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PASS Mega-Meltdown Qualifiers to be hosted at SNMP

Although the Pro All Stars Series season is not quite halfway complete, drivers and series officials are already looking towards one of the biggest and newest events of the year, the Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300 at Hickory Motor Speedway in November.

In advance of the MegaMeltdown, PASS and Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C., announced that two events coming up in the month of July will serve as qualifiers for the MegaMeltdown.

As part of the agreement, the winner of the upcoming pro late model race at Southern National Motorsports Park on Saturday, July 8 will be awarded a guaranteed starting spot in the prestigious race.

Then, the following weekend on Saturday, July 15, the top three finishers of the 150-lap PASS South super late model event there will also receive guaranteed starting spots in the Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300.

The only stipulation is that teams receiving these guaranteed spots must have their entries and entry fees submitted by Aug. 1.

Drivers from the Southern National events will join the top-two finishers of the Neal Newberry 125 at Wenatchee Valley Super Oval in Washington state on Sept. 23 as guaranteed starters during the Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300.

“PASS has had a long history at Southern National dating back to the series inaugural season in 2006,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry. “Mike [Diaz] and the folks at Southern National have been great supporters of PASS and the MegaMeltdown at Hickory.  We expect this race to attract a lot of cars and these guaranteed spots at Southern National could be pivotal to a driver making the MegaMeltdown or not.”

The Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300 will be held Nov. 18 at Hickory Motor Speedway, paying $15,000 to the winner and $1,000 to start.

With lap leader bonus money added in, the winner could take home more than $20,000.

CREDIT: Pro All Stars Series

Wilson eyeing first win of 2017 at “The County”

(Raleigh,NC)

Dylon Wilson is one driver who knows his way around Wake County Speedway, also known as “America’s Favorite Bullring” and has shown speed all season but still without a win in 2017. Wilson won the Metal Depot 100 “Big Money” Late Model race back in 2014 where he had to out run current points leader Clay Jones along with Bradley McCaskill and Randy Renfrow. So far this season, Wilson has recorded top 5 finishes in every event with two of those being runner-ups. He currently sits 3rd place in the standings behind Alex Fleming (2nd) and Clay Jones (1st).

“We’ve not had a chance to run much the last couple of years, honestly I’ve only been running late models/limiteds since 2013, and have only ran 2 full seasons since then, we won 3 times in 2014 including the 100 lapped at Wake County, (which is when I fell in love with the track).”

Since 2014 Wilson has only competed in about 12 race due to starting his new business (One Designs Wraps) along with building a house.

“Now that we’ve finally got our stuff back together we decided to avoid spending thousands of dollars on tires and testing every week at other tracks and come to wake County and buy just 2 tires and have a blast on a .25 mile bull ring. So with that being said, I feel like we’ve started off solid, we tried to come in with no expectations but with a worst finish of 4th through 5 races our expectations has went up dramatically. We are getting better every week, from practice to qualifying to the race we find a extra tenth it seems about every week, so this is the most confidence I’ve had in our program in a while.”

Wilson also talked about the racing this year and how the 1/4 mile bullring always produces non-stop action.

“The racing this year is great. On paper you might think it doesn’t seem great, averaging like 10 cars and Clay Jones has won all but one. What you don’t see on paper is how many passes is made, and the quality of racing, as a race fan I’ll take racing with guys like Clay Jones, Alex Fleming, and Cory Walker even if there is a total of 10 cars every week over a field of 18 somewhere else where there is only 2 cars with a legit chance to win. It just seems at wake, every week there is AT LEAST 5 cars that can win, so if you win there you are getting it done, especially with only 60 laps to do it.”
Late Models will be back in Action this Friday June 20th in the Kids Ride Along Night which will also feature racing from all of the regular divisions at WCS.
For more info about this weekend’s event visit: http://www.wcspeedway.com

FCS to close after issues with Property Owner

Franklin County Speedway posted on Facebook the following statement:

​”I’m not sure how to start this out or how to even begin to explain how disappointed we are to announce this but at this time all races at Franklin County Speedway have been canceled for the rest of the season. 

Unfortunately the one thing we all knew was possible to kill things off happened. Whitey Taylor has stepped in to make sure we don’t continue as in his words “he wasn’t making enough money and we were making too much” even though we have lived up to every obligation we had with him. We first encountered an issue the Thursday after the Night of Destruction event after having one of the largest crowds in the tracks last three decades. Apparently according to family members of Taylor this was enough to make him angry and demand that we not run anymore races there. 

