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L to R: Johnny Clark, 2nd place Meltdown race finisher; Mike Rowe, 2006 PASS South Champion
and 3rd place finisher in the Meltdown with PASS Official Paul Johnson;
and Cassius Clark, the Meltdown Race Champion.

FULL MELTDOWN PAGE        PASS SOUTH 2006 FINAL POINTS

Mike Rowe Wins PASS South Championship
December 5, 2006 (Naples, ME)    In April PASS North Super Late Model Series regulars Mike Rowe, Scott Mulkern, Cassius Clark, Travis Benjamin, and Corey Williams made the long trip from Maine to legendary Hickory Motor Speedway in Hickory, NC for the Easter Bunny 150, the first race in the newly formed PASS South Super Late Model Series. All of them wanted to participate in the new series to test themselves against the best in the south at one of the legendary short tracks in the country.

At the end of the day, Mike Rowe of Turner, ME became the first winner in the new series and beat some of the best drivers in the south. In Victory Lane Mike said how honored he was to win at Hickory and see his name along side those of Junior Johnson, Ralph Earnhardt, Ned Jarrett, Harry Gant, Jack Ingram, Tommy, Andy, and Marty Houston, Dennis Setzer, and many more.

But that was only the beginning for Mike and the #24 team. But what do you do now that you’re leading the points in the South Series and you’re about to start the North Season? The races are from 700 to 1546 miles apart. The schedule gods smiled on Mike and the #24 team, and they were able to got to Southern National Speedway in Kenly, NC for the Southern Sizzler on May 21st. Mike finished third behind Freddie Query and was still in the points lead. You can’t walk away when you are leading the points, so it was off to Florence, SC on June 10th for the South Carolina Clash. Mike didn’t help the dilemma much because he finished third again behind Freddie Query and the winner Charlie Bradberry.

You get the drift. Mike was running between the North and the South Series, but not in a frequent flyer program but more often than not behind the wheel pulling the 53’ race car hauler. And to his credit and the credit of the entire #24 team they made all the races in both series. He won again at Tri-County in Hudson, NC on July 4th, finished third at Lanier National in Braselton, GA on Aug 5th, and was second at Hickory on August 27th. With seven races in the books, Mike was never out of the top five, but young Ryan Lawler of Colleyville, TX was right on his tail.

With only the Mason-Dixon Meltdown on Thanksgiving weekend at South Boston Speedway in South Boston, VA left to run and a slim 12 point lead over second-place runner Lawler, the entire PASS South season and the championship came down to the 250 lapper at South Boston on Saturday November 25th. Mike finished first in the Dash with Lawler lurking one row back, and that’s how they started the 250 lap feature.

A great rookie season came to an end for Lawler when he got caught up in a big wreck on the frontstretch ending his chances for the top prize. Mike, however, was not home free as he had brake problems in the late stages of the race, but the veteran was able to nurse the #24 home in third behind the Meltdown winner Cassius Clark of Farmington, ME and Johnny Clark of Hallowell, ME to claim the first PASS South Super Late Model Series championship.

Mike, being the racer’s racer, didn’t forget his roots and slack off in the 12-race PASS North Super Late Model Series. Mike parlayed four thirds and nine top tens into a second-place finish only 31 points behind the 2006 PASS North Champion Johnny Clark of Hallowell, ME.

A championship in the PASS South Super Late Models and a second place in PASS North Super Late Models is not a bad season for one of a group of teams that went south on an April weekend to race at a historic track and test themselves against some of the best teams in the south and have some fun before the season started in the north.
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Race 7 - 8-27 - HICKORY II
Over the Mountain - Hickory Motor Speedway - Hickory, NC

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Ryan Lawler Gets First PASS South Win
with Crate Engine Car

Point Leader Mike Rowe Second, NASCAR Cup Star
Mayfield Falls Out With Problems
Just before qualifying for Sunday’s “Over the Mountain 150 presented by The Big Dawg 92.1” at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC), Ryan Lawler’s shot at a PASS South championship looked to be going down the drain. His #31 Hamke Racing Chevrolet blew a motor just as practice ended and that forced the team to scramble. After unsuccessfully trying to find a backup car from another team to use during the race, the decision was made to drive an hour back to their shop in Mooresville, NC, to pick up their Crate Engine Late Model (ASA & GAS equivalent).

The car rolled into the track on the back of an open trailer just moments before the start of the heat races. Later, the same car would roll into Victory Lane, earning the 19-year-old Texas-native his first-career PASS South victory.

“Finally,” said Lawler after the win. “We lost the motor about two hours before qualifying. It turned into a pretty frantic situation. We were running up and down to different pits seeing if I could rent someone’s car, but no one had anything for me. We decided to get the ASA Late Model (that we run with that series) and bring it here. We were skeptical about bringing that car out because the motor in the ASA car has a lot less power, but I think that was the ticket here (at Hickory) I guess.

“We’ve bee fighting too much horsepower in the orange car. We’ve been messing with carburetors and all. We just can’t get it down low enough. I think we have something figured out now.”

It wasn’t as easy as it sounded for Lawler. With no qualifying time, he had to start his heat race in the back with a car that had yet to see laps at Hickory. He finished fifth in his heat and that placed him 18th in the starting lineup for the 150-lap main event.

It didn’t take Lawler long to get to the front. He moved into the top-five early and into second-place by lap 65. On lap 79, Lawler took the lead from PASS South points leader Mike Rowe for the first time. The two would end up trading the lead back and forth multiple times after that the rest of the night.

“You don’t even understand how upset I was. I was worried sick. I was worried about our shot to win at a great track and worried about our championship hopes. We actually ended up gaining some points,” added Lawler.

“I backed the car out of the pits as the second heat race was already a half lap into the pace laps. It was close, that’s for sure. I didn’t even get to run the car through tech before the heat race; I had to run it through afterwards, but the PASS officials were nice enough to allow us to do that.”

Lawler took the lead back from Rowe on lap 122 and was able to cruise to the victory. Now, unofficially, Lawler trails Rowe by just 12 points in the PASS South standings.

“I guess we are on a role,” added Lawler. “We got an ASA Late Model Series win with the same car last week, but that isn’t nearly as prestigious as the PASS South Series. This is a big deal here with the quality of drivers out here and the competition. I’m just pumped up; there is nothing more I can say about it.”

Rowe was the only one that was able to hang with Lawler in the end. The two traded the
Lawler (#31) came storming up from the back of the pack to win Sunday's Over The Mountain 150.
lead several times, with Rowe leading the most laps all night long. Rowe took the lead on lap 39, then traded it with Preston Peltier several times. Once Lawler made his way to the front, it was the Lawler-Rowe show.

