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May 21st - Southern National Raceway Park - Kenley, NC

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Freddie Query (center) won Sunday’s “Big Dawg Southern Sizzler 150” at Southern
National Raceway Park in Kenly, NC.  He is joined on the podium by third-place
finisher Mike Rowe (left) and second-place Clay Jones (right)>
Photo Credit: 51 Sports

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May 21st - Southern National Raceway Park - Kenley, NC

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Finish Position, Start Position, Driver, Hometown, Laps Completed

1. (14) Freddie Query, Mooresville, NC, 150
2. (4) Clay Jones, Goldsboro, NC, 150
3. (5) Mike Rowe, Turner, ME, 150
4. (16) Ryan Lawler, Colleyville, TX, 150
5. (11) Charlie Bradberry, Chelsea, AL, 150
6. (6) Scott Mulkern, Falmouth, ME, 150
7. (1) Preston Peltier, Concord, NC, 150
8. (10) Dennis Schoenfeld, Concord, NC, 150
9. (9) Ted Musgrave Jr., Mooresville, NC, 150
10. (13) Ricky Marshall, Mooresville, NC, 150
11. (3) Dean Clattenburg, Kannapolis, NC, 150
12. (2) Chris Dunn, Raleigh, NC, 150
13. (21) Travis Benjamin, Morrill, ME, 150
14. (17) Eddie Massengill, Goldsboro, NC, 150
15. (20) Tim Nooner, Salisbury, NC, 150
16. (19) John Batten, Nashville, NC, 150
17. (12) David Clark, Clayton, NC, 150
18. (18) Landon Cassill, Cedar Rapids, IA, 146
19. (23) Greg Boone, Louisville, KY, 140
20. (22) Alex Fleming, Raleigh, NC, 134
21. (15) Clay Rogers, Mooresville, NC, 127
22. (24) Chris Bowers, Washington, NC, 124
23. (8) Travis Kittleson, Merritt Island, FL, 106
24. (7) Wade Day, Bristol, TN, 49
Time of Race: 1:10:56.618

Margin of Victory: 2.098 seconds

Caution Flags: 7

Lead Changes: 6 among 5 drivers
Lap Leaders: Peltier 1-10, Dunn 11-22, Peltier 23, Kittleson 24-43, Jones 44-46, Kittleson 47-79, Query 80-150

Heat winners: Musgrave, Schoenfeld

Dash winner: Peltier

Freddie Query Wins PASS South “Southern Sizzler”
Veteran Beats Jones, Rowe, Lawler, Bradberry, Kittleson, Day & Rogers

CONCORD, NC (May 22, 2006) – Freddie Query is a legend in the Super Late Model world, especially in the South. He’s won at just about every track around the region in just about every type of stock car imaginable. He is the all-time leader in wins at Concord Motorsport Park. He’s a former NASCAR All Pro Series Champion. He’s done it all. And when the competition shows up to the track, he is the driver that everyone seems to want to beat.

On Sunday afternoon, Query added a Pro All Stars Series South victory to his illustrious list of career accomplishments as he muscled his way into the winners circle during the “Big Dawg Southern Sizzler” at Southern National Raceway Park in Kenly, NC. Query came from the 14th starting spot to take the lead on lap 80. He picked up the $5,000 first-place prize for the 150-lap race.

“I was being patiently aggressive all day long,” said Query. “I didn’t want to be back there (where we started), but everyone was keeping their cars straight and doing well, so it wasn’t too bad. The scary thought was the wrecking happening up front. When you start that far back, you sometimes can’t miss it. Thankfully that didn’t happen and we were able to keep the car going toward the front. You gotta have a lot of luck to do what I did today and I had a lot of luck.”

Query methodically moved his way to the front. By lap 20, he was in the top-10. By lap 40, he was in the top-six. By lap 60, he was in the top-three. On lap 79, he jumped to the inside of leader Travis Kittleson heading into turn three to grab the top spot. When he did, he never looked back.

“I can’t qualify on these American Racers (tires),” said Query. “I’m not used to them and I can’t get them to go for two laps yet. I had a decent car, though, once the race started going. You have to conserve at this track, but you have to have a good turning racecar, too. You just have to conserve by not sliding the front wheels or the back ones. You can just look at the track and see it is rough. It’s not as bad as Pensacola (Five Flags Speedway) or some others, but it is a cheese-grader. It puts a lot of heat in the tires and they just give up.

“You have to get up under them (the other drivers) and beat them off of the corner. That is short track racing. There are very few tracks where you can pass someone on the outside. About every track you go to these days, you have to be able to turn up under them and beat them to the flag stand. We were able to do that today.”

Query pulled out to a huge lead at times, but a few late cautions brought the field back to him. Query had to hold off the charge of a young Clay Jones near the conclusion of the 150-lap event.

