CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Racers from across the country are busy counting down the days as the 2018 Pro All Stars Series super late model season opener at Dillon Motor Speedway draws closer.
The 13th annual South Carolina Clash 200 on Saturday, Feb. 24 will not only mark the beginning of the PASS National Championship Series, but it will also be the first race of the PASS South Super Late Model schedule.
Ever since the first South Carolina Clash was held at nearby Florence Motor Speedway in 2006, the event has been one of the featured races annually on the PASS schedule.
Since that first Clash won by the late Charlie Bradberry, a stellar list of drivers have gone to victory lane including Ryan Blaney, Justin Wakefield, Ben Rowe, Preston Peltier, Austin Theriault, Daniel Hemric and Tyler Church.
In last year’s race, Jared Irvan took advantage of a late-race restart to beat Christian Eckes to the checkered flag.
Seventeen-year-old Kodie Conner, from Kannapolis, N.C., will return to Dillon for the 200-lapper again this season. After a second place finish in 2016, Conner was involved in an accident last year that he believes played a part in costing him the series championship.
“After last year and falling out of the race at Dillon to begin the year, it actually changed the end of the season for Team KCR,” said Conner, who owns his team now following the passing of his grandfather. “I felt I was not able to catch up to Matt [Craig] after that. We’ve ran good at Dillon in the past, and as an owner-driver now, I feel we will run good there in a couple of weeks.”
A former PASS Pro Late Model champion, Conner has competed the last two seasons in the Super Late Model ranks, finishing second to Craig in the final standings both years.
With plenty of seat time behind him and additional sponsorship support in 2018, Conner hopes not to only make a run at the PASS South title, but to compete for the PASS National Championship as well.
“This season is my year,” said Conner. “I and my father, Shannon, have worked extremely hard and we believe we can continue to compete with teams that have a bigger budget than we do. I’m definitely excited about this upcoming season with the PASS series.”
CREDIT: Pro All Stars Series