We worked last week to settle the issue and thought things could continue on as planned. Unfortunately Taylor had other plans. As we received a message from one of the race car owners that he heard Taylor was taking over. After our previous issues were resolved we wanted to make sure everything was good to go and texted him as such. He said we “could work for him” and he was going to “make a million dollars just like he did in 1986″. 

Legal recourse wouldn’t be worth the time and effort as our contract expires in November anyways. With that said we are disappointed for all the fans, racers and staff. We would love to continue on with you but it’s just not feasible at this time. 

I’m not going to cry foul. At the end of the day when you play with rattlesnakes and you know what they do, then you can’t cry when you get bit. You chalk it up to another lesson learned and hopefully going forward we won’t be so stupid as to play with a rattlesnake known for his venomous bite. 

Myself and my wife Kimberly want to thank everyone who was involved with the track from the day to day chores to the staff on race days to the fans and the racers and pit crew members. We can’t thank you guys enough for everything you’ve done and your support every moment we were there at the track. 

Before closing I do want to address the fact that Mr. Taylor has corresponded with drivers that we up and left and he didn’t even know it. I don’t think we need to explain ourselves but I’m sure the screenshot of the text from him last Thursday when this process began will serve as evidence to who’s telling the truth and who isn’t. Not that you guys don’t know who Mr. Taylor is already.  He will also try to sing you a song about non-payment but you should ask yourself since he said that last time and let us come back if there’s anyway that could be true. 

Correspondence on our part continued with him via phone and then text again. We have nothing to hide and love the race track more than probably anyone else. We hate that you guys are caught in the middle of this and hope that somehow someway Mr. Taylor will see the error in his ways and make this right with us so we can complete the 2017 season. 

We will be making an announcement in the coming days of plans to try and finish the season at an alternate venue for all the racers and fans. This isn’t our first rodeo with having problems with Mr. Taylor and we plan to do everything within our power to live up to what we have promised every racer and fan. 

Thanks,

Langley Austin”

Based on comments from racers and fans, they will be boycotting any future races hosted by Whitley.

Repko set for ARCA Debut

-MMM Press Release-

Statesville, North Carolina – 17-Year-old short track standout Ryan Repko will make his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut in the Montgomery Ward 200 at the Madison International Speedway on June 23rd. Repko will be behind the wheel of the No. 78 Champion Power Equipment/Cometic Gaskets Chevrolet for Mason Mitchell Motorsports.

“This is going to be a huge step up,” an excited Repko stated.” If you compare it to stick and ball sports, I’m basically making the transition from college to pro. It’ll be a great experience for me and I have confidence in my MMM crew going into it.

“I originally started racing in Late Models at Motor Mile and Motor Mile resembles Madison quite a bit so we’re hoping my experience there will transition over to Madison. There will be a few challenges going into this. The two most obvious will be the horsepower and the size of the car, but I think the biggest thing will be running on a radial tire. I’ve never driven on a radial tire in my career. I know that my MMM crew led by Kevin Reed will get me up to speed quickly. These guys produce quality cars.”

Repko just captured his first CARS Late Model Tour Stock Car pole at the Anderson Motor Speedway last weekend and earned a sixth-place finish.

“I’ve had my eye on Repko for quite some time now,” Owner Mason Mitchell stated. “He knows how to take care of his equipment and manage his stuff until the end of a race. We’ve always raced well at Madison so I am confident we will have a great weekend.”

2015 was Repko’s first season racing in late models at Motor Mile, South Boston and Hickory. He picked up one win during his rookie season and was awarded Motor Mile Speedway’s rookie of the year in limited late models. 2016 was Repko’s first appearance at the Martinsville ValleyStar 300 where he qualified third overall and finished ninth in the feature race. He is currently a high school Junior at North Lincoln High School and enrolled in the academic honors program.

MMM has two prior starts at Madison. Last season the team earned a runner-up finish with Kyle Weatherman behind the wheel. In two starts the teams led 163 out of 400 laps.

The Montgomery Ward 200 will be live on MAVTV Friday, June 19th at 9:00 pm ET. Arcaracing.com will have live timing and scoring for all on-track activities throughout the day.

