Modifieds and Super Late Models have arrived at Concord Speedway (NC) for this weekend’s 14th Annual North South Shootout. To prepare for the annual event, Speed51.com’s resident “Stat Boy” Elgin Traylor takes a look at the race “by the numbers.”
00: Jeff Fultz will pilot the double zero Modified this weekend as he seeks a win at Concord. Fultz won earlier this season in a Super Late Model at South Boston and he’s a two-time winner of the North South Shootout in a Late Model.
2: Burt Myers is a two-time winner of the North South Shootout, but at the same time is a five-time finisher in the top five. He was third a year ago and looks to improve on that this year. Myers won titles on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, Southern Modified Racing Series and the Bowman Gray track title in 2016.
4: George Brunnhoelzl, III has won four NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour titles, but he’s never sealed the deal at the North South Shootut. GB3 has three podium finishes and four top-five finishes.
5: Matt Hirschman is a five-time winner at the North-South Shootout. His total does not include an SK win that he also gathered a few years back.
79: James Civali will be searching for a big win in the Hillbilly Racing No. 79 machine on Saturday.
125: The main events for both the Tour-Type Modifieds and PASS Super Late Models will be 125 laps.
1,000: The pole winner will get $1,000 for setting fast time.
10,000: The winner of the Modified race will collect $10,000 for the win.
This is My Hometown: The northern drivers who come south for this event will need to keep an eye on home track dominator Bobby Measmer, Jr. Measmer beat out Ryan Preece and Burt Myers in the spring at Concord in the Southern Modified Racing Series. Measmer is a former track champion at Concord and held off some of the best for what was his first Modified touring series win.
Center Stage: The North South Shootout has long been one of the marquee events on any Modified drivers schedule.
Return of the SK Mods: The SK Modifieds will once again return to the North South Shootout. Years ago at Concord their event would draw high numbers. Keith Rocco was victorious in last year’s SK Modified race at Concord.
Every Lap: Matt Hirschman has completed every lap at the North South Shootout since 2005.
Super Late Model Portion
4: Ben Rowe will be chasing his fourth PASS National title at Concord. Rowe will have a 72 point lead entering the event and is in a good position to clam what would be his ninth overall PASS title. To go along with his eight previous titles he also has finished second some six times between PASS National points and PASS North.
A Title on the Line: For the PASS South Super Late Models a championship will be decided at Concord. Kodie Conner, the 2015 PASS Pro Late Model champion, looks to wrap up the title as he leads Matt Craig by four points heading into the final race. Each position on the track is worth two points so the two could finish right together and almost end up tied for the title before tie-breakers come into play.
Two Trips in 2017: The PASS South Super Late Models will return to Concord Speedway twice again in 2017. Stops will be in May and November for the annual North South Shootout.
Former Modified Winners
2015 Justin Bonsignore
2014 Ryan Preece
2013 Matt Hirschman
2012 Ryan Preece
2011 Matt Hirschman
2010 Matt Hirschman
2009 Burt Myers
2008 Burt Myers
2007 Matt Hirschman
2006 Matt Hirschman
2005 John Blewett, III
2004 Donny Lia
2003 John Blewett, III
Former PASS Winners
2015 Dave Garbo Jr.
2014 Ryan Moore
2013 Ben Rowe
2012 Jay Fogleman
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ElginTraylor
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