The Dogwood 300 saw the Pro All-Star Series (PASS) South Super Late Models return to Southern National Motorsports Park (NC) Saturday for the first time since the 2014 season. Matthew Craig set fast time and completed the perfect day by winning the 150-lap feature.
Spencer Davis inherited the pole after the invert, but didn’t hold the lead for long. Craig, the defending PASS South champion, took over the lead on lap 16 and never looked back, fighting off multiple challenges from the likes of Preston Peltier and Trevor Noles.
Craig told Speed51.com powered by JEGS that he had a clear strategy after the redraw.
“We know how these longer races are going to go, usually the field just rides it out, but we didn’t really have the right grille tape to ride around.” Craig said “We had to let off because of the grille tape so we could let our engine cool; we just rode except on the restarts where we had to really push it.”
The key for Craig on Saturday afternoon was his ability to get great restarts following each yellow flag period.
“I believe the cream is always going to rise to the top,” Craig stated. “I feel like I’m pretty good at restarts but our setup helps also. We got the inside line a lot, and that really helped also.”
2010 PASS South Champion Preston Peltier finished second to Craig but felt it was a good day.
“We have been real consistent lately, I feel like if you can’t win, consistency is the next best thing.” Peltier said. “We were just a little tight but I used the right rear up a little bit too much.”
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-By Reese Nobles, Speed51.com Mid-Atlantic Correspondent
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