PASS South - South Boston Speedway (VA) - 9/16/17

Last updated: September 17, 2017 at 12:23 pm
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Matt Craig celebrates his fifth PASS South victory of the season. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feature Notebook: The cars have fired up and they are rolling as Tate Fogleman will lead the field to the green flag. Lap 3: T. Fogleman will jump out to the lead over Brandon Setzer and start to pull away as Setzer feels the pressure from Jared Fryar behind him. Lap 15:  Tate Foglman is almost on his own straight-away as the battle heats up between Fryer, Noles, and Setzer who run in that respective order. Lap 20: Austin Thaxton makes it to the bumper of Setzer as he rounds out the top five. Tate Fogleman has completely checked out from the rest of the field. Lap 27: Ryan Moore comes down pit road and the team assesses the car as Jeff Batten pulls behind pit road to hit pit and calls it a night. Lap 32: Tate Fogleman has caught lap traffic and gets by them with ease lengthening the gap between himself and Trevor Noles. Lap 37: Current points leader Matt Craig is running sixth at the moment almost a half a track behind race leader Fogleman. Lap 40: The top five have spread them selves out throughout a half track as Tate continues to dominate the race. Lap 45: The current racing action on the track is between Jay Folgeman and Dave Farrington Jr as they battle for the seventh position. Lap 54: Sarah Cornett-Ching gets into the wall. She comes down pit road as the team assess the damage. Under this cation Brandon Setzer also goes behind the pit wall as he is believed to have blown up. They have stopped Tate Folgeman on the front stretch and have officials and crew members under his car inspecting something. Fogleman has been released and he makes his way back to the from of the field to regain the lead and lead the field back to green. Lap 55: Trevor Noles takes the lead from Fogleman and Matt Craig follows him through to slide into second. Lap 63: Tate Fogleman goes around in turn four but did not make any contact with the wall. He is still stalled high in turn four. He gets assistance from the tow-truck before climbing out of his car as he is done for the evening. Lap 64: Trevor Noles leads the field to green but Matt Craig takes the lead before the get out of turn two. Lap 71: Thaxton and Fryer racing hard for the third position as Thaxton refuses to let Fryer by. Lap 75: Caution comes out for the half-way break. Teams are assessing the tires on the car to decide if the wear on the tires is worth a new right sides. The PASS Officials have made the decision to allow the teams to change the right side tires. Lap 76: Matt Craig leads them to green and clears Trevor Noles down the back stretch. Austin Thaxton goes up in smoke and pulls into the pits but we stay green. Lap 81: Trevor Noles and Jared Fryer battle for the second spot. Fryer keeps trying the high groove but can't seem to make it work. Lap 90: Trevor Noles really putting in an effort to catch Matt Craig. Lap 95: Craig is now feeling the pressure as Noles is to his back bumper and wants his first PASS win tonight. Lap 105: Matt Craig has extended his lead over Noles but some lap traffic may help Noles catch back up. Lap 113: Noles looks to take it three wide for the lead but back out just in time. Fryer jumps on the moved and takes it three wide behind him to follow through lap traffic. Lap 120: Dave Farrington has crept his way into the top five as they have spread themselves out on their own straight away. Lap 126: A little less than 25 laps remain as Matt Craig continues to dominate the feature. Farrington and Fryer battle behind him for third. Lap 131: Jay Fogleman is creeping up on Farrington and Fryer as they battle. He wants a piece of that podium battle. Lap 139: Close to ten laps remain and the battle continues to heat up for the third spot. All three drivers are fighting for that podium spot. Lap 145: Five laps remain as Matt Craig has checked out for the win over Trevor Noles. Lap 150: Matt Craig wins the PASS South's return to South Boston Speedway collecting his fifth PASS win of the season.

 

 

Pre-Feature Notebook: 

Matt Craig paced the way in the first practice with a best time of 14.477. Sarah Cornett-Ching is making another start with the PASS South but was having mechanical issues during practice and the team seems to be putting a new transmission in the car. Tate Fogleman lead the final practice leading into the drivers meeting with a 14.284 second lap time. A lot of the talking in the pits has been about the tires that the Super Late Model's are running this evening. They have been having issues with them blistering and so there was large discussion about allowing the teams to have two new tires at the half way point in the 150 lap feature race. The NWAAS Late Models are here as well as Peyton Sellers and Phillip Morris are setting the scene for a great battle in the Late Model Stock division. Sellers just needs to start the feature race to win the South Boston Speedway Track Championship. Tyler Tanner came out from Washington State to run tonights event with the No.74 Hamke House car but had issues in last nights test and was unable to return to race this evening.

