Differing Agendas For PASS Drivers At North-South Shootout
CHARLOTTE, NC (November 3) – With the 13th Annual North-South Shootout just days away, Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model drivers from across the country are beginning to make their way to Concord Speedway. While drivers like Winston-Salem, NC's Brandon Ward are preparing for the tall task of competing in both the PASS South Super Late Model and Tour-type Modified features, others have a different focus as race weekend approaches.
Jody Measamer from Sanford, NC has a lot riding on this year's North-South Shootout. Following a points shakeup at the most recent PASS South Super Late Model race at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, Measamer finds himself tied for third in points with Matt Craig, just 16 markers behind new championship leader Tate Fogleman.
"Entering the 2015 season my team and I believed we were one of the contenders, but circumstances knocked us out of the hunt," says Measamer. "Now we must put two good races together at Concord and Hickory and capitalize on this opportunity because we have a real shot to win this championship."
The season started strong for Measamer with two top five finishes in the first four PASS South events of 2015, including his first career quick qualifying time, which came at Concord in May. But along the way, misfortune caused Measamer to fall far behind the championship leaders. Ironically, one of Measamer's strongest runs of the year came in one his worst races. After being involved in an early accident with Joey Doiron at Caraway Speedway in May, Measamer and the Aquavapor team persevered to come home with a strong third place finish. Now, Measamer heads back to Concord this weekend with a real shot at what once seemed like a championship that was too far out of reach.
"Although I spent a lot of time there in my childhood, Concord is a tough place and I haven't had many races there," says Measamer, who has picked up additional sponsorship from Solid Rock Carriers for the final two PASS events. "Concord is a fast facility and we worked diligently there in May and had a great car, but a flat tire put us in the wall and ended our night. I have aligned myself with an experienced crew chief for this event in hopes of improving our outcome for the North-South Shootout."
East Parsonsfield, ME's Trevor Sanborn returns to Concord Speedway this weekend with a different agenda from Ward and Measamer. Sanborn will pilot Dicky Woodman's potent #8 entry in hopes of not only scoring a win in the North-South Shootout, but in grabbing an automatic starting spot for the 2016 Oxford 250. This year's North-South Shootout is the first race of the recently announced "Road To The Oxford 250" program. Sanborn is no stranger to success in the South having swept both PASS South events at Orange County Speedway back in 2008.
"I'm really excited to race at Concord this weekend, I've raced there one time and it's been my favorite track ever since," says Sanborn. "It would be awesome to get a guaranteed starting spot in the prestigious Oxford 250 next year. The main thing is, it gives you security because the 250 is the toughest race in the country to qualify for."
Entries continue to come in for Saturday afternoon's North-South Shootout at Concord highlighted by the four PASS South championship contenders, Tate Fogleman, Zane Smith, Measamer, and Matt Craig. Sanborn will be joined by 2006 Oxford 250 winner, Jeramie Whorff in a second Woodman Racing entry. PASS Pro Late Model champion Kodie Conner will make the move to Super Late Model this weekend. Veterans Jeff Batten, Jimmy Doyle, Joey Padgett, and Brandon Ward have filed entries, along with Anderson winner, Jared Irvan, making his first start in the Coulter Motorsports #2. Defending North-South Shootout winner Ryan Moore returns, along with Northwest racing legend Garrett Evans and former Concord standout Clay Rogers. K&N Pro Series champion William Byron will be making his first career PASS South Super Late Model start this weekend at Concord as well.
Action begins on Thursday, November 5 at Concord Speedway with open practice from 12-6 PM. On Friday, November 6, practice will begin at 10 AM with qualifying starting at 5 PM for the PASS South Super Late Models, Tour-type Modifieds, SK Modifieds, North East Mini Stock Tour, and Street Stock. On Saturday, November 7, practice begins at 9 AM for the 13th Annual North-South Shootout, with grandstand gates opening at 11 AM, followed by the pit party at 12:30 PM, and main events are set to start at 2 PM.
PASS South Super Late Model entry forms and the complete weekend schedules for the events at Concord and Hickory can be found at ProAllStarsSeries.com.
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