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Veterans Share Excitement With Youth For Chance To Race At Richmond

NAPLES, ME (October 10) – While some of the best young drivers in North America are excited for the opportunity to race at Richmond Raceway as part of the inaugural PASS Commonwealth Classic on Saturday, October 20, veterans share that same since of anticipation.  Grassroots racing greats like Rowe, Nasse, Fogleman, Laperle, Coby, Bonsignore, McCaskill, and Locklair are synonymous with winning in their respective disciplines of grassroots racing, but each will be making their first starts at Richmond. As a matter of fact of fact, only a handful of drivers competing in the PASS Commonwealth Classic, among those, Tour-Type Modified stalwart, Jamie Tomaino, have ever had the chance to race there.

Another of those who have raced at Richmond and will be competing with the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models is Mike Wallace.  The middle brother of the famed Wallace racing clan from Missouri last competed in the 2015 Daytona 500.  Since then, he has been mentoring his son, Matt, who claimed the PASS South Super Late Model win earlier this year at Concord Speedway. But, when the opportunity came to race at one of his favorite tracks, Mike Wallace could not resist the temptation to get back behind the wheel.

“When I saw PASS announced the race at Richmond earlier this year, I had to do a double-take to make sure what I was seeing was real,” says Wallace, who will be driving his son’s Unker’s Theraputic/Lucas Oil Chevrolet #6. “Matt was originally going to race there in a Late Model Stock car, but when I realized how much I missed racing he said why don’t you drive the car and I will crew chief.  We tested at South Boston recently and just want to go to Richmond and be competitive and have fun.”

With nearly 50 starts at Richmond between Cup, Xfinity, and Trucks, Wallace has no lack experience when it comes to racing on the 3/4-mile speedway.  But, he will be on an even playing field when it comes to racing PASS Super Late Models on the D-shaped track.

“Richmond is going to be incredibly fast for all the divisions racing there, especially a PASS Super Late Model,” says Wallace.  “The last time I was in a Super Late Model was when I raced in Missouri and won the NASCAR regional points in 1990, so a lot has changed.  Richmond is a great racetrack to race on because it’s mulit-grooved like a superspeedway, but it has all the classic characteristics of a short track.  As long as everybody races smart and shows respect, it should be a great race.”

Entries continue to come for next weekend’s race with Boris Jurkovic, Wes Burton, and a yet-to-be named driver for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the PASS Super Late Model division.  Rob Summers is the latest Tour-Type Modified entry, while several Solid Rock Carriers Late Model Stock entries have come in including Ryan Wilson, Terry Brooks, Jr., Matt Cox, Chad McCumbee, Will Burns, Chris Throckmorton, Casey Wyatt, Adam Cosgrove, and Grayson Cullather.

A solid group of Virginia drivers have recently entered in the Limited Late Model division, including Cole Bruce, Reid Murphy, Eric Bishop, Franklin Caricofe, Jason Myers, and North Carolina’s, Josh Lowder.  While Street Stocks continue to enter from all around including North Carolina’s Gary Ledbetter, Jr. and Stephen Sharp, South Carolina’s Ricky Locklair, Sr., Georgia’s Jeff Sparks, and Virginia’s Justin Brown.

The weekend will begin on Thursday, October 18 with hauler parking and safety inspection for all divisions from 11 AM – 5 PM.  A practice day for the PASS Super Late Models, Tour-Type Modifieds, Solid Rock Carriers Late Model Stocks, Limited Late Models, and Street Stocks is scheduled for Friday, October 19, starting with gates opening and more parking at 7 AM and practice from 10AM – 5 PM.  On Saturday, October 20, practice will begin at 9 AM, qualifying at 1 PM, and features starting at 4 PM with 100 laps for the PASS Super Late Models, 75 laps for the Tour-Type Modifieds and Solid Rock Carriers Late Models Stocks, 50 laps for the Limited Late Models, and 40 laps for the Street Stocks.

Entry forms for all divisions, the complete weekend schedule, and additional information is available at ProAllStarsSeries.com.

