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Entry List – Easter Bunny 150

New Englanders Ben Rowe, Derek Griffith, Derek Ramstrom, DJ Shaw, Bryan Kruczek, Jimmy Renfrew, Sammy Gooden, Joe Squeglia Jr., Gabe Brown, Jake Johnson, Travis Stearns, Dennis Spencer Jr. and Wyatt Alexander have already filed entires.

The southern contigent already includes the likes of two-time PASS South champion Matt Craig, Kodie Conner, Tate Fogleman, Jeff Batten, and Jimmy Doyle. Jerrick Johnson will pilot the MyComputerCareer machine and will be joined by former Hickory winners, Brandon Setzer and Tyler Church, as well as Trevor Noles, Max McLaughlin, Kevin Floars.

And two Canadian provinces are currently represented by Ontario’s, JP Josiasse and New Brunswick’s, Lonnie Sommerville, returning to Hickory for the first time in a number of years.

A surprise late entry was national short track superstar Bubba Pollard. It will be the first time he and Craig have shared the track since their incident at the Greenville Pickens Meltdown in January.

“I’m there to win races,” he said. “I’m not going for him. You’ll never forget it, that’s for sure. It’s always in the back of your mind, but I’m there to win races.”

The action kicks off on Friday, March 30 with optional practice for all competing divisions from 2 – 5:20 p.m.. On Saturday, March 31, practice will begin at 1 p.m., followed by qualifying at 4 p.m., the pit party at 5:30 p.m., last chance race at 6:30 p.m., and features for the PASS South Super Late Models and SMRS Tour Modifieds at 7 p.m.

The complete known entries can be viewed below.

  • JIMMY RENFREW
  • BUBBA POLLARD
  • BRYAN KRUCZEK
  • SAMMY GOODEN
  • JOE SQUELIA JR
  • GABE BROWN
  • TREVOR NOLES
  • LONNIE SOMMERVILLE
  • BEN ROWE
  • MAX MCLAUGHLIN
  • BRANDON SETZER
  • TYLER CHURCH
  • TATE FOGLEMAN
  • DEREK GRIFFITH
  • JAKE JOHNSON
  • TRAVIS STEARNS
  • KEVIN FLOARS
  • DEREK RAMSTROM
  • KODIE CONNER
  • DENNIS SPENCER
  • JEFF BATTEN
  • MATT CRAIG
  • DJ SHAW
  • JIMMY DOYLE
  • JERICK JOHNSON
  • GARRETT HALL
  • WYATT ALEXANDER

PR: Berry 4th, Mayer 15th at MBS

Josh Berry drove his All Things Automotive Chevrolet to a fourth-place finish Saturday night at Myrtle Beach Speedway in the second CARS Response Energy Late Model Stock Car Series event of the season. Teammate Sam Mayer was 15th in his Menard’s/JR Motorsports Chevrolet.

Berry qualified 16th for the Late Model Stock Car part of the BakerDist.com 200 on the big half-mile oval—at which he won the Myrtle Beach 400 last year. During qualifying, a car pulled out right in front of him, and that cost him in the end. As Myrtle Beach is notoriously hard on tires, it wasn’t a huge problem, but did interfere with Berry’s race strategy.

That strategy consisted of saving as much of his tires as he could, and he rode in 20th spot until a competition caution 40 laps in. From there, he set off toward the front of the field and made it as high as fourth with 15 laps remaining before finishing there at the checkered flag.

Mayer qualified 22nd and employed the same tire-saving strategy as Berry. He climbed to 17th by the halfway point and started pushing to gain spots, but by then the tires on his Menards-backed JRM Chevrolet were somewhat the worse for wear. The final 50 laps were an exercise in perseverance for the 14-year-old Badger State driver, and he crossed the line 15th.

Lee Pulliam won the race over Ronald Hill, Justin Johnson, Berry and Bobby McCarty.

The JR Motorsports teams will next see action on April 7, when the CARS Response Energy Tour heads to Wake County Speedway near Raleigh.

Josh Berry, driver No. 88 All Things Automotive Chevrolet team

“We had a really good car in practice, but for some reason when we put on our race tires, we lost speed somewhere. The race got pretty strung out, and I felt like they were setting a pretty fast pace. We dropped back to around 20th saving the tires, but I’m not sure if we could’ve gave up a bit more track position in the beginning. Either way, I still feel like we were missing some speed from where we were in practice and that ended up being the difference. We were still able to work our way up to fourth which was solid. We will work hard and be ready for the next one. Thank you All Things Automotive and all our guys for the hard work this weekend.”

Sam Mayer, driver No. 9 Menards/JR Motorsports Chevrolet team

“The car kept getting better and better all weekend, and we had a really good piece for the race. We qualified worse than we wanted, but we came back to get a top-15 finish. Thanks to the entire JRM team for a good car all weekend!”

