Craig Outlasts Rain, Competition For PASS Win At SNMP

Matt Craig climbs from his car in victory lane after winning Saturday night’s PASS South Super Late Model Series feature at Southern National Motorsports Park. Photo by Andy Marquis

Matt Craig survived a 52 minute rain delay and a late restart to score his fourth PASS South Super Late Model win of the season Saturday night at Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, North Carolina.

In doing so, Craig, along with fellow podium finishers Dave Farrington, Jr. and Trevor Sanborn, locked up guaranteed starting positions for November’s Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300 at Hickory Motor Speedway, which will pay at least $15,000 to the winner.

“We took off on that one restart after the rain to get a good lead and get to halfway, but we weren’t really too worried about it, we knew the radar looked good,” said Craig. “What makes it easier for me are the guys that work on the car every week. I can’t thank them and my dad enough for setting it up.”

In qualifying, Tate Fogleman just beat out Craig for his first career quick qualifying time in series competition with a lap of 15.321 seconds (93.989 MPH). After the top 10 qualifiers redraw, Matt Wallace and Jared Fryar would move to the front row, while Fogleman and Craig would slot into the fourth and fifth starting positions, respectively.

At the drop of the green flag, Wallace would move to the point and begin to stretch out to a big advantage over the rest of the field. The caution would not wave until lap 26 when a light mist began to fall over the speedway. After several laps under caution to keep heat in the track, the race went back to green with Craig taking over the top spot from Wallace.

The caution would wave again after contact in turn three between Fryar and Joe Graf, Jr. sent Fryar for a spin. During the caution, the precipitation would pick up, resulting in a delay to insure that the track was dry.

After the rain had passed, the field went back to green with Craig leading over Wallace and Dave Farrington, Jr. Farrington, along with Fogleman and Kodie Conner, were able to move by Wallace with 57 laps to go to try and track down Craig for the lead.

The caution would wave again with seven laps to go when rookie Roy Hayes spun in turn four. On the restart, Fogleman, who passed Farrington for second just prior to the caution, raced hard to try and challenge Craig, but spun exiting turn two and collected Conner.

Craig would go unchallenged the rest of the way to sweep the season at Southern National over Farrington in second, with Trevor Sanborn third, Fryar fourth, and Jay Fogleman fifth.

Graf, Conner, T. Fogleman, Sarah Cornett-Ching, and Wallace rounded out the top ten.

The PASS South Super Late Models will be in action again on Saturday night, August 12 at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway. For more information, visit ProAllStarsSeries.com.

PASS South Super Late Model Series
Southern National Motorsports Park – Lucama, NC
Race Results (Unofficial) – July 29, 2017

1. 54 – Matt Craig
2. 7 – Dave Farrington, Jr.
3. 41 – Trevor Sanborn
4. 14 – Jared Fryar
5. 4 – Jay Fogleman
6. 12 – Joe Graf, Jr.
7. 45 – Kodie Conner
8. 8 – Tate Fogleman
9. 99 – Sarah Cornett-Ching
10. 6 – Matt Wallace
11. 15 – Roy Hayes
12. 51 – Eddie Fatscher
13. 98 – Jody Measamer
14. 91 – Will Bristle
DNS: 2 – Deac McCaskill

 

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