models have raced at Orange County and will put the track in some rare company. Orange County, along with Hickory Motor Speedway, are the only two tracks in the country to host at least one PASS South event every year since the series started in 2006. So, it is only fitting that the Orange Blossom Special will double as PASS Fan Appreciation. This will be an opportunity for fans to see the top short track stars in the country compete for an admission fee of only $20 per vehicle up to four adults with any additional adults only paying $5 per person.

While much of the focus will be on the championship contenders as PASS South points leader and local favorite Jay Fogleman seeks his first series win at Orange County and as Kyle Grissom looks to back up his win there last year and close the gap in the title race, several drivers will be looking to steal some of that spotlight. One of those drivers will be “Rockin’” Rodney Brooks. The Maine native, who now lives in Salisbury, NC, recently took over the Godfather Motorsports entry co-owned by MRN Radio’s Dave Moody and Jim Gallison. Since taking the reins of the #30 KOMA Unwind/Trinity Oaks Senior Living Community Ford at South Boston Speedway in August, the team has rattled off three straight top ten finishes, highlighted by a 7th place finish at Hickory. Running in the top five much of the last event at Dillon Motor Speedway has Brooks excited for his chances in the Orange Blossom Special.

“I’ve raced from Maine to Florida to Tennessee, all over the country, and Orange County Speedway is my favorite race track, I just love that place,” said Brooks. “We’ve got a really good team with Godfather Motorsports. Good guys, good dedication, good car, good motors…as long as everything stays together and we stay out of trouble, we’re going to keep doing good and we’re going to get a win here pretty soon.”

A driver who has already had an opportunity to share in the limelight and prove the naysayers wrong is Hickory, NC’s Tyler Church. The hometown favorite shocked the short track world by passing his teammate and the All-Time PASS South Wins Leader, Preston Peltier, late in the race to score his first series win at Hickory Motor Speedway in the Over The Mountain 150. Church further proved his status as a contender the next race out finishing fifth at Dillon in the Wildcat 150. Despite another exceptionally strong field expected this weekend at Orange County, Church feels like his Johnson Motorsports team can once again challenge for the victory.

“The track’s a lot of fun and I’m excited to be going back,” said Church. “Preston [Peltier] taught me a lot about where I needed to run and having him to lean on he taught me that you can run up against the outside wall or you can run on the bottom, whatever works best. So it’s good either way.”

The field of contenders continues to grow daily for this weekend’s Orange Blossom Special with several new names returning to the series, including Massachusetts’ driver and PASS North regular Derek Ramstrom and North Carolina youngster John Hunter Nemecheck. Georgia’s rookie sensation Spencer Davis will be making his second start at Orange County Speedway and will be joined by fellow rookies Tate Fogleman, Joseph Mursuli, Karl Weber, Joe Ryan Osborne and Trevor Noles. Veterans John Batten, Brandon Ward, Randy Gentry, and Jody Measamer will each be seeking their first wins of the season his weekend as well.

Action gets under way on Friday, October 18th at Orange County Speedway with rotating practice for the PASS South Super Late Models, PASS Pro Late Models, and CCS Modifieds from 3 PM – 6:00 PM. On Saturday, October 19th, practice for the Orange Blossom Special rolls from 2 PM – 3:50 PM, qualifying begins at 4:30 PM, followed by main event racing at 6 PM.



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