- Last Updated on 04:57 PM 08/16/12
- BY Chris Ragle/PASS Public Relations
This weekend marks the third and final time this season the PASS South super late model series makes its way to South Boston Speedway.
The first trip in March was marred by rain after a Friday afternoon practice session, followed by a June 9 event that saw young Landon Cling, driving for Brad Keselowski Racing, pick up his first career super late model win.
This weekend’s Southern Virginia 150 has all the potential to produce another first time series winner, but more importantly it could be one of the final times championship contenders race against one another with minimal outside influx as the season schedule hits the fall months of 2012.
The series’ last outing at Orange County Speedway really shook the championship points battle up a bit as current leader Kyle Grissom scored his third win of 2012, while Brandon Ward, who has been Grissom’s main challenger this season, failed to finish due to mechanical issues.
Ward’s DNF dropped him from second to fifth in the standings, and put veteran Jay Fogleman in the runner-up spot, 14 points behind Grissom. The saving grace for the rest of the field might be the fact that the .4-mile flat track didn’t produce one of Grissom’s best finishes this season as he barely squeaked a top ten finish with his ninth-place finish in June.
“We’ve learned a few things since the last time we were at South Boston, so I’m hoping for a lot better run this time around,” stated Grissom when talking about his ninth-place finish in June.
“I’m hoping our setup from Orange County will transfer over to SoBo, some which will give me a lot better handling race car. Not to mention we are taking a totally different car this weekend from the one we had there in June, so that kind of throws another wrench into things when talking comparisons. At the end of the day, it’s a track I enjoy racing at, and anytime you go to a place you enjoy racing at it makes for a better day behind the wheel.”
Nate Caruth and Gray Gaulding are a pair of young drivers that have turned some heads as of late. After a wreck at Dillon, S.C. in the season opener that kept him from even taking the green, Caruth has recovered nicely, scoring four top-fives and six top-tens in eight races this season.
Gaulding, in his last two races, has made some of his biggest strides as an improved driver finishing fifth at Motor Mile Speedway and then showing the world that it was no fluke by scoring his first career podium finish at Orange County three weeks ago.
Several part-time series drivers such as Clete Caywood, David Quackenbush, Bill Catania, Jody Measamer and former NASCAR Nationwide Series competitor Steve Wallace are all expected to be in attendance seeking their first career PASS South Series win.
In addition, “Krazy” Kevin Powell of Winston-Salem, N.C., often behind the wheel of his modified that competes at Bowman Gray Stadium, will be making his PASS South debut this weekend at South Boston Speedway.
Along with the 150-lap race for the PASS South competitors, South Boston Speedway’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division drivers and teams will compete in twin 75-lap races, with a Legends Cars race rounding out the night’s action.
Practice for the PASS South Southern Virginia 150 kicks off Saturday at 2 p.m. with series qualifying to follow at 4:30pm. After an on-track autograph session, the Southern Virginia 150 takes the green flag at 7 p.m. for 150 laps of short track racing action.