Brandon Setzer Holds Off Kodie Conner For South Carolina Clash 125 Win At Dillon Motor Speedwayby Hunter Thomas March 6, 2016 0 comments
DILLON, S.C. – Brandon Setzer led flag-to-flag on Saturday to win the Pro All Stars Series’ (PASS) South Carolina Clash 125 at Dillon Motor Speedway.
The win marked Setzer’s first at the speedway and his second career victory in the series. Setzer has competed at the 4/10th-mile oval located in Dillon, South Carolina before during the track’s weekly Late Model schedule, but he hadn’t found much success. Saturday night was much different for the Newton, North Carolina native, who’s also the son of former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver, Dennis Setzer.
“Man I’m going to be honest with you, this is not my best track” Setzer said. “We hadn’t run good in the Late Model Stock or the Super (Late Model). It means a lot to overcome the adversity of not being very good and coming back and winning this thing. Even if the car wasn’t 100%, we had just enough to make it happen.”
Early on in the race, Setzer was challenged by Jody Measamer; however, the two made contact exiting Turn 4 on lap 82, sending Measamer spinning. Setzer continued to lead, and Measamer was able to battle back for a seventh place finish.
“Me and Jody were racing hard,” Setzer said. “He was on the outside on the restart, it was probably lap two or three (after the restart), and I almost had him cleared, he fought back and got a good run, and he was maybe a nose ahead of me, and I had been snapping the throttle on the exit to get it to turn, and she just didn’t turn. We got up into him. I feel bad about it. It’s just a bad deal.”
Once back to green, it was Kodie Conner who’d challenge Setzer for the win. Conner could keep up with Setzer, but he just couldn’t make the pass for the lead. The final caution of the afternoon came out on lap 104 giving Conner one last chance to get a jump on Setzer. Unfortunately for Conner, he wasn’t able to capitalize on the opportunity, and Setzer went on to lead the finals laps.
Although Conner came up one position short, it was definitely an incredible performance for the kid who made the jump from the PASS Pro to the PASS Super Late Models this season. Conner finished ninth in the season opener at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, but Saturday’s runner-up finish marks the Kannapolis, North Carolina native’s biggest accomplishment in the PASS Super Late Models.
“That last restart there, I was so close,” Conner said. “I almost had him. We just didn’t have enough for him. I honestly can’t put this into words. This is definitely like a win to me.”
Jared Irvan, son of former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, Ernie Irvan finished third. Tate Fogleman and Trevor Noles finished fourth and fifth respectively. Rounding out the top-10 was Matt Craig, Jody Measamer, Raphael Lessard, Jeff Batten and Jody Lavendar.
Chad McCumbee, former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver won Dillon Motor Speedway’s 60-lap Late Model feature on Saturday night, while Michael Rouse took the checkered flag in the 35-lap Four Cylinder feature.
Up next for the Pro All Stars Series South is the Southern Sizzler at Concord Speedway on Saturday, March 19. The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will also be in action that weekend as they will compete in the Concord 150.
South Carolina Clash 125 Results:
1.) #6 Brandon Setzer
2.) #45 Kodie Conner
3.) #2 Jared Irvan
4.) #8F Tate Fogleman
5.) #22 Trevor Noles
6.) #54 Matt Craig
7.) #98 Jody Measamer
8.) #99 Raphael Lessard
9.) #49 Jeff Batten
10.) #7k Jody Lavendar
11.) #44 Gus Dean
12.) #47 Kelly Moore
13.) #40 Tanner Gray
14.) #16 Hayes Goodson
15.) #15 Christian Eckes
16.) #97 Nicole Behar
17.) #19 Riley Herbst
18.) #4 Kyle McCallum
19.) #83 Joey Padget
20.) #01 Derek Scott Jr.
21.) #88 Kyle Desouza
22.) #24j JP Josiasse
DNS #71 Jimmy Doyle
DNS #16 Vinnie Miller
Photo Credit: Hunter Thomas