CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
For the first time in series history, the Pro All Stars (PASS) South Super Late Models will compete on back-to-back nights this weekend.
The PASS Carolina Doubleheader will see the South’s original Super Late Model tour compete on Friday night at Anderson Motor Speedway in upstate South Carolina, then move across the border on Saturday night to Hickory Motor Speedway.
The Electric City Twin 125’s is one of the biggest shows to hit Anderson Motor Speedway, as both the PASS South Super Late Models and Southern Modified Racing Series (SMRS) Tour Modifieds will compete on Friday night. This year’s race will once again fall on Father’s Day weekend, making it a very special event for all the drivers that will be competing.
Last year, third-generation driver Jared Irvan held off Roger Lee Newton and Clay Rogers to score his first career PASS South Super Late Model win. Irvan hopes to return to victory lane this weekend, along with his famous dad, 1991 Daytona 500 winner, Ernie.
“Last year was really special and I would like to go back there and do the same thing,” says Irvan, who carries the same paint scheme on his black #28 that Ernie raced in the late 1990s. “At Anderson you really have to save your tires and get that straight exit off the corner. You’ve gotta just stay sucked on the bottom, the lower you get the better you go. It seems like the lower you are on that track the better your tires wear, so it’s really important to hit your line every lap.”
For the final time prior to the 14th Annual North-South Shootout at Concord Speedway in November, the SMRS Tour Modifieds will join the PASS South contingent on Friday at Anderson.
In 2012, Brandon Ward claimed his second career PASS South Super Late Model win there and hopes to return to victory lane on Friday night, but this time, in his SMRS Modified. Plus as an added bonus, Ward and his competitors will be competing for the Precision Built Spindles Pole Award paying $150 to the fast qualifier.
“I expect the SMRS race at Anderson to be really good,” says Ward, driver of the kpmoto.com/Foothill Ford #19. “It’s a unique racetrack with very little grip. Combine that with very hot temperatures, it could turn out to be who has the most tire left at the end and not necessarily the best car. In the past with the PASS Supers, Anderson has normally had a bottom and middle groove that enabled us to race side-by-side and move around a lot.”
As Irvan looks to defend his win from a year ago, PASS South points leaders, Kodie Conner and Matt Craig will be seeking their first career wins, as well as veterans Jimmy Doyle, Trey Jarrell, Jody Measamer, and Lee Hansard.
Dalton Sargeant’s busy week will continue at Anderson, along with fellow Floridians, Jeff and Tyler Scofield. Wes Burton will make his second start of the season and former PASS Pro Late Model racer, Jacob Schneider, will make his Super Late Model debut.
All the action gets under way on Thursday at Anderson Motor Speedway with an optional practice for PASS Super Late Models only from 5:30 PM – 8 PM. On Friday, practice will begin at 3 PM with qualifying starting at 6 PM, followed by the Pit Party, and main events going green at 8 PM for the PASS South Super Late Models, SMRS Tour Modifieds, USAC Eastern Midgets, B-M Modifieds, and Front Wheel Drive.
PASS South Super Late Model entry forms and the complete weekend schedules for Anderson Motor Speedway and Hickory Motor Speedway can be found at ProAllStarsSeries.com.
The Pro All Stars Series is recognized as North America’s premier sanctioning body for asphalt Super Late Models and Modifieds and boasts such marquee events as the legendary HP Hood Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway and PASS South’s Easter Bunny 150 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway.
CREDIT: Pro All Star Series