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Matt Craig Battles Back From
2 Laps Down For PASS South
Win At Caraway
SOPHIA, NC (April 16) - Matt Craig battled back from two laps down to pass race leader Jared Fryar on the final restart and led the rest of the way to score his first career Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model win in the Dogwood 125 Saturday night at Caraway Speedway. Craig's win allowed him to close in to within two points of PASS South points leader Kodie Conner, who finished third.

"I was running third about 20 laps into the race and I felt the pedal go to the floor, and I thought, dang there goes another one," said Craig, driver of the family-owned C&C Boilers Sales & Services #54. "I just drove my tail off after that. They told me to save my stuff and wait for a caution, I didn't listen to them. I think I'm pretty good at restarts and we got one there at the end and were able to hold on for the win."

In qualifying, 2014 North-South Shootout winner, Ryan Moore toured the .455 mile speedway at a fast lap of 99.550 miles per hour to claim the quick qualifying time. However, Moore would slot into the ninth starting position after the top 10 qualifiers redraw, while defending race winner Jared Fryar and Brandon Lynn would move to the front row.

At the drop of the green flag, Lynn would take the lead from the outside pole over Fryar and Craig. Moore wasted little time moving to the front taking fifth position from Trey Jarrell on lap 10. The first caution of the night waved on lap 35 when Craig lost power down the backstretch and slowed to a stop due to a broken throttle linkage. Craig would lose two laps while his crew made repairs to his Chevrolet.

On the restart, Jody Measamer was able to get by Lynn to take the lead on lap 36. The next caution would not wave again until lap 76 when Kyle McCallum went for a spin exiting turn two. On the next restart, Lynn would overtake Measamer to regain the lead, while Fryar would move by to take second. Just one lap later, Fryar moved by Lynn to take his turn back up front.

With 27 laps to go, Michael Pilla spun exiting turn four to bring out a caution that would allow Craig to get back on the lead lap. Racing over the final circuits would be intense as Moore began to challenge Lynn for second. The two cars would make contact exiting turn four with 14 laps to go, and then again entering turn one, sending Moore's car around and into the outside wall.

The biggest benefactor of this hard racing would be Craig, who would start alongside Fryar for the restart. Craig got the advantage over Fryar on the final restart and would lead the rest of the way for his first career PASS South Super Late Model victory. Fryar finished right behind him in second, with Kodie Conner third, Measamer in fourth, and Lynn in fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Jarrell, Vinnie Miller, McCallum, Kyle Desouza, and Jimmy Doyle.

The PASS South Super Late Models will be in action once again for 125 laps on Saturday, May 27th at Concord Speedway, along with a 125 lapper for the Southern Modified Racing Series and action for the Mid-Atlantic Limited Late Models and Street Stocks.

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1) 54 - Matt Craig - 125 Laps
2) 116 - Jarod Fryer - 125
3) 45 - Kodie Conner - 125
4) 98 - Jody Measamer - 125
5) 4 - Brandon Lynn - 125
6) 12 - Trey Jarrell - 125
7) 16 - Vinnie Miller - 125
8) 4m - Kyle McCallum - 125
9) 88 - Kyle Desouza - 125
10) 71 - Jimmy Doyle - 125
11) 4x - Mike Pilla - 123
12) 74 - Ryan Moore - 110
13) 15 - Ron Young - 66
14) 24 - J.P. Josiasse - 6
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Horsepower On Display This Weekend In PASS/Modified Doubleheader At Caraway
CHARLOTTE, NC (April 12) - Southeast race fans will get a rare treat this weekend at Caraway Speedway when the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Models and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour compete together in a rare doubleheader. The Dogwood 325 will see the two most powerful asphalt series in the South compete together for the first time ever on Saturday night at Caraway, along with the Mid-Atlantic Limited Late Models, Chargers, Mini Stocks, and Hornets.

Sanford, NC's Jody Measamer is a driver that knows Caraway Speedway well. Measamer grew up helping on the crew of legendary short tracker racer, Tom Usry, at Caraway and other tracks throughout the Carolinas. Eventually, Measamer took his place behind the wheel and Caraway Speedway has been very good to him throughout his racing career. Measamer won his first 4-Cylinder Modified race at Caraway and then went on to score his first Late Model Supertruck win there before going on to capture the track championship.

"Caraway is one of the toughest tracks on the tour, it is a very technical track where you must hit your marks each and every lap," says Measamer, driver of the Aquavapor Electronic Cigarettes/Solid Rock Carriers #98 Chevrolet. "It is a challenge to get the car to respond at both ends of the track. Turns 1 and 2 are totally different than 3 and 4. Based on previous PASS South Races at Caraway, first and foremost, you have to keep the fenders on it and all 4 tires heading in the same direction. You also have to keep from using your tires too early so you have something left to go with at the end."

Measamer came to Caraway Speedway last year with high expectations too, but was involved in an incident on lap one that saw him get into the wall. Despite heavy damage, Measamer's crew worked on the car through multiple pit stops and the team soldiered home to a third place finish. This year, Measamer battled hard at Dillon with eventual race winner Brandon Setzer and set a new Super Late Model track record at Hickory for the prestigious Easter Bunny 150. Needless to say, hopes are high this weekend as Measamer seeks his first career PASS South Super Late Model victory.

"Honestly there is not just one single item, but a combination of several little things I believe that has helped with our start this year," says Measamer. "We struggled at the end of 2015 for speed and were just not happy with the car. During the off season we completely rebuilt the car, but the frustrating part is we didn't really find anything wrong that would explain what was going on. We unloaded at Dillon pretty good and hit on a few things with shocks and bumpstops that's made it even better which we were able to show at Hickory. I feel like we have a good piece going in to Caraway and hope we can finally break in to victory lane."

While Measamer will be seeking victory, rookie Kodie Conner and second year driver Matt Craig are embroiled in a fierce fight for the points lead which has them separated by only six points. As a matter of fact, the top eight drivers in points are only 100 points, including New England driver Kyle Desouza and Ontario's JP Josiasse. Last year's winner Jared Fryar is entered, along with former North-South Shootout winner, Ryan Moore, and Caraway frontrunner Trey Jarrell, who has increased support from sponsor Kaytech, Inc. Veteran Jimmy Doyle and second year racer Kyle McCallum have also filed pre-entries for Saturday's Dogwood 325.

All the action gets under way on Friday at Caraway Speedway with open practice for all competing divisions from 3 - 6 PM. On Saturday, practice will begin at 1 PM with qualifying starting at 5 PM for the PASS South Super Late Models, Mid-Atlantic Limited Late Models and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modifieds, followed by main events starting at approximately 6:30 PM.

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 legendary HP Hood Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway and PASS South's Easter Bunny 150 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway.

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