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PASS circuit to make first stop at speedway

The stars and Super Late Model cars of the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model circuit will make their first of three stops at South Boston Speedway this season on Saturday for the 7 p.m. running of the PASS Super Late Model 150 racing program.

In addition to the 150-lap race for the PASS South Super Late Models, South Boston Speedway will have its NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors sharing the spotlight with twin 75-lap races.

A Legends Cars race will round out the night’s four-race card.

Saturday’s night’s 150-lap race for the PASS South Super Late Model competitors will end what has been an almost month-long break for the series. With a quarter of the series’ schedule already in the books, it appears this season will be one of the most competitive ones in the series’ history.

There has been a different winner in each of the season’s first four races, with Jay Fogleman of Durham, N.C., Kyle Grissom of Concord, N.C., Austin Theriault of Fort Kent, ME and Preston Peltier of Harrisburg, N.C. having visited Victory Lane.

Grissom was the winner of the most recent PASS South event at South Boston Speedway, taking the checkered flag in a 150-lap race here on Aug. 18 of last year.  Peltier is a two-time pole winner at South Boston Speedway.

Fogleman leads the series points standings entering Saturday’s race at South Boston Speedway. He has an eight-point advantage over Grissom. Brandon Ward of Winston-Salem, N.C., who has competed at South Boston Speedway in both the PASS South Series and the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, is in third place in the points chase, trailing Grissom by 24 points and trailing Fogleman by 32 points.

Both Fogleman and Grissom have a win and two top-five finishes thus far this season. Fogleman has finished in the top ten in each of the season’s first four races.

As of yesterday morning, 21 entries had been received for Saturday night’s PASS South Series race. 

Fogleman, Grissom and Ward are among the early entrants, as are Ross Kenseth, the son of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Matt Kenseth, Roanoke resident Tim Pinion and Kyle Moon of Mooresville, N.C. who drives the Brad Kesolowski Racing entry.

The NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors will be making a quick turnaround this week after having competed in a 150-lap event at South Boston Speedway last Saturday night.

Defending NASCAR Whelen All American Series National Champion Lee Pulliam of Semora, N.C., who has won five of the season’s first eight races at South Boston Speedway, leads division rookie Bobby McCarty of Summerfield, N.C. by 61 points entering Saturday night’s twinbill.

Multi-time NASCAR Whelen All American Series National Champion Philip Morris of Ruckersville sits in third place, eight points behind McCarty and 69 points down to Pulliam. Dustin Storm of Huntingtown, Md. is fourth in the points chase, 12 points behind Morris and C.E. Falk of Virginia Beach stands in fifth place.

Saturday’s schedule calls for registration to begin and pit gates to open at 12 noon, with practice for the drivers in the three divisions to run from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Grandstand gates will open and ticket sales will start at 4:30 p.m.

Qualifying time trials will start at 4:30 p.m. A Fan Appreciation event will be held trackside from 5:45 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. Pre-race ceremonies will start at 6:45 p.m., with the first race of the night starting at 7 p.m.