2015-08-19 / Sports

Smith takes checkered in PASS SLM 150

Bowling, McCarty claim Late Model twin 75-lappers


Matt Bowling (83) edges Lee Pulliam at the start-finish line after a thrilling battle for the lead during the closing laps in the first of two Late Model Stock 75-lap races at South Boston Speedway Saturday. 
james price | south boston speedway Matt Bowling (83) edges Lee Pulliam at the start-finish line after a thrilling battle for the lead during the closing laps in the first of two Late Model Stock 75-lap races at South Boston Speedway Saturday. james price | south boston speedway Zane Smith had the horsepower when he needed to avoid a crash between contenders Stephen Nasse and Brandon Setzer with the laps winding down and won the Pro All-Star Series (PASS) 150 at South Boston Speedway on Saturday.

The win by Smith, of Mooresville, North Carolina, was his third of the season and his first-ever PASS Series win at South Boston, making it 13 different winners in 14 races since the series began racing at the four-tenths mile oval in 2006.

Nasse, of Pinellas Park, Florida, ran a time of 15.503 seconds (92.885 MPH) for his third pole of the season and led the first 115 laps before Setzer, of Newton, North Carolina and Smith, of Mooresville, North Carolina challenged for the lead, with all three drivers going three wide in turn three, with Setzer and Nasse making contact and Smith taking the low side for the lead.

Smith had to fend off a late challenge from Raleigh, North Carolina’s Deac McCaskill to win the race by 1.532 seconds. Mc- Caskill, a familiar face in the Late Model Stock Car Division at South Boston Speedway, finished second in his PASS Series debut, with Tate Fogleman of Durham, Christian Eckes of Greeneville, New York, and Jared Irvan of Midland, rounding out the top five finishers in a race that included two cautions.

Bowling, McCart y split Lat e Model twinbill

Late Model Stock Car points leader Matt Bowling won his second pole award and his third race of the season in the first of two 75-lap races, and Bobby McCarty of Summerfield, took home his first win of the season in the nightcap on Saturday.

Bowling, of Ridgeway, Virginia, won the pole with a time of 15.940 seconds (90.339 MPH) and led the entire way in winning the first 75-lap race, holding off the late charge of Alton, Virginia’s Lee Pulliam, who took advantage of lapped traffic to get to Bowling’s bumper with 10 laps remaining.

Pulliam, who started fifth in a field of 10 cars after sweeping twin races two weeks ago at South Boston Speedway, got under Bowling, and the two drivers waged a side-by-side battle the last five laps with Bowling edging Pulliam by 0.170 seconds.

Matt Waltz of Newport News, Virginia finished third, with Austin Thaxton of South Boston finishing fourth and Bobby McCarty of Summerfield, North Carolina rounding out the top-five finishers in a race that ran caution-free.

A three-car inversion for the second Late Model race saw Waltz sit on the pole with Pulliam second and Bowling third.

Pulliam passed Waltz for the lead on lap eight, Waltz passed for the lead on lap 10, and Pulliam led laps 11 and 12.

Waltz led laps 13-25, and Pulliam passed for the lead on lap 26 and held the lead until Waltz made contact and nudged past him in turn one on lap 47, with Pulliam returning the favor in turn four, taking the lead after spinning Waltz’s car.

NASCAR track officials penalized Pulliam for rough driving, sending the two-time Whelen All- American Series National Champion to the rear of the field, with McCarty taking the lead on the restart and holding it the rest of the way.

McCarty won by 3.565 seconds over Bowling, with Waltz finishing third, Pulliam fourth and Thaxton fifth in a race slowed by one caution.

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