“Ryan had problems with his primary car I guess,” said Rowe. “They went home and got this one. They did their homework and it showed. Ryan did an awesome job. You have to give the kid a lot of credit. I was hoping for a restart there at the end. I thought I could get him right there and hold him off, but that is the way it goes.

“The outside was the way to go on restarts. I know I had good luck and Preston was good out there. I’d go 20 laps, though, and my tires would go away and I just had to ride it out.”

For Rowe, it was almost two wins in a row at the historic track. He won the Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory earlier this year when the PASS South cars visited the track.

“This is a great track,” added Rowe. “There is a lot of history here. We actually lucked out into the first win here. Chuck (Barnes Jr.) should have won that one. We’ve been a second-place car each time here.

“I wanted to dedicate this win to a buddy of mine that was killed in a motorcycle accident last week. I really wanted to win this race for him, but second was the best we had.”

Much like the PASS South point standings, Peltier, who is third in points, came home third with his first podium finish of the year.

“We really worked hard on the car all weekend long,” said Peltier. “I struggled with it in the center and off. The car was better in the race, but toward the end, with the fuel burnt off, the car started shoving in the center and I was having to use the throttle to get the car to turn.

“I’ll tell you what, my sponsors ARP and Corporate Image have stuck with me through some tough times. My guys have stuck with me. I don’t have much help, but they are always right there by my side. Now, all of that is starting to pay off. Maybe I’ll get me one of these sometime.”

Visiting NASCAR Nextel Cup Series star Jeremy Mayfield ran competitively all night long, but fell out of the event with 40 laps to go with mechanical problems while running in the top-10.

“It was a lot of fun, but we just had issues with the car all weekend long,” said Mayfield. “You can’t expect to come here and run with some of these guys on such short notice. These racers take this stuff very seriously and are very dedicated to what they do. They have their stuff together and you can’t just come in and expect to beat them up. I had a lot of fun and we put in a lot of work on these cars this weekend. I’m sure I’ll be back to do it again. Hopefully, we’ll have more time to prepare next time and we can compete for the win.”
Race Results - PASS South - Over the Mountain 150
presented by The Big Dawg 92.1

August 27, 2006 - Hickory Motor Speedway, Hickory, NC

Finish Position, Start Position, Driver, Laps Completed
1. (18) Ryan Lawler, 150
2. (3) Mike Rowe, 150
3. (4) Preston Peltier, 150
4. (2) Brian Scott, 150
5. (13) Lee Tissot, 150
6. (6) Ryan Sieg, 150
7. (10)Jeremie Whorff, 150
8. (15) Larry Pollard, 150
9. (7)Chris Gabehart, 149
10. (11) Tim Nooner, 149
11. (1) Wade Day, 149
12. (23) Chip Brendle, 149
13. (21) Mark Reedy, 149
14. (24) Billy Wheeler, 149
15. (8) Chris Dunn, 138
16. (19) Tom McCann, 131
17. (9) Cassius Clark, 116
18. (5) Dean Clattenburg, 116
19. (12) Jeremy Mayfield, 110
20. (22) Brandon Johnson, 94
21. (25) Mike McIntosh, 80
22. (20) Chase Austin, 20
23. (16) Bobby Macarthur, 17
24. (17) Dennis Schoenfeld, 15
25. (14) Matt Brooks, 15

Caution Flags: 7
Lead Changes: 10 among 5 drivers
Lap Leaders: Scott 1-7, Day 8-21, Peltier 22-38, Rowe 39-40, Peltier 41-53, Rowe 54-78, Lawler 79-81, Rowe 82-88, Lawler 89-92, Rowe 93-121, Lawler 122-150
Pole winner: Scott
Heat winners: Clark, Whorff
Dash winner: Day
 
NEXTEL Cup’s Jeremy Mayfield Is Racing This Weekend – at Hickory

When the PASS South Super Late Models opened their inaugural season at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) back in April for the Easter Bunny 150, the 30-plus cars in attendance and hoards of fans in the stands proved that Super Late Model racing was back and here to stay in the Carolinas. Now, six races into the PASS South season, the interest in the series is at an all-time high and some high-profile names are coming out to compete as the series heads back to Hickory for the “Over the Mountain 150 Presented by The Big Dawg 92.1” on Sunday, August 27th.

NASCAR Nextel Cup Series veteran Jeremy Mayfield headlines several key players that will compete in the “Over the Mountain 150 Presented by The Big Dawg 92.1” on Sunday. Mayfield, a native of Owensboro, KY, and former ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie of the Year, has competed in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series since 1993. He’s earned five career wins, 48 top-fives and 96 top-10s during his Nextel Cup career. The past two years, he made the NASCAR’s “Chase for the Nextel Cup.”

“I just want to race,” said Mayfield. “I’ll be at Bristol (Motor Speedway) on Friday to appear on Trackside Live on SPEED Channel and make an announcement about my Cup career. Then, I’m heading over to Hickory Motor Speedway to have some fun and hopefully run real well in the PASS South Super Late Model race on Sunday. The Whorffs are giving me a great car and I’m even going to have my brand new Nextel Cup Series number on it for this weekend. I’m just real excited because Super Late Models are what I grew up with.”

Mayfield will compete in a car furnished by Whorff Motorsports and Bill and Jeremie Whorff,

the father and son combination that finished one-two in this year’s running of the prestigious Oxford 250 at Oxford-Plains Speedway (ME). Jeremie will now make the long trip down from Maine to race at Hickory on Sunday.

“At this point in time, after winning the 250, I’ve really thought about furthering my career and there is no better place to do that than down south,” said Whorff. “I am going to make an attempt to go down there and win the thing and by doing that, I know I’d help further my career. I spoke with Mike Rowe and a couple of the New England guys and they say it’s a lot of fun to race down there and the competition is excellent. That makes it good for everyone when the competition is that good. Everyone says they’ve gone down there and learned a lot of stuff.

“I’m excited to have Jeremy Mayfield as my teammate,” added Whorff. “On the racetrack, though, he is just another driver out there. He is a great racecar driver and I’m pretty excited to get to work with him. It’s a pretty big deal for the crew to run down there with me and have a chance to communicate with Jeremy Mayfield, one of the big Nextel Cup guys. For the whole series it’s a big deal and it gets a ton of exposure. I’ve learned a lot from those Cup and Busch guys. Jeremy has probably run that track before, too, so we can probably even pick up a few pointers from him.”

