SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10th
The Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 200 from Hickory will air on MAVTV on Wednesday night, January 23, 2019 at 7 PM Eastern as part of Speed51's Short Track America.
MEGAMELTDOWN RACE WINNER
DEREK RAMSTROM #35
2018 PASS NATIONAL SLM CHAMPION
DEREK GRIFFITH #12G
2018 PASS SOUTH SLM CHAMPION
MATT CRAIG #54
Photos by Laura  -   LWpictures.com
PASS NATL./SOUTH SLMs at HICKORY
OFFICIAL RACE RESULTS - 11-10-18
1) 35 - Derek Ramstrom - 200 Laps
2) 12g - Derek Griffith - 200
3) 54 - Matt Craig - 200
4) 7g - Corey Casagrande - 200
5) 98 - Jody Measamer - 200
6) 57 - Austin Theriault - 200
7) 01 - Jake Crum - 200
8) 7c - Tyler Church - 200
9) 96 - Wyatt Alexander - 200
10) 97 - Brandon Lynn - 200
11) 93ct - Ray Christian III - 200
12) 8f - Tate Fogleman - 200
13) 24j - JP Josiasse - 199
14) 6w - Matt Wallace - 198
15) 16x - Brandon Barker - 198
16) 6s - Brandon Setzer - 195
17) 49 - Jeff Batten - 193
18) 4n - Ben Rowe - 190
19) 45 - Kodie Conner - 189
20) 2t - Gracie Trotter - 188
21) 47 - Gabe Brown - 146
22) 1 - Brandon Johnson - 139
23) 61 - TJ Brackett - 129
24) 82 - John Michael Shenette - 128
25) 28 - Jared Irvan - 88
26) 16 - Lucas Jones - 66
DQ - 33 - Preston Peltier - 60
Entries Received - Hickory - 11/10/18
Ramstrom Takes MegaMeltdown Win
Griffith, Craig Claim Titles At Hickory
HICKORY, NC (November 10) - Derek Ramstrom took the lead for the final time with just over 30 laps to go and led the rest of the way to claim his first career Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model win Saturday afternoon at Hickory Motor Speedway in the Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 200. While Ramstrom took the win, Derek Griffith finished second to capture the PASS National Championship Super Late Model title and third place finisher Matt Craig took his third straight PASS South championship.

"This is just awesome for us, we've been coming down here ever since 2006 and we've finally gotten us a win down south," said Ramstrom. "Hickory is a great place to come to and reminds us of a lot of the tracks back home in New England. We came with a totally different package this time and I just can't say enough for all the guys and the work they put in to give us such a great car."

In qualifying, Kodie Conner claimed his second straight MegaMeltdown pole by edging out Craig. After the top 10 qualifiers redraw, Jody Measamer drew the pole, while Conner pulled pill two to start alongside.

Conner quickly moved to the front and would lead the first 28 laps before Jake Crum moved by and assumed the lead. The first caution of the day did not wave until lap 33 when Lucas Jones spun in turn two following contact from Brandon Barker. On the restart, Ramstrom would get the advantage over Crum to take the lead for the first time of the day. While batting for sixth, former Hickory winners Brandon Setzer and Preston Peltier made contact on lap 60, ripping the left front fender from Peltier's car and ending his day.

Ramstrom and Griffith would swap the lead a couple of times before the caution waved again on lap 96 when Gabe Brown spun in turn three while running eighth. Conner would reassume the top spot on the restart and led until the competition caution on lap 125.

Following the pit stops, Ramstrom powered his way back into the lead and would continue to lead through a couple of quick cautions due to incidents for Brandon Johnson and TJ Brackett. Conner would retake the lead from Ramstrom with 52 laps to go, but both Ramstrom and Setzer would move by to knock Conner back to third on lap 168.

