PASS National Championship Contenders Ready To Race For Title At Southern National

PASS National Championship Contenders Ready To Race For Title At Southern National


-       For Immediate Release


CHARLOTTE, NC (November 11) – After a long season that has seen championship races contested in both the United States and Canada, the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model National Championship will be decided on Saturday at Southern National Motorsports Park.  The 9th Annual Mason Dixon Meltdown will determine the 2014 champion and the contenders could not have come from more varied backgrounds than points leader Ben Rowe and rookie upstart Tyler Dippel.

            Turner, Maine's Ben Rowe has grown to become a true short track legend over the last decade, winning more PASS Super Late Model races than any driver in history.  Not only has Rowe won 4 PASS North Super Late Model championships, but he also claimed the PASS South Super Late Model title in 2009.  And he is no stranger to success in the Mason Dixon Meltdown, as the only driver to win the race twice, taking the checkered flag in 2007 at Concord Speedway and again in 2009 at South Boston Speedway.  

            Despite his accolades, which also include 2 previous PASS National Championship title reigns in 2009 and 2011, Rowe has been impressed with his young counterpart.

            "You know I didn't know a lot about Tyler [Dippel] coming into this year, but he's really been impressive," said Rowe.  "The thing that surprised me the most was that he came to the tracks up North, tracks that he had never seen before, and not only held his own, but ran really well.  We'll definitely have our work cut out for us when we get down to Kenly this weekend."

            Despite being a teenager, Dippel has had quite extensive career, especially for a driver of his age.  Dippel cut his teeth racing powerful Dirt Modifieds, primarily in his home state of New York.  And the young driver has stayed busy in 2014, not only racing PASS Super Late Models on asphalt from South Carolina to Quebec, but continuing to race on dirt when his schedule has permitted.  Dippel recently opened eyes competing in his Modified at the Dirt Track At Charlotte during the World Finals.  But, now the focus returns to PASS for Dippel and trying to win a National Championship at Southern National.

            "Basically, it's just four points, so whoever finishes in front of the other driver is going to win the championship," says Dippel, who has finished strong in his PASS National outings this year, including a sixth place effort in his first try at the Oxford 250 .  "Our experience at Southern National hopefully will work out for us.  It's been an amazing year and I'm really happy at how our first year on asphalt has gone and to have a shot at the championship is really cool."

            Unlike the previous two PASS South events at Southern National Motorsports Park this year, the Meltdown will have an added element of strategy.  At 200 green flag laps, the Meltdown will be 50 laps longer than the earlier races held at Southern National.  Teams will be allowed to change two tires at lap 125, setting up a 75 lap dash for cash and the championship.

            "You're definitely gonna have to save a little more and have something left for the end," said Dippel.  "But, being able to get two tires, I think you will see some guys be able to push it and race hard the final 75 laps.  We might have to race a little differently though with the championship on the line."

While Rowe and Dippel battle for the PASS National Championship, Tyler Church, Cole Timm, and Jared Irvan will be competingfor the PASS South Super Late Model title.  In addition to Rowe, fellow New Englanders Joey Doiron, Derek Ramstrom, Steve Legendre, and Wayne Helliwell, Jr. and Quebec's Eric St. Gelais will be making the trip to Southern National.  Christopher Bell is hoping to continue his streak of finishing no worse than second in the last two events and will be joined by Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Karl Weber.   Tate Fogleman, Trevor Noles, Brandon Setzer, Tanner Rumburg, Jody Measamer, and Lucas Jones will each be seeking their first career PASS South wins.   

Action at Southern National Motorsports Park for the 9th Annual Mason Dixon Meltdown kicks off practice for all divisions on Friday, November 14 from 1 – 4:20 PM.  On Saturday, November 15, practice will start at 10 AM, with qualifying at 1:15 PM, and racing slated to start at 3 PM.  The PASS South Super Late Models will race for 200 laps, along with main events for the PASS Pro Late Models, Pee Dee/Coastal Supertrucks, and USAC Eastern Midgets. 

PASS South Super Late Model entry forms as well as the complete weekend schedule for the 9th Annual Mason Dixon Meltdown at Southern National Motorsports Park can be found at ProAllStarsSeries.com.

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 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 topassracing@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 Coming to Thunder Road in 2015

PASS Coming to Thunder Road in 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                           TR-111114-66


        Waterbury, VT –Thunder Road International Speedbowl officials announced that the Pro All Star Series (PASS), based in Naples, Maine, will make their first ever appearance at Thunder Road in Barre, VT during the 53rdMekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 24, 2015


The Super Late Models of PASS will join Thunder Road's ACT Late Models in the Memorial Day twin bill. The PASS Super Late Models will race 150 laps, and the Thunder Road Late Models will race for the Mekkelsen Memorial Day Classic 100 honors.


"This is exciting news for our Thunder Road fans. Having the return to Thunder Road's high banks with Mike and Ben Rowe, joined by Cassius and Johnny Clark, DJ Shaw, and Glen Luce should be a lot of fun to watch. There is also a possibility to see ACT Champions like Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Brian Hoar, and Wayne Helliwell, Jr. bringing their PASS cars to Thunder Road for this event," said Thunder Road promoter Tom Curley. 


Thunder Road has run the Memorial Day Classic event with just about every kind of stock car available. From the early days of the flathead coupes and high horsepower modifieds, to the Flying Tigers in the 1960's, then the NASCAR-type Late Models of the 70's, and into the 80's with ACT Pro Stocks, variety has dictated Thunder Road's Memorial Day Classics. Since 1996, the ACT Late Models have carried on the Thunder Road tradition of opening the summer season with the Memorial Day Classic 100. The twin bill featuring the PASS Super Late Models in a 150-lap event is sure to add another dimension to the race program in 2015.


"I know there is going to be a lot of support and excitement for this show at Thunder Road from both our fans and competitors," said President of PASS, Tom Mayberry. "I know that numerous times over the past 10 years I have had racers and fans ask me what the chances were that we could race at Thunder Road. It should be a great show, and we are all looking forward to our first time at the tough ¼ mile high banks."


The American Canadian Tour (ACT) and Pro All Star Series (PASS) are working together to bring both traveling groups to new events during the 2015 race season. An earlier announcement that the first-ever combination event between the two premiere touring series in the Northeast, PASS and ACT, would take place as the opening event of the Oxford Plains Speedway season in Oxford, Maine on Saturday, April 18, 2015. That announcement alone has created a positive outlook for the coming race season. The addition of a second event with PASS at Thunder Road in Barre, VT should add to the anticipation and excitement for the 2015 race season in the region.   


For additional information contact the ACT office at 802.244.6963media@acttour.com or visit, acttour.com, or thunderroadspeedbowl.com.



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