No Slowing Down for Grissom as he Wins His Fifth PASS South Series Event This Season Making History Along the Way
Charlotte, NC 9/3/12- It’s hard to believe that a driver in his rookie season in a series as tough as the PASS South super late model series would be rewriting history books, but that’s exactly what Kyle Grissom has done so far in 2012. Grissom, from nearby Concord, North Carolina, made it three wins in a row Saturday night at the Caraway Speedway in Sophia, North Carolina. Grissom’s win was his fifth of the year, breaking the record for most wins in a single season by a PASS South Series driver previously held by Ben Rowe who won four events in 2009 in route to the series championship that same season.
“This one wasn’t easy tonight. Jay Fogleman did everything he could except wreck me to try to get the win tonight, I was just fortunate to get a good jump on that final restart and bring it back around to the finish,” stated Grissom in victory lane. “If it had been anyone else racing me that hard other than Jay I would have probably ended up with a wrecked racecar.”
“Greg (Marlowe) and the guys gave me another great car that handled through the turns which allowed us to jump out front to the lead and stay out of some of the wild stuff that happened behind us tonight. I have to thank Harrison’s Workwear, without their support we couldn’t do this, and all my crew guys that work hard to keep us up front,” added Grissom.
Fogleman managed the second place finish despite starting a little deeper in the field than Grissom, who took the green from the outside of the front row. The veteran driver from Durham, NC was behind the wheel of Dick Woodman’s machine for this event due to the fact that his fleet of racecars were north of the border in preparation for several PASS National events. The transition to Woodman’s machine didn’t faze Fogleman one bit, in fact he made the mention of learning quite a bit of information during his runner-up run over the 125 lap event.
“I thought we had a chance at the win tonight because we had such a good car throughout the race. Kyle (Grissom) just got away from us there at the end and I wasn’t going to wreck him to win because that’s not how I race,” said Fogleman. “Dickey Woodman really helped us out this weekend letting us run his car here tonight. I really learned a lot too because my cars have a little bit more motor than most guys, so I normally really have to save twice as hard as the next guy but with Dickey’s car we could go to the front early and stay there. It might be something we look at going forward.”
Brandon Ward recovered nicely from an early race pit stop that forced his #62 machine to come from the back of the pack to finish third. Alex Fleming turned some heads with an impressive fourth place finish after battling back from being two laps down due to electrical problems forcing his motor to shut on and off throughout the mid portion of the event. Preston Peltier rounded out the top five passing the most cars along the way after multiple pit stops throughout the event putting his #26 Johnson Motorsports owned machine to the rear of the field on no less than five different occasions.
Next up for the “BIG BOYS WITH THE BAD FASTTOYS” PASS South Super Late Model Series will be Over the Mountain 150 at the Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday night September 22nd; the final tune up for the All American 400 event at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in October. For more information on the PASS South Series or any of the PASS sanctioned series visit http://www.proallstarsseries.com/.
PASS South-Labor Day Classic 125
Caraway Speedway-Sophia, North Carolina
1) #31 Kyle Grissom
2) #4 Jay Fogleman
3) #62 Brandon Ward
4) #05 Alex Fleming
5) #26 Preston Peltier
6) #74 Chrissy Wallace
7) #48 John Batten
8) #19a Jordan Anderson
9) #18 Bill Catania
10) #09 Randy Gentry
11) #19 Nate Caruth
12) #84 Tyler Audie
13) #29l Andy Loden
14) #2 Gray Gaulding
15) #115 Jody Lavender
16) #71 Jimmy Doyle
17) #50 Karl Weber
18) #118 Bradley McCaskill
19) #29 Landon Cling
20) #12 Scott Hensley