Posted: Friday, February 28th 2014 at 8:00am
PASS opener set for Saturday at Greenville-Pickens Speedway
CHARLOTTE, NC – The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) looks to embark on one of its biggest seasons yet as the series season opener approaches on March 1 at the historic Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Easley, SC.
The PASS National Championship Series will take center stage as the PASS South Super Late Models will be featured in the Fox Carolina 150. A strong field of PASS Pro Late Models will make their first ever trip to Greenville for 50 laps of short track excitement. And, if that was not enough, the strong weekend of racing will also include the first of three companion events with PASS for the Southeast Super Trucks.
Greenville-Pickens Speedway first began hosting stock car races in 1946 after a time in which it operated as a horse racing facility. Man-made horsepower has been the name of the game at GPS for nearly 70 years now. A track made famous by the names of former track champions that now line its walls. Names like Pearson, Earnhardt, Lindley, and Porter just to name a few.
The Fox Carolina 150 will mark a return to the historic half-mile speedway for the PASS Super Late Models for the first time since 2010. Ironically, the first PASS National Championship Series race of 2014 takes place at the same track where the first champion was crowned. Cassius Clark of Farmington, ME held off North Carolina’s John Stancill to become the first ever PASS National Champion in 2008. That came on the heels of Clark winning at GPS in the 2007 Howler 150 when the PASS South Super Late Models first debuted at the speedway. Clark will be back this year at the Fox Carolina 150 to make his first run at the title in a several years.
Alex Haase swept both races at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in 2008 en route to the PASS South Super Late Model championship that year. In 2009, Jay Fogleman outlasted Brian Ickler and Alex Fleming to win the Firecracker 125 in what many have heralded as one of the greatest PASS South races of all time. Fogleman followed his win in July of that year up with a runner-up finish to 6-time PASS North Champion Johnny Clark in the Howler 150 at GPS. Although racing only a limited schedule in 2014 as he pursues a third straight PASS National Championship, Fogleman will no doubt be among the favorites for victory in the Fox Carolina 150.
PASS last visited Greenville-Pickens Speedway in 2010 when Ryan Blaney took his second win of that season in the Firecracker 125. In 2014, the PASS South Super Late Models return for two big events which include the Fox Carolina 150 on March 1 and the 9th annual Firecracker 125 on July 3. The PASS Pro Late Models and Southeast Super Trucks will also be in competition on both dates.
Among those pre-entered for the Fox Carolina 150 are two-time PASS South winner in 2013, Tyler Church, third generation racers Jared Irvan and Tate Fogleman, veterans Brandon Ward and John Batten, and rookie contender Matt Daley.
Action gets under way on today at Greenville-Pickens Speedway with practice for all divisions from 2-6 PM. On Saturday, March 1, pit gates will open at 10 AM for the Fox Carolina 150, with practice from Noon - 3 PM. Qualifying will begin at 4 PM and racing will start at 6 PM, featuring 150 laps for the PASS Super Late Models, 50 laps for the PASS Pro Late Models and 75 laps for the Southeast Super Trucks.
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