NAPLES, Maine – If the latest group of entries is any indication, the inaugural PASS Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway is shaping up to be something truly special.
The Pro All Stars Series super late models will be one of the headline divisions at Richmond on Saturday, Oct. 20 and will compete for 100 laps and $10,000 to win in the penultimate event of the PASS National Championship series.
Two of Canada’s biggest names have pushed the total number of super late model entries to 30. Quebec’s Patrick Laperle and Martin Latulippe are teaming up in a pair of Frameco-sponsored entries as they look to take the big prize back North of the border.
Stock car racing’s oldest division, the ground pounding tour-type modifieds, will return to Richmond for the first time since 2002 and are garnering quite a lot of attention.
Hailed as the South’s biggest tour-type modified race of the year, newly crowned NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Justin Bonsignore and five-time Tour champion Doug Coby have both filed entries as they look to take home the win in this North-South Showdown of top open-wheel talent.
They are joined by fellow Tour driver Blake Barney, as well as Sammy Rameau, Richard Savory, Chris Finocchario and Riverhead Raceway standout Kyle Soper.
For Coby, Richmond Raceway is a place he has dreamed of racing. As a graduate of the University of Richmond, it will give the champ a chance to race in front of friends and family that rarely get to see him compete in person.
“Our team put this race on the calendar as soon as we heard about it and I’m really excited for the opportunity to race at Richmond,” says Coby. “We loved coming down south in the past and it seems like Richmond is taking over as the “must-attend” event in the region. I consider Richmond to be home turf and I want to win that race about as bad as any other on our schedule.”
NASCAR-style late model stocks will also be making their return to Richmond Raceway for the first time in a number of years, and the JR Motorsports entries Josh Berry and Sam Mayer are both entered in the Solid Rock Carriers 75 lapper.
Third-generation racer Ty Gibb will be driving for Greg Marlowe, while Virginians Austin Thaxton, Mark Wertz and Rodney Boyd will be looking to keep the money in the Commonwealth. Justin Crider and Will Burns are also entered, as well as former Caraway track champion Ryan Wilson, Terry Brooks Jr. and a strong contingent from the Myrtle Beach area led by Chad McCumbee, Matt Cox and Chris Throckmorton.
The Limited Late Models and Street Stocks will be completing this great weekend of grassroots racing under the lights at Richmond Raceway. Virginia’s Richard Caldwell, Richard Storm, Doug Warren, Cole Bruce and Reid Murphy, along with North Carolina’s Thomas Chappel have filed Limited Late Model entries.
Street Stock drivers from Maine to California have entered, including Randy Clark, Chris Flowers, Ricky Locklair Jr., Corey Hutchings, Jim McLaughlin, Cody Demarmels, Jeff Melton, Rusty Blackford, Kenny Green, Chris Finocchario, Robert Divanna, Matt Gain and Dillon Crouch.