Jones doubles down at Wake County

(Raleigh, NC) Goldsboro native Clay Jones had to start the first 30 Lap feature of the night from the 4th position after struggling in qualifying with an ill handling car. The late models would be the first division of the night to race which did not give the team a lot of time to adjust on the car. Zachary Marks would lead the field to the green flag alongside Alex Fleming who qualified 2nd followed by Dylon Wilson in 3rd.

Marks would continue to lead until problems occurred on his #17 machine which resulted in him finishing 9th in the first twin race of the night. This would result in Alex Fleming taking over the lead. As the race continued Jones managed to work his way around Wilson and Fleming to take home the first Twin 30 race of the night.

After the race, officials determined that there would be a 5 car invert for the second race.

This resulted in Cory Walker starting on the point alongside Stephen Ford starting in 2nd. Walker would stay out front for the first handful of laps until he came under pressure from Fleming. The field continued to be shuffled around after a contact filled race. Jones reeled in Fleming towards the end of the race and make a late race pass around him. Jones would go on to win his 4th race of the season and extend his points lead over Alex Fleming and Dylon Wilson. Wake County will be back in action June 23rd.

Race #1 Results

  1. Clay Jones
  2. Dylon Wilson
  3. Alex Fleming
  4. Stephen Ford
  5. Cory Walker
  6. Kevin Jefferys
  7. Sammy Pacitti
  8. Bobby Morris
  9. Zachary Marks

Race #2 Results

  1. Clay Jones
  2. Alex Fleming
  3. Dylon Wilson
  4. Sammy Pacitti
  5. Cory Walker
  6. Stephen Ford
  7. Kevin Jefferys
  8. Zachary Marks
  9. Bobby Morris

602 Mods set to Visit Ace in 2017

The all new 602 Tour Modified Series which formed the year will visit yet another new track in the 2017 Season. The series will be visiting Ace Speedway (Altamahaw, NC) which has recently changed ownership and now in the hands of Jason Turner. The series will visited the 4/10 mile oval on September 1st. The track hosted it’s first race of the season back on May 19th and saw great success with great car counts along with a larger than expected fan attendance. The track always produces great racing action and I wouldn’t expect ant different on the night of September 1st.

The Series as of now will include 4 races…

Wake County Speedway – Friday, July 28th

Ace Speedway – Friday, Sept. 1st

Carteret Co. Speedway – Sat, October 28th

Franklin Co. Speedway – Sun, Nov. 12th

The races at Carteret and Franklin County will also include the 602 Limited Series which is currently led by Robbie Brewer (99 pts.) and Rock Harris (94 pts.) both of which having wins so far in the 2017 season.

For more Details visit 602Tour.com or FB.com/OfficialAceSpeedway

Burbage wins in Dominating fashion at ECMS

Article By: Josh Parrish

(Robersonville, NC) Thomas Burbage out of Washington, NC sat on the pole for the 4th time in the 2017 Race Season with a time of 15.165 at East Carolina Motor Speedway (ECMS) located in Robersonville, NC. Tyler Matthews clocked in 2nd with a time of 15.275 followed by Wesley Johnson in 3rd with a 15.326.

The 50 Lap feature produced great racing throughout the field by at the front it was the Thomas Burbage show. In the early stages of the race Burbage has to fend off challenges from Tyler Matthews, but at around lap 8 suspension problems plagued the #63 of Matthews causing him to stop on the backstretch and bring out the first yellow of the race. Matthews would go on to lose 2 laps after repairs.

After the race was back underway Burbage would pull away from Wesley Johnson and Jeff Shifflet. Tyler Matthews had motor issues after getting back on track after his early incident which ultimately resulted in a last place finish. The race would continue to run green until Lap 30 when the #33 of Ryan Haddock spun through the grass off turn 4.

The field was reset with just 20 laps to go, and from there Burbage would leave the field in dominating fashion while there was tons of hard racing behind him. Burbage would go on to claim his 2nd win of the season by leading all 50 laps of the event.

 

Late Model Results:

1. Thomas Burbage #9

2. Wesley Johnson #12

3. Jeff Shifflet #01

4. Louis White #7

5. Kenneth Mercer #25

6. Ryan Haddock #33

7. Chris Burns #19

8. Tyler Matthews #63