Charlotte, NC – Racers from across the country are busy counting down the days as the 2018 Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model season opener at Dillon Motor Speedway draws closer. The 13th Annual South Carolina Clash 200 at Dillon on Saturday, February 24 will not only mark the beginning of the PASS National Championship Series, but it will also be the first race of the PASS South Super Late Model schedule.
Ever since the first South Carolina Clash was held at nearby Florence Motor Speedway in 2006, the event has been one of the featured races annually on the PASS schedule. Since that first Clash won by the late Charlie Bradberry, a stellar list of drivers have gone to victory lane including two-time Clash winner, Ryan Blaney, as well as Justin Wakefield, Ben Rowe, Preston Peltier, Austin Theriault, Daniel Hemric, and Tyler Church. In last year’s race, Jared Irvan took advantage of a late-race restart to beat Christian Eckes to the checkered flag at the conclusion of 200 laps at Dillon.
Newly turned 17-year-old driver Kodie Conner from Kannapolis, NC is excited to return to Dillon for the 200 lapper which will begin the South’s oldest Super Late Model championship. After a second place finish at Dillon in 2016, Conner was involved in an accident last year that he believes played a part in costing him the series championship.
“After last year and falling out of the race at Dillon to begin the year, it actually changed the end of the season for Team KCR,” says Conner, who owns his team now following the passing of his grandfather, Jerry, in 2017. “I felt I was not able to catch up to Matt [Craig] after that. We’ve ran good at Dillon in the past, and as an owner-driver now, I feel we will run good there in a couple of weeks.”
A former PASS Pro Late Model champion, Conner has competed the last two seasons in the Super Late Model ranks, finishing second to Matt Craig in the final standings both years. With plenty of seat time behind him and additional sponsorship support in 2018, Conner hopes not to only make a run at the PASS South title, but to compete for the PASS National Championship as well.
“This season is my year,” says Conner. “I and my father, Shannon, have worked extremely hard and we believe we can continue to compete with teams that have a bigger budget than we do. I’m definitely excited about this upcoming season with the PASS series.”
All the action gets under way on Friday, February 23 at Dillon Motor Speedway with open practice for all competing divisions from 2 – 5 PM. OnSaturday, February 24, practice will begin at 10 AM with qualifying starting at 12:30 PM for the PASS Super Late Models, SuperTrucks, and U-Cars/FWD, followed by main events starting at approximately 2 PM.
PASS Super Late Model entry forms for the events at Dillon, Caraway, and the 45th Annual Oxford 250 can be found at ProAllStarsSeries.com.
The Pro All Stars Series is recognized as North America’s premier sanctioning body for asphalt Super Late Models and boasts such marquee events as the legendary Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway, PASS South’s Easter Bunny 150 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway, and the inaugural Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway. For technical information concerning all PASS divisions please send questions to [email protected]. For media or marketing questions, please contact Alan Dietz at 704-231-2039 or[email protected]. And, don’t forget to “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.
-Pro All Stars Series Press Release
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