Hickory-native Andy Houston will also make his PASS South debut during the “Over the Mountain 150.” Houston is a veteran of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, where he scored three career wins. Houston, the son of legendary Busch Driver Tommy Houston, was the Hickory Motor Speedway Late Model track champion in 1994 and has spent time in both the Nextel Cup and Busch Series.

“I grew up at Hickory and it’s going to be a lot of fun to get back there,” said Houston. “I haven’t raced there since 1997, but it’s always been a great place for me. It’s just a few miles from the house. We were fortunate to win a championship in 1994 and a bunch of features along the way.

“I haven’t raced in almost a year and I miss it a lot, so I’m just ready to get back going. Any opportunity I can get to drive a car I’m going to look at it, and I know this one is going to be a lot of fun. A lot of friends and family are excited about it. I just hope I can go out there and have some fun myself and be competitive. It’s a whole new deal for me. I went up to the track the other day and tested the car and it was real good. I really liked the way the car handled and I’m really looking forward to this race.”
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8-6-2006 - LANIER
Sunday of Speed - Lanier National Speedway - Braselton, GA

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Jason Hogan Wins PASS South
“Sunday of Speed” at Lanier

Local Favorite Scores First-Career PASS South Victory

Over a Hard-Charging Lawler

Just a quick glimpse into the grandstands during the Pro All Stars Series South event at Lanier National Speedway on Sunday afternoon showed how much of a local legend Jason Hogan is at the historic half-mile. There were plenty of t-shirts sporting Hogan’s #92 Super Late Model being worn throughout the crowd by fans who have been at Lanier supporting the 23-year-old since he first started making the half-hour commute from his Cleveland, GA, home to the track for weekly events in 1994.

In the time since, Hogan has become one of the biggest names in short-track racing by winning some of the biggest races in the country, including last year’s All-American 400. This year he is also in contention for this year’s NASCAR Southeast Series championship. Hogan came full-circle from his beginnings at Lanier on Sunday by winning his first-ever PASS South Super Late Model race, the “Sunday of Speed” Williams Brothers 150, in dominating fashion. The Hogan Lumber #92 Chevrolet was out front of the PASS South field for the final 130 laps on Sunday.

“It feels pretty good to get back into victory lane at Lanier,” said Hogan. “We struggled in Super Late Model races pretty bad in years past. We’ve always had good cars, but we’ve always had stuff happen to them. Last year we came down here and dominated the field, and this year we came down here and dominated with just as good of a car and a better field of drivers in this race. The guys here today were some of the best drivers in the country and that showed by running 150 laps green. That was pretty exciting for us. I’m just extremely happy to be back in victory lane for all of our supporters and backers that were here today.

“It is special to win here, because we got everybody to come out to the racetrack this weekend that have been supporting me since I started racing here in 1994. Everybody always comes up and asks how I’m doing and how I’m running, and it’s great to come out here and actually show them all how good I’m doing. It’s pretty awesome.”

Hogan took the lead on lap 20 from Chris Whorton, who had checked out on the 26-car field from the pole starting position. The 150-lap feature was originally scheduled for Saturday night, but thunderstorms swept through the Lanier area shortly after time trials for the PASS South competitors and forced the race to be moved to Sunday afternoon. In time trials, PASS South second-place points holder Ryan Lawler and Lanier regular Paul Kelley set equally-fast qualifying laps. The two would start eighth and sixth respectively as a result of the top-eight qualifiers redrawing for their starting positions, placing Whorton and PASS South winner at Florence Speedway (SC) Charlie Bradberry on the front row.

Whorton jumped to the lead, but Hogan swiftly took the top spot from his fourth starting position. Bradberry would find himself sliding toward the back of the top-10 competitors early (he finished seventh), which left the door open for PASS South point leaders Mike Rowe and Lawler to make runs for the top spot. Rowe got there first, but he was never able to catch Hogan. With Hogan checking out to a sizable advantage, Rowe and Lawler were locked in a battle for second that lasted several laps before Lawler took the advantage.
“The first part of the race I was just hanging in there,” said Lawler, who entered Lanier a mere 16 points behind Rowe for the PASS South points lead. “I knew I was in the top five, but I didn’t know exactly where I was; I was just trying to save my tires. I was hoping to catch a caution to bunch us back up, but it never came. I got all the way up to second there at the end, and I was trying my best to catch Hogan. I was driving the heck out of that thing to get up to him. I was saving my tires for most of the race and really turned it up at the end of the race. Turns out my tires were fine at the end of the race, so I wish I had driven the car harder earlier in the race, too.”

Rowe, however, knew that he didn’t have the car to compete with Hogan and Lawler and accepted his third-place finish. It was enough to keep him atop PASS South points.

“We’ll take a third-place finish today,” said Rowe. “We were pretty good there early, but not
having any restarts really hurt us. The car kept getting loose and then Lawler caught me, so I just pulled over and let him go. There were about 50 laps to go and my car was too loose, so there was no sense holding him up.”

The two point leaders mixed it up for second and third, but there was no catching Jason Hogan this day. Lawler did all that he could in the final laps, but Hogan was too strong.

“I knew that I had a good car, so I wasn’t too worried about the #31 catching up to me in the last laps,” said Hogan. “I was just being patient through the traffic and doing what I needed to do to get the win. It was a lot of fun out there and it feels really good to get back to victory lane.”

Lawler finished about ten car-lengths behind Hogan at the checkered flag, with Rowe, Chuck Barnes, Jr. and Lanier regular Shane Chastain rounding out the top five.

The next race for the PASS South Super Late Models is the “Over the Mountain 150” at Hickory Motor Speedway on Sunday, August 27th.

