Colt James Victorious in PASS South Mason-Dixon Meltdown 200

Ryan Blaney and Ben Rowe Earn Series Championships


The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South and National Super Late Model Series seasons concluded at Concord Speedway (NC) on Saturday, November 26th with the running of the Thanksgiving Classic /Mason-Dixon Meltdown 200. When the checkered flag flew, Colt James earned his first PASS South victory while Ryan Blaney won his first PASS South championship and Ben Rowe earned his second PASS National series title.


34 Super Late Model drivers took to the track for qualifying. Jay Fogleman, who entered the event as the South division points leader by a mere six points over Blaney, set fast time, followed by Heath Hindman, James, Blaney, Eric Darnell, Logan Ruffin, Austin Theriault, Gray Gaulding, Preston Peltier and Trey Mitchell. Andy Loden, who entered the event 10 points behind Fogleman in third, qualified 16th. National points leader Rowe (by 38 points) timed in 19th while Cassius Clark, second in National points, qualified 18th.

Before the green flag dropped Gaulding and Clark both had issues getting going, forcing them to start the event from the back of the pack. When the green flag flew, Blaney paced the field, not giving up the top spot until well over halfway in the event. Meanwhile, South points leader Fogleman (tire issue) and National points leader Rowe (shifter broke) both had trouble, putting them laps down to the field. Loden also had trouble during the race, ending his chance at the South title.

On lap 74, a scary incident placed the field under the red flag when Kevin Love and Michael Pilla made contact through the dogleg on the backstretch, sending Pilla up into the fence. Both drivers walked away from the incident.

During the final 50 laps, Blaney, Darnell and James battled hard for the top spot, taking turns as the leader. James took the lead for the final time though at lap 171, driving on to win the Mason-Dixon Meltdown; his first PASS victory.

“It got wild there at the end,” said James. “It got so spread out there I didn’t know where I was. We finally got that restart and I was fourth. I had a good restart there. Me and Ryan touched a little bit there, and had a good run at the end. I felt like I could pull away, but the one lapped car kind of held me up there the last lap.

“This is our first PASS win. I really love this series. I have never had any luck. I finally had some luck tonight.”

Blaney wanted to end the season with a third victory, but his second-place finish was enough to earn him the 2011 PASS South championship over Fogleman, who finished 17th.

“We led most of the race and just rode around,” said Blaney. “We pitted; they got me in and out of the pits pretty clean. We got back to the lead with about 40 to go. We had a restart and I missed a shift; it messed us up there. We got back to Colt with about 20 to go and couldn’t find a way around him.

“We were trying for two years (for the championship). We had the points lead going into the last race last year and we had a cracked rim and it cost us the championship. We worked really hard this year to get this. It feels really good to have our hard work pay off.”

Rowe entered the race with a virtual lock on the National championship, but early problems with his shifter almost cost him the title. Still, the multi-time divisional champion from Maine was able to finish 18th and earn his second National title.

“The car was really good,” said Rowe. “I thought we had a top four or five car. Then on the second restart I ripped the shifter right off in my hand. It was stuck in third and never made it into fourth, so that kind of ruined our day. We ended up fixing it. It sheered the bolts off. It is just one of them things.

“The National deal is pretty neat. You have the North and the South (championships), then the National, which I think is above them. It is something that we strive all year for, and there is a lot of travel involved. It is a whole team effort. We have a good time, and if you have a good time, good things happen.”

Peltier, Darnell and Brandon Ward rounded out the top-five finishers in the race. Also, after finishing 11th, Gray Gaulding was named the PASS South 2011 Rookie of the Year.


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Oxford Plains Speedway Announces 2012 Schedule and Discounted Season Passes



NOVEMBER 30, 2011

CONTACT BILL RYAN 207-539-8865


OXFORD, Maine – Oxford Plains Speedway today released its 2012 racing schedule.  The highlight of the schedule is the TD Bank 250 on July 22.  NASCAR star Kyle Busch won the 2011 edition of the TD Bank 250, defeating the top Late Model pilots from around the region.   


“Since 2004, the TD Bank 250 has attracted a number of Sprint Cup competitors.  July 22, 2012, again falls on an off weekend for the Sprint Cup, so it is likely Oxford fans will have the opportunity to see a NASCAR star try and take the checkers,” Speedway owner Bill Ryan said.


“We are very happy with how our schedule lays out.  We again feature the American Canadian Tour and the Pro All Star Series, the two premier tours in New England,” Ryan continued. “We believe we have scheduled great events for our drivers, teams and fans.”


Ryan also announced that season passes for all the Speedway events were being sold at a fifty percent discount if purchased by December 31.  “We know that the economy continues to be tough for many of our teams and fans.  We are giving them the opportunity to be part of all the action for half off if they purchase their pass by the end of December.  It is our way of saying thanks to our loyal supporters,” Ryan explained.


