Naples, ME – Entry lists continue to grow as the PASS Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway draws nearer to the Saturday, March 30 race date. With over a month to go before the green flag drops, there are nearly 30 entries for the two Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model events at Richmond featuring races for the Open motor cars and Crate motor cars. The inaugural PASS Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway is also drawing entrants from across the motorsports spectrum for the Tour-Type Modifieds, American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models, MASS Street Stocks, and Mini Stocks.
With two national championship points paying races for the PASS Super Late Models, several drivers are looking to compete in both 75 lap races, each of which will pay $7,000 and $700 to start. Former PASS champions and Oxford 250 winners, Ben Rowe and Travis Benjamin, are planning to compete in both races, along with national championship hopeful, Ray Christian, III.
Among those entered for the PASS Crate race include defending PASS National Champion, Derek Griffith, defending Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown winner, Derek Ramstrom, as well as former Oxford 250 winner, Eddie MacDonald, Reid Lanpher, Jimmy Renfrew, Jr., Gabe Brown, Bryan Shipp, Garrett Hall, and Mike Hopkins.
The PASS Open race will feature defending PASS North and South champions, DJ Shaw and Matt Craig, along with Kodie Conner, Eddie Van Meter, JP Josiasse, Justin Crider, Tate Fogleman, and Austin Reed, who will be making the trek east from California.
The ACT Late Models will be competing in a 65-lapper at Richmond Raceway and has 27 cars entered as of today. Jake Johnson will be competing in both the ACT Late Model and PASS Super Late Model races. Several big ACT names will be in competition at Richmond including Nick Sweet, Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Tommy Carey, and Bryan Kruczek. The Tour-Type Modifieds will be making their return to Richmond for the first time since 2002, utilizing the popular rules package being used at New Smyrna Speedway during Florida Speedweeks. Among those entered include Robbie Babb, Dan Clatterbuck, and Anthony Sasely.
The grassroots racing action as part of the PASS Commonwealth Classic will be completed by events for the MASS Street Stocks and Mini Stocks, and both divisions have shown great support from competitors around the country. Former MASS Street Stock champion, Jeff Melton, and last year’s Short Track Showdown winner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Alby Ovitt are entered, along with Ron Flynn, Chris Flowers, Jason McDowell, Larry Isenhower, Roger Blackstock, and more.
Nearly 30 Mini Stocks are currently entered and it looks like it will truly be a border war with drivers from all along the East Coast entered so far. Multi-time North East Mini Stock Tour (NEMST) winner, Nick Anderson is entered, along with fellow New Englanders, Jake Rheaume, Mitch Bombard, Devin Guy, and Matthew Kimball. But, top southern runners like AJ Sanders, Shane Canipe, Barry Wilson and more are signed up as they look to defend their region’s honor.
The PASS Commonwealth Classic weekend will begin on Thursday, March 28 with optional hauler parking and safety inspection from 12 - 4 PM. On Friday, March 29, rotating practice for all competing divisions will be from 11 AM – 5 PM. And then on Saturday, March 30, pit gates at Richmond Raceway will open at 7 AM, with practice from 9 AM – 12 PM, qualifying at 1 PM, and racing set to start at around 4 PM
Rules contacts for PASS Super Late Models, Tour-Type Modifieds, and MASS Street Stocks are also posted at ProAllStarsSeries.com. PASS Super Late Model entry forms and the complete weekend schedules for Dillon Motor Speedway and the inaugural PASS Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway 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, the 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.
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