Race Results - PASS South - Saturday of Speed 150
August 6, 2006 - Lanier National Speedway – Braselton, GA


Finish Position, Start Position, Driver,
1. (4) Jason Hogan
2. (8) Ryan Lawler
3. (7) Mike Rowe
4. (10) Chuck Barnes, Jr.
5. (12) Shane Chastain
6. (1) Chris Whorton
7. (2) Charlie Bradberry
8. (5) Chris Dunn
9. (14) Brian Scott
10. (3) Ryan Sieg
11. (13) Ryan Crane
12. (6) Paul Kelley
13. (21) Ricky Turner
14. (11) Preston Peltier
15. (19) Brandon Sager
16. (24) Allen Karnes
17. (18) Dennis Schoenfeld
18. (22) Tim Nooner
19. (26) Matthew Brooks
20. (20) Allen Gordon
21. (9) Wayne Anderson
22. (16) Dwayne Buggay
23. (15) Wade Day
24. (23) Jeremy Rice
25. (25) Lee Tissot
26. (17) Greg Simpson

Caution Flags: 0
Lead Changes: 1 among 2 drivers
Lap Leaders: Whorton 1-19, Hogan 20-150
Heat winners: N/A (rained out)
Dash winner: N/A (rained out)
Did Not Start: Tom McCann, Greg Boone, Bubba Pollard, David Hole, Shannon Mimes
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Firecracker 150 - 7-4 - Tri-County Motor Speedway - Hudson, NC

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Official Finishing Order - Tuesday, July 4th
Tri-County Motor Speedway
- Car
#

Driver

Hometown

Make Sponsors
1 24 Mike Rowe Turner, ME Chevy Boot Hill Saloon
Lux Enterprises
Dana Bean Trucking
2 96 Wade Day Bristol, TN Chevy Turnkey Fabrication
3 31 Ryan Lawler Colleyville, TX Ford Grapevine Suzuki
4 09 Dean Clattenburg Kannapolis, NC Chevy Dean Clattenburg Racing
ARP Bodies
5 6 Kevin Love Midland, NC Chevy J.O. Flowe Grading
6 1 Chris Dunn Raleigh, NC Ford Pig Rig Racing
7 78 Charlie Bradbury Chelsea, AL Chevy Veterans Oil
8 88 Lee Tissot Arden, NC Chevy Jeff's Auto Sales, R&M Construction
9 16 Tom McCann Jr. Ocala, FL     Chevy J.B. Motors
10 01 Brian Scott Boise, ID Chevy Scott Racing
11 9 Matthew Brooks Concord, NC Dodge Race.com
12 27 Tab Boyd China Grove, NC Ford Corporate Image Graphics
13 43 Dennis Shoenfeld Concord, NC Chevy Schoenfeld Headers
14 98 Larry Pollard Taylorsville, NC Ford L.P. Gear
Pollard Raceway Park
15 5p Preston Peltier Concord, NC Chevy Corporate Image Graphics
ARP Bodies
16 48 Wes Burton Kannapolis, NC Chevy Universal Motorsports
17 26 Rob Stevens Aberdeen, NC Chevy Pine Tree Mortgage, R&D Automotive

Starting Grid: 96 - 6 - 24 - 43 - 09 - 31 - 01 - 5p - 78 - 1- 16 - 88 - 9 - 98 - 27 - 97 - 26

Time Trials: Top 5 - #5 Peltier 15.501 - #96 Wade Day - 15.639 - #43 Dennis Shoenfeld 15.655
- #09 Dean Clattenburg 15.718 - #31 Ryan Lawler 15.743

A TALE OF TWO RACES
By Jeremy Troiano

No Dickens Novel Here, Just Two Dominant Cars
”It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

Ok, so this is no Charles Dickens novel. This is just a PASS South Super Late Model race. But just as Dickens wrote in his famous novel “The Tale of Two Cities,” Tuesday night’s Firecracker 150 at Tri-County Motor Speedway could have had the same premise, but instead of the “Tale of Two Cities,” it was rather “The Tale of Two Races.”

he first portion of the race was all about Wade Day. The most-recent PASS South winner, Day qualified second and won the Dash, putting him on the pole for the 150-lap main event. From his pole spot, Day jumped out to a HUGE lead, sometimes leading by as much as a straightaway. In the process, he was putting cars laps down left and right.

“I was just cruising,” said Day. “They (the crew) were saying ‘10 car lengths, 12 car lengths, a straightaway, back off.’ I was telling them I wasn’t even going that fast. And when I would try to let off, I was all inconsistent and sideways and every which way.”

However, on lap 51, the first of two cautions came out. With Mike Rowe starting on the outside, Day got the jump and kept the lead. Then, on lap 56, another caution bunched the field and made for another set of double-file restarts.

This time, Rowe got the jump and officially took the lead on lap 57. From there, it was a race all about Mike Rowe. Rowe led the rest of the way, pulling out to an equally-commanding lead as Day had earlier in the event.

For Rowe, it was the “best of times.” For Day and the rest of the competitors, it was “the worst of times.”

“He was real quick early,” said Rowe of Day. “I didn’t even know if I was going to run him down. I couldn’t catch him. He was just too quick. Then, we had that restart and he said that he didn’t see the flagman when he dropped the green. That was the turning point for me. I got ahead of him then and went.”

“This car has just one speed and that is the speed it goes. He said he started getting loose in and I believe him. He started slowing down after he was catching me there for a while. He reeled me in once and I thought he was going to get me; then I got back away from him. It was a good race.”

The lack of any other cautions from lap 57 on meant for easy pickings for Rowe.

“That is a good race. That is what I like. The longer the greens with this car, the better we are.”

Day had nothing for Rowe late. He couldn’t match his speed from earlier.

“I was being easy I thought early,” added Day. “Maybe I did hurt the right rear (tire) a little bit. The car was just too loose entering. That was my problem late in the race. We fought that today during practice, but I thought the track would tighten up tonight. It didn’t and stayed loose.

“On the restart, when the flagman threw the green, it was right in the A-Post. I couldn’t see it at all. That is why Mike got such a good jump. After that, it was all over. At the beginning of that run, it seemed like we were the same. He wasn’t pulling away. I wasn’t catching him. The longer I went, the looser and looser it got. The car just went away after that.

“I really wanted to win, but I guess that is not a bad way for these last two races to end, especially after this car has frustrated us so much in the past.”

With the final 93 laps run under green, the field got rather strung out. The best battle for the fans ended up being the battle for the final podium spot.
Series hotshot Ryan Lawler held that spot for much of the night. However, late in the race, he put on a spirited challenge with friend Dean Clattenburg for several laps. It was something good for the fans to watch after the domination put on by Rowe and Day.

The two drivers banged doors nearly every time entering turns three and four lap after lap. Clattenburg was trying to get the position and Lawler was holding on, which is how they would finish as well.

“We need a win. This runner up and third place stuff is getting old,” said Lawler. “Our car wouldn’t turn worth a crap. Early on, the car wasn’t too bad. The car was just tight as can be. We seemed to do everything we could.

“As far as that late race battle with Dean; he’s my buddy. He works over at Hamke’s with me. He is (Robert) Hamke’s right-hand man. It was good hard racing. After the race, he gave me a thumbs up. There is no conflict there. It was a lot of fun.”

