SUPER LATE MODEL STARS IN PASS SOUTH LINEUP AT SOUTHERN NATIONAL
Bradberry, Day, Hamner, Kittleson & Rogers among Those on the List
Racing is a test of skills, dedication and the ability to put together a winning effort under difficult conditions. If it were easy, everybody would be doing it. The best racers out there are not put off by struggles. In fact, most are at the top of their game when they are challenged the most. That is why several of the biggest stars in the Super Late Model world have entered the highly-competitive PASS South, “Big Dawg 98.5 Southern Sizzler” at Southern National Raceway Park this Sunday, May 21st.
Former NASCAR Southeast Series champ Charlie Bradberry, former NASCAR Weekly Racing Series titlist Wade Day, BAMA Super Series champion Josh Hamner, Florida Speedweeks Super Late Model dominator Travis Kittleson and former Hooters Pro Cup champ Clay Rogers are among those heading to Kenly, NC for the 150-lap, $5,000 to win event.
“Everyone was talking after Hickory [the PASS South opening Easter Bunny 150] that the field of drivers there was as competitive, or more competitive, than the Snowball Derby – and that’s the biggest race of the year for everybody,” said Kittleson, who was one of the finalists in this year’s Roush Racing ‘Gong Show.’ “Now
Charlie Bradberry will bring his #78 to Kenly, NC
we are going to be doing these PASS races and it’s not going to be just one race, it’s going to be a tour. You’ve got the best of the best from Maine to the South. That definitely makes for a tight, tight field.
“We’re going to have Ricky Marshall be tough there. Freddie Query will be tough. Some of the local guys will be good – I’m sure that Randy Renfrow and maybe even Greg Stewart will be there. If Mike Rowe is there, he’ll be tough. Anyone who can run as good as he did at Hickory, which is such a tough place, will be tough to beat.”
Kittleson competed in the first-ever PASS South event, held at Hickory Motor Speedway last month. Kittleson started the race on the front row and led a bunch of laps before engine problems sidelined him.
Several other stars are also planning to make the trip toward the East Coast of North Carolina.
Rogers is the current USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series Southern Division point leader on the strength of two wins and four top-five finishes. The 2004 Pro Cup Series National Champion competed in the first PASS South race at Hickory in April and finished third.
Hamner, who last week won the ASA Late Model Series South event at Five Flags Speedway, will be making his first PASS South start. Hamner comes with a lot of credentials despite being only 19-years-old. In 2005, his first behind the wheel of a Super Late Model, Hamner captured the BAMA Super Series Championship at Montgomery Motor Speedway by beating out the likes of Jason Hogan, Ken McFarland and Bradberry.
Bradberry will also be making his first PASS South start. Charlie, the 2003 NASCAR Southeast Series (formerly the All Pro Series) and 2003 Snowball Derby Champion, is excited about the Southern National event and even has some prior experience at the track.
Travis Kittleson is a fan favorite everywhere he goes. (Norm Marx Photo)
“I’m looking forward to go and run the PASS South race,” said Bradberry. “I’ve heard a lot of good things about it and I’m excited to go and check it out. The race at Hickory had a lot of good racecar drivers in it. It was probably one of the toughest fields in any Super Late Model race in the country so far this year.
“I ran an All Pro race at Southern National a few years ago. From what I can remember, I think I ran pretty well there. I remember I liked the track a lot; it fit my style. I think it is going to be a lot of fun to go back there in a Super Late Model.”
Kittleson is also excited to head to Southern National, where he’s only raced once before.
“I’m excited to go to a track like Kenly,” added Kittleson. “It’s fairly high-banked and its’ a racy place. It usual ends up being a good two-groove track. I think it will be an easier place than Hickory. That was a tough place to get started off for everybody.
The biggest challenge at Southern National is adjusting to changing track conditions.
“I don’t know what to expect. One day from the next the track can be totally different. I don’t know what it is about the North Carolina asphalt, but it can change with a drop of the hat. It’s incredible. It did that in Hickory and when we raced at Southern National the last time. We had a second or third place car in practice and on the next day, I was hanging on for dear life. I remember that Rick Marshall spun during the parade laps when he was warming his tires – and he knows his way around there. It was weird. It went from having all kinds of bite to nothing.”
Day will make a return to the PASS South Series after leading laps and finishing ninth in the opener at Hickory.
Clay Rogers (#2) and Wade Day (#96) race at Hickory in the first PASS race.
Day is a veteran of the Late Model Stock Car and Super Late Model world and also spent a significant amount of time in the ASA National Tour, along with the NASCAR Goody’s Dash Series.
The full race day schedule for the Southern Sizzler has been announced. There will be a practice day for the PASS South cars on Saturday, May 20th, while time trials, heat races and the 150-lap main event will be held on Sunday, May 21st (the day after the Nextel All-Star race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway).
For more information on the PASS South Series, contact Jeremy Troiano at DSG by calling (704) 455–2051 and be sure to visit the official website of PASS, www.proallstarsseries.com.