Ramstrom and Setzer then separated themselves from the rest of the field as they attempted to settle the 200-lapper amongst one another. But, with 10 laps to go, Setzer would make contact with Gracie Trotter while lapping her, sending her for a spin in turn one, which collected Conner in the process. Setzer was placed at the rear of the field by PASS officials for avoidable contact with Trotter. From there, Ramstrom would lead the rest of the way to take the win over Griffith, Craig, Cory Casagrande, and Measamer. Rounding out the top 10 were Austin Theriault, Crum, Tyler Church, Wyatt Alexander, and Brandon Lynn.

Griffith's championship season culminated on a day that saw it nearly slip away in morning practice. He avoided the wall after breaking a trailing arm bracket, which allowed his team to make the necessary welding repairs at Setzer's nearby shop prior to qualifying.

"This is just amazing, the guys did a great job to get the car repaired," said Griffith. "I can't thank Brandon and Dennis [Setzer] for letting us use their shop. Ray Christian, my nearest competitor for the championship, he offered to let me use their backup car. I mean, what can you say about that? This has just been a great year and I'm so proud of what we've been able to accomplish."

The Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 200 from Hickory will air on MAVTV on Wednesday night, January 23, 2019 at 7 PM Eastern as part of Speed51's Short Track America.

The 2018 PASS Super Late Model is complete, but continue to monitor ProAllStarsSeries.com over the coming weeks for moreinformationon the upcoming season.

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PASS Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown
To Be Broadcast on MAVTV
CHARLOTTE, NC (October 19) - One of the Mid-Atlantic's oldest Super Late Model races will be making its way back into living rooms nationwide. Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced today that the 13th Annual Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 200 at the famed Hickory Motor Speedway will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on the MAVTV network as part of Speed51's Short Track America. And for the first time ever, highlights will also be included in the show of the MASS Street Stocks and Legends car races. This continues the relationship between PASS and MAVTV that began last year with Speed51's initial productions of the Oxford 250 and MegaMeltdown.

In 2017, this traditional North versus South showdown saw North Carolina's Brandon Setzer and Maine's Garrett Hall duke it out down to the wire in front of the MAVTV cameras with Setzer taking a popular win in front of the hometown crowd.

"This has been the race to crown champions since 2006 and this year will be no different," said PASS President Tom Mayberry. "MAVTV's flag-to-flag coverage of the MegaMeltdown 200 will give short track racers and their sponsors the coverage that they so desperately deserve and we are glad that PASS can provide them with that."

To add even more excitement to this race, the MegaMeltdown will serve as the final race of the 2018 battle for the PASS National Championship Series. And, it will once again see a champion crowned in the South's oldest Super Late Model division. This means that those watching on MAVTV will see drivers from both the north and south battling it out for bragging rights at "the birthplace of the NASCAR stars."

MAVTV, an American cable and satellite television channel owned by the automotive lubricant company Lucas Oil, has become the go-to channel for short track racing events in recent years. The company produces full race broadcasts for series such as the ARCA Racing Series, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series, Lucas Oil Modified Series and many more.

The addition of the Pro All Stars Series' Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown to Speed51's Short Track America lineup further demonstrates the network's support of short track racing.

Speed51.com, the nation's leading short track racing news site, will handle the production of the television broadcast.

The air date for the Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown will be announced at a later time.

About PASS
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 Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway and PASS South's Easter Bunny 150 and Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 200 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway.

About MAVTV
Owned and operated by Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV is a television network with its roots deep in the automotive world. MAVTV offers an unparalleled line-up of exclusive motorsports, that includes prestigious events such as the Chili Bowl, The AMA Pro Motocross series, the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup and NHRA Drag Racing. But MAVTV goes far beyond the national mainstream events and also covers multitudes of grassroots series' from across the globe: Drag boats, sprint boats, drag racing, pro pulling, rally racing, drifting, dirt racing, ice racing and everything in between.

