BELL  -  NOLES  -  ROWE
Noles Conquers Meltdown At Southern National; Rowe, Church Claim PASS Titles
LUCAMA, NC (November 15) - Trevor Noles capitalized on a bold 3-wide move with 10 laps to go to pass Christopher Bell and Jody Measamer and win Saturday afternoon's Mason Dixon Meltdown 200 at Southern National Motorsports Park. Noles victory was his first career Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model triumph and also marked the first series win for the Coulter Motorsports team.

"We finally got the monkey off our back and I just can't thank Coulter Motorsports and Randy Renfrow, they give me 110 percent every week," said Noles in victory lane. "I drove just as hard as I could those last few laps and we're finally here where we belong. It's been a long, cold weekend and I just can't thank everybody enough for being here today."

In qualifying, Jared Irvan shattered the old track record by more than a tenth of a second for his second career quick qualifying time with a lap of 98.186 miles per hour. In the top 10 qualifiers redraw, Irvan would pull pill number 9, while Tyler Dippel and Derek Ramstrom would move up to the front row.

On a very cold and brisk afternoon, Dippel and Ramstrom led the 31 car starting field to green. Dippel would lead the first five laps before Ramstrom moved by in turn three to take the lead. PASS South points leader Tyler Church experienced major mechanical problems early on heading to the pit area for over 30 laps on lap 8. With Church in the pits, the focus was on his nearest championship rival, Cole Timm, who was having a strong run inside the top 10.

Following a caution for a spin by Karl Weber in turn two on lap 31, Ramstrom and Austin Wayne Self would lead the field back to green for the restart. Self got a good start on the outside as the field roared into turn one. Ramstrom battled back on the low side, but spun exiting turn two in front of the entire field. The cars of Brandon Lynn, David Garbo, Jr., and Jeff Batten all made hard contact as they tried to avoid Ramstrom. All four drivers were eliminated in the crash.

On the ensuing restart, Dippel would have a mechanical problem and stop on the frontstretch to bring out a caution. Dippel pulled his car in to the pits and out of the race, handing Ben Rowe his 3rd career PASS National Championship.

Self and Christopher Bell were the class of the field much of the first half of the Mason Dixon Meltdown, but once they entered lapped traffic, the lead duo was joined by the cars of Timm and Brandon Setzer. On lap 108, Bell moved around Self to take the lead and began to quickly stretch his advantage. The caution would wave on lap 125 to allow teams to refuel and change two tires.

On the restart with 75 laps, Timm appeared to break an axle on his machine while running third. Timm would soon retire from the event giving Church his first career PASS South Super Late Model title, despite his problems from earlier in the race.
After a trio of cautions for relatively minor spins, Bell and Self again raced hard on the restart with Bell coming out on top in his Toyota. Self continued to struggle losing second to Setzer and would eventually fall out of the race.

Setzer quickly closed in on Bell for the lead as they entered lapped traffic. With 30 laps to go, Setzer took advantage of contact between Bell and Roger Lee Newton to take the lead exiting turn two. Setzer appeared to be cruising to his first career Super Late Model win when a broken rear suspension sent Setzer out of the race with 11 laps to go and brought out the ninth caution of the night.

On the restart, Bell and Jody Measamer brought the field to green, but Trevor Noles, who was in third, darted to the inside making an aggressive move to power by the leaders in turn one. As the field headed down the back straightaway, contact between Measamer and Rowe racing for third place sent Measamer hard into the outside wall.

This would give Bell one more shot at Noles, but Noles was again too quick on the restart. Despite Bell's best efforts, Noles held on for his first career Mason Dixon Meltdown win. Rounding out the top five were Bell, Rowe, Dalton Sargeant, and Harrison Burton. Completing the top 10 were Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Jared Fryar, Newton, Michael Rouse, and Matt Craig.

Following the race, Rowe and Church joined Noles on the front straightaway to celebrate their championships. A very relieved Church expressed his gratitude following their frustrating race.

"I knew I was in trouble when we were sitting in the pits, but I told the Good Lord to take care of this and this is where we're at," said Church afterwards. "I've got to thank Harold [Johnson] and Preston [Peltier] for getting us into this, but me and my daddy have worked hard on this car. This is special and me and daddy will always cherish this moment."

After a year that saw him go winless, Rowe was happy, not only for his third PASS National Championship, but to finish the season out on a high note.

"It feels like a win for us to finish third, I mean we've struggled all year long," said Rowe. "It's a fun series that PASS puts on. You go to all these different tracks in the North and South and Canada and see all these different fans and it's a pretty neat deal."

