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Event Preview – RGS Products 125 at Caraway Speedway

Modified’s on the front stretch at Caraway Speedway. (Photo: NASCAR Hometracks)

The RGS Products 125 this Sunday at Caraway Speedway will officially kick off the 2018 season for the Southern Modified Racing Series, 602 Tour Super Limiteds and 602 Modifieds.  The race will also feature a Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model feature as well as the local Caraway Speedway Limited Late Models for what will be one of the biggest tickets of the 2018 season at any track.


Clifton Ready to Tour

Michael Clifton’s name isn’t new to Southern Modified racing fans but his name will roll off the tongue of Southern Modified Racing Series fans for the first time as part of the tour in 2018.  Clifton has been racing Modifieds since 1990 at Bowman Gray Stadium with appearances on the now-defunct NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified tour and SMART (SMRT) Modified tours over the years but this season he’ll embark on his first foray into the Southern Modified Racing Series.

Clifton isn’t coming in looking to log laps either, he’s looking to win races and be competitive with the best that the Southern Modified Racing Series has to offer.  Clifton has 21 wins in Modifieds at Bowman Gray Stadium and he has a lone win at Caraway Speedway on the SMART Modified tour in 2004. Entering his 31st year of Modified racing, Clifton isn’t looking to fill any fields.

“We’re going to give it a shot this year,” Clifton stated.  “I’ve always ran good in the past and we’ve got as good of equipment as anyone. We’ll be in contention but we might get off to a slower start than we want but we’ll be in contention.”

One reason Clifton is running the Southern Modified Racing Series this season is the opportunity to be freed up on the weekends more than when he was full time at Bowman Gray.

“Honestly, we didn’t want to tie up our whole summer at the stadium.  Running the tour frees up our summer. We don’t have to race every week.  If we want to go out on a boat or go camping or whatever, we can do that and not have to worry about missing a race.  They have a good schedule and it’s spread out and gives us our summer back.”

Clifton is also excited about the tire change the tour will have this year moving to a harder compound tire to help save teams money and give them something they race more on.

“We ran these tires at Martinsville in 2005 I believe,” commented Clifton.  “They’re a real good tire.  My only concern will be the softer compound on the left rear and burning it off but I think we’ll be ok.”


Double Duty

Kodie Conner will be a busy young man this coming weekend as he attempts to do double duty.  Conner will compete in the Kodie Conner Racing #45 Super Late Model in the PASS South race and will also run the #78 for Hillbilly Racing in the Southern Modified Racing Series feature.  Conner is no stranger to either car as he competes regularly in the Super Late Model and has a few starts in the Modified.


Super Late Model Debut

Fletcher Whaley, who competes part-time in the 602 Tour Super Limiteds and at Bowman Gray Stadium, will make his Super Late Model debut in the PASS South feature.  Whaley will be driving a car for Rudy Roberts.  The car will be setup by Jay Hedgecock and they hope to have a strong performance right out of the gate this weekend.


602 Modifieds Take Flight

After a couple of exhibition races last year for the 602 Modifieds the series is ready to take flight this season.  The brainchild of former 602 Tour owner David Sell, the 602 Tour Modifieds is expected to grow significantly over the years as an introductory series for those wanting to compete in Modifieds but they’re not quite ready for a full-blown tour car.  Brian Loftin, Cody Norman, Dean Lowder and Brad Robbins are among the drivers expected to compete this weekend.


Pole Money

Precision Built Spindles and New Day Motorsports have posted $900 in Pole Award money for this weekends festivities at Caraway Speedway.  $500 of that money goes to the pole winner in the Southern Modified Racing Series with $300 to the fastest Super Late Model in PASS South qualifying.  $50 each will go to the 602 Tour’s fastest qualifiers in both the Super Limiteds and the Modifieds.


Like a Rock

Veteran Late Model Stock Car driver Rock Harris won the championship last year in the 602 Tour Super Limiteds and this year he’s going to be gunning for his second straight title.  Harris will be looking to fend off younger challengers for the championship trophy as well as chasing wins.  His son Austin Harris will be one of those younger challengers and he’s coming fresh off a victory in the Charger division at Caraway Speedway two weeks ago.


Brothers Compete

When the green flag drops on the 602 Tour Super Limiteds two brothers will be looking to see who can outrun who.  Ryan Robertson, who over the years has competed in the UARA-STARS Series and has won Sportsman races at Bowman Gray Stadium will be looking to keep his younger brother Chase Robertson behind him as they both compete in the Super Limited series.


