SOUTH BOSTON, Va. – Veteran driver Jeff Fultz scored his first PASS South super late model victory Saturday night, fending off reigning series champion Tate Fogleman in a 22-lap dash to the finish that followed the race’s final caution period at South Boston Speedway.
Fultz, who has competed on the PASS South circuit off and on for 10 years, grabbed the lead when race leader Preston Peltier’s car stumbled on a restart with 22 laps to go.
As the field tried to take evasive action, an eight-car crash occurred on the backstretch behind Fultz and the race leaders, sparked when rookie Chase Purdy spun into the back straightaway wall as he tried to clear the lapped car of John-Michael Shenette.
Once Purdy and Shenette spun back down the track, several cars were collected in the pileup, including series points leader Matt Craig, Trey Jarrell, Blake Jones, outside polesitter Kodie Conner, Tyler Ankrum and Spencer Davis.
The accident forced the race to be stopped for about a half an hour, as track safety crews removed the damaged cars and cleaned up fluids leaked by cars involved in the mishap.
Ten cars were left running after the mishap, with Fogleman, Jared Fryar and Dalton Sargeant being Fultz’s primary challengers.
Fultz got a good jump on the ensuing restart, took the lead on lap 129, and drove to a .990-second win over Fogleman as the field battled hard for position behind him.
“I just love South Boston and I don’t get to race much anymore, plus the guys worked all day in 100 degree heat to get this car right,” said Fultz. “I’ve never won a PASS race, three white flags and we’re leading and the caution comes out and we end up losing. It’s a tough series and they race everywhere. I’ve finally got something to put on my resume that I have been waiting a long time to get.”
Fultz becomes the 50th different winner in PASS South history, dating back to its inception in 2006.
Sargeant finished third, followed by Fryar. Jeremie Whorff rounded out the top five finishers in the 22-car field.
There were three lead changes among three drivers, with Fultz leading the final 21 laps to claim the win. Peltier, who encountered battery issues following the red flag and retired from the race with 22 laps to go, led twice for a total of 85 laps. Sargeant led once for 43 laps.
RESULTS: Pro All Stars Series South; South Boston Speedway; Aug. 13, 2016
A-Main (150 laps): 1. Jeff Fultz, 2. Tate Fogleman, 3. Dalton Sargeant, 4. Jared Fryar, 5. Jeremie Whorff, 6. Joey Padgett, 7. Deac McCaskill, 8. Matt Craig, 9. Hannah Newhouse, 10. Ron Young, 11. Preston Peltier, 12. Spencer Davis, 13. Chase Purdy, 14. Tyler Ankrum, 15. Trey Jarrell, 16. Kodie Conner, 17. John Michael Shenette, 18. Blake Jones, 19. Peyton Sellers, 20. Vinnie Miller, 21. Jimmy Doyle, 22. Brandon Setzer.
The Pro All Stars Series and South Boston Speedway contributed to this report.