SUN. SEPT. 22nd

Photos by Chris Owens
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Tyler Church Claims Hometown
PASS South Win At Hickory
HICKORY, NC (September 22) – Part-time competitor and hometown favorite Tyler Church claimed his first career Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model win Sunday afternoon at Hickory Motor Speedway in the 7th running of the Over The Mountain 150 Presented By CV Products. Church took the lead with 13 laps to go from Johnson Motorsports teammate and 4-time Hickory Motor Speedway winner Preston Peltier and held on the rest of the way to take an emotional victory in front of the hometown fans.

“I wasn’t going to give up, but I owe a lot to Preston [Peltier] because he’s got these cars figured out and I’m privileged to get to drive one,” said an emotional Church in victory lane. “Man, this is home. Mama’s buried in the cemetery on the hill. This is special.”

Peltier and Church set the rest of the field on notice during qualifying as they claimed the top two spots. Following the mandatory redraw for the top 10 qualifiers, Peltier would start sixth and Church would start tenth, while Bobby Measmer, Jr. and Colt James moved up to the front row.

At the drop of the green flag, James and Kyle Grissom moved around Measmer, who would settle into third at the start. But, Peltier wasted little making his move towards the front moving around Measmer for third and by Grissom for second on lap 8. The first caution of the day waved on lap 15 after contact between rookies Joseph Mursuli and Tyler Audie sent Audie for a spin in turn one.

On the ensuing restart, Peltier would bypass James for the lead. Several cars were making their way to the front on the slick, old racetrack though, including Ryan Moore, who started 17th, and PASS South points leader Jay Fogleman, who started 21st after having to race his way into the feature via the last chance race. Moore was in third by lap 53 and Fogleman moved into the top five after passing Rodney Brooks on lap 75.

While Peltier continued to lead, early race leader James struggled, spinning from 10th with 49 laps to go. Although Grissom managed to pass Peltier on the restart, his stay up front was short lived as Peltier moved back around to take the lead just two laps later. Grissom would struggle in the final third of the race, falling out of the top 10 at one point before eventually finishing ninth.

With Peltier still out front, his teammate Church was making his push towards the leaders passing Moore for second with 26 laps to go. Following a caution for a spin by John Batten in turn one with 14 laps to go, Peltier and Church would line up on the front row for the restart. Heading into turn one after the green flag, Peltier had to get out of the gas as his car pushed up the speedway allowing Church to take the lead on the high side. Church would lead the final 14 laps, holding off a spirited charge by Peltier to join Austin Theriault and Daniel Hemric as first time PASS South winners in 2013. Fogleman edged out Moore to finish third, in front of Roger Lee Newton, Trevor Noles, Brooks, Brandon Ward, Grissom, and Jared Irvan in the top 10.
In the PASS Pro Late Model division, points leader Trevor Noles took the lead at the drop of the green flag and never looked back for his sixth win of the season. Erik Nash finished second in front of Kodie Connor, fast qualifier Austin Reed and Kerry Lawrence.

In other feature racing action, Gary Young, Jr. edged out Jonathon “John Boy” Brown, and Josh Nichols in the CCS Modified division. Ryan Mackintosh held off Kyle Beattie and Ryan Shattuck to win the Legends feature.

The PASS South Super Late Models will be in action again on Saturday night, October 5th at Dillon Motor Speedway for the Wildcat 150 along with the PASS Pro Late Models, Legends, Chargers and Street Stocks.
150 Laps - HICKORY - 9/22/13
1. 7 – Tyler Church - 150 Laps
2. 26 – Preston Peltier - 150
3. 4 – Jay Fogleman - 150
4. 74 – Ryan Moore - 150
5. 33 – Roger Lee Newton - 150
6. 2 – Trevor Noles - 150
7. 30 – Rodney Brooks - 150
8. 62 – Brandon Ward - 150
9. 31 – Kyle Grissom - 150
10. 28 – Jared Irvan - 150
11. 198 – Russell Fleeman - 150
12. 15 – Colt James - 150
13. 13 – Joe Ryan Osborne - 150
14. 129 – Spencer Davis - 150
15. 51– Bobby Measmer, Jr. - 150
16. 71 – Jimmy Doyle - 148
17. 1 – Justin Allison - 148
18. 12 – Mark Reedy - 148
19. 09 – Randy Gentry - 147
20. 48 – John Batten - 147
21. 98 – Jody Measamer - 143
22. 14 – Clete Caywood - 124
23. 8 – Joseph Mursuli - 106
24. 77 – Ted Mickelsen - 102
25. 57 – Cole Timm - 100
26. 22 – Tyler Audie - 68
27. 8f – Tate Fogleman - 59
28. 66 – Brandon Setzer - 49
29. 104 – Kevin Powell - 3
| SLM Entries Received - Hickory - 9/21 |
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50 Laps - HICKORY - 9/22/13
1. 16 – Trevor Noles
2. 1x – Erik Nash
3. 45 – Kodie Connor
4. 14 – Austin Reed
5. 03 – Kerry Lawrence
6. 49 – Jeff Batten
7. 02 – Walker Yates
8. 7 – Matt Murphy
Top Short Trackers Prep for PASS South "Over The Mountain 150"
at Hickory Motor Speedway
CHARLOTTE, NC (September 18) – Ever since the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) staged its first event at Hickory Motor Speedway in 2006, the legendary track has had a knack for attracting some of short track racing’s most talented drivers. This weekend’s Over The Mountain 150 Presented By CV Products will be no different. A significant number of PASS South Super Late Model and PASS Pro Late Model teams have been testing at the .363 mile track in preparation for Saturday night’s seventh running of the fall classic.