Super Ticket

With four touring series and the feature division for Caraway Speedway, the ticket for this Sunday’s RGS Products 125 is an exceptional value at $20 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12 and five and under free.  Where else could you see the PASS South, Southern Modified Racing Series, 602 Tour Super Limiteds and Modifieds and the local contingent of Limited Late Models in one race for just $20?


For more information on Caraway Speedway, visit their newly redesigned website at www.CarawaySpeedway.com or visit them on Facebook at @caraway.speedway. You can also call the track office at 336.629.5803

PASS Events At Southern National Cancelled Due To Rainy Forecast; Will Not Be Rescheduled

PASS South LogoCHARLOTTE, NC (September 23) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced late Wednesday that this weekend’s events for the PASS South Super Late Models and PASS Pro Late Models at Southern National Motorsports Park have been cancelled due to weather.  Officials have been monitoring the forecasts for several days and it has continued to deteriorate, with a high probability of heavy rains in excess of 3 inches forecasted for eastern North Carolina.  The events scheduled for this weekend at Southern National Motorsports Park will not be rescheduled.

“In the best interest of our teams and with several different weather outlets predicting heavy rains this weekend, we felt like it was best to go ahead and cancel the events scheduled for Southern National,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry.  “Hopefully, this will allow our teams to cancel hotel reservations and will also give them the opportunity to race elsewhere if they so choose.”

The next PASS South Super Late Model event will be the “Bash At The Beach II” at Myrtle Beach Speedway on Saturday, October 10th.  Entry forms for Myrtle Beach Speedway are currently posted at ProAllStarsSeries.com.

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Justin Gill Hopes for Success in Hometown Race at Southern National

Justin GillLUCAMA, NC – Justin Gill has had a lot of success at Southern National Motorsports Park in his racing career and he hopes to have even more in next Saturday night’s Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model event.

The 25-year-old from Wilson, North Carolina won the track championship at Southern National in the Mini-Stock division in 2013, scoring four wins that season. He made the move up to the PASS South Super Late Model Series in 2014, making his debut in the season finale which was held at Southern National. Now, he’s coming back to Southern National to make his third career Super Late Model start – fresh off an 11th place finish in a series race at Caraway Speedway in July.

“I think we’ll be good,” Gill said. “It would be stupid not to believe we couldn’t win. We’re facing a lot of good cars. It would mean the world to me. We strived for a top-10 at Caraway and finished 11th. We’d love to go there, lead every lap, start on pole. If we can get a good top-five, that’s what we’re concerned about being only our third race with this series. It’s tough competition. If we can get a top-five, I’ll be tickled to death.”

Gill was born and raised in Wilson, North Carolina and has raced at Southern National Motorsports Park since he was 15. His hometown roots give him extra motivation to run well in the 150 lap race, but also motivating him is the presence of his friends and family who will be in attendance on September 26th.

“I’ve never been more focused going to a race in my life,” Gill explained. “I have a bunch of family coming from out of town. It’s really nice when you have a racing family you can grow with. It means a deal to me. We race all over so they don’t have an opportunity to watch me so it’s a perfect chance to get a hometown crowd out there.”

If Gill does meet his strong expectations for the race, he says he will have crew chief Chris Haggans to thank for that.

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NASCAR Whelen All American Late Models will also be in action in twin 75-lap races

6. PASS SLM SOBOSOUTH BOSTON, VA. – The second and final appearance of the season for the Super Late Models of the Pro All Star Series (PASS) will be held Saturday night and discounted tickets remain on sale for the event.

The green flag will wave for the start of the PASS Super Late Model 150 racing program at 7 p.m.Saturday. The night of racing action will also feature a pair of 75-lap battles for the competitors in the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division.

Advance tickets for the PASS Super Late Model 150 race program are currently on sale at the South Boston Speedway office and are priced at just $10. Advance tickets can be purchased until 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 14.

Adult general admission on race day will be $15. Children, ages six and under, will be admitted free with a paid adult.

Kaz Grala, who was motoring a Kyle Busch Motorsports ride, posted his first-ever PASS Super Late Model victory in June when the series made its first stop of the campaign at the historic four-tenths mile asphalt oval. That win was also the first ever for Grala at America’s Hometown Track.

Clay Rogers, who was piloting a Coulter Motorsports machine, finished second, while Zane Smith was third. Jared Fryar, who led twice in the race and was leading before Grala made his final move to the front, finished in the fourth position, while Brandon Ward rounded out the top five drivers in the field.

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PASS Super Late Models to make 2nd appearance of 2015 campaign at SoBo on Saturday, Aug. 15

IMG_3522SOUTH BOSTON, VA. – The Super Late Models of the Pro All Star Series (PASS) will make their second appearance of the 2015 season at South Boston Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 15.

