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Matt Craig Dominates for PASS Victory at Southern National

LUCAMA, NC – Matt Craig took the lead from Matt Wallace on lap 28 of Saturday night’s 150 lap PASS South Super Late Model race and never looked back, as he scored his second Southern National win of the year in dominant fashion.

Craig, who has enjoyed plenty of success at Southern National with two wins in the Pro Late Model Series last year along with a PASS South win earlier this year, performed a sweep of the PASS South Series with his victory on Saturday.

“That’s really cool to sweep the season in PASS, both races,” Craig said after the race.  “The car has just been phenomenal.  We have a good setup under our piece right now and I think it was a good race.  I wish we had a few more cautions there, got strung and my car kept getting a little better and some other ones were fading.  It was a lot of fun.  I love this track a whole bunch and hope we come back here next year.”

Early in the race, Matt Wallace pulled away with a big lead, until the caution came out for rain, erasing Craig’s deficit to Wallace.  Craig, who had been saving tires, was able to get by and then pull away.  He would go on to survive a series of late race restarts to pick up the win, his fourth win of the season in PASS South competition.

“We were just letting off at the flagstand,” Craig explained.  “He was running a little hard and I’ve done it before.  It takes a while to learn your lesson about that.  With five to go, I wasn’t real worried.  My crew was giving me the lap times and we felt safe.”

Maine driver Dave Farrington finished the race in second while fellow northern driver Trevor Sanborn was third.  Rounding out the top-five were Jared Fryar and veteran Jay Fogleman.

Gary Ledbetter, Jr. dominated in the 50 lap Mid-Atlantic Street Stock feature race to score the victory in convincing fashion.  Much like Craig had to do in the Super Late Model race, Ledbetter survived a series of late race restarts and held on for the victory.

“You try to save as much tire as you can for cautions at the end if you have any,” Ledbetter said.  “We saved enough where it helped out and worked out for us.  I knew the car was good, but a restart worries you.  Bobby [Templeton] ran me clean.  He’s a good driver.  Still, you never know, five to go, sometimes people are hungrier than others.”

Tumbleton finished in second while Ricky Locklair, Jr. finished third, Sonny Schoffen was fourth and Jeff Melton finished fifth.

Southern National Motorsports Park resumes its regular season on Friday night, August 4th with the #StottStrong195 presented by Solid Rock Carriers out of LaGrange, North Carolina, headlined by twin Late Model Stock Car races.  Chargers, Mini Stocks, Legends, Bandoleros and Any Cars will also be in action in a memorial race for Ashley Stott, a longtime supporter of Southern National Motorsports Park.

For more information about Southern National Motorsports Park, check out SNMP’s website at www.snmpark.com“like” Southern National Motorsports Park on Facebook or “follow” @SNM_Park on Twitter.

Unofficial Results

PASS Super Late Model

1.    Matt Craig

2.    Dave Farrington

3.    Trevor Sanborn

4.    Jared Fryar

5.    Jay Fogleman

6.    Joe Graf, Jr.

7.    Kodie Conner

8.    Tate Foleman

9.    Sarah Cornett-Ching

10.  Matt Wallace

11.  Roy Hayes, III

12.  Eddie Fatscher

13.  Jody Measamer

14.  Will Bristle

MASS Street Stock

1.    Gary Ledbetter, Jr.

2.    Bobby Tumbleton, III

3.    Ricky Locklair, Jr.

4.    Sonny Schoffen

5.    Jeff Melton

6.    Gary Ledbetter, Sr.

7.    Kevin Ellis

8.    David Thomas

9.    Kevin Benton

10.  Wayne Locklair

11.  Greg Barnette

12.  Chuck Ison

13.  Wesley Scott

14.  Michael Worthington

15.  James Horner, Jr.

16.  Ron Flynn

17.  Kyle Lynch

18.  Ricky Locklair, Sr.

19.  Anthony Yarborough

20.  Larry Isenhower

Craig Dominates Southern National For 2nd Career PASS South Victory

#54 Matt Craig celebrates in victory lane at Southern National this past weekend after a dominating win. (Photo: PASS Series)

LUCAMA, NC) – Defending Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model champion, Matt Craig captured the lead from Spencer Davis on lap 16 and never looked back en route to his second career series win in the Dogwood 150 Saturday afternoon at Southern National Motorsports Park.  Following his win, Craig laid down a challenge amidst a furious chassis builder battle going on in the South’s oldest Super Late Model tour.“This was just an awesome car and I can’t thank my crew enough for all the hard work they put

“This was just an awesome car and I can’t thank my crew enough for all the hard work they put into it,” said Craig, driver of the C&C Boilers Sales & Service Chevrolet.  “Everybody thinks the Furys are the best, but they just got waxed by a brand new Hamke.  We struggled a bit at Dillon, but we’ve got it figured out.  He [Noles] got us on a restart, but I laid the hammer down off two and cruised from there.”In qualifying, Craig just missed out on the track record to claim his first career PASS quick qualifying time with a speed of 97.853 miles per hour.  Following the top 10 qualifiers redraw, Craig would start third, while Davis and Tanner Thorson moved to the front row.