In the PASS Pro Late Model division, Kodie Conner took the lead from Jacob Schneider and never looked back as he went on to claim his fifth win of the season. Rounding out the top five were Erik Nash, Schneider, Ryan Krachun, and Matt Murphy. Walker Yates finished sixth en route to claiming his first career PASS Pro Late Model division title.

Clint Fields led flag-to-flag for the Pee Dee/Coastal Supertruck win over Jimmy Herrington, Kevin Parsons, Clay Thomas, and Tommy Peregoy.

Chris Lamb led every lap for the USAC Eastern Midget win over Scott Hunter, Kyle Craker, Blaine Leydig, and Jessica Bean.

Although the season is complete, the PASS South Super Late Models and PASS Pro Late Models will return on Saturday, March 7, 2015 to kickoff the season at Dillon Motor Speedway with the 10th Annual South Carolina Clash.

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Photos by Laura  -  LWpictures.com
PASS SUPER LATE MODELS at SOUTHERN NATIONAL
UNOFFICIAL RACE RESULTS - 11-15-14
1) 2 – Trevor Noles 200
2) 52 – Christopher Bell 200
3) 4n – Ben Rowe 200
4) 5s – Dalton Sargeant 200
5) 12 – Harrison Burton 200
6) 27 – Wayne Helliwell, Jr. 200
7) 41 – Jared Fryar 200
8) 33 – Roger Lee Newton 198
9) 23 – Michael Rouse 198
10) 54 – Matt Craig 198
11) 12j – Trey Jarrell 197
12) 73 – Joey Doiron 195
13) 84 – Martin Latulippe 194
14) 98 – Jody Measamer 189
15) 5 – Steve Legendre 189
16) 6 – Brandon Setzer 187
17) 07 – Austin Wayne Self 177
18) 28 – Jared Irvan 148
19) 51 – Karl Weber 148
20) 16 – Lucas Jones 143
21) 57 – Cole Timm 140
22) 8f – Tate Fogleman 123
23) 42 – Eric St. Gelais 104
24) 28x – Justin Gill 67
25) 7 – Tyler Church 65
26) 45 – Mark Beard 42
27) 1 – Tyler Dippel 32
28) 35 – Derek Ramstrom 31
29) 4 – Brandon Lynn 31
30) 49 – Jeff Batten 31
31) 8 – David Garbo, Jr. 31
| SLM Entries Received - SONAT - 11 -15 |
NASH  -  CONNER  -  SCHNEIDER
PASS PRO LATE MODELS at SOUTHERN NATIONAL
UNOFFICIAL RACE RESULTS - 11-15-14
1) 45 – Kodie Conner
2) 1x – Erik Nash
3) 81 – Jacob Schneider
4) 49 – Ryan Krachun
5) 7 – Matt Murphy
6) 02 – Walker Yates
7) 72 – Pete Johns
8) 24 – Mason Diaz
9) 24j – JP Josiasse
10) 11x – Jeremy Haudricourt
Tyler Church Looks To Clinch PASS South Title At Mason Dixon Meltdown
CHARLOTTE, NC (November 13) - Entering this weekend's 9th Annual Mason Dixon Meltdown at Southern National Motorsports Park, Hickory, NC's Tyler Church is on the cusp of winning his first Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model championship. Church comes into Saturday afternoon's race as the defending winner and with a 40 point lead over second year Super Late Model driver Cole Timm.

After competing in a partial schedule in 2013, Church captured his first PASS South win in the Over The Mountain 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway last September. But, it was a dominating performance in the Mason Dixon Meltdown at Southern National that not proved Church and his small family-owned team could compete with the best that short track racing has to offer.

"It was big because it was finally another racetrack that we were able to win at," says Church. "You know Hickory is home and that was special. But, there was a lot of good cars at both races and I was honored to be able to win at both races."
Church has emerged as one of the most consistent drivers in PASS South, scoring six top 5's and 10 top 10's in 13 starts this season. But despite a win at Ace Speedway back in May, Church believes his Church's Carpet Chevrolet has been capable of performing even better as he seeks to become the first back-to-back winner of the Meltdown.

"I hope we can run as good at Southern National this time as we have every other time we've been there," said Church. "I feel l like we could have won both races there earlier in the season. My Dad and I have worked so hard this year. We've been so close and fast so many times this year, but haven't had a bit of luck the last half of this year."

Church has struggled in recent weeks, finishing 13th at Orange County Speedway in October after breaking an axle while running third with 10 laps to go. And, then again most recently at Caraway Speedway for the North-South Shootout, where he finished 11th after being involved in a couple of incidents following a poor qualifying run. But, Southern National could be the place to turn it around for Church. After all, he's finished no lower than eighth in three starts there including a win and a second place finish.

