A pair of championships and bragging rights will be on the line during the PASS MegaMeltdown at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) this Saturday, November 10. Pro All Stars Series drivers from north and south of the Mason-Dixon Line will collide at “The Birthplace of NASCAR Stars” for a 200-lap season finale paying $6,000 to the winner.
The battle for the 2018 PASS South championship will come down to four drivers, with defending series champion Matt Craig holding a 28-point advantage entering the event. JP Josiasse sits second in the standings, just six points ahead of Kodie Conner and eight points ahead of Roy Hayes, III. All four drivers enter the event with a mathematical shot at winning the championship.
When it comes down to crowning Super Late Model racing’s only national champion, the points battle is even tighter. Derek Griffith, who won two of the three previous national events at Dillon (SC) and Thompson (CT), enters the MegaMeltdown with just a single-point advantage over Super Late Model rookie Ray Christian, III. Ben Rowe, the five-time and defending PASS National Champion, enters the race just 10 points back of Griffith.
In addition to the championship battles, there will be bragging rights on the line as drivers from the north and south battle in the end-of-season event. Last year, Brandon Setzer was able to keep the trophy in the south after making a late-race pass on Scarborough, Maine’s Garrett Hall. Setzer will return to the MegaMeltdown this weekend to defend his win from one year ago.
Setzer is currently joined on the entry list by fellow southerners Tate Fogleman, Kodie Conner and Matt Craig.
The north will be represented well with 2018 Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) Super Late Model champion Gabe Brown, two-time Oxford Plains champion TJ Brackett, and Connecticut native Cory Casagrande joining the three national championship contenders.
Maine native Wyatt Alexander, who is currently studying at UNC-Charlotte, will also make the trip over to Hickory to race against many familiar faces from the Northeast.
Additional entries for the PASS MegaMeltdown will be updated this week, with a full field of Super Late Models expected to compete in this weekend’s event.
Race fans unable to make it to Hickory Motor Speedway will be able to watch all of the action via a pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51.com for $24.99.
A tape-delayed broadcast will also air on Speed51’s Short Track America on MAVTV at a later date.
For more information on the PASS MegaMeltdown, visit www.proallstarsseries.com.
-Story by Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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