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 Concord, N.C. –  Matt Hirschman, of Northampton, Pa., continued his onslaught on modified racing Saturday winning the $10,000-to-win 15th Annual John Blewett III North South Shootout, in Memory of Charles Kepley.  It was his sixth victory in the fall classic. 
                  Matt Craig , of Kannapolis, has an onslaught of his own in the Pro All Star Series (PASS) ranks getting his sixth win of the season in their 125-lap affair.


Nov 4th 2017: Andy Seuss (11) Bobby Measmer Jr. (17), Matt Hirschman (60) and Ryan Preece race for the lead in the late stages of Saturday’s North South Shootout – Brenda Jane Photo

          Hirschman used the precise amount of patience and tire management in getting the win.  For the bulk of the event he rode inside the top 10, with a late race charge into the top four spots.  With 12 laps remaining he made the move inside of Ryan Preece for the lead and ultimately the victory. 

                For Preece, a two-time North Shootout Champion, it was also a game of tire management and he quickly sliced through the field in the final 30 laps from 14th to the lead on fresher tires.  But in the end, he had to settle for runner-up honors.
                The story of the weekend was hometown driver Bobby Measmer Jr. who crashed his primary car on Friday night and found himself starting last on the field driving a different car – one owned by Phil Stefanelli Racing.  With only 20 minutes of practice in the car, Measmer drove from last on the field to the lead and was in the hunt for the win over the waning laps.  In the end he finished third.
                Burt Myers, a two-time North Shootout Champion, finished fourth with Jeff Fultz fifth.
                It was a clean sweep for Hirschman as he won Friday nights Ted Christopher Dash For Cash Race bring his weekend tally to $13,000.   Brandon Ward was the winner of the Precision Spindle Pole Award for his fast qualifying run Friday night.
Matt Craig all but locked up his second straight Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model championship by claiming his sixth win of the season Saturday afternoon in the North-South Shootout at Concord Speedway.  Craig’s seventh career PASS South win was his first at Concord Speedway, but not the first for his family-owned team at the track, where they have also gone to victory lane in the past with drivers like Rodney Childers, Jeff Fultz, and Clay Rogers.
                Other winners on the weekend were:  Todd Own in the SK Modified Feature, Preece in the Ted Christopher SK Modified Dash For Cash, A.J. Sanders in the Mini Stock Feature, Justin Carroll in Limited Late Models and Jeremy Haudricort in the Chargers.
                The management of the North South Shootout wish the thank fans, drivers, teams, industry representative, sponsors and the staff for another successful running of the race.
125-Lap North South Shootout Modified Features:
1.       Matt Hirschman
2.       Ryan Preece
3.       Bobby Measmer Jr.
4.       Burt Myers
5.       Jeff Fultz
6.       Kyle Ebersole
7.       Jon McKennedy
8.       Anthony Nocella
9.       Chuck Hossfeld
10.   Jason Myers
11.   George Brunnhoelzl
12.   Sammy Rameau
13.   Bryan Dauzat
14.   Tyler Truex
15.   Woody Pitkat
16.   Jeremy Gerstner
17.   Andy Seuss
18.   Bryan Lofton
19.   Brandon Ward
20.   Gary Putnam
21.   Jamie Tomaino
22.   Chase Dowling
23.   Calvin Carroll
24.   Carlos Gray
25.   Gary Fountain
125-Lap Pro All Star Series Feature:
1.       Matt Craig
2.       Ty Majeski
3.       Spencer Davis
4.       Jake Crum
5.       Chad McCumbee
6.       Kodie Conner
7.       Colt James
8.       Roy Hayes
9.       Erik Darnell
10.   Jared Irvan
11.   Tate Fogleman
12.   JP Josiasse
13.   Kyle McCallum
14.   Christian Eckes
15.   Garrett Evans
16.   Wes Burton
17.   Dave Farrington Jr.
18.   Jordan McCallum
DNS – Matt Wallace
13-Lap Ted Christopher Modified Dash For Cash:
1.       Matt Hirschman
2.       Ryan Preece
3.       Gary Putnam
4.       Andy Seuss
5.       Anthony Nocella
6.       Calvin Carroll
7.       Woody Pitkat
8.       Jeff Fultz
9.       Sammy Rameau
10.   Jeremy Gerstner
11.   George Brunnhoelel III
12.   Burt Myers
13.   Bobby Measmer Jr.
50-Lap SK Modified Feature:
1.       Todd Owen
2.       David Arute
3.       Chase Dowling
4.       Josh Wood
5.       Ryan Preece
6.       Carlos Gray
7.       Mike Benevides
13-Lap Ted Christopher SK Modified Dash for Cash:
1.       Ryan Preece
2.       Chase Dowling
3.       Todd Owen
4.       Josh Wood
5.       David Arute
50-Lap Mini Stock Feature:
1.       A.J. Sanders
2.       Chuck Wall
3.       Stephen Sanders
4.       Barry Wilson
5.       Doug Rembold
6.       Austin Cates
7.       Adam Thomas
8.       Johnny Baker
40-Lap Limited Late Model Feature:
1.       Justin Carroll
2.       Andrew Thomas
3.       Tommy Neal
4.       Kenny Brooks
5.       Dillon Wood
6.       Mitchell Wright
25-Lap Charger Feature:
1.       Jeremy Haudricort
2.       Cale Gale
3.       Ryan Robertson
4.       Dillon Wood
5.       Sonny Schoffer
Matt Hirshman Scored His Sixth North South Shootout Victory Saturday – Scott Ely Photo
Andy Seuss (11) Bobby Measmer Jr. (17), Matt Hirschman (60) and Ryan Preece race for the lead in the late stages of Saturday’s North South Shootout – Brenda Jane Photo