Ryan Lawler Riding A Big Wave Into “Firecracker 150”
Big Fireworks Celebration to Cap off PASS South’s Fifth Race of 2006


CONCORD, NC (June 29, 2006) – The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model division will provide fireworks both on and off the track on Tuesday night, July 4th, at Tri-County Speedway when the popular new series visits the track for its first of two visits during the 2006 season. And as an added bonus, in celebration of the birthday of the United States, the series will offer an enormous fireworks show following the running of the “Firecracker 150.”

The fireworks on the track have been present all season long, with four different drivers visiting Victory Lane in the first four races of 2006.

One driver who is still looking for that first trip to Victory Lane is Ryan Lawler. With three top-five finishes in four races, the 19-year-old Texas-native appears close to be heading to that elusive winner’s circle.

“I knew that we would have some good runs this year, and I plan on hopefully winning some races later this year, but everything has happened a little bit faster than maybe I thought,” said Lawler.

The PASS South series was born to give some of the best Super Late Model racers in the Southeast somewhere else to race one of the most popular forms of asphalt racing. It’s a place that veterans and rookies alike take their Super Late Models, run with a competitive and respected touring series and earn good money from first to last. The series is quickly turning out to be one of the premier places for young talent to flourish.

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“Well, I just think Super Late Models are the best stepping stone for any young kid today to gain some good racing experience,” said Lawler. “My dad (Patrick) used to run Super Late Models when I was growing up and then he started racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. It’s what he’s done and what he knows. Pretty much everybody in NASCAR has run Super Late Models at one time or another. They are big bodied cars with a lot of throttle control. I think it is a good training ground.

“The quality of drivers in the Super Late Models is amazing. I went and ran the Southeast Series (at South Boston) and the ASA Late Models (at Southern National) and neither of those compared to PASS South in terms of caliber of drivers and competition.

“We’ve also been surprising ourselves with the sheer amount of exposure I have gotten already through PASS South. That is what has surprised me more than anything. There have been a lot of people that have told me how good I am doing with what little big car experience I have.”

Lawler has been rather impressive thus far in his PASS South career. In fact, he’s been impressive in his Super Late Model career in general. Prior to jumping in his #31 Hamke Super Late Model, Lawler ran in Legends. He ran his first Super Late Model event in Florida before making his debut in the PASS South event at Hickory Motor Speedway in April.

Since joining the PASS South division, Lawler has earned three top-five finishes and four top-ten. After his second-place finish in the last event at Orange County Speedway, Lawler finds himself second in the point standings, just 12 points behind veteran short tracker Mike Rowe.

That’s not bad for someone who’s raced in less than 10 Super Late Model events in his career.

“I personally think it is a little bit easier to drive a Super Late Model than a Legends car. You have to hustle a Legends car pretty good because you don’t have to worry about tire wear. You can go all out for 25 laps.”

Lawler will return to action with the rest of the PASS South drivers for the Firecracker 150 at Tri-County Motor Speedway on July 4th. In addition to the PASS South Super Late Models, fans will also see local drivers compete in the Fast & Furious, Mini-Stock and Street Stock Divisions.

Action for the Orange Blossom Special begins at 3pm with practice for the Super Late Models. Qualifying will begin at 7pm, with heat races following. The PASS South “Firecracker 150” is set to go off at 9pm, with a huge fireworks display following.

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Orange County Speedway - June 17th

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It’s Wade’s Day At Orange County Speedway
Patience Is Key in Orange Blossom Special for Top-Finishers

CONCORD, NC (June 17, 2006) – There were plenty of faces out front during the Orange Blossom Special at North Carolina’s Orange County Speedway on Saturday night for the Pro All Stars Series South Super Late Models.  Georgia’s young “Roush Gong Show” competitor Jason Hogan, Canadian low-buck racer Dean Clattenburg, Maine’s legendary Mike Rowe and former All Pro and Pro Cup driver Randy Gentry all were among the drivers who spent time leading the 150-lap event.

But it was former NASCAR Weekly Racing Series champion Wade Day who put together the best performance when all of the chips were on the line.  Day held off Ryan Lawler, Clattenburg, Dennis Schoenfeld and Rowe to win the fourth PASS South event of the 2006 season.  It was the fourth different winner in as many events during the inaugural PASS South season.

“It’s good to get a win, that’s for sure,” said Day, who hails from Tennessee.  “I made my move when I could.  These cars are just so close that you just can’t wait.  People don’t realize that the top-five cars were separated by a snap of the finger.  That is how close it was.”

Day burst onto the national racing scene in 2003 with the aforementioned NASCAR title and then won the Rookie of the Year award on the ASA National Tour the following season.  Unfortunately, that also turned out to be the final year for that series and Day found himself without a place to race after the season.  Since then, he has dabbled in Super Late Models and Late Model Stock Car competition.  He has competed in as many PASS South events this season that his schedule as the crew chief for Trevor Bayne’s USAR Pro Cup team will allow.

“I’m the crew chief on the Hooter’s Cup deal, too, and it just so happens that we can run most of these races.  We didn’t race last weekend [in the PASS South race at Florence], so we’ve been kind of hit and miss.  We aren’t following the points this year because we’re too far out, but next year we might go for the points and the whole nine yards.”

To win at Orange County, Day had to endure a restart with three laps to go with a hard-charging Lawler lining up on the outside of him due to the PASS double-file restart rule.  Lawler had started last after missing all of practice and qualifying with axle problems, but worked his way steadily through the field over the course of the race.

On the final restart, Day, who started 15th himself, got the hole shot and beat Lawler into turn one.  After that, he pulled away and cruised to victory.

“I knew that it was going to be one hell of a race,” Lawler said of the last three laps.  “Man, he got a good jump on the start.  It was really good racing.  I’m still learning, but we’ll be back.  I’m having a blast.”

“Until we got to the front, I was restarting in fourth gear because I was just running them over,” added Day.   “I knew when I got to the front, I could start in the gear I wanted to.   It didn’t spin the tires; it just went.  It’s got an awesome motor and it was ground-stomping.”  

After competing in several forms of short track racing, Day seems to have found a happy home in PASS South.

“These are fun racecars to drive,” said Day.  “I mean they are a blast.  I’m having a lot of fun racing with these guys this year.”

Rowe retains the PASS South point lead with his fifth-place finish.

“We had a really good car and the #96 [Day] got into my right front a little bit and that was our day,” said Rowe.   “But that’s racing.  We came home fifth, so that’s not too bad.”

Rounding out the top-10 finishing order in the Orange Blossom Special were NASCAR Southeast Series regular Justin Wakefield, Chris Bowers, Ted Musgrave, Jr., Preston Peltier and Hogan.