Pittman excited to race in front of CARS Tour audience

Article By: Josh Parrish/Photo By: The Auto Channel

Raleigh, NC – On April 7th the CARS Racing Tour will be invading the 1/4 mile bullring of Wake County Speedway alongside the Carolina Mini-Stock Challenge Series (CMSCS)

This event will mark the third race of the 2018 CMSCS race season. After the first two events of the season AJ Sanders leads the points standings followed by 2017 Champion Brandon Clements in 2nd and Shane Canipe in 3rd.

One racer who will be competing at WCS on April 14th is Joseph Pittman who is a former winner at “The County”. Pittman, from Lucama, NC has multiple starts at track and has picked up 1 win in the past in the track’s UCAR division. Pittman currently sits 14th in the CMSCS points after missing race #1 at Myrtle Beach Speedway.

The Solid Rock Carriers 123 is one of the biggest events to be held at WCS in the tracks long running history and the opportunity to run in front of such a large audience is a big deal to many of the drivers in the CMSCS. Pittman told Short Track Central, “I think it’s pretty cool for them to give us a chance to run with them and give some fans a chance to see some other types of cars. I have ran a few races in UCAR with the pro cup series before it switched to what it is now, but there is a huge difference in the fan base from then to now.”
We asked Pittman about who he feels will be the strongest competition in the event, “Clements has always been tough there and I’m sure some of the local guys will be tough as well.” Clements recorded more wins at WCS than any other driver in the Mini-Stock division at WCS in 2017 but fell just one spot short in the points standings to TJ Dillon.
Pittman is no stranger to Wake County Speedway and as mentioned earlier in the article, picked up a win at the speedway a couple seasons ago. He said he looks forward to competing once again at The bullring. “I managed to sneak in 1 UCAR win there a few years ago! So I’m looking forward to see how we can do with the changes that we have made for the series!

MASS Series to make CCS debut in 2018

Article by: Josh Parrish

On Friday (January 26th) Mid Atlantic Street Stock Series owner/promotor Ron Barfield announced via Facebook that the series would be visiting Carteret County Speedway (CCS) for the first time this season.

CCS hosts Street Stocks on a regular basis during weekly events at the speedway. The division is a fan favorite and has produced multiple winners and spectacular finishes in the track’s three year stent.

The MASS series event at CCS will be held September 15th along with other divisions that will be announced at a later date.

Carteret County Speedway started out as a kart track in 1982 and ran until 2000 before owner Bobby Watson rebuilt the facility into an asphalt oval. Carteret County Speedway opened as an asphalt track on September 6, 2015. Since then, Carteret County Speedway has become the action attraction for the Crystal Coast.

For more information about Carteret County Speedway, visit the track’s official website at www.carteretspeedway.com

PASS Series to invade Richmond in 2018

Officials from the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) and Richmond Raceway announced today a major addition to the 2018 motorsports calendar. The PASS Super Late Models will headline the inaugural PASS Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway on Saturday night, October 20. The PASS Super Late Models will compete in a 100-lap event on the famed three-quarter mile oval, along with a 75 lapper for the Late Model Stock cars, as well as feature events for Limited Late Models and Street Stocks. A practice day for all divisions is scheduled for Friday, October 19 that will see all cars attending go through a mandatory safety inspection. Additional practice, qualifying, and all features will take place on Saturday night, October 20, all ending under the lights of Richmond Raceway.

“Many have said that Richmond Raceway is the perfect short track for fans and racers…we agree and believe the Commonwealth Classic will be a bucket list event for short trackers for years to come,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry. “We’ve been working with Dennis [Bickmeier] and his staff at Richmond for the better part of the year to give short track racers and fans this new event and are glad that Super Late Model racers, along with Limiteds and Street Stocks, will have the chance to race at Richmond for the first time ever. We’re also glad that Late Model Stocks will be returning to Richmond and one of the first tracks that ever ran that division back in the early 1980s.”

“We look forward to bringing another weekend of racing to fans in Racing Virginia with the Pro All Stars Series,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “The inaugural PASS Commonwealth Classic will feature some of North America’s best Super Late Model drivers, and we are honored PASS selected Richmond Raceway as the site for its championship race weekend. It is going to be another great weekend of racing as the Action Track gets hot in October.”

The Commonwealth Classic at Richmond will be the penultimate race of the PASS National Championship Series. Now entering its 11th season, Super Late Model racing’s only true national championship will bring drivers together from all over North America to compete this Fall at Richmond Raceway.

“When you look at the great drivers that race in PASS North from New England and Canada like Ben Rowe, DJ Shaw, Travis Benjamin and others and the great PASS South drivers like Matt Craig, Tate Fogleman, Kodie Conner and those guys, this is the type of event that they will want to win and be a part of,” said Mayberry. “You take those competitors, along with all the other great Super Late Model drivers from the Midwest, West Coast and the Canadian Maritimes that we expect to compete…that’s gonna be one heck of a show come October.”

