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Tight battles looms in PASS Series race

Competing drivers and teams in the PASS (Pro All Stars Series) South Super Late Model Series are heading into the stretch drive of the series points season, with Saturday’s PASS Super Late Model 150 at South Boston Speedway looming as a potential pivotal race in the battle for the series title.

Kyle Grissom of Concord, N.C., the son of former NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division Champion Steve Grissom, holds a slim 14-point lead over veteran driver Jay Fogleman of Durham, N.C. entering Saturday night’s 150-lap event at South Boston Speedway.

Grissom has three wins and six top-five finishes in his nine starts this season, but finished ninth when the PASS Super Late Models raced at South Boston Speedway June 9.

Fogleman, on the other hand, finished a strong third at South Boston Speedway on June 9, and would like nothing better than to see a similar spread between their finishing positions at South Boston Speedway this weekend.

Looming four points behind Fogleman and 18 points behind Grissom is Preston Peltier of Harrisburg, N.C., who has seven top-five finishes in his nine starts, including a second-place finish behind race winner 17-year-old Landon Cling in the June 9 race at South Boston Speedway.

Also in contention for the series championship are Cling, who sits in fourth-place in the standings, two-time series winner Brandon Ward of Winston-Salem, N.C. and Ross Kenseth, the son of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Matt Kenseth.

Steve Wallace of Mooresville, N.C., the son of former NASCAR Cup Series champion Rusty Wallace, has filed an early entry for Saturday’s race, as has young Gray Gaulding, who drives an entry out of the Coulter Motorsports stable.

The 150-lap race for the PASS South Super Late Model Series will share the spotlight with a pair of 75-lap races for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division.

A race for Legends Cars will round out the night’s action, which starts at 7 p.m.

Matt Bowling of Ridgeway will bring a 39-point lead over former South Boston Speedway and NASCAR National Champion Peyton Sellers of Danville into Saturday night’s Late Model Stock Car Division twinbill.

Not only is the track’s Late Model Stock Car Division title chase still up in the air, there is a good battle being waged by Dennis Holdren of Roanoke, South Boston drivers Austin Thaxton and Bruce Anderson and Ronald Hill of Rougemont, N.C. for spots in the top five positions in the point standings.

Lee Pulliam of Semora, N.C., who is competing the for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Championship, has won seven of his nine starts at South Boston Speedway and sits in third place in the track points standings, However, because Pulliam is competing at several different tracks, he is not expected to make a major impact in the track’s championship battle.

Saturday’s schedule calls for practice to go from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., with alternating sessions for the PASS Super Late Models, the Late Model Stock Cars and the Legends Cars.

Grandstands will open at 4:30 p.m. and qualifying time trials will begin at 4:30 p.m. A Fan Appreciation event will be held trackside from 5:45 p.m. until 6:45 p.m., with the first race of the night starting at 7 p.m.

Advance tickets for Saturday night’s event are on sale and priced at $10 each.