Earlier in the evening, Schoenfeld crossed the finish-line backwards, but won the 51 Designs Dash which is used to decide the top-eight starting positions.  Hogan, Rowe and Chris Dunn finished behind him, but were pointed in various directions after some last-lap fireworks.  Aaron Dudley scored a comfortable victory in the other heat race.  Peltier set fast time in qualifying.

PASS South returns to action on Tuesday, July 4th, with the Firecracker 150 at Tri-County Motor Speedway in Hudson, North Carolina

Official Finishing Order - Saturday, June 17th
Orange County  Speedway


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Hometown

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1 96 Wade Day Bristol, TN Chevy Turnkey Fabrication
2 31 Ryan Lawler Colleyville, TX Ford Grapevine Suzuki
3 09 Dean Clattenburg Kannapolis, NC Chevy Dean Clattenburg Racing
ARP Bodies
4 43 Dennis Shoenfeld Concord, NC Chevy Schoenfeld Headers
5 24 Mike Rowe Turner, ME Chevy Boot Hill Saloon
Lux Enterprises
Dana Bean Trucking
6 98 Justin Wakefield Woodstock, GA Ford Bandwagon Printing
7 79 Chris Bowers Washington, NC Chevy B&G Trailers
8 72 Ted Musgrave Jr. Mooresville, NC Chevy Eagles Nest Racing Products
9 5p Preston Peltier Concord, NC Chevy Corporate Image Graphics
ARP Bodies
10 92 Jason Hogan Cleveland, GA Chevy Hogan Lumber
11 01 Brian Scott Boise, ID Chevy Scott Racing
12 1 Chris Dunn Raleigh, NC Ford Pig Rig Racing
13 62 Aaron Dudley High Point, NC Chevy Yarborough Trailer
14 09r Randy Gentry Easley, SC Chevy Hogshine Prop.
15 02 Tim Nooner Salisbury, NC Chevy On Track Auto Sales
16 80 Shannon Mines Dalzell, SC Ford -
17 26 Rob Stevens Aberdeen, NC Chevy -

Heat: 62 - 79 - 09 - 01 - 96 - 02- 80 - 26

Dash: 43 - 92 - 24 - 1 - 5 - 09r - 98 - 72

Time Trials: Top 5 - #5 Peltier 13.883 - #92 Jason Hogan - 13.890 - #09r Randy Gentry 13.964 - #24 Mike Rowe 13.991 - #1 Chris Dunn 14.000

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Florence Motor Speedway - June 10th

The South Carolina Clash

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L to R: Mike Rowe, 3rd; Winner Charlie Bradury; and Freddie Query, 2nd
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Official Finishing Order - Saturday, June 10th
Florence Motor Speedway

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1 78 Charlie Bradbury Chelsea, AL Chevy Veterans Oil
2 8 Freddie Query Mooresville, NC Chevy A-1 Fire Protection
3 24 Mike Rowe Turner, ME Chevy Lux Enterprises
Dana Bean Trucking
4 02 Tim Nooner Salisbury, NC Chevy On Track Auto Sales
5 15 Clay Jones Goldsboro, NC Ford John Jones Motorsport
6 5p Preston Peltier Concord, NC Chevy Corporate Image Graphics
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7 31 Ryan Lawler Colleyville, TX Ford Grapevine Suzuki
8 72 Ted Musgrave Jr. Mooresville, NC Chevy Eagles Nest Racing Products
9 29 Allen Gordon Leesburg, GA Chevy Gordon Electric Co. Inc.
10 48 Wes Burton Kannapolis, NC Chevy Schoenfeld Headers
11 16 Hal Goodson Darlinton, SC Chevy Black's Tire
12 10 Eddie Massingill Goldsboro, NC Ford H.B. Spokes
13 6 Kevin Love Midland, NC Chevy J.O. Flowe Grading
14 43 Dennis Shoenfeld Concord, NC Chevy Schoenfeld Headers
15 35 Derek Ranstrom Worcester, MA Chevy Charter Communications
16 1 Chris Dunn Raleigh, NC Ford Pig Rig Racing
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17 05 Randy Cobb Stokes, NC Chevy Ronnie's Painting

(DNS) Justin Wakefield, Woodstock, GA           (DNS) Shannon Mines Dalzell, SC

Time of Race: 1:51:50.802

Margin of Victory: 0.353 seconds

Caution Flags: 15

Lead Changes: 17 among 6 drivers

Lap Leaders: Peltier 1-37, Bradberry 38, Rowe 39, Bradberry 40-42, Love 43-53, Bradberry 54-58, Rowe 59-62, Query 63-83, Bradberry 84-93, Query 94-97, Goodson 98-99, Query 100-106, Rowe 107-111, Query 112-123, Bradberry 124-145, Rowe 146-147, Query 148-149, Bradberry 150-151

Dash Winner: Peltier      Heat Winner: Query    

Charlie Bradberry Wins PASS South
“South Carolina Clash”

23-Year-Old Bests Veterans Query
& Rowe in Wild Finish at Florence
As the final laps of the “South Carolina Clash” PASS South event at Florence Motor Speedway (SC) clicked away, no one in the pit area or the grandstands of the 4/10-mile track had a clue who was going to win.

Charlie Bradberry looked to have the win in his hands before being forced to pit for fear of running out of fuel, handing the lead to Mike Rowe with five laps to go. Rowe and Super Late Model veteran Freddie Query then traded paint after the late restart, allowing Bradberry to make his way back into a position to still get the victory. Another late-race yellow resulted in a green-white-checkered finish and allowed Bradberry to take his first career PASS South win, making it three different winners in three PASS South events in 2006.

”I’m just tickled to death about winning this race,” said the 23-year-old hotshoe from Chelsea, AL. “If I finished second or third, I’d probably be upset because I had such a good car. It feels like I ran about 500 laps tonight, that’s how hard I worked, but it’s a great feeling to come out here and run with the best of the best like Mike Rowe and Freddie Query and come out on top. If I’m going to go race, I want to do it against the strongest competition. That way if I win, I know I beat the best guys out there, and that’s what I did tonight.”

Bradberry led Saturday night’s “South Carolina Clash” on six different occasions, but it seemed that all hope was lost for the former NASCAR Southeast Series Champion when his car began to sputter under caution just five laps short of the checkers. The race’s 15 caution periods left Bradberry’s car thirsty for fuel, so he brought his #78 to the attention of his crew. After a quick splash, Bradberry restarted fourth and worked his way into third behind Query and Rowe with two laps to go.

