Oxford 250 And Richmond Spots On The Line For PASS South Go At Orange County

Oxford 250 And Richmond Spots On The Line For PASS South Go At Orange County


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CHARLOTTE, NC (July 11) – The only thing hotter than the temperatures in the Carolinas right now will be the action on the track when the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Models return to action at Orange County Speedway on Saturday night, July 21.  The Easter Bunny 150 and Mason-Dixon Meltdown aside, the Orange Blossom Special at Orange County is the oldest event on the PASS South schedule, dating back to the series inaugural season in 2006.  But, this year's race will have added importance with the top five finishers gaining guaranteed starting sports for either the 45th Annual Oxford 250 or the inaugural PASS Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway in October.   In addition to PASS South, the MASS Street Stocks will make their first ever visit to Orange County Speedway, the Limited Sportsman will race for $1300 to win in the Donnie Carver Memorial and the Charger cars will be in action.

Tate Fogleman, from nearby Durham, NC, is a third-generation racer and hometown favorite at Orange County Speedway.  He knows anything less than a top five finish in the Orange Blossom Special will be a huge missed opportunity to get locked into either one of the biggest short track races of the year.

"Getting locked in for either Oxford or Richmond is huge," says Fogleman, driver of the Solid Rock Carriers Ford #8.  "Knowing you are locked in relieves a lot of pressure.  Those events will be hard to make and the whole weekend will go smoother knowing that you will be locked in."

Fogleman has reason to be confident heading back to Orange County.  Last fall, the 2015 PASS South champion completed one of the most dominant performances in series history by the taking the checkered flag at his home track.

"I always enjoy going to Orange County because of the fans I have there and the support, but this time will be even more special because the last race we ran there, I was able to pick up the win," said Fogleman.  "Going back to a track you have won at builds a lot of confidence, not only for myself, but the whole team.  Hopefully we can build off what we had last year and find our way back to victory lane there next Saturday night."

This year's "Roads To Oxford And Richmond" program will see the race winner get a guaranteed starting position at full start money for the Oxford 250 or at Richmond.  The remaining top five finishers will be guaranteed a starting position for either the Oxford 250 or Richmond at half start money.

 All the action gets under way on Friday, July 20 at Orange County Speedway with open practice for all competing divisions from 5 – 8 PM.  On Saturday, July 21, practice will begin at 2 PM, with qualifying starting at 5 PM for the PASS South Super Late Models, MASS Street Stocks, Limited Sportsman, and Chargers, followed by main events scheduled to start at approximately 7 PM

  PASS Super Late Model entry forms for Orange County Speedway and Oxford Plains Speedway, along with the 45th Annual Oxford 250 and inaugural PASS Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway, 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 the legendary Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway, PASS South's Easter Bunny 150 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway, and PASS Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway.  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.  And, don't forget to "Like" the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.


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ST-EUSTACHE, QC – Quebec City's Jean-François DÉRY outsmarted his fellow drivers by racing smart to a second and consecutive win on the Canadian Stock Car Championship (CSCC) for Late Models.  He edged out Patrick CLICHE of Levis, Patrick LAPERLE of St-Denis on the Richelieu, Martin GOULET Jr of Terrebonne and Dany TRÉPANIER of St-Édouard de Lotinière who rounded out the top five.

The 125 lap event was ran on the Autodrome St-Eustache (St-Eustache, QC) 4/10-mile oval located just North of Montreal and provided a taste to everyone's liking.  Old school hard door-to-door racing, hard charging passes, aggressive two wide, three wide and even four wide at times.  But it did not come without a price: the first one hundred laps were run in under one hour, while the last twenty five laps took as much time!  None of the drivers were ready to give an inch to his fellow racers:  Audacious, foolhardy and even wreck less moves slowed the race a record 17 times.  A red flag was also required to let the safety crew attend to the racing automobile of Steve CÔTÉ which was engulfed in flames after his transmission literally exploded with a handful of laps to go as he was running third in the event.  He can't shake the bad luck off his back!  One thing was unanimous about the thousands of spectators on site: they got their money's worth and let us know as the visited the pits after the event.

"I just can't get over it.  The first 100 laps were raced exactly like the guys normally race: a couple cautions, nice and intense battles.  Drivers are self-disciplined and show respect.  But it was so for the last 25 laps.  It look like a race run under a full moon or if there was 100,000$ posted for the win.  It's clear in my mind that an adjustment will be required" declared Promoter and Race Director Marc Patrick Roy.

Steve CÔTÉ of L'Île-Bizard and Jean-Philippe BERGERON of Terrebonne lead the front row of the 18-car field.  Because of his pole starting position, CÔTÉ wins the Spring to the Pole Award presented by EIBACH Canada.  CÔTÉ, who calls St-Eustache home, jumped in the lead and paced the field for the first 28 laps until the first caution flew.

Multi-time Champion Patrick LAPERLE, who was racing for the first time with the CSCC group this year, took advantage of the restart to overtake CÔTÉ for the lead.  He would hold on to the lead until lap 101 when contact between him and Dany TRÉPANIER, the points leader, sent him spinning in front of the field and drawing out yet another caution.  TRÉPANIER was sent to the rear, while LAPERLE headed down pit lane to replace a flat tire and rejoin the group at the tail of the field.  The two of them charged their way to the front... leaving behind them some sparks and scars.

At the restart, Pier-Luc Ouellet of Terrebonne and CÔTÉ each led a lap, but then Jean-François DÉRY sneaked by to take over the lead, on lap 104, and never looked back leading the rest of the distance.  Another great run by the former Champion who sits eight in points despite having missed the season opening event and is 99 points short of TRÉPANIER the point's leader.

Dany TRÉPANIER turned the fastest lap of the day in practice, 17.604, and had a very fast car.  He won his qualifier race.  In the feature race, he managed to salvage a fifth place finish and staying at the top of the leader board despite having had to go to the rear twice for the incidents involving LAPERLE and one with Claude LECLERC of Lanoraie who ended up finishing 11th.

If tempers were hot for many, it wasn't so for four rookies, who finished in the top-10.  Jean-Philippe BERGERON, the points leader in the Attaches Montreal Hitch Rookie standings, finished 6th just ahead of Rémi PERREAULT (7th), Martin HÉBERT (8th) and Vincent VACHON (10th).  In this case, none of them drove over their heads, and being cautious paid off well.

Heat race winners were: Patrick CLICHE, Steve CÔTÉ and Dany TRÉPANIER.

A blind draw was held for a 5 gal of VP racing fuel, presented by DL PERFORMANCE and VP Racing Fuels Quebec.

The next and 5th round of the Canadian Stock Car Championship, a 200 lap event, will be held on Saturday, July 21st, at Autodrome Montmagny.  Racing starts at 6:00pm.

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