For more information on all Oxford Plains Speedway events, go to www.oxfordplains.com or find the Speedway on Facebook.  To purchase season passes, call 207-539-8865.


Oxford Plains Speedway 2012 Schedule


Sat       May 12            8:00 am           Practice for all Divisions

Sun      May 20            2:00 pm           ACT Tour OCS/OAS All Divisions Points Race

Sat       May 26            6:30 pm           OCS/ Outlaws/ Fireworks

Sun      May 27            9:00 am           Awesome Auto & Bike Fest

Sat       June 2             6:30 pm           OCS/Rebels

Sun      June 3             2:00 pm           Aaron’s Presents Motor Mayhem #1

Sat       June 9             6:30pm            OCS/Outlaws

Sat       June 16           6:30 pm           OCS/Rebels

Sat       June 23           6:30 pm           OCS/OAS All Divisions Points Race

Sat       June 30           6:30 pm           OCS/Outlaws

Sun      July 1              2:00 pm           Aaron’s Presents Motor Mayhem #2

Wed     July 4              6:30 pm           OCS/Rebels/ Maine State Lottery Fireworks

Sat       July 7              6:30 pm           OCS/Outlaws

Wed     July 11            6:30 pm           OAS

Sat       July 14            6:30 pm           OCS/Rebels

Wed     July 18            6:30 pm           OAS

Fri        July 20            6:30 pm           OCS/OAS/PASS Mods/No Late Model

Sat       July 21            6:30 pm           PASS 150/Strictly/Mini

Sun      July 22            2:00 pm           TD Bank 250 LM/Strictly/Mini/Outlaws

Wed     July 25            6:30 pm           OAS

Sat       July 28            6:30 pm           Aaron’s Motor Mayhem #3/ Fireworks

Wed     August 1          6:30 pm           OAS

Sat       August 4          6:30 pm           OCS/Rebels Wed August 8 6:30 pm OAS

Sat       August 11        6:30 pm           OCS/Outlaws

Wed     August 15        6:30 pm           OAS

Sat       August 18        6:30 pm           OCS/Rebels

Wed     August 22        6:30 pm           OAS

Sat       August 25        6:30 pm           OCS/Outlaws

Wed     August 29        6:30 pm           OAS

Sat       Sept. 1             6:30 pm           OCS/OAS All Divisions Championship Night

Sat       Sept. 8             6:30 pm           Aaron’s Motor Mayhem #4/Fireworks

Fri        Sept. 28           2:00 pm           OPS/PASS Fall Finale Practice

Sat       Sept. 29           1:00 pm           OPS/PASS Fall Finale/OAS/PASS Qual/Mini

Sun      Sept. 30           1:00 pm           OPS/PASS Fall Finale/ PASS Features



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2012 PASS South Super Late Model schedule

The 2012 PASS South Super Late Model schedule was released on the PASS website today.  The schedule, 16 events will visit a minimum of eight tracks.  Two of the races do not list the tracks being visited.  Speculation found on facebook Friends of PASS page is about a possible race at Nashville, Tennessee.



1 - Sat., March 10th - Dillon Motor Speedway - Dillon, SC - 150 laps
"South Carolina Clash"

2 - Sat., March 24th - South Boston Speedway - South Boston, VA - 150 laps

3 - Sat., April 7th - Hickory Motor Speedway - Hickory, NC - 150 laps
"Easter Bunny 150"

4 - Sat., April 21th - Orange County Speedway - Rougemont, NC - TBA
"Orange Blossom Special"

5 - Fri., May 11th - Wake County Speedway - Raleigh, NC - 125 laps
"Capitol City Clash / Bull Ring Tough Guy Challenge"

6 - Sat., May 26th - Concord Motorsports Park - Concord, NC - 125 laps
"Memorial Day 125"

7 - Sat., June 9th - South Boston Speedway - South Boston, VA - 150 laps

8 - Tues., July 3rd - Anderson Speedway - Williamston, SC - 150 laps
"Firecracker 150"

9 - Sat., July 14th - Motor Mile Speedway - Radford, VA - 150 laps
"Motor Mile 150"

10 - Sat., July 28th - Orange County Speedway - Rougemont, NC - 150 laps
"The Southern Sizzler"

11 - Sat., August 18th - South Boston Speedway - South Boston, VA - 150 laps

12 - Sat., September 1st - Caraway Speedway - Sophia, NC - 150 laps
"Labor Day Classic"

13 - Sat., September 22nd - Hickory Motor Speedway - Hickory, NC - 150 laps
"Over the Mountain 150

Sat., October 6th - Possible date if needed / possible rain date

14 - Sat., October 20th - MAJOR EVENT - TBA

15 - Sat., November 10 - TBA

16 - Sat., November 24 - Concord Motorsports Park - Concord, NC -200 laps
"Thanksgiving Classic / Mason Dixon Meltdown"


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