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Theriault Outlasts Competiton For PASS South Win At Southern National

Theriault Outlasts Competiton For PASS South Win At Southern National

by June 23, 2013 0 comments

LUCAMA, NC (June 23) – Austin Theriault survived several late race restarts on a hot and humid Sunday afternoon to win the rain-delayed Rumble In The Pines 150 at Southern National Motorsports Park.  Theriault captured his second career Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model win after the race was postponed Saturday night due to rain showers.

280“I’m struggling a little bit, it definitely was hot out there,” said Theriault afterwards.  “I just rode around a little while thinking a lot of guys would burn it up.  We didn’t have a lot left at the end, but we had enough.  I definitely want to thank the fans who came and stuck it out with us through all the weather.”

After a full day of practice on Friday, weather conditions seriously deteriorated over night completely washing out all on track activities on Saturday.  PASS officials rescheduled the event for Sunday afternoon, but again weather threated after another thunderstorm rolled through eastern North Carolina shortly before noon.  With the threat of more storms looming, the schedule was compacted with traditional single-lap qualifying being scrapped in favor of the more expedient “European-style” qualifying format which saw multiple cars on the track at one time.  When all was said and done, Theriault had the quickest lap in the unique qualifying session, but had to start tenth after drawing pill #10 during the redraw.

PASS South Super Late Model rookies Spencer Davis and Trevor Noles would lead the field to the green flag under threatening skies that saw the temperature exceed 90 degrees.  Following a lap one spin by Tanner Rumburg that eliminated Justin Allison from contention due to contact, Noles quickly jumped into the lead in the X1R-sponsored machine owned by Coulter Motorsports.  Early on though, all eyes were on defending PASS South Champion Kyle Grissom, who had made his way into the top 10 by lap five, despite starting back in 22nd.

Following a spin in turn three by Joe Ryan Osborne on lap 19, Davis moved around Noles to take the lead.  The race entered into a grueling 80 lap stretch of green flag racing that saw both driver and car pushed to the limit under the hot Carolina sun.  By halfway, Davis continued to lead by a short margin over Theriault, who had made his way into second, with Noles, Grissom, and rookie Cole Timm rounding out the top five.

Theirault’s Brad Keselowski Racing #29 continued to stalk Davis for the lead as the race entered its final third, passing the young Georgia driver with 48 laps to go.  The long green flag stint finally came to an end on lap 110 following a spin by Florida’s Dusty Cornelius in turn one.  On the ensuing restart, Jay Fogleman, who was now running third, and Davis made contact entering turn one.  As the field checked up behind them, Bradley McCaskill and David Quackenbush crashed knocking them both from the race.

With 25 laps to go, Grissom and the lapped machine of Brandon Ward were racing hard for track position when Ward lost a right front tire entering turn three sending him into Grissom’s Chevrolet.  The contact sent Grissom spinning and out of his fourth running position.

In the late stages of the race, Theriault continued to lead, but Timm would emerge as his biggest challenger over the final laps of the race.  A spin by Bill Catania with two laps to go set up a final dash to the checkered flag.  Theriault got a better restart than Timm, who dropped back to fourth after contact exiting turn two from Noles.  Theriault made it back to the checkered flag to take his first win since winning the season opening South Carolina Clash at Dillon Motor Speedway in March.  “The car stuck really good on the restarts, on the long run we were pretty equal or just a tick better than everybody else,” said Theriault.

Noles continued to impress, finishing second in just his third PASS South Super Late Model start.  “These races like this are pretty tough on me, but I’m young, I can do it,” said a tired, but excited Noles.  “The tires are done, but Randy Renfrow gave me a good car and we’ll just go on and try to get another one.”

Fogleman finished third despite struggling with the heat in his car over the final half of the race with Timm in fourth and Grissom with a nice recovery to finish fifth.  Rounding out the top ten were John Batten, Tate Fogleman, Randy Gentry, Davis, and Bobby Gower.

Earlier in the afternoon, the PASS Pro Late Models competed for 50 laps with Spencer Davis scoring the win after passing Harrison Burton for the top spot with 14 laps to go.  Davis’ win was especially important since it came driving a new Dodge Challenger that his team debuted at Southern National Motorsports Park.  Rounding out the top five were Burton, Trevor Noles, Nick Robinson, and Tyler Audie.

PASS South Rumble In The Pines 150 – Unofficial Results

 

1.    29 – Austin Theriault 150                                       15.  18 – Bill Catania 148

2.     2 – Trevor Noles 150                                             16.  15 – Tanner Rumburg 146

3.    4 – Jay Fogleman 150                                            17.  118 – Bradley McCaskill 139

4.    57 – Cole Timm 150                                               18.  62 – Brandon Ward 121

5.    31 – Kyle Grissom 150                                          19.  19 – Zak Hausler 117

6.    48 – John Batten     150                                        20.  05 – Alex Fleming 113

7.      8f – Tate Fogleman 150                                       21.  41 –David Quackenbush 109

8.     09 – Randy Gentry  150                                         22.  8 – Joseph Mursuli 106

9.      51sd – Spencer Davis 150                                  23.  22 – Dusty Cornelius 106

10.  5 – Bobby Gower 150                                           24.  M3 – Shelton McNair, Jr. 40

11. 97 – Brandon Lynn 150                                         25.  98 – Jody Measamer 23

12. 13 – Joe Ryan Osborne 150                                26.  15h – Joe Heigl 18

13. 51 – Bobby Measmer, Jr. 150                              27. 1 – Justin Allison 2

14. 50 – Karl Weber 150

 

PASS Pro Late Models – 50 laps

1.     129 – Spencer Davis

2.    12 – Harrison Burton

3.    16 – Trevor Noles

4.    71 – Nick Robinson

5.    22 – Tyler Audie

6.    49 – Jeff Batten

7.    45 Kodie Conner

8.    14 – Austin Reed

9.    21 – Collin Vernal

10.  7 – Mat Murphy

11.  6 – Evan Horne

12. 66 – Brandon Setzer

Press Release
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