The Commonwealth Classic will consist of a 100 lap event for the PASS Super Late Models, paying $10,000 to win and $700 to start. Additionally, Late Model Stocks will return to Richmond Raceway for the first time in a number of years, competing in a 75 lap race, paying $7,000 to win and $700 to start. Both the Limited Late Models and Street Stocks will make their first ever starts at Richmond Raceway with the Limiteds racing for 50 laps and $4000 to win and the Street Stocks racing for 25 laps and $2000 to win.

The Commonwealth Classic weekend will begin on Friday, October 19 with rotating practice for all divisions from 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM. On Saturday, October 20, pit gates will open at 8 AM, with rotating practice from 10 AM – 12:30 PM, followed by qualifying at 3 PM, last chance races, and features for the PASS Super Late Models, Late Model Stocks, Limited Late Models, and Street Stocks set to begin at 4 PM.

To purchase tickets, entry forms, and for additional information on the Commonwealth Classic at Richmond, please go to ProAllStarsSeries.com orRichmondRaceway.com.

The 2018 PASS National Championship Super Late Model season will kick off the short track racing season on Saturday, February 24 with the 13th Annual South Carolina Clash 200 at Dillon Motor Speedway.

 

-PASS Press Release-

CARS Tour to host two LLM races in 2018

With the huge Mountain Dew “Do The Dew” 150, on March 10th, already set to kick off the 2018 CARS Late Model Stock Tour season, the kickoff event got even bigger with the addition of a major Limited Late Model (LLM) race as the supporting class. The race will be hosted and sanctioned by the CARS Tour, giving LLM teams and drivers a chance to see what the CARS Tour is all about.

The seventy-five lap race will pay a $13,100 in purse, with $2,500 going to the winner and $250 to start the feature event. With an effort to minimize cost and encourage teams to travel from all over the region, the race will be run on two new and two used tires. Teams will turn in two used F-45 tires to CARS Tour officials, which meet the minimum tread depth requirement, and purchase two new F-45 tires for the race. The two used tires will be distributed to teams via a lottery to ensure fairness to all teams in attendance.

CARS Tour officials will utilize the technical rules of the Southeast Limited Late Model Series for the event, while following CARS Tour race procedures of the pole winner starting first and green flag laps only counting toward the total race distance.  A small difference from CARS LMSC standard age of 14 to compete; the minimum age for the LLM race will be 12.

“This could really turn out to be a major event for us and anyone who is a fan of LMSC racing. We’ve put this race together to showcase LLM teams and to provide those teams an opportunity to see what the CARS Tour is all about,” explained Chris Ragle, CARS Tour Series Director. “It’s a real solid purse that keeps cost down and should encourage teams from outside the area to attend. There’s going to be some good racing the March 10th weekend and I encourage all fans to go ahead and make plans to be at this one. There’s probably not a track in the Carolinas that races as well Tri-County. I promise you’ll see a show.”

Another opportunity for LLM teams to compete with the CARS Tour as a support division will be on Friday, August 3rd at Hickory Motor Speedway in Hickory, NC. The event will be part of the CARS Throwback 276 weekend as the near capacity event expands to two days in 2018. This race will once again pay $2,500 to win and $250 to start, this time utilizing the LLM rules of Hickory Motor Speedway, as it will calculated as a points race for the Hickory Motor Speedway LLM division at the track. Two new tires and two used tires will be the formula for competition once again. Expanded details about this race will come at a later date.

Alfredo making jump to K&N Series

Anthony Alfredo announced today that he will be joining the reigning NASCAR K&N East Champions, MDM Motorsports for the 2018 season. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series, which includes the East and the West divisions, is the top step in NASCAR’s developmental ladder before drivers progress to the three-national NASCAR Series, the Camping World Truck Series, the Xfinity Series, and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. “MDM is a great team with proven success at the next level. I would like to thank them for allowing me to become a part of their team. I am grateful for this opportunity and plan to make the most of it.” said Alfredo.

Anthony Alfredo is an 18-year-old race driver from Connecticut who has emerged as one of the brightest prospects for future NASCAR Cup Series stardom. Anthony was selected to drive for Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s JR Motorsports (JRM) team in the Late Model division of the ultra-competitive CARS Tour in 2017, and finished a close second in the championship to his much more experienced teammate, Josh Berry. Anthony topped off the season by winning the Southeast Limited Last Model Pro Division, driving for Lee Faulk Racing and Development.

Alfredo is also driving under the Ranier Racing Development program with top NASCAR talent scout Lorin Ranier. Anthony will be teaming up with Crew Chief and former Goody’s Dash Series Champion Robert Huffman.  “For as little racing experience as he (Anthony) has, I think he has done a great job in his career thus far,” said Huffman. “I’m looking forward to working with him this year.  Finishing second in the CARS Tour Championship by just a few points to someone like Josh Berry shows he already has the ability to run with top competition.”

“I’m really excited about joining MDM Motorsports this year to race for the K&N East Championship.  I am looking forward to working with all of the great individuals that are a part of their team and cannot wait to get to New Smyrna Speedway for our first race on February 11, 2019.” said Alfredo.