I caught a huge break when I started hearing the engine miss. I was running out of gas and just coasted in to get some gas. It couldn’t have worked out any better. I thought our chances to win were gone then. I didn’t know that there were only a few cars left on the lead lap at that point. When I went back out and saw that I didn’t really lose anything, I knew I still had a shot.”

With Query out front, Bradberry made a move by Rowe for second at the same time Rowe was going for the lead. The three cars made contact and Rowe’s #24 was sent spinning down the backstretch, bringing out the event’s final caution. Rowe came out of the spin unscathed and restarted third. When the field went to racing on the green-white-checkered finish, Bradberry made the best of his outside lane spot to jump ahead of Query into the first turn and cruised to victory.

“I don’t know if you can call that a race; that was more like a war,” added Bradberry, a former NASCAR Southeast Series champion. “Of all the races that I’ve run all around the country, I’ve never run a race that was that tough to win. It just boils down to the caliber of drivers in this series. Those top-five guys are the best of the best and that’s why it was such a good show. We all had equal equipment and it was fun trading the lead just about every lap there at the end.”
n a race that featured 17 lead changes, Preston Peltier was the first to set the pace at Florence. Peltier led the first 37 laps from the pole after winning the Dash race earlier in the evening. It didn’t take long for Bradberry to show his muscle, however. Bradberry set fast time in qualifying and quickly worked his way to the lead on lap 38. Rowe, Kevin Love, Query and local hero Hal Goodson, who was making his PASS South debut, each took turns in the lead through the middle stages of the 150-lap event.

But in the end, it came down to Bradberry and the winners of the first two PASS South events of the season, Query, who won at Southern National Speedway (NC) in May and Rowe, who was the victor of the series’ opener at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) in April. Query was focused on making it two-straight PASS South wins in a row, but he was denied on the final restart by Bradberry.

“It was just a battle out there tonight,” said Query. “Every restart was a battle and I’m glad to have survived it. I had a lot of fun.

“Charlie ran out of gas, Mike Rowe ran out of gas and I don’t know how I didn’t run out of gas. But in the end, I had a third-place car. I had a hood popping up and I couldn’t see too well, my radio communication with Elaine (Query’s wife and spotter) went away, so I didn’t think that I had anything for Mike and Charlie. It was a great show for the fans and it’s fun to race like that, but I race for money. First place pays a whole lot more than second, so I wanted to win, but it was still some hard racing.”

Rowe had a shot at Query with just a few laps remaining, but lost his shot when he spun down the backstretch late. The Turner, ME-native recovered from his spin to finish third, but nearly didn’t even make it to the checkers, as his car was gasping for fuel at the end of the race.

“My guys hollered at me to come in, but we were already doubling up for the final restart so I couldn’t,” said Rowe. “We ran out of gas there at the end, so we didn’t have anything for Charlie or Freddie. We got into a little mishap there on the backstretch, but we still recovered for third which was good. I was trying to get underneath Freddie and Charlie went high. We just made contact. It was just good, hard racing. We all went for the same hole and I went around. There were three of us up front and we were all going for it.”

Tim Nooner captured his best-career PASS South finish with his fourth-place run. Clay Jones kept pace with Rowe in points by finishing fifth. Bradberry collected a $5,000 paycheck for his win in the “South Carolina Clash.”
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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
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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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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.

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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.”

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ROWE HOPS TO EASTER BUNNY 150 VICTORY
Mainer Goes Into Record Books as First PASS South Winner

By Mike Twist and Amy Hayes

When Mike Rowe walked into the gates of the Hickory Motor Speedway for the WFMX Easter Bunny 150 Pro All Stars Series inaugural South race, he was in awe. The Maine racing veteran took a good look around, gathered his thoughts and remarked about how humbled he was to get the chance to finally race at the historic facility for the first time in his career.

FULL RACE STORY BELOW PIX

The WFMX Easter Bunney 150 - 4-15-2006

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ROWE HOPS TO EASTER BUNNY 150 VICTORY

Mainer Goes Into Record Books as First PASS South Winner

By Mike Twist and Amy Hayes

When Mike Rowe walked into the gates of the Hickory Motor Speedway for the WFMX Easter Bunny 150 Pro All Stars Series inaugural South race, he was in awe. The Maine racing veteran took a good look around, gathered his thoughts and remarked about how humbled he was to get the chance to finally race at the historic facility for the first time in his career.

“When the PASS said that they were coming to Hickory, with the history of the people who have been here, I said ‘Man, I want to go down there,’ said Rowe. “So did Seth Holbrook, my crew chief, so we did it. The track is old, but there’s still good racing here.”

It was a natural choice for Rowe to make his first Hickory start in the Easter Bunny 150. Rowe is a strong supporter of the original flavor of PASS, which is still going strong in New England, and he wanted to endorse their new Southern tour. Rowe’s SP2 Motorsports team wanted to see how they stacked up against the best Super Late Model jockeys in the country and when you’ve won the biggest races in the Northeast throughout your career, you quite honestly just run out of new victory lanes to visit unless you are willing to travel.

Rowe’s formula to win at Hickory was pretty straightforward. He timed second in qualifying, beat Travis Kittleson in a thrilling heat race to earn the pole

position, hung around the top five all night and made his way into the lead with only a few laps to go in the 150-lap main event.

Did the best car win? At first glance, it might appear not. The story of the night was several of the guys who were out front fell by the wayside one by one. But then again, Rowe has a habit of waiting around the top five all race long and making a charge late in the going. That was no different at Hickory. The outcome of the race might have been the exact same even if the storyline and players were a little bit different.

Travis Kittleson and Cassius Clark ran away and hid from him in the opening laps before they both were eliminated by mechanical gremlins. Mid-race leader Jason Hogan got into one of those “racin’ deals” with Scott Mulkern and ended up in the wall. Mulkern was quick too, but had to settle for fourth at the end. Corey Williams had a weekend of speed cut short with a DNF. Former All-American 400 winner Chuck Barnes was in Rowe’s mirror at the end of the race, but couldn’t get by. J.R. Norris got stuck in the pits and lost a lap early. 2005 PASS Most Popular Driver Travis Benjamin was quick, but had an ignition problem in qualifying and a suspension part break in the race while running in the top five. The list goes on and on. All were potential winners.

That wasn’t lost on Rowe at all.

“To beat Jason Hogan, Travis Kittleson and all those guys, I know that he had some bad luck, but they were fast. We beat Freddie Query (Super Late Model legend in the south) and guys like them and that means a lot. To be in the class of guys like that is awesome. To come down here with the history of this track and bring that Easter Bunny 150 trophy home to Maine is awesome.”

