PASS Winter Meltdown 2016

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Top 3 PASS Greenville

What Won the Race: Joey Doiron came back from three laps down to win the Winter Meltdown 150.

 

The Finish: Unofficial

1 73 Joey Doiron 150
2 15 Mike Hopkins 150
3 74 Preston Peltier 150
4 35 Derek Ramstrom 150
5 09 Jeremy Davis 150
6 54 Matt Craig 150
7 4 Ben Rowe 150
8 09 Randy Gentry 150
9 45 Kodie Conner 150
10 4 Jay Fogleman 150
11 33 Roger Lee Newton 150
12 3 Kaz Grala 150
13 10 RS Senter 150
14 16 Travis Stearns 149
15 8 Tate Fogleman 149
16 7 Tyler Church 149
17 82 John Michael Shenette 148
18 23 Zachary Dabbs 145
19 88 Kyle Desouza 120
20 71 Jimmy Doyle 113
21 24 JP Josiasse 113
22 01 Derek Scott, Jr. 112
23 5 Brennan Poole 109
24 83 Joey Padget 101
25 59 Dustin Dunn 101
26 5F Mike Faulk 73
27 2 Matt Matheson 49
28 7K Jody Lavender 38
29 12 Trey Jarrell 37
30 49 Jeff Batten 37
31 16 Vinnie Miller 37
32 64 Garrett Evans 4

 

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

 

Starting Line-Up:

1 33 Roger Lee Newton
2 7 Tyler Church
3 54 Matt Craig
4 73 Joey Doiron
5 15 Mike Hopkins
6 74 Preston Peltier
7 5F Mike Faulk
8 4 Jay Fogleman
9 12 Trey Jarrell
10 35 Derek Ramstrom
11 3 Kaz Grala
12 09 Randy Gentry
13 09 Jeremy Davis
14 59 Dustin Dunn
15 49 Jeff Batten
16 01 Derek Scott, Jr.
17 4 Ben Rowe
18 45 Kodie Conner
19 5 Brennan Poole
20 88 Kyle Desouza
21 8 Tate Fogleman
22 7K Jody Lavender
23 71 Jimmy Doyle
24 23 Zachary Dabbs
25 10 RS Senter
26 16 Vinnie Miller

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.

 

1 74 Preston Peltier 19.797
2 15 Mike Hopkins 19.886
3 33 Roger Lee Newton 19.905
4 35 Derek Ramstrom 19.946
5 54 Matt Craig 20.052
6 5F Mike Faulk 20.094
7 73 Joey Doiron 20.098
8 7 Tyler Church 20.146
9 4 Jay Fogleman 20.192
10 12 Trey Jarrell 20.229
11 3 Kaz Grala 20.238
12 09 Randy Gentry 20.240
13 09 Jeremy Davis 20.246
14 59 Dustin Dunn 20.257
15 49 Jeff Batten 20.261
16 01 Derek Scott, Jr. 20.262
17 4 Ben Rowe 20.263
18 45 Kodie Conner 20.265
19 5 Brennan Poole 20.273
20 88 Kyle Desouza 20.350
Last Chance Race Below
21 8 Tate Fogleman 20.366
22 7K Jody Lavender 20.367
23 71 Jimmy Doyle 20.393
24 23 Zachary Dabbs 20.405
25 16 Vinnie Miller 20.409
26 10 RS Senter 20.424
27 64 Garrett Evans 20.471
28 82 John Michael Shenette 20.600
29 24 JP Josiasse 20.774
30 16 Travis Stearns 20.831
31 2 Matt Matheson 20.886
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. 

Practice One

1 73 Joey Doiron 20.064
2 35 Derek Ramstrom 20.167
3 54 Matt Craig 20.209
4 71 Jimmy Doyle 20.260
5 12 Trey Jarrell 20.263
6 74 Preston Peltier 20.267
7 4 Jay Fogleman 20.290
8 5F Mike Faulk 20.304
9 8 Tate Fogleman 20.317
10 33 Roger Lee Newton 20.362
11 7 Tyler Church 20.364
12 01 Derek Scott, Jr. 20.366
13 15 Mike Hopkins 20.366
14 5 Brennan Poole 20.505
15 3 Kaz Grala 20.569
16 10 RS Senter 20.611
17 64 Garrett Evans 20.685
18 49 Jeff Batten 20.701
19 88 Kyle Desouza 20.721
20 4 Ben Rowe 20.750
21 7K Jody Lavender 20.768
22 09 Randy Gentry 20.797
23 45 Kodie Conner 20.797
24 16 Vinnie Miller 20.890
25 2 Matt Matheson 20.894
26 83 Joey Padget 20.926
27 23 Zachary Dabbs 20.948
28 16 Travis Stearns 20.992
29 24 JP Josiasse 21.277
30 59 Dustin Dunn 34.289
31 09 Jeremy Davis 42.469
32 82 John Michael Shenette 42.720

Practice Two

1 54 Matt Craig 19.967
2 35 Derek Ramstrom 20.051
3 3 Kaz Grala 20.079
4 74 Preston Peltier 20.221
5 15 Mike Hopkins 20.222
6 5 Brennan Poole 20.240
7 33 Roger Lee Newton 20.247
8 73 Joey Doiron 20.257
9 09 Jeremy Davis 20.282
10 8 Tate Fogleman 20.315
11 10 RS Senter 20.336
12 12 Trey Jarrell 20.376
13 5F Mike Faulk 20.392
14 4 Ben Rowe 20.412
15 59 Dustin Dunn 20.427
16 88 Kyle Desouza 20.439
17 4 Jay Fogleman 20.445
18 49 Jeff Batten 20.528
19 82 John Michael Shenette 20.638
20 01 Derek Scott, Jr. 20.651
21 7K Jody Lavender 20.654
22 16 Travis Stearns 20.694
23 16 Vinnie Miller 20.696
24 64 Garrett Evans 20.739
25 09 Randy Gentry 20.759
26 24 JP Josiasse 20.890
27 71 Jimmy Doyle 20.902
28 45 Kodie Conner 20.914
29 2 Matt Matheson 20.950
30 23 Zachary Dabbs 21.034
31 7 Tyler Church 21.742
32 83 Joey Padget 99.000

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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.
2 Matt Matheson
3 Kaz Grala
4 Ben Rowe
4 Jay Fogleman
5 Brennan Poole
7 Tyler Church
8 Tate Fogleman
09 Jeremy Davis
09 Randy Gentry
10 RS Senter
12 Trey Jarrell
15 Mike Hopkins
16 Travis Stearns
16 Vinnie Miller
23 Zachary Dabbs
24 JP Josiasse
33 Roger Lee Newton
35 Derek Ramstrom
45 Kodie Conner
49 Jeff Batten
54 Matt Craig
59 Dustin Dunn
64 Garrett Evans
71 Jimmy Doyle
73 Joey Doiron
74 Preston Peltier
82 John Michael Shenette
83 Joey Padget
88 Kyle Desouza
5F Mike Faulk
7K Jody Lavender

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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