Jones, who started fourth, never ran out of the top-five all afternoon long and put pressure on the veteran Query, but his famous number-8 was too much for the youngster, who finished two-seconds back.

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Above: Query (#8) and Clay
Jones (#15) battled late in
the event for the top spot

Left: Freddie Query won at Southern National Raceway Park on Sunday 5/21

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Mike Rowe (#24) finished third, while Travis Kittleson (#88) was strong early, leading a ton of laps.

Photo Credit:
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“It’s been a while since we’ve run this (Super Late Model),” said Jones, who missed Saturday’s practice day while he was competing with his Late Model Stock Car in the UARA-Stars Series race just a couple of hours up the road at Orange County Speedway. “It is hard work running two cars. We didn’t have any practice yesterday because we were running the other car. We only had an hour today. So to finish second, that is like a win to us.

“I burned my tires up about halfway. At the end, I didn’t have anything left. It was just hanging on from there on out.”

Mike Rowe, the winner of the inaugural PASS South race at Hickory Motor Speedway in April, finished third after making the long trip down from Maine once again.

“That is why I come down here; to beat guys like Freddie Query,” said Rowe, a three-time Oxford 250 winner and a regular in PASS North. “Freddie is one of the guys we need to beat down here. He is awesome. I love racing with him and a lot of these other guys. When we can come down south and run with Freddie and the rest of these guys, we are going to. We need to come back down and beat him fair and square. I just love racing with him.

“I’d rather come down here and run third to these guys than I would win at home. I have a lot of fun racing with these guys and I think they have really good things working with PASS South.”

Ryan Lawler continued his impressive start to his Super Late Model career by finishing fourth in only his third career race in this style of car. And Lawler, who finished fifth in the PASS South race at Hickory, used the new “Lucky Dog” rule to his advantage.

Lawler spun his car mid-way through Sunday’s 150-lap event and went a lap down in the process. However, Lawler was awarded the “Lucky Dog” on the next caution, since he was the first car one-lap down. That put him on the lead lap and afforded him the opportunity to move from 17th all the way back to fourth by the time the race ended.

Former NASCAR Southeast Series champion and former Snowball Derby winner Charlie Bradberry made the most of his first career PASS South start. The veteran, who picked up an All American Super Late Model Series win on Friday night in Birmingham (AL), drove all night to get to Kenly late on Saturday. After minimal practice, Bradberry came from 11th to finish 5th.

Still the “Big Dawg 98.5 Southern Sizzler” belonged to Query. And PASS South is what let him get there.

“This is what I love to do,” added Query. “The car count is good and there is a lot of interest in this series right now. I hope Mike (Rowe) and all of the guys from up North keep coming down. Then, to have a guy like Charlie Bradberry here is awesome. I’m tickled to death he is here today. He is a great racer and this series deserves more guys like him coming in. I hope we get more guys from the South and the North all coming here. I hope this thing really gets strong and turns into a place we can race at for years and years. I’d say they’ve got a pretty good start.”

The next race for the PASS South cars is the “South Carolina Clash” at Florence Motor Speedway on Saturday night, June 10th.

For more information on the PASS South Series, contact Jeremy Troiano at DSG

by calling (704) 455–2051

Bradberry, Day, Hamner, Kittleson & Rogers among Those on the List

Racing is a test of skills, dedication and the ability to put together a winning effort under difficult conditions. If it were easy, everybody would be doing it. The best racers out there are not put off by struggles. In fact, most are at the top of their game when they are challenged the most. That is why several of the biggest stars in the Super Late Model world have entered the highly-competitive PASS South, “Big Dawg 98.5 Southern Sizzler” at Southern National Raceway Park this Sunday, May 21st.

Former NASCAR Southeast Series champ Charlie Bradberry, former NASCAR Weekly Racing Series titlist Wade Day, BAMA Super Series champion Josh Hamner, Florida Speedweeks Super Late Model dominator Travis Kittleson and former Hooters Pro Cup champ Clay Rogers are among those heading to Kenly, NC for the 150-lap, $5,000 to win event.

“Everyone was talking after Hickory [the PASS South opening Easter Bunny 150] that the field of drivers there was as competitive, or more competitive, than the Snowball Derby – and that’s the biggest race of the year for everybody,” said Kittleson, who was one of the finalists in this year’s Roush Racing ‘Gong Show.’ “Now we are going to be doing these PASS races and it’s not going to be just one race, it’s going to be a tour. You’ve got the best of the best from Maine to the South. That definitely makes for a tight, tight field.

“We’re going to have Ricky Marshall be tough there. Freddie Query will be tough. Some of the local guys will be good – I’m sure that Randy Renfrow and maybe even Greg Stewart will be there. If Mike Rowe is there, he’ll be tough. Anyone who can run as good as he did at Hickory, which is such a tough place, will be tough to beat.”

