CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Through the first four races of the 2014 Pro All Stars Series South Super Late Model season, fender-to-fender battles and close finishes have been the order of the day.
Daniel Hemric, Roger Lee Newton, and DJ Shaw have all tasted the spoils of victory so far this season, while PASS South contenders like Cole Timm, Tyler Church, and Jared Irvan have just fallen short of taking their first checkered flags of the year. That could change with Friday night’s Ace’s Wild 150 at Ace (N.C.) Speedway.
The Ace’s Wild 150 marks a return for the PASS South Super Late Models to the Ace Speedway for the first time since 2011. A strong field of contenders will be vying to become the fourth different PASS South winner at Ace Speedway in as many races and join Andy Loden, Ryan Blaney, and Clay Rogers as one of a select few who have managed to tame one of North Carolina’s toughest short tracks.
Irvan ranks Ace Speedway as one of his favorite tracks on the circuit. Even though this Friday night’s Ace’s Wild 150 will be the first time the third-generation racer has ever competed in a PASS South Super Late Model at Ace, it is not the first time he has ever raced there. Irvan raced several times at Ace in recent years in the USAC HPD Midget Series, a division that will ironically be competing on the undercard to the Ace’s Wild 150.
“Ace Speedway is probably my favorite track in all the different types of cars I’ve driven,” said Irvan, after scoring a season-high fourth place finish in the Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory. “That track is just so fun to go around in everything I’ve ever been in and I’ve always ran really, really well there. Hopefully we can go there and get our first win in a PASS Super Late Model.”