Category Archives: North – South Shootout

SEUSS AND SARGEANT WIN NORTH SOUTH THRILLERS

  CONCORD, N.C. – In a weekend filled with thrilling finishes and last-lap heroics, it was Andy Seuss and Dalton Sargeant hoisting the big trophies and checks with wins at the 14th Annual John Blewett III Memorial North South Shootout in Memory of Charles Kepley at Concord Speedway.
 
              vl-seuss  For Seuss, it was a sweet return to a race he loves to compete in after sitting out last year.  And, five-time North South Champion Matt Hirschman made the New Hampshire native, now living in North Carolina earn every nickel of the $10,000 top prize.
 
                Teams debated differing pit strategies all weekend with Seuss opting for a one-stop race, which put him in the lead on lap 93 of the 125-lap race.  Hirschman went with a two-stop strategy and used fresher rear tires to track down Seuss in the waning laps.
 
                With Hirschman on his back bumper and a bevy of lapped cars running side-by-side; Seuss was masterful, weaving inside and outside of cars while keeping Hirschman in check.  Seuss cleared traffic into the dogleg on the final lap, wheeled his car through the final corner with Hirschman “all over him” and scored the win.
 
                Hirschman finished second with Richard Savary, Jon McKennedy and Jeff Fultz completing the top five.
 
                The 125-lap Pro All Star Series (PASS) Super Late Models kicked off the afternoon and produced a similar thrilling dash for the checker flag.
 
                Entering the weekend, 18-year-old Florida native Dalton Sargeant had never raced on the challenging tri-oval Concord Speedway.  He made good use of practice sessions and on lap 81 of the 125-lap race took the lead.
 
                While Sargeant had never raced Concord, looming large in his mirror was Preston Peltier who has hundreds of laps and multiple victories at the track.  Over the final 15 laps the gap would narrow and expand, with lapped traffic dictating the margin.
 
                Peltier appeared to save his best for last and when the while flag was displayed he was right on the back bumper of Sargeant; gently making contact over the final lap a couple of times.  Sargeant fended off a final corner bump to win by less than a car length at the stripe.
 
                It was not only Sargeant’s first visit and win at Concord but his first PASS Series victory as well. Peltier was second with Jared Irvan, Ryan Moore and Clay Rogers completing the top five.
 
                In other racing throughout the weekend:  Mack Little III won the Limited Late Model Feature; Woody Pitkat won a last-lap batter for victory in the SK-Type Modifieds, Jeff Melton won the Street Stock Race and A.J. Sanders with a last corner pass won the King of the Mini Stock feature.
 
125-Lap North South Shootout Modified Feature:
1.       Andy Seuss
2.       Matt Hirchman
3.       Richard Savary
4.       Jon McKennedy
5.       Jeff Fultz
6.       George Brunnhoelzl III
7.       Jimmy Blewett
8.       Jason Myers
9.       Chuck Hossfeld
10.   Tyler Truex
11.   Jeremy Gerstner
12.   Bobby Measmer Jr.
13.   Gary Putnam
14.   Kyle Bonsignore
15.   Andres Krause
16.   Steve Masse
17.   Brandon Ward
18.   Ronnie Sounders
19.   Woody Pitkat
20.   Burt Myers
21.   Calvin Carroll
22.   John Sutton
23.   Clay Rogers
24.   James Civali
25.   Brian Dauzat
 
125-Lap Pro All Star Series Mason-Dixon Meltdown Feature:
1.       Dalton Sargeant
2.       Preston Peltier
3.       Jared Irvan
4.       Ryan Moore
5.       Clay Rogers
6.       Matt Craig
7.       Josh Berry
8.       Christian Eckes
9.       Jake Crum
10.   Trey Jarrell
11.   Dave Farrington Jr.
12.   Joey Padgett
13.   Jeremy Davis
14.   Kodie Conner
15.   Ben Rowe
16.   Trevor Sanborn
17.   Lee Tissot
18.   Tate Fogleman
19.   Vinnie Miller
20.   Terry Horak
21.   Wes Burton
22.   Spencer Davis
23.   Jake Spillars
24.   Trevor Noles
25.   Jerry White
26.   JP Josiasse
27.   Dustin Dunn
 

 

NORTH SOUTH SHOOTOUT: HONORING JOHN BLEWETT III AND CHARLES KEPLEY

            CONCORD, N.C. – The 14th Annual John Blewett III Memorial North South Shootout in Memory of Charles Kepley will be at Concord Speedway November 3-5, 2016.  The Tour-Type Modifieds and Pro All Star Series (PASS) Super Late Models will be the headline features, each racing for 125 laps.
 
                While the $10,000 modified purse is incentive enough, for modified driver Jimmie Blewett of Hopewell Township, N.J. it’s more about family and friends. 
 
                “Being in honor of Charles and my brother means a lot to make a run for it,” said the Jimmy “Showtime” Blewett.  “Charles was a good friend of my brother, and a friend to all of us and started a really great race that a lot of people have come out to support over the years.”
               