In qualifying, Craig just missed out on the track record to claim his first career PASS quick qualifying time with a speed of 97.853 miles per hour.  Following the top 10 qualifiers redraw, Craig would start third, while Davis and Tanner Thorson moved to the front row.At the drop of the green flag, Davis jumped to the lead over Craig, while Thorson and Noles struggled in the outside groove.  The car on the move in the early going was PASS South points leader, Bradley McCaskill.  After starting 10

At the drop of the green flag, Davis jumped to the lead over Craig, while Thorson and Noles struggled in the outside groove.  The car on the move in the early going was PASS South points leader, Bradley McCaskill.  After starting 10th, McCaskill moved by Jeff Batten for fifth just five laps into the race.  On lap 16, Craig was able to make the move on a faltering Davis for the lead.  By lap 34, Davis would pull into the pits with distributor problems, losing many laps in the process.The first caution of the race would not wave until lap 97 when Dave Farrington, Jr. appeared to drop fluid on the track causing Batten and Preston Peltier to spin in turn one. Just five laps later, Batten’s day would come to an end after serious contact with JP Josiasse sent both cars hard into the outside

The first caution of the race would not wave until lap 97 when Dave Farrington, Jr. appeared to drop fluid on the track causing Batten and Preston Peltier to spin in turn one. Just five laps later, Batten’s day would come to an end after serious contact with JP Josiasse sent both cars hard into the outside wall in turn one.On the restart, Noles would take the lead from Craig entering turn one, but before the lap was complete, Craig had retaken the lead down the back straightaway.  At this time a furious battle was taking place between McCaskill, Thorson, and Sarah Cornett-Ching for fifth.  Cornett-Ching made an aggressive move around both drivers with 17 laps to go to take fifth, before McCaskill would spin from contention seven laps later.

On the restart, Noles would take the lead from Craig entering turn one, but before the lap was complete, Craig had retaken the lead down the back straightaway.  At this time a furious battle was taking place between McCaskill, Thorson, and Sarah Cornett-Ching for fifth.  Cornett-Ching made an aggressive move around both drivers with 17 laps to go to take fifth, before McCaskill would spin from contention seven laps later. Craig led the rest of the way to take the win over Peltier, Noles, Tate Fogleman, and Thorson.  Rounding out the top ten were Cornett-Ching, Kodie Conner, Tyler Church, Eddie Fatscher, and McCaskill.  With her sixth place finish, Cornett-Ching equals Tayla Orleans and Kenzie Ruston as the highest finishing female driver in PASS history.

Craig led the rest of the way to take the win over Peltier, Noles, Tate Fogleman, and Thorson.  Rounding out the top ten were Cornett-Ching, Kodie Conner, Tyler Church, Eddie Fatscher, and McCaskill.  With her sixth place finish, Cornett-Ching equals Tayla Orleans and Kenzie Ruston as the highest finishing female driver in PASS history.

Lee Pulliam survived a furious race, taking the lead when Tommy Lemons, Jr was sidelined with a mechanical problem late in the going, to take the win in the 150 lapper for the NASCAR Late Model Stocks.  Mason Diaz finished second, over Justin Johnson, Tyler Hughes, and Rusty Daniels.

The PASS National Championship Super Late Models will be in action again, along with the Southern Modified Racing Series Tour Modifieds, as part of the 10th Running of the Orange Blossom Special on Saturday night, March 25 at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, NC.  The PASS race winner will also receive a guaranteed starting spot for the $25,000 to win, 44th Annual Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway in August.  Entry forms are currently available at ProAllStarsSeries.com.  Be sure to “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @PASSSLM14.

