Local Talent Hangs Tough in PASS Race at Dillon Motor Speedwayby Jason Beck March 8, 2015 0 comments
Photo Credit: Hunter Thomas
By: Jason Beck
Among the superstars of the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) at Dillon Motor Speedway for the season-opening South Carolina Clash 125 was a pair of local drivers with track championships at the 4/10th-mile track. They may not have led the most laps, but they certainly had the most fans.
Hal Goodson of Darlington, S.C. and Ryan Hall of Charleston, S.C. both joined the 17-car PASS field and cruised to top-10 finishes at their home track. Both drivers are former Late Model Stock champions at Dillon.
Hall qualified 16th and worked his way into the top-10 early in the race and eventually finished 7th.
“It’s not what I was hoping for, but I guess we’ll take it,” said Hall of his first outing in a Super Late Model. “We didn’t tear anything up and learned a bunch of stuff with the car, so that is the main thing.
“It was the first time we did a long run on the car and first time we really put any laps on the car,” he said. “It was a good learning experience for us and gives us something to work towards.”
Goodson struggled with his car throughout the day as well, and eventually fell a lap down. When he received the free-pass back to the lead lap due to a late caution, the fans in the stands cheered with delight. Goodson was racing a car freshly rebuilt from a crash by his son, Hayes in this race last season. Though the car wasn’t quite ready to compete in a long distance race, Goodson soldiered on and eventually finished 9th.
“Running a crate motor you are a little disadvantage,” Goodson said. “Ten laps in we had some brake issues … I think we would have been alright at the end if we would have had brakes stay under us.”
Goodson says he is proud to know he had so many fans who had travled from all over the state to watch him compete. He also represented local college, Florence-Darlington Technical College.
“You can see the people around me who all came to see me just in the pits,” Goodson said. “I know I have a lot of friends in the stands, and I saw probably 50 people.”
Hall, who plans on running the PASS South race at Myrtle Beach Speedway later this season, says having a familar face in big touring races certainly draws fans to the local tracks.
“It gives local fans somebody to cheer for,” Hall said. “They are used to seeing me and Hal run on Saturday nights and we are who they usually cheer for, and they don’t want to see out of towners come and whoop up on us.”