Fans can purchase tickets online at RichmondRaceway.com leading up to the PASS Commonwealth Classic or at the speedway the weekend of the event.  And, as an added bonus, fans will be able to access Richmond’s brand new, state-of-the-art Fan Zone and watch everything going on in the garage area throughout the weekend with a paid general admission ticket.

The Pro All Stars Series is recognized as North America’s premier sanctioning body for asphalt Super Late Models and boasts such marquee events as the legendary Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway, PASS South’s Easter Bunny 150 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway, and the inaugural Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway.  For technical information concerning all PASS divisions please send questions to passracing@roadrunner.com.  For media or marketing questions, please contact Alan Dietz at 704-231-2039 or alandietzpass@live.com.  And, don’t forget to “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.

Richmond Raceway is America’s Premier Short Track annually hosting two NASCAR race weekends, featuring the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series, on a ¾-mile D-shaped oval. Richmond is a regional leader for events including sports, live music and consumer trade shows. The Richmond Raceway Complex’s 1,000 plus acre multipurpose facility hosts more than 200 live events annually including concerts with top national recording artists at The Classic Amphitheater. To learn more, visit RichmondRaceway.com and richmondracewaycomplex.com.

DJ Kennington and Brandon Watson Visit JMS Victory Lane to Conclude the 2018 Season.

BY Dan Cabral

HAGERSVILLE, ON.

For Kennington, his NASCAR Pinty’s Series triumph was the first of his 2018 campaign. For Watson, his win during the 50-lap Limited Late Model showcase – a first since Jukasa’s reopening – was the latest chapter in a season that has been spent in victory lane piloting everything from Limited Late Models to Pro Late Models to Super Late Models.

“It feels amazing to finally win one of these (NASCAR Pinty’s Series) races,” beamed Kennington post-race after earning his first series triumph since August 2013. “We’ve felt like we were close so many times in the last three seasons, and to finally break through at Jukasa is an incredible feeling”

Kennington outran former series winner Donald Theetge and 2017 series championship runner-up Kevin Lacroix for the win. Veteran LP Dumoulin captured the 2018 NASCAR Pinty’s Series Championship – his second in five years – with a 10th-place finish in the 200-lap event.

“It’s an honour to win another championship – and being able to clinch it during (Fall Brawl weekend) makes it even more special,” said Dumoulin. “I can’t express just how big of a role my team played with all of their hours in the shop and the incredible amounts of effort they’ve put into our time on the road”

Brandon Watson’s dominant highlight-reel performance in the 50-lap Limited Late Model portion of the event was his second Jukasa win this month, with the third-generation star having captured the APC United Late Model Series Canadian Short Track Nationals 100 on September 1st.

“I can’t say enough about Mike McColl and the cars that McColl Racing Enterprises put together,” said Watson upon clearing post-race technical inspection. “We had a fast car right from practice to time trials to victory lane. My job is the easy part when you have a car as good as this one”

For Jukasa Motor Speedway General Manager Alex Nagy, the second edition of the Pinty’s Fall Brawl event was a fitting end to a tremendous 2018 season.

“This was the best season we could have possibly asked for – and I can’t thank everyone who made it possible,” said Nagy. “From the fans, to our staff, all the teams that passed through the gates here all season – none of this would have been possible without all of us working together”

“2018 was a fantastic year for Jukasa Motor Speedway and we’re going to keep working to make improvements for the fans and the racers. We’re already back in the office working on our 2019 schedule and I’m positive that it’ll be something that will have everyone talking and excited for next season.”

The following is a statement from New Hampshire Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager David McGrath on the 2019 NASCAR rules package:

“We appreciate NASCAR’s dedication to consistently work with the industry to evolve our sport both on and off the track. The new rules package has been two years in the making, so we know a lot of research and effort has gone in to create more excitement and side-by-side racing for our fans similar to the success at the All-Star race this past May. Over the last few seasons, we have seen some unforgettable moments at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and now with the added aerodynamic element and more downforce, buckle up race fans, because you will be in for one heck of a race at the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 in July.”