"I'm going to try a few things out during practice and see how everything feels," said Church about this weekend's 200 lapper. "It just depends on how the car's working and what everybody else is doing. It would be great to cap the season off though with a win and a championship."

While Church battles Cole Timm and Jared Irvan for the PASS South Super Late Model Championship, Maine's Ben Rowe and New York's Tyler Dippel will be competing for the PASS National Championship. In addition to Rowe, fellow New Englanders Joey Doiron, Derek Ramstrom, Steve Legendre, and Wayne Helliwell, Jr. and Quebec's Eric St. Gelais will be making the trip to Southern National. Christopher Bell is hoping to continue his streak of finishing no worse than second in the last two events and will be joined by Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Karl Weber. Tate Fogleman, Trevor Noles, Brandon Setzer, Tanner Rumburg, Jody Measamer, and Lucas Jones will each be seeking their first career PASS South wins.

Action at Southern National Motorsports Park for the 9th Annual Mason Dixon Meltdown kicks off practice for all divisions on Friday, November 14 from 1 - 4:20 PM. On Saturday, November 15, practice will start at 10 AM, with qualifying at 1:15 PM, and racing slated to start at 3 PM. The PASS South Super Late Models will race for 200 laps, along with main events for the PASS Pro Late Models, Pee Dee/Coastal Supertrucks, and USAC Eastern Midgets.

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 PASS South's Easter Bunny 150 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway, the Triple Crown at Autodrome Chaudière, and the legendary Oxford 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.

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Kiel Spaulding #18s & Tyler Dippel #1
Ben Rowe #4n & Kevin Powell #Q104
PASS National Championship Contenders Ready to Race for Title at Southern National
CHARLOTTE, NC (November 11) - After a long season that has seen championship races contested in both the United States and Canada, the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model National Championship will be decided on Saturday at Southern National Motorsports Park. The 9th Annual Mason Dixon Meltdown will determine the 2014 champion and the contenders could not have come from more varied backgrounds than points leader Ben Rowe and rookie upstart Tyler Dippel.

Turner, Maine's Ben Rowe has grown to become a true short track legend over the last decade, winning more PASS Super Late Model races than any driver in history. Not only has Rowe won 4 PASS North Super Late Model championships, but he also claimed the PASS South Super Late Model title in 2009. And he is no stranger to success in the Mason Dixon Meltdown, as the only driver to win the race twice, taking the checkered flag in 2007 at Concord Speedway and again in 2009 at South Boston Speedway.

Despite his accolades, which also include 2 previous PASS National Championship title reigns in 2009 and 2011, Rowe has been impressed with his young counterpart.

"You know I didn't know a lot about Tyler [Dippel] coming into this year, but he's really been impressive," said Rowe. "The thing that surprised me the most was that he came to the tracks up North, tracks that he had never seen before, and not only held his own, but ran really well. We'll definitely have our work cut out for us when we get down to Kenly this weekend."

Despite being a teenager, Dippel has had quite extensive career, especially for a driver of his age. Dippel cut his teeth racing powerful Dirt Modifieds, primarily in his home state of New York. And the young driver has stayed busy in 2014, not only racing PASS Super Late Models on asphalt from South Carolina to Quebec, but continuing to race on dirt when his schedule has permitted. Dippel recently opened eyes competing in his Modified at the Dirt Track At Charlotte during the World Finals. But, now the focus returns to PASS for Dippel and trying to win a National Championship at Southern National.

"Basically, it's just four points, so whoever finishes in front of the other driver is going to win the championship," says Dippel, who has finished strong in his PASS National outings this year, including a sixth place effort in his first try at the Oxford 250 . "Our experience at Southern National hopefully will work out for us. It's been an amazing year and I'm really happy at how our first year on asphalt has gone and to have a shot at the championship is really cool."

Unlike the previous two PASS South events at Southern National Motorsports Park this year, the Meltdown will have an added element of strategy. At 200 green flag laps, the Meltdown will be 50 laps longer than the earlier races held at Southern National. Teams will be allowed to change two tires at lap 125, setting up a 75 lap dash for cash and the championship.

"You're definitely gonna have to save a little more and have something left for the end," said Dippel. "But, being able to get two tires, I think you will see some guys be able to push it and race hard the final 75 laps. We might have to race a little differently though with the championship on the line."