                John Blewett III was the older brother of Jimmy and enjoyed considerable success racing first in his home state of New Jersey and ultimately throughout the eastern United States. In all, Blewett scored 96 victories between 1993 and 2007 and track championships at Flemington (N.J.) Speedway, Wall Township (N.J.) Speedway, New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway as well at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
 
                Tragically in 2007, at just 33 years old, Blewett lost his life in a racing accident at Thompson (Ct.) Motor Speedway.  Blewett won the inaugural North South Shootout in 2003 and scored his second career victory in the race in 2005.   The North South Shootout was named in honor of Blewett by event founder Charles Kepley starting in 2007.
 
                Kepley loved racing, and in particular the open-wheeled asphalt modifieds.  In the late 1990s he had the dream of an unsanctioned modified race that would bring the best drivers from the North and South together.  The goal was for them to all compete in a single showcase event and in 2003 an amazing 63 cars showed up at the first North South Shootout.
 
                The North South Shootout quickly grew into the premier unsanctioned open wheel modified event of each year and a “who’s-who” of drivers would show up to compete in the race that was held at Concord Speedway.
 
                In May of 2011, at 57 years of age, Kepley passed away and the North South Shootout has been competed in his memory since.  From 2011 through 2014 the event was held at Caraway Speedway in Sophia, N.C. but last year returned “home” to the Concord Speedway.
 
                “I think this year it’s going to be better than ever,” said Jimmy Blewett.  “We got it back at Concord last year, and now coming back again this year is going to be a special event for all of us.”
 
                Blewett is one of the top modified drivers in America, recently wrapping up the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour sixth in the standing.  He scored one victory this season on the tour, that was in August at Stafford (Ct.) Motor Speedway.  For his career, he has more than 80 race victories.
 
The John Blewett III North South Shootout in Memory of Charles Kepley is headlined by 125-lap, $10,000-to-win features for the Tour-Type Modifieds and PASS Super Late Models.  The SK-Type Modifieds, Limited Late Models, Vintage Racers, Street Stock and Mini Stocks will all be in racing throughout the weekend.
 
Thursday, November 3 is a day of practice; Friday, November 4 is qualifying for all divisions we well as street stock, mini stock and vintage races.  On Saturday, November 5th it’s the headline races as well as the SK-Type Modifieds, Limited Late Models and Vintage racers.
 
                A more-details schedule, entry forms, advance ticket sales, and other information is available at www.NorthSouthShootout.com .  Further updates will also be made on the North South Shootout Facebook Page as well as through the @NSShootout Twitter Account. 

 

14TH ANNUAL JOHN BLEWETT III MEMORIAL NORTH SOUTH SHOOTOUT IN MEMORY OF CHARLES KEPLEY RETURNS TO CONCORD SPEEDWAY – NOVEMBER 3-5

CONCORD, N.C. – The 14th Annual John Blewett III Memorial North South Shootout in Memory of Charles Kepley returns to Concord Speedway on November 3-5, 2016. 
 
The Tour Type Modifieds and Pro All Star Series (PASS) super late models will headline the weekend each with 125-lap features.  Other divisions competing over the course of the weekend include: SK Type Modifieds, Limited Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Vintage Modifieds and Vintage Sportsman.
 
The schedule of events for the three-days:
 
Thursday, November 3:
                12:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Rotating Practice for All Divisions
 
Friday, November 4: (General Admission $15 / Youth (Age 7-14) $5 / Kid 6 & Under Free)
                10:00 am – 3:45 pm – Rotating Practice for All Divisions
                11:00 am – Grandstands Open
                5:00 pm – Qualifying:  SK Modifieds, PASS, Modifieds, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks
                6:30 pm (Approximate) – Heat Races: Modifieds and PASS
                                15-lap Vintage Modified Feature
                                50-lap King Of Street Stock Feature
                                15-lap Vintage Sportsman Feature
                                50-Lap King Of Mini Stock Feature
 
Saturday, November 5: (General Admission $40 / Reserved $45 / Top Row $60 – inc. pit pass
                                                                Youth (Age 7-14) General Admission $10 / Kids 6 & Under Free)
                                9:00 am – 11:05 am – Rotating Practice for All Divisions
                                10:00 am:  Grandstands Open
                                11:15 am:  Qualifying: Limited Late Models
                                12:30 pm:  On Track Pit Party
                                2:00 pm:  Consolation Events (if needed)
                                                125-lap PASS Feature
                                                125-lap Tour Type Modified Feature
                                                75-lap Limited Late Model Feature
                                                50-lap SK Modified Feature
                                                15-lap Vintage Features
 
                A more-details schedule, entry forms, advance ticket sales, and other information is available at www.NorthSouthShootout.com .  Further updates will also be made on the North South Shootout Facebook Page as well as through the @NSShootout Twitter Account.