CHARLOTTE, NC – Although three races remain in the 2015 Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model schedule, the PASS National Championship Series will be decided next weekend at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. With the return of “The Howler” to the legendary upstate South Carolina speedway, three drivers come into the weekend separated by just a handful of points. Points leader Joey Doiron leads 3-Time PASS National Champion, Ben Rowe, and Tate Fogleman by a total of 22 points as they head to Greenville-Pickens Speedway competing for Super Late Model racing’s only true national championship.
In addition to being a regular contender for the PASS North championship over recent years, Doiron has made 9 PASS South Super Late Model starts during the last two years, including a start at Greenville-Pickens Speedway driving for Dicky Woodman in March, 2014. The Berwick, ME native hopes that experience racing on the flat half-mile will help to propel him to his first PASS National Championship.
“I just think it’s another race, we’re obviously going there to try and win, that’s the goal every week,” said Doiron, driver of the JBJ Machine #73 Chevrolet. “I learned a lot about the extreme tire wear, but this year running my own car, I think we’ll be a little bit better knowing what we need for a feel as far as making the car last the whole race.”
Ben Rowe’s stats in PASS are pretty much unmatched. The Turner, ME driver is the All-Time Win’s leader, a 4-Time PASS North Super Late Model Champion, and even won the PASS South title in 2009. As he seeks his unprecedented 4th PASS National title, Rowe once again finds himself in a tight battle. Last year, Rowe managed to take the championship over Tyler Dippel thanks to a podium finish in the Mason-Dixon Meltdown. This year, Rowe returns to the upstate for the first time since a PASS National win in March at neighboring Anderson Motor Speedway.
“Greenville is fast, old, and wore out which always puts on a great race,” says Rowe, driver of the Richard Moody & Sons Construction #4 Toyota. “I think we have had some good runs there, so hopefully we can continue that and get out of the slump we’re in. We’ll see how the points fall at the end of the night.”
For the third straight year, Durham, NC’s Tate Fogleman has a shot at the PASS National Championship as the series comes to Greenville-Pickens. Fogleman led the points as the race for the title made its Northern swing, but a blown power steering line at Airborne Park Speedway while running third and a late-race accident in the 42nd Annual Oxford 250 have caused him to slip to third. The third generation driver hopes the finale coming in the South will allow him to come from behind and join his father, Jay, as a PASS National Champion.
“We are in contention again for the national championship heading into the last race at Greenville and we’re excited about that,” said Fogleman, driver of the Fogleman Landfill & Recycling #8 Ford. “It’s been a tight battle all year, we’ve been in the lead with a cushion and have also had our lows. We have fought hard and given it our all this year and hopefully we can cap it off with the championship.”
Action begins on Friday, October 23 at Greenville-Pickens Speedway with rotating practice from 3-6 PM. On Saturday, October 24 pit gates open at 11:30 AM, followed by rotating practice from 1:30-4 PM, and qualifying at 4:30 PM. Main event racing goes green at 6 PM for the PASS Pro Late Models, Front Wheel Drives, Renegades, and 125 laps in “The Howler” for the PASS Super Late Models. PASS South Super Late Model entry forms and the complete schedules for the events at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, Concord 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 boasts such marquee events as the legendary AIM Recycling Oxford 250 Presented By Kenny U-Pull 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.
-Pro All Stars Series Press Release. Photo credit: Norm Marx/PASS