 

PASS Super Late Model – Dogwood 150 – Unofficial Results

1.54 Matt Crag 150
2. 33 Preston Peltier 150
3. 2 Trevor Noles 150
4. 8 Tate Fogleman 150
5. 55 Tanner Thorson 150
6. 99  Sarah Cornett-Ching 150
7. 45  Kodie Conner 150
8. 7c  Tyler Church 150
9. 51  Eddie Fatscher 149
10. 118  Bradley McCaskill 148
11. 15  Roy Hayes, Jr. 147
12. 48  John Batten 146
13. 7  Dave Farrington, Jr. 145
14. 24  JP Josiasse 145
15. 29  Spencer Davis 117
16. 49  Jeff Batten 99
17. 10 Kyle Desouza 55
18. 55 – Kevin Floars DNS

LEMONS, CRAIG CAPTURE FIRST CAREER CARS TOUR WINS AT GREENVILLE

📸 Kyle Tretow / CARS Tour

In his best top fuel dragster impression, Matt Craig burned down the Hoosier tires on his No. 54 car after capturing his first career CARS Super Late Model Tour powered by VP Fuels win in the Leftturns and Sunburns 200 at Greenville Pickens Speedway on Saturday night (📸 Kyle Tretow / CARS Tour)

EASLEY, SC – Saturday night’s Leftturns and Sunburns 200 at Greenville- Pickens Speedway saw two drivers take home their first career wins in the CARS Tour. Tommy Lemons picked up his long-awaited breakthrough victory in the CARS Late Model Stock Tour, while Matt Craig cruised to victory in the super late model race.

 

SUPER LATE MODEL RECAP

The CARS Tour Super Late Model Tour powered by VP Fuels event was all about Matt Craig and the No. 54 C&C Boiler Chevrolet. After rolling out as the final car in qualifying, Craig snatched the Mahle Pistons Pole from Cole Timm and led the field to green with Timm to his outside.

Craig quickly shot out to the lead and began to control the pace of the event until the first caution of the evening flew on lap 19. Stephen Leicht lost control of his Jani-King Chevrolet while racing with Tate Fogleman on the backstretch and made hard contact, nose-first, with inside wall that ultimately ended his night.

Another caution on lap 31 for Jody Lavender’s stalled car in turn two set up a restart that would be the lone test for Craig on the night. Soon after the field resumed competition, Harrison Burton discovered a way around Craig on lap 38. The lead for Burton was short lived, however, as Craig motored past Burton nine laps later and began to pull away on lap 47.

Craig’s lead continuously grew over the final 53 laps. Cole Timm, Zane Smith, Brandon Setzer and Anthony Anders all surged forward late in the race as they attempted to chase down the No. 54, but their efforts fell short as the event went green to the finish and no one ever made a serious challenge to Craig’s dominance.

Craig cruised to victory with a 5.569 second margin of victory, the second-largest in CARS Super Late Model Tour history. Timm, Anders and Smith were the next trio to the stripe, while point leader Raphael Lessard rounded out the top five finishers.

“That thing was amazing. I can’t thank everyone who’s helped me enough, especially my dad for all the time he’s spent at the racetrack. I can’t thank Shawn and Jason enough and I really need to thank Clay Rogers and Gary Crooks,” Craig commented in Edelbrock Victory Lane. “There’s no way I’d be where I am today without their help, just how to drive them. When I first started driving these things, I didn’t like them at all and I was ready to go back to a heavy car like ARCA or ProCup used to run. They taught me how to drive them and with a little bit of luck, I’m just happy to be here.

“When I was behind Harrison, I was just playing with him. I wasn’t even pushing it. I was probably running 10%,” he continued when asked about how hard he was using up his equipment. “Every now and then, I’d gas up and point inside of him a little bit to let him know what’s going on, but then I was riding and I was getting kinda bored. So I just hammered down coming off of four and passed him, it was a great race.

“I had a few prayers in the last ten laps. I was leading a race like that a few weeks ago and a caution came out. That’s your worst nightmare. But this is a great thing to go on the resume, there are a ton of great guys here to race against and it really means a lot, it’s really special to me.”

 

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📸 Kyle Tretow / CARS Tour

LATE MODEL STOCK

For the eighth time in his 15-race CARS Tour career, Deac McCaskill led the field to green and led the opening third of the race until Chad McCumbee took his turn at the point beginning on lap 30.

A couple of late-race crashes, the worst of which eliminated Craig Stallard, Justin Carroll and Robert Tyler from the event, set up a series of restarts that ultimately played a pivotal role in the outcome of the 100-lap race.

The final caution of the night for Will Burns’ wrecked car on the back straightaway put the No. 27 of Tommy Lemons to the outside race leader Chad McCumbee. When the green flag fell, it was an all-out dash to turn one, and ultimately the finish, with Lemons prevailing from the outside lane off of turn two on lap 92.

Lemons stretched his lead over the final eight laps to claim his first career CARS Late Model Stock Tour win in 15 career starts with McCumbee also finishing a career-best second. Dylan Hall brought home a third place finish in his debut with the tour, while  Josh Berry and rookie Chase Purdy rounded out the top five.