Defending PASS South Super Late Model Champion Kyle Grissom is no stranger to the legendary North Carolina track that originally opened as a dirt track in 1951. Just as others before him have, Grissom made his stock car racing debut at Hickory in 2004 after moving up from the Bandolero division. And, it did not take long for Grissom to reach victory lane there in a Late Model Stock car and for Hickory Motor Speedway to become one of his favorite race tracks.

“Hickory’s one of those places that can really humble you in a heartbeat,” said Grissom. “You can go there one week and think you’ve got it mastered and go back the next week and be out to lunch.”

So naturally, when Grissom decided to make the move from Late Model Stock cars to the more powerful PASS South Super Late Models, Hickory was the first place that came to mind. Grissom made his PASS South debut in the 2011 Over The Mountain 150, qualifying well and running near the front before problems relegated him to a 20th place finish. But, Grissom and the Marlowe Racing Chassis team were sold on PASS South Super Late Model racing and decided to make a run at the 2012 series championship. And, it did not take long for fans and competitors to see how much potential the team had as they dominated one of the biggest short track races of the year and won the Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory. That win solidified Grissom as a threat in the PASS South series. He went on to win 4 more races on the way to the championship in his rookie season.

“We won the Easter Bunny there last year and since then we’ve struggled at Hickory a little bit,” said Grissom, who enters Saturday night’s race trailing Jay Fogleman by 22 points in the PASS South standings. “I like to think we’ve got things figured out since the first race at Hickory this year and I’m going there with that mindset.”

Unique to most short tracks of comparable size, Hickory Motor Speedway offers three distinct grooves of racing, making it a favorite of fans and racers alike. While many drivers tend to think the top groove is the way to reach victory lane there, Grissom offers a different opinion.

“At Hickory, to me, the place to win has always been on the bottom,” says Grissom. “Being able to get pointed and get to the gas early is what works for me. I don’t know though, that place changes a lot, but I always tend to stick to the bottom.”

If Grissom hopes to capture his second win at Hickory in Saturday night’s Over The Mountain 150 Presented By CV Products, he will definitely have his work cut out for him as PASS continues to attract the toughest racers in the country. 4-time Hickory Motor Speedway winner Preston Peltier returns to the series this weekend. PASS South points leader Jay Fogleman is sure to be in contention along with his son, Tate, and Woodman Racing teammate Kevin Powell. Georgia rookie Spencer Davis led at Hickory in April and will be seeking his first series win. Jared Irvan finished second at South Boston Speedway and returns to the track where he made his debut a year ago. PASS Pro Late Model points leader Trevor Noles will be doing double duty at Hickory for Coulter Motorsports. Former Mason Dixon Meltdown winner Colt James will make his first start of the season, along with veteran racer Mark Reedy. Fellow veterans Brandon Ward, Jody Measamer, Clete Caywood, Bobby Measmer, Jr., Jimmy Doyle, and Randy Gentry will each be seeking their first wins of the season. Brandon Setzer, son of former Hickory Motor Speedway track champion Dennis Setzer, will be making his series debut this weekend, while fellow rookie Joseph Mursuli seeks to continue his progression this year.

Action gets underway on Friday, September 20th at Hickory Motor Speedway with rotating practice for the PASS South Super Late Models, PASS Pro Late Models, CCS Modifieds, and CCS Legends from 3 PM – 6:45 PM. On Saturday, September 21st, practice rolls from 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM, qualifying begins at 4:15 PM, followed by the Pit Party at 5:30 PM. Main event racing is slated to begin at 6:15 PM.

The PASS South Super Late Models and PASS Pro Late Models will see action in October at Dillon Motor Speedway for the Wildcat 150 on October 5th and the Orange Blossom Special at Orange County Speedway on October 19th. Then, a huge month of November 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.

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