CHARLOTTE, NC (July 11) – The only thing hotter than the temperatures in the Carolinas right now will be the action on the track when the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Models return to action at Orange County Speedway on Saturday night, July 21.
The Easter Bunny 150 and Mason-Dixon Meltdown aside, the Orange Blossom Special at Orange County is the oldest event on the PASS South schedule, dating back to the series inaugural season in 2006.
But, this year’s race will have added importance with the top five finishers gaining guaranteed starting sports for either the 45th Annual Oxford 250 or the inaugural PASS Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway in October.
In addition to PASS South, the MASS Street Stocks will make their first ever visit to Orange County Speedway, the Limited Sportsman will race for $1300 to win in the Donnie Carver Memorial and the Charger cars will be in action.
Tate Fogleman, from nearby Durham, NC, is a third-generation racer and hometown favorite at Orange County Speedway. He knows anything less than a top five finish in the Orange Blossom Special will be a huge missed opportunity to get locked into either one of the biggest short track races of the year.
“Getting locked in for either Oxford or Richmond is huge,” says Fogleman, driver of the Solid Rock Carriers Ford #8. “Knowing you are locked in relieves a lot of pressure. Those events will be hard to make and the whole weekend will go smoother knowing that you will be locked in.”
Fogleman has reason to be confident heading back to Orange County. Last fall, the 2015 PASS South champion completed one of the most dominant performances in series history by the taking the checkered flag at his home track.
“I always enjoy going to Orange County because of the fans I have there and the support, but this time will be even more special because the last race we ran there, I was able to pick up the win,” said Fogleman. “Going back to a track you have won at builds a lot of confidence, not only for myself, but the whole team. Hopefully we can build off what we had last year and find our way back to victory lane there next Saturday night.”
This year’s “Roads To Oxford And Richmond” program will see the race winner get a guaranteed starting position at full start money for the Oxford 250 or at Richmond. The remaining top five finishers will be guaranteed a starting position for either the Oxford 250 or Richmond at half start money.
All the action gets under way on Friday, July 20 at Orange County Speedway with open practice for all competing divisions from 5 – 8 PM. On Saturday, July 21, practice will begin at 2 PM, with qualifying starting at 5 PM for the PASS South Super Late Models, MASS Street Stocks, Limited Sportsman, and Chargers, followed by main events scheduled to start at approximately 7 PM.
PASS Super Late Model entry forms for Orange County Speedway and Oxford Plains Speedway, along with the 45th Annual Oxford 250 and 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, PASS South’s Easter Bunny 150 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway, and PASS Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway.
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-PASS South Super Late Model Press Release
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