PASS Set To Crown Two More Champions

Ben Rowe enters Saturday's PASS finale as the PASS National Championship leader. (Adam Fenwick Photo)
Ben Rowe enters Saturday's PASS finale as the PASS National Championship leader. (Adam Fenwick Photo)
Ben Rowe enters Saturday’s PASS finale as the PASS National Championship leader. (Adam Fenwick Photo)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Pro All Stars Series will crown a pair of champions this Saturday night as the series heads to Concord Speedway for the season-ending Mason-Dixon Meltdown that will be held as part of the annual North-South Shootout.

Both the PASS National Championship and PASS South super late model championship will be decided on Saturday afternoon in the Meltdown.

Coming into this weekend’s action, Ben Rowe will be seeking an unprecedented fourth PASS National Championship.  In his first start at Concord Speedway in 2007, Rowe edged out Corey Williams to take the win in the second running of the Mason-Dixon Meltdown.  While Rowe enjoys a fairly healthy 72-point advantage, Jeremy Davis will be making his first trip down to Concord Speedway in hopes of upsetting Rowe for the national championship.

The race for the PASS South super late model title, however, is much closer.  Kodie Conner and Matt Craig are separated by only four points entering Saturday’s 125-lap finale.  In addition to both being teenagers, each are from nearby Kannapolis and both started racing across the street from the Concord Speedway half-mile at the facility’s quarter-mile track; Conner in Bandoleros and Craig in Legends cars. When either driver wins the championship this weekend, they will join Alex Haase, Ryan Blaney and Tate Fogleman as teens that have been able to claim the South’s oldest super late model title.

Conner comes into this weekend’s Mason-Dixon Meltdown finale as the unlikely points leader, considering that this is his rookie season competing in a super late model.

“I know going into the Meltdown at Concord, it’s going to be tough, but to be competing for the championship and having a four point lead does help,” said Conner.  “It’s been a great year, we became teammates with Matt Craig, so a battle among friends will determine the champion.”

Likewise, Craig has had a breakout season.  Like Conner, things started quickly for Craig, charging back from an electrical problem to capture his first PASS South victory in April at Caraway Speedway.  Craig led the points at times during the summer and just missed out on more checkered flags at Anderson Motor Speedway and Hickory Motor Speedway.  Craig returns to Concord Speedway on Saturday driving for his family-owned team. It’s the same team that drivers such as Clay Rogers, Rodney Childers, and Jeff Fultz have driven to victory lane at Concord in the past.

“I really hope we can pull it off this weekend and win the championship,” said Craig. “I think the best thing for me this week is to go through my regular routine, try not to think about it all week, and be ready to go on Saturday at Concord.”

While the championship leaders will be fighting for the titles, drivers from across North America will be looking to get to victory lane on Saturday.  Trevor Sanborn will make the trip down from Maine driving the potent Woodman Racing No. 4, while fellow Mainer Dave Farrington Jr. will be making his first trip to compete in the south.  J.P. Josiasse once again makes the 20-plus hour trip from Ontario, while on the other end of the spectrum, Dustin Dunn heads up from Florida for his second PASS South start, as well as Terry Horak.  Georgia’s Spencer Davis returns to PASS for the first time this season, and will be joined by Oklahoma’s Tanner Berryhill and New York’s Christian Eckes.  Local favorites looking to go to victory lane will be Jared Irvan, Wes Burton, and Jake Spillers.