KINGSPORT, TN – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model points leader Zane Smith took the lead from veteran Lee Tissot on lap 47 and led the rest of the way to score the win in the Daniel Boone Classic 125 Friday night at Kingsport Speedway. The win comes in only Smith’s ninth PASS South Super Late Model start and continues a dream season which started with a Speedweeks championship at New Smyrna Speedway back in February.
“I can’t thank this Crooks Racing crew enough, they’re the reason this car went so fast and they make my job a lot easier,” said Smith, donning the traditional coonskin cap that goes to the winner of the Daniel Boone Classic. “The outside groove worked great. We didn’t even try that in practice and I decided I didn’t want to try the bottom so we moved up top and made it work.”
In qualifying, Smith set a blazing pace to capture his first career PASS South fast qualifying time with a lap of 14.757 seconds around the .375 mile concrete speedway. After the top 10 qualifiers redraw, Smith would slot back into the seventh position while Jody Measamer and Tate Fogleman moved to the front row.
Measamer grabbed the initial lead, but was quickly overtaken by Jimmy Doyle on lap five. Local favorite Lee Tissot wasted little time moving from the eighth starting position to the lead on lap 13.
Following a caution for debris from Trey Jarrell’s machine on lap 16, Smith took the hard way around Kingsport Speedway, utilizing the high groove to move into second on lap 21. A fierce battle for the lead ensued as Smith stalked Tissot for the lead lap after lap. On lap 44, the two cars made contact entering turn one and began a side-by-side battle for the lead. Smith would eventually move by Tissot to take the lead three laps later.
Mechanical failures bit several contenders including Fogleman on lap 56 and Matt Craig on lap 100. Tissot spun in fluid from Craig’s machine and fell back to fourth after he got his car back going. Tissot climbed his way back up to second, but had nothing left from Smith’s Pro Am Racing Products Chevrolet. Following Smith and Tissot to the checkered flag were Jarrell, Measamer, and Kevin Floars. Rounding out the top 10 were Jay Fogleman, AJ Frank, Tim Pinion, Jimmy Doyle, and Craig,
Rookie Jake Spillers took advantage of a flat right front tire for race leader Kodie Conner with five laps to go and cruised the rest of the way for his first career PASS Pro Late Model win. Rounding out the top five were Jordan McCallum, Zachary Dabbs, Cameron Burke, and Conner.
Jason Myers survived two late race spins and outran Dan Speeney and Spencer Davis in a wild three way photo finish to win the Food Country USA 125 for the KOMA Unwind Modified Madness Series. Series points leader and two-time race winner Burt Myers suffered a series of mechanical failures to end his early season win streak. Following J. Myers, Speeney, and Davis to the checkered flag were Mike Norman and Jimmy Wallace.
Johnny Johnson led flag-to-flag to claim the win in the Flathead Ford feature.
The PASS South Super Late Models and KOMA Unwind Modified Madness Series will be in action again, along with the PASS Pro Late Models and Street Stocks on Friday, May 22 for the Old Glory Twin 125’s at Concord Speedway. For more information, please go to ProAllStarsSeries.com, “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @PASSSLM14.
-PASS South Press Release. Photo credit: Crooks Racing Facebook