Naples, ME – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials have released the six dates and locations that will make up the 11th Annual PASS National Championship Series. The schedule is comprised of six premier Super Late Model events, at a diverse group of tracks in both PASS North and PASS South, that will determine an overall PASS National Champion. The PASS National Championship Series will see the champion crowned in the final race of the 2018 season at Hickory Motor Speedway in the 13th Annual Mason-Dixon Meltdown 200. And, for the first time ever, the PASS National Championship Series will visit Richmond Raceway in Virginia to headline the inaugural Commonwealth Classic on October 19-20. Additionally, the Spring’s most prestigious short track race in the country, the 13th Annual Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway, will now see the top three finishers get guaranteed starting spots, not only for the 45th Annual Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway, but also for the Commonwealth Classic at Richmond.
Since 2008, some of the best short track racers in North America have captured the PASS National Championship including Cassius Clark, Ben Rowe, Preston Peltier, Jay Fogleman, and Joey Doiron. While awards are currently still being finalized, the champion will once again receive a one-of-a-kind championship trophy featuring the American Bald Eagle. Additional awards will be announced at a later date.
“11 years ago, with our presence across the Eastern Seaboard and Canada, we felt the time was right to crown Super Late Model racing’s only National champion,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry. “This is probably the most diverse schedule we’ve ever put together with tracks of varying sizes and shapes to compete on. The Oxford 250 continues to be one of the crown jewels of short track racing. And, the addition of Richmond, will put all the competitors on a neutral site for the first time. ”
The PASS National Championship Series, along with the 2018 PASS South championship season, gets underway in just one month with the 13th Annual South Carolina Clash at Dillon Motor Speedway in South Carolina on February 24. Fans will get to see drivers from across the spectrum of short track racing as the PASS Super Late Models will race for 200 laps and $6,000 to win and $700 to start, plus a major event for the Dillon Motor Speedway SuperTrucks paying $1000 to win and a UCAR/FWD race paying $500 to win as part of the South Carolina Clash.
From Dillon Motor Speedway in February, the 2018 PASS National Championship Series will kick off the New England racing season and will be contested again at one of the fastest tracks in the country. The PASS Super Late Models will compete for 75 laps at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Connecticut as part of the annual Icebreaker weekend April 7-8, along with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. The Icebreaker will also once again double as the PASS North Super Late Model championship season opener.
The PASS National Championship Series will stay in New England for perhaps the most legendary of all short track races. The 45th Annual Oxford 250 at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway on August 26 will continue a tradition that started in 1974 and has seen such winners as Butch Lindley, Geoff Bodine, Junior Hanley, Ricky Craven, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Busch. And, with one of the richest purses in all of Super Late Model racing, the Oxford 250 should once again attract North America’s best drivers, all competing for the $25,000 winner’s share, plus an additional $25,000 in lap leader money. The 2017 winner, Waterboro, ME’s Curtis Gerry, bested over 60 other drivers to claim over $30,000 for his first win in the prestigious race.
The Fall will be busy with the PASS National Championship moving South for the final three events of the season. The PASS Super Late Models will headline the inaugural PASS Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway on Saturday night, October 20. The PASS Super Late Models will compete in a 100-lap event on the famed three-quarter mile oval, paying $10,000 to win and $700 to start. Additionally, Late Model Stocks will return to Richmond Raceway for the first time in a number of years, competing in a 75 lap race, paying $7,000 to win and $700 to start. Both the Limited Late Models and Street Stocks will make their first ever starts at Richmond Raceway with the Limiteds racing for 50 laps and $4000 to win and the Street Stocks racing for 25 laps and $2000 to win.
The PASS National Championship Series then moves to Concord Speedway for the 16th Annual North-South Shootout on Saturday, November 10. PASS will be the exclusive Super Late Model tour at Concord Speedway in 2018, with a PASS South event scheduled there for Friday night, May 25. The 2018 North-South Shootout will again be a test of man and machine for 125 laps around the treacherous half-mile triangular speedway. It will be a big weekend of racing that will see the Tour-Type Modifieds also competing for 125 laps in one of the biggest races of the season.
Finally, the PASS National Championship Series will conclude just one week later with the 13th Annual Mason-Dixon Meltdown 200 on Saturday, November 17 at the legendary Hickory Motor Speedway. The 200 lap contest will once again crown both the PASS National Championship Series and PASS South Super Late Model champions.
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 PASS South’s Easter Bunny 150 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway and the legendary Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway, and new for 2018, the inaugural Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway. For technical information on the PASS National Championship Series please contact Charlie Rockwell after 5 PM at 802-754-2822. For media or marketing questions, please contact Alan Dietz at 704-231-2039 or [email protected]. Please visit ProAllStarsSeries.com for more information and don’t forget to “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.
2018 PASS National Championship Series
February 24 South Carolina Clash Dillon Motor Speedway 200 laps
April 7-8 The Icebreaker Thompson Speedway 75 laps
August 26 Oxford 250 Oxford Plains Speedway 250 laps
October 20 Commonwealth Classic Richmond Raceway 100 laps
November 10 North-South Shootout Concord Speedway 125 laps
November 17 Mason-Dixon Meltdown Hickory Motor Speedway 200 laps
Story By: PASS PR
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