PASS Winter Meltdown 2016
(Updated throughout the day – Be sure to refresh this page frequently)
What Won the Race: Joey Doiron came back from three laps down to win the Winter Meltdown 150.
The Finish: Unofficial
|11||33||Roger Lee Newton||150|
|17||82||John Michael Shenette||148|
|22||01||Derek Scott, Jr.||112|
The Skinny: Joey Doiron made up three laps after transmission trouble brought him to the pits on the first lap. A quick yellow saved him from going more then three laps down. He took the lead from Derek Ramstrom in the final 30 laps and held off a hard charging Mike Hopkins for his second-career PASS win at Greenville.
Winning Quote: “I knew this place can cause the field to get strung out so I was worried about making up the laps,” said Doiron. “Once we got back on the lap I knew we just had to take our time and we still had a shot at victory and we got it done.”
Notebook: Mike Hopkins and Preston Peltier posted their career-best Greenville finishes in this race. The lead was swapped nine times between nine different drivers. Maine drivers finishes first, second and fifth in the final top five with Jeremy Davis taking fifth.
Several drivers including the top three said it’s on to Hickory from here as they chase PASS National points.
13 cars finished on the lead lap with Travis Stearns coming from the back to finish 14th the first car one lap down.
Kodie Conner got his first top 10 in his PASS career away from Hickory. The rookie driver won nine times in the PASS Pro Late Model division.
Car Count: PASS officials have told us there are 32 cars on the grounds today. We will have a last chance race to get the starting field.
Title Fight: This is the first race for the 2016 PASS South and National Super Late Model point standings. Durham, North Carolina driver Tate Fogleman won the 2015 PASS South championship, while Maine’s Joey Doiron was the 2015 PASS National Champion.
Winning Chassis: Dale Shaw Race Cars
Winning Engine: RPM Performance
Winning Shocks: Pro Shocks
|1||33||Roger Lee Newton|
|16||01||Derek Scott, Jr.|
All cars started the event.
Fast Qualifier: Prestion Peltier set fast time with a lap of 19.797. RS Senter hit the wall on his second lap and they are making repairs. Joey Padget took no laps after a practice crash. They are still working on the car.
|3||33||Roger Lee Newton||19.905|
|16||01||Derek Scott, Jr.||20.262|
|Last Chance Race Below|
|28||82||John Michael Shenette||20.600|
|32||83||Joey Padget||no time|
Qualifying Events: The field will be set by time trials at Greenville Pickens. The top 10 qualifiers will re-draw before the race to determine their starting positions, the top 20 are locked in to the main event. The next six will come from a last chance race and provisional spots will follow.
Practice Results: Joey Doiron led the first practice with a 20.064 over Derek Ramstrom, Matt Craig, Jimmy Doyle and Trey Jerrell. In the second round Matt Craig led the way with a lap of 19.967. He was followed by Derek Ramstrom, Kaz Grala, Preston Peltier and Mike Hopkins.
|10||33||Roger Lee Newton||20.362|
|12||01||Derek Scott, Jr.||20.366|
|32||82||John Michael Shenette||42.720|
|7||33||Roger Lee Newton||20.247|
|19||82||John Michael Shenette||20.638|
|20||01||Derek Scott, Jr.||20.651|
Who To Watch For: 2015 PASS South champion Tate Fogleman begins his title defense Saturday at Greenville Pickens and will be racing against his dad, another former PASS titles Jay Fogleman. Eldora Truck Series winner, Christopher Bell, will be making his first start of 2016 for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Kyle Desouza will make the trip from Massachusetts and plans to compete for the PASS South title in 2016. A strong group of drivers will be joining him from New England including Kaz Grala, Mike Hopkins, Derek Ramstrom, John-Michael Shenette and former PASS National Champions, Joey Doiron and Ben Rowe. Matt Matheson will make the tow down from New Brunswick following a strong showing in the PASS National Championship in 2013.
Local favorite Randy Gentry and past PASS South Champion Tyler Church will look to be front-runners Saturday. Brennan Poole, a current NASCAR XFINITY Series driver, will make his PASS Super Late Model debut with the Fathead Driver Development Program. Northwest short track legend Garrett Evans will pilot the famous #64 in the PASS Winter Meltdown. The Washington state driver will compete in several PASS events throughout the season, with an eye towards possible competing for the PASS National Championship.
Pre-Entry List: 32 cars on the grounds. Updated Saturday morning.
|01||Derek Scott, Jr.|
|33||Roger Lee Newton|
|82||John Michael Shenette|
The Track: Greenville Pickens Speedway is located at 3800 Calhoun Memorial Highway in Easley, South Carolina. It is one of the most historic race facilities in the country, as many of NASCAR’s greatest short track racers’ names adorn the famed “Wall of Champions” that encircles the racing surface. The track held 29 races for the series that is now known as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series between 1951 and 1971. It opened in 1940 as a half-mile dirt track and was paved in 1970.Green Flag: Rotating practice begins at 10am. Also on the card at Greenville are the Southeast Limited Late Models, Trucks and Mini Stocks. Qualifying is scheduled for 12:30pm, with features kicking off at 2pm ET. The PASS Winter Meltdown is tentatively scheduled to be the first feature of the day.
Weather: Broken clouds and in the 50’s. A great cool day for some racing in South Carolina.
Next Series Race: The next PASS South event will be held on Saturday, March 5 at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, South Carolina. The event, the 11th Annual South Carolina Clash, will take the green flag at 4pm ET. The next PASS National points event is the 11th Annual Easter Bunny 150 at North Carolina’s Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 26.
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