  Concord, N.C. — On November 3-5, 2016 it’s the 14th Annual John Blewett III Memorial North South Shootout in memory of Charles Kepley at Concord Speedway.  Entries are arriving and anticipation is building, below are some notebook items or possible storylines for the upcoming event.
                 Great traditional racers and racing families are often parts of modified racing and will certainly be on display at the 14th Annual John Blewett III North South Shootout in Memory of Charles Kepley on November 5 at Concord Speedway.
                When you consider great names in racing, particularly in the Carolinas, the Myers name is among the most famous.  Bobby and Billy Myers were mainstays in stock car racing in the 1950s and ultimately both lost their lives while competing in the sport they loved.
                Billy’s son Gary had amazing success in racing around the Carolinas as do his sons Burt and Jason.
                Jason started racing street stocks in 1999 and made the moved to modifieds in 2003. He has been one of the region’s top drivers with multiple victories in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified tour, at Bowman Gray Stadium, the Southern Modified Racing series and other tracks across the state.  In 2015 he was the NASCAR Whelen All American Series North Carolina State Champion.
                On May 27th Jason Myers finished 5th in a Southern Modified Racing Series race at Concord Speedway.   Jason will be looking to carry on the Myers Family winning tradition with a $10,000 victory in the 125-lap North South Shootout modified feature.