About Speed51.com
Since 2001, Speed51.com has been the source for short track news, behind-the-scenes stories, in-depth race coverage and live video broadcasts of short track events throughout North America, from NASCAR's Touring Divisions (Modifieds & K&N Pro Series), to Dirt Modifieds and numerous forms of Late Model & Modified racing. Speed51 TV, the live video broadcasting arm of Speed51.com, airs live video productions of short track events on both pavement and dirt. Speed51 TV also produces race broadcasts for network television. The Speed51 Video Network carries highlights, interviews and features from short track racing around the country on Speed51.com.
 Unlikely PASS South
Championship Scenario
To Be Decided At Hickory
CHARLOTTE, NC (November 7) - As the 2018 season gets set to conclude for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models this weekend at Hickory Motor Speedway, no one could have predicted how the contenders would fall for the PASS South championship. It is no surprise that Kannapolis, NC's Matt Craig leads the standings as he eyes an unprecedented third PASS South title. But, coming into the season, few, if any, could have predicted Ennismore, Ontario's, JP Josiasse #24J would be second in the standings coming to the 13thAnnual Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 200 at Hickory.

Josiasse's PASS journey began a few years ago in the PASS Pro Late Model division, a class that also brought Kodie Conner and Tate Fogleman to the PASS Super Late Model ranks. When that division went away at the conclusion of the 2014 season, Josiasse made the decision to try out Super Late Models. And, with the help of car builder Gary Crooks and a small group of fellow countrymen, Josiasse has parlayed those 20-hour trips from Canada into a chance at PASS South immortality.

"For us, we just enjoy racing with PASS and coming down South when we can," says Josiasse, driver of the Stoneridge Insurance/The Olde Smokehouse Chevrolet #24J. "We never imagined that we would have a chance at the championship this year, but the races fell our way for us to compete in all of them and our performance improved, so I guess, here we are."

As the owner and promotor of Ontario's Peterbourough Speedway, Josiasse is limited to when he can actually race himself. But, with consistent performances, including a career-best seventh place finish at South Boston in August, Josiasse finds himself 28 points behind Craig heading to Hickory this weekend. And he is not alone, as both Kodie Conner and Roy Hayes still have a mathematical shot at the championship. After being involved in an early accident in last year's MegaMeltdown, Craig knows that everything will have to go to plan as he seeks to secure his third title.

Saturday afternoon's 200 lapper will also serve as the final event of the PASS National Championship Series to crown the country's only true nationwide champion. Derek Griffith, Ray Christian, III, Ben Rowe, and Conner will be locked in a tight battle in front of the MAVTV cameras as they duke it out for the national championship. Additionally, the MASS Street Stocks will race for $1,000 to win and will be joined by the Legends cars to complete this exciting afternoon of grassroots racing.

Joining the championship contenders will be defending MegaMeltdown winner, Brandon Setzer, 2015 PASS South champion, Tate Fogleman, and this year's Oxford Plains Speedway track champion, Gabe Brown. A strong group of New Englanders have already entered including, Cory Casagrande, Derek Ramstrom, John-Michael Shenette, TJ Brackett, and Wyatt Alexander. And the south will be represented equally as well by Gracie Trotter, Lucas Jones, and Jody Measamer.

Entry forms and the complete weekend schedule for the 13thAnnual Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 200 are available at ProAllStarsSeries.com.

The weekend will start on Friday at Hickory Motor Speedway with rotating practice for all divisions from 2-5 PM. On Saturday, pit gates will open at 7:30 AM, with practice beginning at 9:30 AM, followed by qualifying at 11:45 AM, the on track pit party at 12:50 PM, and racing for the PASS Super Late Models, MASS Street Stocks, and Legends beginning at 1:30 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 Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway, the legendary Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway, and the inaugural PASS Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway.

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 at @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.
New Englanders Ready For Chance
To Win PASS National Championship
At Hickory Motor Speedway
CHARLOTTE, NC (October 31) - The longest season in grassroots, short track racing will come to a close on Saturday afternoon, November 10, when the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) National Championship Super Late Models take the green flag at Hickory Motor Speedway. The 13th Annual Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 200 will cap off another exciting season that began in Dillon, SC way back in February. And, it will all be captured in front of the MAVTV cameras. Last year, race fans across the country were able to see the ultimate North versus South shootout when North Carolina's Brandon Setzer and Maine's Garrett Hall tangled coming to the checkered flag.