The PASS Super Late Model 150 racing program will get cranked up at 7 p.m. on Aug. 15 and will also feature twin 75-lap races for the drivers in the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division.

When the PASS Super Late Models made their first appearance at America’s Hometown Track in June, Kaz Grala scored his first ever victory in the series and his first win ever at South Boston Speedway.

Grala, driving a Kyle Busch Motorsports entry, swiped the lead from pole sitter Jared Fryar on lap 118 and went on to lead the rest of the way in the 150-lap battle on the historic four-tenths mile asphalt oval.

Clay Rogers, who was piloting a Coulter Motorsports machine, finished second, while Zane Smith was third. Fryar faded late in the race and finished in the fourth position, while Brandon Ward rounded out the top five drivers in the field.

Grala led twice in the race for 130 laps, and Fryar paced the field two times for a total of 20 laps.

The battle for the 2015 NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division championship between former South Boston Speedway champions Matt Bowling and Lee Pulliam will resume on Saturday, Aug. 15.

Bowling, a two-time winner in 2015, continues to own the top spot in the point standings; however, his lead has dwindled somewhat following Pulliam’s sweep of twin racing action on Saturday, Aug. 1.

Pulliam, a two-time NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion, has now motored to Victory Lane seven times at America’s Hometown Track in the 2015 campaign.

Pit gates will open on Saturday, Aug. 15 at noon and practice for all divisions will be held from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Grandstand gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and qualifying time trials will get underway at 4:45 p.m. A Fan Appreciation Session will be held trackside before the night of racing begins. It is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. and continue until 6:45 p.m.

Advance tickets for the PASS Super Late Model 150 race program are currently on sale at the South Boston Speedway office and are priced at just $10. Advance tickets can be purchased until 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 14.

Adult general admission on race day will be $15. Children, ages six and under, will be admitted free with a paid adult.

For more information, visit the track’s website at www.southbostonspeedway.com or phone the track at (434) 572-4947 or toll free at 1-877-440-1540.

The Weekly Racer Announces 2015 Touring Series Schedule (Pt. 1)

2015 Touring Season Edit1Newport News, VA – 2014 was a big year for us in the office of The Weekly Racer, had a lot of things thrown at us, a lot of set back and hard times but plenty of ups as well. Spent the whole year learning and meeting a ton of new people who have really helped us grow and expand our efforts. One of the most difficult adventures for us last year was this very series. On the flip side to that it was one of the most exciting series. This series took me to tracks I have never been to before, I have gotten to see weekly racing series that I have never witnessed before, met drivers who could easily make it to one of the top tiers of NASCAR.

For the second season we have decided to compile 10 races that we feel are going to be some of the best and most interesting races of the season. Some races were carefully selected to help broaden our horizons, visiting tracks or series we have never been to before, others were picked because we know they will be ones for the record books. Bellow we have posted the first five races in the ten race series, placed in order by the date of the race, and with a little bit of info on why we picked this race. I want to know your opinion as well Make sure you leave a comment bellow if you will be at the race, how you think it will turn out, or just your thoughts on our pick.

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Cole Timm Captures First PASS South Super Late Model Win!

IMG_3501South Boston, Virginia – (June 7, 2014) It was a beautiful Saturday for short track racing all over the eastern region, no rain in the forecast, plenty of sunshine and a nice breeze to boot! South Boston Speedway played home to the PASS South Super Late Model series over the weekend and we were there to check more events off our list. Until this past weekend I have never been to South Boston, every year I tried to plan on going for their big 200 lap race in July but something would always come up.

This year was a different story I am in a little bit better position to travel to these tracks and experience new racing. This is exactly what was in store for the crew here at The Weekly Racer, and when I say crew I mean my father! Who I might add has been extremely helpful on these trips helping me carry equipment, an extra set of eyes, and more than willing to take notes for me!

Not only was this both of our first experience with South Boston Speedway but also with the Super Late Model’s! Before this weekend the closest that I have been to this track was the few races I have competed in on iRacing! I was very impressed with the complex in a whole. The drive to the speedway, though pretty long for us, was easy an easy one! It’s a straight shot down 58 and a right hand turn onto James D Hagood Hwy and boom the track is on the right!

A 4/10 mile short track that has in my opinion an incredible mix of old school and new school appeal! I will go out on the line and say this track is one resurface away from being one of if not the premier track in the state of Virginia! I loved the appeal of the wooden bleachers and the named grandstands, it adds to the allure and the history of the sport. The staff was very welcoming and helpful, a staff member was constantly bringing up to date lap time information to us. I want to personally thank the staff for allowing us to come into their facility and cover the event. We will certainly be back to cover more events in the future!