Barnes held on to finish second and the Kentucky driver just wished that there had been a couple dozen fewer laps.

“The race was too long,” laughed Barnes, who approached the race with the same strategy as Rowe did. “Everybody was driving around and knocking the crap out of each other and I just kind of rode around. Mike Rowe got knocked out of the way, and fell back and I was feeling pretty good; he was the main guy I was racing against. I saw him fall back in the mirror and I kind of picked them off and worked my way up.

“When I got the lead, it was where I wanted to be because everyone else was getting knocked around,” continued Barnes, who lost power steering on his 55-machine later in the event. “I missed a shift on one of the restarts, and we just had to fight our way back to the front. When Mike got up to me, I knew I had my hands full. I pitted next to him all weekend and those guys of his were like, “He’s a tough old man,” so I just raced him as hard as I could and I just couldn’t beat him.”

USAR Pro Cup Southern Division point leader Clay Rogers was third. “I guess we kind of represented the south down here,” said the North Carolina driver. “We were the first from the South to finish and I guess I have a lot of laps down here so I am supposed to do that. The crowd was great for showing up tonight, and there was good competition and I got to meet a lot of new people and see a lot of new faces.”

Scott Mulkern, Ryan Lawler, Ted Musgrave Jr., Clay Jones, Dean Clattenburg, Wade Day and Dennis Schoenfeld rounded out the top-ten finishers.

PASS South will return to action on May 27th at Southern National Speedway in Kenly, North Carolina as part of the 11-race schedule for the first year tour.

Official Finishing Order - Saturday, April 15th
Hickory Motor Speedway

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Hometown

Make Sponsors
1 24 Mike Rowe Turner, ME Chevy Lux Enterprises
Dana Bean Trucking
2 55 Chuck Barnes Louisville, KY Chevy Anytime Towing & Recovery
ARP Bodies
3 2 Clay Rogers Concord, NC Ford Fire Protection Services
Schaffer's Racing Oil
4 84 Scott Mulkern Falmouth, ME Dodge Community Pharmacies
5 31 Ryan Lawler Colleyville, TX Ford Grapevine Suzuki
6 72 Ted Musgrave Jr. Mooresville, NC Chevy Eagles Nest Racing Products
7 15 Clay Jones Goldsboro, NC Ford John Jones Motorsport
8 09 Dean Clattenburg Kannapolis, NC Chevy Dean Clattenburg Racing
ARP Bodies
9 96 Wade Day Bristol, TN Chevy Turnkey Fabrication
10 43 Dennis Shoenfeld Concord, NC Chevy LineX by Carolina Auto Trim
11 59 Greg Boone Louisville, KY Dodge Boone Well Drilling
12 5p Preston Peltier Concord, NC Chevy Corporate Image Graphics
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13 1 Chris Dunn Raleigh, NC Ford Pig Rig Racing
Dunn Benson Ford
14 44 Ricky Marshall Mooresville, NC Chevy Marchall Grills, BBQs, and Smokers
15 5s J.R. Norris Huntersville, NC Ford Victor Ford
5 Star Stock Car Bodies
16 27 Tab Boyd China Grove, NC Ford Corporate Image Graphics
17 17 Travis Benjamin Morrill, ME Ford Belfast Variety
Morrill General Store
18 74 Jay Middleton Lake City, FL Chevy North Florida Medical Supplies
19 29 Allen Gordon Leesburg, GA Chevy Gordon Electric Co. Inc.
20 8 Freddie Query Mooresville, NC Chevy A-1 Fire Protection
21 92 Jason Hogan Cleveland, GA Chevy Hogan Lumber
22 02 Tim Nooner Salisbury, NC Chevy On Track Auto Sales
23 6 Kevin Love Midland, NC Chevy J.O. Flowe Grading
24 47 Corey Williams Boothbay, ME Dodge Dan's Auto Repair
25 88 Travis Kittleson Merritt Island, FL Chevy Bob Steele Chevrolet
26 8c Cassius Clark Farmington, ME Ford Everett J. Prescott Inc.
S&S Trucking
27 05 Alex Fleming Raleigh, NC Chevy Mom and Dad
28 98 Larry Pollard Taylorsville, NC Ford L.P. Gear
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Finishing Order - Redneck Racers
1.    3 - Kenneth Deese - Monroe, NC
2.    44 - Kirby Allen - Rockwell, NC
3.    62 - Dave Hutchinson - Ruby, SC
4.    38 - Chris Varnes - Kannapolis, NC
5.    84 - Rusty Drye - Rockwell, NC
6.    8 - Gene Londen - Concord, NC
7.    151 - Mike Stroupe Iron - Station, NC
8.    4 - Larry Henderson - Concord, NC
9.    6 - Randy Buckwell - Concord, NC
10. 15 - Gene Londen (owner)
11. 5 - Tony Springer - Oakboro, NC
12. 51 - Bob Dillner - Mooresville, NC
13. 48 - Lynn Patterson, Concord, NC
Finishing Order -
Hickory Sports Trucks

1.    69  - Trevor Hignutt   
2.    97  -  Kevin Bumgarmer   
3.    12  -  Robin Harris   
4.    70  -  Gary Ledbetter   
5.    08  -  Scott Whitaker   
6.    25  -  Jessie Johnson   
7.    17  -  Tyler Taft   
8.      6  -   Cole Miktuk
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Five Star Expands PASS Contingency Program To PASS South

(Naples, ME – May 24, 2006) PASS President Tom Mayberry announced today that Five Star Race Car Bodies of Twin Lakes, WI is expanding its support of the fast growing series for the 2006 season.

As a major provider of the A-B-C Body program to the PASS North Super Late Model Series that runs from CT to Nova Scotia in the northeast, Five Star will be awarding a complete “A” Package body and a certificate toward a “B” Package to two lucky PASS point finishers at the annual PASS awards banquet.

In addition, since PASS Racing has expanded into the south with the creation of the PASS South Super Late Model Series, Five Star will be awarding a complete “A” Package body to one of the top twenty point finishers in the southern series.

Except for awards tied to specific accomplishments during the season, PASS contingency awards are distributed by random draw of the top twenty in points at the annual banquet.

The A-B-C body program is an industry standard for the design, construction, and technical inspection of the bodies for offset template pro-stock and late model racecars throughout North America. The leading body manufacturers have agreed to produce aerodynamically identical bodies based upon agreed upon standardized specifications. For PASS, the objective is to keep the bodies uniform, control costs for everyone, and bring our series into line with other super late model series around the country that are already using the A-B-C body.

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