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Edwards to make PASS Super Late Model debut

To say that Saturday’s PASS Super Late Model 150 Presented By The Gazette-Virginian at South Boston Speedway is a big event for Trevor Edwards would be an understatement.

Edwards will make his PASS South Super Late Model Series debut in Saturday night’s 150-lap event at South Boston Speedway, the series’ second stop of the season at the .4-mile oval.

The 18-year-old Sheperdsville, Ky. resident noted that South Boston Speedway is a good venue at which to make his PASS South Series debut.

“I had been here to South Boston Speedway once or twice before in a modified,” Edwards noted during a break in a test session last week at the track.

“I’m a little bit familiar with the racetrack. That helps.”

Edwards had actually been scheduled to make his debut in the Howe Racing Products Super Late Model Chevrolet in a CRA race earlier this season.

“We went to Winchester (Va.) for a practice and the race was going to be the next day, but it was rained out,” he explained.

“We haven’t raced at all, but we’ve tested a few times, so I’m kind of comfortable with the car.”

Edwards said his primary goal in this weekend’s 150-lap PASS South Super Late Model race is to finish the race and learn as much as he can.

“The big thing is to finish the race,” Edwards pointed out.

“I hope we can get a top-five finish. I’m not going to go out here thinking we’re going to win the first race. If we have a chance for it, we’re definitely going to take it. “

Edwards has been competing on the Rolling Thunder Modifieds circuit.

“I’ve run everything from go-karts to Modifieds,” Edwards explained.

“I’m running Modifieds full time and I’m leading the Rolling Thunder Modifieds in points. I’ve won three out of four races. My confidence level is definitely up.”

Edwards earned the opportunity to compete in this weekend’s race in the Howe racing Products house car through a unique program for young racers.

“I was in a program called Race 101,” he explained.

“You can go to Race and they’re taking applications this year. You go through a year-long school, and at the end of the year, they pick a premier driver to drive their Super Late Model, the Howe house car.

“There are 10 to 15 drivers that get selected for scholarships to attend the school,” he added.

“You learn about racecars, marketing and every aspect of racing. At the end of the year, they pick one driver to drive their car. I was their 2010 premier driver.”

Edwards says getting the experience of driving a Super Late Model car will help him in the future.

“The Super Late Models are just more comparable (than Late Model Stock Cars) to the higher-level cars,” Edwards said.

“These cars are only about 600 pounds lighter than a K&N car. It’s not a huge difference. Once you transition into those cars, you’ve got to get used to them. Anything you drive is going to be different from what you were used to driving before. It’s who can adapt faster than anybody else.”

Edwards says the fact that he has learned through his racing the Modifieds a lot about how to conserve tires will help him in Saturday night’s race.

“We run 75-laps on eight-inch tires in the Modifieds, so tire conservation is a big deal,” he noted.

“We run 150 laps races in the PASS Series, so you have to learn to save your tires. This teaches you how to drive a racecar that’s not performing its best and how to put up with it.”

Saturday night’s PASS Super Late Model 150 Presented By The Gazette-Virginian racing program will get the green flag at 7 p.m.

In addition to the 150-lap PASS South Super Late Model race, fans will see twin 75-lap races for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Cars and a race for Legends Cars.

Practice will start at 2 p.m. and will continue until 4 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 4:30 p.m. A special Fan Appreciation event will be held trackside from 5:45 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. The first race will start at 7 p.m.

Advance tickets are on sale through Friday and may be purchased at the South Boston Speedway office.