While Rowe and Dippel battle for the PASS National Championship, Tyler Church, Cole Timm, and Jared Irvan will be competing for the PASS South Super Late Model title. In addition to Rowe, fellow New Englanders Joey Doiron, Derek Ramstrom, Steve Legendre, and Wayne Helliwell, Jr. and Quebec's Eric St. Gelais will be making the trip to Southern National. Christopher Bell is hoping to continue his streak of finishing no worse than second in the last two events and will be joined by Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Karl Weber. Tate Fogleman, Trevor Noles, Brandon Setzer, Tanner Rumburg, Jody Measamer, and Lucas Jones will each be seeking their first career PASS South wins.

Action at Southern National Motorsports Park for the 9th Annual Mason Dixon Meltdown kicks off practice for all divisions on Friday, November 14 from 1 - 4:20 PM. On Saturday, November 15, practice will start at 10 AM, with qualifying at 1:15 PM, and racing slated to start at 3 PM. The PASS South Super Late Models will race for 200 laps, along with main events for the PASS Pro Late Models, Pee Dee/Coastal Supertrucks, and USAC Eastern Midgets.

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 PASS South's Easter Bunny 150 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway, the Triple Crown at Autodrome Chaudière, and the legendary Oxford 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.

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Worcester, Massachusetts native Derek Ramstrom #35
Super Late Model Racing’s Best Prepare for Mason Dixon Meltdown at Southern National
CHARLOTTE, NC (November 7) - As has been customary for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model division, the season will once again conclude with the running of the 9th Annual Mason Dixon Meltdown on Saturday, November 15 at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, NC. Some of the best short trackers from Canada to Florida are busily preparing their machines for what will be, for many of them, the final race of a long campaign. One driver looking to cap off a pretty stellar 2014 season is Worcester, Massachusetts native Derek Ramstrom. During the late summer and early fall, Ramstrom went to victory lane in two of New England's most prestigious events, the PASS 300 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway and the World Series of Stock Car Racing at Thompson Speedway in Connecticut. Following a successful 5th place outing with the Petit Motorsports team last weekend at Caraway Speedway's North-South Shootout, Ramstrom is encouraged to return to his family owned team for another outing at Southern National.

"I love running the tracks down South," said Ramstrom. "There a lot different from the tracks in the Northeast. They've got more banking, they're a lot faster. I definitely love to come down here."

It would seem that the bigger events on the short track calendar have played in Ramstrom's favor in recent years. This year's Mason Dixon Meltdown at Southern National Raceway Park is expected to have one of the biggest car counts of the season and to attract some of North America's best racers. And, at 200 green flag laps and with the option to change two tires at lap 125, Ramstrom is hoping his past experiences in big events will play out with a win in the Meltdown.

"We usually run strong at Southern National," said Ramstrom. "The last couple of years we've had some motor problems down there. As long as the car runs good, I think we will definitely have a top five finish."

In 2013, Ramstrom led laps and battled much of the race with eventual winner Tyler Church, before motor problems eventually sidelined him with less than 40 laps to go. That performance has him excited to see what he and the Ramstrom's Service Center team can do when they return to Southern National next weekend.
"You've just got to be consistent and try to stay in the top 10 in a long race like that," says Ramstrom. "Hopefully we can make the right adjustments when we pit, work together as a team, and hopefully be there at the end."

While Ramstrom seeks a season ending win to cap off 2014, several drivers will be competing for championships. Veteran Ben Rowe and rookie Tyler Dippel will be racing for the PASS National Chaampionship, while Tyler Church, Cole Timm, and Jared Irvan compete for the PASS South Super Late Model title. In addition to Ramstrom and Rowe, fellow New Englanders Joey Doiron, Steve Legendre, and Wayne Helliwell, Jr. and Quebec's Eric St. Gelais will be making the trip to Southern National. Christopher Bell is hoping to continue his streak of finishing no worse than second in the last two events and will be joined by Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Karl Weber. Tate Fogleman, Trevor Noles, Brandon Setzer, Tanner Rumburg, Jody Measamer, and Lucas Jones will each be seeking their first career PASS South wins.

Action at Southern National Motorsports Park for the 9th Annual Mason Dixon Meltdown kicks off practice for all divisions on Friday, November 14 from 1 - 4:20 PM. On Saturday, November 15, practice will start at 10 AM, with qualifying at 1:15 PM, and racing slated to start at 3 PM. The PASS South Super Late Models will race for 200 laps, along with main events for the PASS Pro Late Models, Pee Dee/Coastal Supertrucks, and USAC Eastern Midgets.

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 PASS South's Easter Bunny 150 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway, the Triple Crown at Autodrome Chaudière, and the legendary Oxford 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.

And, 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.

 

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