                On Sunday afternoon, October 9 at Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut, Todd Owen outdueled Ted Christopher Jr. and Keith Rocco to win the 40-lap NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final SK-Modified race.  It was his second win this season at the historic track.
                Another history track looms on the horizon for Owen as he sets his sights on Concord (N.C.) Speedway where he will compete in the 50-lap SK-Type Modified feature event.
                Owen is from Somers, Ct. and wheels the No. 81 Cooker Construction Chevy Camaro.  He was the 2003 Rookie of the Year in the SK Modified division at Stafford and is a two-time Most Popular Driver. 
                A winning percentage better than .500 is amazing and nearly impossible in auto racing; yet in 2012 Trey Jarrell scored 23 victories in 43 starts.  The Martinsville, Va. native was one of the top drivers in Legends Cars racing with wins across the east coast; including multiple wins at nearby Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Summer Shootout.
                Since that amazing year, the 19-year-old has advanced his career into Super Late Model Racing and this season he is 9th in the Pro All Star Series (PASS) South Division.  Next up on the schedule is the 125-lap North South Shootout race on November 5.
                Jarrell will drive the No. 21 Reedy Racing Kaytech/Anderson’s Pure Maple Syrup Ford and it will be his second effort at Concord Speedway this season.  He finished 7th in the May 27th Old Glory 125 at the speedway.
                His team owner Mark Reedy has a long track record of racing and fielding cars at the challenging half-mile speedway and brings a wealth of knowledge for his young driver to learn from.
                Concord Speedway is a very special place for the Irvan family.  In the early 1980s California racer Ernie Irvan relocated from his native California to North Carolina to pursue a career in NASCAR racing.  He pictured up odd-jobs in the area and raced at Concord Speedway where he scored nine victories.
                Those Concord wins and a determined spirit led Irvan to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series where he won 15 times, including the 1991 Daytona 500.
                Fast-forward to 2016 and another young Irvan – Jared Irvan – will be wheeling his Pro All Star Series (PASS) Super Late Model around the challenging Concord Speedway.  Earlier this year – May 27th – Irvan finished third in the PASS race at Concord.
                  The 18-year-old has competed in five PASS races this season with three finishes inside the top five.
                Last year Andy Seuss found himself watching the North South Shootout at Concord Speedway. This year the Hampstead, N.H. native will have a much better view of the event this year, from the driver’s seat of his No. 11 Northeast Race Cars/Ideal Finance Chevrolet.
                “I’m really excited to go back,” said the two-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Champion.  “I’m excited it’s back at Concord, a place where we don’t get a race a lot.  It’s a unique track that separates the men from the boys.
                “Last year my plans fell through, which sidelined me to being a spectator.  That makes it more exciting to be racing in the event this year.  I saw a lot of different strategies last year and hopefully we can used that to win our first North South Shootout.
                The modifieds will race on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 5 in a 125-lap feature that pays a whopping $10,000 to win.  Qualifying will take place on Friday (Nov. 4) evening.
Woody Pitkat:  Looking For More North South Success:
                Stafford, Ct. native Woody Pitkat is one of the top modified drivers in America; and on November 5th he will focus his attention on the 14th Annual John Blewett III Memorial North South Shootout in Memory of Charles Kepley.
                Pitkat will be wheeling the No. 60 Mertz Racing car in the SK-type Modified Race.
                The 37-year old racer has enjoyed North South Shootout Success in the past winning the SK-Type feature in 2011 when the event was held at Caraway Speedway in Sophia, N.C.
                 The 2016 season has been solid for Pitkat:  he won twice at Stafford Motor Speedway and finished fourth in points.  He also finished fourth in the final standings at Thompson Speedway.  Pitkat was the 2015 track champion at Thompson.
 North South Shootout Winners:
                Tour-Type Modifieds:
                                2003:  John Blewett III
                                2004:  Donnie Lia
                                2005:  John Blewett III
                                2006:  Matt Hirschman
                                2007:  Matt Hirschman
                                2008:  Burt Myers
                                2009:  Burt Myers
                                2010:  Matt Hirschman
                                2011:  Matt Hirschman
                                2012:  Ryan Preece
                                2013:  Matt Hirschman
                                2014:  Ryan Preece
                                2015:  Justin Bonsignore
                                                5-Matt Hirschman
                                                2-John Blewett III, Burt Myers, Ryan Preece
                                                1-Donnie Lia, Justin Bonsignore
 The North South Shootout takes place November 3-5 at Concord Speedway.  Further details are available at www.NorthSouthShootout.com .



            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.