Champions Highlight Early Entries For Winter Meltdown At New Smyrna

Champions Highlight Early Entries For Winter Meltdown At New Smyrna


-       For Immediate Release


CHARLOTTE, NC (January 10) – Early entries are starting to flow in to the Naples, ME offices of the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) for the upcoming Florida Winter Meltdown on February 7-8 at New Smyrna Speedway.  PASS will help kick off Florida’s annual Speedweeks festivities at New Smyrna Speedway with the Winter Meltdown serving as the season opener for both the PASS South Super Late Models and PASS National Series.

            The early entries are highlighted by champions from New England, the Southeast and the Midwest.  Defending PASS North Super Late Model champion Cassius Clark of Farmington, ME was among the first to file an entry for this year’s 125 lap Winter Meltdown at New Smyrna.  In addition to his PASS North title in 2013, Clark was the inaugural champion of the PASS National Series back in 2008.  The Hight Motorsports #77 driven by Clark was not only consistent, but fast, winning two races en route to the championship last year and will no doubt give Northeastern fans something to cheer about in Florida.

            4-time PASS North Super Late Model champion Ben Rowe has a long history of making the trek down south from his home in Turner, ME and will do so again for the Winter Meltdown.  PASS’s All-Time Winningest driver swept the 2009 titles in both PASS South and the PASS National Series and hopes to mount another title run at New Smyrna Speedway.  He finished 14th after a late race incident in the first Winter Meltdown at New Smyrna in 2010.  In addition, to his PASS South championship, Rowe has been no stranger to victory lane on the southern tour winning eight times, including two Mason Dixon Meltdown triumphs and a win in last year’s North-South Shootout at Caraway Speedway.

            A driver making his PASS Super Late Model debut at the Winter Meltdown will be West Virginia’s Travis Braden.  Following a Super Late Model championship in the Midwest last year, Braden will bring his West Virginia University-sponsored machine to New Smyrna Speedway in his first test against the short track stars of PASS.  Braden hopes a good finish in the Winter Meltdown could lead to more PASS starts in 2014.

            Another early entrant and a new addition to the PASS South Super Late Model tour will be rookie Brandon Setzer.  The Newton, NC driver hopes to follow in the footsteps of his dad, Dennis, and make his mark on the short tracks of the South this year.  Brandon Setzer has had success in his own right with Late Model Supertruck wins at Hickory Motor Speedway and captured the Limited Late Model track championship in 2013 at Wake County Speedway.  After a strong PASS South debut last year in the Over The Mountain 150 at Hickory, Setzer will be looking to start his first full PASS South season off right with a good run in his first ever visit to New Smyrna Speedway.

            Veteran Brandon Ward has also filed an entry for the Winter Meltdown and hopes to put a frustrating 2013 behind him with a strong showing at the beach.  Although he finished 10th in points, Ward had no wins and no top 5’s to show for his effort.  This after a 2012 season which saw him capture two wins and establish himself as a championship contender.  Ward returns to New Smyrna Speedway where he made one of his first starts with the New Day Motorsports team, finishing 19th in the Inaugural Winter Meltdown back in 2010.

            Entries continue to come in daily for what looks to be one of the biggest Super Late Model races of the Winter.  Entry forms the 3rd Running of the Florida Winter Meltdown 125 can be found at ProAllStarsSeries.com.

Action gets under way on Friday, February 7th at New Smyrna Speedway with practice for all divisions from 1:30-5 PM.  On Saturday, February 8th, pit gates will open at 10 AM, with practice from Noon- 3 PM.  Qualifying will begin at 4 PM and racing will start at 6 PM, featuring 125 laps for the PASS Super Late Models and additional divisions to be determined.  

The Pro All Stars Series is recognized as North America’s premier sanctioning body for asphalt Super Late Models and boasts such marquee events as the Florida Winter Meltdown at New Smyrna Speedway, PASS South’s Easter Bunny 150 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway, the Autobus La Quebecoise Triple Crown at Autodrome Chaudière, and the legendary Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway.  For technical information concerning all PASS divisions please send questions to passracing@roadrunner.com.  For media or marketing questions, please contact Alan Dietz at 704-231-2039 or alandietzpass@live.com.  Please visit ProAllStarsSeries.com for more information.  And, don’t forget to “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to keep up with breaking news as it happens.




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            PASS President Tom Mayberry is pleased to announce a brand new series for Late Models which will be unveiled at Oxford Plains Speedway in 2014. The division will race three times this season at OPS with the possibility of a full fledged Late Model Series developing in 2015.


            Mayberry explains, “The timing is right for a new Late Model Series to be developed and implemented on a test basis in 2014. There are tons of Late Models just sitting idle, and several other tracks, and series cars will be able to participate as well. We have developed a universal set of rules that will just about encompass any racecars with just minimal changes. We will be debuting the PASS Northeast Late Model Series at Oxford on Friday, June 13, 2014 with a 100 lap, $2,000 to win main event. Round number two will take place on the Saturday of the Oxford 250 weekend, July 19th. This race will feature a 125 lap main event paying $4,000 to win, or $3,000 and a guaranteed provisional for the Oxford 250 on Sunday. The final event of the Series will take place on the PASS Championship Weekend at OPS, which is slated for September 26th and 27th. This race will also feature a $2,000 to win, 100 lap main event. We are all excited about launching the PASS Northeast Late Model Series, and have a very good feeling that this Series will be very successful. The Late Model Series will carry the PASS banner in 2014. If the initial endeavor is successful than we will look to expand the Series in 2015.”


            The purses are listed below for the three race Series:


June 13 & September 27, 2014 Purses.


1st, $2,000, 2nd $1,200, 3rd $800, 4th $600, 5th $550, 6th $500, 7th $475, 8th $450, 9th 425,

10th $400, 11th $375, 12th $350, 13th $340, 14th $330, 15th $320, 16th $310, 17th-32nd $300


July 19, 2014 Purses.


1st, $4,000/$3,000, 2nd $2,000, 3rd $1,200, 4th $800, 5th $600, 6th $550, 7th $500, 8th $475,

9th 450, 10th $425, 11th $400, 12th $390, 13th $380, 14th $370, 15th $360, 16th $350, 17th $340,

18th $330, 19th $320, 20th $310, 21st – 32nd $300


            Rules for the PASS Northeast Late Model Series may be found on the PASS website at www.proallstarsseries.com. If you have any questions on the rules you may contact Charlie Rockwell after 5pm at 802-754-2822.


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