Kittleson competed in the first-ever PASS South event, held at Hickory Motor Speedway last month. Kittleson started the race on the front row and led a bunch of laps before engine problems sidelined him.

Several other stars are also planning to make the trip toward the East Coast of North Carolina.

Rogers is the current USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series Southern Division point leader on the strength of two wins and four top-five finishes. The 2004 Pro Cup Series National Champion competed in the first PASS South race at Hickory in April and finished third.

Hamner, who last week won the ASA Late Model Series South event at Five Flags Speedway, will be making his first PASS South start. Hamner comes with a lot of credentials despite being only 19-years-old. In 2005, his first behind the wheel of a Super Late Model, Hamner captured the BAMA Super Series Championship at Montgomery Motor Speedway by beating out the likes of Jason Hogan, Ken McFarland and Bradberry.

Bradberry will also be making his first PASS South start. Charlie, the 2003 NASCAR Southeast Series (formerly the All Pro Series) and 2003 Snowball Derby Champion, is excited about the Southern National event and even has some prior experience at the track.

“I’m looking forward to go and run the PASS South race,” said Bradberry. “I’ve heard a lot of good things about it and I’m excited to go and check it out. The race at Hickory had a lot of good racecar drivers in it. It was probably one of the toughest fields in any Super Late Model race in the country so far this year.

“I ran an All Pro race at Southern National a few years ago. From what I can remember, I think I ran pretty well there. I remember I liked the track a lot; it fit my style. I think it is going to be a lot of fun to go back there in a Super Late Model.”

Kittleson is also excited to head to Southern National, where he’s only raced once before.

“I’m excited to go to a track like Kenly,” added Kittleson. “It’s fairly high-banked and its’ a racy place. It usual ends up being a good two-groove track. I think it will be an easier place than Hickory. That was a tough place to get started off for everybody.

The biggest challenge at Southern National is adjusting to changing track conditions.

“I don’t know what to expect. One day from the next the track can be totally different. I don’t know what it is about the North Carolina asphalt, but it can change with a drop of the hat. It’s incredible. It did that in Hickory and when we raced at Southern National the last time. We had a second or third place car in practice and on the next day, I was hanging on for dear life. I remember that Rick Marshall spun during the parade laps when he was warming his tires – and he knows his way around there. It was weird. It went from having all kinds of bite to nothing.”

Day will make a return to the PASS South Series after leading laps and finishing ninth in the opener at Hickory. Day is a veteran of the Late Model Stock Car and Super Late Model world and also spent a significant amount of time in the ASA National Tour, along with the NASCAR Goody’s Dash Series.

The full race day schedule for the Southern Sizzler has been announced. There will be a practice day for the PASS South cars on Saturday, May 20th, while time trials, heat races and the 150-lap main event will be held on Sunday, May 21st (the day after the Nextel All-Star race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway).

For more information on the PASS South Series, contact Jeremy Troiano at DSG by calling (704) 455–2051 and be sure to visit the official website of PASS, www.proallstarsseries.com.

Two Premier Racing Series Team Up For Double-Header Weekend

It’s part of the annual rites of spring; flowers blossoming, the first pitch of the season and gasoline burning through high-horsepower engines at racetracks across America. And on Sunday, May 21st, two of the hottest racing series in the Nation, the Pro All Stars Series South and the Pro Challenge Series will come together for the first-ever Southern Sizzler weekend at Southern National Raceway Park. It is a weekend no race fan should miss.

“I think it is going to be a great thing for us to be involved with PASS South,” said Pro Challenge Series owner John Litzinger. “Last year we ran with the UARA-Stars and we did a race with the Hooters Pro Cup and they were both great events. We are really looking forward to having a great Super Late Model organization like PASS to partner up with. I think it helps us to put on a good show. Plus, it is always good to race at a venue that has another class of cars to help give both of us more exposure and give the fans more things to get excited about.

“The PASS South is new this year,” added Litzinger. “They are kind of following the route of the USAR Hooters Pro Cup by having north and south divisions. I was able to go to their inaugural race at Hickory Motor Speedway, the Easter Bunny 150, and I have to tell you that it was probably the best Super Late Model race I have seen in years.

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“They have some unique rules and maybe some of those rules we could look to adopt for Pro Challenge. For example, they always have double-file starts and I kind of like that. It is really good racing for the fans. The two things we want to concentrate on here at Pro Challenge are the competitors and the fans.”

While bringing home the trophy is what every racer wants, PASS South Series has put up a good purse for the Pro Challenge racers to compete for.

“The Pro Challenge race will be $500 to win,” added Litzinger. “It will be the most we have ever paid for a Regional / National event. It’s the same amount of money that the Aaron’s National Pro Challenge Tour pays out for a win. We really appreciate the PASS South guys stepping up and recognize another racing series. It’s good for our series, but more importantly, good for the great young group of aspiring racers we have competing with us.”

