Mason-Dixon Meltdown Goes Hollywood - Complete With Destruction
Despite the fact that the 2009 PASS Mason Dixon Meltdown 250 at South Boston Speedway was a relatively calm event, there was no shortage of excitement to hold fans' attention whether it was on the racetrack or not.
If you were at South Boston Speedway this weekend, you noticed the flagman waving his flags for several minutes straight with no cars on the track, the same smoking car being towed down pit road time after time, and heard the crowd going wild at random times for seemingly no reason at all. Why? NASCAR was in town filming a commercial to promote their “NASCAR Home Tracks” program and they chose to utilize the legendary South Boston Speedway to illustrate to their fans what good, old-fashioned Saturday night fun looks like.
However, it wasn't all fun and games when only five laps into the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Mason Dixon 250, a 250 lb weight fell from a crane which was stationed in the pits onto the trailer of NWAAS competitor Bruce Anderson [Editor's Note - C.E. Falk was misidentified as the original owner of the victim trailer, Speed51.com apologizes for the error]. Although there were crew members on Anderson's trailer no one was seriously injured. The trailer, however, didn't fare so well. The weight, which had the appearance of a wrecking ball, went through the roof of Anderson's trailer and tore its way down the side as well. The team was able to drive the trailer home but we imagine someone is going to have to pay for the trailer at some point in the future.
Another interesting story from the NWAAS event was that Martinsville winner, Jake “the Snake” Crum didn't even make the race. Crum qualified poorly and was unable to race his way in, in the 50-lap last chance event.
The Howler 150 is This Week, But Halloween Comes Early at SoBo
Although it's not quite Halloween yet, Cale Gale's crew decided to make his costume decision a little easier for him as they removed Gale's name from the door and inserted, “Ricky Bobby.” Gale was unaware of their little stunt until they unloaded the car when they arrived to the track. Not only that, but the crew also gave the former NASCAR Nationwide Series driver a subtle yellow rookie stripe along his back bumper.
In the spirit of Halloween, Ricky Bobby wasn't the only character on board for the Mason Dixon Meltdown 500. In the PASS Super Late Model Event, Corey Williams once again broke out his Batman paint scheme. Williams claimed Batman's support had brought him good luck in the past and was hoping they could elicit more good luck out of the super hero for the 250-lap event. Unfortunately, while leading the race, Williams was collected in an incident with a few lapped cars and wasn't able to make it back onto the track to complete the race.
The Rowe Show
It was no surprise to see father and son, Mike and Ben Rowe on the track together in a Pro All Star Series event but after they finished first and second, father Mike reminded son Ben, in victory lane, that even though he won the race, he still has to be at work on time on Monday. With moments like those, you can't help but appreciate the family sport that short track racing is.
2008 PASS Mason Dixon Meltdown winner, Johnny Clark, made his way back to South Boston, Virginia, this year to defend his title and attempt to take home back to back titles. After qualifying fifth and starting from the eighth position, Clark ran in contention with the leaders in the top five for most of the day but didn't have anything for Ben Rowe when the checkers flew.
Wrapping Up The PASS National SLM Season
Although it wasn't the final race of the PASS South season, the Mason Dixon Meltdown was the final race of the PASS National Tour. Mark Gibson finished runner up in the National points to race-winner Ben Rowe, who is also leading PASS South standings going into this weekend's Howler 150 at Greenville - Pickens Speedway by 70 points over Ryan Blaney.
Stay tuned to Speed51.com this weekend for more live Trackside Now action from Greenville-Pickens Speedway (SC) for the Howler 150 PASS South finale this Saturday October 24th.