“This is a big win right here,” said Lemons in Edelbrock Victory Lane. “This is a brand new car and it’s only been run in the CARS Tour this year. We’ve been really fast with it in the race and have been struggling in qualifying and we finally got it figured out. It’s just bad to the bone right now.

“I learned a little bit on the outside on those restarts late in the race with worn out tires,” he continued when asked about the pass for the lead. “I just wanted it. We kinda gave one away at Tri-County two weeks ago and I just felt like we had to go get it today. This doesn’t really change what we come to the racetrack for. We come for trophies and as long as we get those, we’ll be there at the end for the championship.”

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES OF INTEREST:

  • Deac McCaskill’s Hedgecock Pole Award average is unheard of in modern motorsports. In 15 CARS Tour events, he has laid claim to the top starting spot eight times. Not only have the accomplishments been worth over $2000 in bonus money, but his pole-start average, to liken it to baseball, is .533. His overall winning average, however, is .133 after winning twice in his career, both coming at Southern National Motorsports Park.
  • Greenville-Pickens is known for its history within short track racing and launching careers of the sport’s pioneers and legends. On Saturday, the CARS Tour wrote its own chapter of Greenville history with numerous drivers capturing their career best finishes in the event. Two super late model drivers captured their career best finishes (Craig, Anders), while no fewer than six late model stock drivers could make the same claim (Lemons, McCumbee, Hall, Purdy, J. Burns, Howard), all finishing inside the top ten.
  • Chase Purdy was a nominee for “heartbreak of the race” in the late model stock car feature. While running third, Purdy suffered a flat tire during the lap 78 accident that forced him to come to pit road to change it. In the final 22 laps, Purdy knocked off eleven cars, clawing his way to a final finish of 5th.
  • By unofficial calculations, the championship battles are quickly heating up as the CARS Tour crosses the halfway point on the season. On the late model stock side, it’s a three-way battle between McCaskill, Berry and Lemons, all of whom are unofficially separated by nine points entering race six. On the super late model side, Lessard leads Setzer, Houff and Timm with a collective separation of only 11 markers.
  • In the spirit of hard-nosed, heated-temper short track racing, the CARS Tour leads the way in intensity-driven moments that have kept fans talking and has led to brewing rivalries. After 15 events in series history, the HANS toss tally has already climbed to three. Last season, Rich Gould started the trend after chucking his safety device at Clay Jones during an event at Orange County Speedway, while this season Justin Crider and Will Burns have both launched their own projectiles at fellow competitors. On Saturday, Burns’ wrath was directed at Crider after the two got crossed up late in the going at Greenville, ending with Burns’ car in the inside wall. All device-throwing incidents occurred either with safety personnel on-site of the accident or under red flag conditions.

 

THE FINISHES:

CARS Late Model Stock Tour
Leftturns & Sunburns 200
Greenville Pickens Speedway – June 25, 2016
POS NUM DRIVER LAPS REASON OUT
1. 27 Tommy Lemons, Jr. 100
2. 95 Chad McCumbee 100
3. 4 Dylan Hall 100
4. 88B Josh Berry 100
5. 41 Chase Purdy 100
6. 08 Deac McCaskill 100
7. 12 Austin McDaniel 100
8. 5 Jeremy Burns 100
9. 16 Colby Howard 100
10. 1 Christian Eckes 100
11. 88 Chris Davis 100
12. 98 Stefan Parsons 100
13. 7 Justin Crider 100
14. 31 Thomas Beane 100
15. 28 Chris Hudspeth 100
16. 74 Ronald Hill 74
17. 82 Will Burns 91 Accident
18. 42 Craig Stallard 78 Accident
19. 57 Justin Carroll 78 Accident
20. 88T Robert Tyler 78 Accident
21. 07 Hayden Humphrey 0 DNQ

 

 

CARS Super Late Model Tour powered by VP Fuels
Leftturns & Sunburns 200
Greenville Pickens Speedway – June 25, 2016
POS NUM DRIVER LAPS REASON OUT
1. 54 Matt Craig 100
2. 57 Cole Timm 100
3. 97 Anthony Anders 100
4. 77 Zane Smith 100
5. 99 Raphael Lessard 100
6. 6 Brandon Setzer 100
7. 17 Quin Houff 100
8. 12 Harrison Burton 100
9. 31 Kyle Grissom 100
10. 56 Gus Dean 100
11. 58 Tyler Ankrum 100
12. 16 Lucas Jones 99
13. 7 Jody Lavender 99
14. 8 Tate Fogleman 49 Mechanical
15. 25 Stephen Leicht 19 Accident