CHARLOTTE, NC – The best racers in the south will be busy this weekend as the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Models will compete on back-to-back nights for the first time in series history this weekend. The PASS Carolina Doubleheader will see the South’s original Super Late Model tour compete for 125 laps on Friday night at Anderson Motor Speedway in South Carolina before moving across the border on Saturday night to Hickory Motor Speedway for the 10th Running of the Over The Mountain 150.
Hickory has a long and storied history, not just for stock car racing in general, but for PASS South as well. PASS set the standard for Super Late Model racing in the region when PASS South was launched at Hickory in 2006 with the inaugural running of the Easter Bunny 150. Since then, Hickory Motor Speedway has hosted the PASS South Super Late Models nearly 30 times, the most of any track on the schedule.
One driver hoping to score his first win in one of this weekend’s doubleheader events is Trey Jarrell. The young driver from Martinsville, VA has been impressive in a limited number of starts with PASS, but not any more than he was this past March at Hickory in the Easter Bunny 150. Jarrell traded the lead back-and-forth with eventual winner, Ben Rowe, showing that he has what it takes to win on one of short track racing’s biggest stages. Jarrell and the Mark Reedy racing team head into the weekend brimming with confidence that they can get their first PASS South win.
“As a driver I have always liked Hickory going back to my days racing Legends cars,” says Jarrell, who will pilot the Kaytech Inc. Ford this weekend. “My crew worked extremely hard at the Easter Bunny 150 to put a fast car on the track for me. To run inside the top five and lead a couple laps like we did on seven and later six-cylinders was quite an accomplishment. Now, going back with a fresh motor and the knowledge we gained at the Easter Bunny 150, we feel like we have as good a shot at racing for the win as anybody. Last time we raced at Hickory they had just laid sealer down on the cracks and it really gave the track a lot of grip. I’ve heard since the Easter Bunny the sealer has worn off and the times have slowed back down. I expect we’ll be racing on the same slick Hickory track we’re all accustomed to this Saturday.”
But, it’s not just at Hickory that Jarrell has excelled. Last year, strong runs at South Boston Speedway and Caraway Speedway were foiled by late-race crashes. In four starts this year, Jarrell has three top 10 finishes, with a best finish of sixth coming at Caraway in April. Lessons learned last year have paid dividends for Jarrell so far in 2016.
“We’ve had 3 top 10s in-a-row now with the Kaytech-Reedy Racing Ford at Hickory, Caraway, and Concord,” said Jarrell. “I’m pleased with our consistency, but I honestly think each of those top 10 finishes should be top five finishes. We finished eighth at Hickory on six-cylinders, sixth at Caraway the first time we ran a crate motor, and seventh the other week at Concord with fuel pickup problems down the straights. As long as we keep showing up with fast racecars, we are going to be knocking on the door of stringing together top five runs and wins.”
Jarrell will be one of several drivers planning on double duty this weekend at Anderson and Hickory, including, PASS South points leaders, Kodie Conner and Matt Craig, as well as Tyler and Jeff Scofield, Dalton Sargeant, Wes Burton, defending series champion, Tate Fogleman, Jimmy Doyle, and, track record holder, Jody Measamer. In addition, Georgia’s Chris Dilbeck has filed an entry for Hickory as well as Tanner Gray and Jeff Batten.
All the action gets under way on Saturday at Hickory Motor Speedway with practice beginning at 2:30 PM, followed by qualifying at 5 PM, then the Pit Party, and main events going green at 7 PM for the PASS South Super Late Models, Mid-Atlantic Limited Late Models, and USAC Eastern Midgets.
PASS South Super Late Model entry forms and the complete weekend schedules for Anderson Motor Speedway and Hickory Motor Speedway 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 Modifieds and boasts such marquee events as the legendary HP Hood Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway and PASS South’s Easter Bunny 150 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway. 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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