It is the first time the two series will run together, but it won’t be the last. They will reunite and race together again at least two more times this year, including the “Orange Blossom Special” at Orange County Speedway in North Carolina on June 17th and the “Saturday of Speed” at Lanier National Speedway in Georgia on August 5th. A special open-comp show is also being planned for after all Pro Challenge regional racing is completed this year. Both series have hopes of opportunities for future racing weekends in the coming racing seasons.

“I know we will put on a good show, like we normally do for the fans. Based on what I saw with the PASS South guys, the whole weekend is going to be a real ‘fan treat,’ if you will, for short track racing,” concluded Litzinger.

The Southern Sizzler will take place on Sunday, May 21st, at Southern National Raceway Park in Kenly, NC. The Pro Challenge portion of the event will consist of a 40-lap race. Pro Challenge cars are invited to test on Saturday, May 20th, at the speedway.

For more information on the Pro Challenge Series, as well as the latest from all of the Pro Challenge regions, contact Matt Kentfield at (704) 455–2051 and be sure to check out the new online home for the Pro Challenge Series, www.prochallengeseries.com.

Another 150-Lap Event / $5,000-To-Win Show Expected To Bring Back SLM Stars

“New” might very well be the theme of the day when it comes to the May 21st Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South “Southern Sizzler” event at Southern National Raceway Park in Kenly, North Carolina.

The PASS South is a “new” series created by owner Tom Mayberry recently to help revive touring Super Late Model racing in the South. At the same time, Southern National Raceway Park (formerly known as Southern National Speedway) is under “new” management in 2006 and has a completely “new” look to the track and facility, making it a match made in heaven.

“I’m very excited about the race myself,” said new track owner R. Kirk Leone. “Picking a Sunday as raceday is a pretty cool deal and bringing the PASS South Super Late Models in will help build things for both the series and our track. Everything in this sport is about building and growing things and you can’t do that overnight. This track is new to me (Leone just took ownership of the track during the off-season), so I’m all about building and growing it into a place that has great weekly racing in addition to great special events. I think this relationship is something that can grow over the years and become a huge deal.”

The race will be even more exciting for locals, because in addition to getting to see some of the biggest stars in Super Late Model racing from the South and a handful of the top names from the PASS North, several local drivers are planning to enter into the event as well. Southern National Raceway Park is one of the few remaining tracks in the South that runs Super Late Models on a weekly basis.

“The Super Late Models have struggled in a way locally over the past few years,” added Leone. “I know Concord (Motorsport Park) tried with the Big 10 Series, but they don’t have that anymore. The past owners at Southern National were going to drop the Super Late Models this year if they kept the racetrack. I didn’t agree with that and I believe in trying to build that class. I think Super Late Models provide some of the best racing you’ll get to see. Their name says it all. They really are “Super” Late Models. I’m hoping that we can build a program locally and that if we bring in PASS South a time or two a year, that can help our local stuff too.”
Leone wears many hats. In addition to running the track, Leone also competes full-time with the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series Southern Division. He also owns R. Kirk Leone Builder, Inc., a successful custom home building company. He purchased Southern National Raceway Park in January and has worked non-stop on making improvements to the facility.

“When I visited that track earlier this year, I was so impressed that I came back and told everyone what a beautiful facility that Southern National is,” said Mayberry. “I think Kirk has done a fantastic job making his track into one of the best in the Carolinas, if not one of the best in the entire Southeast. After seeing the track, there was no doubt we were going to bring thePASS cars there. Plus, they have a pretty strong weekly Super Late Model class, so that will attract even more.”

The weekend won’t only include PASS South Super Late Model action. In addition, the Pro Challenge Series will hold a 50-lap Regional/National event at the track as well. The Pro Challenge Series features 3/4-scale racecars that compete on tracks around the country as small as a quarter-mile to tracks just over a half-mile, including Bristol Motor Speedway. The Regional/National event is expected to draw some of the top names of the Pro Challenge Series, including National Championship point leader Terry Mathis, hotshot rookie Zach Stroupe and multi-time race winner Jason Burchard.

In addition, the hugely-popular and wild Redneck Racers (cross between a Street Stock & Hobby Stock) will hold a 25-lap race, as will the track’s 4-Cylinder class.

The PASS South season opened at Hickory Motor Speedway in April with rousing success. PASS North regular and three-time Oxford 250 winner Mike Rowe earned the victory over a stellar field of opponents that included former All American 400 winners Chuck Barnes Jr. and Jason Hogan and current Hooters Pro Cup point leader Clay Rogers.

The full race day schedule for the Southern Sizzler will be announced soon. There will be a practice day for the PASS South cars on Saturday, May 20th.

For more information on the PASS South Series, contact Jeremy Troiano at DSG by calling

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