 

Starting Lineup:

Pos. # Driver Fast Lap
1 00 Tate Foglemen 14.284
2 54 Matt Craig 14.292
3 14 Jared Fryer 14.387
4 6 Brandon Setzer 14.524
5 4 Jay Fogleman 14.564
6 15 Austin Thaxton 14.594
7 2 Trevor Noles 14.640
8 74 Ryan Moore 14.749
9 15h Roy Hayes 14.775
10 49 Jeff Batten 14.825
11 7 Dave Farrington, Jr. 14.838
12 45 Kodie Conner 14.980
13 99 Sarah Cornett-Ching 15.010
14 24 JP Josiasse 15.256
15 42 Tim Pinion 15.299

 

Time Trial Results: Qualifying was scratched due to a LMSC blowing a motor in qualifying and the track crew not able to get the track back to conditions for qualifying. The PASS South Officials made the decision to scratch qualifying and line up the feature based off of the second practice which puts Tate Fogleman on the provisional pole prior to the redraw.

Pos. # Driver Fast Lap
1 00 Tate Foglemen 14.284
2 54 Matt Craig 14.292
3 14 Jared Fryer 14.387
4 6 Brandon Setzer 14.524
5 4 Jay Fogleman 14.564
6 15 Austin Thaxton 14.594
7 2 Trevor Noles 14.640
8 74 Ryan Moore 14.749
9 15h Roy Hayes 14.775
10 49 Jeff Batten 14.825
11 7 Dave Farrington, Jr. 14.838
12 45 Kodie Conner 14.980
13 99 Sarah Cornett-Ching 15.010
14 24 JP Josiasse 15.256
15 42 Tim Pinion 15.299

 

Car Count: 15 Super Late Models are present for tonight's 150 lap feature event.

 

Entry List: 

00- Tate Fogleman
2- Trevor Noles
4- Jay Fogleman
6- Brandon Setzer
7 - Dave Farrington Jr.
14- Jared Fryar
15 - Roy Hayes
15- Austin Thaxton
24- JP Josiasse
42- Tim Pinion
45- Kodie Conner
49- Jeff Batten
54- Matt Craig
74- Ryan Moore
99- Sarah Cornett-Ching

Qualifying Format: Qualifying will be a single-car qualifying format. Each driver will get two timed laps and the better of the two will determine their starting position for the feature.

There will then be a redraw for starting positing among the top ten qualifiers to determine the starting positions for the 150 lap race.

 

Event Schedule: 

2:30pm-3:30pm-  SLM Practice

3:00pm-4:00pm- SoBo Division Practice

4:00pm-4:30pm - SLM Practice

4:45pm Drivers Meeting

5:30pm Qualifying (NASCAR Late Model, Limited Sportsmans, PASS SLM)

6:45pm Pre-race Ceremonies

7:00pm Feature Events

Limited Sportsman- 50 laps

PASS South SLM - 150 Laps

Pure Stock - 30 laps

NASCAR Late Model - 100 laps

Hornets - 15 laps

 

Who to Watch For: Tate Fogleman has had strong runs in his last few PASS South showings and will likely have a strong showing tonight at South Boston Speedway. Along side Tate is is father Jay Fogleman who recently made an appearance at the Oxford 250 in Maine.

 

Title Fight: Matt Craig has captured four PASS South victories this season making him nearly untouchable for the PASS South Championship. Tate Fogleman lurks in his rear view mirror 60 points behind him. Kodie Conner sits in third nearly 70 points behind Craig's lead.

 

The Track:  South Boston Speedway- South Boston, Virginia. 4/10 Mile Paved Oval track that recently underwent a face lift receiving all new pavement on the track surface over the previous off-season.

 

Weather: The weather is a beautiful 80 degrees outside with the occasional over-cast and breeze. The weather is supposed to be clear all day and cool down just enough to have great temperatures for racing this evening.

 

Next Series Race:The next race for the PASS South SLM's is Saturday, October 23rd 2017. The will return back to Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, North Carolina.

 

What Won the Race:Matt Craig hung back and conserved his left side tires before receiving right sides at the half way,

 

The Finish:  While there was initial battle, Trevor Noles fell behind as Matt Craig crossed the finish line nearly seven  car lengths in front of Noles. The battle at the line was for third between Jay Fogleman, Dave Farrington Jr, and Jared Fryer.

 

Winning Quote: "Last year we had won five races and thought that was incredible. This year to have won seven already with races still left is awesome. We are ready for 'big race season' and to go get some big wins."

 

On the Move: Trevor Noles collected a strong second place run contending for the win on multiple occasions. He will be one to watch going into the next race at Concord Speedway.

 

Biggest Loser: Tate Fogleman lead the first quarter of the race before losing the lead to Noles. Not long after, Tate went for a spin in turn four and succumbed to mechanical issues.

 

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Speed Central: PASS South & LMSC at South Boston (VA)