New Englanders Heading To Hickory For PASS Finale

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Derek Griffith leads the PASS National Championship standings by a single point as the series heads to Hickory on Nov. 10. (Adam Fenwick Photo)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Pro All Stars Series season will come to a close on Nov. 10 when the PASS National Championship super late models take the green flag at Hickory Motor Speedway.

The 13th annual Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 200 will cap off another season that began in Dillon, S.C., in February. It will be captured in front of the MAVTV cameras. Last year, race fans across the country were able to see the ultimate North versus South shootout when North Carolina’s Brandon Setzer and Maine’s Garrett Hall tangled coming to the checkered flag.

This year, all eyes will be focused on the battle for asphalt Super Late Model racing’s only national championship. After wins by Derek Griffith at Dillon and Thompson, Cconn., to start the PASS National Championship season, Ray Christian III has chipped away at the lead and now trails Griffith by a single point as he heads to Hickory for the first time.

“We’re going in to Hickory with the same mindset that we have at every other racetrack…learn as much as we can and bring the car home in one piece,” said Christian, driver of the Crazy Horse Racing No. 93. “This whole national championship run was a completely unexpected scenario for us, considering this is my first year in a super late model. But, I think we have shown these guys that we can race with them a little bit this year.”

Not to be forgotten is a former champion by the name of Ben Rowe. The five-time and defending PASS National Champion sits third in the standings, just 10 points behind Griffith. Of Rowe’s 10 wins down south, three have come at Hickory. Those stats are not lost on Christian.

“I’ve never been to Hickory, but I’ve watched races from down there and guys like Ben Rowe have a million laps there,” says Christian. “I can’t wait to get down there because it looks like a blast and definitely the kind of place I can really get in to. I just hope that no matter how the national points turn out that, at the end of the day at Hickory, I hope we earn those guys respect.”

If the PASS National Championship fight is not enough, fans will be treated to Matt Craig versus Kodie Conner as Craig goes for his third straight PASS South super late model title, plus the MASS Street Stocks and Legends cars.

Action gets under way on Friday with rotating practice for the PASS Super Late Models, MASS Street Stocks, and Legends from 2-5 p.m. On Saturday, pit gates open at 7:30 a.m., with practice starting at 9:30 a.m., qualifying at 11:45 a.m. and main events at 1:30 p.m.