This year, all eyes will be focused on the battle for asphalt Super Late Model racing's only national championship. After wins by Derek Griffith #12g at Dillon and Thompson, CT to start the PASS National Championship season, Connecticut's Ray Christian, III #93 has chipped away at the lead and now trails Griffith by a single point as he heads to Hickory for the first time ever.

"We're going in to Hickory with the same mindset that we have at every other racetrack...learn as much as we can and bring the car home in one piece," says Christian, driver of the Crazy Horse Racing #93. "This whole national championship run was a completely unexpected scenario for us, considering this is my first year in a Super Late Model. But, I think we have shown these guys that we can race with them a little bit this year."

Not to be forgotten though will also be Turner, ME's, Ben Rowe #4n. The 5-Time and defending PASS National Champion sits third in the standings, just 10 points behind Griffith. And, of Rowe's 10 career wins down south, three have come at Hickory. Those stats are not lost on Christian.

"I've never been to Hickory, but I've watched races from down there and guys like Ben Rowe have a million laps there," says Christian. "I can't wait to get down there because it looks like a blast and definitely the kind of place I can really get in to. I just hope that no matter how the national points turn out that, at the end of the day at Hickory, I hope we earn those guys respect."

And, if the PASS National Championship fight is not enough, fans will be treated to Matt Craig versus Kodie Conner as Craig goes for his third straight PASS South Super Late Model title, plus MASS Street Stocks and Legends.

Action gets under way on Friday with rotating practice for the PASS Super Late Models, MASS Street Stocks, and Legends from 2-5 PM. On Saturday, pit gates open at 7:30 AM, with practice starting at 9:30 AM, qualifying at 11:45 AM, and main events at 1:30 PM.

PASS Super Late Model entry forms and the complete weekend schedule for the Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 200 can be found at ProAllStarsSeries.com.

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 Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway, PASS South's Easter Bunny 150 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway, and the PASS Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway.

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 @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10th

Details & Support Divisions Announced for 13th Annual Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 
at Hickory
 Motor Speedway

CHARLOTTE, NC (September 26) - Officials from the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) announced today details regarding the final race of the 2018 season. The season will once again conclude with one of the Mid-Atlantic region's oldest Super Late Model races on Saturday, November 10th with the 13th Annual Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown at the legendary Hickory Motor Speedway. The 200 lapper will the final event of the PASS National Championship Series to crown the country's only true nationwide champion.

Additionally, several details were also announced on Tuesday on this year's Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown, including support divisions. In an effort to continue furthering grassroots racing on all level, the Street Stocks will be competing for 50 laps and $1000 to win, utilizing MASS rules. Although this will be a non-points race, MASS officials will be handling all tech and officiating for this event and will be supplying the tires. In addition, the Legends cars will return to Hickory Motor Speedway as part of the Meltdown. Several PASS Super Late Model drivers competed in Legends before climbing the ranks including Matt Craig, Roy Hayes, Gracie Trotter, and Jared Irvan.

In 2006, PASS became the South's original Super Late Model tour when the green flag dropped for the inaugural Easter Bunny 150. Since then, PASS has become the nation's most successful Super Late Model sanctioning body with the Easter Bunny 150 growing to become the Spring's biggest short track event, while the Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine continues to be the richest Super Late Model event in North America.

Although a full schedule has not been posted, teams will have the opportunity to practice on Friday, November 9th, while qualifying, last chance races, and features for the PASS Super Late Models, Street Stocks and Legends will take place on Saturday afternoon, November 10th.

Entry forms for upcoming events at Thunder Road International Speedbowl, Oxford Plains Speedway, Seekonk Speedway and the inaugural PASS Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway are available at ProAllStarsSeries.com.

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 Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway, the legendary Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway, and the inaugural PASS Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway.

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 at @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.

 

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