This Mason-Dixon Meltdown is the traditional final round of the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South super late model season and the showdown for the 2010 championship is the kind that race fans dream of. Ryan Blaney and Preston Peltier are locked in a battle that could easily come down to a last lap change in position or even a tie breaker when the pair slug it out at the Meltdown’s latest venue, Newport (TN) Speedway on Saturday October 16.
Blaney leads Peltier by just four points and there’s a two point spread between each finishing position. Peltier needs to gain three spots to take the crown and you can bet that the hard charger will go all out to finish in front of Blaney. But the teenage short track superstar has made it clear that he knows his way around Newport and Peltiers’ task will not be an easy one. Blaney won the Daniel Boone Classic at Newport earlier this season and the 2009 PASS South rookie of the year has proven that he’s got what it takes to earn the championship. Both drivers have three visits to PASS victory lane and nine top tens in the series’ first twelve races, so it’s only fitting that they battle it out for the title in the season finale.
There’s a tough group of northern invaders that will make their way south for the Meltdown. 2010 PASS North champ Johnny Clark has filed an entry ; he has a Mason-Dixon Meltdown win at South Boston (VA) Speedway but he’s new to the high banks of Newport. 2009 PASS South and PASS National champion Ben Rowe will make the trip .He’s the defending Mason Dixon Meltdown champion and he will look to wrap up his PASS season on a high note. Trevor Sanborn has both PASS South and North wins to his credit and he will wheel Richard Moody’s potent machine.
The field will be a deep one with Jay Fogleman, Andy Loden, Tennessee’s own Heath Hindman, John Batten, Steve Legendre, Tim Pinion, Brad McCaskill , Jake Crum, Jimmy Weller and many more on the early entry list. Its 200 green flag laps around one of the fastest and toughest tracks that PASS South visits, so anything can happen, and it probably will!
The Mason Dixon Meltdown is the finale for the five race PASS National Championship series and in that battle Peltier leads Johnny Clark by twelve and Jay Fogleman by thirty one. The winner will have raced from Maine to Florida in their quest for the title, the trophy, and the Quarter Master Industries product award that goes with it.
There’s a whole lot more to this years’ edition of the Mason-Dixon Meltdown than 200 green flag laps of super late model excitement. On Friday October 15 Moonshine Madness will feature PASS practice from noon until 4:00 PM and at 7:00 PM there’s fifty lap features for street stocks, front wheel drives and mod fours. A 75 lap limited sportsman shootout caps off the racing activities and live music will follow.
On Saturday October 16 the PASS Super Late Models practice at noon, time trial at 4:00 PM and race their last chance qualifier at 5:15 PM. There’s a big money Legends race, and Bandoleros on Saturday’s card, and the Mason Dixon Meltdown is scheduled for a 6:00 PM green. When the fireworks on the speedway are over, a huge fireworks display will light up the Tennessee sky.
All the series points, statistics, 2010 race photos and stories are on line at www.proallstarsseries.com .