At the end of Friday night’s practice session for Saturday’s Pro All-Stars Series South Super Late Models South Carolina Clash 125 at Dillon Motor Speedway, Brandon Setzer and his team thought about loading up and heading home instead of racing on Saturday evening. Setzer’s primary engine is in the process of being rebuilt, so he and his team decided to throw an underpowered Crate engine into their Super Late Model to see if they’d at least be competitive.
When Saturday came along, Setzer was more than just competitive. He was the class of the field. Setzer was fastest in two of the three practice sessions, he set fast time in time-trials, led close to every lap, and won the 125-lap event by 1.246 seconds over Kodie Conner.
“We almost packed up last night,” Setzer told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “We weren’t very good. But we stuck around and I guess it worked out pretty well for us.”
On the long runs, Setzer was almost untouchable. Jody Measamer could stay within a car length of Setzer, but couldn’t get close enough to actually make a move for the lead.
But it was on restarts where it seemed like Setzer struggled. On more than one occasion Setzer almost lost the lead on a restart, whether it was to Measamer or Conner.
And a restart was when Setzer had his biggest moment of the evening. Measamer started to inch ahead of Setzer off of turn four when the two drivers made contact and Measamer went for a spin.
While it was certainly just a “racing deal,” Setzer took the blame for the incident immediately in victory lane.
“Before I say anything else I really have to apologize to Jody Measamer,” Setzer said over the track’s public address system. “He’s always raced me clean for seven or eight years and we’ve never had any trouble. He had me pinched down and I was tight and I was giving it gas trying to get it to turn, and she just never turned and I got up into him. It definitely wasn’t intentional and I’m really sorry for those guys.”
Setzer explained that the biggest reason why he struggled on restarts was because he was just too tight, but the car came back to him after a couple of laps.
After Measamer’s spin, Setzer had to deal with the 2015 PASS Pro Late Model champion of Conner. Conner was able to hang tough on Setzer’s outside on one restart, but once Setzer cleared him Conner never had another chance.
Even though he didn’t take the checkered flag first, Conner said that this was about as good as it gets.
“This is definitely a win in my book,” Conner said. “I just can’t put this into words. I thought I had him there. I was so close and I thought I had him, but then I just didn’t have enough for him.”
Jared Irvan, defending PASS South champion Tate Fogelman, and Trevor Noles completed the top five. Measamer was able to rebound to score a top-10 finish in the seventh position.
For more from the PASS South Super Late Model Series South Carolina Clash, visit our ‘Speed Central’ coverage presented by WhereRacingLives.com here.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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PASS South Carolina Clash 125
Dillon Motor Speedway, Dillon, South Carolina
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