SOUTHEAST: PASS South Returns To Concord During North-South Shootout

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David Gargo Jr. (8) was the PASS super late model winner during the 2015 North-South Shootout at Concord Speedway. (PASS photo)

CONCORD, N.C. – In three weeks, the Pro All Star Series super late models will return to Concord Speedway as part of the 14th annual John Blewett Memorial North South Shootout in memory of Charles Kepley.

The series’ 125-lap race will run on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Concord Speedway is a track that was literally built for the sleek, high-powered, lightning fast Super Late Model machines.

In 1982, local Concord race promoter Henry Furr carved a four-tenths-mile dirt track out of the Carolina clay, just north of the town of Midland. But after operating it for a number of years as a dirt track, Furr paved the speedway and ultimately re-configured it for the super late model cars that were the premier short track series at the time.

Furr then began hosting high-paying super late model races that attracted drivers from across the country, and the Big 10 Series was born.

Jack Sprague, who went on to become a three-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, was the first Big 10 titlist in 1987. The Spring Lake, Michigan native won the series again in 1989.

During the “hey-day” of the Big 10 Series, the very best super late model drivers tackled the triangle-shaped track racing for some of the sport’s top honors. Drivers like Freddie Query, Rich Bickle and Robbie Faggart won championships at Concord.

Other racers who competed at Concord during this era included Ernie Irvan, Bobby Gill, Bobby Labonte, Dave Mader III, ultimately proving that Concord was built for super late models and super late model careers were built at Concord.

But as time moved forward and the racing landscape was changing, Concord Speedway was sold and with the exception of another attempt at the Big 10 Series from 2003-2005, the super late models became a rarity at the track.

However, in the northeast, the PASS sanction was growing and expanded with a southern tour, seeing Concord become a regular stop from 2010 through 2013. Last season, the track hosted a pair of PASS races, and the North South Shootout is again the second series race at the track this year.

With a rich history and a growing presence in the current super late model landscape, Concord Speedway is poised to write another chapter of super late model history on Nov. 5 with the North South Shootout.

This year’s race will be the season finale for both the PASS National Tour and the PASS South Super Late Model Series.

The North South Shootout is headlined by 125-lap features for the tour-type modifieds and the Pro All Star Series super late models. SK modifieds, limited late models, vintage racers, street stocks and mini stocks will all be in racing throughout the weekend as well.

CREDIT: North South Shootout via Steve Post Motorsports Communications

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