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Kenseth wins wet, wild Pro All Star Series race

Ross Kenseth led for only the final seven laps of the PASS (Pro All Stars Series) 150 at South Boston Speedway on Saturday, but they proved to be the most important ones with officials stopping the race after the final of 10 cautions and with only eight laps remaining.

That made the Mooresville, N.C., driver and son of NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Matt Kenseth the ninth different driver to win a PASS race at South Boston since 2006.

But, Kenseth’s win didn’t come easy, what with 10 cautions and a number of delays for wet track conditions, with officials calling the race after the 10th caution on lap 142, only eight laps away from the finish.

Unofficial results had Kenseth first, with Kyle Grissom of Concord, N.C., a winner at South Boston in the series’ last appearance here last year and fast qualifier on Saturday finishing second.  Jay Fogleman of Durham, N.C., finished third, Preston Peltier of Concord, N.C., fourth and Kyle Moon of Mooresville, N.C. fifth.

Alex Fleming of Raleigh, N.C., Kenzie Ruston of Reno, Oklahoma, Spencer Davis of Dawsonville, Ga., Trey Mitchell of Wimberley, Texas and Kevin Powell of Winston-Salem, N.C. rounded out the top-10 finishers.

The race featured nine lead changes among four drivers, with rookie Trevor Noles leading a race-high 69 laps and Mitchell 50 laps, while Fogleman held the lead for four laps.

Mitchell held the lead after passing Fogleman on lap 126 but spun his tires on a restart following the race’s ninth caution on lap 134, allowing Kenseth to speed by for the lead.

Noles wrecked on lap 142 bringing out the 10th caution and the decision by race officials to end the race due to wet track conditions.

With intermittent rain falling throughout the race, it was hard for drivers to gauge if the race would even reach the number of laps necessary to be official.

“It was really challenging,” said Kenseth.  At the start of the race, me, Kyle (Grissom) and Preston (Peltier) were kind of running half speed, and I knew it was time to get in gear.

Both he and Mitchell spun their tires on the restart where he passed for the lead, but Mitchell a little more than his, Kenseth said.

“I drove him hard, but with 15-20 laps to go, that’s racing.”

Grissom said it was his plan to drop back early in the race and save his equipment for a late charge.

“Looking back, I don’t know how smart that was,” he said.

“We were still halfway able to go at the end, so we saved the tires a little bit.  I got hit on every corner, so that wasn’t the best idea.

“It’s just about circumstances, really, what line you were in on restarts, I was running the bottom and then it got really wet and I lost a lot of grip.

“It would have been nice to have gotten that last restart in, but I’m just glad the car is in one piece with all the wrecks we had out here tonight.”